Nonprofit Networking Day

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Conference site/directions

Our mission at the Cattaraugus Region Community Foundation is to “grow good” in our community. One way that we do that is to connect donors to the causes they care about most and help them make a philanthropic plan to support those causes. We also make grants to support the excellent work of nonprofits in our community.

Another way the Foundation “grows good” is to help existing and emerging nonprofit organizations strengthen their operations and build capacity with our annual Nonprofit Networking Day. We invite staff, board members and volunteers from our region’s nonprofits to attend this event to collaborate, share resources and network.

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Who should attend? 
All staff, board members and volunteers from our region’s nonprofits are welcome. Remember to bring your business cards to network with colleagues and to enter door prize drawings!

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Conference Site
The conference will be held at St. Bonaventure University’s Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts. Parking is available. Directions to Quick Center

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“Making the Case for Comedy,” Keynote Address with Journey L. Gunderson, executive director, Lucy Desi Museum and National Comedy Center

Learn from, and, more than likely, share a few laughs with Journey L. Gunderson of the Lucy Desi Museum and National Comedy Center. She led a $50 million capital fundraising campaign to make Jamestown and the National Comedy Center the first year-round, national center dedicated to the art of comedy, building the center quite literally from the ground up.

“Telling Your Story: A campaign for your endowment,” with Patrick McNally, vice president for Advancement, St. Joseph’s Collegiate Institute

Told through the perspective of Patrick McNally’s experience at St. Joseph’s Collegiate Institute in Buffalo, this session will focus on the unique opportunities and challenges of a capital campaign to begin or build an endowment.  It will focus on crafting an institutional narrative and developing an “ask” that tells the story of your organization’s identity and mission.

“Building a Stronger Brand Identity,” with Shelley Jack,  marketing strategist, Shebe Marketing

Learn more about what a brand is and isn’t — and how you can help your organization consistently deliver on brand to build trust and credibility.

“The Intersection of Annual Fundraising and Technology,” with Pamela Witter, vice president for development and community engagement, Trocaire College

In this session, Pamela Witter, author of the newly released book Five Strategies to Increase Annual Fund Revenue, will explore how technology can support annual fundraising efforts for nonprofits big and small. She will unpack her signature strategies for annual fundraising including perfecting messaging, utilizing data to improve systems, segmentation, relationship building and best practices. Pamela will share the potential intersection of technology within each of these strategies, illustrating how technology can enhance efforts to increase contributions to your important mission. You won’t need to be a “techie” to make sense of these strategies. Pamela will share practical, everyday tips and ideas she found useful in her 17-year career as a professional fundraiser in one-person fundraising shops and large, established fundraising programs.

“Focus on a Day of Giving – Greater Olean Area/Cattaraugus County, with panelists Karen Buchheit, CRCF executive director; Tina Hastings, Catt. Co. Arts Council executive director; and John Lasher, Community Foundation of Warren County executive director

Want to see the community rally together around the spirit of giving? We want to do that, and we want YOUR organization to be a part of it. A day of giving can encourage new donors, help you get back in touch with old donors, invigorate your board, staff and volunteers and so much more. In this session we will discuss the possibility of hosting a day of giving right here in Cattaraugus County. Come and learn how your organization can be a part of the first giving day in Cattaraugus County/Greater Olean Area. The panel will include two executive directors who have led Giving Day programs at their organizations.

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Time Topic Speaker(s) Location
8:00 a.m. Registration/continental breakfast/exhibits
Bob Van Wicklin, vice president for  advancement, Saint Bonaventure University

Wendy Brand, president, CRCF

Rigas Family Theater
8:45 a.m. Keynote address:

Making the Case for Comedy

Journey L. Gunderson, executive director, Lucy Desi Museum and National Comedy Center Rigas Family Theater
9:30 a.m. Breakout session 1
 A – Telling Your Story: A campaign for your endowment Patrick McNally, vice president for Advancement, St. Joseph’s Collegiate Institute Rigas Family Theater
B – Building a Stronger Brand Identity Shelley Jack, marketing strategist, Shebe Marketing  

Trustees Room, Doyle Hall


10:30 a.m. Break
10:45 a.m. Breakout session 2
C – Focus on raising more annual funds with technology Pamela Witter, vice president for development and community engagement, Trocaire College Trustees Room, Doyle Hall
D Focus on a Day of Giving – Greater Olean Area/Cattaraugus County


Panel – Karen Buchheit, executive director, CRCF ; Tina Hastings, executive director, Cattaraugus County Arts Council; and John Lasher, executive director, Community Foundation of Warren County Rigas Family Theater
11:45 a.m. Break
Noon Buffet lunch and discussion with speakers & colleagues


Doyle Dining Room, Doyle Hall
12:45 p.m. Closing remarks, Door prizes drawing Karen Niemic Buchheit, executive director, CRCF Doyle Dining Room

Greater Olean Area Chamber of Commerce
St. Bonaventure University

To view photos from the 2016 Nonprofit Networking Day, visit our Facebook photo album.

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