Nonprofit Networking Day sessions to help strengthen area nonprofits

The Cattaraugus Region Community Foundation’s Nonprofit Networking Day will provide four different breakout sessions hosted by leading knowledgeable and experienced speakers from the area’s nonprofit sector.

Nonprofit Networking Day, set for October 6 at St. Bonaventure University’s Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts, provides an opportunity for nonprofit staff, board members, volunteers and interns alike to come together and learn, collaborate and network.

This year’s sessions include:

Patrick McNally

“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 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 capturing the identity and mission of an organization to inspire the best possible “ask.”

McNally helped lead a successful endowment campaign for the Buffalo private school, which now has over 120 named endowment funds that support its students and long-term sustainability.

Prior to his tenure at St. Joseph’s McNally, a Harvard Law graduate, served as a white house intern on the Domestic Policy Council, a congressional staffer for Rep. Brian Higgins and as director of voter outreach for former president Barack Obama’s re-election campaign in Florida.

Shelly Jack

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

In this session attendees will learn what a brand is and is not, as well as how to build credibility and trust by consistently delivering on brand messaging.

Jack is a marketing strategist and educator, specializing in branding and digital marketing strategy. In 2014 Jack created her consultancy, Shebe Marketing, to help address the common disconnect between marketing’s day-to-day activities and the organization’s larger goals. Her clients include a range of industries such as consumer products, universities and the automotive aftermarket.

Pamela Witter

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

In this session, 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.

Witter will share the potential intersection of technology within each of these strategies, illustrating how technology can enhance efforts to increase contributions to an organization’s mission.

She will also be signing copies of her new book throughout the day.

Witter is a nationally published author and higher education administrator. She frequently writes, speaks and teaches classes and conference sessions on topics related to communications, fundraising and leadership. She has offered keynote speeches or acted as session speaker at more than 40 conferences throughout the country.

Karen Niemic Buchheit

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

This session will explore the possibility of holding a day of giving in Greater Olean/Cattaraugus County region. A day of giving can help participating organizations encourage new donors, re-establish communication with old donors and invigorate board, staff and volunteers — all with the goal of rallying a community around the spirit of giving. The panel will include two executive directors who have hosted successful Giving Day programs at their organization.

John Lasher

Nonprofits are encouraged to attend and learn more about how they can make a huge impact in the region and raise money for their organization by participating in the first-ever Giving Day in Cattaraugus County.

Registration for Nonprofit Networking Day is now open. To register, visit Early bird registration pricing is available until September 22.

The day will begin at 8 a.m. with a continental breakfast followed by the keynote address by Journey L. Gunderson, executive director of the Lucy Desi Museum and National Comedy Center in Jamestown.

Tina Hastings

Established in 1994, the Cattaraugus Region Community Foundation is growing good by connecting donors to the causes they care about most in the region. Grants from the foundation support many areas, including education, scholarships, health care, the arts, community development, human service, and youth development. To learn more, call (716) 301-CRCF (2723), email, or visit online at CRCF is also on Facebook ( and Twitter (@CattFoundation).


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