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Tech Valley Nonprofit Business Council

Upcoming Programs

Common Sense partnerships without losing your identity

Feb. 15 | Breakfast 7:30am – 9am Register Now!

Location: NYS Nursing Association
Gain knowledge on how to identify your organizations challenges.  Keep your eyes open for new opportunities.  Learn how to successfully share resources to strengthen your place in the market.

Sponsor: Marvin & Co.

Consolidation vs. Collaboration

March 14 | Breakfast 7:30am – 9am

Location: NYS Nurses Association
Non-profit executives share their experience with executing collaborations and consolidations, including what precipitated the discussions with another entity, how their agency’s identity was affected, and what synergistic effects occurred.  Hear how they managed the public relations surrounding the agreement and learn what road blocks were encountered and how they were surmounted. Gain knowledge on how to make smart decisions for your agency.

Sponsor: Pioneer Bank

Roundtable / Workshop; Networking for Collaboration

April 25 | Lunch 11:30am – 1pm

Location: Shaker Ridge County Club

Past Programs


Part 1: Grants & Grant Writing
Part 2: Getting to the Heart of the Matter
Harris Oberlander, LCSW-R, CEO, Trinity Alliance of the Capital Region, Inc.
Tamae Memole, Community Mobilization Director, United Way of NENY
Carmel Patrick, Executive Director of Development, Schenectady County Community College
Moderator: Victoria E. Jones, Program & Services Development Director, Colonie Senior Services Centers, Inc.
Designed for non-profit professionals who want to understand the critical components of grants and grant writing – Join this panel discussion with area experts to gain an overview of the grant funding process, discuss successful examples and understand the important factors in effectively obtaining funds. During the brief "hands-on" workshop to follow, you will learn strategies and tools to build benchmarks, expected outcomes and performance targets. Attendees will take away effective strategies, helpful resources and critical component understanding of the grant writing and funding process.

NEW IRS Regulations for Nonprofits
Kevin O'Leary, Director, Marvin & Co.
Dan Colacino, VP of Underwriting, Marketing, and Compliance, Rose & Kiernan
Michael Cooney, Partner, Nixon Peabody LLP Nonprofit Organizations and Tax Exempt Practice Groups
Moderator: Patti Hammond, VP Physician Services, Ellis Hospital
The government is going to be more focused than ever on new funding sources in 2011 and converting nonprofits to tax-paying entities is always going to be a target. Don't miss this panel discussion with experts in law, taxation and health care to update you on what you should know, when you should know it and how to remain in compliance. They will such discuss issues as: state registration and filing requirements, who needs to use 1099s, and compliance issues required under Health Care Reform.

Social Responsibility and Non-Profits: Turning the Paradigm On Its Head
Keith Pickett
Join Keith Pickett, Family and Children's of the Capital Region, discover opportunities and resources to engage your organization's corporate responsibility plan. Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) is presently much in vogue, and has generated a world-wide movement within the for-profit sector. This presentation will examine the potentials of Organizational Social Responsibility (OSR) that could be applied and practiced within the nonprofit sector. Mr. Pickett will offer insights and practical suggestions for nonprofit leaders and managers to help them develop and execute strategies that provide a competitive advantage.

Annual Meeting & Advocacy Program
Speakers: Diana Ehrlich (ACRCC) & Leesa Perazzo (CSC)
Moderator: Kaitlyn Ross, YNN, Capital Tonight Reporter
Diana Ehrlich, vice president of advocacy and communications for the Albany-Colonie Regional Chamber, and Leesa Perazzo, director of workforce development and public affairs for the Chamber of Schenectady County, will present the current positions of both Chambers in terms of governmental affairs and advocacy. Learn how the Chambers are advocating on behalf of their members for business-friendly legislation, and discover how you can get involved to make change happen.


Reputation Management: Build it, Promote it, Protect it
Jan Smith, principal of Castle Rock Ranch Group, LLC will speak on reputation management, discussing real-life examples and how to apply lessons learned from them to the reputation of your own organization or business.

If I Knew Then What I Know Now
This program is designed to educate and guide attendees by sharing informative ways to cultivate and promote their organization with donors, potential board members and how to build long and profitable relationships within the community. Panelists from local nonprofits will share their wealth of experience, including best practices, success stories and how to avoid pitfalls in today's challenging environment.

Effective Strategies to Maximize Internal Communications
Today's organizations are charged to do more with less, so how can they maintain effective communications? Effective organizational communication requires strategic planning, utilizing tools, protocols and courtesies to maximize effectiveness, ensuring that everyone is "on the same page" and working consistently for the same goals. Nicole Pitaniello, assistant vice president for public relations at Albany Medical Center, highlighted proven effective strategies for internal communication that have consistently made this organization an employment and community leader in the Capital Region.

Board Development: Roles and Responsibilities
This program featured a discussion panel on building and maintaining a strong Board of Directors. The first step is a well-thought out recruiting strategy. That strategy needs to be examined from numerous points of view to include board members conducting the recruiting, executives who will be working directly with board members and finally from the prospective board members themselves.

Investing in Volunteers for Successful Returns
This program assisted attendees in effectively recruiting, managing, training and retaining volunteers by understanding how other nonprofits utilize technology, craft management and training programs, efficiently manage volunteers and recognize them as a valuable part of the organization.

Tech Valley Nonprofit Business Council's Annual Gathering
This annual meeting of the council included a report on the State of Nonprofit Organizations and member roundtable discussions.


Weathering the Storm: How Can Nonprofits Position Themselves to Succeed in a Toughening Economy?
F. Michael Tucker, president and CEO of the Center for Economic Growth, discussed how nonprofit organizations will be affected by the Tech Valley economy in the upcoming year, his outlook on the nonprofit landscape in 2009 and strategies that nonprofits may want to implement in uncertain economic times.

Don't Break the Bank for Development and Training
It's often challenging for organizations, particularly smaller ones, to fund organizational development and training initiatives. Human resource experts, Joanna Blaisdell of the Healthcare Association of New York State and Mary Ellen Olenyk of Time Warner Cable, presented low-cost, innovative ways to promote learning and development within your organization.

Log On, Link In and Join the New Marketing Generation
Brendan Kennedy of Eric Mower and Associates delved into the world of Web 2.0 and showed how some nonprofits are implementing Web 2.0, social networking and new media into their marketing campaigns through a case study presentation.

Closing the Deal: Applying Traditional Sales Techniques for Nonprofit Success
As our economy and marketplace present challenges, it's becoming more important than ever to build our business development skills, particularly in the nonprofit community. National speaker Bob Frare, CSP adapted his "best practices" from successful, traditional sales organizations to the skills necessary for success in a nonprofit environment. Frare has been a professional speaker for more than 25 years and has trained thousands of professionals in business development skills.

Tech Valley Civic Forum Update
Nonprofit leaders have been collaborating with leaders in business, government, and education, to act on the lessons learned from the Nonprofit Executive Roundtable-sponsored case study, High-Tech Growth and Community Well-Being: Lessons Learned from Austin, Texas. This panel discussion presented an update on the Tech Valley Civic Forum civic change process begun in 2007 and a preview of the Tech Valley Futures event, which featured the release of a first-ever Community Progress Report.

Fifth Annual Tech Valley Nonprofit Awards Luncheon
The region's 1,900 nonprofit organizations are a vital economic force in Tech Valley, one that has a tremendous impact on the quality of life for all residents. The awards luncheon recognizes successful nonprofit organizations and exceptional community-minded individuals in categories such as nonprofit board service, corporate partner, nonprofit executive leadership and nonprofit organization of the year.

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