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CRCF announces Nonprofit Networking Day cancellation, Zoom webinars to launch instead

Fri, Sep 25th 2020 08:00 am

Nonprofit Networking Day, long hosted by the Cattaraugus Region Community Foundation,  will no longer take place, but area nonprofit professionals will have a new opportunity for education and collaboration through a series of CRCF-sponsored Zoom webinars this fall.

According to CRCF Executive Director Karen Niemic Buchheit, the series will be an ongoing opportunity for nonprofit professionals and volunteers to learn about a number of different topics  important for charitable organizations.

The Nonprofit Link and Learn Seminar Series will take the place of CRCF’s Nonprofit Networking Day held in the fall for the previous 10 years, said Buchheit.

In 2020, CRCF plans to hold two seminars: one focusing on Cattaraugus Gives, the online day of giving for the Cattaraugus County community, which raised nearly $111,000 for a number of area nonprofits in 2019, as well as a seminar on charitable planned giving, led by Tyler Threehouse, an Olean attorney specializing in estate planning and asset protection.

This year’s seminars will be held via Zoom due to limitations on gatherings related to the COVID-19 pandemic. The format and location of future series will be determined later.

The first workshop, “How Peer-to-Peer Fundraising can ignite your Cattaraugus Gives Campaign,” will be held via Zoom on Friday October, 23 from Noon - 1 p.m.. The workshop will be led by Kirk Windus, CRCF communications and fund development manager and Cattaraugus Gives organizer.

The second webinar, led by Threehouse of Threehouse Law Firm, will be held Friday, Nov. 13 at Noon, also via Zoom. More details about the session are to follow at a later date.

A link and information for registration will be sent out prior to each seminar.

“It is sad to see Nonprofit Networking Day come to an end after so many successful years,” said Buchheit. “But this is a new opportunity that will be just as beneficial and will allow us to provide the same exceptional programming, but on an ongoing basis and at a time and length that we think will be more convenient for people.”

“We also want to build on the success of Cattaraugus Gives and so we are allocating more resources toward expanding and supporting nonprofits’ participation in that event,” Buchheit added.

The Cattaraugus Region Community Foundation is the area’s supportive, responsive and trusted community foundation. Established in 1994, CRCF 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 [email protected], or visit online at www.cattfoundation.org. CRCF is also on Facebook (facebook.com/cattfoundation) and Twitter (@CattFoundation).