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Upcoming Events & Trainings from NYCON

May 16, 2011

Last Chance to Register, Limited Space Left
Times Union Nonprofit Partnership Programs:
Join NYCON and the Times Union for an Informational Breakfast

Wednesday May 18th, 2011
8:00am to 10:00am
The Desmond Hotel & Conference Center
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Join us to learn about sponsorship, grant and service opportunities available to nonprofits in our area.* Did you know that the Times Union can help your nonprofit organization with printing and mailing projects as well as provide services and support for your online presence — making sure more people see your website and other social media outlets?

As an additional benefit the Times Union offers matching advertising space in print for any services your purchase. *Must be a 501c3 charity providing benefits to the Capital Region directly.

We will cover:

  1. Matching Grants, Basic Grants & Sponsorship Program
  2. Search Engine Optimization (SEO) Program
  3. Direct Mail & Mail Services (include design for letterhead, brochures and more.)

Helping You Make Marketing Dollars Stretch Further: The Times Union programs provide you with the ability to leverage your marketing and advertising dollars. If you are currently spending money on direct mail, printing, design or even SEO services, you can make those dollars do double the work – as the money you spend with the TU earns free advertising in the newspaper.

Come meet with representatives from the Times Union, including Charmaine Ushkow, Community Relations Manager, at this informational breakfast!

Date: Wednesday, May 18th, 2011
Time: 8:00am to 10:00am

Location: The Desmond Hotel & Conference Center

Cost: Free

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[NEW] Fiduciary Responsibilities:
Protecting Your Nonprofit’s Retirement Plan [NYC]
May 23rd, 2011
10:00am to 11:30am
NYCON NYC Regional Office, 307 7th Avenuve, New York, NY
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161.jpgAs a plan fiduciary, you may be aware that your plan responsibilities are complex and the role you play may not always be clear. Acting as a plan fiduciary, you have important responsibilities and must act in the best interests of your participants and their beneficiaries.

To gain a better understanding of the basic rules of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA), you are invited to attend the following workshop.

Scott Coopersmith and Lou Elisaof of MetLife will discuss the following:

  • What is ERISA and Who Is A Fiduciary Under ERISA?
  • ERISA Fiduciary Requirements
  • Plan Essential Elements
  • How To Reduce Fiduciary Risks
  • ERISA Section 404(c) requirements

Date: May 23rd, 2011

Time: 10am to 11:30am

Cost: Free to NYCON Members

Location: NYCON Regional Office, 307 7th Avenue (27th & 7th Avenue), New York, NY

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The Basics of Online Social Networking for Nonprofits
Presented by Jay Wilkinson, Founder & CEO, Firespring
Thursday June 2nd, 2011 10:30am to 12:00pm
Free for NYCON Members; $40 for Non-members.
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284.jpgIn this educational webinar, you will learn how to increase your constituency base and donations to your organization by using social media tools. You will learn:

  1. The importance of a powerful and engaging website;
  2. How to use Facebook and Facebook Causes to create awareness for your organization
  3. How nonprofits are using Twitter for the greater good
  4. Why nonprofits should be LinkedIn and power tips to connect effectively
  5. Steps to creating a blog for your nonprofit, including how to maintain a blog long-term
  6. The 10 commandments of social media

You won’t want to miss this engaging and informative session led by one of America’s top-rated speakers.

Date: June 2nd, 2011
Time: 10:30am to 12:00pm

Cost: Free to Members; $40 for Non-Members
Location: This is a webinar. Log-in details will be sent prior to the workshop.

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Don’t Miss Jay Wilkinson at Camp Finance 2011!
Speaker Jay Wilkinson is the founder and CEO of Firespring, a Nebraska-based marketing and internet services company with more than 3,000 clients on 5 continents. Jay has educated thousands on topics ranging from marketing to technology to the internet. As a board member of several nonprofits, he understands the importance of utilizing the web as a tool to communicate and build relationships with constituents. He has appeared on CNN and other news programs discussing how emerging technologies affect nonprofits and is considered a leading authority on the proper use of the web as a tool to enhance the core mission of any enterprise.

Corporate Member Spotlight: The Cost Cutters, Inc.

Presented by Anthony Maxwell, CEO & Founder

June 8th, 2011 10:00am to 10:30am

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Save Money!

A new feature in 2011, NYCON’s Corporate Member Spotlight focuses on for-profit business members of NYCON that provide services to nonprofits — many times at a discount. In June you can learn about our Corporate Member – The Cost Cutters. During this free 30 minute webinar you will learn a little more about how the Cost Cutters can help cut your organization’s expenses on digital office equipment, phone & data services — and more.

You will learn:

  • How you can potentially save 20% – 50% on your nonprofit’s existing communication needs
  • How you may be eligible to receive 1 month of free phone and/or data service

Date: June 8th, 2011
Time: 10:00am to 10:30am
Cost: Free!
Location: This is a webinar. You will receive log-in instructions 48 hours prior to your event.
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*Please note: The Cost Cutters, Inc. is a NYCON Corporate Member, not an Endorsed Corporate Partner.

In This Issue
Times Union Breakfast: Last Chance
Retirement Plan: Fiduciary Responsibilities Workshop
Basics of Social Networking
Cost Cutters: Member Spotlight
Upcoming State Board Training Consortium Workshops
Nonprofit Accounting Basics for Board Members Long Island 5/25/11 9AM – 12PM

New Form 990: A Focus on Board Governance Long Island 5/25/11 1PM – 4PM

Duties & Responsibilities of Nonprofit Boards Long Island 5/25/11 5:30PM – 8:30PM

Nonprofit Board Member Responsibilities for Governance of Medicaid-Supported Programs Long Island 5/26/11 9AM – 12PM

Doing the Right Thing: Board Members as Ethical Leaders & Decision Makers Long Island 5/26/11 1PM – 4PM

Taking Care of Business: Making & Documenting Board Decisions Webinar 6/1/11 10AM – 12PM

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Retirement Resources Online

Register for our webinar!

The New York Council of Nonprofits (NYCON) is pleased to launch an online Retirement Resource Center to provide solutions, plans and educational services geared to the small to mid-sized nonprofit dealing with the complicated and sometimes very expensive world of retirement options. NYCON Members can now access tools, resources, links to helpful websites and even members’ only events and webinars to help their organization find the right solutions for their employees’ retirement needs


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