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Upcoming Events:

Nonprofit Nexus – Third Tuesday @ Noon

Monthly brown bag lunch for nonprofit leaders, board members.

Tuesday, July 21, 2015 (Third Tuesday of each month, 12:00 pm -1:00 pm; free)

Bring your questions, challenges and ideas – and your lunch!

RSVP sdevito@cayugacountychamber.com or call 315.252.7291 by Monday, July 20.

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Constant Contact Presents – Campaigns That Drive Action: Newsletters & Announcements

Wednesday, July 22, 2015
12:30 pm – 2:30 pm
Finger Lakes Grants Information Center
2 State St., Auburn
$10 registration fee*

Presented by: Amanda Funk, Fund & Jackson Group, LLC

Featuring Email and Social Engagement

At the heart of small business marketing are the campaigns that drive action – collections of marketing activities that help a small business or organization to achieve its goals and objectives. Newsletters and Announcements have become a core component of those campaign choices. Email is more important than ever – to the communication efforts of businesses and nonprofits everywhere; and to the customer, donor, client or supporter of those organizations. This session will reveal some simple but effective best practices and considerations for the small business or nonprofit seeking to make their email newsletters more effective.

Attendees of this presentation will learn:

  • The different types of newsletters
  • What to write about in your newsletter or announcement and how to consider using images
  • Subject line best practices, and when to send your newsletter
  • The importance of understanding how connected email and social media are…they have to be done together.
  • What types of additional tools might be useful

Join us and learn some great new strategies to help your email and social media efforts be more effective components of one of the core campaign types, newsletters and announcements.

RSVP sdevito@cayugacountychamber.com or call 315.252.7291 by Friday, July 17.

*$10.00 check payable to: Cayuga County Chamber, pay at door.

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Introduction to Proposal Writing

Tuesday, July 28, 2015
9:00 pm – 11:30 pm
Finger Lakes Grants Information Center
2 State St., Auburn

This is a free Foundation Center workshop. It is recommended that you follow this with Proposal Budgeting Basics  (August 4).

Presented by: Ginny Kent, Education & Resource Coordinator, Cayuga County Chamber of Commerce

This newly revised class will provide you with an overview of how to write a standard project proposal to a foundation. It will include:

  • The basic elements of a proposal
  • The “do’s” and “don’ts” of writing and submitting a proposal
  • How to follow up whether the answer is yes or no

30-minute hands-on exercise to develop a proposal outline.

RSVP sdevito@cayugacountychamber.com or 315.252.7291 by Monday, July 27.

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Proposal Budgeting Basics

Tuesday, August 4, 2015
9:00 pm – 11:30 pm
Finger Lakes Grants Information Center
2 State St., Auburn

This is a free Foundation Center workshop. It is recommended that you take Introduction to Proposal Writing prior to this workshop (July 28).

Presented by: Ginny Kent, Education & Resource Coordinator, Cayuga County Chamber of Commerce

This session, geared to the novice grantseeker or for a refresher, will address budgeting questions such as:

  • What is included under the “personnel” section and how to calculate it?
  • What level of detail do you need to include for non-personnel expenses?
  • How do you determine reasonable costs?
  • What types of expenses are considered “overhead”?
  • What other financial documents will funders want to see?

RSVP sdevito@cayugacountychamber.com or 315.252.7291 by Monday, August 3.

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Introduction to Finding Grants

Wednesday, August 5, 2015
9:00 pm – 11:30 pm
Finger Lakes Grants Information Center
2 State St., Auburn

This is a free Foundation Center workshop. It is recommended that you take Introduction to Proposal Writing prior to this workshop (July 28).

Presented by: Ginny Kent, Education & Resource Coordinator, Cayuga County Chamber of Commerce

Discover what funders are looking for in nonprofits seeking grants and how to find potential funders in this newly revised course.

You will learn the 10 most important things you need to know about finding grants, including:

  • Who funds nonprofits and what are their motivations.
  • What do funders really want to know about the organizations they are interested in funding.
  • How do you identify potential funders and make the first approach.
  • In-person classes will end with 30 minutes of hands-on, guided online grant research. It is advisable, but not necessary, to bring a laptop/tablet for this portion of the class.

RSVP sdevito@cayugacountychamber.com or 315.252.7291 by Tuesday, August 4.

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Constant Contact Presents – Campaigns That Drive Action: Events and Registration

Wednesday, August 19, 2015
12:30 pm – 2:30 pm
Finger Lakes Grants Information Center
2 State St., Auburn
$10 registration fee*

Presented by: Amanda Funk, Funk & Jackson Group, LLC

If you would like to build on your knowledge of the important elements of running a successful event, this session is for you.

Please note: this session is focused on helping the audience promote their event and streamline the online registration process. Attendees of this presentation will learn:

  • The different types of event you might run
  • Setting a goal for your event
  • Promotion of your event (including a sample promotional timeline and activities)
  • Set up an effective online registration process
  • Post-event activities you can’t forget

Join us and learn some great new strategies to help you promote your next event and set up an online registration process that helps your event succeed.

RSVP sdevito@cayugacountychamber.com or call 315.252.7291 by Friday, July 17.

*$10.00 check payable to: Cayuga County Chamber, pay at door.

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For more information on upcoming events please contact Ginny Kent, Education and Resource Coordinator, at (315) 252-7291 or via e-mail gkent@cayugacountychamber.com.