Wednesday, January 18, 2006

Don't miss this great opportunity to attend a low cost, high quality workshop on IT Fundraising

The United Way of New York City has funding from IBM to support the advancement of technology at nonprofits. They sponsor high quality low cost workshops for nonprofits and publish a Technology News eNewsletter. If you are responsible for technology at a nonprofit you should sign up for the free newsletter and consider attending the workshops. The United Way building is conveniently located a short distance from the PATH and is a reasonable commute for people located in northern New Jersey.

There are only a few seats left for United Way of New York City's educational seminar on "IT Fundraising for Nonprofits." United Way of New York City, in partnership with TechFoundation and IBM, invites you to develop an "IT Fundraising" gameplan.

Tuesday, January 24, 2006

8:30am – 11:30am
8:30am - 9:00am Registration/Breakfast
9:00am - 11:00am Presentation
11:00am - 11:30am Q&A

United Way of New York City
2 Park Avenue, 2nd Floor (between 32nd and 33rd streets)
New York, NY 10016

Directions: #6 Train to 33rd Street Station

• Abstract: Allocating appropriate resources to Information Technology (IT) has been a problem for nonprofits in terms of funds, people, and organizational attention. For many nonprofits, technology acquisitions are treated in a zero-sum manner where every dollar spent on technology is a dollar not spent on programs. “Unkind” inkind (i.e., donated computers) may not do the job. This presentation will help attendees identify and overcome some of the barriers associated with securing funds for IT projects always remembering that mission sells technology.

• The purpose of this presentation is to:

- Increase the confidence of nonprofit managers to secure funding for IT-related initiatives by improving understanding of writing technology proposals and expanding the range of options available,

- Identify what makes IT fundraising so challenging,

- Systematically review techniques targeted specifically at the challenges,

- Learn how to present the return on investment (ROI) on IT initiatives to secure funding,

- Demonstrate how to effectively tie technology to mission.

• Attendees will:

- Understand how IT-related proposals differ from non-IT proposals,

- Develop methods for writing more effective proposals,

- Recognize issues and possible strategies for rethinking the allocation of organizational resources budgeted for IT,

- Learn about additional resources to assist with a technology funding search,

- Become vigilant about viewing all technology proposals as vehicles to meeting organizational mission.
• Presented By:

Kathleen A. Sherwin
Director of Programs and External Affairs, TechFoundation

United Way of New York

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