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Library To Launch Nonprofit Education Series With In-Person, Online And Hybrid Programming



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C.H. Booth Library will launch Nonprofit Education Series this month, when a five-part event, each with different topics, will begin with a virtual program. Presentations will alternate between in-person and online offerings.

Each program will begin at 6 pm, and registration is required for each. The first four are 60 minutes, and the finale is a 90-minute session.

The series will open Tuesday, March 28, with “The Nonprofit Lifestyle” by Lucille Geraci Miranda, which will be a virtual offering.

The webinar will enable participants to view their organization from a strategic perspective focusing on its internal systems and processes, administrative resources, and financial stability. The process will focus on developing a solid infrastructure to build a sustainable nonprofit organization.

Key discussion points will include incorporation, mission, bylaws, maintenance, board structure, responsibilities and engagement, creating awareness for the organization, and fundraising and development.

With a myriad of diversified experience that spans more than 35 years and includes corporate public affairs, nonprofit management, academia, volunteer leadership and consulting, Geraci-Miranda founded Geranda Projects LLC, Management Consulting for Nonprofit Organizations. She has been part of the fabric of the Hudson Valley’s nonprofit community for over 20 years.

Geraci-Miranda’s extensive integrated experience has enabled her to lead development teams — regionally and locally — to implement visionary plans to empower boards, increase financial support and build relationships with key stakeholders.

She also had a successful tenure at Con Edison in New York City, where she served as a corporate giving officer and promoted the company through cause-related marketing initiatives.

Geraci-Miranda serves on the board of Hudson Valley Gateway Chamber Foundation and chairs the Chamber’s Nonprofit Committee. She is a member of the Business Council of Westchester and Grant Professionals of Lower Hudson.

Then, on Wednesday, March 29, Fran Hannigan (Western CT Community Television) will present “Enhance Your Nonprofit Organization Through Public Access Television.” This will be offered in the meeting room of the library, 25 Main Street.

Hannigan will describe and demonstrate the equipment available and review the training classes offered. WCCTV offers free video production training and equipment loans to the residents who are at least age 18 and have successfully completed its training course.

Topics will include “Camera Studio/Control Room,” “Editing on Final Cut Pro or Sony Vegas,” “Panasonic Field Production Cameras and Go Pros,” and “The Ease Of Getting A Program Series or Special Aired On Your Public Access Channel.”

WCCTV is the public access channel for Newtown and 20 additional downs.

Additional Programs

The series will continue on Tuesday, April 4, with Bryan Fryer of Grassi’s Nonprofit Practice presenting “Grassi’s 2022-23 Nonprofit Leadership Survey Results: What does this mean for the finances of your organization?”

This will be a hybrid program, via Zoom and in the library’s meeting room.

A consulting principal with Grassi, Fryer will discuss how findings from the survey provide an insightful perspective into current conditions and outlooks, straight from the people who are leading the charge across a broad range of nonprofit sectors and organizations.

The following evening, Wednesday, April 5, A. Nicole Campbell will present “Core Competencies and Tax Law Basics,” a virtual session.

The founder of Build Up Companies, a federated group of companies focused on transforming outcomes for vulnerable and marginalized communities, Campbell will cover the legal, tax, and regulatory rules governing nonprofits and how being compliant with these rules strengthens programming and operations.

When nonprofits are not in compliance, their programs are at risk, the communities they serve may not benefit from those services, and the organizations are often unattractive to many donors.

Anita Baker, EdD, will offer “Evaluation Services” on Tuesday, April 18, at the library. Baker will offer an opportunity for attendees to learn and practice basic evaluation skills including target setting, evaluation logic and using effective data collection strategies.

The session will also include tips and advice covering data analysis and reporting from an instructor who provides training and coaching for nonprofit and philanthropic staff seeking to build evaluation capacity and enhance evaluative thinking in their organizations.

Baker has been an evaluator for over 30 years. She maintained a successful independent evaluation consulting service for more than 25 years after serving as a project director and senior program officer of the Academy for Educational Development in New York City, and with a stint also as a project director at the OMG Center for Collaborative Learning (now Equal Measure) in Philadelphia.

For additional details about each program and registration, call 203-426-4533 or visit tinyurl.com/5n74uuxt.

C.H. Booth Library will launch Nonprofit Education Series this month, when a five-part event, each with different topics, will begin with a virtual program. Presentations will alternate between in-person and online offerings through mid-April.
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