Not-for-profits come together at workshop

The United Way of Northern Chautauqua County and Northern Chautauqua Community Foundation recently came together to sponsor a training workshop for nonprofit board members.

“The Northern Chautauqua Community Foundation was happy to be able to partner with the United Way to offer this training opportunity to nonprofit board members. Through NCCF’s ‘Project BICEP’ (Building Institutional Capacity and Engaging Partnerships), various trainings, workshops and webinars are held throughout the year to strengthen the nonprofit sector and assist in building organizational capacity,” Eileen Dunn, NCCF program coordinator, said.

Around 40, local nonprofit board members attended the workshop, which focused on financial management and fundraising.

John Olsavsky, business professor at SUNY Fredonia, reviewed tax forms that need to be filled out by all not-for-profits and the audit process.

CEO of the Achievement Center Adam Bratton presented on fundraising. He emphasized, although fundraising can be hard, it can also be fun. He also noted, “the ask” is a very small part of the process.

“The United Way of Northern Chautauqua County and the Community Foundation readily partnered to bring this much wanted training to the local nonprofit sector. When considering someone to present on the subjects of nonprofit finances, fundraising and endowment planning, we were fortunate to have two local experts available. John Olsavsky and Adam Bratton were generous with their time and knowledge. This collaboration and training opportunity is one of the ways United Way strives to meet its mission to be a community partner and provide resources, leadership and opportunities,” Deborah Tederous, executive director of United Way of Northern Chautauqua County, said.

At the end of the workshop, participants were asked to vote on topics for upcoming workshops.

For more information on the United Way of Northern Chautauqua County, call 366-5424 or visit

For more information on NCCF, call 366-4892 or visit