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In this issue:

March 25, 2003

CNE Surveys for Consultants

Professional Development Series

Tech Grant Opportunities

Register Soon for OANO Conference

What Do You Want to Do?

Power Classes for Secretaries

Maximize Your Excel Expertise

Did You Know? Our Secrets for Better Computing

Register for Upcoming Classes

Training  Schedule 






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Have you completed your survey for the Center for Nonprofit Excellece?

You still have time to complete the Technical Assistance, Consulting and Training Survey! This survey is designed to identify what technical assistance is needed by the area's nonprofit community and what is available to them. It's very important that we have your input!

Please visit and complete the survey. You can e-mail it back to . If completing a hard copy of the survey is easier, please just mail it back to Info Line at 703 South Main Street # 211, Akron, Ohio, 44311 or fax it to 330-253-1137.

Please complete the survey by March 27th. When your survey is received, your organization will receive a certificate for one-half of the value of a CNE training. It’s our way of saying thank you for your input.


Professional Development & Networking Opportunities!

The North Central Ohio Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) meets the 2nd Monday of each month at the Martin Center at the University of Akron from 12:00 - 1:30. Professional development programs are provided at each luncheon meeting on a variety of current topics. At each luncheon meeting, experts in the area discuss funding strategies. Be sure to put these dates on your calendar:

  • April 14:
    Credentialing vs. Certification: What's the difference? Why is it important to your profession?
    presented by Bill Bartollini, Kent State University
  • May 12:
    Capital Campaigns: How to find the big donors and how to make the million-dollar ask!
    presented by John Fay, Children's Hospital
  • June 9:
    The AFP Website: How it can help your career
  • September 8:
    Donor Recognition and Stewardship: Building Trust
    presented by Laura Culp, Brockman, Coats, and Gedalian; and Diane Strachan, Stan Hywet Halls & Gardens Foundation
  • October 20:
    Direct Mail Marketing: Effective strategies in direct mail marketing, statistics, timing and lists -- to buy or not to buy
    presented by Hitchcock Fleming
  • November 12:
    National Philanthropy Day
  • December 8:
    Annual Membership Meeting: A highlight on local nonprofit programs and services
    presented by Lori Lautenschalger, YMCA

These are wonderful opportunities to network with fund-raising professionals in the area. Luncheon programs are $10 for members or $20 for non-members. For more information about AFP, contact Margaret Mascio, AFP’s Vice President of Membership, at


Three Technology Grant Opportunities

Check out these three new exciting opportunities to improve the technology of your organization. If you would like Project Connect to help plan your requests, please contact us:

AT&T Foundation:
Due April 22, 2003

SBC Excelerator seeks to fund projects that build the technology infrastructure of nonprofits enabling them to increase their organizational effectiveness and/or service delivery capability. Technology plans are strongly encouraged. See the 2003 RFP at http://www.AT&,5931,58,00.html for more details.

Due April 1, 2003

TechFoundation is offering four grant opportunities to be awarded by June: E-learning;  Intranets Creation and Maintenance; Website Creation and Maintenance; and Implementation Assistance. The first three appear to be product specific (i.e., use our products for free), but the latter offers cash grants cover training, staff planning and other costs related to implementing one of the grant projects. For more information, visit and select the link to the 2003 application.

Verizon Foundation:
Ongoing program

The Verizon Foundation offers $240 grants for internet access and free training for Project Connect participants. Visit for more info.


Leading the Way to Excellence & Innovation - 2003 OANO Conference
May 15-16 - Columbus OH

The registration deadline for this truly terrific conference is nearing! Visit to learn more about how this conference can help you do your job!


What Do You Want To Do?

We are in the process of examining our courses and identifying how they can be changed to best meet your needs. For example, some of you have stated that a class only about managing mail lists would be helpful. Others have suggested a class about creating forms and e-mailing them to donors or putting them on the internet.

If you have any suggestions for class topics, please send them to . Thanks!!


What We Suggest for Secretaries & Administrative Assistants

Word is such a powerful program that it's difficult to know everything it can do to make your job easier. For secretaries and administrative assistance, we suggest Word 2 through Word 5 ... they can turn you into power users!

Topics include mail merges, macros, and creating forms to send to others so they can tab-and-type (see for an example). We also deal with a lot of advanced tools such as text wrapping, different headers and footers, switching from portrait to landscape in the same document, tracking changes (a must for those responsible for by-laws!!), etc.

And if you go through the series, you will be able to complete the Expert MOUS Exam for Word (see for more details). See the schedule below and register early.


Did you know ...

Selecting a vertical block of text in a table of tabbed information is impossible unless you use this neat little trick.

PC TIP #10
Microsoft Word

  • Hold down the ALT key and then drag your mouse over the text.

  • Let go of ALT and the text is now selected and you can copy it to another location or delete it.

  • NOTE:  If your column of text is inside a Word table, you will not be able to use this trick to select it.


Register for Upcoming Classes
Attend FREE by applying to the Verizon Foundation:

Register for upcoming classes as soon as possible. Call 330-315-1335 or e-mail . Cost is $40 per person for staff and volunteers of member organizations;$60 per person for staff and volunteers of non-member organizations.

bullet Intro to Computers 1: The Basics
04/04/03 - 9:00 AM - 12:00 Noon
bullet Intro to Computers 2: Increasing Your Efficiency
04/18/03 - 9:00 AM - 12:00 Noon
bullet Microsoft Outlook
04/11/03 - 9:00 AM - 12:00 Noon
bullet Intro to the Internet
04/22/03 - 9:00 AM - 12:00 Noon

Note: The Microsoft Word Series continues from March and begins again on May 1st.

bullet Microsoft Word 1: Document & Formatting Basics
05/01/03 - 9:00 AM - 12:00 Noon
bullet Microsoft Word 2: Tables, Merges & Macros
05/08/03 - 9:00 AM - 12:00 Noon
bullet Microsoft Word 3: Advanced Tools
04/02/03 - 9:00 AM - 12:00 Noon
05/15/03 - 9:00 AM - 12:00 Noon
bullet Microsoft Word 4: Basic Graphics & Brochures
04/09/03 - 9:00 AM - 12:00 Noon
05/22/03 - 9:00 AM - 12:00 Noon
bullet Microsoft Word 5: Newsletters
04/16/03 - 9:00 AM - 12:00 Noon
05/29/03 - 9:00 AM - 12:00 Noon

bullet Microsoft PowerPoint 1: Slideshow Basics
04/01/03 - 9:00 AM - 12:00 Noon
05/09/03 - 9:00 AM - 12:00 Noon
bullet Microsoft PowerPoint 2: Animation & Graphics
04/15/03 - 9:00 AM - 12:00 Noon
05/16/03 - 9:00 AM - 12:00 Noon
bullet Microsoft Publisher 1: The Basics
04/10/03 - 9:00 AM - 12:00 Noon
bullet Microsoft Publisher 2: Newsletters
04/24/03 - 9:00 AM - 12:00 Noon
bullet Microsoft Excel 1: Spreadsheet Basics
04/30/03 - 9:00 AM - 12:00 Noon
bullet Microsoft Excel 2: Formulas
05/07/03 - 9:00 AM - 12:00 Noon
bullet Microsoft Excel 3: Advanced Tools
05/14/03 - 9:00 AM - 12:00 Noon
bullet Microsoft Excel 4: Data Analysis Tools
05/23/03 - 9:00 AM - 12:00 Noon

bullet Intro to Microsoft Access: Data Entry & Other Basics
04/29/03 - 9:00 AM - 12:00 Noon
bullet The Database Developers Series
05/06/03 - 9:00 AM - 12:00 Noon
05/13/03 - 9:00 AM - 12:00 Noon
05/20/03 - 9:00 AM - 12:00 Noon
05/27/03 - 9:00 AM - 12:00 Noon
06/03/03 - 9:00 AM - 12:00 Noon
bullet The Website Developers Series
05/21/03 - 9:00 AM - 12:00 Noon
05/23/03 - 9:00 AM - 12:00 Noon
05/30/03 - 9:00 AM - 12:00 Noon
06/04/03 - 9:00 AM - 12:00 Noon
06/11/03 - 9:00 AM - 12:00 Noon

Visit for to see our latest training schedule. Or call us at 330-315-1335 and we'll fax you a copy.



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