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In this issue:

October 27, 2003

CNE Annual Conference

Free Federal Guidelines for Websites

Grantwriting for Technology

Free Charitable Events Guide Listings

Order UDS Buckeye Baskets for the Holidays!

Research Before You Buy

Did You Know? Our Secrets for Better Computing

Register for Upcoming Classes

Training  Schedule 






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Center for Nonprofit Excellence
2003 Annual Conference
November 6, 8:30 - 3:30, Hilton Akron/Fairlawn
$99 per person includes lunch

The situation for nonprofit organizations in Summit County is extremely challenging. Funding reductions are significantly changing the way we do business. Layoffs and increased workloads are frustrating our employees. Worse yet, we’re not able to provide the depth and breadth of services our customers deserve.

In these challenging times, effective leadership is more critical than ever before. Boards and executives need to step back and take a new looks at the organization. Do we have the governance and management expertise we need to keep our organizations strong and our customers satisfied?

Please join us as we explore ways nonprofit organizations can adapt changes, build capacity and meet their missions in these challenging times.

  • Date: Thursday, November 6, 2003 8:30 AM – 3:30 PM
  • Registration fee: $99 per person includes lunch
  • Location: Hilton Akron/Fairlawn 3180 W. Market Street Fairlawn, Ohio 44333

Featured speakers include: Penelope McPhee, Vice President & Chief Program Officer, Knight Foundation; Delena Wilkerson, Executive Director, Nonprofit Financial Center ;Carol Weisman, President, Board Builders; and Howard Tuckman, Ph.D., Dean, Rutgers Business School.

For more information call Susan Griffin at 330.762.9670 or email to .

Seating is limited, so register early!


Order Your Buckeye Baskets for the Holidays!

United Disability Services is offering a taste of Northeast Ohio this holiday season with Buckeye Baskets, a new fundraiser and pilot business venture for individuals with disabilities served by the agency's Vocational Services program. The baskets make wonderful gifts for business associates, friends and family.

The baskets contain specialty foods and other products made in Northeast Ohio. For a detailed description of each basket and ordering information, visit

For more information, contact Carrie Herman, Director of Business Development, at 330-762-9755 or


Grantwriting for Technology Workshop Notes Online

"Technology-related funding feels like a never ending black hole to many funders," comments Marc Osten of Summit Collaborative, "So many grantmakers see technology funding as a questionable investment because nonprofits often come in with proposals that are not adequately planned or budgeted for."

But your organization is planning a brilliant technology initiative. Not only will it save money, but it will allow your organization to expand its service offerings. So how do you get it funded? How do you convince grantmakers that your technology project will not be a black hole?

Osten tackled this issue for the United Way of New York City's Technology Workshop series on September 12, 2003. Some really terrific advice, as well as some video clips, are available online at


Announce Your Events in Cleveland Magazine's Charitable Events Guide FREE!

Cleveland Magazine is proud to announce the creation of Cleveland Magazine’s Charitable Events Guide. This is Cleveland Magazine's way of partnering with the community and creating a voice for nonprofit organizations that put forth enormous amounts of time and energy to accomplish their ultimate mission of strengthening our community. The guide and companion website will serve as the most comprehensive guide to galas, walks, runs, balls, auctions and other fund-raising events in the city.

Printed copies will be published along with Cleveland Magazine in January and July and the website will be updated on a weekly basis.

The calendar can be used by event planners, volunteers, donors and sponsors alike, providing them with an invaluable aid in planning and attending the numerous functions that take place in Northeast Ohio throughout the year. The ultimate goal is to provide a source for people who want to make a difference in our community and to encourage them to share their time, talents and resources with others.

To post your events, go to and click on [Charitable Events Guide]. Follow easy instructions to register your organization. Once you are a registered user of Cleveland Magazine's Charitable Events Guide, you can submit as many 2004-2005 events as you wish. Some tips:

  • Take your time entering events.
  • Make sure you enter as much information regarding the event(s) as possible.
  • To avoid duplication of effort, only one contact person from your organization should register and enter event information.

The website includes a place for you to create your own website, send e-invitations and provide complete event logistics. Additional services, such as selling tickets, registering participants and taking donations online are available for a small fee by Kintera Inc. Kintera Inc. is the leading distributor for Web-based marketing services for non-profits.

Once information is posted by your organization, the community can go online and find out where and when events are taking place, buy a ticket for the event and even learn more about the organization. They can search events by event name, organization name, city, category or date.

All 2004 information will go "live" on the Cleveland Magazine Charitable Events Guide Web site the week the listing is submitted. All event listings must be submitted by October 30, 2003 to be considered for the January printed version.

If you have questions or are unable to submit information via the Internet, please contact Mary Beth Brendza at 216-771-2833x149 (e-mail: ) by October 30, 2003.


187 Guidelines for Effective Web Design and Usability
Forwarded by Erin Dunbar, United Way of Portage County

HHS Secretary Tommy G. Thompson announced the availability of Research-Based Web Design & Usability Guidelines, a resource that will help government, academic, commercial and other groups involved in the creation of Web sites make decisions based on user research, not personal opinions.

"Given the ever-growing level of Internet use by the public, there is a critical need for authoritative guidance in designing federal Web sites and in making them useful for the public," Secretary Thompson said. "These guidelines are a wonderful resource for improving our communication efforts to better meet the needs and expectations of all citizens who turn to HHS for help."

The new resource contains 187 guidelines for effective Web design and usability and covers a wide range of Web site design issues, including accessibility, home page design, page and site navigation, graphics and images, Web content organization and effective Web content writing.

The complete set of guidelines is available at


Are you getting the best deals for your technology dollar?

Don't buy anything technology-related until you've visited these three websites first!! They offer significant discounts for nonprofits with Microsoft, Dell, CDW, Adobe, and more!


Did you know ...

Excel makes it so easy to track lists! You just put your column headings in the first row, fill the row with a different color (very important step), and type your data. What could be simpler? How about (1) that first row always being visible? and (2) the ability to see only those rows with specific data in them?

PC TIP #16
Excel 3: Advanced Tools

  • Make sure your first row contains column headings. Select that row by clicking on the row number, click on the drop-down arrow of the paintbucket on your formatting toolbar, and pick a color you like.
  • Go to cell B1. Go to Windows/Freeze Panes. Now row 1 will always be visible no matter where you go!
    • Sometimes, you want to see the first or second columns, not just rows. To do that, just go one cell down from the row you want to see and one cell to the right of the column you want to see. Go to Windows/Freeze Panes.
    • To reset the panes, go to Windows/Unfreeze Panes, select the cell one down and one to the right of what you want to see, and then go to Windows/Freeze Panes again.
  • Let's say you want to see everyone who lives in Akron or anyone who donated to a certain program. Put your cursor in the first row where your column headings are. Select Data/Filter/AutoFilter. Now drop-down arrows will appear. Click on the drop-down arrow to view these options for each column:
    • All records
    • Top 10 (or 5 or 15 or whatever you want)
    • Custom ... this is good to use if you want to use greater than or less than criteria.
    • Pick a specific value from the list.
  • You can leave your data like it is or simply turn off the filter by going to Data/Filter/AutoFilter again.



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: The Basics
11/05/03 - 9:00 AM - 12:00 Noon
bullet Intro to the Internet
11/07/03 - 9:00 AM - 12:00 Noon
bullet Microsoft Word 1: Document & Formatting Basics
11/04/03 - 9:00 AM - 12:00 Noon
bullet Microsoft Word 2: Tables, Merges & Macros
11/10/03 - 9:00 AM - 12:00 Noon
bullet Microsoft PowerPoint 1: Slideshow Basics
11/12/03 - 9:00 AM - 12:00 Noon
bullet Microsoft PowerPoint 2: Animation & Graphics
11/19/03 - 9:00 AM - 12:00 Noon
bullet Microsoft Excel 1: Spreadsheet Basics
11/13/03 - 9:00 AM - 12:00 Noon
bullet Microsoft Excel 2: Formulas
11/20/03 - 9:00 AM - 12:00 Noon

bullet Intro to Access: Data Entry & Other Basics
11/18/03 - 9:00 AM - 12:00 Noon

bullet The Database Developers Series
10/31/03 - 9:00 AM - 12:00 Noon
11/07/03 - 9:00 AM - 12:00 Noon
11/14/03 - 9:00 AM - 12:00 Noon
11/21/03 - 9:00 AM - 12:00 Noon
12/04/03 - 9:00 AM - 12:00 Noon
bullet The Website Developers Series
12/03/03 - 9:00 AM - 12:00 Noon
12/05/03 - 9:00 AM - 12:00 Noon
12/10/03 - 9:00 AM - 12:00 Noon
12/12/03 - 9:00 AM - 12:00 Noon
12/17/03 - 9:00 AM - 12:00 Noon

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