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 March  2005


In this issue:

Grants for High-Priority Social Services

Mardi Gras Event Supports Victim Assistance Program

Style Show Supports 3 Charities

Win a Copier ... Promote Good Parenting

Art & Science of Grantmaking

Akron Community Foundation Wins National Award

Service Spotlight

Research Before You Buy

Our Secrets for Better Computing

Register for Upcoming Classes

Training Schedule 






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Governor's Office Announces Availability of Sub-Award Grants

The Governor's Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives is pleased to announce the release of the Ohio Compassion Capital Project Sub-Award grant application for the purpose of capacity building activities of small, faith-based and community-based organizations who are directly impacting their communities in high-priority social service areas: homelessness; addiction and recovery; working with at-risk youth; ex-offender programs; strengthening families; welfare-to-work; and elders in need. More information is available at


Les le bon temps roule!
March 5 • 6:00 PM
Todaro's Party Center
1820 Akron Peninsula Rd Akron

Let the good times roll at the Victim Assistance Program’s 13th Annual “A Taste of New Orleans” Fundraising party on Saturday, March 5th at 6:00 PM. Join us at Todaro’s Party Center in the Valley (Akron) for “A Taste of New Orleans” featuring live and silent auctions, entertainment, a grand prize basket, raffle prizes and Creole and American cuisine.

All proceeds for this event will be used by the Victim Assistance Program to provide services and support activities on behalf of victims of crime in Summit County. For tickets and reservation information please call: 330-376-0040.


Luncheon & Annual Style Show Benefits Three Local Charities
March 19 • 11:00 AM
Tangier Restaurant, 532 W Market St, Akron
         Pre-show raffle tickets also available

Zonta ABC (Akron, Barberton, Cuyahoga Falls), a women’s philanthropic organization, is pleased to announce its 21st Annual Charity Style Show fundraiser. The event, the local organization’s ONLY fundraiser of the year, will benefit three local non-profit organizations: Haven of Rest Ministries’ Harvest Home, Akron’s Victim Assistance Program, and The University of Akron’s Verna Trushel Scholarship Fund for Displaced Homemakers. The event also benefits one international organization: the Fistula Hospital in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

The Charity Style Show, which attracts up to 300 guests each year, will be held on Saturday, March 19, 2005, at Tangier, 532 W. Market Street, Akron. The doors open at 11:00 a.m.; lunch will be served at 12:00 noon; a cash bar will be available.

Advance reservations are required. Tickets for the fundraiser are $25 each. Raffle tickets are $1 each or six for $5. To purchase event or raffle tickets, or to obtain further information, contact Brandy Kohut, event chair, at 330-796-8946 (daytime) or via email: . Ticket sales end on March 11, 2005; tickets will NOT be available the day of the event . To learn more about Zonta or to view photos of last year’s Style Show, visit


Send Parents to the Kiwanis/VFW Parenting Fair ... Win a $12,000 Copier!
April 9 • 8:00 AM - 3:15 PM
Kenmore High School

Your church, school or other organization can win a $12,000 copy machine, courtesy of BOECO (Business Office Equipment Company), by referring the most attendees to the14th Annual Kiwanis VFW Parenting Fair on Saturday, April 9, 2005 at Kenmore High School in Akron.

The Kiwanis VFW Parenting Fair is a day-long series of parenting workshops such as:

  • Keeping Your Cool With Kids;

  • No Bullies, No Victims;

  • Computer Skills for Parents;

  • A Parent’s Guide to Banking;

  • Identifying Special Needs in Children;

  • Family Nutrition Planning and Guidelines;

  • Violence in Child Sports; and

  • Helping Children With Homework.

Each parent who registers at the Parenting Fair will fill out a form, indicating which school, church, agency, etc. referred him/her to the event. Results will be tallied by the Parenting Fair Steering Committee and the organization with the most attendees will be awarded the FREE copy machine!

If you are interested in participating in this competition, or would like more information, please call Kathleen Downing at 330-376-7717 ext. 142 and leave a voice mail message.


AFP Presents: The Art and Science of Grantmaking
Dr. William Hiller, Martha Holden Jennings Foundation
March 14, 12:00 – 1:30
Guy’s Party Center, Akron
$11 Members / $20 Non-Members   

Need to know where to begin? Need to know what to say? Need to know who's interested? This is your opportunity to hear from and learn from a grantmaking foundation on the art and science of it all. What's the secret formula behind getting the grant? Or is it a secret at all? Dr. William Hiller, Executive Director of the Martha Holden Jennings Foundation in Cleveland will help answer these mind-boggling questions.

Dr. Hiller is Executive Director of the Martha Holden Jennings Foundation in Cleveland. Before joining the foundation, he served as superintendent of the Mentor Public Schools for eight years. In January 1985, Executive Educator magazine named Dr. Hiller as one of the top 100 up-and-coming school managers in North America. He was recently appointed by President Bush to the National Institute for Literacy Board. For more information, visit


Akron Community Foundation Wins Gold Awards for Outstanding Communications

Akron Community Foundation received two Gold Awards in the Council on Foundations 2005 Wilmer Shields Rich Awards Program. The program recognizes effective communication efforts to increase public awareness of foundations and corporate-giving programs.

This is the third year in a row Akron Community Foundation has been recognized by the council, receiving Gold Awards both for its 2004 annual report and its website,

“It is an honor for the foundation’s publications to once again receive such prestigious recognition,” said Akron Community Foundation President Jody Bacon. “Communicating the foundation’s mission and its impact on our community helps to raise awareness of the foundation’s importance and keeps Greater Summit County in touch with one of its most important philanthropic resources.”

For more information, visit


Service Spotlight:
Website Incubator

Project Connect's website incubator is ideal for small and mid-size nonprofits wishing to have an effective web presence without devoting significant resources to its upkeep.

  • You get affordable control, flexibility, and specialized support

  • We will work with you to present your mission and services to the online communities you wish to reach.

  • We will train your staff to make changes.

  • We will provide technical support during regular business hours.

If you need a website, or need to convert your existing website …

  • We will meet with you to develop a basic website strategies plan.

  • We will research and register your domain names. Generally, registrars charge $100 for a 5-year registration.

  • We will develop a basic, ten-page website using your information and graphics for $750.

If you already have a website …

  • We will work with your existing provider to transfer the website to our servers. The one-time set-up fee is $50.

Website hosting for nonprofits …

  • We will host your website for $15 per month/$180 per year and provide phone and e-mail technical support to your staff.

  • We will train your staff to update your website. FrontPage classes are $40 each, and one-on-one coaching is $150 per 2-hour session.

  • Once your needs go beyond Project Connect's server capabilities (500 MB or 5 GB of data transfer), we will suggest that the website be moved to a dedicated hosting company and we will assist in the transfer.

Sample websites …

For more information, call 330-315-1335 or email us at .


Amy's PC TIP:
Cleaning up the Disk Clean-Up

We knew it! We knew it! Something was wrong with the Disk Clean-Up in Windows 2000 and above. Microsoft has finally admitted there's a slight little bug that makes the Disk Clean-Up take 1 - 20 hours to determine how much room can be saved by compressing old files. No one could wait that long, so nothing got cleaned up.

Finally, here is how to get the Disk Clean-Up to work right (from;en-us;812248):

WARNING! If you use Registry Editor incorrectly, you may cause serious problems that may require you to reinstall your operating system. Microsoft cannot guarantee that you can solve problems that result from using Registry Editor incorrectly. Use Registry Editor at your own risk.

  1. Click Start, and then click Run.

  2. Type regedit in the Open box, and then press ENTER.

  3. In the left-hand panel, double-click on the folders in the following path:



    • Microsoft

    • Windows

    • CurrentVersion

    • Explorer

    • VolumeCaches

      • Optional: On the File menu, click Export, and then click Desktop, type VolumeCaches in the File name box, and then click Save. This step creates a backup of the VolumeCaches registry key. If you experience any problems after you complete the steps that are listed in this procedure, you can use this backup to restore the VolumeCaches key to its original state. To restore the key, double-click the VolumeCaches.reg file on your desktop, and then click Yes.

  4. Click once on the Compress Old Files folder.

  5. Delete the folder. Click [Yes].

  6. Exit from regedit.

  7. Test the Disk Clean-Up: Start/Programs/Accessories/System Tools/Disk Clean-Up. Run it on the C:/ drive and delete everything!

  8. One step more for a happy computer: Start/Programs/Accessories/System Tools/Disk De-Fragmenter. Analyze it. Remember: red and white are bad!!! Blue and green are good!! Shut down all your other programs and click on [Defragment] before you leave for the day ... in the morning, your computer will feel like new!


Register for Upcoming Classes

Join us this winter for a cup of cocoa and a refresher course, or learn something entirely new! Call 330-315-1335 or e-mail to register or receive a copy of our winter schedule. Cost is $40 per person for staff and volunteers of member organizations; $60 per person for staff and volunteers of non-member organizations.

Don't know whether your organization is a member? Visit our members page to find out: Project Connect Members

Not a member? Join Project Connect today and save! Visit for more info.

Introductory Courses

  • Introduction to Computers 1: The Basics
    3/17/05 - 9:00 AM - 12:00 Noon

  • Introduction to Computers 2: Increasing Your Efficiency
    3/24/05 - 9:00 AM - 12:00 Noon

  • Introduction to the Internet
    3/31/05 - 9:00 AM - 12:00 Noon


  • Setting Up Your Company
    3/15/05 - 9:00 AM - 12:00 Noon

  • Statements & Reports
    3/22/05 - 9:00 AM - 12:00 Noon

  • Beyond the Ledger
    3/29/05 - 9:00 AM - 12:00 Noon

Microsoft Excel

  • Excel 1: Spreadsheet Basics
    4/19/05 - 9:00 AM - 12:00 Noon

  • Excel 2: Formulas
    4/26/05 - 9:00 AM - 12:00 Noon

  • Excel 3: Advanced Tools
    5/10/05 - 9:00 AM - 12:00 Noon

  • Excel 4: Data Analysis Tools
    5/14/05 - 9:00 AM - 12:00 Noon

Adobe PageMaker

  • PageMaker 1: The Basics
    5/18/05 - 9:00 AM - 12:00 Noon

  • PageMaker 2: Newsletters
    5/25/05 - 9:00 AM - 12:00 Noon

Microsoft Publisher

  • Publisher 1: The Basics
    5/19/05 - 9:00 AM - 12:00 Noon

  • PageMaker 2: Newsletters
    5/26/05 - 9:00 AM - 12:00 Noon


Microsoft Outlook

  • Outlook Basics
    3/30/05 - 9:00 AM - 12:00 Noon

Website Development

  • Website Development
    4/6/05 - 9:00 AM - 12:00 Noon

  • FrontPage 1:Themes & Shared Borders
    4/13/05 - 9:00 AM - 12:00 Noon

  • Photoshop: Graphics for the Web
    4/20/05 - 9:00 AM - 12:00 Noon

  • FrontPage 2: Formatting Your Web Pages
    4/27/2005 - 9:00 AM - 12:00 Noon

  • FrontPage 3: Cool Tools
    5/4/2005 - 9:00 AM - 12:00 Noon

Microsoft Word

  • Document Basics
    4/7/05 - 9:00 AM - 12:00 Noon

  • Tables, Merges & Macros
    4/14/05 - 9:00 AM - 12:00 Noon

  • Forms & Advanced Tools
    4/21/05 - 9:00 AM - 12:00 Noon

  • Graphics & Brochures
    4/28/05 - 9:00 AM - 12:00 Noon

  • Newsletters
    5/5/05 - 9:00 AM - 12:00 Noon

Microsoft PowerPoint

  • PowerPoint 1: Slideshow Basics
    4/5/05 - 9:00 AM - 12:00 Noon

  • PowerPoint 2: Animation & Graphics
    4/12/05 - 9:00 AM - 12:00 Noon


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


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