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 February 2006


In this issue:

Great Deal on GrantStation Service

Help Rebuilding Together

Support Victim Assistance Program

Ohio Nonprofit Excellence Awards

Payroll Services for Nonprofits

PC Tip

Register for Upcoming Classes

Training Schedule 






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GrantStation Opportunity!

For only 4 hours -- on February 14th, from 10am to 2pm Pacific Time (1 pm to 5 pm Eastern Time) -- discounted GrantStation PRO memberships will be available to eligible nonprofits for an admin fee of only $90. After the special offer ends, TechSoup's usual fee of $499 will apply. The regular retail price is $599. TechSoup are only able to offer this special promotion for a limited time due to the substantial discount involved.

GrantStation membership includes instant access to a searchable database of thousands of pre-screened foundation and corporate grantmakers that are actively accepting proposals from nonprofits. This database provides you with over 160 areas of interest to help narrow your search and keep your research time to a minimum. GrantStation also lists the latest federal grant announcements as well as state agencies offering grants in all 50 states. GrantStation just launched a new international grantmakers section to help you find grantmakers based in other countries.

Besides helping you identify the most appropriate grantmaker(s) for your program or project, GrantStation also provides comprehensive tutorials for building a successful grant seeking program and powerful grant requests. You will also receive their informative weekly bulletin, the GrantStation Insider.

Visit and place your order on February 14 (1 pm to 5 pm Eastern Time)! If you are not a registered organization, be sure to pre-register before the 14th: go to and select Register My Organization.

Learn more about the promotion and about GrantStation PRO:

Please note that Project Connect does not endorse any product or service. It simply provides this information as a public service.


Help Seniors Stay Safe at Home

Rebuilding Together is seeking volunteers to help out with its year-round volunteer program. Volunteers will work one day a week or as available in pairs to complete minor repairs to homes of elderly and disabled homeowners who need our help. Typical repairs include installing grab bars and handrails, basic plumbing, replacing light fixtures, and other light work. Most jobs take 2-3 hours to complete.

If you are interested in learning more about this opportunity for you or your group, call 330-773-4100 or visit


Laissez les bons temps rouler!
March 4 • 6:00 PM
Todaro's Party Center
1820 Akron Peninsula Rd Akron

Savor a sit-down dinner with open bar and dance to the music of The Deacons at VAP's annual fundraiser. Guests will enjoy live and silent auctions, raffle prizes for a diamond necklace, 50/50 drawing and more! Each guest will receive a ticket for our grand prize drawing: a voluminous Mardi Gras cornucopia filled with sumptuous treats and delights from ole N'Oleans and Bourbon Street goodies.

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.


OANO Announces Statewide Awards Ceremony to Recognize Ohio's Nonprofits!

Each year nonprofit organizations serve thousands in their communities and spend endless hours working on projects to help others and further their mission, that is why OANO is hosting the Ohio Nonprofit Excellence Award. The award recognizes creativity, execution, achievement, and overall excellence of a specific project or program completed by an Ohio nonprofit in 2005.  DEADLINE IS FEBRUARY 15th!

The award is open to any 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization located in Ohio. For more details, deadline information, and an application, please visit or contact Jennifer Eschbach at .


OCCN Offers Payroll Services for Nonprofits

The Ohio Community Computing Network is proud to announce its latest service for non profit organizations. OCCN now has a cost saving high quality payroll service. We understand the challenges of nonprofit organizations since we are a non profit organization. Our service could save you up to $1,000 per year for a payroll for 20 member staff compared to other commercial payroll services.

The OCCN Payroll Service will:

  • Process payroll based on the Client's schedule and mail pay stubs to all employees,

  • Provide Clients with a variety of ways to report payroll hours including email, telephone or fax,

  • Calculate payroll amounts and deduct payroll taxes including both employer and employee taxes,

  • Send via e-mail or postal mail easy-to-read payroll reports to the Client,

  • Provide the amount of tax obligations Client needs to pay to the appropriate agencies, or if needed, electronically transfer client's federal, state, and, where applicable, local payroll taxes to the appropriate agencies for every deposit period,

  • Prepare and file all appropriate tax returns, give client a detailed listing of tax liabilities and copies of returns for their records on a quarterly and annual basis, and

  • Process and mail out W-2s to all employees.

  • Assume liability for the accuracy and timeliness of all deposits and returns

  • Process and mail out W-2s to all employees.

  • Assume liability for the accuracy and timeliness of all deposits and returns

For more information visit or contact Sunny Chen at 614-387-6021


Amy's PC TIP:
Transferring Your Favorites in Internet Explorer

Getting a new computer and don't want to lose your list of bookmarked favorites? Like to copy some of your internet favorites from your work computer to your home computer? It's very easy!!

On the machine that already has the favorites:

  • Open Internet Explorer and go to File -> Import and Export.

  • Click [Next].

  • Select Export Favorites.

  • Select the Favorites folder and click [Next].

  • This is the hardest part: save the file in a location that you will remember!!

  • Click [Next] and [Finish].

  • Transfer the bookmark.htm file to the new machine (you can save it on a disk or email it to yourself).

On the new machine:

  • Open Internet Explorer and go to File -> Import and Export.

  • Find the bookmark.htm file you saved.

  • Click [Next] until you hit [Finish].


Register for Upcoming Classes

Project Connect now offers classes "on demand": just call or e-mail to have your name added to the list, and as soon as we have enough folks registered, we'll schedule the class. This way, we can run whatever classes you need, when you need them!

Desktop Publishing with Microsoft Publisher

Microsoft Publisher will be offered Wednesdays, February 15 and 22, from 9am-noon.  The first class is almost full, and covers the basics.  The second class focuses on creating multi-page publications such as newsletters. Complete descriptions of each course are on our website,

  • Publisher 1: The Basics
    2/15/06 - 9:00 AM - 12:00 Noon

  • Publisher 2: Newsletters
    2/22/06 - 9:00 AM - 12:00 Noon  

Introduction to Computers

Just getting started with computers?  Need a brush-up?  Join us for the Intro to Computers series, February 21 and 22. Complete descriptions of each course are on our website,

  • Intro to Computers 1: The Basics
    2/21/06 - 1:00 PM - 4:00

  • Intro to Computers 2: Increasing Your Efficiency
    2/22/06 - 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM  

The Database Developers' Series (MS Access) is starting again soon

Missed it the last time around?  The Microsoft Access waiting list is filling up, and will be scheduled again soon. The first session will focus on identifying what needs to be included in a nonprofit-related database and how to structure it so that the database will be easy to use and easy to retrieve useful information.  Over the next 3 sessions, we build our databases, using forms, queries and reports to aid data entry and data extraction. Access 5 covers troubleshooting and database maintenance.  We recommend you sign up for the entire series, as each class builds directly on the previous one.  Complete descriptions of each course are on our website,

If you have always wanted to learn more about the database you're currently using, or think that creating one will improve how you handle information, please sign up! Send an email to and let us know you're interested.


FrontPage and Word Coming Soon!

Get on the list for MS Word and FrontPage!  FrontPage is offered in three sessions, or sign up for the whole Web Developers' Series and get PhotoShop for the Web to create your own graphics and touch up those photos for Internet use.  Word is offered in five sessions, from beginning documents to advanced desktop publishing.  Complete descriptions of each course are on our website,


Don't forget - we also offer custom sessions. Just get a minimum of 8 people together, and we'll do a special session just for you.  You don't all need to be from the same organization, so tell your friends!

Reserve your seat now - call 330-315-1335 or e-mail .


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!


As always, we are interested in hearing from you to learn how we can best meet your technology and connectivity needs. Give us a call at 330-315-1335 or e-mail us at .


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