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Sept 2006


In this issue:

Online training

OANO 12th Annual Conference

National Planned Giving Day

PC Tip

Training Schedule  & Register for Classes

Nonprofit Pricing

Answers for Sale






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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!

Classes in our Training Lab at 474 Grant St, Akron OH  44311:

  • Microsoft Word 1: Document Basics
    09/14/06 - 1:30 - 4:30 PM

  • Microsoft Word 2: Tables, Merges & Macros
    09/21/06 - 1:30 - 4:30 PM

  • Microsoft Word 3: Forms & Advanced Tools
    09/28/06 - 1:30 - 4:30 PM

  • Microsoft Word 4: Graphics & Brochures
    10/05/06 - 1:30 - 4:30 PM

  • Microsoft Word 5: Newsletters
    10/12/06 - 1:30 - 4:30 PM

for any/all Training Lab classes

Online classes: click here for more details

  • FrontPage 1:Themes & Shared Borders
    09/20/06 - 9:00 AM - 12:00 Noon

  • FrontPage 2: Formatting Your Web Pages
    09/27/06 - 9:00 AM - 12:00 Noon

  • FrontPage 3: Cool Tools
    10/11/06 - 9:00 AM - 12:00 Noon

for any/all online training classes



Introducing Online Training!
Learn from your office -- no travel involved!!

In response to myriad requests for training throughout Ohio, Project Connect is implementing ONLINE TRAINING!! The first classes to be offered in this format are FrontPage 1 (09/20/06), FrontPage 2 (09/27/06), and FrontPage 3 (10/11/06).

Here's how it works:

  • Visit the http://projectconnect.webex.com and click on the [Registration] button for whatever class you want to register for. Enter your information into the form and click on the [Register] button again. Click [ok] and exit.

  • You will get a confirming email with all the information: date, time, session number, phone number, etc. Copy this to your calendar for that date starting at 8:45 AM.

  • On the day before the class, I will send you the handouts for the class. Please print them and have them with you on the day of training.

  • You must have the software you are training in loaded on the computer that you use to connect to the training session.

  • On the day of training at 8:45, sit comfortably at your own desk with the handouts and any necessary refreshments. Go to the email link that you pasted in your calendar. Fill in the information (the password is also in that information you pasted) and then join the session.

  • Once you join, you will be given a phone number to call. Call that number and enter the codes from the screen.

  • You will see my screen on your computer and be able hear me from your phone!

  • We'll keep the class to three hours with a break in the middle.

  • Get ready to have fun!!

Other details:

  • Online training is limited to 12 students per class. Classes fill quickly, so be sure to register early. 

  • Cost is $60 per person. We will invoice you or you can call 330-315-1335 and pay by credit card.

  • The registration deadline is 2 business days before the class. Payment must be made by the date of the class; checks, cash, and Mastercard/Visa are accepted. Cancellations must be received by 4:00 pm two days before the class in order to be eligible for a refund. 

  • Those who register for a class but do not attend will be charged for that class.

  • If you attended a class previously in the past year, you can repeat the class at no charge.



OANO 2006 Conference Offers Excellent Education with Top Quality Speakers
Ocotber 5, Hyatt Regency, Columbus

Make plans to join more than 300 nonprofit leaders for the 12th Annual OANO Conference
on October 5 at the Hyatt Regency in Columbus. Session topics include:

  • Nonprofit Collaboration Session I: Strategic Restructuring
    Presenter: Robert Harrington, Senior Manager, La Piana Associates

  • Nonprofit Collaboration Session II: Administrative Collaborations and Consolidations in the Nonprofit Sector
    Presenter: Robert Harrington, Senior Manager, La Piana Associates

  • Using Technology for Research, Record Keeping & Building Relationships

  • Capital Campaigns: An Information Workshop with the Kresge Foundation

  • The Courage to Lead: A Seminar with the Leader to Leader Institute
    (Sponsored by the First Insurance Company for Nonprofits)

  • Board Session I: Board Chair & CEO Relationships
    Presenters: Sherry Williams, President of Prevent Blindness Ohio & Author Kathy McGinnis, Board Chair, Prevent Blindness Ohio

  • Board Session II: Recruiting & Engaging Talented Board Members
    Presenter: TBA

  • OANO’s Standards for Excellence: Focus on Fundraising
    Presenters: Columbus Area Performing Arts (CAPA) & Terri-Lynne Smiles, attorney with Collis, Smiles & Collis, LLC

  • Social Enterprise
    Presenter: TBA

  • Employee Compensation
    Presenter: JK Evans & Associates

Visit OANO's website (www.oano.org) for more details!!



William Considine is Keynote Speaker for WRPGC's National Planned Giving Day
Friday, October 27, 2006 7:30 - 10:30 AM,
American Red Cross, Akron, OH

Learn from William Considine, one of the top executives in the area, about how the CEO can maximize the impact of planned giving. Why it planned giving important to the CEO? What does the CEO need to know from the development staff, and what does the development staff need to know from the CEO? When do you need to get involved, and what approaches are most effective?

WRPGC encourages development officers to bring their CEOs to this event. Bill Considine’s talk will highlight the relationship between the CEO and development office for effective fundraising.

Other agenda items include table topics on the following: Organizational Readiness: Assessing Your Organization for Planned Giving, Using Professional Advisors, Prospects and Donors: Handling Sensitive Matters, CEOs Only: Everything You Wanted to Ask about Development, Managing the One Person Shop, and How to Market Planned Giving.

Cost is $20 for WRGPC members and CEO's; $25 for others. Visit www.wrpgc.org for more details.



Ryan's PC TIP:
Cleaning Up!!
For more information, contact Ryan at 330-315-1335 or

We hear it all the time: Why is my computer running so slow?? Just like you change the oil in your car to get the gunk out of the engine, you have to clean your computer to get the gunk out of the system!! And you have to do this every one-to-three months!!

Remember the Four D's of Preventative Maintenance (PM):

  • Download updates

  • Delete temp files

  • Disk cleanup

  • Defragment

Download updates:

  1. Go to Start/Windows Update and search for updates. Install what is suggested. Do only one at a time and follow the directions.

  2. Go to your virus software and update the definitions. Run that.

  3. If you use spyware tools (such as Spybot), look for updated files and run a complete scan.

Delete temporary files:

  1. Go to Start/Find/Files or Folders… and find all files named *.tmp in the c: drive. Press [CTRL +A] to select all of them and then push the [Delete] key.

  2. Then, open Internet Explorer. Click on the menu Tools/Internet Options. Click on the [Delete Files] button under the section called Temporary Internet files. Be sure to also check the box to delete all offline content.

  3. Empty your Recycle Bin.

Disk cleanup:

  1. Go to Start/Programs/ Accessories/ System Tools/ Disk Cleanup … Make sure C: drive is selected and click [OK]. Check off all files to delete. Click [OK].

  2. If the Disk Cleanup seems stuck on identifying how much space will be saved by compressing files, follow the directions at https://infolineinc.org/connect/updates/2005/03-05.htm#PC_TIP:


  1. Go to Start/Programs/ Accessories/ System Tools/ Disk Defragmenter … Make sure C: drive is selected and click [OK]. This will eliminate all those ugly spaces on your hard disk and put your files together in a logical order so that your computer will run faster and better.

  2. Defrag monthly even if the system does not recommend it.

  3. Never stop a defrag in the middle! The computer might be in the middle of moving a file and it could become corrupt.

The Four D's should be run monthly to keep your computer running smoothly. Set yourself a recurring appointment in Outlook to do a PM on your system.

A clean computer is a happy computer, so remember your monthly maintenance check!



Answers for sale!!

You and your staff have more important things to do than fight with your technology! Instead of spending hours of frustration trying to do it yourself, let us help you!

Project Connect offers Live Help for staff of all Ohio nonprofits! If you are having problems with a Microsoft Office or Adobe product, simply go to www.pclivehelp.org and complete the form. Follow the directions, and then we'll be able to see your computer from our office. We can then walk you through the problem.

Cost is $15 per increment of 10 minutes.




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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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