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Oct 2006


In this issue:

Online Training

National Planned Giving Day

National Philanthropy 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 330-315-1335 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:

  • QuickBooks 1: Setting Up Your System
    10/31/06 - 9:00 AM - Noon

    • According to our surveys, QuickBooks is used by more non-profits than any other accounting package. This class will cover setting up the QuickBooks system … including preferences, customers, accounts, etc. Even if you currently use QuickBooks, this class might be helpful in understanding your system.

  • QuickBooks 2: Statements & Reports
    11/07/06 - 9:00 AM - Noon

    • This class will focus on entering and processing invoices, payments, deposits, etc. This will also cover printing simple financial reports which you can share with your board and funders.

  • QuickBooks 3: Donors & Grants
    11/14/06 - 9:00 AM - Noon

    • After you've got the basics down, it's time to customize it for your organization's needs. This course is good for people who have been using QB for some time, or those who have completed courses 1 and 2 and are ready for more. We will also look at donor management and advanced grant tracking.


click here to register 
for any/all Training Lab classes

Online classes: click here for more details

  • Microsoft Excel 1: Spreadsheet & Chart Basics
    10/18/06 - 9:00 AM - Noon

    • Learn how to set your options, use toolbars, navigate through a spreadsheet, fill down and across, AutoSum, and more. After this course, you will be able to create a basic spreadsheet from scratch, write basic sum and average formulas, and create simple charts from your data. Prerequisite: Skills covered in Introduction to Computers 1 & 2.

  • Microsoft Excel 2: Formulas
    10/25/06 - 9:00 AM - Noon

    • Learn how to enter and edit formulas-such as right and left, date and time, lookup, and IF statements. Also covers essential spreadsheet tools: grouping, naming, freeze/unfreeze panes, and references to other worksheets. Prerequisite: Skills covered in Microsoft Excel 1.

  • Microsoft Excel 3: Advanced Tools
    11/01/06 - 9:00 AM - Noon

    • Learn essential spreadsheet tools: grouping, naming, freeze/unfreeze panes, and references to other worksheets. Prerequisite: Skills covered in Microsoft Excel 2.

  • Microsoft Excel 4: Data Analysis Tools
    11/08/06 - 9:00 AM - Noon

    • For those of you who are ready to go the next step: subtotals and pivot tables! These tools consolidate your data and point out critical relationships. Also, advanced chart techniques will be covered. Prerequisite: Skills covered in Microsoft Excel 1, 2, & 3.

click here to register
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!! 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.



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.




Reservations now available for AFP's National Philanthropy Day
Friday, November 17, 2006
Sheraton Suites (Akron/Cuyahoga Falls, OH)
12:00 PM - Lunch followed by Awards Ceremony

National Philanthropy Day recognizes the endless contributions individuals make across the world every day to benefit humanity. This event allows us to show our appreciation for all that has been accomplished in the name of giving, and to thank the individuals, corporations, and foundations whose work makes our communities better. We invite you to join us to recognize the 2006 honorees and to help keep the spirit of giving alive:

  • Foundation Leadership Award: Margaret Clark Morgan Foundation

  • Corporate Leadership Award: Charles Schwab Corporate and Retirement Services

  • Small Business Leadership Award: Keeven White, WhiteSpace

  • Outstanding Philanthropist Award: Dr. Robert & Rochelle Stone

  • Outstanding Fundraiser Award: Joy Timken and Karen Belden

  • Children in Philanthropy Award: Students of St. Patrick School

  • Outstanding Professional Fundraiser: Jody Bacon

  • Lifetime Achievement Award: Ann Amer Brennan

The awards luncheon will be held November 17 at the Sheraton Suites in Cuyahoga Falls. To make reservations, visit http://www.afpncoh.org/2006npd/npdaction.htm. Sponsorship information is available at http://www.afpncoh.org/2005npd/sponsorship.htm.




Ryan's PC TIP:
Setting Tabs in Micrsoft Word (works in PowerPoint, too!)
For more information, contact Ryan at 330-315-1335 or

The mark of an amateur is two or more tabs in a row!! Look professional (and save yourself loads of typing!!) by setting and using your own tabs!!

  • First, make sure you see the horizontal ruler at the top of the page. If you don't see it, then go to View/Ruler and make sure it is checked.

  • Highlight the text you want to apply the tab formatting to.

  • To set a tab, simply click on the ruler! A black L will show up as your tab marker. Easy, eh?

  • To move a tab, simply click on the tab marker, drag to where you want it, and then let go.

  • To delete a tab, click on the tab marker and drag down.

  • The box to the left of the ruler is your tab tool. The L means a left tab. If you click on it once, it turns into an upside down T. This is a center tab. Click on it again and it turns into a backwards L. This is a right tab. The update down T with a dot is your decimal tab so you can line up numbers evenly.

  • Play around with these tabs to see how they differ and share with others how this can make your work easier! If you have any questions, visit www.pclivehelp.org and complete the form. We can walk you through the entire process!!




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.




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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