Seminars for Non-Profit Leaders


Institute for Non-profits

An Educational Program of Cornell Cooperative Extension of Rockland

You may register for individual classes or the full Certificate in Non-profit Sustainability. The full Certificate requires completion of four core courses (totaling 24 classroom hours) and at least 14 hours of elective classes.

Thanks to Orange & Rockland Utilities for sponsoring these seminars. Their generous support allows us to offer these classes at low cost to Rockland’s non-profit community!

Registration: Please pre-register at least one week in advance for any class by completing the attached form and mailing/faxing it, with payment, to Cornell Cooperative Extension, 10 Patriot Hills Drive, Stony Point, NY 10980. All classes will be held at this address.

The $10 course fee covers both sessions of the Core Seminars. Participants must attend both sessions of each seminar for credit.

If you registered and find you’re unable to attend, please let us know as soon as possible. Refunds will be made until the day before the class is scheduled.

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Seminar/Registration Questions? Please contact Jennifer Strianese, Administrative Assistant
845-429-7085 x117

Questions about the Institute for Nonprofits? Contact Suzanne Barclay at  845-429-7085 ext 107 or 

2019 Seminars Being Offered



  • The (Social) Medium is the Message: Taking Basics to Beyond

    Tuesday, March 5, 8:30 - 10:30 AM


    Charlie Pane of Cornell Cooperative Extension Rockland 

    Session Description:

    This session will focus on developing your multi-platform approach that takes into consideration how people engage with each platform. We will cover the particulars of the popular platforms and move thinking from basic to strategic usage.

    We all know how important it is for our orgs to go where the people are, and one of the biggest places where the people are right now is social media. But how many of us know exactly what to do to reach our audiences? A clear plan and strategy for outreach takes us from just being on social media to making social media work for us.

  • Introduction to Finding Grants through the Foundation Center

    Wednesday, March 20, 8:30 - 10:30 AM


    Susan Shiroma of the Foundation Center

    Session Description:

    For over 60 years, the Foundation Center has been supporting philanthropy by collecting data on foundations and other funders and helping non-profit organizations successfully apply to them for financial assistance. Learn from an expert how to navigate the foundation grant-making world. 

  • The Mission is the Message: Getting Creative to Communicate Your Value

    Monday, April 8, 5:30 - 7:30 PM


    Charlie Pane of Cornell Cooperative Extension Rockland

    Session Description:

    If we don’t have a Plan of Work or a Strategic Plan for our organizations, our donors, funders and the community would doubt our capacity to carry out our missions. Why should a Communications Strategy or Media Plan be any different when outreach efforts are an integral part of how most nonprofits accomplish their goals, reach their donors, and serve their constituents?

    This workshop will continue the conversation started in The (Social) Medium is the Message, but you don’t need to have attended to participate. We’ll discuss innovative ways to communicate the core of your mission and the value you bring to the community, and why your mission/values/vision statement should be present in every aspect of the work you do.

  • FASB Old and New: What You Need to Know

    Wednesday, April 25, 5:30 - 7:30 PM


    Donalee Berard of Berard and Associates

    Session Description:

    FASBY, the Financial Accounting Standards Board, is an independent, private not-for-profit organization that establishes financial reporting standards for private for-profit and not-for-profit organizations that follow GAAP (generally accepted accounting principles). This session will help you understand some new standards that are applicable to nonprofits, including, for example, the revenue recognition standard.

  • Talk Less, Smile More: A Guide to an Effective Stewardship Program

    Thursday, May 2, 5:30 - 7:30 PM


    Maddy Schiering of Sheer Strategy

    Session Description:

    We must listen carefully to how our donors want to be thanked and engaged. This presentation shares with participants best practices to involve and recognize donors with:

    • Tools you can you use to implement a stewardship program
    • Various levels of a stewardship program
    • Ideas to help you thank, thank and thank again
  • Fund Development Infrastructure and Implementation for Your Non-Profit

    Tuesday, May 21, 8:30 - 10:30 AM
    Instructor: Andrew Marietta of New York Council on Nonprofits 
    Session Description available soon

We offer INP Certificate Credit for select RDC Programs

All courses take place at CCE Rockland’s Education Center at 10 Patriot Hills Lane, Stony Point, NY 10980.

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Last updated March 15, 2019