Your Voice Matters: Register now to design a nonprofit communication hub

Dear Community Partner,

You are invited to participate in a two-part discussion about providing Western NY and Monroe county nonprofits of all types with up-to-date capacity-building resources they need to increase their mission impact.  Your participation in these discussions will help design the specific features or functions that will enable you and your nonprofit to access and use this proposed website (hub) that will meet some of your organizational needs around communication, funding, resources, and technology. These discussions will be facilitated by CCNY and documented individually in nine counties (part one) then regionally (part two). The information gathered here will guide the development of an online hub where nonprofits can access needed resources in one place. All Organizations that participate in both focus groups will be eligible for a drawing for a $500.00 Amazon gift card.  A total of 5 gift cards will be awarded.

You are invited to join the Allegany County Focus Group on May 7th from 1:00-3:00. If you want to register for this right now, you can click on the link below, or continue reading for more information and register at the end. Participation is capped at 30 people.  If the 30 person cap is reached, you will be notified via email that you will be put on a waiting list.

https://zoom.us/j/99146005141

The link includes two thought-starter questions to help you provide some initial input into the process. Please be prepared to answer the following with a short phrase:

  • When you think about what a genuinely functional nonprofit support hub looks like, what do you see?
  • When you think about the support that you’d like at your fingertips, what do you wish for?

We will use these answers to create themes for the greater discussion

Background

From May through September 2020, the Western New York Nonprofit Support Group (WNYNSG) held community conversations across WNY and Monroe to understand what nonprofit leaders viewed as the most essential support necessary to recover from COVID-19.   Based on the needs identified, WNYNSG brought together a group of nonprofit intermediaries with relevant expertise to develop solutions.

One project coming out of this effort is the development of a  nonprofit information hub for WNY and Monroe which will serve as the core infrastructure for information, collaboration, and capacity-building resources, with emphasis on racial equity and technology in the first phase. The hub will be developed to address the following problem statements identified through the community conversations:

·  Nonprofits and intermediaries are facing information overload and challenge getting the right information at the right time

·  Access to help (funding and technical assistance) is not streamlined, and information is changing rapidly

·  There is a lack of access to hardware, software, and technology training for staff and clients, making program delivery and communication difficult

·  Nonprofits and intermediaries require support on the path to being equitable, culturally responsive, and anti-racist

·  Collaboration is more important than ever, though it is not easy, especially across our 9-county region.

Input Sessions for Nonprofit Leaders

To ensure the voice of the nonprofits who will use the hub is included in the hub design, you are invited to participate in a two-part discussion about how to provide Western NY and Monore nonprofits of all types with up-to-date capacity-building resources they need to increase their mission impact.

Participation in both sessions will provide the most robust information to guide the hub design. However, we know calendars are tight and if you can only participate in the County specific session, we still welcome and encourage you to attend and give input into this important initiative.

What you can expect: Part One (individual county area, 2 hours max)

·  Welcome and brief review of topic areas identified from your feedback to the problem statement.

·  Opportunity to meet in small groups to discuss those topics as they relate to your functional requirements

·  Opportunity to contribute to a “big picture” of what your county needs from a nonprofit support hub

·  Opportunity to provide feedback on the discussion process

What  you can expect: Part Two (regional – everyone is invited back!)

·  Welcome and brief review of topic areas identified across the region from your participation in Part One

·  Opportunity to meet in small groups to discuss regional topics as they relate to functional requirements

·  Opportunity to contribute to a “big picture” of what your region needs from a nonprofit support hub

·  Opportunity to provide feedback on the discussion process

I will be joining you on the call, but will not be facilitating the meeting. Adam Dolce from United Way of Northern Chautauqua County, as well as additional members from the New York Non Profit Support Group will be hosting. Feel free to reach out with any questions and I will do my best to answer them. I hope to see you all on May 7th.

Amanda Joyce-Phelps

Director

Allegany County United Way