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May 9th 'Emerging Issues' – How Information and Communications Technology Can Work for Your Nonprofit


On Friday, May 9, 2014, the University at Albany's Emerging Issues in the Nonprofit Sector will present "Being in the Game: Optimizing the Impact of Information and Communications Technology (ICT) in Nonprofit Organizations." The full-day seminar, designed for nonprofit leaders and staff, will address the value of ICT tools, specifically applications of social media, and offer tips on how to make them work for your organization. The keynote speaker will be Fran Barrett, interagency coordinator and senior advisor on nonprofits to the governor of New York.

J. David Brown, president and CEO of the Capital District YMCA (CDYMCA), will head a nonprofit leader panel of professionals from his organization who will address the topic of using social media to advance an organization's mission.  The program will also include a presentation on optimizing the use of ICT within nonprofits by Dr. Yvonne Harrison of Rockefeller College of Public Affairs & Policy.

The May 9 program marks the sixth installment of the popular professional development series.  On Monday, March 24, over 60 attendees took part in "Don't Get Burned: Tools and Techniques to Protect Your Organization," an Emerging Issues in the Nonprofit Sector training seminar created by the New York State Office of the State Comptroller (OSC) that teaches nonprofit staff and board members how to prevent and detect fraud within their organizations. It is estimated that U.S. organizations lose an estimated 5% of annual revenues to fraud. Such incidences can severely impact not only the finances of nonprofit organizations but also its reputation and future government and community support. Fraud prevention, risk assessment and implementation of internal control are vital components to organizational accountability, management and governance. Program keynote speaker was Pete Grannis, first deputy comptroller of New York State. Participants received a packet of valuable information and tools on fraud protection, risk assessment and implementing internal controls.

Emerging Issues in the Nonprofit Sector is sponsored by the University at Albany's School of Social Welfare, School of Public Health and Rockefeller College of Public Affairs & Policy in conjunction with the President's Office of Community Engagement. In its first year (2013), Emerging Issues in the Nonprofit Sector presented four programs that brought nearly 400 community and nonprofit professionals to the UAlbany campus, with 256 unique individuals representing 183 different community nonprofit organizations participating.