About 40 attend Non-Profit Conference in Canton
Thursday, October 11, 2018 - 12:12 pm

Corrected at 2:05 p.m. to include the event was host by the St. Lawrence County Chamber of Commerce. An early report stated it was hosted by the Canton Chamber of Commerce. NorthCountryNow.com regrets this error.

Max DelSignore from the Northern New York Community Foundation addresses the audience.

CANTON -- About 40 attendees from 30 organizations attended the St. Lawrence County Chamber of Commerce’s Non-Profit Conference was held on Oct. 10 at the University Best Western Inn.

The conference featured presentations from four keynote speakers who talked about issues relevant to non-profit organizations in St. Lawrence County, as well as a networking session where attendees could meet new contacts and initiate partnerships.

Max DelSignore, Northern New York Community Foundation’s assistant director, started the conference by asking audience members to introduce themselves and the organization they were representing. “This exercise helped portray a complete picture of the nonprofit organizations we have in St. Lawrence County,” the chamber said.

Diane Leonard, who owns DH Leonard Consulting and Grant Writing Services, presented “Collaboration Strategies” and led a breakout session where she “encouraged the participants to form partnerships with organizations that align with your mission, rather than forming partnerships out of necessity for a grant application,” the chamber said.

Angela Gray, CPA/Principal Gray & Gray Associates, presented “Managing & Encouraging Planned Giving & Tax Deductible Gifts” where she briefed the audience on the new tax practices, and ways for Non-profits to structure donations under the new guidelines, in a way where donors still receive a tax benefit for their charitable contribution.

Andrew Forman, founder and CEO of Givz, joined the audience virtually via Zoom WebEx from New York City. He talked about what the chamber described as “millennial giving,” and outlined methods local non-profits can use to get charitable donations from more millennials.

Andrew Marietta, vice president for regional development of New York Council of Nonprofits, finished the conference with an overview of “Non-profit Compliance: Procedures, Documentation, and Bylaws” in which he discussed the many layers of documentation and procedures non-profits must provide in order to stay compliant with the recent laws.

The St. Lawrence County Chamber has posted downloadable PDFs of the four presentations on their website SLCChamber.org for the public and chamber members to use as a resource.