Association Workshop Helps Nonprofits Learn to Utilize Social Media to Grow Their Organizations

February 13, 2018 – Over a dozen nonprofits on Staten Island attended the Staten Island NFP Association’s workshop on Utilizing Social Media to Grow Your Nonprofit Organization. Held at Historic Richmondtown, nonprofit leaders and staff learned how to use social media to attract donors, spread their message, and increase visitors to their Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and other media pages.

The workshop featured a panel of experts including Jaclyn Tacorante, Chief Marketing Partner, JMT Media; Megan Ernst, Marketing Business Advisor, Staten Island Small Business Development Center; and Vincent Innocente, Manager of Marketing and Audience Services, St. George Theatre.

The panel discussed the importance of researching your audience to determine the best social media platforms to use, how to target media outreach to specific demographics, and how to tailor content to maximize its impact on donors. As part of the workshop, attendees participated in a networking session to understand each other’s organizations better and were asked to post “selfies” to show off their new friendships.

Following the two-hour workshop, the panel held individual one on one consultations with organizations to provide direct assistance and offer ideas on how to improve each group’s social media presence.










  1. Meeting with Mayor DeBlasio
    Meeting with Mayor DeBlasio
    On April 11th Executive Director Alex Lutz and SI COAD Program Director Laura Del Prete met Mayor Bill DeBlasio at his Staten Island Open House in Borough Hall. Alex stressed the need for the city to provide more resources and training on the Island so local organizations do not have to travel to receive direct services from agencies. Laura shared the accomplishments of the COAD and requested representation from the Mayor's Office to establish better communication before the next emergency.
  2. Association Hosts Workshop on Making Social Media Work For You
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    On March 23rd the Association hosted its fourth workshop of the year, “Making Social Media Work for You,” at St. John’s University. Over 20 people from more than 20 different organizations participated in the workshop that featured Kristine Garlisi, Chief of Staff, The Nicotra Group; and Jaclyn Tacoronte, CEO and President, JMT Media, LLC. Attendees learned the current trends in social media, and do’s and don’ts to consider when posting on social media.
  3. Nonprofit Collaboration Across County Lines
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    On April 13th, the Association met with nonprofit coalition leaders from the Bronx, Long Island and Westchester to discuss collaboration. The meeting was arranged by Sharon Stapel, President, Nonprofit Coordinating Committee of New York. In addition to Stapel and association executive director Alex Lutz, participants included Eileen Newman, Center for Bronx Non-Profits; Joanna Straub, Nonprofit Westchester; and Ann Marie Thigpen, Center for Nonprofit Leadership (Long Island).
  4. SI Chamber of Commerce Joins COAD
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  5. Staten Island NFP Assocation one of many grant recipients from The Nicotra Foundation
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  6. Protecting Staten Island From Future Storms
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  7. Local Nonprofits Learn if Their Organization is Ready for a Fundraising Campaign.
    Local Nonprofits Learn if Their Organization is Ready for a Fundraising Campaign.
    June 2, 2017 - staff and volunteers from local nonprofits learned the steps needed to build and execute a fundraising campaign for their organization. The workshop, entitled "Is Your Organization Ready for a Fundraising Campaign?" was provided by Gary Bernstein, President of Bernstein Group & Associates.
  8. SI COAD Brings Together Federal, State and Local Agencies on Staten Island to Plan for Emergencies
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    On June 20 over 30 federal, state and local agencies and organizations attended the monthly meeting of the Staten Island Community Organizations Active in Disaster (SI COAD) to discuss emergency planning for the borough.
  9. Staten Island NFP Association Elects New Officers, Welcomes New Board Members
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    On July 25th, the Association held a seminar focused on helping local community groups create continuity plans so they can continue to function after a major emergency. Participants included Person Centered Care Services (PCCS), the Salvation Army, and the office of Staten Island Borough President James Oddo. The workshop was provided in partnership with FEMA, the JCC of Staten Island and the Staten Island Community Organizations Active in Disaster (SI COAD).
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    September 22, 2017 – The Staten Island NFP Association held its 4th annual Self-Care Conference on Friday, September 15th at the Staten Island Children’s Museum. Over 40 participants from more than 20 organizations and agencies engaged in a day of reflection and relaxation while learning valuable techniques to increase their resiliency, reduce stress and improve their own mental and physical well-being.
  13. Association Provides Local Organizations with Free Legal Advice on Bylaws
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  15. SI COAD and Association Host Active Shooter Preparedness Workshop
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    January 22, 2018 – The Association and the Staten Island Community Organizations Active in Disaster (SI COAD) held an Active Shooter Preparedness workshop. Participants learned how to respond and react in the event of an armed individual coming into their workplace. The workshop was conducted by Jack Ohem, former FDNY Battalion Chief. The presentation included what information needs to be provided to 911 and how to respond when police arrive. Over 40 people attended the workshop.
  16.  Association Hosts Workshop on Applying for FY19 City Funding
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