Partnering for a Purpose

Be part of United Way of Broome County’s annual conference, entirely dedicated to organizational best practices and community collaboration.

United Way of Broome County is excited to announce the 4th annual Partnering for a Purpose Conference. This year’s conference will be fully virtual, with two days of conference sessions – a full day on Thursday, November 4, and a half-day on Friday, November 5.

Our conference kicks off with our keynote speaker, Dr. Carol Ross-Scott, the Vice President of Student Development and Chief Diversity Officer at SUNY Broome. Dr. Carol Ross-Scott’s keynote will discuss how nonprofit professionals can “walk the walk” on their journey to advance equity in our community

In addition to a dynamic keynote, conference sessions will focus on professional development opportunities, with webinars and workshops covering topics such as managing effective internships, grant writing, and marketing. Additionally, we will hold a Funders’ Panel with representatives from the Community Foundation of South Central New York, the Decker Foundation, and the Klee Foundation.

As always, the Partnering for a Purpose Conference is free to attend. Conference participation is strongly encouraged  for all funded Community Partners


Session 1: 9:00 am to 10:15 am – Conference Welcome and Keynote Speech with Dr. Carol Ross-Scott, SUNY Broome

Our Fourth Annual Partnering for a Purpose Conference kicks off with a dynamic keynote speech from Dr. Carol Ross-Scott, Vice President of Student Development and Chief Diversity Officer at SUNY Broome. After a brief welcome, Dr. Ross-Scott’s keynote will cover topics in diversity, equity, and inclusion. Attendees will gain a better understanding of how organizations can truly “walk the walk” when it comes to their DEI efforts.


Session 2: 10:30 am to 11:30 am – Meet the Funders with Diane Brown, Amanda McIntyre, and Gerry Putman; moderated by LoriAnne Welch

Join leaders from the Community Foundation for South Central New York, the Conrad & Virginia Klee Foundation, and Dr. G. Clifford and Florence B. Decker Foundation for a panel discussion on emerging topics in philanthropy and our local community. The session will be moderated by LoriAnne Welch from United Way of Broome County. Attendees will have the opportunity to ask the panelists questions throughout the session.

Session 3: 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm - Grant Writing Workshop with Tina Barber, Community Foundation for South Central New York

After a break for lunch, Program Officer Tina Barber will provide tips to writing engaging proposals to fully capture the impact of your organization and its programs. For both senior grant writers and those just starting out, this session is a great opportunity to brush up your skills and ask those burning questions!

Session 4: 1:45 pm to 2:45 pm - Trauma-Informed Practices with Meghan Gorton, Crime Victims Assistance Center

The session will start with an introduction into the concepts behind trauma-informed care, after which Meghan Gorton, Assistant Director of Education and Training at CVAC, will cover how its principles can be applied to all levels of an organization to promote healing and supportive environments for our community members.


Session 5: 9:15 am to 10:15 am - Looking Back and Moving Forward with United Way of Broome County
Let’s catch up! Start the second day of the conference with United Way of Broome County staff as we reflect on the past year and introduce new initiatives to look forward to in the coming months.
Session 6: 10:30 am to 11:30 am - Managing Effective Internships with Cory Rusin, SUNY Binghamton

In this session, Cory Rusin, Director of Recruitment and Internship Placement for the Masters of Public Administration and Sustainable Communities Programs, will cover how community-based organizations can facilitate meaningful experiences for their interns and fully leverage the skills that these individuals bring to their host organizations.

Session 7: 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm - Combining Direct Mail and Digital Strategies with Riger Marketing Communications

Our conference closes with a session led by the team at Riger Marketing Communications! They will discuss effective ways to integrate more traditional direct mail efforts with emerging digital strategies in order to bolster donor engagement and fundraising efforts.