Robert Gioia
Robert Gioia

OLEAN, N.Y. — Keynote speaker Robert Gioia, John R. Oishei Foundation president, will illustrate how participants from different nonprofits can work together in his address “Cultivating Successful Collaborations” at the Cattaraugus Region Community Foundation’s fourth annual Nonprofit Networking Day, Friday, Nov. 7, 2014.

“The Community Foundation is proud to once again be able to bring together members from our area’s nonprofits in the spirit of learning together, networking and finding new opportunities for collaboration,” said Karen Niemic Buchheit, CRCF executive director. “This event continues to help existing and emerging nonprofit organizations strengthen their operations and build capacity.”

Co-sponsored by St. Bonaventure University and the Greater Olean Area Chamber of Commerce, Nonprofit Networking Day is slated 8 a.m.–1 p.m. at St. Bonaventure University’s Quick Center for the Arts.

A Buffalo native, Mr. Gioia began his career in 1970 as a part of the third generation of the Gioia family operating the Gioia Macaroni Company. From 1992-2007, he was a principal with the Food Group of Strategic Investments and Holdings, Inc. Established in 1983, Strategic Investments & Holdings, Inc. is one of the most experienced equity acquisition firms in the nation today.

In August of 2012, Governor Cuomo appointed Mr. Gioia to serve on the Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation (ECHDC). He was then elected chair in September of 2012. The ECHDC supports the development of public activities at Canalside, the Ohio Street corridor and the Outer Harbor for the enjoyment of WNY residents and tourists. Its vision is to revitalize the waterfront and restore economic growth to Buffalo.

Named one of The Buffalo News’ Citizens of the Year in 1997 and again in 2007, he also received the 2013 Distinguished Citizen Achievement Award from Canisius College at its 47th annual Scholarship Ball.

After the keynote address, the following breakout learning sessions will be available:

• “Strategic Planning – There is more than One Path to the Future. Selecting Yours,” Lisa Olzak Zumstein, Olzak Consulting

• “Planned Giving and Leave a Legacy Collaboration,” Jeffrey P. Reisner, Shane & Reisner LLC, and Ward “Skip” Wilday, Morgan Stanley

• “Creating a Sense of Greater Impact through Donor Collaboration – the Power in Numbers,” Cindy Eller, Roswell Park Alliance Foundation VP for Development and Executive Director

• “Google Apps for Nonprofits,” Josh Curcio, protocol80

A discussion on collaborative opportunities will be offered during lunch as well. Larry Sorokes, CEO, Greater Olean Area Chamber of Commerce, will facilitate.

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The event is being held in celebration of National Philanthropy Day, which is one day set aside each year for the purpose of recognizing the great contribution philanthropy makes to our society and to honor and support individuals and organizations that are active in the philanthropic community.