Nonprofit professionals are invited to attend United Way free training, “A Grant Writer’s ToolBox,” on June 21st

On Wednesday, June 21st, United Way of the Dutchess-Orange Region will offer a free training for nonprofit professionals serving Dutchess and Orange counties that features two engaging hands-on workshops. “A Grant Writer’s ToolBox” will be held from 9:00am to 1:00pm at Marist College and will provide key tools to successfully research funding and to measure an organization's success. As space is limited, preregistration is requested. To register, go to

“Every year, United Way presents two professional development trainings for nonprofit community partners,” stated Melissa Clark, Director of Community Impact. “Over the past few years, in our mission for nonprofit capacity building, training topics have included outcome measurement, social media and marketing for nonprofits as well as other offerings. Thanks to our partners at Marist College and a variety of experts, we are able to present these trainings at no cost for our nonprofit community partners.”

“To ensure that the topics we choose are relevant, following each training, we send a survey to all participants and based on that, choose the topic for the next workshop,” explained Clark. “Each time, grant writing has been one of the top requests and we are pleased to offer this professional development workshop with two such engaging experts: Jessica Sherman from the Poughkeepsie Library District and Jay Bainbridge, a Marist College professor of Public Administration.”

·         Jessica Sherman (Adult Services Librarian, Poughkeepsie Public Library District) will provide key tools for grant writers to research funding opportunities in her presentation, "Finding YOUR Funder: Foundation Opportunities 101." Sherman will demonstrate how participants may access the extensive resources of the Foundation Center through the Library – at no charge.

·         Jay Bainbridge (Associate Professor of Public Administration, Marist College) will offer hands-on insight and information into gauging outcomes in his presentation, "Measuring YOUR Success."  

During the training, there will be time for networking, so participants are asked to bring business cards and handouts to share. Brian Scott, Associate Director, Graduate Admission, Marist College, will introduce and discuss the Marist Partnership, a special adult undergraduate and graduate tuition discount available to qualifying volunteers.

There is no charge to attend the training, but registration is limited. The program is open to all nonprofit professionals in Orange and Dutchess counties. To guarantee your space, register today at This training is presented in conjunction with United Way’s partner, Marist College. 

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About the Presenters:

Jay Bainbridge is an associate professor of public administration in the School of Management at Marist College. Dr. Bainbridge’s research applies statistical and research methods to public sector problems. His current research focuses on trends, causes and solutions to homelessness, especially with respect to the street homeless. Previous to joining Marist College, he was assistant commissioner of policy and research at the NYC Department of Homeless Services, where he helped to devise and oversee the agency performance-based contracts.  He continues to consult on homeless services policy and planning for national and international cities, recently guiding the first systematic street count in Mexico City, and currently working on replicating that work in Bogota, Colombia.  

Jessica Sherman is an Adult Services Librarian at the Poughkeepsie Public Library District. As the Adriance Library's Funding Information Supervisor for the Foundation Center she assists local non-profits with grant seeking to support their meaningful work. Since completing her MS in Information Science from the University at Albany, SUNY, Jessica has worn many hats as a librarian. She has worked in technical and college libraries, as a youth services librarian, an administrator and currently, as a reference librarian. In her spare time, Jessica likes to take walks with her feisty rescue dog, Marilyn, and of course, read.