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Navigating Uncharted Territory: Current Trends in Philanthropy, Fundraising and the Nonprofit Sector
Following nonprofit sector news these days can leave fundraising professionals feeling alarmed. Stories about the new tax law, growth of donor advised funds and increasing wealth inequality mostly abound with dire predictions, leaving some of us wondering whether the sky is truly falling. This session will provide 2018 Giving USA data showing the effects of the new tax law on philanthropy and offer insights about the current environment to distinguish the sensational headlines from real emerging concerns. Practitioners will leave…Find out more »
Why are so many volunteers and staff members reluctant to participate in approaching prospects and donors? How can board chairs, development committee members, nonprofit CEOs and professional fundraising staff lead their board and volunteer teams to own - and even enjoy - the essential and ultimately rewarding work of major gifts fundraising? This workshop provides practical concepts, tools, and activities for: Understanding prospect and donor needs, and Increasing the comfort level and confidence of staff and volunteers in approaching prospects…Find out more »
Is your organization positioned for fundraising success? Even an effective fundraising program will be limited in what it can achieve if it is operating in isolation. A truly successful fundraising program with unlimited potential requires that other organizational systems operate successfully and synergistically with fundraising. This session explores nine organizational elements successful fundraising depends on and practical tools and strategies for enhancing each one. As a result, you will understand how these elements enhance or erode fundraising success and will…Find out more »
Vision, mission and values statements are essential, but are not substantive enough to compel a prospect to give. Strategic plans are vital as well, but not compelling to read. How, then, do we talk about our organization to prospects and donors? How are we describing the problem our organization addresses and the impact our work creates? What materials do we use to give donors what they really want - An in-depth picture the change their gifts will create! How can…Find out more »
Nonprofit organizations are no less likely to be the target of a cyber attack than for-profit companies. However, the consequences for a nonprofit can be much worse because our ability to achieve our mission depends on the goodwill of our stakeholders, and if we lose our reputation, we risk losing everything. So what should we be doing? This course will offer a framework for assessing and managing cyber risks and will offer guidance for responding to a crisis. Participants will…Find out more »
Learn the basics of EEO that all supervisors should know, but often don't. You will learn how illegal workplace discrimination is proven, and you will hear practical tips for staying in compliance with the law when hiring, promoting, disciplining or discharging an employee. The session will cover workplace harassment and the responsibilities all managers have to protect their employees. The session will also cover illegal retaliation and offer tips for how to effectively manage an employee who has made a…Find out more »
Surveys often play an integral role in data collection and analysis, and proper survey design is key to ensuring you are getting answers to the questions you have about your program and its results. Question creation is one of the most important aspects of an evaluation--the types of questions asked and the way they are asked can affect the data you are able to collect as well as the questions you are able to answer about your program. This workshop…Find out more »
Leadership is the number one success factor in any fundraising endeavor. In this session, participants explore: Board and staff leadership in fundraising Ethical practice in fundraising How diversity and inclusion impact fundraising The issues of “overhead” and “full costs” Measuring Fundraising Effectiveness Discussions will draw on pre-reads and participants’ experiences in fundraising to clarify roles and challenges leaders must be prepared to address to ensure their organizations are positioned for fundraising success. Learning objectives: Understand the role of the development…Find out more »
The process of planning or developing new programs is complex for many nonprofit organizations, as they need to negotiate with limited resources, challenging field realities, and expectations from stakeholders. Needs and Resource Assessment is a useful approach that can help organizations make better decisions about their interventions and justify their programs based on hard evidence. It involves determining target groups, level of needs, and resources available to address the gaps. The process and the findings of such assessments can help…Find out more »
Grant proposal writing should be an integral part of your overall fundraising program. Do you have essential knowledge and skills needed to develop effective foundation proposals? Do you know the three types of proposals? Do you know the 11 parts of a proposal? Do you know the five stages of grant seeking? This session will help you develop a grant proposal writing process with tips, techniques and templates to help make your organization more successful with grant support. Suitable for…Find out more »