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January 2020

ABCs of Grant Seeking

January 29 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
CNM Fort Worth – click for parking details, Westbend I, 1701 River Run, Suite 1002
Fort Worth, TX 76107
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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…

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February 2020

Nonprofit Financials – Understanding Reality and Ensuring a Future

February 6 @ 12:30 pm - 3:30 pm
CNM Dallas (Suite 250), 6688 N. Central Expressway, Suite 250
Dallas, TX 75206 United States
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Often, the quietest part of a staff or board meeting is the financial portion of the agenda. Financials can be overwhelming and confusing if you don’t understand what you are looking at or aren’t comfortable asking questions. However, it is important for nonprofit professionals and board members alike to be able to understand financial statements as they are vital to the organization’s operations and sustainability. During this workshop, you will learn how to read your organizations financial story by means…

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Planned Giving

February 11 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
CNM Fort Worth – click for parking details, Westbend I, 1701 River Run, Suite 1002
Fort Worth, TX 76107
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Would you like to raise more money for your nonprofit…now?  For many of us, starting a planned giving program is something we will do “someday.”  Well, together, let’s make “someday” today! This interactive course introduces the concept of planned giving, as well as an overview of strategies and technical requirements needed to create a successful planned giving program. Participants will learn to focus on bequests and bequest equivalents, the lion’s share and centerpiece of all planned gift programs.  Participants will…

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Non-Profit Budgeting

February 11 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
CNM Dallas (Suite 250), 6688 N. Central Expressway, Suite 250
Dallas, TX 75206 United States
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Budgeting has its challenges but the result is a valuable tool for your not-for-profit. This course will provide you with an understanding of what a budget is, how a budget is prepared, the methods available to be utilized to compile a budget, and the roles individuals within your organization will play in the budget process. As a not-for-profit, there is an additional layer of complexity due to unique NFP areas, such as in-kind, spending policies, and funding restrictions. We will…

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Creating Compelling Messages that Engage Donors and Raise Money

February 12 @ 9:00 am - 12:30 pm
CNM Dallas (Suite 250), 6688 N. Central Expressway, Suite 250
Dallas, TX 75206 United States
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Successful fundraising depends on compelling messages.  Vision, mission and values statements are essential, but are not substantive enough to compel a prospect to give.  Strategic plans are vital, but not compelling to read.  How, then, do we talk compellingly to prospects and donors?  How can we ensure the messages communicated by board and staff members are consistent? And finally, how do we deliver compelling messages that create empathy and motivate prospects and donors to action? This workshop: Demonstrates constituency mapping,…

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What’s the Secret Sauce to Donor Retention?

February 12 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
CNM Fort Worth – click for parking details, Westbend I, 1701 River Run, Suite 1002
Fort Worth, TX 76107
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Nationally donor retention rates are in the tank and the development office is at its highest turnover in nonprofit history. Let’s explore the varied elements that impact your retention story and discuss who is responsible for it anyway. Learning Objectives:  Understand your numbers and how to track and report them for benchmarking Learn how to build a unique matrix for your organization to address donor retention Use the roles within your development office, board and agency staff to turn your retention rate into gold Program…

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Effective Fundraising Leadership

February 18 @ 9:00 am - 12:30 pm
CNM Fort Worth – click for parking details, Westbend I, 1701 River Run, Suite 1002
Fort Worth, TX 76107
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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…

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Public Speaking

February 19 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
CNM Dallas (Suite 250), 6688 N. Central Expressway, Suite 250
Dallas, TX 75206 United States
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Sales pitches, department updates, board meetings, keynote addresses, toasts, or interviews— every public speaking platform is a place to create connections and activate new opportunities. There are many ways to become a great public speaker; this course will provide tools that help you identify your speaking strengths and polish the areas that need improvement. The seminar covers strategies on how win an audience’s attention, build a strong connection, and make them remember you. Through exercises, you’ll receive personalized feedback in…

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Successful Small Shop Fundraising

February 21 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
CNM Fort Worth – click for parking details, Westbend I, 1701 River Run, Suite 1002
Fort Worth, TX 76107
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When you’re part of a small organization and hold responsibility for everything in development from annual giving to planned giving, it can be a challenge to keep all the plates spinning at once. Things inevitably get put on the back burner from time to time. This session will help you discover ways to manage the myriad tasks of running a small shop while growing your program, too. Learning Objectives:  Understand the uniqueness and the challenges of small shop fundraising  Discover best practices…

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How to Wake Up a Tired Board

February 25 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
CNM Fort Worth – click for parking details, Westbend I, 1701 River Run, Suite 1002
Fort Worth, TX 76107
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Why is my board not more engaged/active/interested/doing something? How can I get them reenergized? We will walk through common board issues, proven tactics to “wake up” board members and get them excited to help your organization.  Learning Objectives: Students who attend this workshop will: Understand the role of a board Be equipped with best practices for board governance Know barriers to board productivity Have tactics to increase board engagement and giving  Course Outline: What is the Role of the Board?…

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