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CNE Workshop & Event Schedule

The following workshops and events are being offered by the Foundation's Center for Nonprofit Excellence in conjunction with partner agencies.


Sept. 10: The Board Chair
Oct. 15: Don't be a Statistic - Keep your Donors Engaged with your Cause
Nov. 13: Grant Writing 101 and Funder's Panel
Nov. 19: Roundtable with CT's Nonprofit Liaison 
Dec. 10:
 Click, Tweets, Likes and Results: Introduction to Social Media Strategy Development 
Jan. 21: Building your Organization’s Dashboard 



THE BOARD CHAIR

Date: Wednesday, September 10, 2014
Time: Networking and Dinner at 4:30 p.m. | Training from 4:45 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Cost: Fee: $45 | Code: FTBC3
Place: Fairfield County Community Foundation
           Merritt View Building – Merritt View Conference Room, First Floor
           383 Main Ave. Norwalk, CT 06851
Register: click here to register
Trainer: Mike Burns, BWB Solutions

Being the Chairperson of your Board can be rewarding and challenging. There are times when many of us feel thrust into the position or forced into circumstances without direction. Being a Board Chair is so much more than facilitating meetings. It’s about embracing mission, leadership, support and relationships.

This training is designed to build upon and complement the training you have already received as a board member but not likely as a board chair. We will also share recent findings from a national survey about Board Chairs. Join other community leaders to explore an overview that will include:

  • A review of the specific roles and responsibilities of Board Chairs
  • Planning and evaluation as a Board Chair
  • The Board Chair’s role at Board Meetings and meeting management
  • A discussion about the Board Chair’s relationship with the leadership staff and other board members
  • Term limits
  • Trends and themes based on the results of the national board chair survey recently conducted by the Governance Affinity Group of the Alliance for Nonprofit Management
  • And other related items of participant's choosing

This workshop is specifically for new, seasoned or current Board Chairs of nonprofit organizations.

DON’T BE A STATISTIC – KEEP YOUR DONORS ENGAGED WITH YOUR CAUSE

Date: Wednesday, October 15, 2014
Time: 9:30 am – 12:30 pm
Cost: $45 | Code: FDBS
Place: The Wilton Library – Brubeck Room
137 Old Ridgefield Road, Wilton
Register: click here to register
Trainer: Sharon Danosky, Danosky & Associates

How many times have we heard or said that good development work is about building relationships? Why is it so difficult for nonprofits to keep their donors from one year to the next? Did you know that in 2013 only 39% of donors renewed their contribution? Did you know that for new donors - the percentage was even lower - only 22.9%?

An effective development program and a strong annual giving program are predicated on renewing donor support every year - asking donors to upgrade and increase philanthropic giving to build a strong, sustainable program. Join us to learn new ideas that focus on donor retention, building a stewardship program and keeping your donors tied to your organization. Discover how to reach out to donors and hold on to a larger percentage of them before they lapse. Learn how to raise more money by mining your donor database.

This workshop includes information and learning experiences relevant to people at all levels in your organization. It provides a strong foundation for those new to the field as well as refining the knowledge and skills of veterans.

By the end of this program you will be able to:

  • Identify the major factors contributing to donor attrition
  • Describe the ideal relationship with donors and strategies for maintaining one
  • Conduct a gap analysis to analyze your current donor retention activities
  • Design short-term and long-term strategies and activities that advance new retention goals
  • Select key measures for documenting progress in donor retention


GRANT WRITING 101 & FUNDER'S PANEL

Date: Thursday, November 13, 2014
Time: 9:30 am – 12:30 pm
Cost: $45 | Code: FGFP
Place: The Discovery Museum, Bridgeport
4450 Park Ave, Bridgeport, CT 06604
Register: click here to register
Trainer: Diane Gedeon-Martin, The Write Source

Join us for a holistic approach to grant writing! This session will give you the opportunity to learn what it takes to write a successful grant proposal, and you will have the opportunity to hear from our panel of funders about how to write winning grants and steward grantmakers.

Diane Gideon Martin will lead the best practice component of this special session. Participants will learn all the essentials of preparing grant proposals. From developing the proposal idea to completing the details of the budget, this workshop provides an outline to use to prepare clear, concise, comprehensive, and competitive proposals. Become familiar with the different formats required by funders and understand the protocol for grants management.

You will then hear firsthand from our panel funders about what makes for a winning grant proposal. The panel will cover the do’s and don’ts of grant writing, how to conduct an effective site visit, how to approach a new funder and much more. Panelists include:

  • Diane Sierpina, Tow Foundation
  • Nancy Von Euler, Fairfield County Community Foundation
  • Sharon Klammer, Near and Far Aid Association 
  • Diana Lenkowsky, Purdue Pharma


Roundtable sessions with Terry Edelstein, Nonprofit Liaison to the Governor

Date: Wednesday, November 19, 2014
Time: 9:00 am – 10:30 am - Location - TBICO, 22 Eagle Road in Danbury
         12:00 pm - 1:30 pm - Location -  Fairfield County Community Foundation, 383 Main Avenue in Norwalk
Register: click here to register for morning session in Danbury
                 click here to register for brown bag lunch session in Norwalk

Come and learn about Terry’s work on behalf of the nonprofit sector. Terry will share the 2014 recommendations of the Governor's Cabinet on Nonprofit Health and Human Services that relate to administrative policy and potential legislative action. Terry would like your suggestions on focal areas for the Cabinet in its work in the coming year.

She will also discuss initiatives affecting nonprofit organizations including the Nonprofit Grant Program (bonding opportunities for nonprofit organizations), the state’s Open Data Portal, healthcare licensing efficiencies and opportunities for nonprofit organizations to participate on state boards and commissions. She will talk about the upcoming legislative session and the process for consideration of the biennial budget during the session.

Bring your questions, insights and ideas to this special meeting. Terry would like to hear from you!

If you have other suggestions for discussion topics, please email them to Sharon Jones at the Community Foundation, sjones@fccfoundation.org, so that Terry can include these in this informal conversation.




CLICKs, TWEETS, LIKES AND RESULTS: INTRODUCTION TO SOCIAL MEDIA STRATEGY DEVELOPMENT 

Date: Wednesday, December 10, 2014
Time: 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Cost: $45 | Code: FCTL
Place: Fairfield County Community Foundation
Merritt View Building – Merritt View Conference Room, First Floor
383 Main Ave. Norwalk, CT 06851
Register: click here to register
Trainer: Anne Yurasek. Fio Partners


Does your organization have a Facebook page? Are you tweeting? Liking? As the use of social media becomes more and more pervasive, nonprofits of all sizes are asking the question: how much time, energy, and resources should we invest in these communication tools? And is the investment worth it for our organization? This course is for nonprofit staff who are engaged in developing and executing a social media strategy for their organization. The course will review how to develop a clear evidence-based strategy for using social media, provide an overview on how to use Facebook and other social media tools to target and engage supporters, provide guidance on developing content that is compelling and engaging, and review tools for tracking and measuring your success. Whether your organization is using social media to fundraise, to support your programs, or to raise awareness, this course will help take your efforts to the next level.


BUILDING YOUR ORGANIZATION’S DASHBOARD 

Date: Wednesday, January 21, 2015 
Time: 9:30 am – 12:30 pm
Cost: $45 | Code: FBOD
Place: The Wilton Library – Brubeck Room
137 Old Ridgefield Road, Wilton
Register: click here to register
Trainer: Sharon Danosky, Danosky & Associates

An engaged Board means an informed Board. Does your Board require more relevant information to be effective? Do your financial reports confound and overwhelm your Board? This workshop will help you, your staff, and board members discover the power of dashboards. Help your board of directors hold better discussions, have more efficient meetings, and make better decisions. Teach your staff how to gather data proactively in preparation for meaningful presentations at the board meeting. Learn how to uncover the relevant information in your income statements and balance sheets and display them in a clear and concise manner that everyone will appreciate.

By the end of this program you will be able to:

  • Create dashboards and present the information in an efficient, meaningful and concise manner
  • Build charts, tables, graphs representing key financial benchmarks such as money raised and money saved
  • Evaluate the board response and re-calibrate the dashboard for continuous improvement