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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. 17: Fairfield County Nonprofit Resource Fair
Oct. 2:
Board Chair Roundtable
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 
Mar. 18: Budgeting: A Strategic, Team-Based Approach




Fairfield County Nonprofit Resource Fair

Date: Wednesday, September 17, 2014
Time: 8:30 am – 10:30 am
Place: Wilton Library
           137 Old Ridgefield Rd., Wilton
Cost: $10
Register: Click here to register

If you’re exhausted by figuring out fundraising, governance, finance, human resources, legal issues, and your own training as a nonprofit leader, join us and your Fairfield County peers on September 17.

In two hours, you’ll discover valuable, powerful and affordable resources that can help answer your questions and solve your problems. You will also have time to enjoy networking.

Don’t miss out on this problem-solving gold mine. Open to Executive Directors or Senior Management staff (one person per organization). The room size is limited, so register now.


board chair Roundtable

Date: Thursday, October 2, 2014
Time: 8:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
Cost: Free
Place: Fairfield County Community Foundation 
           Harrison Conference Room, 4th Floor
           383 Main Ave. Norwalk, CT 06851
Register: Closed - full
Partner: National Executive Service Corps

The Board Chair Roundtable is a facilitated peer learning network of board leaders where board chairs share practical experience with their peers and develop a network to draw upon when they have specific challenges. Board Chair Roundtables provide:

  • An interesting and informal way of connecting with fellow board chairs.
  • The sharing of best practices and practical experience, so participants will take away real-time information that they can use to better govern their organizations.
  • A facilitated, topic-specific discussion format that will provide both structure and value to the conversation.

The roundtable meets quarterly with communication between sessions encouraged. Sessions are topic-specific, as agreed upon by group.


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


 Budgeting: A Strategic, Team-Based Approach


Date: Wednesday, March 18, 2015 
Time: 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Cost: $45
Place: The Wilton Library – Brubeck Room
137 Old Ridgefield Road, Wilton
Register:  click here to register
Trainer: Andrea Mills, Fiscal Management Associate

Strategic financial management isn’t just a string of buzzwords, in these times it’s an organizational imperative. This three-hour course will help nonprofits to develop a well-designed budget process that facilitates programmatic, strategic, and fiscal discussions among the leadership team, resulting in a mission-driven budget. Participants will learn how to take their budgeting process to the next level, gaining a firm grasp of budgeting best practices as well as strategic language to get board members, program leaders, and executive staff on board with the decision making process.

Participants in this program will gain an understanding of how to:

  • Develop a well-designed, inclusive budget development process
  • Facilitate discussions on financial goals and plans among the Program, Development, and Finance teams
  • Identify, allocate, and build indirect costs into program budgets to understand the real costs of program delivery