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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.

April 8: Board Structure and Effective Committees
May 22:
Effective Board Fundraising
June 12: Managing Change Through Scenario Planning


Board Structure and Effective Committees

Date: Tuesday, April 8, 2014
Time: 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Cost: $45 | Code: FBEC
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
Partner: CT Association of Nonprofits



Boards carry out much of their work in meetings.  Because meetings of the full board cannot always accommodate in-depth discussion and analysis of key issues, boards often work through committees, each of which draws on a small number of board members and volunteers to focus on a particular area.  Each committee needs a statement of purpose and strong leadership to operate effectively and serve the needs to the full board. 

Participant will discuss:

  • How to best structure Board work into a Committee Structure that works
  • How to develop Committee work plans that improves effectiveness and accountability
  • When to use standing committees versus task forces
  • How to conduct meetings that are efficient, effective and fun!

Trainer: Rosaida Morales Rosario



Effective board fundraising

Date: Thursday, May 22, 2014
Time: 9:00 am - 3:30 pm, Continental breakfast and registration begins at 8:30 am
Cost: $75 | Additional Guests Only $50, Lunch provided | Code: FEBF
Place: 
Housatonic Community College, Bridgeport
Register: click here to register
Partner: CT Association of Nonprofits


Chuck Loring returns to Connecticut by popular demand to deliver this powerful, full-day workshop focused on effective fundraising.
We’ll take a close look at board recruitment, structure, operations, and culture to understand the correlation between effective boards and successful fundraising. You will learn:

  • The reality of today’s nonprofit environment
  • Why the Board must have a culture of fundraising
  • Why having the right board is critical for effective fundraising
  • The importance of the staff & board team in fundraising
  • Why articulating mission is critical in fundraising success
  • That donor cultivation and stewardship trumps solicitation
  • How Board members can be great fundraisers and never ask for money
  • Why the Fundraising Committee does not fundraise
  • Why Board members must make leadership gifts
  • How Board members can help in planned giving

An ideal opportunity for Board/Staff teams, this course offers insights on how to bring about a change in the culture and practices of your nonprofit board in ways that leverage the power of your board in your strategic fundraising efforts.

Trainer: Chuck Loring, Loring, Sternberg & Associates



Managing change through scenario planning

Date: Thursday, June 12, 2014
Time: 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Cost: $45 | Code: FMC
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
Partner: CT Association of Nonprofits


In this uncertain time, it seems like the only constant is change. One solution to managing change is developing a scenario plan. Scenario planning is a powerful process in which nonprofit managers invent and then analyze several scenarios of plausible futures, then filter strategic decisions through these scenarios to ensure the strategies will survive any of the plausible futures, making amendments to strategies as part of the process. In attending this session and learning about the art of scenario planning, your organization will be more prepared for whatever comes next.

Trainers: John Brothers, Quidoo Consulting