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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.

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


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.


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