Community Bulletin Board
Washington NonProfit Summer Learning Events
8/8: WN Resources: Planning, Governance, and Finance… and more (Monthly Member Call)
With Nancy Bacon, WN Learning Manager
Washington Nonprofits produces and curates tools that respond to what we hear nonprofits need to better achieve their missions. In the past year, we have pulled together Do-It-Yourself strategic planning tools, resources for boards to think deeper about their roles and responsibilities, and now Finance Unlocked for Nonprofits (FUN) to help nonprofit board members learn about nonprofit finances. We also collaborate with a whole range of Nonprofit Support Organizations and welcome the chance to refer nonprofits to resources developed and offered by others. During this member call, we will talk about WN and others’ nonprofit resources, and we invite you to tell us what tools or connections would best help you. More info
8/12: Advancing Missions Through Storytelling (Yakima)
With Nancy Bacon, WN Learning Manager
Effectively told stories can trump data, campaign contributions, ignorance and apathy – whether the focus is on federal, state or local policy matters or national trends affecting nonprofits. This interactive session focuses on gathering your nonprofit’s stories of success, hardship and problem solving to shape opinion and motivate policymakers to become part of the solution. We will talk about strategies for building relationships with policymakers so that they are more apt to hear and remember your stories.
In partnership with: AFP-Central WA
8/14: Getting Ready for Fruitful Fall Fundraising (Online) - WN Monthly Free Webinar
With Jim Shapiro, The Better Fundraising Company
Successful fall fundraising is often made during the summer by great preparation and effective communications. Use this slow month of the year to prepare for the fall, write those thank you notes and reports for donors, and ask if you have a real need. We will talk about how to make a plan for the last four months of the year, which for most organizations are critical to meeting budgets. We’ll review how to improve fundraising systems so that they are ready to go and talk about how to block out time for quality writing that will bring you through to the end of the year. What better time to work on your Thanksgiving or Christmas appeal than now when you aren’t stressed with all of those other activities that get in the way?
In partnership with: The Better Fundraising Company
9/4: How To Talk With Your Banker About Credit (Online)- WN Monthly Free Webinar
With Sarah McCrum Voelzke, Pacific Continental Bank
We will talk about the 5 C's of credit—character, credit, capital, capacity, and collateral—and talk through the steps to showing how you can manage the dual bottom line involved in nonprofits applying for credit. More info
9/5: Communications Best Practices: Newsletters, Annual Reports, and Other Collateral (Monthly Member Call)
With Leslie Larson, Larson Marketing & Communications
Let’s talk about nonprofit communications. What are the do’s and don’ts of a newsletter? How do you capture the great work of your organization in all of your printed materials and then balance print against all of your on-line communication such as blogs, social media channels? We will be talking about strategies and concepts to expand your reach. More info
Washington Nonprofits April Learning Events
April 4 (Online): Building a Strong Volunteer Program How prepared are you to harness the potential of 21st Century volunteers? What are the basic essentials to building a solid volunteer engagement effort for your organizations? In this session, you’ll examine the “how” and “why” of effective volunteer engagement, gain a better understanding of the essential elements and infrastructure required to support your organization’s volunteer involvement efforts and identify simple steps you can take to strengthen your volunteer program and “thrive on engagement.” Presenter: Nikki Russell In partnership with United Way King County Free
April 9 (Call): Making the Most of Giving Days. It's exciting: Seattle's GiveBig is just around the corner: May 6, 2014. There's Giving Tuesday this fall, as well as many other organized days of giving happening around the country, throughout the year. But participating takes time and resources. Washington Nonprofits is partnering with Collins Group to provide a space in which WN members can ask their giving day questions. Start by watching the Collins Group's recent webinar on Giving Days. After watching the webinar, think about your strategy ideas and how your organization is going to approach GiveBig or whatever giving day exists in your community. Presenter: Natalie Lamberjack & Tricia Brooks. WN members only. Free
April 11 (Call): WN Monthly Member Call: Nonprofit Finances. From tracking restricted funds to filing 990s, nonprofit staff and board members have their hands full when it comes to stewarding their organization's financial resources. Krista Divis, CPA with Jones & Associates LLC will open the conversation with some best practices related to internal controls and taxes, and then we'll open up the conversation to answer your questions. Presenter: Krista Divis WN members only. Free
April 11 (Online): Budget Building for Grant Professionals. At the heart of every mission-driven grant proposal stands a mission-driven budget. A good budget provides an honest, complete, and clear picture of the total value of all the resources necessary to perform the proposed work. It also stands as an invaluable management and evaluation tool when it comes to running the grant-funded program. Presenter: Maryn Boess In partnership with Nonprofit Association of Oregon $49.50/$55
April 14 (Pullman): Elevating Board Leadership. Nonprofit boards play a critical role in overseeing their organizations’ mission, finance, and strategic direction. They have the power to advance lasting social benefit if they are strong and effective. How do you turn your organization’s board into an effective team, knowledgeable about the what, how, and why of your work? Presenter: Nancy Bacon. In partnership with United Way of Pullman, Pullman Chamber of Commerce, with support from the Inland Northwest Community Foundation $10
April 15 (Davenport): Elevating Board Leadership. Nonprofit boards play a critical role in overseeing their organizations’ mission, finance, and strategic direction. They have the power to advance lasting social benefit if they are strong and effective. How do you turn your organization’s board into an effective team, knowledgeable about the what, how, and why of your work? Presenter: Nancy Bacon. In partnership with WSU Extension Lincoln/ Adams Counties & Lincoln County Economic Development Council, with support from the Inland Northwest Community Foundation $15
April 16 (Colville): Elevating Board Leadership. Nonprofit boards play a critical role in overseeing their organizations’ mission, finance, and strategic direction. They have the power to advance lasting social benefit if they are strong and effective. How do you turn your organization’s board into an effective team, knowledgeable about the what, how, and why of your work? Presenter: Nancy Bacon. In partnership with the Upper Columbia Volunteer Center & Tri-County Economic Development Council, with support from the Inland Northwest Community Foundation $10
April 23 (Online): The Vital Role of Board Engagement in Nonprofit Performance. High performing nonprofits all have one thing in common: effective and active board engagement. The final part of the series highlights the role of governance in a nonprofit's finances and decision making. We will address how to connect the importance of fiduciary responsibility, your business model and internal controls with governance. And what areas you can focus on to ensure that this is working properly. A board is full of resources and should be active in assisting the organization in making both financial and programmatic decisions. Making one without the other can lead to disaster or, at minimum, an uninformed decision. This webinar will dive into concepts and solutions to aid in bringing these two key players together. Presenter: Josh Tyree In partnership with Idaho Nonprofit Center $25/$35
- Check out http://www.blueavocado.org for some thought provoking non-profit articles.
- NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) meets every 4th Wednesday of the month. Education and support for families of loved ones having mental health disorders. Come and join our NAMI family for education and support for your loved ones. For additional information please call 541-938-4322 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org .
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