This spring semester the Central Illinois Nonprofit Resource Center at Brookens Library is hosting 11 workshops. Please feel free to share with those you think may benefit. All of the workshops are free of charge and are open to the public.
Locating Private Foundation Funding: Pamela M. Salela, Central Illinois Nonprofit Resource Center
Thursday, February 5; 1-3PM; UIS Brookens Library: This workshop will include a demonstration of the specialized database, Foundation Directory Online Professional along with an introduction on what to consider when seeking private foundation monies. You’ll know where to locate the Foundation Center’s online tutorials and Web streams. We’ll also include discussion of tips about proposal writing and communicating with the foundations. Due to limited seating and resources, registration is required. Registration: https://uofi.uis.edu/fb/sec/3008254
Loud & Clear: Low-cost, high-impact marketing for small and mid-sized nonprofits: Laura Huth, do good Consulting
Tuesday, February 10; 1-2:30PM; UIS Brookens Library: As non-profits compete for public support, financial resources, and even volunteers, any chance to tell your organization’s story and boost your visibility is an opportunity to engage the community with your cause, build buy-in, attract supporters, and draw in clients and customers. From the elevator to the evening news, marketing and public relations play a critical role in helping advance your organization’s mission. This session is geared toward staff, volunteers, and board members who want to learn great low-cost, high-impact marketing and public relations ideas and find out what works and what doesn’t in telling your story. Learn to identify ideal target audiences, great storytelling techniques to grab attention, how people actually listen and learn, effective low-cost techniques to reach new and existing audiences, and how each person in your organization can make a difference. Registration: https://uofi.uis.edu/fb/sec/5609483
Getting Grassroots Gifts: The lifeblood of a healthy nonprofit: Laura Huth, do good Consulting
Tuesday, February 10; 3:30-5PM; UIS Brookens Library: In this session, attendees will learn how to effectively raise money from people. With nearly 80% of charitable dollars coming from individuals (compared to 15% from grants), it is critically important for nonprofits of all sizes to develop a strong, sustainable, and thriving grassroots giving program. From $20 donors to annual givers to major gifts, learn the not-so-secret secrets of how and why people give, how and when to ask them, and other useful tips. This session is most helpful when taken hand-in-hand with “Loud & Clear: Low-cost, high-impact marketing for small and mid-sized nonprofits” on just prior to this session on from 1-2:30PM. Registration: https://uofi.uis.edu/fb/sec/6032270. Great follow ups to this session also include “Creating Amazing Special Events” (February 18; 10-11:30AM) and “Show-Stopping Fundraising Appeal Letters”(February 18; 10-11:30AM).
Creating Amazing Special Events of All Types: Laura Huth, do good Consulting
Wednesday, February 18; 10-11:30AM; Lincoln Public Library: If you think about all the events you’ve attended over the years, there are those you remember and look forward to attending, and those you would prefer to forget (and perhaps even left early from). Creating those memorable events packed with amazing results is hard work, especially if event planning isn’t your forte. At this workshop, discover the inside tips, techniques, and tricks of pulling off flawless events, developing the confidence you need to pull everything off like a pro. From staff retreats to annual dinners to volunteer gatherings to major conferences, you’ll learn to anticipate needs and details, plan for the worst, and see the nuts and bolts needed behind-the-scenes and front stage to create well-run professional gatherings. A helpful session to take in conjunction with this workshop is “Getting Grassroots Gifts: The lifeblood of a healthy nonprofit” on Tuesday, February 10 from 3:30-5PM. Registration: https://uofi.uis.edu/fb/sec/5763225
Show-stopping Fundraising Appeal Letters: Laura Huth, do good Consulting
Wednesday, February 18; 1-2:30PM; Lincoln Public Library: With mailboxes filled with advertising slicks, junk mail, and endless appeals for money, it might seem an impossible task to get your fundraising letter to be the first things your supporters open. But it’s easier than you think. In this session, learn the tried-and-true techniques of preparing fundraising appeal letters that your supporters will not be able to resist. Start moving your reply rates from 1-2% up to 10-20% and see donations – and donation amount – rise. All with a few easy techniques, a bit of elbow grease, and a long-term vision. A helpful session to take in conjunction with this workshop is “Getting Grassroots Gifts: The lifeblood of a healthy nonprofit” on February 10 from 3:30-5PM. Registration: https://uofi.uis.edu/fb/sec/6020918
Planning to Succeed: The Nuts & Bolts of Strategic and Organizational Plans: Laura Huth, do good Consulting
Wednesday, February 25; 10-11:30AM; Lincoln Public Library: Strategic and organizational planning is critically important to the success of any nonprofit – and to engaging broad organizational audiences. But it’s hard to do well, and many groups suffer from outdated, dusty, boring or confusing – or even nonexistent – plans. In this session, you’ll learn the nuts and bolts of solid strategic plans – a structure that can (and should) be used to develop development plans, communications plans, and program plans. While we won’t be creating any plans in this session (these are organization-wide processes), you’ll learn what steps you need to take to create real, living documents, and what truly meaningful and engaging plans look like (and how they can transform your organization’s operations). Registration: https://uofi.uis.edu/fb/sec/9935008
Metrics, KPI, and Statistics, oh my! Measuring – and sharing – what matters in nonprofits: Laura Huth, do good Consulting
Wednesday, February 25; 1-2:30PM; Lincoln Public Library: Today the value and use of evaluation and metrics to nonprofit organizations has never been more important – or required. From mandated use of various forms for accountability to donor-driven transparency to volunteer program efficiency, understanding and keeping evaluation and benchmarking statistics and tools is now a non-negotiable part of running a top-shelf nonprofit. But while most nonprofits get high marks in delivering value, we easily get lost in numbers, floating amidst the sea of data available for us to measure and share. In this workshop, learn to stay competitive and compliant, demonstrate the value of your work, and report outcomes in ways that engage and excite donors, funders, elected officials, and other constituencies. Registration: https://uofi.uis.edu/fb/sec/2158539
I’m No Dummy: But can someone show me how Facebook really works?: Laura Huth, do good Consulting
Tuesday, March 3; 1-2:30PM; UIS Brookens Library: People love it or hate it. In today’s age, the importance of Facebook to nonprofits cannot be overstated. Done right, Facebook can help put your group on the proverbial map. Done wrong, it can stagnate and leave your group looking backwards and behind-the-times. In this 1.5 hour hands-on, interactive workshop conducted in a computer lab, learn the latest tricks and tips for using personal and organizational Facebook pages to maximize impact. Learn to invigorate board, staff, public, and client engagement, and learn how to use ads, Facebook insights, and best settings to increase engagement while protecting your interests. A great pairing to this workshop is “WWW: What does your website really say about your organization?” held later this same day from 3:30-5PM. Registration: https://uofi.uis.edu/fb/sec/8094718
WWW: What does your website really say about your organization?: Laura Huth, do good Consulting
Tuesday, March 3; 3:30-5PM; UIS Brookens Library: Does your website build relationships? Engage donors? Excite volunteers? Assist clients? Does it really? In this hands-on, interactive workshop conducted in a computer lab, we’ll take a critical look at your website against best practices, analyzing it top-to-bottom for clarity, image, and ranking. We’ll dig deep, looking at navigation, accessibility, SEO, keywords, and take a serious look at content.
In today’s digital world the content on our websites (and/or Facebook) is often the first, and possibly the only, communication we have with our visitors. It’s important that your website make the cut – or even be a cut above. In this session, we’ll be acting as our own customers – donors, volunteers, clients, media, and others – to see how they see us on the web, determining what changes to make to increase effectiveness. A helpful session to take in conjunction with this workshop is “I’m No Dummy: But can someone show me how Facebook really works?” earlier this day from 1-2:30PM. Registration: https://uofi.uis.edu/fb/sec/6682138
Locating Private Foundation Funding: Pamela M. Salela, Central Illinois Nonprofit Resource Center
Thursday, March 12; 1-3PM; UIS Brookens Library: This workshop will include a demonstration of the specialized database, Foundation Directory Online Professional along with an introduction on what to consider when seeking private foundation monies. You’ll know where to locate the Foundation Center’s online tutorials and Web streams. We’ll also include discussion of tips about proposal writing and communicating with the foundations. Registration: https://uofi.uis.edu/fb/sec/7937717
Community Health & Socioeconomic Data at Your Fingertips: Paula Gramley, Community Benefits Coordinator, Memorial Health System
Thursday, April 9; 1-3PM; UIS Brookens Library: The workshop will provide an introduction to a free online database at www.choosememorial.org/healthycommunities. This site provides community demographics and rankings of more than 100 health and socioeconomic indicators for Sangamon, Logan, Morgan and Christian counties. Information is updated regularly so that the data is the latest available. Community data is available in seven categories: health, economy, education, environment, public safety, social environment and transportation. This data may help organizations with goal setting, need assessments, grant writing and other work. Workshop includes hands on component at computer. Registration: https://uofi.uis.edu/fb/sec/4755484