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2019 Nonprofit Workshops

Cindy Colson, Center for Nonprofit Excellence

The Community Foundation, in partnership with the Center for Nonprofit Excellence, is pleased to offer the following 2019 workshops:

April 22nd: 3:00 – 5:00 p.m. (Complete)

Topic:  Nonprofit Board Leadership

Location:  Best Western PLUS, Waynesboro (109 Apple Tree Lane)

In a highly-functioning organization, the Chair of the Board of Directors leads the Board in the oversight, thinking, and support that is critical to good governance. With the Executive Director, the Chair prioritizes what is most critical for the Board to address and sets the tone for the organization’s work.  In this workshop, participants will learn valuable tips on how to build leadership skills and make the Chair’s tenure as successful as possible.

Workshop participants will learn:

  • Nonprofit Board Chair responsibilities
  • Responsibilities of the Board of Directors
  • Executive Director/Chair partnership
  • Building consensus
  • Chair succession planning

Who Should Attend: Current and prospective Board Chairs, Executive Directors, and others interested in the effective leadership of nonprofit organizations.

Fee: $35 for participants affiliated with a CNE member organization; $55 for all other participants. In partnership with CAPSAW, we are also pleased to offer a special $20 scholarship to participants affiliated with a human services agency.

TrainerCindy Colson, CNE Director of Strategic Initiatives

Cindy brings over 18 years of leadership experience in the nonprofit sector. She has worked on building strong collaborations with more than 65 nonprofits to develop programs and initiatives to address community needs.


May 14th:  9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. (Complete)

Topic: Your Case for Support & Persuasive Advocacy

Location:  Best Western PLUS, Waynesboro (109 Apple Tree Lane)

The second installment in our 2019 Nonprofit Workshop Series is a very special, two-part event designed to elevate the impact of your organization’s case for support and your personal delivery of that case to move your audience to action.

Part 1: Your Case for Support
Stir donors to action with a persuasive Case for Support. Learn how to create a document and an evolving story that speak to the hearts of your key stakeholders and remind them why your organization matters to your community. Workshop participants will work in small groups to develop a powerful narrative of how your organization is poised to meet the community’s needs and a clear road map for continuing and completing your Case for Support.

Part 2: Persuasive Advocacy
Develop your story-telling ability to capture the hearts and minds of your audience. An examination of Shakespeare’s expertise in story-telling will help you create memorable moments for your current and prospective supporters. We will also explore the impact of non-verbal communication. Just as actors inhabit the characters they play in non-verbal ways that support their story, you will consider the conscious and unconscious choices you are already making and discover other options that will elevate the presentation of your case for support.

Who Should Attend: Staff and Board members who have the opportunity to engage with individuals who should support your organization. We encourage you to participate in this workshop with one or more of your colleagues and board members.

Fee: $75 (lunch included), or $55 for representatives of CNE-member organizations.

Trainers:
Cynthia Hurst, founder of Butterflies in Progress, is a nonprofit management and development consultant. She has more than two decades of experience as a nonprofit executive, consultant, and board member. From local nonprofits to international organizations, Cynthia has organized management teams and secured funding for missions ranging from human rights to the environment, historic preservation, social justice, senior care, the arts, and animal welfare.

Miriam Donald Burrows, Program Manager for the Community Foundation of the Central Blue Ridge and Head of the Staunton Innovation League, Inc (SILI), has taught and performed with the American Shakespeare Center for twenty years where she is also a member of its Board of Trustees. Miriam works as a visiting guest artist for Mary Baldwin University’s Shakespeare and Performance program. She will be directing Romeo & Juliet for the ASC’s Young Company Theatre Camp this summer. Miriam is a recent graduate of CNE’s Board Academy.

Sarah Enloe directs programming in the areas of College Prep, Research and Scholarship, Life- Long Learning, and Educator Resources in her role as the Director of Education for the American Shakespeare Center. Sarah serves on the Advisory board of The Shakespeare Factory, the Editorial Board of the online journal This Rough Magic, and is on the executive board of the Shakespeare Theatre Association. Sarah co-edited Shakespeare Expressed and contributed “Playing with Character – Audience Members in Early Modern Playhouses” to the collection.


August 8th:  10:00 a.m. – Noon (Complete)

Topic: Grant Writing Nuts and Bolts

Location:  Best Western PLUS, Waynesboro (109 Apple Tree Lane)

Preparing and submitting a successful grant proposal can be an intimidating process for both new and also experienced grant writers. While there is no one magic formula to use when writing grants, there are many best practices to lean on that will heighten your chances for success. Join independent grant writer and CNE consultant member, Laurie Rogers, to learn practical and proven techniques to strengthen your grant writing power and secure funds for your organization.

Participants will learn:

  • Steps to ensure your agency is grant-ready
  • Tips and resources for grant research
  • Helpful talking points to use with funders prior to proposal submission
  • Tools to use for building each component of the proposal

Who Should Attend: All nonprofit professionals and volunteers who are engaged in fundraising activities.

Fee: $35 for participants affiliated with a CNE member organization; $55 for all other participants. In partnership with CAPSAW, we are also pleased to offer a special $20 scholarship to participants affiliated with a human services agency.

Trainer: Laurie Jarrett Rogers

Laurie Rogers has worked as an independent fundraising consultant for the past 19 years, working with non-profits on all aspects of fundraising. Laurie has taught on a variety of fund raising topics (grant writing, annual fund, fund raising 101, endowments, corporate support, et al) at the UVA School for Continuing and Professional Studies and the Institute of Government for 17 years, and she has taught in the counterpart divisions at VCU for 19 years.


August 28th: 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. (Complete)

Topic:  Navigating Organizational Change

Location:  Best Western PLUS, Waynesboro (109 Apple Tree Lane)

Change is hard. But it can also be a catalyst for incredible opportunities. Learn how to make the most of the big things that come your way – the things you planned, and the things you didn’t. During this organizational change overview we will cover the fundamentals of change, including succession planning, and learn from examples of how organizations have thrived through change and made mistakes that provide valuable learning opportunities. Join Lindsey O’Pries, consultant with the Spark Mill,  by bringing your own examples and scenarios to the workshop and we will spend some time working through them together.

Who Should Attend: Board members and staff who are responsible for leading their organization through change.

Fee: $35 for participants affiliated with a CNE member organization; $55 for all other participants. In partnership with CAPSAW, we are also pleased to offer a special $20 scholarship to participants affiliated with a human services agency.

Trainer: Lindsey O’Pries 

Lindsey is an experienced nonprofit leader who values collaboration, has a deep commitment to equity, and a completed checklist. She is a verbal processor who thrives in projects with lots of change. 


September 24th:  10:00 a.m. – Noon (Complete)

Topic:  Broadening the Base for Annual Support

Location:  Best Western PLUS, Waynesboro (109 Apple Tree Lane)

Annual support is the life blood of an organization. Learn how to broaden your fundraising base by planning, segmenting and bringing donors through the giving cycle. Participants will leave the session with helpful tips and resources to move donors through the giving cycle.

Join Kittie Abell, CFRE, a 25-year fundraising professional in an interactive workshop that will have something for new and veteran fundraisers.

Workshop participants will learn:

  • How to broaden their donor base
  • How to segment their donor base
  • How to engage donors throughout the giving cycle

Who Should Attend: All nonprofit professionals and volunteers who are engaged in fundraising activities.

Fee: $35 for participants affiliated with a CNE member organization; $55 for all other participants.

Trainer: Kittie Abell

Kittie has over 25 years as a fundraising professional. She has extensive experience in nonprofit management including stewardship, board development, strategic planning, fundraising, budgeting, research, coalition building, community relations, and special events.


October 16th: 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

Topic:  Effective Planning & Introduction of New Programs

Location:  Best Western PLUS, Waynesboro (109 Apple Tree Lane) 

Innovation and strategic programs are often the key to a nonprofit organization meeting its measurable goals across outreach, philanthropy, publicity, and more. Through visual presentations, lively discussions, and brainstorming activities, participants will examine the development of effective programs. This course is designed for individuals who play any role in the success of a program – from marketing and grant writing to implementation and evaluation. Learn how to utilize your organization’s own unique resources, meet specific organizational goals, and connect with your audience by maximizing programmatic opportunities that align with your mission.

Workshop participants will learn:

  • How to examine the effectiveness of programs
  • How to develop effective programs

Who Should Attend: All nonprofit professionals, board members, and volunteers who are responsible for the development and implementation of programs.

Fee: $35 for participants affiliated with a CNE member organization; $55 for all other participants. In partnership with CAPSAW, we are also pleased to offer a special $20 scholarship to participants affiliated with a human services agency.

Trainer: Margaret Hancock

Margaret brings two decades of experience in the art and philanthropy world. Her vast work experience includes nonprofit leadership with museums and galleries, programmatic and editorial services for diverse audiences, and researching and writing for magazine and organizations. She introduces best practices across the areas of communications, special events, training and education, program development, and philanthropy.


October 30th:  3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Topic: The Board’s Role in Fundraising

Location:  Best Western PLUS, Waynesboro (109 Apple Tree Lane) 

Before you start recruiting new board members, it is essential that you answer this question:

What do you want board members to do for your organization? For many organizations, the answer includes fundraising and maintaining a culture of philanthropy. Join Cindy Colson, CNE Deputy Director of Strategic Partnerships, to understand the role that every board member can play in ensuring the organization has the resources it needs to thrive.

Workshop participants will learn:

  • How board members create and cultivate a culture of philanthropy
  • How board members can engage donors
  • How board members can use storytelling and data to support fundraising efforts

Who Should Attend: Current and prospective Board Chairs, Executive Directors, and others interested in the effective leadership of nonprofit organizations.

Fee: $35 for participants affiliated with a CNE member organization; $55 for all other participants.

Trainer: Cindy Colson

Deputy Director of Strategic Partnerships for the Center for Nonprofit Excellence. Cindy is responsible for the development and administration of CNE’s diverse array of programs and services throughout Central Virginia. She brings over 18 years of nonprofit leadership experience to her training and consulting on executive leadership and board governance. She supports nonprofit organizations in their implementation of sound, etc.


November 12th: 10:00 a.m. – Noon

Topic:  Developing a Major Gifts and Planned Giving Program

Location:  Best Western PLUS, Waynesboro (109 Apple Tree Lane)

A significant financial gift from a donor signals a level of commitment to your agency’s mission. Typically, these “major gifts” constitute the top 10% of your agency’s revenue. In this two-hour workshop, we will explore how to cultivate major gifts, how to begin the conversation about a planned gift, how to manage expectations of the donor and how to be excellent stewards of these investments. Come join the conversation!

Who Should Attend: Board members, Executive Directors, staff, and others who are engaged in fundraising activities

Fee: $35 for participants affiliated with a CNE member organization; $55 for all other participants.

Trainer: Laurie Jarrett Rogers

Laurie Rogers has worked as an independent fundraising consultant for the past 19 years, working with non-profits on all aspects of fundraising. Laurie has taught on a variety of fund raising topics (grant writing, annual fund, fund raising 101, endowments, corporate support, et al) at the UVA School for Continuing and Professional Studies and the Institute of Government for 17 years, and she has taught in the counterpart divisions at VCU for 19 years.