Nonprofit Education

Non-profit Education

Your Community Foundation offers and hosts various non-profit training events throughout the year. Low-cost informative workshops address topics, including grant writing and special events, and informative sessions on issues that affect Connecticut non-profits, such as changes to the Connecticut state budget.

Upcoming Nonprofit Education

June 16, 2017, The Changing Landscape of Philanthropy and What it Means for your Nonprofit. Robert Evans, Philanthropic columnist, Board member of the Giving Institute, and President of The Evans Consulting Group, has been working with nonprofits to harness the power of philanthropy for more than 20 years. Learn about trends in giving and best practices in leveraging your nonprofit's access to resources in a changing philanthropic climate.

Leadership Enrichment for Advancing Professionals (LEAP), to be presented by Danosky & Associates, LLC (D&A) consists of 7 three-hour sessions and 1 six-hour session designed to build a foundation of skills and awareness. D&A facilitators share their experience, expertise, and insights while engaging the proficiencies of all participants; this happens in presentations, group discussions, research and case study analysis, simulations, home assignments, and action-planning activities. The immediacy of the learning experience encourages thoughtful application and experimentation with ideas and best practices.

Additional educational events upcoming. Check back for updates.

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Past Presentations and Events

Tuesday, November 29, 2016 Nonprofit Advisory Institute Board Chair Roundtable with Anne Yurasek, Principal at FIOS Partners. What does a recent national survey of nonprofit board chairs tell us about the future of nonprofit boards? Learn about the results of the survey and join in a discussion on what it may mean for your organization.

October 4, 2016, Board Chair Roundtable with Hez Norton, Director of Partnership and Leadership Initiatives, Third Sector New England. Sustainability planning is a critical component of nonprofit health, mission effectiveness, and transition readiness. Sustainability planning prepares an organization to weather the departure of key organizational leaders, builds organizational capacity, and strengthens leadership. In this workshop, participants will increase their understanding of how sustainability planning builds organizational capacity and clarity on the steps needed to integrate sustainability practices into their organization over the long term.

Resources:
​Organizational Sustainability Checklist (pdf)
Emergency Succession Planning Template (doc)

Reports:
Creative Disruption
The Long Goodbye
The Leadership in Leaving

July 13, 2016, Stop Asking – Start Stewarding​ with Sharon Danosky of Danosky & Associates. For too long we have been recruiting Board members with the expectation of “Get and Give.” In many ways this is discouraging to the new Board member and does not represent the best utilization of their time and talent. With the average non-profit losing nearly 57% of their donors annually, it’s time to stop asking Board members to raise funds and teach them to build relationships with people by being the stewards of a vision.

Principles of Fundraising: This high-caliber, basic skills program provided by the Community Foundation Connecticut Association of Nonprofits and AFP Connecticut Chapter offers introductory-level, half-day workshops about fundraising theory and practice taught by locally trained faculty. All of the workshops are designed to help new and established nonprofit organizations raise money more effectively and efficiently. Perfect for novice to intermediate development personnel, executive directors, board members, volunteers, and others interested in learning more about fundraising:

  • April 6, 2016, Starting a Development Program by Dr. Jonathan Spinner
  • April 13, 2016, Annual Giving by Sharon Danosky
  • April 20, 2016, Corporate and Foundation Grantseeking by Diane Gedeon-Martin
  • April 27, 2016, Board & Volunteer Development, by John Brooks
  • May 4, 2016, Individual Major Gift Fundraising, by Abbie von Schlegell

March 10, 2016, Board Chair Roundtable with Hez Norton, Director of Partnership and Leadership Initiatives, Third Sector New England. Community Foundation of Northwest Connecticut, Connecticut Community Foundation and Third Sector New England (TSNE) partnered to survey executives and board members to discover the challenges and opportunities facing our leaders and organizations. In this report, TSNE compiled the findings from more than 1,200 leaders around New England. Hez explored the challenges that many nonprofits in the Northwest Corner will face in the coming decade and discussed strategies that will contribute to a thriving nonprofit sector.

In the Fall of 2015, The Leadership Enrichment for Advancing Professionals (LEAP) was presented by Danosky & Associates, LLC. LEAP is specifically designed for nonprofit Executive Directors.

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October 20, 2015, Rick Schwartz presents: Make sure that everyone who matters hears your message: a new approach to strategic communications and Deserving bequests: 10 steps to earning the biggest gifts your nonprofit will ever receive.

As a consultant, Rick has worked with community foundations from Abilene, Texas, to Oxford, England; with 'alternative' foundations such as the Haymarket People's Fund and RESIST; and with the Council on Foundations, regional associations of grantmakers, and other affinity groups of funders.

Email Rick Schwartz for access to his DropBox with additional resources.

September 10, 2015, Nonprofit Education Series Presents: How To Make a Good Board Great. Each year, Chuck Loring conducts dozens of training programs for funders, community foundations, and nonprofit centers interested in good governance.

June 24, 2015, 2015, Nonprofit Education Series Presents: Communicating Profitably With Your Donors. In this "truth stampede," you'll learn the best information and insights Tom Ahern has gathered in 15 years of high performance, award-winning direct mail, case writing, and audits for charities.

Communicating Profitably With Your Donors (pdf)

June 24, 2015, 2015, Nonprofit Education Series Presents: Creating Websites & Newsletters Donors Will Love. How do you "loverize" your website or newsletter? Learn the nuts and bolts in this heavily illustrated new workshop from copywriting master, Tom Ahern.

Creating Websites & Newsletters Donors Will Love (pdf)

April 30, 2015, Critical Board Chair Communications Roundtable with speaker Anne Yurasek explores the role improved communication strategies and efforts play in establishing successful governance. There will be an opportunity to work with other board chairs on techniques that can be adapted to fit your strategy.

October 15, 2013, The Affordable Care Act and What it Means for You

Contact your Community Foundation staff at: (860) 626-1245