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announcing ECF 2015/16 workshop series

October 15, 2015 | ECF Press Release

This ECF workshop series themed Internal Change/External Impact is offered to nonprofit organizations serving the Evanston community.

Online registration is now open.

workshop series focus

Nonprofit organizations need practical tools to grow their capacity in order to build their programs effectively, and these workshops will address mission supportive budgeting, telling an organization's story, and building equitable institutions. These workshops are also networking opportunities for local nonprofit professionals and board members.

ECF Program Officer Rebecca Cacayuran said "The Foundation has found that investing in the infrastructure of an organization can have a significant impact on its ability to serve the community. We not only award grants for capacity-building projects, but also offer low-cost workshops for nonprofit staff and board members to learn from experts in the field, and from one another."

three workshops

The workshops will be held Nov. 12, 2015, Feb. 4, and March 3, 2016 at One Rotary Center, 1560 Sherman Avenue in Room 1A.

Budgeting: A Mission Support Approach will be offered on Thursday, November 12, 2015, 9:30 am to 12:30 pm. Facilitator Tim O'Brien, will address the role of budgeting in addressing operational planning as well as planning for capital items, with an emphasis on technology.

OBrien.jpgTim O'Brien, PhD, Director of Financial Services for Lumity, has been a financial management practitioner, consultant and professor of Nonprofit Finance at North Park University and the Spertus Institute for over 30 years. His work is focused on building financial literacy in nonprofits. Lumity provides financial management services through a cadre of expert finance and accounting professionals, as well as workshops in financial management tools and methods.

Compelling Stories, Compelling Causes: Nonprofit Marketing Success will take place Thursday, February 4, 2016, 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm. Susan O'Halloran, will help organization representatives use stories as a tool to boost fundraising efforts and media coverage.OHalloran.jpg

Susan O'Halloran has been the story consultant to Fortune 500, as well as nonprofit, organizations for the last 30 years. Her 6S Story Power System found in her book, Compelling Causes, Compelling Stories, has been used by hundreds of organizations to raise their profile in the community, attract quality volunteers, capture the attention of the press, and show funders how their contributions make a positive and significant difference.

Inclusion: Becoming an Equitable Institution will be held Thursday, March 3, 2016, 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm. Eileen Hogan Heineman and Donique McIntosh, YWCA Evanston/North Shore Racial Justice Program Co-Directors, will lead an interactive session focusing on the intersection of identity and leadership and how to normalize equity and inclusion across an organization.

McIntosh_and_Heineman.jpgEileen Hogan Heineman has been facilitating racial equity workshops and trainings for fifteen years, the past five for the YWCA Evanston/North Shore. She believes that individuals become change agents only after developing a radical empathy for all in the communities they serve and with whom they work. Dr. Donique McIntosh is an educator who has spent more than a decade working to create a more equitable and inclusive world within higher education, faith communities, and organizations.

about the foundation

The EVANSTON COMMUNITY FOUNDATION, founded in 1986 with current assets of more than $20 million, helps Evanston thrive now and forever as a vibrant, inclusive, and just community. It builds, connects, and distributes resources and knowledge through local organizations for the common good. The Foundation builds endowments for current and future opportunities, fosters private philanthropy, focuses the impact of collective giving, finds solutions to community challenges, allocates grants, and provides leadership training.