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announcing 2014-2015 workshop series on plan development

October 28, 2014 | ECF Press Release

The Evanston Community Foundation announces the 2014-2015 workshops for nonprofit organizations: "Developing a Plan".

This workshop series for nonprofit organization staff and board members will be held at One Rotary Center, 1560 Sherman Ave., Evanston.

learn about building organizational capacity and network with other organizations

Nonprofit organizations need practical tools to grow their capacity, and the Evanston Community Foundation has designed low cost workshops on the theme “To Plan or Not to Plan” to address planning for fundraising events, succession planning and donor/grantor relationship building. The workshops also function as an opportunity to network with local nonprofit professionals and board members.

Workshops will be held Dec. 2, 2014, March 4 and April 29, 2015. Online registration is now open. The registration fee is $40 for each workshop. The morning workshop includes a continental breakfast and the evening workshops includes a light supper.

workshop series topics

To Gala or Not to Gala: How NOT to be the Organization with a Series of Unfortunate Events, is offered on Tuesday, Dec. 2, 2014, 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Facilitators Chris Kowalke of Hoopla Communications and Jackie Kaplan-Perkins of Leadershift Consulting share best practices on turning your special event from an entrenched organizational party to an opportunity to cultivate deep relationships with donors.

To Prepare or Not to Prepare: Always Succession Plan! takes place Wednesday, March 4, 2015, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Mary Morten of Morten Group Consulting will provide real-life case studies of organizations that have successfully developed succession plans which include talent development and aligning workforce strategies to meet the organizational challenges at hand.

To Build or Not to Build: Grantmaking Relationships, will be held Wednesday, April 29 from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Consultant Lisa Tylke facilitates this workshop that will focus on how to consciously cultivate and thoughtfully maintain effective relationships with corporate and foundation grantmaking representatives. This program will offer insights into what funders expect from their nonprofit partners, appropriate points of contact in the grant/sponsorship relationship and effective stewardship of these key and ongoing institutional relationships.

facilitator biographies

Jackie Kaplan-Perkins is the principal of Leadershift Consulting, specializing in strategic planning, organizational development, and Board work. Jackie has also been a trainer for the Donors Forum of Chicago, Grassroots Institute for Fundraising Training, Northwestern University and the University of Chicago.

Christine Kowalke has led Hoopla Communications for the past seventeen years, serving organizations with a full menu of event production services. As Hoopla developed, it added client support in strategic fundraising, succession planning, and other aspects of organizational development.

Mary Morten, President and principal of Morten Group will facilitate and interactive session on this important topic for nonprofit organizations. Morten Group focuses on organizational and resource development, including workshops on building communities of inclusion and access, executive coaching and succession planning, board recruitment and retention, interim leadership services, executive retreats, and film and video development.

Lisa Tylke consults in the areas of organizational development, assessment, strategic planning, board development and fundraising.  Her work has included conducting independent evaluations of grant giving programs at the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation and The Chicago Community Trust as well as grant review for The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation and Prince Charitable Trusts. Lisa also serves as a SmARTscope consultant for the Arts & Business Council of Chicago and teaches at the University of Chicago Graham School of Continuing Liberal and Professional Studies.

about the foundation

The EVANSTON COMMUNITY FOUNDATION, founded in 1986 with current assets of more than $19 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.