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workshop series for nonprofits

October 4, 2016 | ECF Press Release

The Evanston Community Foundation (ECF) is presenting a workshop, “Donor Motivations: Understanding Today’s Diverse and Divergent Individual Donors,” on Tuesday, October 18, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at One Rotary Center, 1560 Sherman Ave., Evanston.

This is the first in ECF’s 2016-2017 workshop series “Tools that Work,” designed to help Evanston nonprofits be more effective.


learning how to think like donors

The workshop will focus on better understanding individual donors in the new age of digital strategies, along with new forms of philanthropy. Participants will learn how to think like donors and how to apply communication tools for donor engagement, retention, and renewal.


Megan Kashner, CSW, MBA, will facilitate the workshop. A seasoned leader with more than 20 years of strategic management, community partnership building, and organizational planning experience across the nonprofit sector, Megan is a Clinical Assistant Professor and Director of Social Impact for the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. She is also the founder of Benevolent—a platform using bleeding-edge technology and leveraging donor proclivities to fill gaps in the safety net for low-income families.

workshops in series

The remaining workshops in the Tools That Work series will be offered in early 2017. "Advocacy: a Key Strategy for Mission Fulfillment,” will be led by Laurel O’Sullivan of the Advocacy Collaborative from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Feb.9.  Steve Strang of Spectrum Nonprofit Services will facilitate "Nonprofit Board Service: Understanding Responsible Governance, Funding and Structure” from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on May 3.

Workshops are designed for both nonprofit staff and board members. Registration for each workshop is $50, with a discounted fee $125 for three workshop registrations.

about the foundation

The Evanston Community Foundation, celebrating its 30th Anniversary in 2016, 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. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.