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spring workshops in "to plan or not to plan" series

February 9, 2015 | ECF Press Release

Offering nonprofit organizations two upcoming workshops, the Foundation is providing practical tools and resources about succession planning and grantmaking relationships.

The final workshops of the To Plan or Not to Plan series are offered to nonprofit organizations serving the Evanston community. These workshops also provide networking opportunities for local nonprofit professionals and board members.

to prepare or not to prepare: always succession plan

On Wednesday, March 4 from 5:30 to 8:30pm, Mary Morten of Morten Group Consulting will provide case studies of organizations that successfully developed succession plans including ways to develop talent and align development workforce strategies to meet organizational challenges.

2014-2015 Workshop Facilitator Mary MortenMary 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.


to build or not to build: grantmaking relationships

Consultant Lisa Tylke facilitates this workshop, on Wednesday April 29 from 9:30am to 12:30pm, on how to consciously cultivate and thoughtfully maintain effective relationships with corporate and foundation grantmaking representatives. She 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.

2014-2015 Workshop Facilitators Lisa TylkeLisa 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.


Register for the workshops —the cost is $40 or $100 for three registrations (3 people for one workshop, for example). The morning workshop will include a continental breakfast and the evening workshops will include a light supper. All three workshops take place at One Rotary Center, 1560 Sherman Avenue in Room 1A.

about the foundation

The EVANSTON COMMUNITY FOUNDATION, founded in 1986 with current assets of approximately $20 million in 80-plus funds, 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.