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upcoming workshops for nonprofits: tools that work

January 27, 2014 | ECF Press Release

Practical workshops for Evanston's nonprofit organizations will be offered on January 29 and April 30.

These workshops, requiring pre-registration, will be held at Evanston Public Library.

strengthening organizations

Nonprofit organizations need practical tools to grow their capacity, and the Evanston Community Foundation has designed low-cost workshops on the theme Tools that Work to address strengthening core business practices, conveying mission to donors, and integrating mission impact and financial viability.

tools for connecting donors with your mission

This workshop is offered on Wednesday, January 29, 2014, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Facilitators Melissa Berliner and Andrew Brommel of Campbell & Company bring their combined expertise in major gift fundraising and philanthropic messaging. They will offer tools to help organizations define a case for support, develop strong donor messaging, and convey messages effectively in donor conversations.

tools for making strategic decisions for financial viability

This final workshop of the series will be on Wednesday, April 30, 2014, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Based on the best-selling book Nonprofit Sustainability: Making Strategic Decisions for Financial Viability by the Principal of Spectrum Nonprofit Services, Steven Zimmerman, this workshop offers a new perspective on integrating mission impact and financial viability. Steve Strang, a Consultant with Spectrum Nonprofit Services, will present participants with a simple yet powerful tool for analyzing and strengthening their business models, and how to integrate this tool into the ongoing practice of their organization.

registration and format

The registration fee is $35 for each workshop. The morning workshop includes a continental breakfast and the evening workshop includes a light supper. Both workshops take place at the Evanston Public Library, 1703 Orrington, first floor Community Room.

about the foundation

THE EVANSTON COMMUNITY FOUNDATION, celebrating its 27th anniversary in 2014 with assets of $18 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