six workshop offerings
The workshops Move Forward with 2020 Vision, from January through November, 2020, offer frequent learning and networking opportunities for staff and board members of Evanston nonprofits and organizations. Facilitated by experts, the workshops are offered free of charge, and advance registration is required.
All workshops will be held online until further notice.
part of the Effective Nonnprofit Governance Series in educational partnership with the Center for Nonprofit Management, Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University
Two Part Workshop
Wednesday, April 1
Tuesday, April 28 - rescheduled for Fall 2020
Nonprofit Financial Statements: The Intersection of Finance and Mission Advancement
Wednesday, October 21Know Your Numbers: How Needs-Based Budgeting Leads to Investment Level Gifts
Wednesday, November 18Nonprofit Team Building: Agile Techniques for Nonprofit Team Building
Knowledge is Power: Investing in Your People is Investing in Your Mission (January 22)
Join the Kellogg School Center for Nonprofit Management to learn about a suite of free online learning resources designed to take your team to the next level. Nonprofit Management Essentials recently expanded to offer a Do-It-Yourself facilitation feature, providing customizable world class learning at your fingertips. Primarily geared towards nonprofit leaders with 7-10 years experience or nonprofit staff looking to create or customize a shared learning experience, this interactive session will provide participants with experience using a module on Building Strong Community Partners including three essential guidelines for creating strong community collaboration, learn how Do-It-Yourself Facilitation content enables leaders to customize a cohort learning experience, and leave feeling empowered with a tool you can share to help maximize the time and impact of nonprofit leaders in your network. Workshop experts: Elise Madrick Townsend, MSW and Amy Stewart Smith
Two Part Workshop
Community Building: What is our Collective Story? (February 18) - REGISTRATION CLOSED
Communication rooted in storytelling brings together key stakeholders to the same page. Stories reveal shared values and foster deeper understanding of common goals. The outcome is a shift in the collective consciousness of the community to create a shared narrative about the mission that has more clarity and focus. Participants come prepared with a story to share about why they work to make Evanston a better place. From these stories, we harvest common themes and identify key words that convey these themes. A new vocabulary emerges to be used in crafting the new overarching story. This session is designed to help attendees see their roles and that of their colleagues from a new perspective, identify the collective mission and vision of the community, and recognize opportunities to collaborate with others Workshop expert: Pon Angara
Connecting to the Mission: How is the Mission Part of My Own Story? (Wednesday, April 1st online)
The reasons why people support a cause are as varied as the individuals themselves. There is no on-size-fits-all story that connects board members, staff, volunteers and other stakeholders to your mission. Participants come prepared with a story to share about why they work to make Evanston a better place. From these stories, we harvest common themes to help us align individual stories with the mission. Participants have the opportunity to workshop their personal stories into their most compelling message about why their work for Evanston matters. This session is designed to help attendees express their personal connection to the mission in a unique way, appreciate the diversity in how people in the community forge meaning in their work toward common goals, and recognize opportunities to collaborate with others. Workshop expert: Pon Angara
Nonprofit Financial Statements: The Intersection of Finance and Mission Advancement (April 28-RESCHEDULED FALL 2020)
You do not have to be an expert in finance or accounting to ask good questions about financial statements and operating budgets. Learn some strategies for understanding financial statements and asking relevant and important financial questions.Gain insights how to communicate organization’s mission through your financial statements.Workshop expert: Marian Powers
Know Your Numbers: How Needs-Based Budgeting Leads to Investment-Level Gifts (October 21)
In order to grow, nonprofits need larger, unrestricted donations on an annual basis. While nobody doubts your passion for your mission, securing funding takes an exact step-by-step path to secure larger, investment-level donors. If an individual donor is going to give their best gift to your organization, there are three things that must be clear in their mind before that happens: your current and future plans to solve the problem, the program activities you’ll do to solve the problem, and the financial need the organization has to accomplish this. This workshop will walk through the annual planning path and the needs-based budget you need to have every year to fully fund your organization. You’ll learn how to translate your annual plans and financials into a pitch that leads to larger donations on a regular basis. We’ll make sure you know all things you need to have in-hand that boost your confidence and comfort level when asking donors for money. We’ll show you how you can lead relationships with people who CAN and WANT to give investment-level gifts and not feel like you are begging. Shery is also going to let you in on a few things you might be doing that are keeping your donors from giving their best gifts to you – and thus keeping your nonprofit from growing. Workshop expert: Sherry Quam Taylor
Agile Techniques for Nonprofit Team Building (November 18)
Agile methodologies have been proven to allow teams to align more effectively, constantly improve, focus on priorities, deliver valuable results more quickly, and better manage interruptions. After a concise introduction to agile principles and values, and the elements of an agile framework, participants will divide into facilitated teams and walk through several iterations of planning, designing and building a solution to a problem encountered by nonprofit organizations regularly. Participants will experience a taste of what working in an agile team is like, and how it can help both staff and board teams become more effective. Workshop expert: Daniel Herman
Pon Angara (Community Building: What is Our Collective Story, February 18 AND Connecting to the Mission: How Is the Mission Part of My Own Story, April 1)
As partner to nonprofits, Pon Angara is passionate about creating their distinct brand using his depth of real-world experience in communication design, event marketing and storytelling. Part artist and part engineer, Pon fuses seemingly disparate concepts to spark bold, new ideas that can lead to meaningful transformation. His understanding for how principles and methods in science, business and the arts can converge for innovative problem solving drives Pon’s unique approach.
Daniel Herman (Agile Techniques for Nonprofit Team Building, November 18)
Daniel Herman comes from the world of technology - application development - where he has worked for the past 42 years in a variety of roles. For the past several years, he has coached teams in agile principles and techniques, helping them focus on the most crucial priorities, work together cooperatively, and get successful results. The agile and lean techniques he has learned and coached apply to a broad variety of creative endeavors in which the limiting factor is the time and attention of knowledgeable, dedicated people, who need to work as cohesive teams to accomplish the goals of
Marian Powers (Telling Your Story Through Financials, April 28)
Marian Powers has served on the accounting faculty of the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, the University of Illinois at Chicago, and The Lake Forest Graduate School of Management. Since 1987, she has been an adjunct professor of accounting in the Kellogg School's Executive Education program, specializing in teaching financial reporting and analysis to executives.
Amy Stewart Smith (Knowledge is Power: Investing in Your People is Investing in Your Mission, January 22)
Amy Stewart Smith is a director of nonprofit executive programs at the Center for Nonprofit Management, where she specializes in education sector programming. Prior to joining the Center for Nonprofit Management, Amy served as senior director of marketing for Kellogg Executive Education, overseeing record annual participation and the introduction of more than a dozen new programs. She has consulted with municipal governments, conducted research for Fortune 500 companies, and has co-authored and co-edited books.
Sherry Quam Taylor (Know Your Numbers: How Needs-Based Budgeting Leads to Investment-Level Gifts, October 21)
Sherry Quam Taylor is the Founder of QuamTaylor LLC, a firm which specializes in teaching nonprofit leaders the step-by-step method of growing their organization’s revenue year after year. She introduces leaders to comfortable ways of fundraising that leads to investment-level gifts and higher gift regularity. Sherry specifically loves helping nonprofits under $1M in annual revenue launch, grow, and diversify their individual major- and mid-level donor portfolios. Her philosophy focuses on teaching leaders the daily habits and business practices that lead to long-term, annual growth and receiving a donor’s best gift.
Elise Madrick Townsend, MSW (Knowledge is Power: Investing in Your People is Investing in Your Mission, January 22)
Elise Madrick Townsend is the Senior Program Administrator and Academic Director, Nonprofit Executive Programs Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, where she is responsible for the development, design and delivery of open enrollment executive education programs. Her focus is on the growth and development of nonprofit leaders through education on cutting-edge topics in the field.