2018-2019 Non-Profit Workshops at
Volunteer Center McHenry County

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Board Training: Roles and Responsibilities
Sept. 27, 2018, 9 am-noon
Presented by Rita Yerkes, Principal, Yerkes Consulting LLC (bio).
Description: One of the fundamental challenges that far too many board members and boards have is that they don’t have a strong understanding of their roles and responsibilities.  This lack of understanding of what is — and is not — a part of the board’s essential roles can lead to a whole host of dysfunctions, such as micromanagement, rogue decision-making, lack of engagement, and more. Since it’s impossible to do a job well if you don’t know what the job is, all boards must take the time to ensure that every board member fully understands what’s expected and needed of him or her, and then hold all members accountable when they get off track. This workshop will explore the Ten Basic Responsibilities of Non-Profit Boards through experiential activities and scenarios in the context of the governance challenges facing nonprofits today. Participants will clarify and distinguish the board’s responsibilities from those of the chief executive and senior staff. In addition, they will discuss individual responsibilities of board members and examine a self-assessment tool for individual board members.

 

Internal Controls for Nonprofits
Oct, 30, 2018, 9 am-noon
Presented by Timothy J. Gavin, CPA, Senior Audit Manager, John Kasperek, Co., Inc. (bio).
Description: Every organization faces unique challenges when it comes to designing and implementing internal controls. This session will provide an overview of internal control fundamentals, demonstrate ways organizations can make the most out of its staff for protecting assets, preventing fraud, and achieving goals.

 

Strategic Planning - The Fundamentals
CANCELLED from Dec. 12 - will be rescheduled

Presented by Greg Kuhn, PhD, Assistant Director of Public Management and Training, Center for Governmental Studies, Northern Illinois University (bio).
Description: This workshop will serve as a “guided tour” of the practical techniques and fundamental components of strategic planning processes. The session will focus on introducing participants to the various elements that comprise a successful and holistic strategic planning process.  Whether you’re in government or any kind of public service organization, strategic plans are one the central techniques for progressive leadership and management.  Topics will include stakeholder input, environmental scanning, SWOT analysis, prioritization, communication and implementation. The workshop leaders will focus on building skills and awareness for participants that have never done, or, already have done-- but want to improve, strategic planning in their organization.

 

Negotiating and Calculating Indirect Rates for Grant Applications
Jan. 9, 2019, 9 am-noon
Presented by Bob Marovich, independent grant writer/consultant (bio).
Description: Most private and corporate foundations prefer to fund programs over general operating expenses. At the same time, nonprofits know that every program will consume a certain amount of general operating costs, including non-program staff time, space, utilities, and accounting.  Setting an effective indirect rate can mean the difference between a program being financially successful and consuming more resources than originally anticipated. This workshop will demystify the process of determining, negotiating, and calculating indirect rates for private foundation and corporation grant applications.  Attendees will learn what items typically qualify as indirect costs, how to negotiate the rate, and what to do if a grant application does not explicitly ask for indirect costs to be included as part of the project budget.

 

Nonprofits and Community Engagement
Jan. 30, 2019, 9 am-noon
Presented by Associate Professor Alicia Schatteman, PhD, with joint appointments to the Department of Public Administration and the Center for Nonprofit and NGO Studies (bio).
Description: What is community engagement? If you’re a non-profit, aren’t you “engaged already”?   Non-for-profit organizations are by definition, connected to the communities and stakeholders they serve.  However, a question that frequently arises in both new and mature organizations is this “what does it meant to be truly “engaged”?  How can organizations be truly connected with their stakeholders, clients and community members?  Is your organization in a state of readiness for engagement?  Can it or has it mobilized support?  Is that support sustained or sustainable? How does your mission fit with the needs of the community as well as the views of constituents, members and the community at large? How can you connect your resources to the needs of the population you serve?  How can you recruit others to join your cause and advance your mission? Is your organization capable of raising its profile, build lasting relationships and advance its mission for the communities it’s pledged to serve? This workshop will introduce participants to the concepts, tools and leadership steps necessary to build healthy community engagement.  Work through a case study as the workshop participants take an actual initiative and develop an engagement plan.

 

Grant Compliance - Following Directions
Feb. 28, 2019, 9 am-noon
Presented by Bob Marovich, independent grant writer/consultant (bio).
Description: Compliance isn’t just for Federal grant recipients anymore.  Today, private grant makers are also requiring measurable objectives as part of the grant application process.  While compliance with a foundation or corporation grant agreement may not require the same amount of burden as a Federal grant does, it can mean future years of support if followed through.  This workshop will focus on the fundamental rules of the grant seeking process: following directions, establishing achievable and measurable outcomes, how to meet those outcomes for the benefit of your nonprofit and the funder, and other requirements grantors typically want upon acceptance of their grant.

 

Reading Financial Statements
March 20, 2019, 9 am-noon
Presented by Timothy J. Gavin, CPA, Senior Audit Manager, John Kasperek, Co., Inc. (bio).
Description: Financial statements can be confusing and hard to read, and yet they provide some of the most valuable information in assessing the financial health of an organization. With so much information that is presented, it can be hard to separate what matters to you from what doesn’t. This session will demonstrate how to interpret the numbers and notes in a standard financial report and show how to best use the information to understand an organization. Whether you’re a manager, board member, or other stakeholder, making sense of a financial report is key in making informed decisions.

 

Effectively Telling Your Story to the World
May 30, 2019, 9 am-noon
Presented by Associate Professor Alicia Schatteman, PhD, with joint appointments to the Department of Public Administration and the Center for Nonprofit and NGO Studies (bio).
Description: This workshop brings together the elements of your organization’s purpose, people/staff, and performance in a clear communications strategy.  Learn how to tell your “story”, combining human emotion elements with data for an effective engagement strategy.


Executive Director 101 - Nuts & Bolts
TBA - June 25, 26, or 27, 2019, 9 am-noon