2019 Non-Profit Workshops at
Volunteer Center McHenry County

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Strategic Planning - The Fundamentals
Feb. 20, 9 am-noon
Presented by Greg Kuhn, PhD, Assistant Director of Public Management and Training, Center for Governmental Studies, Northern Illinois University (bio). Co-presenters: Melissa Henriksen and Jeanna Ballard, from NIU's Center for Governmental Studies.
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.

 

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.

 

Nonprofits and Community Engagement
March 13, 2019, 9 am-noon (rescheduled from Jan. 30)
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.

 

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 29, 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
June 26, 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 will cover the basics of running a nonprofit organization from mission to roles of the Executive Director, board, staff and volunteers, to best practices in nonprofit strategic leadership and management. In this interactive session, the presenter will lead you in an exploration of “best practices” and case studies in the Nonprofit Executive Director’s role and expectations of performance by key stakeholders. Whether you have been promoted internally to the top staff position or you are switching sectors to manage your first nonprofit, this is the workshop for you. For practiced professionals this workshop is a great way to refresh and update your skills in compliance with current best practices.