Monday, June 25, 2012

Westward, ho!

Getting ready to head west and represent Chicago as a trustee of Dance/USA at the annual board meeting and conference.  Chicago was host to last year's convening, and this year, San Francisco welcomes the national dance community for the annual conference and celebration of Dance/USA's 30th anniversary!

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Fundraising in the one-person development shop: making the most of a shoestring budget

At the best of times, fundraising can be challenging. But, fundraising in the one person development shop can be daunting, especially when one is working with a shoestring budget. The key situation like these is to know what areas to prioritize, and how to get the biggest bang for your buck because you can't do it all. This seminar will focus on the issues unique to one person fundraising departments, and will drill down in the following areas:
  • Keeping your organization on track financially: create and maintain a year round fundraising plan
  • Research: research your prospects on a shoestring budget
  • Directmail: work with an established third party service provider to maximize your returns
  • Major gifts program: develop and maintain a manageable high dollar giving club
  • Planned giving: start simple with a will and bequests program
  • Donor solicitation: make it easy for your donors to give and for you to receive donations
  • Special events: conduct a unique annual event that makes efficient use of volunteers
  • Leaderhsip involvement: find creative ways to get your executive director and/or board involvement in the fundraising process
Attendees will walk away with fresh ideas to take their one person development shop to the next level. This session is intended for Executive Directors, Director of Development and any fundraising staff who are working with a limited fundraising budget.


Date: Thursday, July 12, 2012 (More dates are available on the registration page)

Time: 8:30am - 12:00pm

Price: $110.00

Click HERE to register.

Building a Solid Fundraising-Centric Mobile Website and App

2012 is the year of MOBILE fundraising! Today, 1.2 billion people in the world have an internet based smart phone or tablet accessing your website or downloading your app. Don't have one yet? Or have one and want to learn how to increase fundraising efforts? This webinar is perfect for you! We will discuss everything you need to get started with launching and supporting your fundraising-centric mobile website and/or application. Click HERE to register. Cost is FREE.

When:  June 26, 2012 from 2:00pm - 3:00pm

  • Why its a must to have a mobile website/application
  • The difference in purpose of a mobile website vs mobile application
  • Mobile fundraising best practices and tactics
  • Integrating your new mobile channel with traditional direct response initiatives to increse response rates

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Fellowship Application Due June 15, 2012

Don't Miss the Deadline!

The Trust’s fellowship program is designed to elevate the careers of Chicago leaders and increase their future impact on the Chicago metropolitan area by investing in their professional development.

The Chicago Community Trust Fellowship provides financial resources which can cover current salary and benefits for time off, costs related to academic courses, coaching, learning from other practitioners and other associated expenses. Emerging leaders are eligible to apply for up to $30,000 and experienced leaders are eligible to apply for up to $60,000. The Trust anticipates awarding up to ten fellowships — up to seven for emerging leaders and three for experienced leaders. The Fellowship must be completed within the calendar year of 2013.

The deadline to submit the fellowship application is June 15, 2012.
More information about the program and application process can be found via

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Raising More Money with Event Sponsorships!

Event sponsorships are a pillar of corporate giving and a serious source of revenue for nonprofits. However, tough economic times and shrinking budgets are forcing companies to reevaluate their commitment to sponsorships and to seek better return on investment.

During this webinar you'll learn six proven strategies for raising more money from retailers, restaurants, department stores, fast lube centers, coffee shops and any other type of business.

Space is limited. Please select from one of the following date options:

Price: $69.99

Tuesday, June 12
1:00pm-2:30pm EDT


Thursday, July 12
1:00pm-2:30pm EDT

This Webinar Includes the Following Supporting Material:
  1. The supporting slides from the webinar
  2. A handy guide for creating and executing program that you'll refer to again and again
  3. A FREE 30 minute post-webinar phone consultation with Joe Waters, Cause Marketing for Dummies, to fine-tune your individual program. You can use this time with Joe to discuss which of his six strategies would work best for your organization and next steps. A
About Joe Waters:
Joe has been creating corporate partnerships and raising millions of dollars for nearly twenty years, most recently at New England's largest safety-net hospital.

Joe is also the blogger behind the web's #1 cause marketing and sponsorship blog,, which chronicles his insights on running a successful corporate partnership program on a shoestring budget.

Friday, June 1, 2012

DanceWorks Chicago's 5th Anniversary!

DanceWorks Chicago is counting the days until our 5th Anniversary LIVE Art Benefit on Sunday, June 3 in our home at the Ruth Page Center for the Arts. We value being part of a vibrant artistic community in Chicago and hope to continue to contribute to the cultural landscape!