Saturday, April 27, 2013

TOTEM 6, DanceWorks Chicago's 6th anniversary celebration

TONIGHT's the night. Whether in person or in spirit, please join us to celebrate 6 years of DanceWorks Chicago's passionate commitment to young artists, creativity, and community!

Friday, April 26, 2013

A&BC Workshop: Leveraging Community Connections

Tuesday, May 21, 2013 - 9:30am-11:30am
Columbia College Chicago
623 S Wabash, Hokin Hall, Rm 109

Lead Presenter:
Carla Mayer, Arts & Culture Manager, Chicago Parks District

Josephine Lee, President & Artistic Director, Chicago Children's Choir
Elizabeth Levy, Program Director, Barrel of Monkeys
Mark Messing, Chief Creative Officer, Opera-Matic

Learn about how your organization can partner with the Chicago Parks District through: arts partners in residence, contractual cultural programming, split revenue partnership and short-term performances or rehearsals.  You’ll hear directly from arts nonprofits that are currently taking advantage of these opportunities in a variety of ways to address their space needs, to build new audiences, to engage the community and to support their outreach programs. 
At this workshop, you will learn:
  • How you can benefit from partnering with the Chicago Parks District
  • What tools and resources are necessary to nurture this relationship
  • How the Chicago Parks District can help you build stronger connections with the community
  • How relationships with other civic partners can be leveraged
Price: $45 (NPO budget <250K); $65 (NPO budget >250K/for-profit/individuals)
Workshops are nonrefundable

Register here:

Thursday, April 25, 2013

2014 Trust Fellowship Accepting Applications

The 2014 Trust Fellowship is now accepting applications through May 30, 2013. The Q and A session is scheduled for Wed, May 1st at 10:00AM to 12PM at the Trust. 

CHICAGO —April 19, 2013— The Chicago Community Trust, metropolitan Chicago’s community foundation, is pleased to announce the fifth Chicago Community Trust Fellowship Program for 2014. 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 Trust Fellowship offers professional development opportunities for both emerging and experienced leaders in the nonprofit and public sectors. Successful fellows must be open to new learning, have a track record of accomplishments, have potential for significant community impact and possess a strong commitment to building organizations in the nonprofit and public sectors.

“The fellowship program continues our tradition of supporting leadership development to benefit the nonprofit and public sectors,” said Ngoan Le, vice president of program for the Trust. “There is a growing need to increase the diversity in leadership and we hope to outfit the future leaders of our community with resources and possibilities.”

The Chicago Community Trust fellows have the choice of taking a leave from work or continuing to work while engaging in professional development activities. The Chicago Community Trust Fellowship provides financial resources which can cover current salary 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 nine fellowships — up to six for emerging leaders and three for experienced leaders. The Fellowship must be completed within 12 months from the January 1- December 31, 2014.
The Trust will hold a Q & A session on Wednesday, May 1, 2013 from 10:00 – noon at following location:
The Chicago Community Trust, 225 N. Michigan, Suite 2200, Chicago.
The application deadline for the fellowship is May 30, 2013.
For more information and to apply online go to
About The Chicago Community Trust

Saturday, April 20, 2013

Music + Movement Festival Showcase!

Excited to announce DanceWorks Chicago's selection to perform in the Auditorium Theatre's NEW Music + Movement Showcase at 7:30pm on Wednesday, May 15. DWC will present Francisco Avina's creation From Here to There, danced to music of Paul Wertico, as part of a diverse line-up of companies and musical artists. Tickets only $20...see you there!

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Workshop in June: Strengthening & Learning from your Organizational Impact

Good afternoon SMARTies, 

There's a great workshop coming up in June! Are you struggling with knowing how to evaluate your programs in a way that is both meaningful and manageable for your organization? This workshop will provide you with key terms, concepts and insights into how to think about and use evaluation to improve programs and better communication about your impact. 

Tuesday, June 11, 2013
9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Donors Forum Large Conference Room
Fees: $250

Key topics include how to design or improve your evaluation process, how to collect data with measurable indicators, and key elements of process evaluation and outcome evaluation. The instructors for this workshop will be Susan Quern Pratt and Jenny Ellis Richards.  

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Upcoming FREE webinar and professional development workshop


A couple of upcoming opportunities! Do not miss free webinar opportunities or workshops that often times offer reduced prices to nonprofit administrators. Please feel free to offer any advice or requests as to what else you would like see posted on this blog.

Wednesday, April 10, 2013
2:00 p.m to 3:00 p.m.
Speaker: Margaux Pagan, Director of Strategic Fundraising, DonorFuse

Info: The sequestration is but one financial crisis that has and will continue to impact the non-profit world. From the recession to the sequester and even staff turnover can negatively impact your revenue. Using proactive practices is a sure fire way to be ahead of the curve for any financial crisis your organization will endure.


How can I get my board excited about fundraising?
Wednesday, April 17, 2013
9:00 a.m to 12:00 p.m
The Axelson Center for Nonprofit Management
Cost: $64 for organizations with budgets under $1M
Speaker: Mary Morten, President, Morten Group

Info: If that's a question you have been asking yourself, this session is for you. Demystify the fundraising process and brush up on your skills through an interactive session designed for CEOs, development directors, and board members. Get practical tips on how to build a culture of fundraising at your organization.

Saturday, April 6, 2013

Music + Movement Festival

DanceWorks Chicago is excited to perform as part of the Auditorium Theatre's new Music + Movement Festival in the Kattan/Landau Studio at 6pm on Sunday, April 7. We will be unveiling a new work created especially for the occasion by choreographer Francisco Avina to music of percussionist Paul Wertico!

Thursday, April 4, 2013

You're Invited to Donors Forum Open House

YOU'RE INVITED to Donors Forum Open House to celebrate the re-opening of The Donors Forum Library. 

The Donors Forum Library
208 S. LaSalle St., Suite 1535
Chicago, IL 60604

Wednesday, April 17, 2013
Noon - 5 p.m

The official unveiling of the newly improved space has been redesigned to include comfortable seating, improved wireless access to the database for laptop and tablet users, and additional space for conversations and meetings. During the open house, an array of treats and prizes will be offered, and as always, The Donors Forum Library staff will be available to answer questions and assist you with your research.

The Donors Forum Library is the largest collection of philanthropic and nonprofit publication and other resources in the Midwest and the second largest in the U.S. The free reference collection (you cannot check materials out) includes materials of interest to both funders and nonprofits on topics such as grant-making  grantwriting, and the leadership, management, and governance of nonprofits and funding organizations, including foundations. Learn more about Donors Forum and the array of services they provide and learn how to become a member

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

FREE Webinar: An introduction to Google Grants

**DISCLAIMER: You must be a registered charitable organization with a website to be eligible for Google Grants**

Tuesday, April 16, 2013
12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Google Grants gives eligible nonprofits $10,000 per month in free online advertising to promote their organizations and causes on Nonprofits big and small have much to gain from Google Grants. Google Grants can be used to tackle marketing problems such as raising awareness, growing online donations, building email lists and increasing volunteer registration and more.

You'll learn about Google Grants, pay-per click advertising and why Google Grants is an essential nonprofit marketing tool. This instructional webinar will provide step by step details of the application process, the requirements to succeed with Google Grants and details about a professional service that manages Google Grants to save you time and get you more than what you paid for.  

Speaker: Simon Choy, founder of ConnectAd, helps charities obtain and manage free advertising through Google Grants. His expertise in the program has led to 100% application success rate and he currently manages over $2 million in annual grant funding that generate more than 35 million ad views each year.

Click here to learn more.