Thursday, May 30, 2013

Presentation: First Look: Giving USA 2013 - The Latest Trends in Giving

Campbell & Company is excited to present First Look: Giving USA 2013. There is no fee to attend. Reservation is required. Click here to register. We are excited to change the format this year to a breakfast / roundtable discussion with a number of nonprofit leaders 

Tuesday, June 18th, 2013
7:30 a.m. Registration and networking breakfast
8:00 - 9:30 a.m. Presentation and roundtable discussion

Northwestern  Memorial Hospital
Prentice Women's Hospital
Conference Room L, Third Floor
250 East Superior
Chicago, IL 60611

Giving USA Findings Presenter: Peter Fissinger, President and Chief Executive Officer, Campbell & Company. Click here to see the full listing of roundtable leaders.

Workshops: Advocacy and Messaging

Monday, June 3, 2013
7:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m.
Historic Pullman Visitor Center

The Partners to create a national park at Pullman will be hosting an "Advocacy & Messaging Workshop" for groups dedicated to building stronger organizations and communities. The workshop, presented by staff from the National Parks Conservation Association, will provide practical information on working with elected officials, promoting local causes, (including designation of Chicago's first national park), crafting good messages for the media and amplifying your news in social media. Please join the Pullman Partners and local community groups for this great advocacy and messaging workshop.

Refreshments will be provided. 

If you would like to attend, please RSVP to LeAaron Foley ( no later than June 2nd. 

Chicago Guided Growth Summit

Join DonorPath for a presentation on the new fundraising technology being used by a growing number of small to mid-sized nonprofit organizations in the Chicago area. Learn how Executive Directors and Development Directors are raising more money from boards, individuals, corporations, foundations or special events without increasing operational expenses.

Wednesday, June 5, 2013
9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Claudia Cassidy Theater
Chicago Cultural Center
78 E Washington Street
Chicago, IL 60602

8:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. - Registration and Breakfast
9:00 a.m. - Keynote by Sean Knierim, Chief of Staff at John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.
Speakers: Elizabeth Schwan-Rosenwald, Executive Director at Taproot Foundation; Kara Kennedy, Executive Director at Lumity; Brian Lauterbach, Founder of DonorPath.
Coffee Break
10:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. - Customized fundraising strategy sessions

About DonorPath: DonorPath was created with the idea that every nonprofit organization could use a little more insight into their fundraising operation. We are creating a community of nonprofits in Chicago interested  in using technology and the power of analytics to simply and scale their development work. DonorPath is a fundraising intelligence engine that enables nonprofits of any size to visualize their data and connect with a development expert in their field to create insights that increase fundraising results.

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

FREE Nonprofit Technology Training: Crowdfunding

Are you interested in learning more about crowdfunding and how your nonprofit can use this platform to raise funds? Join HandsOn Tech and Groupon for their Crownfunding for Nonprofits event. The session will cover several crowdfunding platforms including Crowdrise, Start Some Good, Razoo, and Groupon Grassroots. You'll also learn the benefits and challenges of crowdfunding for nonprofits. Attendees will leave the training with ideas for promotional tactics and best practices for crowdfunding.

Crowdfunding for Nonprofits
June 12th, 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Groupon: Corky Romano Room
600 W. Chicago Avenue
Chicago, IL 60654
Register here

Opportunity for Dance Companies

Chicago and surrounding area dance companies and choreographers, Pentacle announces the fifth cycle of HELP DESK! Participate in Help Desk and build a stable foundation that will enable you to do what you love the most ... Create and Present Dance!

July 1, 2013 - June 30, 2014
Proposals now being accepted
Deadline May 31, 2013

Through Help Desk, Pentacle works with a limited number of artists/companies, pairing each of them with a highly experienced arts administrator in a guided mentorship that focuses on strategic planning, guidance and infrastructure support. The mentorship is personal and unique to each participant. Help Desk challenges artists/companies to measure whether text-book solutions really are the answer, or where they should use them as a starting point for the creation of an organizational system designed for their particular need. To learn more about help desk click here.

The fee for first year participation during the 2013-2014 Cycle of Help Desk is $600. That comes to only $50/month. Fees are based on the number of years participants remain in the program.

Proposal must be submitted along with the following information by May 31, 2013
- Description of your organization that describes the mission of the organization, the current artistic vision of the organization, and the administrative structure of the organization.
- A description of the goals for your organization.
-What you hope to accomplish by participating in Help Desk.
A copy of your most recent IRS From 990. If you are unincorporated, please submit a financial statement that most accurately reflects your professional artistic activities for the most recently completed calendar or fiscal year.
- A link to or DVD of your most recent work.
- Any marketing materials you might have related to your work or company.

Proposals should be sent via e-mail, fax, or snail mail, to:
Angela Luem, Help Desk Program Coordinator
1332 W 18th Street
4th Flr, #8
Chicago, IL 60608


Saturday, May 18, 2013

DanceMoves Showcase!

DanceWorks Chicago is in Germany for two performances, returning just in time to celebrate our 6th birthday on May 23. Join us for our DanceMoves Showcase in Szold Hall of Old Town School of Folk Music at 7pm on the 23rd.