Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Workshop: Build the Board You Really Need

Thursday, July 11, 2013
USG Corporation, 14th Floor East, Gypsum Grill
550 W. Adams St., Chicago, IL
Price: $45 (NPO Budget < $250k); $65 (NPO Budget > $250k/for-profit/individuals)

A well-rounded, highly-engaged, resource-connected board is critical to the organization's long-term success. Make sure that you have the right people around your board table and that everyone is contributing to their maximum potential. This workshop will demonstrate that board recruitment is a team effort driven by knowledge, enthusiasm, and strategy. 

You'll learn...
* How to build your board around your organization's strategic priorities. 
* How to determine your ideal board makeup: Who is on your board? Who is missing?
* What kind of cultivation and communication will attract the right board members? How can you retain and engage current board members?
* How to engage inactive board members and the delicate conversation surrounding board member departure?

Lead presenter: Rena Henderson Mason, President and Board Development Consultant, Bold Agenda

**We will not accept walk-up registrations at this workshop. Due to building security, attendees must be on our security list prior to the event. Please make sure you register online to secure your spot. 

Saturday, June 15, 2013

Greetings from Philadelphia!

Excited to be representing Chicago at Dance/USA's board meeting and annual conference in Philadelphia this week! Lots of learning, networking, and growing...

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Webinar: Using Census Data to Get Grants

Wednesday, June 26, 2013
2:00 - 3:00 p.m.

The basis for any successful grant proposal is objective evidence that a vital community need exists. This is why the best American fundraisers are intimately familiar with the US Census Bureau website, including AmericanFactFinder and mapping tools.

This workshop is intended for those who either are new to the US Census site, are confused by its new format or haven't had time to learn about the wide array of data and services offered at the site.


  • How to efficiently conduct simple and advanced searches to quickly find the Census information that you need.
  • A fundamental understanding of the array of data available on the US Census website.
  • Free resources that you and your colleagues can utilize to become even more of a data expert.
  • Tips on processing the data you obtain from the Census site.
Speaker: Mark Goldstein, CFRE is President and CEO of Communication Mark consulting in Arden, NC. Mr. Goldstein is most sought after as an expert proposal writer and project strategist. He is the creator of Open Communication Fundraising Model, a system that enables all nonprofit agency stakeholders to effectively work together toward organizational and fundraising goals. 

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Free Webinar: 10 Super Solid Ways to Grow Your Nonprofit Email List

Tuesday, June 11, 2013
2:00 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.

Despite the phenomenal growth of social media, email is still the most effective nonprofit communication channel. Email is your direct connection to supporters (plus you own that relationship, not Facebook!). The core, immutable law of nonprofit email marketing is - Always Be Growing Your List. Why? People leave your list. Email addresses become unreachable. Subscribers stop responding. Your list performance withers.

You need fresh interest and that's best given by new subscribers. Whether you are starting from scratch, looking to go beyond a monthly trickle of new subscribers, or wanting to go big, you can learn how to grow your email list with these 10 proven tactics.

Learn to 1) practice your ABC's (Always Be Collecting) every time, everywhere; 2) execute specific, fun, creative campaigns that attract qualified subscribers; 3) turn your direct-mail subscribers into online subscribers; 4) acquire supporters through sponsored actions such as petitions and pledges.

Presented by Kerri Karvetski, owner of Company K Media. Kerri helps nonprofits and social benefit companies communicate online.