Friday, May 23, 2014

Intro to WordPress

Intro to WordPress 
June 6th, 2:30pm-4:30pm
Location - Schaumburg Campus, Roosevelt University 1400 N Roosevelt Blvd
Presenter - Joel Wurffel, SkillForge

Is your organization currently using WordPress, or considering WordPress to manage your website? In this seminar, you will learn the basics of how to get started with a WordPress website, including:
  • Working with posts and pages
  • Using themes
  • Working with media such as images and videos
  • Making your site search engine-friendly
  • Working with plugins and widgets
Presented By
Joel Wurffel has been a technical trainer for over 15 years. Working for some of the top technical training firms in the Chicagoland area, Joel has taught application and web development concepts to thousands of students over the years. Currently, Joel is a Principal at SkillForge, a technical training provider working with companies of all sized across North America

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Thursday, May 22, 2014

Create a Website with

Create a Website with Ease with
June 3rd, 2:30pm-4:00pm
Location - Chicago Jobs Council, 29 E Madison, Chicago IL 60602
Presenter - Christine Cha, Community Outreach Manager,

Is your organization in need of a new website? Are you tired of spending hours trying to make simple updates? Are you struggling with complicated online platforms and code? may be the answer to your prayers!
With an intuitive drag and drop interface and a variety of customizable themes to draw from, Wix makes it easy to create a beautiful and functional website that is just as easy to update and maintain.
In this workshop, you'll learn the ins and outs of Wix's no code website building tools. We will cover:
    • Content creation
    • Site structure
    • Working with images and videos
    • Choosing a layout
    • And more!

Presented By
Christine Cha, Community Outreach Manager of

With her previous experiences as a freelance designer and a program manager at a NYC Chamber of Commerce, Christine has firsthand knowledge of what a small business or non-profit needs online. Now, as the Community Outreach Manager of, she connects users all over the country to new resources, to great ideas, and to each other. 

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Friday, May 16, 2014

Extending Your Reach Seminar

Extending Your Reach

July 24-25, 2014 | Chicago, IL

Apply by June 6, 2014 »

Cultural organizations aspire to make the world a better place through bold visions and meaningful initiatives. But in today's world, it can be hard to achieve real impact on your own. Partnerships are critical to winning broad public support, to reaching new audiences and donors, to doing more with every dollar and to bringing to life work that is as inspired as we dream it can be. Extending Your Reach helps you better understand how alliances can amplify your organizational strategy. After careful evaluation of your current relationships, your goals for the future and critical tactics for establishing alliances, you will leave this seminar prepared to lead a portfolio of strategic partners and engage in alliances that will help you achieve your vision.

Extending Your Reach gives you the tools, knowledge and context to strategically assess opportunities so that your partnerships can help you increase impact, furthering your mission and building a stronger cultural community.  After attending Extending Your Reach, you will:
  • Clearly understand how your institutional goals can be better served through strong partnerships and be able to strategically evaluate potential partnerships
  • Better understand how alliances can help you accomplish more in today’s environment of greater competition, tighter money and more demanding contributors
  • Have a clearly defined network map and partnership portfolio for your organization
  • Effectively initiate and design alliances that engage partners and help further your mission.
Your team will come together in advance of the seminar to discuss your current partnership activities and lay the groundwork for your time at the seminar.  At Extending Your Reach, you’ll experience a mix of faculty presentations, class discussions and team activities – including analyzing your network map and evaluating in detail one of your organization’s critical alliances – to enhance your understanding of the vital role alliances can play in your organizational strategy and how fostering strong relationships can help you accomplish more.

Who should attend
An alliance-driven strategy requires effort from many departments within an organization. We recommend that your team includes at least three and up to five of the members most important to managing and executing your organization’s alliances. It may be helpful to include:
  • Your executive-level program, management and board leadership
  • Senior-level development, outreach, program and other staff with responsibility for external relationships
  • Influential representatives of key stakeholder groups (for example, leaders from other arts organizations with whom you are considering partnerships)
You name your tuition for this seminar. Teams can pay as little or as much as they are able.

Gleacher Center 
450 North Cityfront Plaza Drive
Chicago, IL 60611

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

CCT Fellowship Program for 2015

The Chicago Community Trust is pleased to announce the seventh annual Chicago Community Trust Fellowship Program for 2015. The Fellowship is designed to elevate the careers of Chicago leaders and increase their future impact by investing in their professional development.

Fellows have the choice of taking a leave from work or continuing to work while engaging in professional development activities. The 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 between six to nine fellowships for emerging and experienced leaders.

Find complete details, check your eligibility and apply online at: The Chicago Community Trust Fellowship. The deadline is June 12, 2014. Please share this announcement with friends and colleagues in your network to consider this opportunity to advance leadership development. If you have any questions, please join us at our information session on Thursday, May 15, 2014 from 9:00 – 11:00 a.m. at The Chicago Community Trust, 225 N. Michigan Avenue, Suite 2200, in Chicago. Please register for this session by sending your RSVP to Please bring a photo ID and check in at the Security desk.

Saturday, May 3, 2014

Beat rush hour...

Check out DanceWorks Chicago in an encore performance of Eat + Drink to the Beat this Wednesday, May 7 at the Harris Theater. Join us for dance, music, and food (trucks)! Doors to the theater and food trucks open at 5pm. Curtain at 5:30pm. Tickets: $5  Experience: Priceless!

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Workshop: Corporate Partnerships in the Arts

Tuesday, May 20, 9:00am-11:30am
Columbia College Chicago
Stage Two, 618 S Michigan Ave, 2nd Floor

Lead Presenter:
Jim Andrews, Senior Vice President, Content Strategy, IEG Consulting

Sharon Martwick, Director of Institutional Giving, Goodman Theatre
Amy Newkirk, Marketing & Community Relations, PricewaterhouseCoopers
Trent Sheridan, Sponsorships & Events, ComEd
There are great mutual benefits for corporations and arts organizations to partner together to build brand, audience and revenue.  At this workshop, you’ll learn from an expert consultant about best practices in targeting and pitching sponsorships to corporations.  You’ll also hear from both nonprofit and corporate panelists providing examples and insights of what they’re doing on the ground to effectively work together.     
Session Objectives:
  • Discuss the difference between philanthropy vs. sponsorship
  • Share strategies for researching prospective partners and how to prioritize targets
  • Understand the solicitation process and how to build corporate relationships
  • Learn how to articulate the value proposition of working together
Price: $65