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net·work·ing [net-wur-king] noun
1. a supportive system of sharing information and services among individuals and groups having a common interest: Non-profits in the community use networking to help themselves manage more successfully.
Networking is about people openly sharing knowledge with others, with the largest obstacle to success being the “sharing” and “others” components. We all have knowledge, but as humans we’re just not sure how to best share or receive it.
In this entertaining and interactive session you’ll receive up to one billion dollars’ worth of networking activities and tips that you’ll be able to immediately put into practice the rest of the day. Through a random window of boring lecture and harrowing activities, this session will help participants better understand what networking is and how to be comfortable doing it. Why flounder when you can fly?
We’ll talk about planning, preparation, action and follow up. Then we’ll work through some real-life examples, play some games, practice, and send you off to conquer the world. Or at least send you off ready to share and learn with others!
Since its inception in October 2004 Yelp has become a quintessential tool for finding crave worthy cheese curds and tacos worth talking about. Whether using Yelp’s desktop site at home or the free mobile app for smart phones and the iPad on the go, visitors to Yelp tap into the power of over consumer generated content to help them make an informed decision on where to eat and what to do in 22 countries. In addition to being a useful tool for consumers, Yelp enables savvy entrepreneurs the ability to reach and rouse powerful influencers to help build a community and support a mission. But how do you rally these individuals and turn them from disinterested to devoted? Yelp Senior Community Manager Corey Dane will speak about how today's best brands, Yelp included, are using the power of community to start a Social Media movement.
An interactive workshop designed to build coaching skills in order to increase your effectiveness as a manager – and to more fully develop your staff to achieve your organizational mission.
One of the major obstacles to major gift cultivation is that board members and donors do not know each other. This is too often an excuse for inaction. From elevator speech practice to creating opportunities for cultivation, this workshop will focus on setting up organizational leaders - and donors - for fundraising success.
With increased uncertainty of funding and contributions, many nonprofits are considering adding for-profit activities. This workshop will go over matters your nonprofit organization should consider before adding a for-profit activity as well as tools to assess your organizations financial health.
Effectiveness within the nonprofit sector is complicated. This session provides an introduction to a new way of thinking about nonprofit effectiveness and a new, research-backed model that helps guide conversations promoting highly functional nonprofits.
Supervising is hard and worse, 'No one teaches it anymore'. You step into a position with more leadership authority and you're left to sink or swim on your own. You work hard. You know what needs to be done. You create a shared understanding about what needs to get done. You train, orient, supervise and still the work isn't done right. Your not alone. In this brief workshops, you'll be introduced to one of the key concepts of effective supervision, 'providing feedback'. If you dread providing constructive / negative feedback this workshop will provide a system for you to provide feedback to staff and volunteers that will result in improved performance and a good working environment. Great for new supervisors and a good refresher for experienced staff.
Forward Community Investments' annual report back on the Wisconsin nonprofit sector. This quick overview will introduce you to the trends in the economic condition of nonprofits and explores the efforts undertaken to respond to those trends.
The Wisconsin Nonprofits Association will present its first formal public policy agenda. Learn about the important policy issues that are affecting the well-being of nonprofits in Wisconsin. The session will include a discussion of how the agenda was developed along with the Association's plans for increased engagement in legislative and public affairs as part of its efforts to strengthen the nonprofit sector in Wisconsin.
Have you ever suffered through a negative, mind-numbing meeting and wished you, or someone, could have turned it around? If you have, then this session for you! In this hands-on session, you will learn how to use a powerful, super simple technique to quickly shift meetings from the downward spiral of hopelessness, negativity, and analysis paralysis toward positive opportunities and actionable solutions. I teach this must-know technique to all of my clients. They all love using it, and you will too! Participants will receive a copy of my template and a link to my free 11-minute demo video.
Ever wonder what "the cloud" is? Don't know about "tweeting" or "snapchatting"? Having trouble keeping up with all the new technology? This session will cover a variety of free and low-cost technology tools that can help any nonprofit improve their efficiency and effectiveness. We'll hit some social media favorites, but will also look at tools for office and field use that can truly impact your work.
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Learn tried and true techniques to make your Board meetings better. Walk away with tips and tools for setting the agenda, facilitating the conversation, framing follow-up for the in-between times and much more. Plus, bring your issues and questions to get on-the-spot insights that you can take back and put to work.
Albert Einstein said, “We can't solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them.” So, what do we do about it? This talk is about how to change your point of view and your approach to solving problems. Design Thinking is a user-centered and prototype-driven process that helps practitioners approach complex problems in new ways. Although it’s rooted in the field of design, you don’t need any prior design experience to learn and use the Design Thinking methodology. In her presentation, Stefanie Norvaisas, director of design strategy and research at Design Concepts, will give attendees tips on how to take the first steps or continue their journey in becoming design thinkers. Stefanie will explain the Design Thinking process and leave audience members with some simple approaches they can use to solve problems big and small at their nonprofits.
Google Advertising, particularly the company’s Google Grants program that offers free search advertising, can help organizations increase their capacity through list-building, brand awareness and more. In this workshop, learn how to get your organization online and run successful campaigns with Google AdWords.
What is Google Ad Grants? Google Ad Grants is the nonprofit edition of AdWords, Google's online advertising tool. Google Ad Grants empowers nonprofit organizations, through $10,000 per month in in-kind AdWords™ advertising, to promote their missions and initiatives on Google.com
This interactive workshop will guide you through the process of re-visiting and re-visualizing why your organization exists and how it can continue to matter in today's world. You'll explore the promise and values your organization has made to its core constituents, as well as how to build and sustain your constituents as the growing blocks to your organization's infrastructure.
There are many aspects when it comes to engaging volunteers in meaningful and effective ways within our organizations. This session will focus on the basics of volunteer management including how to ensure volunteer opportunities are meaningful to the volunteer and to your organization, targeted recruitment, ongoing support and effective ways to engage volunteers in your mission. A “Volunteer Engagement Checklist” will be shared and used as the guide for this session which includes what to do before you recruit volunteers, writing job descriptions, involved other staff at your organization, interviewing potential volunteers, orientation and training, ongoing support and motivation and putting closure when a volunteer leaves.
Every organization eventually faces the challenge of having to re-invent themselves for a new generation. Learn how, Trent Miller and the Madison Public Library Foundation have remix how we think about public libraries, changing the stodgy to the new and hip. The new Madison Public Library is attracting people who traditionally wouldn't be coming to a library. Going to the Pubic Library is becoming cool again. Miller talks about how creativity, persistence, and being open to change can allow you to transform and organization, using the Madison Public Library as an example.
At Numbers 4 Nonprofits we help manage money with mission. A critical component of managing your nonprofit’s money should be annual budgeting. Too often organizations are approving budgets that are “same as last year” or worse, no budget at all. We recommend nonprofits go through zero-based budgeting and consider all your major sources and uses of funds going into the coming year. Understanding the all the costs (particularly personnel) needed to achieve your mission and matching that with expect grants and donations is essential for the long-range success of the organization. Beyond the budget, your organization also needs to understand how the cash flows from each revenue source in order to avoid a cash pinch. Our 35-minute presentation should be interactive and will show the simple tools we use to manage this process with our nonprofit clients.
Five changes you can implement right now that will strengthen your board and improve your organizational effectiveness.
The profession of volunteer management has focused its attention primarily on the volunteer manager, thinking, often incorrectly, that a corps of well-trained managers is the key to an effective volunteer program. This has proven short sighted. To be successful, volunteer programs must have the commitment and competency of all paid staff, not just the volunteer staff and managers that partner with the volunteers daily. Learn how to create 'Volunteer Program Champions' at the executive levels of your organization. In this workshop you'll learn what nonprofits with excellent volunteer programs have in common and how their organizations effectively involve volunteers.
With all of the noise hitting consumers, it is extremely important for organizations to become smarter about what they’re saying and who they’re saying it to. SMS text messaging is a key tool to help improve fundraising, promotional and educational efforts. As a nonprofit organization, learn the ways that you can incorporate SMS into your communication arsenal to reach your audience anytime, anywhere.
The economic recession has caused non-profit organizations to be more efficient, mission-driven, collaborative and creative. Over the last five years, Literacy Network has diversified its funding, significantly increased volunteer hours and is providing greater support to adult learners working toward their goals. By developing staff resources, using best practices and looking for creative partnerships, Literacy Network is growing. You’ll hear about how we’ve addressed challenges and what we think the future will hold for non-profit organizations.
This session will provide an orientation to the Grants Information Collection, background on the world of grantmaking, information on how to build a credible nonprofit organization, as well as general grantseeking tips. The session will conclude with a brief demonstration of the Foundation Directory Online database, which is an excellent resource for locating potential funders.
Blended Learning is the name for an approach which promotes understanding the ‘most appropriate’ medium by which to conduct learning activities. In practice this is often expressed as activities delivered online in concert with activities conducted in the classroom, those being two of a very wide array of options. In this session we will explore ways we can apply some principles within Blended Learning to the outreach needs for non-profit activities. Some of these principles include ‘chunking’ content, cognitive load, immediacy, embodiment, continuity and accessibility.
Language matters. It reflects your intent, narrates your actions and frames your impressions. This workshop not only offers tools to refocus your mission but also techniques for leveraging communication to make your mission compelling and your organization relevant for your communities.
We're a new non-profit devoted to building a dynamic and sustainable creative community in Madison. Our model isn't new. In fact, we were largely inspired by the successes of organizations in other cities. That being said, our innovation occurred in the way we implemented our vision. As entrepreneurs, we're trained to use a specific methodology to build organizations that make things people want. In this talk, we'll walk through our four month journey to sustainability that brought us through various service offerings as well as the tools we used along the way.
Your brand is the foundation for your marketing and communications plans. It goes well beyond your logo and tagline. It is the emotional connection you hope to forge with your supporters, and great brands know how to use a core story to define their brand, align their team and draw in new fans.
Every nonprofit needs one, but nonprofit websites, regardless of how simple, can be complex beings. A good content management system and a healthy dose of forethought and planning can help you make your website, beautiful, inspiring, and millenial friendly, all while achieving your goals. Ben Seigel, Principal at Versa Studio, and a veteran designer, developer and project manager, leads this workshop on building a better website with a content management system (CMS).
In this presentation, Paul Houseman gives and overview of the various local (and some regional) Foundation funding sources for nonprofits based in Dane County. He will discuss from his perspective what it takes to write a successful grant, focusing on prospect research, a compelling proposal, and evaluation. He will also discuss different strategies for receiving annual operating grants, endowments or capacity building grants, and capital grants.