One-Page Strategic Planning
Gone are the days of 150 page strategic plans that collect dust on the shelf. In this session, we will walk through an outcomes-driven strategic plan that can be completed on a single page for actionable and intentional steps toward accomplishing your organization’s mission.
Budgets for Boards
In this session, we will discuss the need for transparency and accountability in creating and maintain annual budgets for your organization. We are all trying to squeeze as much as we can from each penny, but this session will give you insights on how to make your budget reflect your program need and impact as well as giving tips on teaching your board how to read and understand your budget.
Volunteers: How to Get Them, How to Keep Them
There is a high demand in our community for both spur of the moment and long-term volunteers in a variety of opportunities and settings. This will be a panel discussion on best practices in recruitment and retention of volunteers specific to the needs and resources of our community.
Grantwriting for Foundations
This session will walk through the four main components all of grants: developing an impactful needs statement, outcomes-driven program description, budgeting, and organizational information. This will focus both on the format for writing to private foundations and corporate giving programs and how to identify funding sources.
Coaching as a Management Tool
This mentoring-type approach to management will work to build tomorrow’s non-profit leaders, develop key professional skills, and keep morale high in your organization. This is a proven technique in values-driven corporate environments and can be a building block to building the professionalism and expertise in our field.
Right Message, Right People, Right Time, and in the Right Way
This session will walk the organization staff through which audiences they are trying to reach, what message are they trying to get across and what call to action they are trying to give. We will look at what ways are your communicating and engaging with those audiences and how do the audiences currently feel about your organization. You will leave with the steps to follow to do your own communications assessment and the framework to building a strong marketing component to support your strategic plan and mission.
Building Effective Program Assessments
We will be bringing in a speaker who is a specialist in program evaluation to help bridge the gap between outcomes and program development. The discuss will center on the tools and methods currently available and how to build in both quantitative and qualitative measures into your existing programs.
Community-Based Participatory Research
This panel discussion will include representation from organizations, the United Way of Lamar County, and academia. We will discuss the positive and negative aspects of partnering with academic partners to conduct CBPR in your community and how you can use the data collected to build and refine programs.
Each of your clients and staff members has a unique story to tell about your organization, your mission, and your programs. This session will focus on how to collect and retell those stories for the highest impact. Also, we will look at which types of anecdotes are most effective at conveying your message.
Each of our organizations depends on committees, whether it is board committee, community-wide coalitions, or volunteer event committees. This is an opportunity to learn how we can effectively approach building a committee, goal-setting, and management of the committee to attain success.
How to become an expert in your field
From the bookkeeping to volunteer coordination to program development to fire safety, there are many various opportunities in our organizations to become an “expert” in a process or area of interest. We will provide tips and tricks to making yourself an expert and becoming a resource to your organization and to the community.
What does advocacy really mean?
We will look at advocacy as a continuum, ranging from being a voice for your clients to effecting large-scale policy change. This program will address how to identify behaviors and strategies across the continuum and how to become a stronger advocate for change in the community.