DRG Group members, Matthew Helmer and Angie Joens, both faced tremendous challenges this year: closing a capital campaign, and launching one. Check out their candid conversation about what they did, how they did it, and the challenges along the way—and tune in next week for Part 2!
WEBINAR: Nonprofit Community Building: Maintaining Relationships Digitally is FREE courtesy of Boardable
1 Lesson / 60 Minutes / FREE
Are you struggling to build and maintain relationships in the community you serve during social distancing? Do you wish you could continue to connect and stay close with your supporters no matter where you are? If you answered yes to these questions, this webinar is for you. In this webinar, we explore ways to tell your story and gain support for your important work in the era of COVID.
IN THIS WEBINAR, WE WILL DISCUSS:
-Digital tactics to maintain intimacy with supporters and donors, and how your team can use them.
-How to find where your stakeholders are, and not waste your time chasing the wrong people for your cause.
-Speaking to your community in the right digital medium, with the right language, using the right timing.
-Ways to make events, groups, discussions, and connections more tangible, even when everyone is separated physically.
About Our Guest:
Brandon Evans has a long history of helping nonprofits, advocacy organizations, political organizations, and candidates grow their following and bring their vision to reality. He does this by creating and implementing daily actions in communication, storytelling, digital advertising, writing, and public speaking that cause organizations to reach goals.
Outside of doing this work currently at Wide Awake Digital, Brandon has lots of experience working with nonprofits and community campaigns. He was the community outreach manager for the Indianapolis public transportation entity, IndyGo. Brandon is also a founding board member of “Project Purse,” a nonprofit that provides personal care products and purses to Indianapolis women in need. He is also the vice-chair of the Coalition for Homelessness Intervention and Prevention (CHIP), and is the President of the Marion County Young Democrats.
Not already a Boardable customer? At Boardable, we know the frustration of trying to organize a board via email, phone calls, and texts. After looking around for the right tool and not finding it, we decided to build it.
By streamlining communications, meeting planning, and more, our board portal and meeting management software lets you focus on leading — and your board on governing. Boardable’s board portal software will make your nonprofit board of directors more engaged, efficient, and productive.
WEBINAR: How to Have Twice the Productivity Between Board Meetings is FREE courtesy of Boardable
1 Lesson / 42 Minutes / FREE
With many boards meeting virtually right now, it can seem like board productivity is bound to stall between meetings. That doesn’t have to be the case! It’s more important than ever that your members get more done between each meeting. We unpack actionable advice in this webinar.
Learn everything you need to know about how to double productivity between meetings and help your organization stay effective.
IN THIS WEBINAR, KEV WILL DISCUSS:
-Top three threats to productivity between board meetings
-Specific issues with maintaining progress between virtual meetings
-Actionable tips to help board members get the right things done right and on time
-How to maintain productivity for the long haul for the Board as a whole and for individual Board members
About Our Guest:
Way back in the 1980s Kev swapped suburban Cleveland, Ohio for the London School of Economics, a Master’s in Social Policy and a career in health services research and consulting, Finding himself “up north” he joined Staffordshire Social Services just in time to implement performance management and metrics across the board. He also learned words like “nesh” and “pikelet”. From there he led performance improvements in services ranging from careers advice, drug & alcohol treatment, child care and nursing care, culminating in leading the expansion of large scale primary care mental health services across the English Midlands. In 2012 he returned to Ohio to join Cleveland Clinic Innovations and from 2014-17 led Cleveland Schools’ Transformation Plan as well as campaigns to reduce chronic absenteeism and introduce summertime food programs. He currently consults, coaches and trains in the nonprofit sector, both in person and online across the US, Canada and UK and hosts the Nonprofit Problem Solver podcast.
WEBINAR: 2020 Board Trends in Ambassador Fundraising is FREE courtesy of Boardable
1 Lesson / 56 Minutes / FREE
Enjoy our webinar with nonprofit veteran and fundraising expert Kelly Velasquez-Hague from OneCause recorded January 22, 2020.
In this webinar we discuss: -Results from the 2nd Annual Board Engagement Survey and how they relate to fundraising -Specific examples of ambassador fundraising that you could do at your nonprofit -The current state of nonprofit board use of peer-to-peer fundraising -How ambassador fundraising makes development more rewarding for board members and increases engagement
About Our Guest:
After four years of development at a private Montessori school, Kelly Velasquez-Hague realized she had a passion for helping others find more efficient and engaging ways to raise money for their important causes. She has extensive experience at OneCause (previously BidPal) in finding out what nonprofits need for successful event fundraising, and helping them implement software solutions. Her love of helpful content drives her to constantly find out what information would be most beneficial to her OneCause audience, and produce high-quality resources for them. Kelly currently resides in Chicago.
More About Boardable:
Interested in how to make your board of directors more productive through the effective use of technology? Boardable is a board management software platform that centralizes all communication between you and your board of directors. Find the best meeting times, securely store all of your documents, archive discussion threads and more—all in one place.
Strengthening Nonprofits with a Business Approach is FREE courtesy of Boardable
1 Lesson / 52 Minutes / FREE
Learn from our guest, Donald Summers of Altruist Partners, how to speak the language of investors and write a business plan that will help your nonprofit grow like an enterprise. Expand your impact with proven strategies from the for-profit sector.
Strategic Planning in Times of Uncertainty – Boardable Webinar is FREE courtesy of Boardable
1 Lesson / 48 Minutes / FREE
2020 has brought rapid, tumultuous change to almost every aspect of our lives. For many organizations, navigating the complexity has become a moment-to-moment process. As uncertainty overburdens tactical operations and clouds long-term vision, how do nonprofits look farther into the future, become more flexible, generate capacity, and create multiple strategic pathways to sustainability and success? How do some organizations use this moment of extreme disruption to reimagine themselves?
From mission to programming to income sources, now is the time for organizations to examine opportunities for innovative change and bold transformations.
Join us for a free webinar on strategic planning in uncertain times on November 10. “The only way to make sense out of change is to plunge into it, move with it, and join the dance.” ~Alan Watts
THE FRAMEWORK MEG DISCUSSES IN THE WEBINAR COVERS: Setting the foundation for planning by looking at guiding principles Re-examining how we could deliver on our mission in other ways How to assess resources and how they can be used in new strategies Time for live Q & A with Meg on strategic planning during uncertainty Register today, and don’t miss the discussions of these points. Webinar is free, but space is limited. Can’t attend live? Register to receive the replay and slide deck!
About Our Guest As the CEO of SmallBox, Meg embodies the qualities and characteristics clients and team members seek in a trusted partner and leader. Armed with optimism and thoughtfulness in conversations, Meg has the ability to integrate transformational ideas into proven strategy.
Throughout her 15 years of experience in the arts and higher ed, Meg has gained invaluable insights into the needs and challenges of mission-driven organizations. She is fondly referred to as a marketing ‘Swiss Army Knife’ with expertise in strategy, brand messaging, customer experience, digital marketing, event marketing, and more. It’s true, we have a unicorn leading the team and our clients are as excited as we are to have her in this role.
Simple Peer to Peer Fundraising Ideas You Can Use in 2021 – Boardable Webinar is FREE courtesy of Boardable
1 Lesson / 41 Minutes / FREE
Have you been wondering how to implement peer-to-peer fundraising, but need some simple ideas to get started? We’ve got you covered! How can you harness the power of your individual donors to raise money on your behalf, while strengthening the relationship between your nonprofit and those donors at the same time? The answer is peer-to-peer fundraising.
Join us to learn about what peer-to-peer fundraising is, how it works, its benefits, and different types of peer-to-peer fundraising campaigns that you can implement with the P2P veterans at Bonfire.
At the end you’ll have a framework for how to plan your own fundraiser as well as actual examples to build your ideas from as you plan for 2021.
Join us for a free webinar that will give you P2P ideas on December 15. THIS WEBINAR WILL TEACH YOU: – An overview of peer-to-peer fundraising basics – How to implement P2P in your fundraising mix – How to improve your own fundraisers by adding peer-to-peer ideas to it – Examples of successful peer-to-peer fundraisers for coming up with your own ideas – Time for live Q & A with the Bonfire team Register today, and don’t miss the discussions of these points. Webinar is free, but space is limited. Can’t attend live? Register to receive the replay and slide deck!
About Our Guests Reagan Thatcher and David Adley join us from Bonfire. Founded in 2012, Bonfire began as an easy solution for communities to fundraise online with t-shirts. We’ve helped thousands of individuals, groups, and nonprofits raise money for the causes they care about. Now, we’ve expanded our services to anyone looking to print or sell apparel, totes, hats, mugs, and more.
Bonfire is a free online platform where anyone can design, sell, and buy custom products. We handle payment processing, order fulfillment, and customer service so you can focus on connecting with your community.
Nonprofit Governance Coaching with Kim Donahue – Live Q&A – Boardable is FREE courtesy of Boardable
1 Lesson / 39 Minutes / FREE
Running a nonprofit board effectively is a never-ending challenge. Just a few of your goals include: keeping board meetings interesting, managing new member orientation, and inspiring existing board members to greatness. Do you ever wish you could ask an expert for advice? Coach Kim is here to help.
This webinar took place on April 11, 2019. Sponsored by Boardable Board Management Software, we took questions from attendees ahead of time and had Coach Kim Donahue answer the live. Here is a list of board management and nonprofit governance questions that were asked during the webinar, with time stamps on where you can go to hear the answers:
Question 1 at @1:45 – Kate asks: “As a very small nonprofit (under $10k annually) what are some effective ways to cultivate and ask a stakeholder to serve on your board?”
Question 2 at @3:55 – Wendy asks: (paraphrased) “I am a director of a foundation formed solely to raise private funds for a public school athletic field complex. Many of our board members are school officials and district parents. I am concerned about conflict of interest, and have been advised to remove some of these members. My question is how?”
Question 3 at @7:30 – Joseph asks: “Do you have a recommended strategy or process for initiating and conducting a ‘capital campaign’?”
Question 4 at @9:50 – Kathleen asks: “How do you decide appropriate number of board members for an NGO?”
Question 5 at @12:30 – Evelyne asks: “Should I make my board sign a contract? If yes, what should be included?”
Question 6 at @16:25 – Jane asks: “How to encourage board members to embrace change in an organization. Ex.: we need to focus more on fundraising, & to recognize sponsors for our various events. But committee chairs don’t want sponsor names shown at their events. Some of these are held at private citizen’s homes, in recognition of their rehabilitation efforts.”
Question 7 at @21:20 – Sophia asks: (paraphrased) “Is it common for board members to be asked to volunteer for every fundraising event like serving beer at a festival, setting up & cleaning up for a party? Not sure if I am a board member or looked at as a volunteer. I have more to offer than just physical labor but I feel like this is what the non-profit expects.”
Question 8 at @24:10 – Laura asks: “How do you get volunteer board members to follow best practices, or to commit more….to events?”
Question 9 at @28:15 – Kemi asks: “Should there be a initial (board) meeting before you become a 501c3?”
Question 10 at @31:22 – Jessica asks: “Share best practices for nominating committee and keeping integrity in that process.”
More About “Coach Kim” Donahue Over her 30+ years in the nonprofit sector, Kim has facilitated more than 1,000 workshops and planning sessions for nonprofit organizations including sessions on board development, grant writing, program outcomes, and leadership skills for board and staff.
Kim has served as a nonprofit employee, volunteer and board member. She has taken advanced training in the areas of board development, fundraising, appreciative inquiry, facilitation, coaching and strategic planning. Continuing education for Kim has included BoardSource, The Fundraising School at Indiana University’s Lilly Family School of Philanthropy, Bluepoint Leadership and Leadership Strategies.
Legacy Fundraising – How to Raise MORE Gifts for Your Nonprofit – Boardable Webinar is FREE courtesy of Boardable
1 Lesson / 58 Minutes / FREE
Are you struggling to build a reliable stream of gifts in your fundraising plan? Join us for a free webinar with Lori Kranczer on why a legacy giving program is important for fiscal stability now and future growth, and how you can begin to set up a legacy giving fundraising program that can help stabilize your development efforts and support your cause for years to come.
If you’re ready to secure a pipeline of future gifts to support your nonprofit and keep them coming, this webinar is for you. We are going to explore why legacy giving is important now more than ever and how to set up a legacy program at your nonprofit, even if you have no idea where to start.
HOW WOULD YOU ANSWER THESE QUESTIONS? -Do You Want To Bring In More Current Gifts And Build A Pipeline Of Future Gifts? -Are You Confused On Where To Start, Or Piecing Things Together From Things You Learn Online? -Are Bequests Or Other Gifts Coming In And You Are Not Sure How To Handle Them? -Maybe You Are Over-Scheduled And Not Sure How To How To Add Legacy To Your Existing Program? -Or, Frustrated Because It Seems Daunting And Technical? Register today, and don’t miss the answers to these questions. Webinar is free, but space is limited. Can’t attend live? Register to receive the replay and slide deck!
About Our Guest I am a legacy giving consultant that works with nonprofit professionals and leadership to create strong, sustainable legacy giving programs. I have always had a passion for philanthropy and was lucky to be able to apply my legal career to connect with the causes I love.
I have been in the nonprofit space for 20 years, creating and running several substantial legacy program initiatives for large nonprofits. I started my consulting practice 2 years ago so that I can bring my expertise to many organizations to make their programs soar. I do this through several step-by-step programs that provides my clients everything they need to exceed their goals. When I am not helping nonprofit pros, I tinker with my creaky 100-year-old Victorian house in Brooklyn, NY, listen to 90s grunge music and chase after my 2 little “legacies.”
How to Start a Nonprofit Board from Scratch – Webinar with Board Expert Kim Donahue is FREE courtesy of Boardable
1 Lesson / 56 Minutes / FREE
For the life of a nonprofit, few considerations are more important than the growth and cultivation of the board of directors. Starting a nonprofit board on the right foot will impact the organization for the long haul. Or maybe your board is established, but you’re not sure on the best practices for growing it. This Boardable webinar with board governance expert Kim Donahue has you covered with all the tips and advice you need to start or grow your board well.
Some of the topics we cover in this webinar include: -How to assess what board member roles you need -Where to look for board member candidates -Best practices for interviewing potential board members -Effective ways to onboard new board members -Do’s and don’ts for refining your board culture