There are two sides to the money equation within a nonprofit: raising it and managing it. Fundraising and finance staff work to bring in and steward the resources that nonprofits need to serve their communities. (In small organizations, these aren’t separate staffs by individuals wearing different hats, often within the same day.) The organization depends on these individuals to raise money, safeguard funds, report accurately, and comply with all regulations. However, the objectives, training, and orientation between these functions often differ. How can we improve collaboration between these two sides of an organization? How can we ensure that they work effectively and efficiently together? This session combines reflection and discussion with practical exercises to help you build or improve good working relationships between your fundraisers and your financiers, however those functions happen within your organization.

This session is appropriate for fundraising and finance professionals, executive directors and board members from all sizes of organizations.

Angela C. Beard

The prospect of raising friends and funds to fuel your mission can be a daunting one. But it doesn’t have to be! This interactive training will help participants from big and small communities practice the skills essential to building donor relationships. Participants will leave with new confidence, skills, and tools to learn how to build authentic relationships (and will have the change to practice in the room). They will also walk away with practical and meaningful ways to put gratitude into action. This workshop is geared for people who want to improve in the face-to-face part of donor engagement and people who want to move beyond computer-generated donor communications.

Katie Howard

Donors, stakeholders, community members, agencies, foundations and your own board of directors are increasingly asking for the impacts and outcomes of your work. Yet identifying find those answers is challenging because of the time, cost and effort it takes. Evaluations and follow-up surveys are difficult to design, conduct and analyze and aren’t guaranteed to elicit all impacts of your program.

The Ripple Effects Mapping (REM) is an effective way to get information about your work in a participatory and visual way. This workshop demonstrates how to use mind mapping and data collection to track the “ripple effects” of a program while also engaging and energizing program participants. REM is a creative and useful technique that can involve all age levels of participants. It gathers the untold stories and exposes the forgotten or behind-the-scene activities that can ripple out.

As a board president stated: “It was great to see all of the work in such a visual way, but being able to report the successes and details back to our funder was the priceless.”

This session is appropriate for people interested in evaluation and data gathering.

Debra Hansen

Nonprofits want to collaborate. But how do you get different organizations together around a shared purpose? How do you build a shared vision to address a community’s challenge? How do you draw out the stories of that community to share success and opportunity? The CDC Foundation’s Health and Well-Being for All meeting-in-a-box gives us a set of practical tools and activities designed to increase community partner engagement and cross-sector collaboration. This is a hands-on session involving dialogue and role-playing to experience the tools available to you through the Health and Well-Being for All resource.

Using the lens of social determinants of health, we will demonstrate the value of cultivating diverse partners who work together in a coordinated manner to effectively address upstream barriers. You will walk away with a deeper understanding of how to promote health and balanced wellness for individuals and communities, as well as how to use this set of tools to build partnerships in your community towards deeper collaboration.

Deb Miller & Heather Carrie
Fortaleciendo Familias: Empatía y empoderamiento

El trabajar con familias y escuchar diariamente necesidades diferentes, se entiende que es agotador y puede ser el camino a la indiferencia. El ser indiferente a las necesidades de las familias y el enfoque en sus debilidades es presagio directo a la frustración y a una relación desconectada entre las organizaciones y familias. ¿Cómo podemos mejorar el servicio de una organización? ¿Cómo podemos asegurarnos de que trabajen de manera eficaz? La empatía con familias es la solución a estas barreras. Esta sesión combina la reflexión y la discusión con ejercicios prácticos para ayudarlo a construir o mejorar las buenas relaciones y el servicio que ofrece con el fin de fortalecer las familias equipándose con estrategias claras y efectivas.

Esta sesión es apropiada para personal que habla, entiende y lee español, como proveedores de atención médica, trabajadores sociales, proveedores de aprendizaje temprano, practicantes al servicio de niños y familias, miembros del personal de PreK-12, cuidadores, trabajadores sin fines de lucro y todos aquellos trabajadores que tienen interacción directa con la comunidad de habla hispana.

This session will be presented in Spanish.

Cecilia Gonzalez

Attending to our personal health and well-being is neither self-indulgent nor elitist — it is an essential aspect of good leadership. In this session we will explore the concept of Personal Ecology — to maintain balance, pacing and efficiency over a lifetime. We will develop tools that allow us to care for ourselves and our organizations, and in doing so, better serve the organizations and communities that matter to us.

Akaya Windwood
Making Space for the Voices that know Best

How are decisions made around programming in your organization? When programs need to be shifted or re-directed, how does that happen? Whose voices are centered in those processes and how are they centered? This session will dive into traditional forms of programmatic decision-making and walk through a reflective process to help discover whether decision-making processes are in line with your values. It will offer tangible examples and methods of shifting away from traditional models into authentically hearing, valuing and responding to the voices of those participants/beneficiaries/clients/students who are ‘served’ by your organization. Terms like “positional power” and “privilege” will be discussed in this context and the group will discuss core values of relationships, trust, and honoring those who share their voice with you will also be central.

By attending this session, you will be able to:

  • Identify how you do or do not hear the voices of those “served” by your work or organization
  • Identify how your organization does or does not hear and respond to those voices
  • Understand the term “positional power” and where/when you hold “positional power”
  • Identify small ways to begin operationalizing values for voice and key practices to honor those voices.

This session is designed for people in positions or roles of authority and/or decision-making within their organizations. People who want to ensure their work is responsive to what community seeks and needs and those who are open to critically thinking around their own positional authority, where they can let some of it go, and where they can wield it more equitably.

La Casa Hogar team

Nonprofits have a lot of work to do to fully achieve their missions, and they can’t do it without volunteers. Yet many nonprofits lack the resources and practices needed to effectively engage volunteers in the long term.

Come learn the key elements of an effective volunteer engagement cycle. Learn what you need to know about how to connect your organization’s mission to your volunteer program, recruit volunteers, train volunteers, support and celebration volunteers, and get feedback from volunteers when they are done.

By attending this session, you will be able to:

  • Articulate a clear connection between your mission and the work of your volunteers.
  • Name the key elements of the volunteer cycle.
  • Give examples of key documents or tools that your organization could put into place to strengthen your volunteer program.
  • Name one way you can increase the number of people who learn about how to volunteer for your organization.
  • Describe how you can improve retention through motivation and celebration.
Meg Fallows
The Risk Bow Tie: Mastering Risk Assessment in 5 Easy Steps

This workshop presents a simple-to-learn but valuable tool for gaining a deeper understanding of the troubling risks that often prevent members of your team from getting a good night’s sleep. The Risk Bow Tie is a wonderful way to get “unstuck” from worrying about risk and on a path to implementing practical preventive and responsive measures. The Wonderful World of Risk begins with an overview of risks common to many nonprofits and continues with the exploration of each risk’s underlying conditions, upside and downside consequences, and specific levers and action steps to address risk at various stages. At the end of this workshop, you’ll be eager to share what you’ve learned with the team back at your nonprofit. The session handout includes materials you can use to teach the Risk Bow Tie to others.

Melanie Lockwood Herman

Did you know that 10,000 people retire every day in the U.S. and 20% of all workers change roles every year? If you’ve ever worried that valuable knowledge, connections, insights and know-how is at risk of walking out your nonprofit’s front (or back!) door, you won’t want to miss this workshop. Learn 7 practical steps to prevent the loss of institutional knowledge when a team member leaves your nonprofit. Leave this session equipped with helpful information you can use to develop and implement sound succession strategies to fortify your mission for the long-haul.

Melanie Lockwood Herman
Food Bank Fundamentals

There are so many details involved in successfully running a food bank and sometimes it can feel a bit overwhelming. From the alphabet soup of government programs to securing high quality donations, food banking often requires you to be an amateur accountant and a full-time janitor all at the same time. In this session we will cover the basics of food banking in Washington and provide tangible tools to help make your job easier. Feel free to come armed with your burning questions and the scenarios that you’re sure only you have encountered. Our experts will help guide you to ensure all of your clients are served with the respect and dignity we all deserve.

This session is designed for staff and volunteers new to food banking or people who have recently moved into a new role at a food bank and have questions about how to better serve their community and organization.

There are many ways that food banks can serve their communities that don’t involve traditional distribution models.  As more people and organizations turn to food banks to feed vulnerable populations, food banks are developing more specialized approaches to serving the community. This session will cover unique models such as backpack/weekend hunger relief programs for children, pop-up food banks, and specialized menus to meet dietary needs.

This session is designed for food bank staff and volunteers looking to add programing to their organization that will enable them to better serve their communities.