Nonprofit Conference Workshops

Workshop schedule is subject to change. 

Breakout Session 1

Building Your Grants Team
Presented by the Historic Ironwood Theater Grants Team 
Level: Introductory 
This session is designed for nonprofit leaders, staff, board members and volunteers.

The Historic Ironwood Theater met and exceeded their strategic planning goals with the implementation of  a Grants Team. In this panel, Grants Team members will provide a brief history of how grants were written prior to the team’s formation. They will discuss the roles of each team member, the training team members went through and their system for communicating and file sharing. 

You will learn:

  • The Historic Ironwood Theatre’s journey to start a grants team 
  • How the grants team impacted the organization’s revenue
  • Lessons learned and things to avoid when starting your team

Communication In a Virtual World
Presenter: Brad Gingras, Owner, Superior Strategies 
Level: Intermediate
This session is designed for nonprofit leaders, staff, board members and volunteers.

How could we complicate communication even further? How about a global pandemic that forces drastic change to the workforce. Communication techniques had already been evolving quickly and drastically and then COVID-19 impacted it even further. Will communication as we know it rebound? This session will provide insight into the evolution of communication along with effective strategies to engage your co-workers, colleagues and even strengthen personal relationships.

You will learn how to: ​​

  • Identify and discuss different forms of communication and their effectiveness
  • Discuss generational communication preferences and techniques
  • Provide perspective and strategies to help participants become better communicators with a team and/or individuals

Post Pandemic Fundraising – How Does That Look?
Presenter: Jim LaJoie, Executive Director, Superior Health Foundation 
Level: Intermediate
This session is designed for nonprofit leaders, staff, board members and volunteers.

In this session, Jim will share how the worldwide pandemic has reshaped fundraising as we know it and how we can expect to see changes. The session will explore how, as nonprofit leaders, we need to adapt to the changes in this new normal and offer helpful hints and ideas to maintain and enhance current fundraising objectives. The pandemic taught us that we need to be flexible and that is no different in the fundraising world.

In this session, you will learn:

  • How do we adapt to change?
  • How can we learn from this to become more adept at fundraising ?
  • Don’t panic … we’re all in this together

Breakout Session 2

Keys to Effective Donor Acquisition and Retention 
Presenter: Valerie Davis, Founder and CEO, Philanthropy Focus
Level: Intermediate  
This session is designed for nonprofit leaders, staff, board members and volunteers.

Gain insights on successful donor acquisition and retention strategies. Learn what’s worked for other organizations and come away with fresh ideas that you can implement immediately. Develop a successful donor retention plan and implement acquisition strategies that work. Start with the heart – use effective storytelling, digital marketing, and social media to gain and retain donors.

You’ll learn how to:

  • Develop an effective donor retention plan
  • Implement successful acquisition strategies
  • Use digital marketing, social media, and compelling stories to acquire donors

Podcasting to Connect, Build & Grow Your Community
Presenter: Nicole Fende, The Numbers Whisperer
Level: Intermediate
This session is designed for nonprofit leaders, staff and volunteers.

Half of all podcast listeners are aged 12 to 34 which makes them a perfect vehicle to connect and involve youth with your nonprofit. They can be freely distributed and accessed through Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Google Podcasts, Spotify, and more. In addition, podcasts have an extremely low cost to entry, making them viable for any budget. This interactive session will share lessons learned from over a decade of podcasting experience. 

You will learn:

  • How to choose a podcast mission and format that suits your goals
  • The process of creating a podcast episode, including a checklist for easy reference
  • Technical basics to get you started quickly

Utilizing Volunteers in Rural Communities
Presenter: Cairn Reisch, Community Engagement Professional, Soul of a Cairn Consulting 
Level: Intermediate
This session is designed for nonprofit leaders, staff and volunteers. 

As we pivot to address the growing needs in our communities, we see more and more people beginning to volunteer but, in many cases, not being used to their full abilities. 
You will leave this session with tools and resources to address four key challenges rural organizations face, such as the need to recruit a younger volunteer base and how to adjust roles to address transportation or internet issues in our communities.

You will learn how to:
  • Adjust recruitment and delegation of volunteers to align with motivations and management best practices.
  • Develop a plan to address inequities volunteers face in rural America

Breakout Session 3

Fundraising Bootcamp
Presenter: Carole Pence, President, Pence Consulting
Level: Introductory
This session is designed for nonprofit leaders, staff, board members and volunteers.

Fundraising Bootcamp teaches fundraising basics that everyone needs to know to start raising money. Participants will learn the best practices to employ for successful fundraising. Bootcamp style provides quick essential pieces of information that will help kick-start your campaign planning process.

What you’ll learn:

  • Fundraising best practices
  • Overview of current fundraising research 
  • Overview of the fundraising process

Learning How to Identify Frauds and Scams
Presenter: Hanna Westra, Marketing and PR Specialist and Tim Shandonay, Information Security and Technology Officer – Range Bank
Level: Intermediate
This session is designed for nonprofit leaders, staff, board members and volunteers

Unfortunately, being a victim of a fraud or scam is not uncommon these days. The people behind these crimes are becoming more savvy and it’s important to learn how to protect yourself and your organization from scammers. We will review common scams, how to identify and protect yourself from these scams and what to do if you think you have been a victim. Additionally, we will discuss a few tools that may help protect you and your organization.

You will learn:

  • How to identify and protect yourself from fraud and scams
  • What to do if you think you’re a victim of fraud and scamps
  • Tools you and your organization can use to protect yourself

Third Option Details Coming Soon 

Closing Session

Improv Your Way to a Better Team
Presenter: Nicole Fende, The Numbers Whisperer
Level: Introductory
This session is designed for nonprofit leaders, staff and volunteers.

Laughter is a great way to bring people together, reduce stress and boost creativity. The building blocks of improv force to you listen, share the stage and take chances. You can’t break improv (I’ve tried!), so it encourages creativity and new ideas.

In this abbreviated hands-on, interactive session with an experienced performer, you will learn and practice basic improv techniques. Feel the impact and walk away with exercises you can introduce immediately to your colleagues.