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Denver Nonprofit Lab Workshop Round-Up

Updated: May 8

You won’t want to miss these workshops at the Nonprofit Lab in Denver on January 25, 2024!

Dive into a day full of nonprofit trainings, exploring innovative approaches and best practices in these crucial areas. Join us as we uncover the key takeaways and strategies to foster growth and inclusivity within your organization. Topics include: Data & Evaluation, Fundraising, Executive and Board Leadership, DEI and more! Below are all the workshops and descriptions so you can start planning your day now! Register here.

Optimize Your Organization's Data Journey: Using Data to Show Impact

Paul Collier | Coeffect

You’ve probably seen how difficult it can be to collect meaningful data that proves you’re making an impact. In this virtual workshop, we will complete a short data fitness assessment to help you identify your organization’s data strengths and weaknesses. With these results in hand, we will discuss how data practices tend to evolve over time, and what kinds of projects your team should prioritize to move your data practice forward.

Writing a Survey That Answers Your Questions

Laura Sundstrom | Illuminary Perspectives

Does this sound familiar: You need to get information or data from your participants so you decide to send out a survey. You write something, send it out, and no one takes it. Or you get the responses back and they really aren't that helpful for making decisions or improving your programming. In a world with constant surveys, how do you make yours stand apart while also making it useful for you? A well-written survey generates substantive, actionable data. In this session, we will explore when surveys are most appropriate, delve into key principles for writing surveys and best practices of structuring surveys, and cover how-to tips on survey distribution.

Accountability Based in Learning, Not Shame: Strengthening Nonprofit Leaders for Success

Brenda Boyle and Josie Santiago | Fireheart Coaching & Consulting

Reflect, learn & practice how you can foster a culture of accountability based in learning - not shame. We will define accountability in specific behaviors, unpack common challenges, reflect on self-accountability, and practice conversations holding others accountable with care. You will gain a deeper self-awareness of your personal accountability practices and specific tools to help you as a leader model accountability effectively.

Balancing Act: Harness Your Leadership Superpowers to Thrive in Service to Others (and Yourself)

Rochelle Finzel | Finzel Consulting

Balancing personal well-being with the demands of leading an organization requires more than self-care. It’s about mastering the art of self-leadership. Leadership programs traditionally emphasize the skills required to lead others and organizations, often overlooking the crucial skill of leading oneself. Join us in this workshop to discover your unique superpowers and equip yourself with tools to lead with confidence and ease.

Nurturing Your Inner Rested Leader

Want to invest in rest but don’t know where to start? This workshop is for you! Rest is essential and yet often fails to make it to the top of our ‘to do’ list. In this workshop, you will hold up a mirror to your relationship with rest, leveraging a rest type framework. Through solo reflection, small group share, and large group presentation and discussion, refresh your view of rest and feel re-energized to integrate rest into your day-to-day.

Being A Multigenerational Leader

The present workplace is characterized by four distinct generations, making generational diversity a critical aspect for non-profit leaders to navigate. The demands of employees have evolved, and understanding who makes up the workforce is crucial. Recognizing the characteristics of each generation and leading effectively within this diverse environment is key to the success of any organization.

From Insights to Action: How Human Centered Design Can Elevate Your Organization's Culture

Rena Dulberg & Sonia Dobinsky | BOOSH

Organizational culture plays a critical role in an agency's success. Explore the ways human-centered design (HCD) can elevate your nonprofit’s culture. HCD techniques are often used to address specific challenges, but when applied across an organization they are even more powerful. This workshop combines key concepts with skills training and practice. Participants will leave with a roadmap for beginning or enhancing HCD in their organizations.

The Connection Between Hidden Differences & Team Culture

Jenn Grindeland | The Working Well

Many teams struggle with cohesive team dynamics. While leaders feel stressed about this issue, team members might feel misunderstood. What's missing? Understanding and embracing hidden differences. In this workshop, you’ll learn how being aware of neurodiversity, invisible disabilities, and chronic illnesses in your team can help you create a more harmonious team culture and foster loyalty to the mission.

Creating Synergy: Board and Executive Leadership

Richard Eveleigh and Amanda Kearney-Smith | The Nonprofit Strategy Group

This interactive workshop explores strategies that optimize the relationship between an Executive Director and a Board Chair. Discussion will also focus on how these approaches can be used at the board level to strengthen engagement and enhance productivity. Through the use of metaphors, attendees will identify and discuss the qualities that strengthen these critical relationships. Attendees will be introduced to strengths-based tools that can be used to implement these strategies at an organizational level. The workshop is grounded in a strengths-based approach to organizational development.

Navigating Philanthropy Post-2020: Fundraising for Equity

Nia Wassink and Maegan Vallejo | Prismatic Consulting

2020 brought equity in philanthropy to the forefront, making it more important than ever to understand the keys to successful fundraising in the post-pandemic world. Equip yourself with practical tips on how to adapt to evolving donor behaviors, harness philanthropic tools effectively, and skillfully navigate today’s philanthropic landscape with a community-centered approach. Join us to unlock the path to philanthropic success in the new normal.

Strategies for Grassroots Fundraising

Crystal Middlestadt | Chinook Fund

The Chinook Fund will be sharing best practices and strategies for grassroots fundraising. Grassroots fundraising is a concept that refers to raising money from individuals and peers who have a real stake in the social, political, and economic transformations to the causes they are contributing. The strategies covered in this workshop connect to the Chinook Fund’s Giving Project which is an innovative new model for funding social change, building community, and leadership development. In the Giving Project, participants work together to raise and grant money to organizations that build power for social change in Colorado. Concepts from the Giving Project will be shared during this workshop including how to have conversations with people in your network one-to-one (or virtually) about their values and the best ways to make a direct ask. The purpose of this is to build skills around relational fundraising, which is the most challenging—and yet still the most effective—type of fundraising.

Empowering Nonprofits through Leadership & Equity

Nikki Murillo & Maren Miller | Radical Impact Consulting

This unique gathering is all about embracing and learning how to lead and cultivate authentic professional relationships. In a world where equity, inclusion, and anti-racism are increasingly essential, cultivating and continuing a transformative journey of personal and professional growth must be included. This workshop offers a deep dive into the principles and practices that underpin the journey toward embodying equity and inclusion as a leader within your organization.

Building Collaborations for Nonprofits: Maximize Impact & Resources

Jennifer Landers | Colorado Young Leaders

In today's ever-changing landscape, the power of collaboration has become increasingly crucial for nonprofit organizations. Facing growing challenges and limited resources, forming effective partnerships is a key strategy for maximizing impact. This workshop is designed for nonprofit leaders wanting to explore the art and science of successful collaborations. Participants will gain valuable insights into identifying and nurturing synergistic partnerships, overcoming common obstacles, and leveraging these alliances for enhanced mission fulfillment. Through a blend of real-world examples, interactive discussions, and practical tools, leaders will be equipped to navigate the complexities of collaboration, ensuring their organizations not only survive but thrive in the face of evolving challenges.

We hope you join us at the Nonprofit Lab in Denver on January 25, 2024! Register here!

Special Discounts Available:

Group: Use discount code NLL3FOR2 to register 3 people for just $330

Individual: Use discount code friend25 for $25 off

Continuing Education Units Available: We offer continuing education units for our trainings through CFRE, ASAE, and SHRM.


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