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May Workshop Round Up

Updated: Jun 12, 2023

We’ve put together this list of workshops offered at the Nonprofit Learning Lab available this month to make sure you don’t miss a thing! To register and find out more about each workshop, click the workshop titles of your choice to head to the workshop page for more details. Our memberships provide discounts to all our paid trainings, and many other benefits. Learn more about our memberships here. Not seeing a topic you'd be interested in learning more about? Let us know via email at

How to use key financial metrics to amplify your fundraising efforts. We will discuss what funders expect to see and more financial metrics that funders may be impressed to see. Attendees will expect to walk away from this conversation with a better understanding of what they should know to have a more informed conversation with a prospective funder and how to amplify their grant applications.

Lapsed donors are individuals that have given to your nonprofit but for some reason have stopped. Perhaps they need to be

re-engaged, asked or cultivated again. Your lapsed donors are more likely to donate than an individual that doesn't know your organization. Your lapsed donors have invested in your mission at least once!

Whether your role is CEO, Development Director, Chief Program Officer, or Marketing Manager, we often have to manage large projects. Sometimes in our role, we have the idea, and other times, we are handed the project to build and launch. Whether the project is a fundraising campaign, website revisions, a new program, or a large community initiative, there are essential steps of project management that you need to implement to ensure successful completion. Managing and completing large projects can be stressful especially when strapped for time and resources. In this workshop, you will learn strategies to implement to successfully manage a project with deadlines. Come to this workshop thinking about a project that you are currently or will be soon managing.

Transitions create disruption whether it is the role of a development director, executive director, program, or communications staff. In the past year, organizations learned the term "the great resignation" and saw many employees depart for new positions. Your organization needs to be prepared for smooth staff transitions and onboarding, whether it is the role of a development director, executive director, program or communications staff. Smooth transitions and onboarding are key to the continued successful delivery of programs and services. In this workshop, we will dive deep into the processes from creating systems to knowing what employees do in their day-to-day tasks to building your own leadership pipeline and a successful onboarding process for new employees.

Corporate sponsors can be key partners in aiding nonprofits to raise more funds. Join us for this webinar to learn strategies on how to not just secure, but maintain these often vital partnerships. Corporate sponsorship support can help your nonprofit enhance its reputation, reach new audiences and communities, raise funds, attract new board members and volunteers, and build your brand and programs. We'll dive into understanding what corporate sponsors want and expect, two key components for ensuring a healthy working relationship with your corporate sponsor. Take an hour out of your day for this webinar to learn the best tips, tricks, and practices to score your next corporate sponsorship.

Every nonprofit leader deals with difficult committee members, volunteers, or board members. Difficult volunteers can prevent nonprofits leaders from effectively pursuing their mission and programs and can negatively impact staff and other volunteers. In This training, we will review common issues that arise and offer step-by-step solutions to mitigate these issues. Volunteer issues covered in the workshop will include social media policies, interpersonal conflicts among volunteers and with staff, alignment of volunteer expectations, volunteer engagement, and volunteer retention. Participants in this workshop will leave with strategies and tools to immediately implement in their own organizations to more effectively manage their volunteer force.

Being donor-centric doesn’t mean donors need to influence your work or your mission. It does mean that you need to see your organization from the perspective of your donors. As an expert in your mission, it’s difficult to remember what it was like to be outside of your organization. In this workshop, we will cover the 6 stages of engagement and how to use them to bring your team together to deliver a holistic and intentional donor experience.

A fully developed case statement is crucial to a grant proposal, capital campaign, end-of-year campaign, or one-on-one donor solicitation. A case statement illustrates the work of a nonprofit. The core components of a case statement should serve as an inspiration to funders whether during a 1:1 solicitation or a grant application. Staff, board members, and volunteers can use information from a case statement to convey important information to the community, funders, foundations, and key stakeholders. Do you have an old case statement that needs to up be updated? Or have never created a case statement that makes grant writing a challenge? Join us for this workshop to review the core components of a case statement using a template provided and get started writing, updating, or revising your organization's case statement.

After writing, updating or revising your case statement comes the need for to find grants that align with your organization's mission and programs. We will cover different databases you can use to find grants and how you can also utilize your board members to help you build relationships with foundations. There will be opportunities for feedback, development, and writing in this workshop!

What keeps donors engaged with our mission is how we identify and communicate new ideas and innovations for our organizations. That all starts inside our organizations with our ability to generate new donor-centric messages, identify the best ones, and integrate them into our fundraising. Integrating behavioral economics and psychology practices for your messages will make you walk away with: a new perspective on innovation and sound messaging principles to be implemented in their fundraising communications for deeper engagement.

We know that we need to get off our *ss and call our donors more but it is hard to find the time in the midst of other tasks. Our donor phone calls have to be part of our regular routine and we have to get comfortable with making calls. Studies show that donors who receive a thank you call are more likely to give going forward. In this webinar, we will review techniques for calling your mid to major gift calls, what to say when you don't know what to say to your donor and how to use donor phone calls as a stewardship and cultivation technique. We are meeting less frequently with our donors in person so phone calls are a must. Learn from your trainer who on a regular basis had to make 250 donor phone calls a week and record them all in a donor management system! With this webinar, you will feel more comfortable making your donor calls and achieve your fundraising goals.

Building a leadership pipeline through a paid internship program helps your organization prepare and plan for the future. A leadership pipeline allows you to identify people with skills and strengths that you've nurtured to lead your organization forward. Interns get a sense of what your organization does and it is a way for you to seek out future talent. As nonprofits, it is important to plan for the future and build a talent pipeline. This workshop will focus on how you can tap into your skilled volunteers to build a pipeline for leadership. In this workshop, we will cover how to recruit interns, structure projects that are mutually beneficial, how to supervise interns, create virtual or hybrid internships, the importance of stipends and payments for interns, and how to use your internship to build a talent pipeline for the future. We will share real examples of different nonprofits utilizing internships.


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