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May Workshop Round-Up

Updated: May 8

Happy May! Below we have provided a list of workshops we’re offering this month at the Nonprofit Learning Lab! To register and find out more about each workshop, click the workshop titles of your choice to head to the workshop page. 

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Michelle Shen | The Purpose Collective in Partnership with Consultants for Good (C4G)

If your first question is, “What’s an email welcome journey?” then you’re in the right place! An email welcome journey is a series of messages sent to a supporter immediately after they take an action with you. Research shows that the window of time immediately following one of these actions is the absolute best time to contact someone. This is your chance to draw people into your story, validate their decision to take action with you, and turn them into loyal ambassadors for your brand. During this session, we’ll introduce you to the effectiveness of automated email welcome journeys and everything you need to know to set one up. We’ll share the best practices on when you should trigger emails and what content you should include to engage with your donors meaningfully, with some examples of successful welcome journeys from nonprofit organizations. You’ll leave this session with ideas, inspiration, and an outline for your first welcome journey.

Jamie Matusek | Bloom Communications

In working with nonprofits, we have found that leadership is extremely passionate about the organization’s mission and cause, but could often use additional support in running the operational side of the business. Additionally, nonprofits spend a lot of time planning PR and marketing strategies to reach external audiences, but it’s equally as important to effectively communicate with those inside your organization. In this webinar, we will explore the crucial role internal communications play in culture development. We will address how creating an internal communications strategy can promote transparency, build trust, increase employee/volunteer/donor engagement and productivity, and ultimately impact the bottom line. You will leave this workshop with practical tools and strategies to enhance internal communications within your organization.

Crystallee Crain | Prevention at the Intersections in Partnership with Consultants for Good (C4G)

Cultural humility is an evidence-based framework that prioritizes the co-creation of dynamic and generative relationships with people from different cultural experiences than your own. Through a participatory framed experience, participants will be able to heighten their efficacy in their work by understanding how their biases, perceptions, and worldview impact their service to the community.

Libby Magliolo | The Slide Master

In the 2-session "Data-Driven Presentations" workshop, participants will learn how to transform raw numbers into captivating stories and visuals that not only resonate with their audience, but drive action as well. The workshop will review the foundational elements of data visualizations, so that attendees gain a comprehensive understanding of charts and graphs that facilitate clear and effective data communication. The workshop will also delve into the realm of advanced data visualizations, as well as learn how to craft customized infographics, understanding when and how to employ these visual wonders to enhance the narrative of their data presentations. Attendees will learn the strategies to breathe life into their data, contextualizing it in ways that make it both memorable and powerful. By incorporating storytelling techniques into their presentations, they will leave a lasting impression on their audience, engaging them on a deeper level and driving actionable insights.

Robin Thompson | iWave

This educational session will focus on teaching you how to create a donor portfolio full of new potential donors. Whether you have a list of donors that aren’t engaged, don’t have a donor list at all, or are purely seeking new donors to support your cause, this case study will walk you through the process of building an effective list so you can raise more money – faster, and easier.

This real-life case study chronicles a project that was started without a 501(c)3, using a fiscal sponsor. The project had no history of individual or private foundation fundraising; all that existed was an outdated snail mail newsletter list that only included USPS addresses (no emails or phone numbers). We will show you how, using specific prospect research techniques and tools, a list was developed, and donors were engaged. This case study demonstrated the impressive results that can be achieved, even when there is initially very little to work with. Join us and learn how to use prospect research techniques to increase the impact of your organization’s mission.

Sarah & Michelle | Impact Aligned

Your fundraising success hinges on the effective use of technology. This workshop is tailored for Executive Directors, Directors of Development, and Directors of Advancement empowering you to learn how to leverage technology operations to elevate your major gifts strategy. Learn how to be more effective and efficient with which donors you are cultivating and closing by letting your CRM and technology operations guide you on the operational and administrative side. Gain practical insights into the power of dynamic prioritization, creating data flow automation within your CRM, and the must-haves in your donor management system to ensure you can streamline your workflow, enhance donor relationships, and ultimately boost your close rate. Embrace the transformative impact of technology operations and take a significant step toward your organization's sustainability and growth.

Beth Saunders | Beth Saunders Associates

If you’re looking for a new way to drive impact and fundraising success by leveraging your own expertise and experience, this is for you. In this session we’ll learn about the vision map, a framework that helps you center donor conversations and funding applications on the outcomes of your mission work, not just the actual work. When you get specific about what you intend to achieve – the change you are creating in the world – it becomes much easier to cultivate support. Join us and start creating your own vision map because your funders share your vision and the map shows the milestones they can help you achieve along the way. Let’s focus on outcomes and propel your impact!

Austin Hattox | Pixel Lighthouse

Nonprofit websites are complicated: they have to speak to several audiences (program participants, donors, the general public, partners, and many others) while still representing your work well. Just having a website is easy, but having a website that resonates is something else entirely. After all, you want your nonprofit's website to encourage meaningful action. With so many competing requirements, it's surprisingly difficult to know if things are actually "working." In this workshop, we'll cover how to determine if your nonprofit's website is effective (and if it's not, what you can do to fix it). By knowing what to look for, you can identify areas for improvement and ensure your online presence supports your mission and grows your community.

Frances Roen | Fundraising Sol

What happens when a donor doesn’t respond to your meeting request? Whether your request is to take them to coffee, to offer a tour, or to request a gift — donor silence can be disheartening, but it's not the end of the road or the relationship. Join us for a workshop designed to equip fundraising professionals with strategies to navigate and engage with unresponsive donors effectively. We'll explore respectful and tactful ways to inquire again when initial meeting requests go unanswered, and effective ways to move forward with your individual fundraising program.

This workshop will give attendees valuable insights and practical knowledge on harnessing AI to enhance fundraising efforts. Participants will leave the workshop equipped with the tools and understanding to implement AI-driven strategies. This will enable them to build stronger relationships with donors, optimize fundraising campaigns, and significantly impact your organization's missions. By integrating AI responsibly and ethically into fundraising practices, organizations can unlock new opportunities, make data-driven decisions, and engage donors more personally. Stay at the forefront of innovation and maximize your organization's philanthropic impact!

Betsy Block | B3 Coach

Healthy conflict can be a powerful source of creativity and innovation for nonprofit organizations. Too often, we avoid conflict as a means of keeping the peace within teams. The crucial distinction between healthy and toxic conflict is to recognize and work towards an organizational culture that can support creative conflict. Nonprofit leaders must recognize the warning signs of conflict that lead to organizational toxicity. The goal of this workshop is to reframe your understanding of conflict and how you might leverage deep dialogue to create positive action in your organization.

William Myatt | Major Gift Solutions

Major gift fundraising strategies changed dramatically after the pandemic. Instead of a 3-hour commitment, traveling to and from an in-person meeting over coffee; you can now qualify, cultivate, solicit, and steward your donors in a series of half-hour virtual meetings. In this workshop, you will get an insider's perspective on how to turn a spreadsheet of prospects into real philanthropic revenue.

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