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Launches our Connected Solutions Nonprofit Academy Series



This Connected Solutions Training Series was created for executive directors, directors, and upper-level management in the nonprofit sector. Nonprofit Academy is a series of workshops designed to make an impact and give high-level tips capable of being implemented immediately to diversify and retain funding, create long-term sustainability, integrate technology, and be proactive with policy and regulation change.


Nonprofit Academy’s bi-monthly breakfast training sessions recur on the 3rd Thursday, starting February 21st, from 9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. at Carlow University, University Commons building.


Nonprofit Academy will convene February through November 2019; breakfast will be provided.




February 21, 2019

Retaining & Engaging Donors

Do you struggle to maintain sustainable funding? Have you prolonged the need to diversify your funding portfolio? Or maybe, you have donors and foundations asking for proof of your performance and community impact?


If you answered YES to any of these scenarios, the Connected Solutions Nonprofit Academy session “Retaining & Engaging Donor,” is for you. Join Connections 4 Success for our February Nonprofit Academy session, where you will be discussing common pain points of retaining sustainable funding, learn how to diversify your funding portfolio quickly, and create engaging reports to retain donors and funding options.

When you attend this event, you will be leaving with tips on how to:

  • Establish a GOOD “Why” your nonprofit is imperative for making an impact

  • Promote your nonprofit’s ability to make a difference

  • Communicate the relevance and effectiveness of your nonprofit with STATISTICS





April 18, 2019

Sustainability

Do you know if your nonprofit mission is sustainable? Are you current on community needs, industry trends, and innovation? Does your nonprofit have an operating budget to support innovation and changing industry trends?


If you answered NO to any of these scenarios, the Connected Solutions Nonprofit Academy session “Sustainability,” is for you. Join Connections 4 Success for our April Nonprofit Academy session, where you will be discussing ways to not only create but maintain guaranteed sustainability for your nonprofit.

When you attend this event, you will be leaving with tips on how to:

  • Run your nonprofit like a business and develop a business model for

    • Efficiency

    • Professional Development

    • Research | Innovation | Relevance

    • Partnerships Utilization

    • Operate on a SHOESTRING budget



June 20, 2019

Limited Resources

Are limited resources endangering your nonprofit? Does shortage of funding, program management, and staffing keep you up at night? Are technology advancements and program innovation causing you continual concern?


If you answered YES to any of these scenarios, the Connected Solutions Nonprofit Academy session “Limited Resources,” is for you. Join Connections 4 Success for our June Nonprofit Academy session, where you will be discussing ways to collaborate to eliminate limited resources concerns, develop plans for creating partnerships, and learn how to utilize technology to streamline.

When you attend this event, you will be leaving with tips on how to:

  • Streamline staff roles and operational processes with AI

  • Create advantageous partnerships to alleviate pain points of limited resources

  • Increase Membership Recruitment and Funding outreach and retention




August 15, 2019

Regulations, Policies, and Laws

Do ever-changing regulation, policies, and laws endanger your nonprofit’s programming and long-term impact? Are you struggling to keep up with policy changes affecting your services, industry, and funding opportunities?


If you answered YES to either of these questions, the Connected Solutions Nonprofit Academy session “Regulations, Policies, and Laws,” is for you. Join Connections 4 Success for our August Nonprofit Academy session, where you will be discussing how to be proactive in preparing your nonprofit for regulation, policies, and law updates, how to be recognized as an industry leader for your services and creating a mission and services that resolve long-standing community issues.

When you attend this event, you will be leaving with tips on how to:

  • Proactively prepare for regulation, policy, and law updates/changes

  • Obtain industry advocacy and committee roles at the local, state, and federal level

  • Create programming that is “Evergreen” and capable of resolving long-term community issues




October 17, 2019

Technology & Software

Do struggle to know what type of technology you should be investing in for your nonprofit? Is a limited budget preventing you from adding helpful software? Does your staff fear technology and updated software programs?


If you answered YES to any of these questions, the Connected Solutions Nonprofit Academy session “Technology & Software,” is right for you. Join Connections 4 Success for our October Nonprofit Academy session, where you will be discussing how to determine the right technology and software to invest in, allocate funding in advance for technology innovation, and ways to overcome employee fear of new technology.

When you attend this event, you will be leaving with tips on how to:

  • Determine the right technology and software based on your nonprofit’s needs

    • Impact

    • Transparency

    • Funding Streams

    • Expenditures and Donations

    • Operating Line Items

    • Program Management

    • Allocate Budget Line Items for Technology Innovation

    • Preparing and Training Employees Technology Updates





November 21, 2019

Creating a Lasting Legacy

Have you ever wanted to start a nonprofit but didn’t know where to start? As a for-profit, are you considering creating a nonprofit for your philanthropic and charitable contributions?


If YES, then the Connected Solutions Nonprofit Academy session “Starting a Nonprofit,is right for you. Join Connections 4 Success for our November Nonprofit Academy session, where you will learn how to get started, the legal requirements, and if a nonprofit is the right option.

When you attend this event, you will be leaving with tips on:

  • If a nonprofit is the right choice

  • What is involved in starting a nonprofit

  • How to get started in preparing a nonprofit concept, mission, and purpose

  • Develop a business plan and strategy for services, membership, giving

  • Legal Organizational Structure

  • Forming a Board of Directors

  • How to file for a 501 c3 or 501 c6 nonprofit




Meet the Speaker:

Vanessa Dodds is a business strategy, professional development, and workplace development expert with over a decade’s expertise and experience across the small business, trades, public sector, and nonprofit industries. She is an accomplished leader within the Greater Pittsburgh region with a proven track record of successful organizational growth.


Vanessa’s business acumen, experience, and capability to solve problems across multiple industries is what makes her methods and insights so valuable. She is the president and founder of Connections 4 Success. Her work has been sought out by some of the Western Pennsylvania’s award-winning businesses. Vanessa’s work has been imperative to these companies’ ability to create business business growth, sustainability, skills development, and methods of successfully pipelining talent into their businesses.


In 2018, she launched Connections 4 Success’ Connected Solutions training series for architectural, engineering, construction (AEC) industry Leaders. The Connected Solutions Training Series was created for C-level business executives in the architecture, engineering, construction (AEC), manufacturing industries, their peripheral partners, and skills training institutions. The Connected Solutions Training Series highlights common pain points occurring within the trades industry and provides practical solutions to implement immediately.


Vanessa was one of seven consultants invited by Fred Brown to participate on The Forbes Funds consultant committee to design a vetting process to match and award consultants to funding opportunities and nonprofit projects. She can be seen speaking at multiple conferences throughout 2019 and giving valuable organizational and operational solutions on her vlog series at www.connections4success.net.




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