Nonprofit fundamentals: a training series for all-volunteer organizations
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Nonprofit fundamentals: a training series for all-volunteer organizations

Nonprofit fundamentals: a training series for all-volunteer organizations

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Rhode Island Foundation

One Union Station

Providence, RI 02903

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This series of workshops is designed to help organizations that run without paid staff. Each training will feature a concrete takeaway: a plan, format, or approach that can be brought back to the organization.

  • Creating a strategic/business plan (September 15)

  • Governance and fund development basics (September 28)

  • Assessing impact (October 5)

  • Creating and managing a budget (November 2)

  • Managing interns and volunteers (November 15)

  • Grantwriting basics (Rescheduled for January 12)

Organizations are encouraged to send at least two members of your board to each training.

All workshops are scheduled for 5:30 – 7:30 PM at the Rhode Island Foundation. Light refreshments will be provided. Parking will be validated for the Union Station lot. Contact Joanna for scholarship information at jread@rifoundation.org.



Creating a strategic/business plan

Presenter: Larson Gunness, Gunness Financial

Most organizations have a strategic plan (and if they don’t, they should!). In this workshop, you will learn how a strategic plan is developed. This will be a step-by-step review of the process and elements required for sound strategic planning.

The takeaway: the framework for creating a strategic plan.


Governance and fund development basics

Presenter: Jill Pfitzenmayer, Rhode Island Foundation

Board members of all-volunteer organizations serve two functions: they deliver/coordinate services and they govern. In this program we will cover the basics of board governance as well as fund development.

The takeaway: a clear set of responsibilities for board governance and fundraising.

Assessing organizational impact

Presenter: Katie Murray, Rhode Island Foundation

Every organization must have an understanding of how it is creating change, whether through advocacy or direct service. In this workshop, you will learn the key components to creating a successful impact assessment plan for your program or nonprofit, based on your strategic plan.

The takeaway: a framework for developing a comprehensive impact assessment plan.

Creating and managing a budget

Presenter: Larson Gunness, Gunness Financial

Budgeting requires a clear understanding of your income and expenses. Learn how to properly identify and track funding and expenses so that you come away with a realistic plan for running (or building) your own program. Attendees are strongly encouraged to attend our Creating a strategic plan workshop on September 15.

The takeaway: a budget format for your program.


Managing interns and volunteers

Presenter: Karen Jeffreys, Associate Director, Rhode Island Coalition for the Homeless

Interns and volunteers, when effectively engaged, can help to drive more significant and sustainable impact for your nonprofit. How are you leveraging such invaluable resources? This training will explore effective engagement strategies, from recruitment and training, to retention efforts and appreciation, to creating first-rate, meaningful experiences for all parties. We’ll also include a mini panel discussion, where you can hear first-hand from volunteers and interns on what’s made their work meaningful, and how their work has been of benefit to their organizations.

The takeaway: tips and guidelines on creating win-win experiences for your organization and its volunteers.


Grantwriting basics

Presenter: Joanna Read, Rhode Island Foundation

If you’ve never written a proposal before, come learn the basics from our Initiative for Nonprofit Excellence staff. We’ll review tips and tools to successfully complete a grant seeking process—knowing when to contact the funder, deciding if your project is a good fit for a funder, writing the application and what to do after the grant.

The takeaway: a clear set of guidelines for the grant seeking process.

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