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Thursday, August 15, 2013

Inland NW Nonprofit Conference has new and long-term management!


Washington Nonprofits will manage the Inland Northwest Nonprofit Conference starting in 2014!

This means that our statewide nonprofit association, specializing in providing education, advocacy and services to Washington’s nonprofit sector, will be solidifying the presence of nonprofit education in Eastern Washington and bringing to you the professional development services needed.

Right now, they are developing a learning program and need your input. Please take 2 minutes to let WN know your professional development interests for your staff and organization: 


Please share this survey with any nonprofit peers and colleagues.

Thank you for your time.

Learn more about the association here: www.washingtonnonprofits.org 

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Conference Workshop: Measuring Impact: Evaluations

Speaker:  Stacy Wenzl, Spokane Regional Health District
http://www.srhd.org

Stacy is Program Manager for the Community Health Assessment, Planning, & Evaluation office at the Spokane Regional Health District, serves on the SRHD’s Public Health Standards & Accreditation Review team, and is current co-chair of the Quality Council. Additionally, she serves as one of three regional liaisons for the Washington State Department of Health Performance Management Centers for Excellence, developing and delivering trainings and technical assistance to increase performance and quality management capacity of local public health departments. Stacy has her Master of Health Policy & Administration from Washington State University and her Bachelor of Science Degree in General Biology from Eastern Washington University.

This workshop includes an overview of performance and quality management with specific emphasis on the importance of making data-driven decisions via ongoing performance measurement and monitoring. Stacy will share the experience of SRHD and introduce steps organizations can take to move forward with development of their own performance management systems, providing some examples of performance management frameworks that can be used by nonprofits.

From this workshop participants will learn to:
  • Describe at least two vital reasons for performance management and reporting
  • Identify steps to implement performance management
  • Review at least 2 models of performance management that can be used by nonprofits
  • Understand the importance of measurement to support a performance management system
  • Understand the different types of performance measures and how they are linked
Join Stacy at the 3rd annual Inland Northwest Nonprofit Conference – Programs and Sustainability Series, held Thursday, February 7th, 2012, at the Lincoln Center. For more information visit the AE website.

Monday, January 21, 2013

Conference Workshop: Ethics & Fundraising: Creating a Culture of Philanthropy

Speaker:  Kristine Ruggles, Christ Clinic/Christ Kitchen
http://www.christclinic.org

Kristine Ruggles is the Executive Director of Christ Clinic/Christ Kitchen where she is responsible for the organization’s consistent achievement of its mission and financial objectives. She is also responsible in leading program development and administration. Kristine has her Bachelor’s in Organizational Management from Whitworth University, has completed both the Authentic Leadership Series and Non-Profit Leadership Board Development Series at Gonzaga University, and is a graduate of Leadership Spokane.

This workshop will cover how successfully raising funds and donations from private institutions, government, or individuals requires a blend of experience and skill, and most importantly, a firm understanding and a consistent practice of raising funds in a responsible and ethical manner. Ethical standards and principles are the foundation for maintaining public trust. This workshop will help you stay current and focused on emerging ethical issues. From this workshop, participants will see fundraising as part of a 360-degree mission that revolves around all the relationships involved: the people we serve in the community, the organizational staff (program and administrative), and the volunteers and financial donors.

Join Kristine at the 3rd annual Inland Northwest Nonprofit Conference – Programs and Sustainability Series, held Thursday, February 7th, 2012, at the Lincoln Center. For more information visit the AE website.

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Conference Workshop: Funders Panel: Discussion and Open Forum

Panelists: Molly Sanchez, Inland NW Community Foundation; Brian Myers, Empire Health Foundation; Dana Arviso, Potlatch Fund; and Jerry Allard, City of Spokane, Human Services Advisory Board

This will be an open-forum discussion and each panelist will answer pre-submitted questions from participants. We will hear about their grant making process and dig deeper into more specifics such as how each defines "outcomes," what they prefer to see in a sustainability plan, and much more. The open forum will be moderated. 

Whether or not you are new to grant seeking, this panel discussion will provide immense insight into northwest funders explaining detailed information that will help each fund seeker understand the different processes and their own funding viability. Join this panel and come prepared with your questions.

**This workshop is highly recommended for young organizations or those new to the nonprofit sector. This is NOT a requirement, and merely a guidance tool.

Due to popular demand, this is the third year this panel has been offered! Join our panelists at the 3rd annual Inland Northwest Nonprofit Conference – Programs and Sustainability Series held Thursday, February 7th, 2013, at the Lincoln Center. For more information visit the AE website.

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Conference Workshop: Developing a Marketing Plan

Speaker: Terri Krohn, Terri Krohn Consulting, LLC
www.terrikrohnconsulting.com

Terri Krohn has over 30 years of experience in the marketing field building marketing departments, plans, budgets and programs. With her company, Terri Krohn Consulting, she has provided strategic focus for companies big and small through strategic focus facilitation, business planning, market planning, accountability partnering and marketing management services. Recently, she assisted a local non-profit in the affordable housing arena develop and execute a three year strategic plan.

Planning your nonprofit marketing rather than doing it reactively is the strategy that generates the best connections, achieves planned goals, and supports programmatic growth and sustainability. This workshop will cover what strategic marketing is and its common misconceptions, why strategic marketing is important to an organization’s sustainability and how it complements the strategic plan, and the development process for creating a strategic marketing plan, including plan implementation and measurement.

Join Terri at the 3rd annual Inland Northwest Nonprofit Conference – Programs and Sustainability Series held Thursday, February 7th, 2013, at the Lincoln Center. For more information visit the AE website.

Sunday, January 6, 2013

Conference Workshop: Sustainability Within Business Systems

Speaker: Susanne Croft, Sustainable Resources INW
www.sustainableresourcesinw.org

Susanne Croft is Executive Director of Sustainable Resources INW, a local nonprofit focused on promoting sustainable business practices to local businesses. She provides overall leadership for strategy, organizational development, implementation, financial oversight, and resource/revenue development and is responsible for Board Administration and Support, Program/Product/Service Delivery, Financial Management, HR, Community and Public Relations, Fundraising, and Records Maintenance and Compliance. Susanne has her Masters in Urban Planning and is a Certified Sustainability Professional. 

Sustainability still refers to whether or not you can stay in business. Today, nonprofits need to consider a much wider range of criteria than they used to in order to meet their long-term goals. 

This workshop will teach you how the triple bottom line of sustainability differs from the eco-efficiencies of “going green” and how to improve sustainability across any business’ entire operations. The workshop offers the business case for sustainable practices and examples of sustainable business practices (tailored for nonprofits).

Join Susanne at the 3rd annual Inland Northwest Nonprofit Conference – Programs and Sustainability Series held Thursday, February 7th, 2013, at the Lincoln Center. For more information visit the AE website.

Thursday, January 3, 2013

Conference Workshop: Endowments & Planned Giving 101

Speaker: PJ Watters, Inland NW Community Foundation

PJ Watters assists donors and professional advisors to achieve donors’ philanthropic goals. PJ has a Master’s degree from Whitworth, 10+ years development officer experience and 20+ years leadership experience in nonprofit organizations, including Group Health, Morning Star, Red Cross, Heart Association, Chase Youth Commission and Rotary Club 21 of Spokane.

PJ has a Masters degree in Health Science/Health Education from Whitworth College and a Bachelor’s degree in Fine Art from University of California at Santa Barbara. She has completed courses at the Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University, including Principals and Techniques of Fundraising and Planned Giving, the Juran Institute in Wilton, Connecticut, and served as a National Examiner for U.S. Department of Commerce National Institute of Standards and Technology’s Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award.

Back by popular demand! This workshop will cover endowments, how they differ from quasi-endowments, how to know when you are ready to establish a true endowment, and what steps to take in doing so. The workshop will answer a variety of questions including:
  • What factors should you consider when planning an asset transfer to an endowment?
  • What is your fiduciary responsibility for managing endowed assets? 
  • Who should manage the investments and what should be considered in establishing a prudent “asset allocation”?
  • How and why should you determine your spending policy? 
  • What are the best ways to build your endowment? 
  • What resources are available to support you in this effort? 
Join PJ at the 3rd annual Inland Northwest Nonprofit Conference – Programs and Sustainability Series held Thursday, February 7th, 2013, at the Lincoln Center. For more information visit the AE website.