Nonprofit Community Events

10.12  Nonprofit Marketing Essentials

Don't get lost in the crowd. Marketing has been identified as one of the top challenges for nonprofits and its importance is often overlooked. In this day and age the number of causes to support is immense so how does an organization stand out? Learn the essential steps of marketing, such as creating a brand, how to tell your story effectively, and what are the best marketing strategies for your cause. Learn to rise above the crowd and let your organization's voice be heard.

10.13  ONE DROP's Walk for Water

Imagine waking up and turning on the faucet to no water...Now imagine that instead of going to work or school you will spend the day walking to the nearest source, a polluted stream six miles away. Whatever you carry back has to provide for yourself and your family...This is the reality of thousands of people around the world...Join us on Saturday, October 13, 2018 to pay tribute to individuals - mostly women and children - that make this journey every day. Walk for Water participants will create a ribbon of blue t-shirts over the 2.7mi stretch between The Smith Center and Springs Preserve to bring awareness to global, and local water issues. If you are interested in volunteering for this event please sign up by emailing Summer Bontrager at

10.18 Governor's Points of Light Awards Luncheon

The 2018 Governor’s Points of Light Awards Luncheon will be held on Thursday, October 18th at Park MGM in Las Vegas.  Share in the celebration of 20 extraordinary individuals, businesses and organizations who were selected from among their peers as this year’s Points of Light in Nevada. Can’t make it to the event?  You can still support Nevada Volunteers by participating in the online silent auction which will be live on October 1st. 

10.23-11.01 Proposal Writing I

Prepare a grant application targeted at smaller state and local philanthropic funding sources. Craft a convincing case for funding and write a statement of need. Additionally, develop a simple project budget and write a supporting narrative which clearly articulates the anticipated program outcomes and benefits.

10.25 Boards Built for Success; ABCs of Board Recruitment, Retention and Succession Planning

Implement a framework for effective board development. A well-managed board can be a major asset for your business or nonprofit, yet CEOs and executive directors can be somewhat hesitant when it comes to actively engaging their boards. We will articulate strategies for evaluating board composition and needs, then create a plan to identify, recruit, and select prospective board members. Think through your onboarding process, paying attention to how you can support board member engagement and committee participation. Looking long term, develop strategies for succession planning and transition.

10.29 - 11.01  Chronic Disease Self-Management Program "Healthier Living" Leader Training

This live leader training will enable you to facilitate the Chronic Disease Self-Management Program with a diverse group of participants.

10.31 - 11.28  Governance, Legal Compliance & Public Disclosure

Protect your organization by understanding legal, financial, and management issues unique to the nonprofit sector. Curriculum content includes nonprofit law; legal rights and obligations of directors, trustees, and officers; tax implications of charitable giving; nonprofit human resource management; supervision of paid and unpaid staff; organizational diversity; and public disclosure requirements to maintain transparency and public trust in your organization.

11.02  Diabetes Self-Management Program Cross-Over Leader Training

This live leader training for current CDSMP leaders will enable you to facilitate the Diabetes Self-Management Program with a diverse group of participants.

11.02  Introduction to Gift Planning

Return to your organization equipped with the information needed to integrate gift planning strategies within the overall development structure. Explore how to create a pipeline of donor prospects, identify the stages of planned gift cultivation, and talk about typical timelines for securing after-life gifts. Time will be dedicated to marketing and communications for gift planning. A gift planning timeline will be established, allowing course enrollees to return to their organizations with the necessary tools to set up an internal infrastructure to establish their gift planning program.

11.13-11.29  Proposal Writing II

It's time to go after a big one. Prepare a grant application targeted at large funding sources including the federal government and large philanthropic foundations. Analyze complex request for proposals (RFPs) to identify funding sources and obstacles, and then understand how to structure your budget and narrative to meet all requirements. Strategic community partnerships and organizational capacity will be examined within the context of large-scale awards. Time will be spent reviewing special legal and regulatory issues related to compliance issues for large funding awards.

11.15-11.16  Major Gift Fundraising

Learn to cultivate major gift donors, involve board members in "making the ask," and better understand what motivates donors to make big gifts. You will find out about gift solicitation models, giving vehicles, and the importance of donor recognition.

11.26-12.17  Nonprofit Program Management & Assessment

Ensure your nonprofit's continued success by keeping commitments to donors and partners. Expectations are generally reasonable-just do what you said you were going to do when you applied for the funds. Build strategies to manage key programs in order to deliver on your mission and report measurable outcomes to stakeholders. You will develop the skills to perform outcome-based evaluation methods to highlight your program achievements, spotlight effectiveness, and satisfy funders' desire for improved accountability.

11.30 An Introduction to the Nonprofit Sector

Whether you are heading a fledgling nonprofit, have just started a job at a local nonprofit, have accepted a board position, or are investigating the sector for employment or consulting, this introduction will ensure you get off on the right foot. Discover why the sector exists, how nonprofits focus on their responsibilities to the community, and how they measure success in terms of impact delivered rather than stockholder profits.

11.30 A Nonprofit Board's Role & Responsibility to its Agency & Community

A healthy, effective board is central to achieving your nonprofit's mission. Attendees will be educated on the legal and fiduciary responsibilities of board membership, create a framework for nonprofit leadership, and understand the importance of an engaged and focused board. This session is a great orientation for any board and its members, but will particularly benefit new board members, new organizations, or organizations without paid staff.

12.03-12.12 Telling Stories that Make Donors Give

Stand out to clients, volunteers, donors, potential partners, and the media when you express your nonprofit's unique story in a way that clearly articulates why your work is so important. The story of every nonprofit is about filling a need and solving a problem, but nonprofit leaders need to know how to better call attention to the importance of their organization's goals and mission. There are content development and storytelling techniques specific to nonprofits that can better engage target audiences. Storytelling is also key to effective nonprofit marketing. Come discuss techniques and strategies to translate your mission and vision into compelling content.

12.04-12.13 Grants Management

Effectively manage and report on grants once awards have been made. Not only will you need to complete the funded project, you will also have to gather data, evaluate the impact of your programs, and monitor all project expenses. Thorough documentation of your grant outcomes will help garner additional support and renewed funding by demonstrating return on investment for funding received.

12.06 Capital Campaigns: Everything You Need to Know

Assess your organization's internal and external readiness to conduct a capital fundraising campaign. We will discuss the infrastructure needed to run a successful campaign-board involvement, staffing, technology, and the case for support. Participants will evaluate their readiness to conduct a campaign and critique campaign case statements. We will also discuss planning/feasibility studies-do you need one, what you should expect from the study, and what to do if the study says you are not ready for a campaign.

12.13 Managing Stress & Trauma in Nonprofit Organizations

Nonprofit professionals can be adversely impacted by stressful client interactions, lack of resources, organizational struggles, and high self-expectations. Explore a variety of resources to gain new perspectives on stress and trauma. Develop a self-understanding of the aspirational nature of nonprofit work and develop skills to increase resilience. Generate strategies for transferring course content to the workplace. The course is taught from a coaching perspective and is focused on practical understanding, skills, and strategies.

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