Workshops for Nonprofit Leaders 2013-2014

Never has more been expected of our nonprofit organizations. More than ever, their ability to meet these expectations will depend, in large measure, on their governing boards.

This marks the eigth year that the Center for Community Engagement is offering these workshops for nonprofit leaders. Workshops are designed to provide nonprofit board leaders, board members, and executive staff the ideas and tools to enable their boards to function more effectively in today’s increasingly challenging environment.  Registration priority will be given to board chairs.


2013-2014 Workshop Schedule
(descriptions below for workshops upcoming)

  • Creating Excitement in Your Board: How to Keep Your Board Engaged and Productive (10/18/13)
  • Charter Schools Fall Networking Breakfast (11/6/13)
  • Brave New World: Upstate Funders Share Thoughts About Giving Trends and Concerns (11/14/13)
  • The Development Plan: Mission First (1/28/14)
  • Financial Literacy for Nonprofit Boards (2/13/14)
  • Government and the Nonprofit: What Boards Need to Know (3/13/14)
  • Recruiting and Engaging a Diverse Board (3/25/14)
  • Fundraising: A Resource Development Primer for Boards (4/3/14)
  • Navigating the Nonprofit Regulatory Environment (5/22/14)


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Nonprofit Leadership Workshops at St. John Fisher College
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Upcoming Workshop Descriptions

Fundraising: A Resource Development Primer for Boards 
Date:  Thursday, April 3, 2014
Presenter:  Dan Meyers, President, Al Sigl Community of Agencies
Intended Audience: This workshop is for board leaders, especially development chairs, and executive staff

The importance of developing and executing a strategy for creating capital, both from internally-generated operating surpluses and fundraising efforts, will be addressed.  As part of this discussion, the role of the board and individual board members in fundraising – both annual and endowment giving – will be explored.  Also, the general strategies for managing endowment investments will be outlined. Topics will include:
  • Board members and other volunteers as fundraisers
  • Roles of board leadership vs. staff
  • Some can’t, some won’t – matching the right volunteer with the job
  • Giving volunteers the tools they need
  • Special fundraising activities, e.g., annual giving, endowment
  • Communications strategies and support
  • Developing annual and long range plans
  • Monitoring, assessing, and improving performance
  • When is a consultant appropriate?


Navigating the Nonprofit Regulatory Environment: Current Legal Topics
Date: Thursday, May 22, 2014
Presenter: Ralph Cox, Esq., Community Fellow, Center for Community Engagement
Intended Audience: Board leaders and executive staff

As part of a nonprofit board member’s duty of care, there are a number of legal and regulatory issues of which he or she should be aware.  Failures of omission or commission can have serious repercussions for both the organization and the individual board member.  This workshop will describe these problem areas: 
  • conflicts of interest
  • record retention
  • employment and human resources requirements
  • intellectual property
  • dealing with bad news





All workshops meet 
8:30 – 11 a.m. in the 
Hughes Rotunda at 
St. John Fisher College, 
3690 East Avenue, Rochester, NY  14618.  Free parking is available.

Fee: $40/person includes continental breakfast. 

Please send completed registration form and check made payable to "Partnership for Nonprofit Enterprise Excellence" to:

Melanie Phillips
St. John Fisher College
3690 East Avenue
Murphy 145
Rochester, NY  14618

Phone:  585-899-3769
mphillips@sjfc.edu