Workshops for Nonprofit Leaders 2015-2016

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 ninth 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. 


2015-2016 Workshop Schedule
(descriptions below for workshops upcoming)

  • Understanding Better Business Bureau's Charity Standards (9/16/15)
  • A Conversation with Gene Fram: Transforming Your Board (9/28/15)
  • Winning Grants: What Do Funders Want? (10/8/15)
  • The Two-Minute Business Plan (10/29/15)
  • Fundraising: A Development Primer for Boards (11/5/15)
  • Staying Out of Trouble: The Nonprofit Legal Environment (12/17/15)
  • ​Financial Literacy for Nonprofit Boards (1/14/16)
  • Advocacy and Government Relationships (3/10/16)
  • Creating Creating Excitement in Your Board: Keeping Your Board Engaged and P in Your Board: Keeping Your Board Engaged and Productive (3/17/16)
  • Creating Excitement in Your Board: Keeping Your Board Engaged and Productive (3/17/16)
  • Survival Skills for Board Chairs Elect & New Board Chairs (4/20/16)
  • Mission-First: The Development Plan (5/25/16)
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Upcoming Workshop Descriptions

​​The Two-Minute Business Plan (10/29/15)
​Business planning obviously takes more than two minutes, however, it's a doable task by every board and executive. This seminar will demystify the issues of strategy, strategic planning, operating planning, and budgeting, providing a template that every enterprise can use, for boards and management to develop pragmatic business plans.

Fundraising: A Development Primer for Boards (11/5/15)
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?


Staying Out of Trouble: The Nonprofit Legal Environment (12/17/15)

Financial Literacy for Nonprofit Boards (1/14/16)

Advocacy and Government Relationships (3/10/16)

Creating Excitement in Your Board: Keeping Your Board Engaged and Productive (3/17/16)

Survival Skills for Board Chairs Elect & New Board Chairs (4/20/16)

Mission-First: The Development Plan (5/25/16)


All workshops meet 
8:30 – 11 a.m. in the 
Hughes Rotunda (unless otherwise noted) 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