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Nonprofit Events - Spring and Summer 2014

All programs are free. To register, call (937) 463-2665 x6501.

Nonprofit Networking Lunches

nikkiFacebook Engagement
Wed., April 2, 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Join our delightful presenter to learn practical tips for using Facebook to engage volunteers, donors, and members of the community. This session is designed for the casual user of Facebook who is ready to make the commitment to page management for a nonprofit organization.

Nicolette Winner is Outreach & Partnership Development Coordinator for Kids Read Now. She has extensive background as a nonprofit trainer and leader. She is Vice President of the Miami Valley Association of Volunteer Administrators. She was named to the "Forty Under 40" class of 2009 by the Dayton Business Journal, and among the "Top 25 Women to Watch" in 2013 by Women in Business Networking. Nicolette has also served with the Ohio Volunteer Center Association, Generation Dayton, HandsOn Network, and Edison Academy for Community Leadership. Nicolette earned her Bachelor of Arts in Communication Arts: Public Relations from Ohio Northern University.

KarinHealthy Communications & Healthy Relationships
Wed., May 7, 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Have you ever found yourself in a relationship that just doesn't seem to work? Is there a person in your workplace that you just can't connect with but you don't know why? Do you find yourself caught off guard in certain situations without knowing how to respond or how to react? We all have! Unfortunately most of us have not been given a rule book on how to have solid healthy relationships and so we do the best we can with the tools we have. However, at the core of every healthy relationship is a strong competency in healthy communication. This workshop will focus on tool and strategies that will allow you to improve how you communicate and allow you to strengthen your relationships.

Karin VanZant is the co-founder and executive director of Think Tank, Inc. Think Tank's mission is to research, motivate, educate, create, consult and coach communities and organizations to solve the toughest social problems. Karin has extensive background as a trainer, and also teaches at Antioch University Midwest and Wright State University.

laimaWrite Like a Pro
Wed., June 4, 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
It's rare to find a career these days that doesn't require solid writing skills. Have you seen a job description lately that hasn't specified "excellent communication skills"? Employers know that, from the lowly email to the high-powered report, every word you generate says something about you, your company and your credibility.

If you're like most people, you've probably wished that writing could be simpler. (Even people who do it for a living fantasize about this!) While there's no substitute for practice and hard work, there are tips and tricks that professionals use to make their writing more lively, memorable - and even a bit easier.

Now you can learn these secrets, too. Join us for lunch and learn to write like a pro. Our presenter, Laima Rastikis, is the owner of Rastikis Ink Writing and Communications, a company that helps businesses, public organizations, nonprofits and educational institutions satisfy their growing need for high-quality writing.

Laima specializes in writing of all types - from presentations and publications to websites, proposals and more. A native of Dayton, she has enjoyed the opportunity to work on behalf of the area's iconic institutions, including the Schuster Center, the Fraze Pavilion, the University of Dayton School of Law, the Dayton Regional STEM Center and the Dayton Early College Academy.

Orientation to Nonprofits & Grants

This fast-paced "crash course" introduces the world of nonprofits, grants and fundraising. We will discuss the various funding strategies for nonprofits and take a detailed, step-by-step look at what it takes to secure grant funding.

  • Mon., April 21, 2:00 - 5:00 p.m.
  • Mon., May 12, 5:00 - 8:00 p.m.
  • Sat., August 16, 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Grant Fundamentals Series

This series of three classes, based on curriculum from the Foundation Center, provides a detailed introduction to grants for nonprofits. You are welcome to attend the whole series, or just the classes that interest you.

Grant Seeking Basics
Mon., June 16, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
This first class will help you ensure that your organization is ready to apply for grants. We will explore the different types of grants and learn how to find and evaluate grant opportunities.

Proposal Writing Basics
Mon., June 23, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
You will learn how to write, package and submit a grant proposal.

Intro to Finding Funders
Mon., June 30, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
In this hands-on computer class, learn to find grantmaking foundations with the Foundation Center's comprehensive funding research tool, Foundation Directory Online Professional, and other web resources.

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