NONPROFIT TRAININGS 2

Youth Forward builds the capacity of nonprofits by providing free technical assistance and trainings pertaining to all aspects of nonprofit management including grant applications, board planning, communications strategies, and much more.

If you have specific capacity-building questions, Youth Forward offers open office hours at YouthWorx on Main, where you are welcome to drop in and meet with us to discuss any questions you might have. For more information about open office hours, please contact Tabitha Blackwell at tblackwell@chcyouth.org.

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Upcoming Events

Finances and Budgeting in Nonprofit Organizations

DATE AND TIME

Wed, February 28, 2018
10:00 AM – 12:30 PM EDT

LOCATION

YouthWorx on Main
117 West Main Street
Carrboro, NC 27510

In partnership with Executive Service Corps, Youth Forward is excited to offer this important topic to youth serving organizations in Chapel Hill and Carrboro. This workshop ranges in difficulty from elementary to intermediate level, and all of it is suitable for attendees who have minimal technical accounting background, as well as those attendees who possess an accounting foundation. The emphasis will be on providing attendees with practical knowledge that can be used immediately. Whether you are new to your agency’s board or staff or have substantial experience in the nonprofit environment, this workshop will help enhance your ability to prepare and use financial information for better decision making.

Brad Johnson, a former chief financial officer and auditor of nonprofit organizations, will present in a seminar style format, which includes interaction with attendees. After the presentation, he will remain to respond to areas of interest of attendees.

At the beginning of the workshop, each attendee will have an opportunity to suggest an issue or question to be covered. In addition, among the topics to be discussed are:

  • Design and implementation of a meaningful system of internal controls
  • How to get the most out of Quickbooks
  • Creating meaningful reports for the board, funders and other third parties
  • Budgeting, its preparation, role and use as a management tool
  • Preparing Cash Projections

Brad Johnson recently retired. He spent much of his career as a certified public accountant (CPA) in public accounting and as a CFO in private industry and nonprofit organizations. He is a former infantry staff sergeant, having served in the U. S. Army in Vietnam. Brad earned a B.S. in economics and an M.S. in accounting from the University of Rhode Island. He is a published author and has presented at national conferences, and he is a volunteer with Executive Service Corps of the Triangle (ESC).

February Executive Director Roundtable: Fund Development

DATE AND TIME

Wed, February 21, 2018
12:00 PM – 2:00 PM EDT

LOCATION

YouthWorx on Main
117 West Main Street
Carrboro, NC 27510

This month’s Executive Director Roundtable is about Fund Development. We will be joined by Tonya Taylor of The Gift Development Group.

Tonya Taylor most recently served as the Executive Campaign Director for the UNC Chapel Hill- Medical Foundation Horizons Program and the Interim Director of Corporations and Foundations for the School of Public Health. Prior to that, Tonya held an Executive Campaign Director position for the University of North Carolina Newman Center in Chapel Hill, where she led a multi- million dollar campus facility expansion effort. After being recruited to join CCS Fundraising, Tonya worked as the Executive Director of an international Donor Engagement Program for Canterbury Cathedral in Kent, England in order to better assess the Cathedral’s potential for moving forward with a multi-million dollar campaign to support several capital, preservation, programmatic, and global initiatives. In this role, she coordinated all stages of the program including: stakeholder engagement, prospect identification, research, cultivation, donor relations, and event planning and donor correspondence.

Prior to her work with CCS and UNC- Chapel Hill, Tonya served as Executive Director and Director of Community Services and Marketing for Rochester General Health System’s Newark- Wayne Community Hospital Foundation, where she led public relations and development operations and managed eight team members, and consultants. She worked with a Board of Trustees to launch a $12 million micro-campus capital campaign and to successfully increase annual funding by more than 40 percent during her tenure. Tonya has also worked as a Development Director and campaign leader for other not-for-profit organizations including Wilson Commencement Park, and The Harley School, where she led public relations, marketing, capital campaign, major gift, and annual fund efforts.

March Executive Director Roundtable: Grant Seeking

DATE AND TIME

Wed, March 21, 2018
12:00 PM – 2:00 PM EDT

LOCATION

YouthWorx on Main
117 West Main Street
Carrboro, NC 27510

This month’s Executive Director Roundtable is about Grant Seeking. Our guest this month, Sue Carson, will be answering questions and discussing how to research, select, and cultivate grant funding.

Sue Carson founded beGrantwise to assist established and emerging nonprofits to navigate their grant-seeking confidently, collaboratively, and creatively. Based in Chatham County, NC she brings more than 20 years experience in program management, research, and resource development to her practice with clients in public and nonprofit settings statewide.

What Does A Good Communication Strategy Look Like for Your Nonprofit?

DATE AND TIME

Wed, March 22, 2018
10:00 AM – 12:00 PM EDT

LOCATION

YouthWorx on Main
117 West Main Street
Carrboro, NC 27510

As a nonprofit, we all understand the challenges of getting media coverage with publicity that offers return on investment. We also agree that eight hours in a day and forty hours in a work week is not enough time for accomplishing all the things we need and expect from ourselves and our staff. Understanding what we want our end results to be and getting to that result are often times challenging. In this session, we will be exploring how to create a good communication strategy for our nonprofit. Please be prepared to discuss your organization’s approach to communications in one word.

This session will be led by Pat Richardson. She has worked in the nonprofit industry for over 13 years in communications, public relations, development and fundraising. She relocated here to Chapel Hill in 2005 after living in Washington, D.C. for 17 years raising two lovely children, John and Krissy. Pat recently joined the PTA Thrift Shop team at the end of December 2017 as their Director of Communications and Community Relations.

CPA: Content-Purpose-Audience Template for Communication

DATE AND TIME

Thurs, March 29, 2018
10:00 AM – 12:30 PM EDT

LOCATION

YouthWorx on Main
117 West Main Street
Carrboro, NC 27510

Creating Relevant Content to Engage the Audience and Spread the Power of Your Ideas. You’ve got great ideas, but sometimes it’s hard to capture them effectively (or quickly) and convey them in a way that engages your audience. In this session, we review an easy-to-use strategy to capture the most valuable details, meet your audience’s information needs, and create strong calls to action. You complete the strategy for your own idea or topic, and use it to generate a short draft.

This session will be led by Margot Carmichael Lester, a communications strategist and journalist. She consults with executives, boards and organizations (such as The Recording Academy and Tufts University Medical Centers) and executives on community and public relations, advocacy and social responsibility, crisis communications, and staffing and capacity-building. She also owns The Word Factory, a content studio that produces brand journalism and content marketing for global companies like Staples, Philips Healthcare and Mimecast. Margothas served on the Orange County Human Relations Council, the Carrboro Local Living Economy Task Force, and The Chapel Hill-Carrboro Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors (she also chaired its Economic Development & Public Policy Committee). A native of southern Orange County, she’s a graduate of both Chapel Hill High School and The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Margot is married to national education advocate and learning strategist, Steve Peha.

April Executive Director Roundtable: Evaluation

DATE AND TIME

Wed, April 18, 2018
12:00 PM – 2:00 PM EDT

LOCATION

YouthWorx on Main
117 West Main Street
Carrboro, NC 27510

This month’s Executive Director Roundtable is about how to better evaluate your organization and program. Our guest this month, Jeff Quinn, will be answering questions and discussing how to identify and collect the data needed to evaluate your success.

Jeff Quinn is the director of community resources for the Durham Connects program, first developed by the Center for Child and Family Policy. Quinn works and builds collaborations with non-profit and other agencies that provide services to parents and children in the Durham community and links them with the Durham Connects nursing team. In this role, he also serves as the co-chair of the Durham Connects Community Advisory Board as well as provides support to other community agencies. Quinn currently is also a co-investigator on the infrastructure- and capacity-building project with the Oak Foundation.

He previously worked at the Center as a project coordinator from 2004-2008, working on Fast Track, System of Care, and the Durham Family Initiative. Quinn has also done a lot of research in the realm of fatherhood and fathers’ unique impacts on child development.

Past Events

Summer Zen Series: Mindfulness

DATE AND TIME

Wed, July 12, 2017
5:30 PM – 6:30 PM EDT

LOCATION

YouthWorx on Main
117 West Main Street
Carrboro, NC 27510

Nonprofit work, while being rewarding, can be stressful. Work/life balance can be greatly neglected while trying to serve community youth and ensure they have a great life. Youth Forward is offering a series of sessions that will allow youth service provides to come and get centered. In the Summer Zen Series, organizations will have the opportunity to explore some yoga, meditation, and a little me time with some free classes with some area zen masters.

This session will be facilitated by Kat Kryder of Grateful Heart Yoga Center. If you have been hearing about mindfulness and would like the opportunity to explore what it really means, then this is the session for you. Mindfulness exercises can help you participants be more aware of the present moment. It can also lower stress, improve your sleep, improve your focus, and much more.

Build A Better Grant Series- Session #3: Grant Proposal Workshop

DATE AND TIME

Thu, July 13, 2017
10:00 AM – 12:30 PM EDT

LOCATION

YouthWorx on Main
117 West Main Street
Carrboro, NC 27510

Youth Forward will be partnering with the Duke Center for Child and Family Policy to host a series of three free interactive sessions to help organizations Build a Better Grant.

In this final session, we will be exploring what to say and how to say it. Effective writing of grant proposals and other funding requests is critical to the financial sustainability of your organization, but probably something you never learned in school! This webinar will begin by discussing how to “build your case” by describing what you do, why you do it, and what evidence you have that it will work. We will discuss common pitfalls as well as components funders are most commonly seeking. Participants must first register for the workshop, as spaces will be limited. All participants must then submit a copy of a recent grant proposal for review to knorton@chcyouth.org. Grant proposals should be brief and can be for a program or for the organization. If participants do not submit their grant proposal by June 16th, their registration will be canceled. If you sign up for this session, make sure that you check out and register for the final session in the Build a Better Grant Series, Logic Model Development and Evaluation Planning.

Build A Better Grant Series- Session #2: Evaluation Planning

DATE AND TIME

Thu, June 15, 2017
10:00 AM – 12:30 PM EDT

LOCATION

YouthWorx on Main
117 West Main Street
Carrboro, NC 27510

Youth Forward will be partnering with the Duke Center for Child and Family Policy to host a series of three free interactive sessions to help organizations Build a Better Grant.

In this second session, we will be creating an evaluation plan. What are you doing, how are you doing it, and is it working? Program planning and evaluation planning provides you with a wealth of data and other information on your program’s content and delivery, outcomes, and areas for improvement. You can use these data both for quality improvement and as evidence to support the value of your work to potential funders and others involved with your organization. A sound evaluation helps you to answer the following questions: What organizational support is needed to ensure adequate implementation? What are the outcomes at the organization, community, system, family, and/or individual levels? Can your organizations maintain these outcomes over time? Facilitatied exercises will assist participants in initial construction of evaluation plans for their works. If you sign up for this session, make sure that you register for the final session in the Build a Better Grant Series, the Grant Proposal Workshop.

Summer Zen Series: Gentle Yoga for Stress Reduction

DATE AND TIME

Wed, June 7, 2017
5:30 PM – 6:30 PM EDT

LOCATION

YouthWorx on Main
117 West Main Street
Carrboro, NC 27510

Nonprofit work, while being rewarding, can be stressful. Work/life balance can be greatly neglected while trying to serve community youth and ensure they have a great life. Youth Forward is offering a series of sessions that will allow youth service provides to come and get centered. In the Summer Zen Series, organizations will have the opportunity to explore some yoga, meditation, and a little me time with some free classes with some area zen masters.

The first session will be facilitated by Kate Kryder of Grateful Heart Yoga Center. She will be guiding participants in a gentle yoga flow, as well as introduce folks to the yoga nidra. Just 30 minutes of yoga nidra is like 4 hours of sleep. Come experience this rejuvenating experience.

Build A Better Grant Series- Session #1: Help! I Need a Logic Model!

DATE AND TIME

Thu, May 18, 2017
10:00 AM – 12:00 PM EDT

LOCATION

YouthWorx on Main
117 West Main Street
Carrboro, NC 27510

Youth Forward will be partnering with the Duke Center for Child and Family Policy to host a series of three free interactive sessions to help organizations Build a Better Grant.

In this first session, Logic Model Development, you will be building a roadmap for your work. To be competitive for funding, organizations must be able to present a clear roadmap for their work, including long-term goals, activities for accomplishing these goals, and benchmarks of success. A logic model can provide this roadmap, which then serves as a guide to program activities, funding requests, evaluation questions, and possible metrics to measure outcomes. This session will describe the key constructs of logic models. Facilitatied exercises will assist participants in initial construction of logic plans for their works. If you sign up for this session, make sure that you check out and register for the other two sessions in the Build a Better Grant Series, Evaluation Planning and the Grant Propsoal Workshop.