When $1,000 is better than $1,000,000

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By Sharon Danosky

In a small town in Litchfield County, CT there is a fundraising festival called KentPresents which brings philanthropists together to learn about the local nonprofits and the work they do. They raise funds and give about $125,000 in grants to smaller, local organizations. Many of the grants are around $1,000. A relatively small amount, to be sure. But for many organizations – it can mean the difference between providing vital services or not. [Read more…]

Danosky & Associates Offers the Nuts & Bolts of Staying Afloat in Challenging Times

“I never served on a board and learned quite a bit about the purpose, the roles, the makeup, and the effectiveness. I plan to brief our organization on this and hopefully we can make some small improvements.”

“As a new organization, we can begin cultivating donors with a solid understanding of how to best retain them as supporters for years to come.”

These are the thoughts from attendees of the capacity building workshops facilitated recently by Danosky & Associates.

The work of nonprofits is more than important, it is crucial and life saving. But every day can be a struggle to maintain funding and quality services. Nonprofits need to stay on top of skills that will ensure not only their survival in these difficult times, but their growth as well.

IMG_8851Community foundations and experienced facilitators can provide useful, relevant tools through focused workshops — in this case, a series of capacity building workshops for smaller to mid-sized nonprofit organizations.

Danosky & Associates facilitated a series of these intensive workshops from April through October for Greater New Britain nonprofits, offering a top-to-bottom view on how to survive and thrive in challenging times. [Read more…]

Join Sharon Danosky and Other Veterans of Fundraising for the 2018 Principles of Fundraising Certificate Program

connecticut200x151Imagine that you’re somewhat new to the field of fundraising. Then picture someone offering you more than 150 years of combined insight and advice to get you started — all within five custom learning sessions over a period of just two months. Unrealistic? Nope.

Now in its 10th year, the Principles of Fundraising series of workshops provides high-caliber, basic-skills development in the art and science of fundraising for nonprofits. Created by the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) Connecticut Chapter, the series provides five introductory-level, half-day workshops focusing on theory and practice taught by AFP members who are experts in their respective fields. Workshops are designed to help new and established nonprofit organizations raise money more effectively and efficiently. [Read more…]

Ready to Serve: Preparing for the Board Room

You’re not entirely new to the workplace, but you’re not a veteran in your sector either. You’ve been establishing yourself in your field, and taking on leadership roles and responsibilities. And now, you’re thinking about sharing your experience and energy as a member of a board. But you don’t have experience, or the first idea of how to go about this. Do they come to me? Do I go to them? What kind of board do I want to serve on? What are their expectations?

BoardThese questions, and many more were answered recently when Connecticut Community Foundation and Waterbury Chamber of Commerce partnered to host Ready to Serve: Preparing for the Board Room, a workshop facilitated by Sharon Danosky for the benefit of the Waterbury Regional Young Professionals group.

The workshop is designed to introduce more young people to the possibility of board service, and what it means to serve. Deep-dive discussion around the roles and responsibilities of board members and best practices lays the groundwork of the workshop, with an ultimate goal toward strengthening organizations by building strong board members. [Read more…]

It’s a wrap! Nonprofit Leaders Complete the D&A LEAP Program

LEAP Grads 2Five leaders from five different organizations were sequestered behind closed doors, provided a case study for an imaginary organization, and then tasked to create and present a plan that offered a comprehensive solution to a complex challenge posed in the study. In this case, their imaginary counseling center had just learned that three teens had overdosed over the last weekend, and their center had been called in by the Mayor to address the situation. And just as they were closing in on a solution, they’re thrown “the curve ball” where a Danosky facilitator introduces another aspect of the issue: one of their counselors has just been arrested for possession. They must race against the allotted time to adjust their plan; just like things often happen in the real world.

Three hours after receiving their challenge case and its curve ball, they emerged with a solution and a direction that would allow their make-believe organization to succeed. This is the challenge that LEAP participants have to face in their last session. It gets the heartbeat racing! [Read more…]