It had been almost ten years since a community library in New York had received an increase to its operating budget from the town. Private funding and contributions helped, but the Library was facing a deficit that made it impossible to keep pace with the inflationary costs of salaries and healthcare. The library also feared that it would not be able to continue the quality of services the community had come to expect. In New York State, libraries can’t just request an increase from their town, though. It needs to go before a town-wide ballet and residents vote on whether or not the library should receive an increase (increasing their own taxes). The Library had never undertaken a public awareness campaign. Yet, without an increase in funding, the Library knew it would not be able to continue their level of service. [Read more…]
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…]
“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.
Community 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…]
Imagine 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…]
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?
These 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…]