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    • 3 Oct 2017
    • (EDT)
    • 24 Oct 2017
    • (EDT)
    • 3 sessions
    • United Way of Greater Chattanooga

    Grant Writing I: Grant Prep - Are You and Your Team Ready?

    Tuesday, October 3: 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

    Think you're ready for the world of competitive funding? Join us for a look at what an organization needs to have in place in order to confidently vie for grant funds, learn tips and tricks that make programs stand out to proposal reviewers, and participate in a Q & A session that answers questions submitted by workshop participants. 

    Grant Writing II: The Grant Application - Getting to the Heart of the Matter

    Tuesday, October 17: 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

    Needs statements and program descriptions and budget narratives, oh my! Attend this information-packed workshop to delve into the fine details of what comprises a successful grant. Participants will have an opportunity to workshop proposal sections based on their own organization and programs.

    Grant Writing III: You Got the Grant!! Now What?

    Tuesday, October 24: 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

    So, you got the grant... now what? Proper grant management and reporting is critical to executing a successful grant-funded program. This workshop session looks at the different elements of grant management, how to sustain a successful program, and what to do when your great idea didn't actually work out that well.

    Taught by: Connie Fernandez, Vice President of Strategy & Operations, Skye Strategies

    Fees: Venture Forward (formerly CNP) Members $175 / Non-Members $300

    • 25 Oct 2017
    • 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM (EDT)
    • United Way of Greater Chattanooga
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    Join us over lunch to learn about a proven, highly effective method to attract and win new donors.  Tom Wengler has helped hundreds of companies attract and win new business (your donors). You'll leave fired up and hungry to put this system in action immediately. While the basics tenets of relationship-building don’t change, this session with introduce creative ways to think about your target market, top donors, the importance of systems and messaging for impact.  By practicing some of these lessons from the for profit sector, your opportunities to attract, retain and expand your donor and investor base will reach beyond the typical nonprofit mindset. Tools include: email, Linkedin, website and CRM

    Taught by: Tom Wengler

    Who? Development and Marketing Staff, Executive Directors

    Level*? Beginner, Intermediate

    *Levels Defined:

    Beginner – new to the nonprofit sector and/or transitioning into a new department within the nonprofit sector (i.e. a program staffer moving into development)

    Intermediate – three to five years of nonprofit experience either in administration or programming

    Fees

    Venture Forward (formerly CNP) Members $15 / Non-Members $25

    • 28 Oct 2017
    • (EDT)
    • 2 Nov 2017
    • (EDT)
    • 2 sessions
    • Community Room, United Way of Greater Chattanooga
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    Get on Board: Embracing Diversity 

    (Board Training & Networking Reception)

    Chattanooga nonprofit organizations need and want to diversify their boards. There are members of our community who can contribute diverse perspectives and want to serve on boards.  Venture Forward (formerly the Center for Nonprofits), in conjunction Board Connector, want to bring the two groups together!  Please join us for two opportunities to make this a reality.  

    On Saturday, October 28, 2017 from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.,  Venture Forward will host a diversity board training intended for women and people of diverse ethnic backgrounds who are interested in serving on a nonprofit's board of directors.  The purpose of this training is to educate attendees about the roles and responsibilities of board service. It will also offer the opportunity to learn from the experiences of the people of different ethnicities who currently serve on boards in the Greater Chattanooga area.

    The following Thursday evening, November 2 from 5:30 – 7:00, a networking reception will be held allowing attendees an opportunity to meet with nonprofit leaders who want to meet potential candidates for service (Speed Dating type format).  

    • 31 Oct 2017
    • 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM (EDT)
    • United Way of Greater Chattanooga, 630 Market Street, Chattanooga, TN 37402
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    A crisis is inevitable in the life of an organization – from large corporations in New York and Tokyo, to nonprofits serving across the Tennessee Valley. So if we know it’s coming, why not be prepared to manage the crisis and emerge quickly with donors, funders and stakeholders firmly in your corner? This class will teach the basics of crisis communications management, and give participants the tools to create a plan that will prepare them and their organization for the unexpected. Be sure and sign up for special Halloween lunch and learn session to avoid a scary situation for your nonprofit organization!

    Taught by: Christina Siebold

    Who? Development and Marketing Staff, Executive Directors

    Level*? Beginner, Intermediate

    *Levels Defined:

    Beginner – new to the nonprofit sector and/or transitioning into a new department within the nonprofit sector (i.e. a program staffer moving into development)

    Intermediate – three to five years of nonprofit experience either in administration or programming

    Fees

    Venture Forward (formerly CNP) Members $15 / Non-Members $25

    • 1 Nov 2017
    • 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM (EDT)
    • United Way of Greater Chattanooga
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    Interested in starting a nonprofit in Tennessee?  This information session covers early considerations such as for profit business options and collaboration, differences between a nonprofit and for profit, and an overview of the nonprofit startup process.  Attendees will leave with trusted online and print resources to guide the process.  Venture Forward (formerly the CNP) can also refer attendees to legal and financial firms for guidance, but Venture Forward does not offer these services. 

    Taught by: Laura McCann, Executive Director - Venture Forward

    Fees: All Attendees $25

    • 7 Nov 2017
    • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM (EST)
    • United Way of Greater Chattanooga, 630 Market Street, Chattanooga, TN 37402
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    Description posted soon.

    Taught by: Lakweshia Ewing

    Who? EDs, Development Staff, Board Members

    Level*? Beginner, Intermediate

    *Levels Defined:

    Beginner - new to the nonprofit sector and/or transitioning into a new department within the nonprofit sector (i.e. a program staffer moving into development)

    Intermediate – three to five years of nonprofit experience either in administration or programming

    Fees

    Venture Forward (formerly CNP) Members $75

    Non-Members $100

    • 14 Nov 2017
    • 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM (EST)
    • United Way of Greater Chattanooga
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    This workshop will introduce attendees to the basics of nonprofit board responsibilities and duties, and the roles of staff and board. The material covered is helpful for potential, new, and current board members as well as nonprofit staff wanting to know more about what to expect from their board.

    Taught by: Laura McCann, Executive Director - Venture Forward

    Fees

    Venture Forward (formerly CNP) Members $50 / Non-Members $75

    • 15 Nov 2017
    • 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM (EST)
    • United Way of Greater Chattanooga, 630 Market Street, Chattanooga, TN 37402
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    Description posted soon.

    Taught by: Shawn Kurrelmeier-Lee

    Who? EDs, Development Staff, Program Staff, Board Members

    Level*? Intermediate, Advanced

    *Levels Defined:

    Intermediate – three to five years of nonprofit experience either in administration or programming

    Advanced - more than five years of experience and in a senior team capacity

    Fees

    Venture Forward (formerly CNP) Members $15 / Non-Members $25

    • 6 Dec 2017
    • 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM (EST)
    • United Way of Greater Chattanooga, 630 Market Street, Chattanooga, TN 37402
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    At the September TVI conference, keynote speaker Dan Pallotta, promoted compensating nonprofit CEOs as part of his message about the unfair field advantage nonprofits face with the overhead myth. How can board members ensure they stay in line with the market and not raise any red flags with the IRS in regards to compensating the CEO.

    Taught by: James L. Catanzaro, Jr.

    Who? Board Members, CEOs, HR Staff

    Level*? Intermediate, Advanced

    *Levels Defined:

    Intermediate – three to five years of nonprofit experience either in administration or programming

    Advanced - more than five years of experience and in a senior team capacity

    Fees

    Venture Forward (formerly CNP) Members $15 / Non-Members $25

    • 13 Dec 2017
    • 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM (EST)
    • United Way of Greater Chattanooga, 630 Market Street, Chattanooga, TN 37402
    • 15
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    Hear how three different organizations with different sized budgets and number of staff members have approached this important topic for any organization.

    Panel Discussion with Northside Neighborhood House, Signal Centers & Tennessee Aquarium.

    Who? Board Members, CEOs, HR Staff

    Level*? Intermediate, Advanced

    *Levels Defined:

    Intermediate – three to five years of nonprofit experience either in administration or programming

    Advanced - more than five years of experience and in a senior team capacity

    Fees

    Venture Forward (formerly CNP) Members $75

    Non-Members $100

    • 19 Dec 2017
    • 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM (EST)
    • United Way of Greater Chattanooga, 630 Market Street, Chattanooga, TN 37402
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    Interested in starting a nonprofit in Tennessee?  This information session covers early considerations such as for profit business options and collaboration, differences between a nonprofit and for profit, and an overview of the nonprofit startup process.  Attendees will leave with trusted online and print resources to guide the process.  Venture Forward (formerly the CNP) can also refer attendees to legal and financial firms for guidance, but Venture Forward does not offer these services. 

    Taught by: Laura McCann, Executive Director - Venture Forward

    Fees: All Attendees $25


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