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    • 12 Jul 2017
    • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM (EDT)
    • Center for Nonprofits

    Human Resources management is a powerful tool in recruiting, training, and keeping the right employees to make your nonprofit shine. Yet, it's often pushed to a back burner or simply done as needed. In this class, we'll look at making HR work for you by adding a layer of intentionality. We'll cover: getting the right hire with probing interview questions; setting staff at ease with clear performance review and compensation policies; and using those policies to create an environment where everyone is set up for professional success and your programs thrive.

    Taught by: Alison Anderson

    Who? Staff responsible for human resources

    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: CNP Members $75 / Non-Members $100

    • 14 Jul 2017
    • 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM (EDT)
    • Center for Nonprofits

    Websites can be expensive, confusing, and stressful. You may find yourself in the position of needing to update an outdated site or create a brand new site. How can you find the right platform for your business, avoid over-spending, find a site that looks and works great, and stay sane in the process? This course will help you navigate the wide world of websites so you'll be confident in providing the right solution for your company.

    Taught by: Ben Schell

    Who? Staff responsible for marketing

    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: CNP Members $15 / Non-Members $25

    • 18 Jul 2017
    • 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM (EDT)
    • Center for Nonprofits

    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, Vice President - Center for Nonprofits

    Fees: CNP Members $50 / Non-Members $75

    • 26 Jul 2017
    • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM (EDT)
    • Center for Nonprofits

    Corporate support of nonprofit organizations includes various types of giving from philanthropic to marketing-driven motivations. In most cases, companies align with nonprofits to realize some specific business benefit. In order to stand out in the crowd, nonprofits seeking corporate support need to plan early and clearly demonstrate how their unique value proposition will serve the company’s corporate social responsibility goals.This workshop will feature a step-by-step method that will result in a basic, but strategic corporate fundraising outline that will make the competition pale in comparison.

     CFRE CEU approved - 3 pts.

    Taught by: Christa Mannarino

    Who? Development Directors, Executive Directors, Marketing Directors, 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: CNP Members $75 / Non-Members $100

    • 15 Aug 2017
    • 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM (EDT)
    • Center for Nonprofits

    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.  The CNP can also refer attendees to legal and financial firms for guidance, but the CNP does not offer these services. 

    Taught by: Laura McCann, Vice President - Center for Nonprofits

    Fees: All Attendees $25

    • 15 Aug 2017
    • 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM (EDT)
    • Center for Nonprofits

    The CNP is a Funding Information Network Partner of the Foundation Center and offers access to Foundation Directory Online Professional. This extensive resource provides access to more than 120,000 foundation and corporate donors, 3 million recent grants, and over half a million key decision makers. Join the CNP staff at this workshop to learn how to access and use this database in your own grant research.

    Taught by: Cathy Mendez, Associate Director - Center for Nonprofits

    Fees: All Attendees $10

    • 16 Aug 2017
    • 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM (EDT)
    • Mountain City Club

    Story Telling for Fundraising - Barb Bowen

    CFRE CEU approved - 1.5 pts.

    Explore the art and science of storytelling in a way that touches hearts, opens wallets and impacts lives.  You’ll see some real world examples of storytelling including one example that breaks down the elements of a good story.  Learn what the fundraising experts say about why storytelling matters and what research has revealed about the effects of good storytelling on fundraising.

    Register on the AFPSETN website.



    • 16 Aug 2017
    • (EDT)
    • 30 Aug 2017
    • (EDT)
    • 3 sessions
    • Center for Nonprofits

    Back by Popular Demand...Data, Data & More DATA!

    Successful data-driven decision-making informs and influences participant recruitment and retention; program development, assessment, and evaluation; grant writing and management; stakeholder connection and communication. These three workshops will enable participants to review data collection methods, processes, and tools within their organizations. You'll also learn strategies to analyze collected data to identify and address institutional strengths, challenges, and areas of growth.

    8/16 - Using Data to Tell Your Story 1 - Lunch and Learn Primer on Data: Surveys...The good, the bad, and the ugly!

    Participants will learn:
    • Specific, critical elements to include in surveys...ensuring that your survey tool is a GOOD one
    • Techniques to develop, distribute, collect, and utilize survey data
    8/23 - Using Data to Tell Your Story II - Hands-On Survey and Measurement Review: So, I have this survey...

    Participants will learn to:
    • Review, analyze, and enhance existing instruments to maximize effectiveness
    • Enhance, revise, and/or develop survey instruments for use within their specific organization
    8/30 - Using Data to Tell Your Story III - Analyze and Implement, Feeding into Strategic Plan: We've got all this data...NOW what do we do???

    Participants will learn:
    • Strategies and techniques to analyze, share, and utilize programmatic data
    • Strategies to develop a manageable "plan of action" to communicate and implement data-driven decisions

    Taught by: Marclyn (Marcy) Porter

    Who? Program Directors, Grant Writers, Executive Directors

    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: CNP Members $175 / Non-Members $250

    • 22 Aug 2017
    • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM (EDT)
    • Center for Nonprofits

    Learn why nonprofits need PR and the importance of a consistent messaging strategy. Develop five marketing ideas your business can implement tomorrow. Learn how to connect with your target audience.

    Taught by: Ronelle Sellers

    Who? Development Directors, Executive Directors, Marketing Directors, Board Members

    Level*? Beginner, Intermediate

    *Levels Defined:

    Beginnernew 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: CNP Members $75 / Non-Members $100

    • 25 Aug 2017
    • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM (EDT)
    • Center for Nonprofits

    Explore the art and science of telling your story in a way that touches hearts, opens wallets and impacts lives. In this class you will learn what the experts say about why story telling matters in fundraising. Using real world examples from professionally written nonprofit story books, you will be a staff member telling a story to encourage giving and you will be a donor, hearing the stories and making your gift with play money. And at the end, you will write one story for your organization using the best story telling techniques you learned in this class.

     CFRE CEU approved - 3 pts.

    Taught by: Barb Bowen

    Who? All

    Fees: CNP Members $75 / Non-Members $100

    • 12 Sep 2017
    • 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM (EDT)
    • Center for Nonprofits

    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, Vice President - Center for Nonprofits

    Fees: CNP Members $50 / Non-Members $75

    • 20 Sep 2017
    • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM (EDT)
    • Chattanooga Convention Center


    The Center for Nonprofits (CNP) has been providing professional development offerings, job postings and resources to our area’s nonprofits for nearly 18 years.

    One of our most anticipated programs is CNP’s annual Tennessee Valley Institute for Nonprofit Excellence (TVI) – a conference designed to inspire excellence and best practices in the nonprofit sector.

    This year’s conference theme is Bold Social Impact and will feature a keynote address from Dan Pallotta, a nationally acclaimed speaker and author of Uncharitable.  Breakout sessions will feature nonprofit organizations who have demonstrated Bold Social Impact. Additional conference day components include: Meet the Consultants, Networking and a Vendor Gallery.

    • 17 Oct 2017
    • 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM (EDT)
    • Center for Nonprofits

    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.  The CNP can also refer attendees to legal and financial firms for guidance, but the CNP does not offer these services. 

    Taught by: Laura McCann, Vice President - Center for Nonprofits

    Fees: All Attendees $25

    • 17 Oct 2017
    • 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM (EDT)
    • Center for Nonprofits

    The CNP is a Funding Information Network Partner of the Foundation Center and offers access to Foundation Directory Online Professional. This extensive resource provides access to more than 120,000 foundation and corporate donors, 3 million recent grants, and over half a million key decision makers. Join the CNP staff at this workshop to learn how to access and use this database in your own grant research.

    Taught by: Cathy Mendez, Associate Director - Center for Nonprofits

    Fees: All Attendees $10

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