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    • 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
    • 10

    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. Class registration  is limited to a maximum of 12.

     CFRE CEU approved - 3 pts.

    Taught by: Barb Bowen

    Who? All

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

    • 1 Sep 2017
    • 8:30 AM - 12:00 PM (EDT)
    • Center for Nonprofits

    Join us as we host CWLI Friday, September 1st for Part 1 of the Finance in the Boardroom series. 

    Carol Newton, Director of Integration at Memorial Hospital, will provide education on: 

    Reading and Interpreting Financial Statements 

    "No Money, No Mission" - The Importance of Integration Finance into Strategic Planning

    This half-day workshop is designed to prepare you for understanding the important financial components of serving on a non-profit board. 

    Refreshments and materials will be provided for you. 

    This is open to members ($50) and non-members ($75). 

    Register on the CWLI website.



    • 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

    • 15 Sep 2017
    • 8:30 AM - 12:00 PM (EDT)
    • Center for Nonprofits

    Join us as we host CWLI Friday, September 15th for Part 2 of the Finance in the Boardroom series. 

    Laura McCann, VP of UW of Greater Chattanooga Center for Nonprofits, and Christa Mannarino, President of Mannarino Consulting, will present on the key components of board leadership and fundraising. 

    Topics to be addressed include: 

    Board Leadership: Roles and Responsibilities, and Governance 

    Fundraising and Development : The Importance of Fundraising, How to Fundraise Effectively, and the Art of Storytelling. 

    Don't miss this informative and interactive, half-day workshop! 

    Refreshments and materials will be provided for you.  

    This is open to members ($50) and non-members ($75). 

    Register on the CWLI website.



    • 20 Sep 2017
    • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM (EDT)
    • Chattanooga Convention Center; 1150 Carter St., Chattanooga, TN 37402


    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.

    • 20 Sep 2017
    • 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM (EDT)
    • Chattanooga Convention Center; 1150 Carter St., Chattanooga, TN 37402


    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.  

    • 3 Oct 2017
    • (EDT)
    • 24 Oct 2017
    • (EDT)
    • 3 sessions
    • Center for Nonprofits

    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: CNP Members $175 / Non-Members $300

    • 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

    • 28 Oct 2017
    • (EDT)
    • 2 Nov 2017
    • (EDT)
    • 2 sessions
    • Center for Nonprofits


    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. The Center for Nonprofits, in conjunction with the City of Chattanooga and the Benwood Foundation, 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., the Center for Nonprofits will host a diversity board training for Chattanoogans of color and diverse ethnic backgrounds.  Attendees will be provided an overview of board member roles and responsibilities, as presented by Laura C. McCann, Vice President of the Center for Nonprofits at United Way.  Laura is a certified BoardSource facilitator.  She has been retained by numerous nonprofit boards to provide training, resolve conflict and ensure that boards are comprised of the most qualified, diverse and engaged members. 

    The morning of training will also give attendees the opportunity to hear from a panel of board members of color and varied ethnic backgrounds. They will share their experiences and lessons learned. 

    This event will be followed by a cocktail reception the following Thursday, November 2 from 5:30 p.m. – 7:00. p.m.   Attendees will have the chance to network with the CEOs of area nonprofits. The reception will be co-hosted by the CNP and BoardConnector, Chattanooga’s platform for connecting diverse talent (women and ethnic minorities) interested in serving on a nonprofit organization's board of directors.  


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