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Nonprofit Bootcamp Summit

Mon 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM


Nonprofits are hit every day with challenges that those from other walks of life would never understand. Whether it’s trying to manage and engage a Board of Directors, make services more accessible to your community or budget with the ups and downs of grant cycles, there is a lot to keep in mind. This full-day Summit was designed to support nonprofits through the challenging landscape of 2021 and give you tools to help make your job a little easier. Join us for a full-day of multiple sessions by speakers who know the nonprofit world first-hand!

9-9:30- Welcome and Introduction

9:30-10:45- Sessions 1 and 2

  1. Russ Seagle- Transform Your Nonprofit Through Personalized Videos Video has always been an impactful way to reach your supporters. Today more than ever, in a world where in-person visits and events are few and far between, we must embrace video more than ever before as a way to virtually engage, steward and even solicit donors and partners. In this session, Russ will show you how to “wow” your donors and supporters through personalized video, even on a budget.

Sessions 3 and 4: 11:00-12:15

  1. Greg Walker-Wilson- Learn to Lead Your Best Board Meeting Yet If you dread planning and attending board meetings and sometimes walk away from them feeling like they could have been more productive, this session is for you. Whether you’ve had to shift to virtual meetings for the foreseeable future, or are getting back to in-person meetings, this session will give you guidance and best practices that will help you make your meetings more engaging, more productive and make everyone feel heard and valued. From creating realistic agendas and using pre-work effectively to managing difficult dynamics and establishing meeting norms, you will walk away with some tools to help you step into your next board meeting with enthusiasm and confidence.

  2. Stephanie Swepson Twitty- How to “Stay in Your Lane” in an Ever-Changing Environment

Stephanie Swepson Twitty, Director of Eagle Market Street Development Corporation in Asheville, has learned many lessons over her 25 years in non-profits, but is quick to identify her biggest takeaway- “stay in your lane!”. And she has the experience to share with you on this and other best practices she has acquired because she has held every non-profit position possible- from employee to director and donor to Board Chair. Over her 25 years in the industry, she has seen so many facets evolve and has had to continuously adapt to try and keep up. She will share from her own experience the high and low points over the years, lessons she has learned on what has worked well, the mistakes she’s made and how she has learned to remain relevant while staying true to her mission.

Lunch Break: 12:15-12:45

Session 5- Donor Panel Session: 12:45-1:45

  1. Panel Session: Brett, Sharon, Lori, Stephanie You Don’t Know Until You Ask- How to Inspire Donors and Raise Money

How do you feel when you ask for something, be it a donation, a raise or support with a project? Join a panel of seasoned fundraisers for comparison of how nonprofits have improved their asking process over many years and more specifically, adjusted their approach over the past year. Ask questions and take notes so that you can apply what they learned to future fundraising efforts of your own. They'll share approaches, results, and lessons learned including acting on opportunities, finding your own relevant story, and engaging your donors in a compelling way that set the stage for a lifetime of giving. Dive into ways you can ask for what you need with confidence and get answers to your questions about making your next ask.

Sessions 6 and 7: 1:45-3:00

  1. Lori- Maximize Your Impact With Strong Community Partnerships Being a strong community partner is an important role for all non-profits. Think about how much we’re able to accomplish simply by working together. Particularly, in the health and social service fields, partnerships are most successful when they work toward shared goals for delivering practical solutions to community issues. This session will discuss how to maximize your impact by effectively collaborating with partners. Learn how to be a good partner and do your part while also being able to leverage your best partners and reap the benefit of their efforts.

  2. Jenna Kranz- Getting Started- Lessons Learned from a Non-profit “Newbie” If you’re new to the nonprofit world or still thinking about getting started, this session is for you! Knowing the ins and outs of going from a thought to an actual operational organization takes a lot of knowledge, time and perseverance. In this session, Uncomplicated Kitchen founder Jenna Kranz will talk about her recent start-up process. Hear about the hardest things she has faced during her first year, her most memorable moments and the resources she has tapped into. Starting a nonprofit can be a challenge, but with a good strategy, guidance and knowledge of available resources, you will drastically increase your odds and make things easier along the way!

Fee: No Cost

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