Webinar: Get Ready for Vermont Gives @ Webinar
Feb 27 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

This webinar is designed for nonprofit leaders and development staff thinking about participating in Vermont Gives, even if you participated in 2016! There are a lot of changes to the platform that we can’t wait to tell you about. We’ll give an overview of Vermont Gives and it’s intent in community building. We will also talk about best practices around goal setting, building your ambassador team, and other tools to help you be successful for Vermont Gives.

We’ll conclude with a quick overview of how to register on the Vermont Gives platform.



Finance Friday: Accounting in the Cloud – Is It Right for My Organization and How to Start @ Livestream Video
Mar 10 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
Finance Friday: Accounting in the Cloud - Is It Right for My Organization and How to Start @ Livestream Video | Burlington | Vermont | United States

This is a live online viewing event! You can watch from the comfort of your office or attend in-person at our offices in Burlington, Vermont.

Tech forward organizations are moving to the cloud. What advantages does the cloud offer?  What options are available? How does it fit into your strategic plans? How do you make the move and remain audit ready? You may be surprised to learn there are many ways to move accounting to the Cloud. Wendelyn Duquette of QuickStart answers these questions and discusses the operational details of making the transition into cloud based bookkeeping and accounting.

Wendelyn Duquette is the President and founder of QuickStart, LLC of Stowe Vermont. QuickStart specializes in Non-Profit accounting and QuickBooks consulting. Well known for her expertise in setting up efficient QuickBooks company files, in 2012 she designed QuickStart’s cloud accounting and bookkeeping services to meet the unique needs of the non-profit community. Since then QuickStart has been helping organization choose the right cloud solutions for either traditional desktop accounting or online (web based) software. QuickStart has served over 650 clients and with cloud services they now serve clients across the country. Wendelyn was named one of the country’s Top 100 ProAdvisor by Intuitive Accountant for 2015 and 2016.”


Additional Finance Fridays:

Friday May 19 – 12:00 – 1.30 p.m.
Numbers Don’t Lie: What Your Board Needs to Know
Christine Moriarty, MoneyPeace 

Friday, June 16  12:00 – 1.30 p.m.
Audit Time: What Types of Audit are Best for Your Organization?
Todd Wimette, Wisehart, Wimette and Associates, PLC

Webinar: Building a great Vermont Gives Campaign – Storytelling and Marketing @ Webinar
Mar 15 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

This webinar is designed for nonprofit leaders and development staff looking to build an effective Vermont Gives campaign. We’ll look at examples from Vermont Gives campaigns that showcased inspiring stories of impact. We’ll discuss strategies on developing relevant messages supported by data and review best practices for sharing your stories to maximize impact for Vermont Gives.

We’ll conclude with a quick overview of the different types of campaigns that an organization can launch on the Vermont Gives platform, why they would want to launch one, and show the basics around setup.



#WorkLifeBalance Series – Integrate Renewal into Your Busy Day @ Live Webcast
Mar 16 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Nonprofit workers are largely motivated by a sense of purpose. The pursuit of social change can cause us to work long hours and neglect self-care. This does not serve ourselves, our families or our cause.

In its Spring 2017 webcast series, #worklifebalance, Common Good Vermont speaks with three highly regarded workplace coaches who promote and practice worklife balance and take your questions during one hour, lunch time webcasts on January 26th, February 9th and March 16th.  We’ll look at:


  • Is there a fundamental mind shift that we can make to better balance our lives and get our mission driven work done well?
  • What state of mind are we seeking?
  • What practices can we cultivate to support both our mission and renewal?
  • What examples we can learn from?

The interviews are live on Ch17.tv, CommonGoodVT.org and Facebook. The programs are open to calls (802-862-3966) and social media delivered questions. #worklifebalance.


Thursday, March 16th 12 – 1 p.m.
Integrate Renewal into Your Busy Day
Susan Palmer, Susan Palmer Consulting, LLC

Susan believes that “balance” is a misnomer for what most of us are seeking in life: instead, she’s a fan of what some have called work-life integration.  The idea is to craft ways of integrating your major activities so that your work enriches the development your mind, body and spirit in ways that serve your personal growth; and reciprocally, so that your personal life energizes and propels your work. The goal, then, becomes generating a virtuous cycle of renewal as opposed to “managing” competing demands.  We’ll discuss with Susan some recommended strategies for promoting our integration and renewal, including the practice of spending an hour every day – combined – attending playfully to our bodies, our creativity, and our spirit (i.e. connecting with someone or something larger than ourselves).   

Susan_Palmer Head Shot - SquareSusan Palmer is an international leadership coach and consultant who specializes in helping change agents increase the potency of their authentic presence in order to achieve more of the results they seek for themselves, their teams and organizations.  She is the author of Seasons of Leadership: A Self-Coaching Guide, a handbook with essays and coaching questions that explores how the cycle of leadership mirrors the cycle of the seasons

Vermont Nonprofit Legislative Day 2017 @ Montpelier Statehouse
Mar 23 all-day
Vermont Nonprofit Legislative Day 2017 @ Montpelier Statehouse | Montpelier | Vermont | United States

Vermont Nonprofit Legislative Day 2017 provides a unique opportunity for nonprofit organizations, activists and community leaders from across our state to unify and raise awareness about the crucial role nonprofits play in supporting communities, strengthening our economy and making Vermont a better place to live.

Vermont Nonprofit Legislative Day is a unique opportunity to:

  • Educate lawmakers and state leaders about the strength and value of Vermont’s nonprofit sector and learn why your work matters.
  • Learn advocacy best practices from experienced lobbyists, Legislators and each other.
  • Network with non-profit colleagues, funders, legislative staffs and the most connected and influential people in the state.

Learn More.

Spring 2017 Nonprofit Luncheon: The Data Driven Nonprofit 4/18 @ Doubletree Hotel
Apr 18 @ 11:00 am – 2:00 pm

Save the date for the Spring 2017 Nonprofit Luncheon: The Data Driven Nonprofit

Event Time: 11.30 – 2 p.m. Registration starts at 11:00 a.m. 

Nonprofit organizations are vital to making meaningful change in the world and they have significant amounts of untapped potential in their data. Unfortunately, many nonprofits lack the strategies, skills, and guidance to make better decisions based on their data.

Join us for Common Good Vermont’s Spring Nonprofit Luncheon on April 18th at Noon at the Double Tree in South Burlington to learn how “big data” is completely transforming how companies drive their decision making and how Vermont nonprofits can tap the potential of their data, make better decisions and achieve improved community outcomes.

About the Presenter

51XxQ-mEm3L._SY344_BO1,204,203,200_We are pleased to present Steve MacLaughlin, Vice President of Data & Analytics at Blackbaud, and author of the current Amazon best seller “Data Driven Nonprofits”. Steve brings his 20+ years of experience driving innovation with a broad range of companies, government institutions, and nonprofit organizations. MacLaughlin has been featured as a fundraising and nonprofit expert in many mainstream publications, including The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, The Boston Globe, The Chronicle of Philanthropy, USA Today, Bloomberg, and has appeared on NPR.