Feb
27
Mon
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.

SIGN UP

 

Mar
10
Fri
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

Mar
15
Wed
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.

SIGN UP

 

Mar
16
Thu
#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

Apr
5
Wed
Results-Based Accountability-Rutland: 4-Part Training Series
Apr 5 all-day
Results-Based Accountability-Rutland: 4-Part Training Series @ Rutland | Vermont | United States
This four-part, tool-based training series introduces the key components of Results-Based Accountability, with a focus on program performance. No prior experience with RBA is necessary. Each three-hour workshop will introduce a tool or concept and allow ample time for teams to practice and receive feedback. By the end of the series, participants have  walked through the process of embedding RBA into a program. Participants are encouraged to come in organizational teams, including management, staff, and board members, although individuals are welcome to join.
The training is held for four weeks, with about 90 minutes of work expected between trainings. Participants are expected to attend all four trainings. If you have scheduling conflicts, please contact Julie van der Horst Jansen at jjansen@gradschool.marlboro.edu before registering for the workshops.
The four workshops will progress as follows:
Day 1, Wednesday, April 5: 9am – 12pm
We will start with the basics of Results-Based Accountability with an overview explaining the difference between population level accountability and performance level accountability. We will then take a deep dive into performance management, developing RBA grids for participant programs.
Day 2, Wednesday, April 12: 9am – 12pm
The second day is devoted to working with data, identifying the headline measures that you will use to measure progress at your organization or program, and developing data collection strategies.
Day 3, Wednesday, April 19: 9am – 12pm
After two weeks of preparation, teams prepare to start using their data in organizational decision making. The “Turn the Curve” exercise is introduced at the program level. This is a tool-based, hands on workshop introducing the potential of RBA to be used to structure meetings and solve problems.
Day 4, Wednesday, April 26: 9am – 12pm
The series comes to a close and we wrap up by answering lingering questions and discussing a culture of accountability in the work-place and organizational integration of RBA. Links are made to state-wide outcomes and indicators.

If you have any questions, please contact Julie van der Horst Jansen, BusinessManager with Benchmarks for a Better Vermont at jjansen@gradschool.marlboro.edu, or (802) 258-9204. To learn more about RBA, visit the Benchmarks for a Better Vermont website at www.bbvt.marlboro.edu.

Location

BROC is generously hosting the event in their nonprofit space.

Parking Information

Parking is free and available onsite.

The Trainer

Kate McGowan, is a Benchmarks Lead Trainer and the Executive Director of the United Way of Addison County. She has worked to successfully integrate RBA into the work of the United Way, and has coached and trained nonprofit organizations throughout Vermont through her involvement with Benchmarks. Kate has attended numerous trainings with Mark Friedman, and was certified as a Results-Based Accountability trainer in 2014.

 

Refunds

Our Refund Policy can be accessed here. 

Apr
18
Tue
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.

Apr
22
Sat
CNL 2017 Board Leadership Institute @ Hannah Grimes Center
Apr 22 all-day

The Center for New Leadership is thrilled to announce that the third annual Board Leadership Institute and Get On Board Fellows program will be offered in collaboration with the Hannah Grimes Center in Keene, NH this Spring.

An effective board is critical to the success of any nonprofit. By popular demand, Marlboro is offering its third Board Leadership Institute in the spring of 2017.

The Board Leadership Institute is a collection of workshops that, taken together, introduce board members to the most important knowledge and skills for successful board service. We frequently hear from boards who want help transforming their organizational culture, or that need assistance being effective leaders and champions for the nonprofits they serve. The 2017 series begins on April 22nd. There are two full day workshop on Saturday April 22 and May 13 and five Thursday evening workshops that meet from 6:30-8:30.

For greatest impact on a board as a whole, we highly recommend that a board sign up for the full series as a board team and have steeply discounted this option to make it as affordable as possible. There are also ticket options for individual sitting board members who wish to complete the whole series, and for those who want to attend only a subset of the workshops. If you have questions about which ticket is most appropriate for you or your organization, please contact Kim Lier (klier@gradschool.marlboro.edu). Kim can also arrange for invoice or check payment, if necessary.

The Get On Board Fellows Program gives young people, ages 22-44, the opportunity to build leadership skills and their personal and professional network while preparing to serve their community. Fellows attend the Board Leadership Institute workshops along with board member participants. They also attend Fellow-only orientation and personal leadership development sessions. All of this is available to Fellows for $100-200, sliding scale, which is less than half the full cost. Through these events, Fellows will build relationships with each other, and with members of local nonprofit boards.

 


Ticket Type Overview:

This year we are happy to be offering an Early Bird discount of $100 for Thru Passes for teams and individuals who register by March 13, 2017!!

Early Bird Board Team Thru Pass – $700: Two seats for all workshops Attendance can be rotated among board members and the ED. Strongly encouraged for best organizational impact. Must register by March 13, 2017.

Board Team Thru Pass – $800:  If registered after March 13 deadline.

Early Bird Individual Thru Pass  – $400: One seat for all workshops.  Must register by March 13, 2017.

Individual Thru Pass – $500:  If registered after March 13 deadline.

A La Carte – Space available basis only: $40 for evening sessions; $200 for full-day sessions Register for one or more workshops as an individual.


Workshop Dates:

April 22 (SAT)   Board Roles and Responsibilities with David Grant 9:00-3:00

April 27 (TH) Fiscal Literacy for Board Members with Kate McGowan 6:30-8:30

May 4 (TH) Impassioned Engagement: What’s your story with Joe Heslin 6:30-8:30

May 11 (TH) Managing Board Conflict with Greg Hessel 6:30-8:30

May 13 (SAT) Fundraising/Friendraising with Andy Robinson 9:00-3:00

May 18 (TH) Board Toolbox: Do you have the tools you need with Claire Wheeler 6:30-8:30

May 25 (TH) Bringing It All Together with Kate Jellema & Kim Lier 6:30-8:30 (Not available a la Carte)