The New Reality: Anticipating and Managing Change

The world in which nonprofits operate is changing rapidly. That's a trite but true statement if ever there was one! Each day brings news of more funding reductions, increasing demands for service, competition among providers, and other challenges to our ability to maintain a high level of service to our communities. Change is a constant.

A nonprofit organization cannot afford to resist change ... it must regularly review its mission, stay focused and learn to adapt. Clever organizations change before they have to. Others seem always to be struggling with issues that impede change and can lead to decline and failure. Vermont's nonprofit organizations play pivotal roles in our communities and deliver essential services for improving the quality of life for our families and neighbors. These organizations must deal with change ... to anticipate it, manage it and capture the positive qualities of it. And that is the theme of this year's TAP offerings.

TAP-VT, established in 1991, is sponsored by The Vermont Community Foundation and supported by several far-sighted Vermont corporations andfoundations. TAP provides technical training, support and encouragement to charitable organizations to assist them in dealing effectively with change and to help them increase their efficiency. The Vermont Community Foundation believes this is an essential service ... to help Vermont's remarkable nonprofit sector flourish in uncertain times.

Our thanks to the following funders for their support of TAP-VT:

If you have any questions about TAP-VT programs, please contact:

If you have any questions about Southern Vermont Education Centerprograms, please contact:

If you have any questions about United Way of Bennington Countyprograms, please contact:

TAP-VT WORKSHOPS, Fall 1996
September 199:00am-12:00pmBurlington
Building a Sustainable OrganizationSharon Behar$30
This workshop will address the following questions: What does it take to create community organizations that can sustain their critical work for the long haul? How can current volunteer and staff leaders modify and structure their work so that future leaders will have a dynamic and stable organization? What helps groups successfully adapt and change?
September 25 9:30am-4:00pm Waterbury
Planning Your Fundraising Christine Graham $40
September 26 9:30am-4:00pm WRJ
Planning Your Fundraising Anne Peyton $40
As Federal and State resources diminish and competition for private dollars increase, organizations will need to be more strategic and focused in their fundraising efforts. This workshop will assist groups to assess fundraising opportunities and to build an integrated approach to meeting their financial needs. Participants will learn the basic tools to develop a fundraising plan for their organization.
October 1 9:30am-4:00pm Montpelier
The Organizational Planning Toolbox Marla Handy $40
Planning is the key to focusing an organization's work and turning activity into productivity. This workshop will help participants develop better plans through the use of appropriate techniques and processes. It will stress the clarification of organizational priorities and will introduce specific planning tools for allocation of staff and volunteer time.
October 2 9:30am-4:00pm Waterbury
Marketing on a Shoestring Sally Weary $40
How do you effectively market your organization's programs and conduct fundraising efforts with limited resources? This workshop will focus on establishing marketing objectives, developing strategies, leveraging resources, paying attention to delivery and customer contact points. It will also provide ideas for no fee or inexpensive consumer-oriented communications.
October 8 9:00am-12:00pm WRJ
Donor Prospecting Anne Peyton $30
October 18 9:00am-12:00pm Waterbury
Donor Prospecting Christine Graham $30
As every successful business person knows, targeting your market is crucial to successful sales. And fundraising is no different. Selecting the right prospects is crucial to getting the gifts. Targeting your giving market, rating your prospects, and asking in appropriate ways and levels will be among the topics covered. This workshop, combined with Asking for Money, can increase your confidence in asking for major gifts.
October 16 9:00am-12:00pm Waterbury
Mobilizing Volunteers: New Leadership Energy Sharon Behar $30
This workshop will help leaders of organizations develop a strong volunteer program by learning how to recruit volunteers, involve and motivate them, and develop leaders. The workshop is designed for volunteer leaders, staff members, board members, and active volunteers. Participants will have the chance to discuss their own situations and develop strategies for their organization.
October 17 8:30am-11:30am Waterbury
Building Your Board Debby Bergh $30
What is the value a Board brings to your organization? What skills and experience do you need on the Board? How can you identify, recruit, orient new members and develop future leaders? What system of accountability for the Board makes sense for your organization? This workshop is for board members and Executive Directors and will also cover Board evaluation, development and renewal.
October 22 9:30am-4:00pm Waterbury
Introduction to Grant Seeking Christine Graham $40
In this full day program, we will examine the fundamentals of researching foundation and corporate grant sources and of writing effective proposals. This program is especially designed for those staff and board members who have little or no background in grantwriting.
October 23 9:30am-4:00pm Burlington
Keys to Successful Collaboration Marla Handy $40
November 6 9:30am-4:00pm Randolph
Keys to Successful Collaboration Marla Handy $40
Collaboration may be the key to the survival and growth of a nonprofit's work and successes. But, collaboration is not as simple as it sounds and it does not always work. This workshops will explore models of organizational collaboration and the steps to take to achieve successful collaborations.
October 29 9:00am-12:00pm WRJ
The Fundraising Letter Anne Peyton $30
November 1 9:00am-12:00pm Waterbury
The Fundraising Letter Christine Graham $30
There will always be a need to send fundraising letters....even when you and your board are doing frequent personal solicitations. And we all know how fundraising letters are proliferating. Making your letter distinctive, appropriate, attractive, and effective is a tough job. We'll discuss what constitutes a good letter work, what ends up in the trash, how less can be more, who should sign the letters....everything from idea to implementation for the most productive letters. Bring your samples, and we'll pass them around for critiques.
October 31 8:30am-11:30am Waterbury
Increasing Board's Effectiveness in Fundraising Debby Bergh $30
No nonprofit can afford the luxury of a board that is not effectively involved in fundraising. This workshop explores fundraising as an integral Board responsibility, covers expectations for individual Board members, and clarifies board/staff roles in fundraising. Please bring your organizations annual giving plan and calendar if you have one.
November 12 9:00am-4:00pm Montpelier
Grants Research Christine Graham $60
This one day program will utilize the resource department of the State Library. It will be an opportunity to familiarize yourself with fundraising research resources such as the Foundation Directories, IRS 990 PF forms (on microfiche), the Federal Register, and specialized publications. Some on-line research may also be possible. Guided exercises will be provided so you get a broad exposure to resources. You should also bring knowledge of your organization's needs and projects to enable you to do some real research.
November 15 9:00am-12:00pm Waterbury
Asking for Money Bill Ryerson $30
November 19 9:00am-12:00pm WRJ
Asking for Money Anne Peyton $30
There's an old fundraiser's expression: When everything else fails, Ask! The fear of asking, particularly when it is face-to-face, is one of the hardest barriers for people to overcome in fundraising, and yet this approach is the most direct, and when done correctly, the most successful. This workshop is recommended for both Board and staff members. There will be time for solicitation role play and discussion.
November 21 8:30pm-11:30pm Waterbury
The Leadership Team Debby Bergh $30
This session is designed for Board Presidents and Executive Directors, working together, to explore organizational leadership, communications, role clarity and coordination of work. It is strongly recommended that both the Board President and Executive Director for an organization attend together.
December 3 9:30am-4:00pm Burlington
The Learning Organization Stark Biddle & Sharon Behar $60
This workshop will explore the theory and practice of the new field of Organizational Learning. It will address issues such as organizational structure, culture, style, leadership and values and identify those systemic factors that impede or improve the learning process. This workshop is designed for those interested in organizational change and may be appropriate for directors and executives who are planning to initiate a strategic planning process.


SOUTHERN VT EDUCATION CENTER WORKSHOPS

October 3 9:30am-4:00pm Springfield
Give, Get or Get Off Christine Graham $60
Tough words, but this has been the credo of board members of strong nonprofit organizations for decades. It is true: your board members are your number one fundraisers; your job is to convince them of it, train them, support them, and help your organization become stronger. We'll work on HOW you do that, no matter how your board feels about fundraising now.
October 10 9:30pm-4:00pm Springfield
Introduction to Grantseeking Charles Putney $60
In this full day program, we will examine the fundamentals of researching foundation and corporate grant sources and of writing effective proposals. This program is especially designed for those staff and board members who have little or no background in grantwriting.
November 6 9:30am-4:00pm Springfield
Building a Volunteer Base Ann Mills $60
The world of volunteer management is changing dramatically. Is your program ready for the 21st century? Learn about the megatrends which are impacting the world of volunteerism and how you can prepare to recruit, retain and recognize your volunteers.


UNITED WAY OF BENNINGTON COUNTY WORKSHOPS

October 23 9:30am-4:00pm Bennington
Marketing on a Shoestring Sally Weary $50
How do you effectively market your organization's programs and conductfundraising efforts with limited resources? This workshop will focus on establishing marketing objectives, developing strategies, leveraging resources, paying attention to delivery and customer contact points. It will also provide ideas for no fee or inexpensive consumer-oriented communications.
November 22 8:30am-12:00pm Bennington
Asking for Money Christine Graham $30
There's an old fundraiser's expression: When everything else fails, Ask!. The fear of asking, particularly when it is face-to-face, is one of the hardest barriers for people to overcome in fundraising, and yet this approach is the most direct, and when done correctly, the most successful. This workshop is recommended for both Board and staff members. There will be time for solicitation role play and discussion.
December 10 9:30am-4:00pm Bennington
The Organizational Planning Toolbox Marla Handy $50
Planning is the key to focusing an organization's work and turning activity into productivity. This workshop will help participants develop better plans through the use of appropriate techniques and processes. It will stress the clarification of organizational priorities and will introduce specific planning tools for allocation of staff and volunteer time.

Contact TAP-VT, e-mail: 102502.65@CompuServe.com


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