2014 Community Works Conference  - Monday, January 27, 2014 , 5:00-9:15 pm

 Frist Campus Center at Princeton University

Online registration is currently closed. You are welcome to attend the event if you are not registered but please be advised some workshops are full. Remember to bring your business cards for networking .

Choose from 22 workshops designed to enable boards, staff and volunteers in the non-profit community to work together more effectively by networking, developing skills and raising community awareness. Participants may attend two of the twenty one workshops. A box dinner will be provided. Space is limited, and workshops will be filled on a first come, first serve basis. Early registration is recommended. 

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Princeton Community Works 2014


A Workshop A:  Innovation  on a Shoestring Budget 
How to Make the Most of Your Available Resources
Identifying opportunities for Innovation at the heart of your mission
Moving from brainstorming to action without breaking the bank.Participants will leave the session with a clear understanding of their stakeholders hidden needs, some ideas to develop,and a first step at developing them.
Speaker: Drew Marshall, CEO/Principal,  Primed Associates LLC,
B Workshop B:  “Hot” Legal Issues Facing “Cool” Non-Profits
Significant Legal Issues Facing Nonprofits:
• Compliance and Disclosure
• Corporate Governance
• Employment Law
Speaker: Kent Hansen, Senior Staff Attorney, Pro Bono Partnership,
C Workshop C:  Sit Down, You’re Rocking the Boat
Strategies for Conflict Resolution
This workshop will give participants the tools that will help them:Understand what conflict is and how it can escalate; understand the types of conflict and the stages of conflict. Develop effective techniques for intervention strategies. Become more confident of their ability to manage conflicts to enhance productivity and performance.
Speaker: D.A. Graham, Principal Consultant, DNA Consulting LLC,
D Workshop D:  Getting the Board on Board for Fundraising
Learn techniques to help your board members understand why people give and how these techniques may be used to help your agency reach it’s full potential.

  • Values to instill in your board about giving 
  • Why people give and the ways to increase the donations 
  • Understanding the board job to financially support the fullfilment of the agency’s mission

Speaker: Linda Meisel, Executive Director, Jewish Family and Children’s Services,

E Workshop E:  Budget Basics for the Non-Accountant
How to create a budget
How to read your financial statements
How to understand the financial “stuff” they mail me each month
Speaker: Dennis Kilfeather, MBA, ABA,RTP, RTRP   Supervisor  Lear & Pannepacker,
F Workshop F:  Elements of Strong Financial Oversight
Best PracticesFinancials Controls990′s
Best Practices in External Financial Reporting; Headline – The Overhead Myth; How to read and review Form 990 including governance and red flags.
Speakers: Jack FeinManaging Director, The Mercadien Group
Lisa Thouin, Managing Director, The Mercadien Group
G Workshop G:  A Grant Writer’s Toolbox
Tips and Tricks
This interactive workshop will engage participants in strategies and techniques for preparing winning grant proposals. Participants will leave with: practical strategies for improving grant requests, understanding of funding community, and tools to use for success.
‎Effective Grant Writing will lead to greater opportunities for funding for your organization. Come learn from expert Michael J. Baker, CFRE on the methods you can use right now to help your organization harness these resources to raise $ now. ‎Learning Points: – Focus on the ‎key principals and resources needed for successful grant writing. – Use case studies to illustrate from research to relationship the steps needed to be successful and examine appropriate follow-up and what triggers a “no”. – What steps you can use to get better at grant writing utilizing outcomes, program development and particular nuances.
Speaker: Michael Baker, Partner and Founder,  M3 Development,
H Workshop H:  How are We Doing?
Measuring Outcomes
Nonprofit leaders must routinely navigate a host of changing and often competing interests. During times of great uncertainty, leaders can focus organizational energy and use change as a positive force. Dr. John Brothers helps nonprofit leaders determine how to effectively shepherd a change process within their organizations using an organizational lifecycle framework. This session will offer participants opportunity to apply key concepts which include:

  • proven models, frameworks and tools to help leaders guide their organizations through change, including new approaches to strategy
  • effective strategies designed to help you move through change in a structured and deliberate way, including managing volatility.
  • the trajectory of an organizational lifecycle to better understand which areas of focus will yield the greatest impact.

Speaker: John Brothers, Principal, Quidoo Consulting, LLC,

I Workshop I:  Branding Does Not Have to Cost a Lot of Money
Differentiating Your Organization From Others
Branding does not need to cost a lot of money. Learn about key tactics that will give your organization and its mission the visibility you need to make a difference. Key concepts include: (1)Forget about the logo; your story is your brand; (2) Skip the email blast; reporters hate that anyway; (3) Live your core values — in good times and in bad.
Speaker: Tara Peters, Vice President, Media Relations, American Cancer Society,
J Workshop J:  Asking Individuals for Money ($)
Taking the Angst out of “ASK”
This session is for executive directors and development staff who want to raise significantly more money for their organizations by making the leap into major gifts fundraising, but haven’t had the courage or know-how. Does your organization need to raise more money? Are you focused on event planning and grant writing, therefore leaving little or no time to focus on your biggest and best donors? Participants will learn how to identify good prospects, cultivation techniques, appropriate solicitation language, and stewardship best practices. Learn how to get a meeting and deal with “no”.Participants in “Major Gifts for Small Shops” will:
• Learn how to start an individual giving program.
• Discuss ways to get a first meeting with a prospect.
• Identify successful cultivation techniques.
• Learn how to react to a “no”
Speaker: Amy Eisenstein, Consultant, Tri Point Fundraising,
K Workshop K: Becoming a Confident Public Speaker
 How to Connect with and Motivate Your Audience
Speaker: Marc McGrath, McGrath Communication Group
L Workshop L: The  Three Rs of Volunteer Management
Recruit, Retain, Recognize
Speaker: Gil Gordon, Gil Gordon Associates 
M Workshop M:Trends in Technology
A High Level Overview of What’s Available to More Effectively Operate Your Organization
Speaker: John LeMasney, Technology & Design Consulting,
N Workshop N:Mission Possible  Workshop Cancelled 
Rallying Your Best Team – Staff, Board, and Volunteers
Speaker: Donna Garcia, Donna Garcia Associates, Inc.
O Workshop O:  The New IQ: Emotional Intelligence 
Practical Ways to Use it When Working with Volunteers, Boards, and Staff
When it comes to happiness and success in life, emotional intelligence (EQ) matters just as much as intellectual ability(IQ) and probably more. Emotional intelligence helps build stronger relationships, succeed at work, and achieve goals. Certainly, in nonprofits,, where people are the greatest resource, improving individuals’ emotional intelligence optimizes individual and organizational effectiveness.This workshop will give you practical ways you can:
1. Build optimism by increasing the individual’s and or group’s ability to think positively and decrease the impact of negativity.
2. Strengthen both nonverbal and verbal communication
3. Motivate yourself and others
The goal of this workshop is to give you simple tools you can use immediately to build yours and others emotional intelligence, thus taking yourself and your organization to a more effective level.
Speaker: Marge Smith, Non-Profit Consultant,
P Workshop P:  Essence of an Effective Board 
Roles and Responsibilities

  • How boards can identify their leadership needs
  • Strategic stewardship between professional & board leadership
  • How boards anticipate and manage change

Speaker: Priscilla Rosenwald, Principal, Leadership Recruiters,

Q Workshop Q: Emerging Trends in Fundraising
Creating Solutions for our Changing Times

  • Who is Giving ? Identify the biggest funding sources and formulate an approach.
  • Maximize your existing donor and volunteer relationships 
  • Don’t forget the long term – how to plan for growth

Speaker: Elizabeth Wagner, Vice President of Development, Princeton Area Community Foundation,

R Workshop R:  Creating an Effective Marketing Plan 
How to Generate Awareness and Promote Your Mission
This workshop covers the fundamentals of creating a marketing plan including the strategies and tactics for nonprofits.
Topics will cover:

  •  The difference between non-profit and for profit marketing – Logic & Emotion
  •  The Eight primary tools of marketing
  •  The steps to selecting the right tactics for your plan

Speaker: Ed Adriessen, CEO, Business Training Resources,

S Workshop S:  Social Media Strategies
Pros and Cons of Using Different Social Media(Advanced)Advanced social media tips and techniques maximizing time spent on LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, and G+. Bullet points:
1) How to connect with the right people;
2) How to bring value to the user experience and
3) A strategic plan to move forward.
Speaker: Jennifer Gardella, Owner and Founder, Your Social Media Hour, Website:
T Workshop T:  Nuts and Bolts of Strategic Planning

  • The role of board and staff in strategic planning
  • Steps for engaging planning process
  • Institutionalizing the plan into daily operations

Speaker: Regina Podhorin, President, The Leadership Group,

U Workshop U:  Leverage your Organization with Coalitions
Learn From Those That Have Done it Before
Understand the importance of identifying common purpose and audiences; identify the appropriate people from each organization– those who can make the coalition successful; clear communication is key to making each partner feel valued Panel discussion on how working in coalitions can help organizations be more effective.

  •  There is strength and visibility in numbers.
  •  Financially, pooling resources, can make a bigger impact on the community.
  •  Different groups bring different skills to the equation and it’s a way to make up for areas where your organization might not be as strong.

Speakers: Leslie Burger, Director, Princeton Public Library,

 Steve Cook, Executive Director, The Arc of Mercer,

 Lynn Lemyre, Executive Director, Artworks Trenton,

V Workshop V:  I Signed Up for LinkedIn – What Do I Do Now?
Use LinkedIn Effectively
How to Make a Great First Impression: Optimizing Your Profile. How to Navigate LinkedIn: Learn the Lay of the Land How to Grow Your Network: Creative ways to make connections and cultivate leads.
Speaker: Deborah SmithFoxtrot Media, LLC