The Evanston Community Foundation will hold a series of three workshops this fall and winter designed to help nonprofit organizations grow their capacity to better meet their missions.

The workshops will cover fundraising from individual donors, effectively using social media, and managing volunteers.

All workshops will take place at the Evanston Public Library, 1703 Orrington, 1st floor Community Room. 

The series kicks off on Monday, Nov. 7, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. with “Growing with Individual Donors”.

In a changing climate, fundraising from individuals is becoming more important than ever.  This workshop is designed to help staff and board identify potential donors, build relationships, engage individuals, and track fundraising efforts that will raise visibility and resources for organizations.

A seasoned fundraising professional, Matt Johnson, Vice President of Marketing & Development, McGaw YMCA, will facilitate the workshop.

On Wednesday, Jan. 24, from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. the series continues with “Growing with Social Media.”

Facilitator R.J. Coleman, account executive for Life Marketing, Inc. and an experienced public relations specialist, will bring his passion and his enthusiasm for social media and technology to this workshop.

The session will provide participants with an overview of social media, case studies from a variety of organizations, and focused discussions of real world applications.

The series’ final workshop “Growing with Volunteers” will be held from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 1.

Cherie Carlson, a consultant at Integrated Advising Services, will bring her experience as a nonprofit leader in engaging and energizing volunteers.

Participants will learn how to find the best fit for volunteers, better motivate and communicate with them, and provide objective feedback and appreciation.

The registration fee is $35 for each workshop, or $85 for the full series of three.  Each workshop will include a panel of experienced nonprofit staff and/or board members to add insight to the topics.  The morning workshop will include a continental breakfast, and the two evening workshops will include a light supper.

For more detailed information on the series or to register, visit or contact Marybeth Schroeder, senior program officer, at 847-492-0990.

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