The Evanston Community Foundation is presenting a series of workshops on collaboration, fundraising and marketing for nonprofit organizations.

The first workshop, “Gaining an Edge Through Collaboration”, will be presented with Illinois ResourceNet from 9:15 a.m. to noon on Wednesday, Dec. 1.

Now more than ever, collaboration is necessary in nonprofit organizations of all types. Joining forces to address societal issues can provide organizations with a multi-layered approach to applying for grants and empowering communities.

The workshop will be facilitated by Lauri Alpern, president of Open Door Advisors, which helps nonprofits with strategy development, business planning, coaching and investment.

As technical advisor for Illinois ResourceNet at the University of Illinois at Chicago, Alpern advises nonprofits on capacity-building strategies with an emphasis on successfully securing grants. Participants will learn about principles of collaboration, the nature and types of partnerships, how to work together in a sustainable manner, and the services of Illinois ResourceNet.

“Empowering Your Board for Successful Fundraising”, will be held from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 11, facilitated by Robert Alpaugh, a senior consultant with Campbell & Company.

This workshop will include strategies to help even the most reluctant board member become more confident soliciting gifts.

“Marketing and Branding” will be held from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 23, facilitated by Mark Drozd, partner and creative director, Simple Truth, and Board Member, EPIC (Engaging Philanthropy, Inspiring Creatives).

This workshop will help participants gain an understanding of strategies for creating a marketing and branding plan for their organizations.

All workshops will take place in the 1st floor community room at the Evanston Public Library, 1703 Orrington Ave. 

The registration fee is $30 for each workshop, or $75 for the full series. All workshops will include a panel of experienced nonprofit staff and/or board members to add insight to the topics. The first workshop includes a continental breakfast the others will include a light supper.

All sessions will allow time to network with other attendees. For more detailed information or contact Cheryl Kaplan, program officer, 847-492-0990.

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