The Evanston Community Foundation will hold three workshops designed to help nonprofit organizations grow their capacity to better meet their missions.

The workshops will cover writing successful grant proposals, program impact and evaluation, and building a great board. All workshops will take place at the Evanston Public Library, 1703 Orrington Ave. in the first floor Community Room.

The series kicks off on Wednesday, Oct. 24, from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., with “Growing with Grant Writing.” Stephanie Kimmel, Director of Grants and Strategic Partnerships at YMCA of Metropolitan Chicago and a seasoned fundraising professional, will facilitate the workshop. Participants will gain knowledge and resources needed to prepare, write and submit successful proposals and develop relationships with funders.

“Growing with Program Evaluation,” will be offered on Thursday, Feb. 14, from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Facilitators Jenny Richards and Susie Pratt, principals of Pratt Richards Group, will bring their combined expertise in strategic planning and program evaluation. They will offer tools to help organizations plan and track progress toward outcomes, integrate results, and communicate the impact of their work to donors, funders and community.

The series’ final workshop will be “Growing with a Great Board,” on Thursday, May 30, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Participants will learn the fundamentals of building an effective board. Facilitated by Jackie Kaplan-Perkins, founder at LeaderShift Nonprofit Consultants and a leader in Chicago’s philanthropic community, this workshop will focus on best practices for identification, recruitment, and orientation of board members, board roles and responsibilities.

The registration fee is $35 for each workshop, or $85 for the full series. The morning workshops will include a continental breakfast and the evening workshop will include a light supper.

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

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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