The Evanston Community Foundation will host a series of planning workshops for nonprofit organizations starting in December.

The workshops, to be held at Rotary International in Evanston address planning for fundraising events, succession planning and donor/grantor relationship building. They also provide networking opportunities for local nonprofit professionals and board members.

“To Gala or Not to Gala: How NOT to be the Organization with a Series of Unfortunate Events” launches the series on Tuesday, Dec. 2, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Facilitators Chris Kowalke of Hoopla Communications and Jackie Kaplan-Perkins of Leadershift Consulting share strategies to turn your special event from an entrenched organizational party to an opportunity to cultivate deep relationships with donors.

“To Prepare or Not to Prepare: Always Succession Plan!” takes place Wednesday, March 4, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Mary Morten of Morten Group Consulting provides real-life case studies of organizations that have successfully developed succession plans which include talent development and aligning workforce strategies to meet the organizational challenges at hand.

“To Build or Not to Build: Grantmaking Relationships”, is offered Wednesday, April 29 from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Consultant Lisa Tylke facilitates this workshop on how to consciously cultivate and thoughtfully maintain effective relationships with corporate and foundation grantmaking representatives.

Tylke offers insights into what funders expect from their nonprofit partners, appropriate points of contact in the grant/sponsorship relationship and effective stewardship of these key and ongoing institutional relationships.

Participant can register online. The registration fee is $40 for each workshop, with a special rate of $100 for three registrations. The morning workshop will include a continental breakfast and the evening workshops will include a light supper. All three workshops take place at One Rotary Center, 1560 Sherman Avenue in Room 1A.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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