Upcoming events will help build your board

published in the Tallahassee Democrat on 04/07/13

Kelly: You’ve heard us talk about the communi­ty’s responsibility to provide opportunities for nonprofits to build capac­ity. Leadership Tallahas­see takes that responsi­bility very seriously in several ways. First of all, they culti­vate 40 emerging and established leaders every year to be the best board members they can be.

Service to nonprofits through leadership is a consistent theme stressed throughout every LT program year.

In addition they see the nonprofit sector as nec­essary to every con­versation about commu­nity well-being and make certain that they are represented. And last but not least, every year LT offers a wonderful board development opportunity to the community.

LT’s Building Better Boards is a training semi­nar designed for novice and veteran not-for-prof­it board members and staff, as well as agency professionals. The goal of the training is to help make organizations more successful by providing valuable information and resource materials. This year’s Building Better Boards is April 29 at Talla­hassee Commu­nity Col­lege’s Center for Work­force Devel­opment from 5 to 8:30 p.m.

Partici­pants will be able to attend two work­shop sessions, as well as enjoy a box dinner and keynote speaker Beth Langford, Kappa Delta Sorority national president.

For each session you will have the opportunity to choose between six different workshops.

Presenters Jim Hunt, Kim Moore, Summer Pfeiffer, Floyd Self, Sa­rah Wilson, Debie Leon­ard, Cheri Rainey and Allison Harrell will cover diverse topics including social media marketing, questions to ask before joining a board, best practices for soliciting major donors, mission statement development, dealing with budget cuts without cutting programs and the role of mentoring on boards. My column partner Alyce Lee is doing a workshop on board best practices and yours truly will be talk­ing about how you know if your executive direc­tor is doing a good job.

You get all of that expertise and informa­tion as well as dinner and great company for only $35 if you register before April 22. It’s $45 there­after. Register by going to http://leadershiptalla­hassee. com/ and follow­ing the links.

Alyce Lee: Two days after participating in Building Better Boards, I encourage all nonprofit organizations to attend the Conference for Ex­cellence in Nonprofit Management & Leader­ship hosted by United Partners for Human Services. It’s May 1 at Tallahassee Community College.

This is the 14th year of the conference, which provides quality training, shared learning and peer­to-peer networking op­portunities. Many thanks to Jim Murdaugh, TCC president, for generously providing the training space again this year.

The overall theme of this year’s conference is ad­vocacy, an important issue that applies to all levels of the organiza­tion.

In addition, sessions will be offered on a va­riety of pertinent topics such as social media, employee management and fundraising. This is a great opportunity for all nonprofit organizations, not just health and hu­man services, to strengthen their organi­zations, support their employees and build a stronger network within the nonprofit sector.

Special thanks to James Moore & Co., which is once again providing generous financial sup­port to make the confer­ence possible. Visit www.uphsfl.org for more information. Don’t miss it!

If fundraising is your focus, I also encourage you to attend the next meeting of the Big Bend Chapter of the Associa­tion of Fundraising Pro­fessionals this Thursday.

I’ll be the featured speak­er and plan to talk about what’s changing, what’s working and what’s not in today’s evolving fund­raising environment.

And here’s one more: Planet Philanthropy, Florida’s largest and best fundraising conference, is June 9-11 in Sarasota.

Over 40 seminars, out­standing keynote speak­ers and free consulting sessions — it’s well worth the trip. More informa­tion is available at www.planetphilanthro­py. org.

Kelly Otte is the executive director of PACE Center for Girls, where every day she gets to watch transformations that are magical. Alyce Lee Stansbury, CFRE, president of Stansbury Consulting, will be doing lots of speaking engagements over the next few months and hopes to see you there. Email us at notesonnonprofits@gmail.com

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