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Nonprofit Management Essentials Session I of II
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Nonprofit Management Essentials Session I of II

Formerly called Ready, Set, Fundraise. This workshop is a requirement for the Certificate in Nonprofit Management. Participants must attend both classes in order to receive credit toward the Certificate.

When: Wednesday & Thursday, March 14-15, 2018
9:15 a.m. - 4:15 p.m.
Where: Rollins College, Bush Executive Center
SunTrust Parking Garage
150 East Lyman Avenue
Winter Park, Florida  32789
United States

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Formerly called Ready, Set, Fundraise, this workshop covers nonprofit management best practices with a goal of creating a sustainable organization. Funders look for proper accounting procedures, internal controls, a strong and active board of directors, consistent program evaluation and mission-based strategic planning. Participants work through the steps necessary to ensure their organizations have a strong foundation in order to be prepared to fundraise.

You will learn:

  • the role relationship plays in securing funding
  • how to write a clear and concise explanation of your mission
  • how to construct a compelling need statement
  • what funders look for in a budget
  • the importance of evaluating programs to determine if they meet the community need
  • the basics of nonprofit accounting and strong internal controls
  • the necessary actions that are required for the organization to comply with government reporting guidelines, funders' requests, and good stewardship
  • how to differentiate between the roles of the executive director and the board of directors
  • to identify the elements of a strategic plan and how to track progress towards meeting the plan's goals

Cost: $320 members, $640 non-members

Complimentary beverage service is provided throughout the day. Breakfast bars in the morning and a light snack in the afternoon are also provided. You have a one hour lunch (not provided) break and will be given a list of restaurants within walking distance.

Instructors: Terri Chastain, Consultant, Edyth Bush Institute for Philanthropy & Nonprofit Leadership, and Karen Revels, Sr. Manager of Philanthropy, Edyth Bush Institute for Philanthropy & Nonprofit Leadership

Terri Chastain, CFRE, is a fundraising and training consultant for the Edyth Bush Institute for Philanthropy & Nonprofit Leadership at Rollins College, providing workshop instruction, curriculum development, and other consulting services. 

She has over 25 years of experience working for nonprofit organizations, including serving as Senior Campaign Director for Harbor House of Central Florida’s $7.4 million capital campaign and Development Director for the Adult Literacy League and UCP of Central Florida, where she was part of a capital campaign committee team that raised $6 million.  Her experience includes proposal writing; special events; major gifts; training & management of staff, board, and volunteers; corporate support; annual fund; and in-kind support, as well as direct program service in the fields of children’s, family, and disability/special needs services. 

Ms. Chastain has worked in the nonprofit and government sectors since completing her Bachelor’s degree at Berry College in Rome, Georgia. She is a member, and a former board member, of the Association for Fundraising Professionals and a Certified Fund Raising Executive, CFRE.   

Karen Revels is the Senior Manager of Philanthropy at the Edyth Bush Institute overseeing the Annual Philanthropy Conference, symposiums, research projects, and The Donors Forum of Central Florida.  In addition, she oversees the Leadership Certificate and executive transition and advanced fundraising programs and is an instructor for many Institute workshops.   

Karen has more than 16 years of nonprofit management and fundraising experience in roles as Executive Director with The American Cancer Society and the International Fibrodisplaysia Ossificans Progressiva Association; and as Development Director with The Jewish Community Center and the Institute of Internal Auditors.  In addition, she founded the Howard Middle School Foundation, most recently serving as President; served as a foster parent; and regularly volunteers with Lake Eola Charter School, Trinity Lutheran School, and First Presbyterian Orlando. 

She was awarded the Women of Distinction Award from the Citrus Council of Girl Scouts, is a graduate of Leadership Orlando Class 69 and Leadership Brevard Class 2005.  She received a B.S. in Public Administration from University of Central Florida and completed her Professional Masters of Science in Management from the University of Central Florida in July 2015. 

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