Webinar Wednesdays

Strengthen your organization’s #GivingTuesday efforts by participating in Webinar Wednesdays.

Now that you understand the nuts and bolts of running an effective #GivingTuesday campaign, what’s next?  Now is a great time to increase board member engagement, strengthen your case for support and make sure your government filings are up to date.  You can then take the information from these processes to increase transparency and strengthen your GuideStar profile–all n time for the upcoming year.These webinars will give you the tools you need to get started.

October 25, 2017
10:00 am-11:30 am
All Hands on Deck:  Engaging Your Board in Fundraising. 

One of the greatest challenges facing emerging nonprofits is engaging members in fundraising.  At the same time, one of the biggest fears prospective board members have is fundraising. This webinar will de-mystify the fundraising function for board members and staff; provide a review of the roles and responsibilities of board members; share strategies for board recruitment and setting board expectations and show you how to hold board members accountable for their fundraising responsibilities. Register here.

November 1, 2017
10:00 am-11:30 am
The Case for Support: The Most Important Document Never Written

One of the most critical documents many emerging organizations will never write is the case for support. The fundraising strategy of choice is to respond to proposals, rather than taking the time to be intentional about who the organization serves; why they do what they do, and why people should invest time, money or other resources in their cause.  This webinar will provide strategies for writing the key components of the case for support, and how it may be used for fundraising, marketing, board recruitment and management purposes. Register here.

November 8, – November 29, 2017
10:00 am-11:30 am
30-Day Compliance Challenge

Over the years, I have seen a number of organizations solicit funds, only to be denied funding because they were not properly registered with the Attorney General’s Office, or failed to  file Form 990.  They are not alone.

Between 2010 and 2017, over 29,000 tax exempt organizations in the State of Illinois lost their exempt status for failure to file Form 990 for three consecutive years.  Most of these organizations have had to pay significant penalties or even dissolve their corporations as a result. Don’t let this happen to your organization–especially not on #GivingTuesday.

Take the 30-Day Compliance Challenge. We will cover the full range of the basic requirements to keep your organization legal within 4 weeks. Your challenge is to participate in up to 4 webinars and make sure your organization’s paper work is current within 30 days of the end of the series.  Review descriptions for each webinar and register here.

December 6, 2017
10:00 am-11:30 am
Increasing Fundraising Through Transparency

Stand out from the competition by using GuideStar tools and your Form 990 to demonstrate organizational performance and community impact. The 30-Day Disclosure Challenge will provide you with an overview of everything you need to know to qualify for the GuideStar Exchange’s Bronze, Silver, Gold and Platinum levels of disclosure, and ways to increase visibility for years to come. Register here.

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