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The Foundation Center will be holding a free workshop entitled “Demystifying Program Evaluation: Making Evaluation Accessible”. In understandable, everyday language, explore barriers to conducting program evaluations, learn different types of evaluation, develop decision-making tools regarding whether to conduct evaluations internally or to hire an outside consultant, and learn the basic steps toward creating your own outcomes-based evaluation. As funders are placing more emphasis on outcomes-based evaluations, a basic understanding of evaluation is important for nonprofit leaders who want to place their organizations in a stronger fundraising position. The workshop will be led by Darlene A. Hall, Ph.D. who has had extensive experience in multiple sectors - mental health, social services, youth development, teaching/research, nonprofit, philanthropy, and sports/athletics.
All are welcome, but this session is designed for nonprofit leaders with limited understanding of and comfort level with evaluation.
Date: Friday, February 22
Time: 10 am-12 pm
Location: Foundation Center, 312 Sutter St., SF
Click HERE to register.
CompassPoint’s signature leadership development program, Next Generation Leaders of Color, is now accepting applications for its next cohort of managers working in a Bay Area health and human service nonprofits. The program will launch in April 2013. To download the program fact sheet which includes eligibility requirements and a preview of the application, click HERE.
On November 14 – 16, Aspiration will be hosting its annual nonprofit technology festival at Preservation Park in Oakland. The Nonprofit Software Development Summit is not just for techies! The agenda is designed to be relevant and inclusive for all nonprofit technology stakeholders, from new users to seasoned practitioners. The conference is set up to be very flexible based on the needs and interests of the attendees, and over half the sessions will get proposed and scheduled at the event.
It’s very low-cost ($150 for organizations with budgets below $5,000,000) and has a sliding scale for smaller organizations that would like to participate.
LeaderSpring is still recruiting nonprofit leaders from the East Bay for its Class of 2014 Fellowship. LeaderSpring is a project of the Tides Center and has a long track record in transforming communities through leadership development. Click here for the Call for Applications.
Applications are due Tuesday, September 18, 2012, by 5:00 p.m. For more information, please visit LeaderSpring’s website, call (510) 286-8949, or email julie (AT) leaderspring (DOT) org. Don’t miss out on a great opportunity!
Last Thursday, September 6, the Kapor Foundation team had the pleasure of attending the Ideas Are Worthless Conference hosted by Black Founders Startup Ventures. The purpose of the conference was to “connect, educate, and equip” attendees towards putting their ideas into action. Topics covered included customer development, startup fundraising, and technical talent recruitment. We attended the conference to inform the Kapor Foundation’s exploration of how to support tech-driven strategies and tools for social change.
Charles Hudson, a Venture Partner at SoftTech VC and the CEO and Co-Founder of Bionic Panda Games, a mobile games company based in San Francisco, CA, began the conference by highlighting lessons he learned en route to becoming an entrepreneur, which I will now share with you.
LeaderSpring is recruiting nonprofit leaders from the East Bay for its Class of 2014 Fellowship. LeaderSpring is a project of the Tides Center and is devoted to transforming communities through leadership development. Click here for a PDF version of the Call for Applications.
For the past two years, I’ve had the honor and pleasure of being asked to give the keynote address at the SF Achievers Awards recognition ceremony. Dr. Henry Safrit – the program’s founder, Jefferson Award winner, humanitarian, and fellow North Carolinian – has hounded me to share this speech since he heard it a year ago. And for those who know Henry, he’s persistent if nothing else! So after a wonderful event this past Wednesday at the African & African American Art & Cultural Complex, where SF Achievers celebrated 13 scholars, I’m happy to finally comply with Henry’s wishes. lol
FIVE CHARGES FOR BROTHER GRADUATES
Read the newspaper. Read a book or a blog. Read on the Kindle. Read on the bus or the train. Read aloud, to yourself or someone else. After a movie, read the reviews. Before the test, read the textbook. Read something on the bestseller list and read something that somebody down the street wrote. Read to learn both new information AND new words. Read for as long as you can see, and after that, learn to read in braille.
BABIP (Bay Area Blacks in Philanthropy) is hosting its 3rd annual Strengthening Our House: Capacity Building Seminar. They’ve developed an impressive lineup of speakers and invite you to share this information with others who may benefit from the knowledge of experts in the field. Attendees will receive tips to enhance organizational effectiveness, learn to use social media strategies, and explore ways to identify and secure funding from diverse sources.
On August 10th and 11th, the Grassroots Institute for Fundraising Training (GIFT) will once again hold their fourth biennial Money for Our Movements: A Social Justice Fundraising Conference at the Oakland Marriot.
My own connection to GIFT spans years, dating back to my first grassroots fundraising training that I admittedly snuck into. Recently, I had the opportunity to share my thoughts on the importance of GIFT in a newsletter to GIFT donors:
1. What was your first impression of GIFT, and why did you decide to become a donor?
At my first GIFT training, I was struck by how the focus was as much on the why as the how of fundraising. And, also, by the belief of the trainers that the participants, as organizers, already had many of the skills needed to be incredible fundraisers but perhaps not yet the confidence or understanding to meet that potential.