NH Grants Institute – March 30-April 1, 2015

On November 16, 2014, in Events, Workshop, by pmcdonald

Writing a grant can be a time-consuming, hair-yanking experience with a hit-or-miss outcome. Yet so often board members or executive directors believe that “getting a grant for that” will be the answer to your nonprofit’s financial needs.

How can you make sure that your grant writing efforts are strategic and effective? How does it carry out the initial approach to a foundation? What should you do if your proposal is rejected? Accepted?

This three-day workshop will cover grant writing from research to writing to stewarding the relationship with your funders. We’ll spend time on the different kinds of foundations, organizational readiness and pre-grant planning, the nuts and bolts of writing the proposal, budgets, logic models, thinking strategically about what a funder is looking for, evaluating outcomes, and grant writing as an organization-wide responsibility.

This workshop is perfect for novice or intermediate grant-seekers.

Workshop participants will learn from experts in the field and hear from the funders themselves how to make the most of the opportunity to win grants.

This is is a 3-day workshop that runs from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM from Monday, March 30th, through Wednesday, April 1st.

Presented by:

Betsy McNamara
Principal, Senior Consultant
Full Circle Consulting

With over twenty years of nonprofit fundraising and campaign management, Betsy has raised more than $10 million for community investments that have improved the lives of low-income and disabled populations, constructed community arts facilities, and secured underdeveloped farmland from future development.

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This event has been generously sponsored by:









Date/Time: Monday, March 30, 2015 – 9:00am to 4:00 pm
Location: NH Audubon – Map
(Click on the location icon on the map for street address and to get directions from your location)
Fees: $299 – Member; $399 – Not yet member

Register Online or Download a Registration Form


Lamson Library of Plymouth State University announces a free workshop for nonprofit groups looking for grants from foundations. The workshop, entitled “Grantseeking Basics for Nonprofit Organizations”, will be held on Monday, November 3, 2014, 1:30 – 3:30 PM in Room 124 of Lamson Library at Plymouth State University in Plymouth, New Hampshire.

Presenting the workshop will be Luz Rodriguez, Training Specialist at the Foundation Center, an independent nonprofit information clearinghouse in New York City.

Workshop attendees will learn how the Foundation Center’s resources can help people become more effective grantseekers. For nonprofit organizations, this introduction provides instruction in foundation research and how to identify potential funders using the Foundation Directory Online database, which is available to the public at Lamson Library, thanks in part to a grant from the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation. There will also be an overview of the Foundation Center’s resources available at Lamson Library for those seeking grants from foundations, corporations, and grantmaking public charities.


Introduction to The Circle Way
& World Café Meeting Facilitation Training
for Nonprofit Leaders
Helping to change the paradigm for Staff-Board relationships!

Friday, September 5, 2014
8:00am to 3:00pm
Office of the College of Graduate Studies, PSU
2 Pillsbury Street, 5th Floor, Concord, NH

For CEO’s, Development Officers and Board Members who want to:

  • Improve engagement & shared responsibility
  • Build trust, consensus & communication
  • Harvest more wisdom
  • Host enjoyable meetings
  • Partner to reach goals

What happens in The Circle – Staff and board members:

  • Create order from respectful structure
  • Become part of the process and lead from the rim
  • Safeguard the infrastructure of participation.
  • All initiate questions and suggestions
  • Allow divergence and convergence
  • Honor individual gifts and talents
  • Recognize insights that emerge from collective synergy
  • Harvest learning as a group
  • Enhance creativity
  • Feel valued and heard

Presented by:
Kline Seminars Team of Circle Practitioners


  • $79 including lunch
  • $10 discount for each additional person from your organization: $79/$69/$59 etc.

Register online
For more information, contact Executive Director Pam McDonald
at [email protected] or 603-724-6741.


Planned Giving Symposium – June 5, 2014

On May 7, 2014, in Workshop, by pmcdonald

Charitable Gift Planning:
Make it Part of Your Organizational Plan!

Thursday, June 5, 2014
Red Jacket Mountain View Resort – North Conway

This special symposium is designed to show not-for-profit organizations that they can make great strides to insure long-term sustainability by integrating charitable gift planning into their array of fundraising tactics. Through a variety of techniques, participants will become centered on a number of the most important elements of philanthropy. They will develop a greater understanding of donor loyalty, of the major types of planned gifts, and the wide array of assets that can be used to fund gifting plans – and why it is important to ramp up now. Significant amount of time will be devoted to the types of gifting plans that are most likely to happen and how any organization can include these offerings.

Topics included are:

  • What it takes to engage your organization in the business of charitable gift planning
  • How to identify and involve key stakeholders
  • The process of developing and marketing the program
  • Donor recognition
  • How to actively seek planned gift commitments within a very reasonable budget

All symposium materials will be given to each participating organization on a thumb drive.

This workshop is appropriate for:

  • Executive Directors/CEOs, Development Professionals, and Board Members

Date: Thursday, June 5, 2014
Location: Red Jacket Mountain View Resort, Hampshire Room
Route 16, North Conway, NH
Registration: 9:30am
Symposium 10:00am to 3:00pm
Workshop Fee: $25 per person (includes lunch)

Presenters: Mike Davenport, Founder and Karen Davenport, President
Davenport & Barr, Inc.
Partners in Philanthropy

Register online
For more information, contact Executive Director Pam McDonald
at [email protected] or 603-724-6741.

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Conversations with CONFR – April 30, 2014

On March 28, 2014, in Events, Workshop, by pmcdonald

Lively Discussions with Colleagues on Provocative Topics That Matter

Wednesday, April 30, 2014
5:00pm to 6:30pm

Key Performance Indicators: How to REALLY Measure Success!

With guest presenter: Kathleen Kelley, CFRE, CPA

Kathleen will challenge you to look at your own ‘dashboard’ reporting.  What data is being measured; what are you trying to manage; does your board feel empowered with the information provided in your reports; how do you address the necessary conflicts between finance reports and development reports? Do these numbers accurately reflect your department’s success (or failure)? What are the success factors you should be measuring and reporting to the board?

Join Kathleen and your colleagues to consider

  • How to identify your Key Performance Indicators
  • How to measure what you manage?
  • How to prepare reports that will MOTIVATE your board

Kathleen Kelley, CFRE and CPA, has been a Development Director, a Finance Director and a Treasurer of several non-profit boards.  She has managed fund raising campaigns over $2,000,000, has developed budgets over $2,000,000 and related board reports, has successfully written government grants and private foundation grants, and has been responsible for audits of towns, small non-profits and universities. She has studied various dashboards and reporting schemes to support or encourage more engaged board members.

5:00pm – Hosted Wine, Cheese, Networking
5:30pm – Posing the Topic
5:45pm – Group Discussion
6:30pm – End

Concord Hospital – Conference Room B (Ground Floor)
250 Pleasant Street, , Concord, NH (Main Entrance off Langley Parkway)

Join us for wine, cheese, and stimulating conversation on the evening of April 30th, as we learn: WHAT You Measure Matters! Then talk to your peers and learn what works and doesn’t work for them.

Registration online or
mail a check to PO Box 3514, Concord, NH 03302
or call 603-724-6741.

CONFR Members: $15; Non-members: $25

CONFR envisions a future when the work of dedicated and highly trained development professionals and volunteer fundraisers inspires a level of philanthropy that transforms New Hampshire’s nonprofit organizations and builds stronger communities throughout the state.