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Upcoming Nonprofit Management Workshops

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 2017 Workshop Series

 

Getting to 501c3 Status

September 12 from 10 a.m. to noon, 901 E. 8th Ave. Suite 200, King of Prussia

A must for any nonprofit startup

 

Facebook: How to do it for YOUR Nonprofit

October 17 from 10 a.m. to noon, 901 E. 8th Ave. Suite 200, King of Prussia

A hands-on interactive session

 

Financial Management for Nonprofits

November 14 from 10 a.m. to noon, 901 E. 8th Ave. Suite 200, King of Prussia

Learn the basics of nonprofit finance and accounting procedures

 

Details on these and upcoming workshops available shortly.

 

 

For more information on workshops, contact VEC Manager (610) 834-1040, ext. 11

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Exciting News

Beginning in January 2017, VEC Consultants will be available to meet with nonprofits at no cost at the Regional Foundation Center of the Free Library in Philadelphia  1901 Vine Street.   To register contact erefrfc@thefreelibrary.org

More sessions coming soon.

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Past Workshops

Secrets to Running a Successful Nonprofit

May 23  from 10:00 am to noon at RSVP, 901 E. 8th Ave, Suite 200, King of Prussia

What keeps you up at night? What are the things that stress you most and how do you avoid common pitfalls? Join us for an interactive experience that will walk you through success stories and nightmares and look at some of the best practices.  Presented by Ron Gawel, Former RSVP Board President

 

Marketing: A Recipe for Survival

April 25  from 9:30 am to noon at Regional Foundation Center, Free Library of Philadelphia, 1901 Vine St, Philadelphia

Gain insights and an understanding of the importance of marketing your organization. Presented by Sylvia Lifschitz, Jerry Rosenau and Jen Mack, RSVP Volunteer Executive Consultants.

For more information or to register, email erefrfc@freelibrary.org

 

 

Meet the Funders Workshop

April 28 from 9:00 am to noon at Hyatt House Philadelphia/King of Prussia, 240 Mall Blvd, King of Prussia

Representatives from local foundations and corporations will make presentations followed by a Q&A and breakout session. This is an important and popular workshop for nonprofits wanting to learn more about the decision process in getting their grants and proposals funded. Panelists include: Virginia Frantz, President & CEO of the Montgomery County Foundation, Inc.; Andrew Reid, U.S. Economic Development Administration; Andrea Bretting, Senior Program Officer, Claneil Foundation; Sheressa Gordon, Program Associate from The Philadelphia Foundation and Caitlin Seifritz from the Regional Foundation Center. Click to learn more about our expert panelists.

 

Social Media Basics: How to Engage Donors, Volunteers and Supporters

March 7 from 10:00 am to noon at RSVP, 901 E. 8th Ave, Suite 200, King of Prussia

This workshop will cover the basics of social media and how to engage donors, volunteers and supporters. Presented by Jen Mack, Director of Sales and Melissa Thompson, Social Media Specialist, Citadel.

 

Marketing: A Recipe for Survival

November 15, 2016 from 10:00 am to noon at our KOP office

Gain insights and an understanding of the importance of marketing your organization

 

 

Grant Research and Writing: Secrets for Success

October 18, 2016 from 10:00 am to noon at our KOP office

Win more grant funding from tips on effective research, early communication with funders, and persuasive proposal presentation. 

This workshop will be a hands-on interactive session. Examples of parts of actual grant proposals will be discussed and analyzed. Attendees are also encouraged to bring sample documents from their own organizations which can be discussed after the session on a one-to-one basis with the presenter.

To register, visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/grant-research-and-writing-workshop-secrets... or contact Ruth Cella (610) 834-1040, ext. 11

Principles of Fundraising

September 20, 2016 from 10:00 am to noon at our KOP office

Learn how to develop an overall fundraising plan for your organization, the basics of foundation and corporate support as well as annual appeals

Board Development 2.0

Finding and Keeping the Right Board Members for your Nonprofit

 

May 19, 2016 at 10:00 am to noon

Workshop held at RSVP's new office: 901 East 8th Avenue, Suite 200, King of Prussia, 19406

Nothing is more critical to a nonprofit than enthusiastic and effective board members. Are you struggling to identify the right leaders? Are you having difficulty keeping them? Are they motivated to help achieve your mission? Do they help with fundraising?

 

This seminar will deal with the issue of not only finding board members but will examine the reasons why organizations are not successful in the recruiting process. Effective ways to motivate board members as well as suggestions for the process of shaping your nonprofit's board into an effective resource will also be discussed.

 

Presenter Ron Gawel is a former corporate executive with 40+ years of experience in Operations and Strategic Planning with RCA, GE, Martin Marietta and Lockheed. He is presently a consultant specializing in Leadership Training and holds a certification in Life, Career and Executive Coaching. Ron is currently President of RSVP's Board of Directors.

 

To register click here

Fee is $20. For information contact program manager Ruth Cella at ruthc@rsvpmc.org or call (610) 834-1040, x.11.

Meet the Funders

April 15, 2016 at 10:00 am to noon - (9:30 am Continental Breakfast)

Workshop held at Cabrini College Mansion Dining Room, 610 King of Prussia Road in Radnor PA

 

Representataives from local foundations and corporations will make presentations followed by a Q&A and breakout sessions.  This is an important workshop for nonprofits wanting to learn more about the decision process in getting their grants and proposals funded. 

 

Panelists include:  Virginia Frantz, President & CEO of The Montgomery County Foundation, Inc; Jan Waldauer, Trustee at Quaker Chemical Foundation; Kevin Dow, Vice President at United Way of Greater Philadelphia & Southern New Jersey and Caitlin Seifritz, Librarian at Regional Foundation Center at the Free Library.

To register click here

Fee is $25. Discount for current VEC clients - fee is just $15. contact program manager Ruth Cella at ruthc@rsvpmc.org or call (610) 834-1040, x.11.

Financial Management Fundamentals for Nonprofits

March 17, 2016 at 10:00 am to noon

RSVP 925 Harvest Drive, Suite 100, Blue Bell

This seminar will explain how an effective financial management system enables your organization to proactively manage real world challenges.

 

 Topics will include:

  • Differences between Non-Profit and For-Profit Accounting

  • Introduce effective financial management processes

  • Review Nonprofit Financial Statements

  • Budgeting

This seminar is perfect for Early Stage NPO’s looking to get a better understanding of Accounting and Financial Practices as well as Senior Level Managers (Board Members, Executive Directors) with no Financial or Accounting background looking to get a better understanding of Nonprofit Accounting and Financial Practices.

 

Our presenter, Jay Freed, leads the VEC Education program.  He is a retired senior executive and business owner with over 20 years of professional training experience.  His background includes marketing and developing financial software, and leading revenue forecasting activities.  He has worked for AT&T, Lotus Development Corporation and Vertex Inc.  

 For additional information, contact:  Ruth Cella at ruthc@rsvpmc.org or (610) 834-1040, x.11. To register visit: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/financial-management-fundamentals-for-nonpr...

Strategic Planning: A Road Map to Your Success

November 17, 2015 at 10:00 am to noon at RSVP, 925 Harvest Dr. Suite 100, Blue Bell

Does your organization have a strategic plan? Do you know the difference between a business plan and a strategic plan? Does your strategic plan inspire and motivate your internal and external stakeholders?  This workshop will introduce you to the strategic planning process and review best practices in creating a successful plan to achieve your mission. The SWOT (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats) analysis will be highlighted and how this tool can be used to create a roadmap for your organization's future.

To register contact Ruth Cella at ruthc@rsvpmc.org or (610) 834-1040, x.11.  Fee is $20 per organization.  To register click here.

Workshop facilitator: Alan Frankel has been active in RSVP's Volunteer Executive Consultants program for the past seven years. He is a retired entrepeneur and senior executive with a 40-year career in financial services and has served as President and COO of two publicly held companies. He has also been a partner and worked with various healthcare equipment leasing companies including Lighthouse Capital Corp., The Alta Group, Copelco Leasing Corp. and American Business Leasing.

 

Marketing & Social Media

October 20, 2015 at 10:00 am to noon at RSVP, 925 Harvest Dr. Suite 100, Blue Bell

Social media is critical to the success of every nonprofit today. This workshop will help you use social media to boost public awareness, recruit volunteers and raise money.

To register contact Ruth Cella at ruthc@rsvpmc.org or (610) 834-1040, x.11.  Fee is $ 20 per organization. To register click here.

Workshop Facilitators:  Lisa Kagel, Senior Director, Digital Engagement, Fundraising, Content Marketing and Optimization for American Red Cross. Lisa's current job focus in on the creation and optimization of national and regional content to drive traffic, conversation, engagement and revenue acorss the Red Cross digital ecosystem.

Larry Kagel, has owned and operated a market research company and has 23+ years of experience with a Fortune 500 company as a brand marketer.

How to Develop a Fund Raising Plan: Understanding the Basics for Success

June 9, 2015     10:00 am to Noon

 

This session will be especially informative for small nonprofits with little or no fund raising staff or experience. Time is allocated for questions and answers after the presentation.

Seminar held at RSVP Conference Room, 925 Harvest Drive, Suite 100, Blue Bell, PA 19422

To register contact Ruth Cella at ruthc@rsvpmc.org or (610) 834-1040, x.11.  Fee is $15 per organization. VEC client or prior attendee fee is $10.

Workshop Facilitator: John Heiberger has 40+ years of fundraising experience with annual and capital campaigns including working with colleges, universities, human services and arts organizations. He was formerly chair of the Business Department at Cabrini College.

Introduction: Board of Directors

May 7, 2015    10:00 am to Noon

Learn what every nonprofit needs to know about Boards of Directors:  their roles and responsibilities and how to recruit effective members.

Seminar held at RSVP Conference Room, 925 Harvest Drive, Suite 100, Blue Bell, PA 19422

Register by Clicking http://rsvp-vec.eventbrite.com

or ruthc@rsvpmc.org or (610) 834-1040, x.11.  Fee is $15 per organization. Early Bird discount or prior attendee $10.

Workshop Facilitator:  Bernie Roseman, Esq.has 31 years of experience as an Aerospace Engineer/Program Manager for prominent Space & Technology Group. He has served on several nonprofit Boards and is currently an active RSVP Board Member.

Getting to 501(c)(3) Status

March 17, 2015    10:00 am to Noon

Seminar held at RSVP of Montgomery County, 925 Harvest Drive, Suite 100, Blue Bell, PA 19422

Learn the steps your organization needs to take to apply for nonprofit status.

Register by clicking:  http://rsvp-vec.eventbrite.com

or ruthc@rsvpmc.org.  Fee is $10 per organization - early bird discount!

Workshop Facilitator: Alan C. Frankel, lead RSVP facilitator, has 40 years of experience working in financial service and equipment leasing companies.

 

Meet the Funders

October 1, 2014    9:00 a.m. to Noon

Representataives from local funding agencies will answer questions from attendees on what foundations are looking to fund.  Network with representatives of funding agencies and with others facing funding challenges.

Panelists include representatives from: Regional Foundation Center of Philadelphia Free Library, Philadelphia Foundation, Patricia Kind Family Foundation and Phoenixville Community Health Foundation.

Performance Measures -- Made Simple!

May 29, 2014    9:00 - 11:00 a.m.

(Held at RSVP Administrative Office)

Unravel the mystery of calculating your program's impact. Discover simple methods to objectively measure program performance, leading to increased funding opportunities and program improvement. 

Presented jointly by VEC and Your Part-Time Controller.

To register, please contact Gail Vinikoor (610) 834-1040, ext. 28

 

Meet the Funders

April 30, 2013    9:00 a.m. to Noon

Panelists include representatives from: Regional Foundation Center of Philadelphia Free Library, Genuardi Family Foundation, Douty Foundation and FourJay Foundation.

This workshop was held at Church on the Mall, Plymouth Meeting Mall, 500 W. Germantown Pike. Use glass covered entrance near food court to the left of Mercy Health Center and the ground floor of Boscovs.

Registration is required by April 25, 2013. Please contact Elaine Gershenson at (610) 834-1040, ext. 11 or vec@rsvpmc.org.

 

 

 

Seminar facilitator: Paul Schick, MD, is an Emeritus Professor of Medicine at Jefferson Medical College. He also served on committees at the NIH and National Heart Assn. that evaluated proposals and awarded grants.

 

This workshop was held at Company Voice, 930 Harvest Drive, Suite 100, Union Meeting Corporate Center, Blue Bell, PA 19422

 

Registration is required. Please register by November 19 noon by contacting Elaine Gershenson at (610) 834-1040, ext. 11 or vec@rsvpmc.org

 

So You Want to be a Nonprofit?

November 14, 2012   10:00 a.m. - noon

  • Steps to apply for 501(c)(3) status as well as the many steps that need to be taken before the application process
  • Incorporation process
  • Selecting a name for the organization
  • Creating bylaws and a mission statement
  • Selecting and appointing a board of directors

 

Seminar facilitators:  Carole Soskis, a VEC co-chair member with a background in law and social work. Carole has also run several nonprofits.  Harvey Hoffman, Ph.D, co-chair of VEC and founder of Healthcare America, Inc., a behavioral health management and consulting firm.  He has over 30 years experience consulting to nonprofits.

 

This workshop will be held at RSVP's Administrative Office, 925 Harvest Drive, Suite 100, Blue Bell, PA 19422

 

Please register by November 14 noon by contacting Elaine Gershenson at (610) 834-1040, ext. 11 or vec@rsvpmc.org

 

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