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Brewer & Associates is pleased to announce its 2019 workshops in Central and Northwest Indiana. 

Workshop locations are:

Indianapolis                                        Michigan City                                                                                    Merrillville

Bosma Industries                                 Laporte County Career and Technical Education Center                        Indiana Wesleyan University

6270 Corporate Dr.                               817 Lafayette Street                                                                        8415 Georgia Street

Indianapolis, IN  46278                         Michigan City, IN  46360                                                                          Merrillville, IN  46307  
 
Each workshop will be 1.5 days with lunch included day two.  Day one runs from 12:30 pm-4:45 pm. Day two is from 8:30 am to
4:45 pm.
 

Workshop Topics and Dates include:

Date: MAY 16-17   1.5 DAYS     

Topic: PROPOSAL WRITING The “IT” Factor 

fund development, nonprofit management and capacity building training

Location: Indianapolis, IN 

 Participate in this informative workshop that utilizes a step -by-step approach to help participants develop proposal planning and writing skills.  Participants will develop their idea in to an effective, competitive proposal.

Date: JUNE 13-14   1.5 DAYS    

Location: MICHIGAN CITY, IN 

Topic: CREATING A SUSTAINABLE ORGANIZATION/SUCCESSFUL PROPOSAL WRITING STRATEGIES

This highly interactive workshop provides resources strategies and applicable tools for participants to implement nonprofit management principles within their organization, focusing on organizational mission, board development, strategic planning, program development and resource development.  In addition, Day 2’s workshop utilizes a step-by-step approach to help participants develop proposal planning and writing skills.  Participants will develop their idea in to an effective, competitive proposal.

Date: JULY 11-12   1.5 DAYS   

Location: MERRILLVILLE, IN

Topic: CREATING A SUSTAINABLE PROGRAM/ SUCCESSFUL PROPOSAL WRITING STRATEGIES

This highly interactive workshop focuses on the understanding that sustainable programming is an ongoing process, provides resources and strategies that meets an organization’s planning needs, addresses the cost to provide services, as well as how to measure program impact. Day 2’sworkshop utilizes a step-by-step approach to help participants develop proposal planning and writing skills. Participants will develop their idea in to an effective, competitive proposal.

Date: August 1   Two 4 Hours Sessions 

Location: MERRILLVILLE, IN

Topics: BUILDING YOUR CASE FOR SUPPORT  &  NONPROFIT LEADERSHIP THE 21ST CENTURY

This highly interactive workshop provides a step-step process to write a clear and compelling case for support.  Participants will write a take away template to complete.

This impactful workshop focuses on understanding the dynamics, demographics and culture of the myriad of skills many nonprofit leaders require to lead in the 21st Century.  Participants will complete a leadership skills and development template to be utilized within their organization

Date: August 15  1 Day 

Location: Indianapolis, IN  

Topic: BUILDING A SUSTAINABLE ORGANIZATION

This workshop provides resources strategies and applicable tools for participants to implement these nonprofit management principles within their organization, focusing on organizational mission, board development, strategic planning, program development and resource development

 

Date: SEPTEMBER 19 1 Day

 Location: Indianapolis, IN

 Topic: FUNDRAISING ON A SHOESTRING BUDGET

This is an interactive workshop provides best practices fundraising strategies for smaller organizations with limited capacity, provides tools, resources and strategies how to communicate your mission to your stakeholders,  how to build deeper relationships with donors and how to engage volunteers  Participants will complete a one-year fundraising plan that will launch and/or fine-tune  their fundraising program.

If you have any questions, please contact us at (317) 445-8932 or email us at fbrewer@fbaresources.com

Our Training Is Second to None!

Brewer & Associates World-Class Training Offers A Variety Topics to help Organizations Succeed!

Capacity Building Training

Capacity building is defined as the ability of nonprofit organizations to fulfill their missions in an effective manner.   However, in today’s rapidly changing environment, there is considerable concern that many community-based nonprofit organizations lack the capacity and technical expertise to keep up with the constant change.

 

In 2016, Ms Brewer developed the curriculum, Capacity Building: From Concept to Execution.  The content of the curriculum is based on her over two decades experience as a community leader, entrepreneur and consultant.  The curriculum is designed to help future nonprofit leaders develop more skills, engage stakeholders in mutual beneficial way and become more effective and efficient in executing their mission.  It includes seven modules that consist of organizational readiness, board development, strategic planning, program development, fundraising, proposal writing and leadership.

 

Nonprofit leaders and board members interested in expanding the capacity of their nonprofit organization will benefit from this curriculum.   The Facilitator utilizes real-life examples that participants can relate to .  Participants will receive a participant guide, take-away template(s) and web-based resources.  The organizations that benefit from these workshops include nonprofit, faith-based and government agencies that provide vital services as diverse as from afterschool programs to senior art classes, from health services to job readiness and from technology to recycling. 

 

Our Facilitation Team customizes workshops based on the experience level of participants.  Workshops can be designed from 75 minutes up to two-day workshops on one topic or multiple topics.  Our goal is to meet and exceed the needs of those participating in our workshops.  Please contact our Facilitation Team at fbrewer@fbaresources.com to coordinate a capacity building workshop in your community.

Brewer Training Courses

Module 1 Organizational Readiness

Creating a Sustainable Nonprofit Organization

Charitable organizations are a laboratory of social innovation to address community needs.  Over fifty percent of the nation’s nonprofit organizations are considered grassroots. Many lack the expertise, tools and resources to create a sustainable organization.  As a result, developing a strong understanding of basic nonprofit management principles is critical to creating the organizational infrastructure that makes it competitive in today’s philanthropic environment. 

Creating a SustainableNonprofit Organization is an interactive workshop that provides resources, strategies and applicable tools for participants to implement these nonprofit management principles within their organization, focusing on organizational mission, board development, strategic planning, program development and resource development.

The outcome for this workshop is to increase participant’s understanding of the principles of nonprofit management that ensures applicable best practices within their organization.

This workshop is measured by:

  1. 80% of participants will report an increased understanding of nonprofit management principles as measured by pre and post-test surveys.
  2. 95% of participants will complete an organizational assessment as measured by completed assessments and results.
  3. 90% of participants will identify a minimum of two strategies to implement within their organization as measured by completed implementation plan.

 

501C3 or NOT

 

The first step of the lifecycle of an organization is to secure its 501(c)(3) nonprofit designation.  However, many community leaders do not have an understanding of what that means.  Key to any organization‘s nonprofit designation is its charitable purpose.  It must also weigh the pros and cons of securing its nonprofit designation.  501C3 or NOT is an interactive workshop that provides an understand what obtaining a nonprofit status is and its benefits, what industry best practices should be implemented, pros and cons as well as provide a step-by-step process of what the U.S. Internal Revenue Service looks for when awarding a designation.

The outcome for this workshop is to increase participants understanding of the Internal Revenue Service Nonprofit Designation process.

This workshop is measured by:

  1. 90% of participants will report an increased understanding of the Internal Revenue Service Nonprofit Designation Process.
  2. 80% of participants will identify the difference between a for-profit organization and nonprofit organization.
  3. 90% of participants will report an increased understanding of its organizational readiness.

 

Module II Board Development

The making of a successful board is critical to the livelihood of any organization.  Its purpose is to ensure the strategic direction and financial longevity of the organization.  Nonprofits often miss key steps in creating successful boards, which hinders their ability to secure adequate funding, attract dedicated staff and committed volunteers. Board building is an ongoing process that does not stop when the organization has started provided programming or has completed a successful event.  The Board Building Process is an interactive workshop that provides an overview of board building best practices, an understanding the role of a board of directors, how to identify qualified board members, as well as hw to utilize the skills, talents and resources of board members. 

The outcome for this workshop is to increase participants understanding of the board building process.

This workshop is measured by:

  1. 90% of participants will report an increased understanding of the eight principles of the board building process.
  2. 90% of participants will identify resources to recruit board members from their community that meets their specific needs.
  3. 80% of participants will develop a one-year board recruitment strategy

Module III Strategic Planning

Strategic planning is one of the most challenging business principles for a nonprofit organization, but is the most needed.  This includes creating a long-term plan to achieve a specified goal by attaining specific objectives. Strategic planning allows an organization to look at where it is, was and its future vision, while taking a look at what could help or hinder its success.  As an organization considers strategic planning, it must also incorporate strategic thinking.  It changes the strategic planning process.  Strategic thinking requires an organization to engage in an ongoing performance measurement process to anticipate trends in the nonprofit community. This affords the organization to be effective in its strategic execution (i.e. ability to respond and/or capitalize on key opportunities.)  Strategic Planning, Strategic Thinking and Strategic Execution is an interactive workshop that provides an overview of the strategic planning process, types of models, completion of a SWOT (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats) Analysis, provides tools and resources how an organization can incorporate these principles into the organization’s culture, as well as identify strategies how it can execute its mission.

 

 

The outcome for this workshop is to increase participants understanding of the purpose, role and execution of the strategic planning process within their organization.

                                    

This workshop is measured by:

                        

1.     90% of participants will report an increased understanding of the strategic planning process.

2.     90% of participants will demonstrate an increased understanding of strategic principles to adopt within their organization’s performance measurement.

3.    90% of participants will complete a one-year, step-by-step strategic planning roadmap that leads to effective execution

Module IV Program Development

Programs are the heartbeat of every nonprofit organization. Building a sustainable program requires an intentional, pensive approach to planning and leading one.  Sustainable programs are not only defined by their financial sustainability, but also by their leadership, adaptability and impact.  As local community needs change, it is imperative that a program have strong leadership, be collaborative to be responsive community trends and provide solutions to address those needs. Building a Sustainable Program is an interactive workshop that focuses on the understanding that sustainable programming is an ongoing process, provides resources and strategies that meet an organization’s planning needs, addresses the cost to provide services, as well as how to measure program impact.

The outcome for this workshop is to increase participants understanding of how to build a sustainable program that aligns with the organization’s mission.

            This workshop is measured by:

 

  1. 90% of participants will report an increased understanding of how to build a sustainable program.
  2. 90% of participants will report an increased understanding of tools and resources to utilize to respond to community needs and trends.
  3. 90% of participants will complete a template of a program plan.

Every organization has assets and limitations that impact its effectiveness and capacity.  Collaboration is key strategy that can impact both.  It is a systematic approach to prepare an organization develop effective partnerships and incorporate those partnerships into its broader process of improving program effectiveness, fundraising and strategic planning.   The challenge for many organizations is that they do not understand what collaboration is and how to benefit from it.  It must be an intentional strategy of the organization’s long-term planning.  Collaboration with a Purpose is an interactive workshop that addresses how collaboration can impact the effectiveness, efficiency and sustainability of a nonprofit organization, provides tools, resources and strategies how to identify and maximize those relationships, communicate, set priorities and how to hold one another accountable.

 

The outcome for this workshop is to increase participants understanding of the role and impact collaboration can have to improve organizational/program effectiveness and efficiency.

            This workshop is measured by:

 

  1. 90% of participants will report an increased understanding of how collaboration impacts their organization.
  2. 90% of participants will define opportunities to utilize the collaborative model.
  3. 90% of participants will demonstrate the components of a Memorandum of Understanding

Module V Fundraising

A case for support is the most important document an organization will ever write.  It is yourstory.  It should be clear, tell donors why your organization merits their support and what impact their money will have in the community.  It is also an excellent means of building a partnership between potential donors and donor engagement.  As the basis for all communication, it provides consist messaging for all stakeholders.  A case for support varies in length and complexity, depending on its purpose.  Building Your Case for Support is an interactive workshop that provides an overview of the purpose of a case for support, the eleven components, its uses and provides a step-by-step process how to write a clear and compelling document.

The outcome for this workshop is to increase participants understanding of how to develop and utilize a case for support that attracts and retains donors.

This workshop is measured by:

 

  1. 90% of participants will report an increased understanding of how to write concise and compelling case for support.
  2. 90% of participants will demonstrate an increased knowledge of the components of a case for support.
  3. 90% of participants will complete a case for support template.

A large majority of America’s nonprofit organizations are small.  They are not typically newsworthy, are volunteer-driven and have a very small staff, but studies show these small organizations are having the greatest impact in societal challenges.  Research teaches us that fundraising is influenced by an organization’s history, the strategies it uses and the volunteers an organization can mobilize to help.   Fundraising for smaller organizations (less than $3M budgets) often don’t know where to start, start with only one fundraising strategy or the wrong strategy and do not have a clue how to strategically build a successful fundraising program.   With a little imagination and realistic use of resources, an organization can tailor a plan that fits its capacity. Fundraising on a $hoestring Budget is an interactive workshop that provides best practices fundraising strategies for smaller organizations with limited capacity, provides tools, resources and strategies how to communicate your mission to your stakeholders and how to build deeper relationships with donors and how to engage volunteers.  

The outcome for this workshop is to increase participants understanding of how to create a successful fundraising program that fits their capacity, expertise and resources.

            This workshop is measured by:

  1. 90% of participants will increase their understanding of how to develop a successful fundraising that fits their capacity.
  2. 90% of participants will create a strategy to engage volunteers in their fundraising program.
  3. 90% of participants will complete a one-page fundraising plan.

Module VI Proposal Writing

Understanding the grantseeking process is first step when implementing a grantsmanship program.  This is the single most important success factor in seeking funds from grantmakers.  Every funder has a distinct personality, history, interest and funding requirement. Unfortunately, many organizations focus on the eight components of securing funds but pay little attention to the process.  Before an organization starts writing, it must ask itself, “Are we grant ready?” The reality is that not enough thought is given to the strategy of seeking grants.  There are several questions an organization must be answer affirmatively before seeking a grant, as well as engage in activities in its follow process. Understanding the Grantseeking Process is an interactive workshop that provides tools, resources and strategies how to increase one’s success in securing grants.  It provides an overview of the grantseeking process, how to set funding priorities, how to conduct targeted funder research, how to mission match, build relationships with funder, as well as offers a host of tools and resources to manage the process.

The outcome for this workshop is to increase participants understanding of the grantseeking process.

            This workshop is measured by:

  1. 90% of participants will report an increased understanding of the grantseeking process.
  2. 90% of participants will complete an “Are you grant ready?” Checklist.
  3. 90% of participants will complete a grantseeking plan.

In today’s philanthropic environment, grantseeking is extremely competitive.  The ability to secure external funding for programs and services is a necessary skill. On average, over $50B is awarded annually through foundations and corporations. Applying for funding is definitely worth it for organizations that are committed to the process and also balance the art and science of proposal writing.   A well-developed proposal can build an organization’s credibility with funders interested in impacting a community in a larger scale.  Even though proposals are not guaranteed, they are a significant financial source of revenue for organizations.  Successful Strategies for Proposal Writing is an interactive workshop that utilizes a step-by-step approach to help participants develop a competitive proposal. 

The outcome for this workshop is to increase participants understanding of how to write a concise and targeted proposal.

This workshop is measured by:

  1. 90% of participants will report an increased understanding of the eight components of a proposal.
  2. 90% of participants will research and identify five potential funders.
  3. 90% of participants will complete a draft of a targeted proposal.

Module VII Leadership

The role of a leader has always been to inspire and guide his/her team toward a common purpose. However, today’s work culture is extremely different from that of just a decade or two ago.  In today’s competitive nonprofit sector, it is vital for nonprofit leaders to educate themselves on strategies that make an organization effective and efficient.  Leaders must determine what makes them stand out from the crowd!  Understanding the dynamics, demographics and culture of the American society requires a myriad of skills many nonprofit leaders do not possess.  Nonprofit Leadership in the 21st Century is an interactive workshop that discusses the critical skills most common among successful nonprofit leaders, leading in an intergeneration organizational culture, identifying personal leadership skills, how to effectively engage with staff and volunteers and determine what tools are needed to lead a successful 21stCentury organization.  .

 

The outcome for this workshop is to increase participants understanding of the skills required to lead a nonprofit organization in the 21stcentury.

This workshop is measured by:

  1. 90% of participants will identify what leadership skills they possess.
  2. 90% of participants will create a strategy to engage their leadership team.
  3. 90% of participants will determine what skills are needed to strengthen their leadership team.