Conversations for Change

As part of its ongoing commitment to strengthening the capacity of local nonprofits and building strong relationships, Foundation for Roanoke Valley is offering "Conversations for Change." This is a periodic series of free, one-hour conversations with Foundation staff and others on a topic of practical relevance to the day-to-day administration of nonprofits serving the cities of Roanoke and Salem and the counties of Alleghany, Botetourt, Craig, Floyd, Franklin and Roanoke.

Upcoming Conversations:

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"None of us are as smart as all of us!"

Alan Ronk, the Foundation’s Executive Director, will facilitate a roundtable discussion on a wide range of issues and opportunities pertinent to nonprofit fundraising.  Please feel free to give thought in advance to any general questions or situations that you may want to bring to the group.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014
9:00 - 10:00 a.m.
Foundation for Roanoke Valley Conference Room
611 S. Jefferson Street, Second Floor
Roanoke, VA 24011

Registration is required by Thursday, September 3, 2014 to Carly Oliver at 540.985.0204. Please indicate who will be attending, with no more than ONE representative per agency as space is limited to the first 22 registrants.

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Strengthening Grant Proposals:
The Importance of Data and Collaborations

Discussion will be centered on two different, but important, ways to make grant proposals stronger and more appealing to funders.

  1. Be factual - use data to set a context, demonstrate need, and prove a point. (Where do you find data? How do you incorporate into your proposal?)
  2. Collaborate - establish partnerships. (Why collaborate? How do I find partners? How can I establish beneficial collaborations?)

Wednesday, November 12, 2014
10:30 - 11:30
Foundation for Roanoke Valley Conference Room
611 S. Jefferson Street, Second Floor
Roanoke, VA 24011

Registration will open Monday, October 27, 2014. Space is limited to the first 20 registrants with no more than ONE representative per agency.

About the Presenter
Jenny Bradley has been involved in the grants business for more than 25 years. She created the Academic Grants office at Roanoke College and also served as the College's Director of Foundation Relations and the proposal writer for Roanoke's last Capital Campaign. From Roanoke College, Jenny went to Carilion's Biomedical Institute and Research Department where she worked six years with physician researchers to secure grant funding and negotiated contracts with research sponsors.

Now, Jenny is a Managing Partner of CIE Partners, a consulting business working with nonprofits and small businesses in the Roanoke area. In this role, she researches and identifies funding sources, writes grant proposals and concept papers, and conducts strategic planning session and needs assessments. Her client list includes both small and large nonprofits focusing on education, healthcare, social services and the arts.

Jenny has a B.A. in Sociology from Roanoke College and a M.A.L.S. degree from Hollins University. She presents workshops and training sessions on a variety of grant-related topics - funding opportunities, proposal writing and grants management.

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Internal Controls for Nonprofit Organizations

Program description will be available soon. Please check back!

Thursday, February 26, 2015
10:30 - 11:30
Foundation for Roanoke Valley Conference Room
611 S. Jefferson Street, Second Floor
Roanoke, VA 24011

Registration will open Monday, February 9, 2015. Space is limited to the first 20 registrants with no more than ONE representative per agency.

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Compelling Messages for Nonprofits:
How to Talk about Your Organization to the People You Need to Reach

In this workshop, you will learn how to communicate your nonprofit’s story by determining your target audience and beginning to develop a communications guide for your nonprofit staff and volunteers. These steps will help your nonprofit create consistent, compelling messaging to facilitate effective, productive communication with key stakeholders.

Tana M. SchiewerAbout the Presenter
Tana M. Schiewer has over 10 years of experience in nonprofit work and management, specializing in helping smaller nonprofits achieve sustainability by developing strong infrastructure, creating effective fundraising plans, and building strategic communications. Currently, she is working toward her doctorate in Rhetoric and Writing at Virginia Tech, with a research focus on language use in nonprofit organizations. 

Click here for workshop handout!

 

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