Event Calendar

Jul
28
Wed
Vermont Nonprofit Summer Camp: Imagining a New Nonprofit Normal @ Remote
Jul 28 all-day

Register for Common Good Vermont’s Nonprofit Summer Camp: Imagining A New Nonprofit Normal – How We Work and Lead Moving Forward!

This year’s virtual Nonprofit Summer Camp will help all levels of professionals grow both professionally and personally while thinking about how we move forward post pandemic.

Each day (July 28 and August 11) includes 3 sessions to enhance and drive our work and organizations’ missions forward. Register yourself and your staff for one or both days!

Day 1: July 28th, 9 AM – 5 PM

Tickets include individual session links for each day’s workshops, online materials, and additional virtual networking sessions.

Register for Nonprofit Summer Camp

This event has been made possible by generous support from the Vermont Community Foundation and the Ben and Jerry’s Foundation.  Day 1 is sponsored by Spring Lake Ranch. Interested in sponsoring the event or a single session? Email director@commongoodvt.org.

Aug
3
Tue
Intermediate Grantwriting @ Remote
Aug 3 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Common Good VT is pleased to partner with Minnesota Council of Nonprofits to make the following training available to Vermont nonprofits at a discounted rate (Code NCN):

Fee: $89 for MCN members / $129 for nonmembers

Many people who work in nonprofits find themselves in the position of “accidental grantwriter” and do not feel fully equipped for the challenge. This session will provide a balance of tools, practice of skills and significant writing opportunities to deepen participants’ knowledge of and skills in grantwriting.

This intermediate-level training is also a hands-on writing clinic, in which registrants will receive feedback from other participants about specific sections of one of their grant proposals as well as have an opportunity to create and/or improve some usable grant content for their organizations.

Learning Objectives

  • Develop grant content for your organization
  • Analyze actual grant applications, and recognize successful and unsuccessful strategies
  • Receive peer feedback on submitted grant applications and on the content written in the workshop

Workshop participants will receive a digital copy of the Handbook for Successful Grant Writing that covers topics ranging from research and planning to a glossary of commonly used terms. The Handbook is only available to participants and is not otherwise for sale.

This session is focused on writing. For a session on the grantseeking process, you may wish to instead register for the Beginner Grantwriting: Getting Started session.

Speaker Information

Kari AnnestadKari Aanestad serves the director of advancement at the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits. In this role, Kari advances the mission and work of MCN and Minnesota’s nonprofit sector through strategic visioning, fundraising, relationship development, sector research, and education. Kari also serves as co-director of GrantAdvisor, an anonymous review site of grantmaking foundations, and vice president of the Minnesota-Northstar Chapter of the Grant Professionals Association. Kari holds an master of divinity degree from Luther Seminary and bachelor of arts degree from Augsburg College.

Aug
4
Wed
Board Training Series: Models of Governance @ Remote
Aug 4 @ 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm

Common Good VT is pleased to partner with Minnesota Council of Nonprofits to make the following training available to Vermont nonprofits at a discounted rate (Code NCN):

Fee: $45 for MCN members / $65 for nonmembers

Great boards don’t happen by accident. It takes vision, planning, training, structure, tools, technology, passion, and dedication to create a high-impact board. In this session, the presenter will lead nonprofit board members through an educational training on effective models of nonprofit governance. This workshop is great for current and future board members, along with nonprofit staff who work with boards.

Topics include:

  • Define “Governance” what it means to be on a nonprofit board
  • Develop a shared understanding of roles and responsibilities of a nonprofit board member
  • Learn the characteristics of a high-impact board
  • Understand various types of board: working board, managing board, policy board, ratifying board, and a failing board

Event Details

This workshop is one session of a four-part board training series. The other sessions are Legal Duties on July 7, Nonprofit Finance on July 21, and Inclusion and Diversity on August 28 from 3:30 – 5 p.m. central each day. Use the registration button at the top of this page to register only for the Models of Governance workshop. Use the following link to register for the full series for $115 for members and $165 for nonmembers: Register for the full series.

Special discount for this series: This workshop series is great for groups of board members and executive staff to attend together. Register more and save! As a special offer for this series only, buy three series registrations at the regular price and receive a fourth series registration for free. Instructions for group registrations are available on our Event and Registration FAQ page.

Please note that this special discounted rate is only for registrations to the full four-part series and does not apply to registration to individual workshops in the series.

MCN strives to support the learning and growth of the next generation of nonprofit leaders through relevant skill- and vision-building programs that center equity and justice and address historical barriers to participating and leading in the nonprofit sector. In this context, we are offering a limited number of sponsored, free registrations to individuals who have never or are not currently serving on a board of directors. BIPOC and historically underrepresented individuals are encouraged to submit a request. Free registrations will be on a first come, first served basis. Please email Dr. Bradley Wolfe at bwolfe@minnesotanonprofits.org to submit your request to attend the series for free.

This event will have AI captions via Zoom’s transcription function. Please note that these captions are automatically generated by the computer software and may not always accurately transcribe what is said. If you need professional captioning, or have another accessibility accommodation, please email MCN’s program assistant with your request at least two weeks prior to the start of the event. Although we will attempt to meet all accessibility requests, late request may not be fulfilled.

Speaker Information

JSawyer HeadshotJennifer Rajala Sawyer is a business entrepreneur, Partner and Founder of BoardBOS and Rebound Partners. Rebound Partners is an Investment Management and Services company for real estate, hospitality hotels & restaurants, manufacturing and banking. BoardBOS is a board governance consulting and technology company offering board operating tools, educational training and technology systems. Jennifer is dedicated to powering up boards by engaging, educating and empowering board members and executive leadership teams.

Jennifer specializes in three key areas: board governance, strategic planning and leadership development for nonprofit organizations and for-profit businesses. She has been trained as a certified executive business coach, a certified Mastermind facilitator, and an expert in the EOS Traction Strategic Planning system.  

Jennifer is currently a Board Member of Merchants Financial Bank in Winona, MN, serving on board Governance and Personnel Committees. She is also a board member and governance chair of Northfield Shares Community Foundation. She is a founding board member of Northfield Area YMCA, Past Board Chair of Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation, and has served on numerous nonprofit boards including St. Olaf Alumni Board, Junior League of Minneapolis,  Northfield Arts Guild, WINGS,  5th Bridge, and Bethel Lutheran Church.

Aug
11
Wed
Vermont Nonprofit Summer Camp: Imagining a New Nonprofit Normal @ Remote
Aug 11 all-day

Register for Common Good Vermont’s Nonprofit Summer Camp: Imagining A New Nonprofit Normal – How We Work and Lead Moving Forward!

This year’s virtual Nonprofit Summer Camp will help all levels of professionals grow both professionally and personally while thinking about how we move forward post pandemic.

Each day (July 28 and August 11) includes 3 sessions to enhance and drive our work and organizations’ missions forward. Register yourself and your staff for one or both days!

Day 1: July 28th, 9 AM – 5 PM

  • 3 Steps to Recharge Your Nonprofit Leadership – Amanda Silver
  • Re-visioning Your Organization’s Work: How Nonprofits Move Forward Post-Covid – Panel Discussion
  • Re-imagining Fundraising: From Donor-Centered to Community-Centered – Jenn Hayslett

Day 2: August 11th, 9 AM – 5 PM

Tickets include individual session links for each day’s workshops, online materials, and additional virtual networking sessions.

Register for Nonprofit Summer Camp

This event has been made possible by generous support from the Vermont Community Foundation and the Ben and Jerry’s Foundation.  Day 1 is sponsored by Spring Lake Ranch. Interested in sponsoring the event or a single session? Email director@commongoodvt.org.

Aug
18
Wed
Board Training Series: Inclusion and Diversity @ Remote
Aug 18 @ 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm

Common Good VT is pleased to partner with Minnesota Council of Nonprofits to make the following training available to Vermont nonprofits at a discounted rate (Code NCN):

Fee: $45 for MCN members / $65 for nonmembers

Is building an inclusive and welcoming board culture a priority for your organization? While very important, even well-intended efforts to do so can be insensitive and harmful. It matters how your organization recruits board members, and recruiting efforts must be done thoughtfully to create a culture that values every perspective. How do you diversify board membership? How do you set up an environment that welcomes and encourages diverse perspectives? How do you name the privilege that is in inherently in the room to ensure privileged voices sit back?

Event Details

This workshop is one session of a four-part board training series. The other sessions are Legal Duties on July 7, Nonprofit Finance on July 21, and Models of Governance on August 4 from 3:30 – 5 p.m. central each day. Use the registration button at the top this page to register only for the Inclusion and Diversity workshop. Use the following link to register for the full series for $115 for members and $165 for nonmembers: Register for the full series.

Special discount for this series: This workshop series is great for groups of board members and executive staff to attend together. Register more and save! As a special offer for this series only, buy three series registrations at the regular price and receive a fourth series registration for free. Instructions for group registrations are available on our Event and Registration FAQ page.

Please note that this special discounted rate is only for registrations to the full four-part series and does not apply to registration to individual workshops in the series.

MCN strives to support the learning and growth of the next generation of nonprofit leaders through relevant skill- and vision-building programs that center equity and justice and address historical barriers to participating and leading in the nonprofit sector. In this context, we are offering a limited number of sponsored, free registrations to individuals who have never or are not currently serving on a board of directors. BIPOC and historically underrepresented individuals are encouraged to submit a request. Free registrations will be on a first come, first served basis. Please email Dr. Bradley Wolfe at bwolfe@minnesotanonprofits.org to submit your request to attend the series for free.

This event will have AI captions via Zoom’s transcription function. Please note that these captions are automatically generated by the computer software and may not always accurately transcribe what is said. If you need professional captioning, or have another accessibility accommodation, please email MCN’s program assistant with your request at least two weeks prior to the start of the event. Although we will attempt to meet all accessibility requests, late request may not be fulfilled.

Speaker Information

BHayesThe most important thing about Bukata Hayes is that he is the son of Dia Damani and Karen Hayes, husband to Lisa and father to Damani, Jalen, Zavier, and Zuri. In addition to this, he has served as the Executive Director of the Greater Mankato Diversity Council, a non-profit, focused on diversity, inclusion and equity in Southern Minnesota since September, 2006. In March 2020, he co-authored a book titled, WRITE on RACE to be RIGHT on RACE Resource Journaling Guide which is a self-study on race highlighting its many impacts on our communities. He also co-hosts a local radio show and podcast called DEI: Engaged Exchanges which discusses issues with diversity, equity and inclusion with local and statewide leaders. Bukata received his Bachelor’s Degree in Exercise Physiology from the College of St. Scholastica in Duluth, Minnesota. He has membership and/or is on the board of numerous organizations such as the Mankato Chapter of the NAACP (Executive Committee), Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative Board (President), Blue Cross Blue Shield Foundation Board (Vice President) and the Blandin Foundation Board.