Event Calendar

Webinar Series: The Role of the Board Chair @ Webinar
Jan 30 @ 12:00 pm – Feb 20 @ 1:00 pm

Common Good Vermont is partnering with Washington Nonprofits to bring you this online course in February. The four sessions take place Thursdays, January 30th through February 20th from 12:00pm to 1:00pm. The cost is $80 for Vermont Nonprofits in our network! Read below to learn more and register at Washington Nonprofits.


Four 60-minute webinars, Thursdays, January 30, February 6, 13, & 20, 2020

$80 Nonprofits In Common Good VT Network

Whether you’re just stepping into this leadership role or are a seasoned board leader, this training will help you be more effective in your role. You’ll learn how to bring your best leaderful self to the board chair role, artfully facilitate meetings that net results, and improve the leadership work of the board as a whole.

Leading a group of governance volunteers can be challenging as well as rewarding. Serving as the chair of the board is not a role for the uninspired and undecided. In this course, participants will learn about the chair’s responsibility in strengthening and improving the leadership work of the board as a whole.

This course is a great primer for new board chairs and an excellent refresher for more seasoned board members! Whether you’re a current chair, chair-elect, or head up a committee, this workshop covers leadership skills every board member needs. Topics include: leadership characteristics of effective board leaders, key relationships in and out of the board room, your leadership legacy, facilitating meetings that matter, and ways to engage individual board members.

At the end, you’ll have tips and tools to help you start your term with confidence and enthusiasm!

Learning Outcomes:

You will leave with:

  • A better understanding of the board chair’s responsibility in strengthening the work of the board as a whole.
  • Strategies that can help you lead more effectively as a board chair.
  • Ways to more effectively structure board meetings and engage individual board members at meetings.

Who Should Attend: Board Members, incoming Board Chairs, other committee chairs, and Executive Directors are encouraged to attend

Sessions take place Thursdays from 12:00pm to 1:00pm Pacific Time.


Part 1: What Kind of a Leader are You?
Thursday, January 30, 2020 – 12:00pm – 1:00pm PST 

  • The Changing Landscape of Nonprofit Leadership – What’s Important Now
  • Characteristics of Great Board Leaders –How do You Measure Up?
  • Your North Star – What Will Your Legacy Be?

Part 2: What’s Your Job as Board Chair?
Thursday, February 6, 2020 – 12:00pm – 1:00pm PST

  • Common Mistakes and Frustrations
  • The Do’s and Don’t’s of Effective Chairmanship
  • How to Make the Most of Key Relationships, including the Board Chair – ED partnership

Part 3: Meetings that Matter
Thursday, February 13, 2020 – 12:00pm – 1:00pm PST

  • The Bone structure: A Masterful Agenda, Meeting Mechanics, Strategic Information, Ways to Evaluate Meetings
  • Shaping Powerful Questions that generate great discussion

Part 4: Presiding vs Facilitating 
Thursday, February 20, 2020 – 12:00pm – 1:00pm PST

  • How to Develop Facilitative Leadership
  • Communication Tips for Effective Listeners
  • The people side of things – managing meeting dynamics and conflict

All sessions will be recorded and the recording will be available to all registered participants. Participants who are unable to attend one or more of the sessions will still have access to all course materials.

We are committed to making our online courses as accessible as possible to all learners. Please contact us with any concerns or requests.


Amanda Madorno is a leadership coach, consultant and planning facilitator who helps nonprofit leaders and their teams drive personal and organizational change. After many years in the nonprofit sector as a fundraiser and executive, Amanda began consulting in 1994 and incorporated Roam Consulting LLC in 2001. Her firm focuses on helping leaders build the skills they need to lead with excellence, successfully navigate change, and create productive teams. She believes emotional intelligence is the cornerstone of leadership excellence and is certified EQ practitioner.

A seasoned nonprofit interim executive, with more than 17 interim assignments under her belt, she brings real-life leadership experience to her coaching and consulting practice. Her clients include community health clinics, Native American tribes, associations, museums, independent schools, social service agencies and Fortune 500 companies. Credentialed in Equine Experiential Learning, Amanda blends her horse sense with her understanding of leadership. Leadership with Horses is an innovative leadership development experience that draws leaders and teams from around the globe. They join Amanda and her herd of horses in the arena to work together and make breakthroughs in their leadership skills and competencies.


“I found all the suggestions on how to conduct a good board meeting to be relevant. I made a list and plan to introduce many of them at my organization.”

“I found all the suggestions on how to conduct a good board meeting to be relevant. I made a list and plan to introduce many of them at my organization.”

Project Management for Nonprofits Workshop @ University of Vermont
Feb 13 all-day

Purpose: Introduce basic PM concepts and value non-projects


At the end of the workshop participants will be able to:

  • Explain how PM helps organizations reach their goals
  • Apply the Triple Constraint Diagram to a project
  • Prepare a basic risk register, change request log, and work breakdown structure (note: subject to change)
  • Know where to get more training

Date: February 13, 2020

Format: Short talks followed by group exercises based on a non-profit case/situation

  • 8-8:30 Registration and Networking
  • 8:30-10 Workshop
  • 10-10:30 Networking Break
  • 10:30-11:30 Workshop

Venue: Delta Hotel

Hospitality: Coffee/Tea/Juice and Continental Breakfast

Cost: $35

Audience: 10-30 representatives from non-profits including

  • Event planners
  • Board members
  • Fund raisers
  • Leadership team
  • Any person engaged in delivering on a non-profit mission

Sponsors: UVM-CDE and PMICV

The Science & Art of Grant-Writing
Feb 21 all-day
The Science & Art of Grant-Writing @ Rutland | Vermont | United States

The Science & Art of Grant-Writing

Friday, Feb. 21, 9:00 – 4:00

Stafford Technical Center

Adult & Continuing Education

Rutland, Vermont

Cost: $159

This seminar provides concrete, practical guidance for preparing successful grant proposals. You will learn how to organize proposals and build a compelling case to effectively “sell” programs to funders, as well as tips and tricks to make your proposals stand out. We discuss strategies to fully meet common grant application requirements, how to develop realistic program results/benefits, the importance of proposal appearance and grant opportunity search strategies. No experience necessary, but you should be comfortable expressing your ideas in writing.

Advanced Grant-Writing: Tackling the Tough Topics

Goals & Objectives; Outcomes & Evaluation; Building Budgets

Friday, April 17, 9:00 – 4:00

Stafford Technical Center

Adult & Continuing Education

Rutland, VT

Cost: $159

This workshop is designed for those who have some proposal writing experience or have taken “The Science & Art of Grant-Writing.” We cover the “sticky issues” that are most challenging: translating project ideas into clear, measurable goals, objectives and activities; determining outcomes to demonstrate you’ve attained project aims; designing effective, easy-to-implement evaluation strategies; and building realistic budgets (including the often-vexing match requirement).


To learn more and register:  http://staffordonline.org/product-category/other-educational-opportunities/ or call Maryanna at 802.770.1178.  Any questions? annelezak@gmail.com

Evaluation comments from workshop participants:

“Super useful. Anne knows her stuff and is a positive and engaging teacher.”
“I was able to get very practical help! I feel like I can leave today and actually start my grant proposal.”
“Anne has a wealth of knowledge and broke everything down in a way I could readily understand.”

Webinar: 12 Questions You Can Ask Donors AFTER They Say Yes @ Webinar
Mar 12 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

About the presenter

Andy Robinson
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Andy Robinson (www.andyrobinsononline.comprovides training and consulting for nonprofits in fundraising, board development, marketing, earned income, planning, leadership development, facilitation, and train-the-trainer programs. He specializes in the needs of organizations working for human rights, social justice, artistic expression, environmental conservation, and community development. Over the past 25 years, Andy has worked with nonprofits in 47 US states and Canada. He is the author of six books, including Train Your Board (and Everyone Else) to Raise Moneywww.trainyourboard.com. His latest is What Every Board Member Needs to Know, Do, and Avoid. When he’s not on the road, he lives in Plainfield, Vermont.
Planned Giving 101 @ Hotel Vermont
Mar 19 all-day

Planned Giving 101

Hosted by NH & VT Council of Charitable Gift Planners
Thursday, March 19, 2020

NH & VT Council of Charitable Gift Planners Member (and guest): Free
Non-Members: $60/person

It’s easy to find yourself paralyzed by the complexities and minutiae of complicated planned giving vehicles – and to become convinced that planned giving is way beyond your reach. But really, it’s not.

This workshop helps even the smallest shops focus on ways to effectively and efficiently “get in the game” with planned giving. We will avoid the arcane detail of the more complex planned gifts, and will instead focus on basic action steps for developing a planned giving strategy that works for your organization. We’ll help participants develop an appreciation for the fundamental difference between a donor’s income and assets, and how to focus on the most likely and simpler planned gifts that will convert those assets into gifts for your organization. We’ll also discuss how to make your organization “a planned giving kind of place.”

Participants will develop an understanding of the financial and psychological motivations for donors, and how – even if you are a small nonprofit – you can create and develop a successful and impactful planned giving program that can complement and enhance your annual fundraising efforts.

May we introduce our speakers…

Al Cantor is principal of Alan Cantor Consulting LLC, based in Concord, New Hampshire. He works with nonprofit organizations on issues of resource development, strategic planning, governance, and executive leadership. Prior to starting his consulting business in 2012, Al had thirty years of experience in the New Hampshire nonprofit sector.

In addition to his consulting work, Al is a prolific writer, presenter, and keynoter on issues relating to the nonprofit sector. He is a frequent contributor to the opinion pages of the Chronicle of Philanthropy, Nonprofit Quarterly, and Philanthropy Daily, and he has been cited by publications including The New York Times, The Boston Globe, Barron’s, Atlantic Monthly, Bloomberg News, Pro Publica, and Vanity Fair.

Al is a board member and immediate past president of the NH & VT Council of Charitable Gift Planners. He is an avid cyclist, hiker (having completed the New Hampshire 4,000-footer club in 2017), and reader, with a special affinity for history.

Theresa Curry, J.D., Assistant Vice Chancellor for Development and Executive Director of Gift Planning at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst joined UMass as an experienced and successful attorney and planned giving professional. Prior to joining UMass, she served as the Assistant Vice President of Gift Planning & Administration at UNH Foundation, where she transformed the gift planning program and played a vital role in the success of its recent Campaign. She is an experienced attorney having practiced law in the areas of business, probate, estate planning and non-profit law in Massachusetts, Oregon, California and Minnesota. Theresa began consulting and working in Gift Planning in 1998. After moving to New England, she established the gift planning program at Merrimack College. She also worked for the ALS Association as their Regional Director of Philanthropy for their East Coast operation. Theresa speaks and presents locally and is the immediate past program chair for the New Hampshire and Vermont Council of Charitable Gift Planners. She is also involved in the Planned Giving Group of New England. Theresa lives with her husband and daughter in Newburyport, Massachusetts and is an avid and accomplished athlete having completed several cycling events and races, marathons, ultra-marathons and triathlons.

VBSR’s 30th Annual Spring Conference (Save the Date)
May 13 all-day

Throughout the day, you will engage in workshops designed to help CSR-minded professionals find new opportunities through values-led work. Attendees will enjoy a localvore menu, visit with 40+ exhibitors, and enjoy a cocktail reception and networking opportunities with more than 300 forward-thinking business professionals.