Engage. Learn. Transform.
May - August 2010
GETTING THINGS DONE
Ever wonder where the work day went? Why your email inbox overflows? Why you never seem to get things
done? Attend this interactive session and learn best practices for staying clear, focused and in control!
This one-day seminar delivers a dynamic, systematic, five-phase approach to dealing effectively with the
incoming “stuff” of our lives - mail, memos, meetings, email, ideas, notes, to-do’s, projects, reference materials,
etc., and provides a practical methodology for utilizing paper-based and computer-based systems to organize it.
Our ability to focus effectively on the job and priorities at hand is too often challenged by the non-stop flood of
required, but not necessarily urgent, input, decisions and actions with which we must deal. Mastering
Workflow teaches a simple, fundamental thought process which participants immediately apply to current
work at hand, creating critical enhancements and seamless integration of their own unique personal
Upon completion, participants experience an increased sense of relaxed, focused control. Projects, action steps,
and supportive information are clarified and organized in a streamlined, workable context. Key issues such
as “personal vs. professional,” staff communications, email overwhelm, filing, reading material, and project
support, are addressed.
Ventura County Office of Education
Tuesday, July 6
9:00am - 4:30pm Conference & Educational Services Center
Fee: $50 covers continental breakfast, lunch & learning materials Boardroom
This session has been generously donated by The David Allen Company 5100 Adolfo Road
Camarillo, CA 93012
Visit www.vccf.org/registration.html and register today!
The Center Welcomes
The David Allen Company!
The David Allen Company is a professional training, coaching, and management consulting
organization, based in Ojai, California, USA. Its purpose is to improve the quality of life by providing
the world’s best information, education, and products that enhance personal and interactive
Founded in 1996 by veteran management consultant, trainer, and best-selling author, David Allen
(Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity), the company provides seminars,
coaching, and products that facilitate the implementation of the best practices of productive work.
For more information, please visit www.davidco.com
Ventura County Community Foundation — Center for Nonprofit Leadership
sponsors & donors connecting to resources
Center for Nonprofit Leadership
Advisory Committee Access to Cutting Edge Resources
Michael Ellingson FREE!! Orientation to Foundation Directory Online
Gary Erickson Jeff Haydon Professional
John Katch Risa Littman Using this top-tier database, you can access 450,000 searchable 990s,
Susan Murphy Sylvia Schnopp
the entire database of 91,500 grantmakers and 1.25 million grants, and
Sally Yount Eric Wallner
Peter Zierhut exclusive funder portfolios featuring news, requests for proposals, key
staff affiliations, printable color charts illustrating grant distributions,
Hugh J. Ralston and more.
VCCF President & CEO
Dena Jenson Join us at our free monthly orientation session and receive hands-on
Vice President & Director,
assistance with this powerful online resource.
Center for Nonprofit Leadership
Program Coordinator Monday, May 3 Monday, July 12
Marylynn McCorkle Monday, June 7 Monday, August 2
Outreach Coordinator 9:30am – 10:30am
Donors There is no fee for these events. Space is limited! Call today to RSVP.
The Amgen Foundation
VCCF Funds for Nonprofit Excellence
1998 Helen M. Yunker Collection for
Bank of America Foundation
Nonprofit Research & Development
California Consumer Protection Foundation
2001 Haas Automation, Inc. Seminars in
Sidney Lyons Memorial Fund
The California Endowment
Joan Merritt Fund to Strengthen Ventura
The James Irvine Foundation
The Wood-Claeyssens Foundation
The Midge & Dave Stork Center Fund
Times Mirror Foundation
Bob & Emily Hall Resource Center Fund
Verizon Foundation VCCF Library Shelf Endowment Fund
Weingart Foundation Nancy Stehle 2002
The VCCF Center for Nonprofit
Wells Fargo Foundation Slover Memorial Fund 2002 Leadership is a Cooperating
Collection of the Foundation Center.
Corporations and Individual Donors
Center Endowment Supporters
Aera Energy LLC
Technology Resource Network As a member of this nationwide
Bill Fairfield in memory of Fred Jones network of libraries, community
Fairfield & Freeman
Mr. & Mrs. R. Whitten Yount
foundations and other nonprofit
Farr Family Fund organizations, the Center provides
Haas Automation, Inc. visitors with free public access to
Samsky Family in memory of
Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Samsky grantmaker directories, books on
Midge Stork fundraising, nonprofit management,
John and Patricia Neff
Robert Katch and the Foundation Center’s
Peter Wakeman electronic database, Foundation
Risa Littman Directory Online - Professional.
Ruth L. Lee Fund
Dr. and Mrs. Christopher Loh The Center for Nonprofit Leadership The fully searchable database
May Department Stores Co. Foundation includes detailed profiles of all
Building Board Leadership
Mid-State Bank & Trust active U.S. foundations, as well as
Montecito Bank & Trust Library for Excellence in Nonprofit Management an extensive file of recent grants
Ojai Oil Company awarded by the nation’s top funders.
Consulting and Customized Training
Andrea Pfister / Pfister Trust
Hugh J. Ralston Foundation Center Cooperating Collection
Hon. & Mrs. Allan Steele Library Hours
Library for Nonprofit Research & Development
Procter & Gamble 10:00am - 4:00pm
Santa Barbara Bank & Trust Planned Giving Initiative Monday - Friday
Technology Works for Nonprofits
Mr. & Mrs. Jeffrey Weber
Mr. & Mrs. R. Whitten Yount Workshops & Networking Opportunities
technology works for nonprofits
Get Going - Design/Tables The faculty spent time with me
Friday, August 6 one-on-one and helped me fix
1:00pm - 4:30pm my problem - the whole reason I
Fee: $35 took the class.
Microsoft Powerpoint Microsoft Powerpoint He had a wonderful
Get Going - Fundamentals Do More approach to the topic and is a
Friday, July 9 Friday, August 6 very patient, clear instructor.
8:30am-12:00pm 8:30am-12:00pm - Recent Technology
Fee: $35 Fee: $35 Workshop Participant
Microsoft Excel Microsoft Excel Mail Merge with
Get Going - Fundamentals Do More - Budgeting Word, Excel, Access, and Outlook
Friday, May 28 Friday, June 25 Friday, July 9
8:30am-12:00pm 8:30am-12:00pm 1:00pm - 4:30pm
Fee: $35 Fee: $35 Fee: $35
Microsoft Word Microsoft Word
Get Going - Fundamentals Do More - Styles
Friday, May 28 Friday, June 25
1:00pm - 4:30pm 1:00pm - 4:30pm
Fee: $35 Fee: $35
What is the “Get Going” Series? The “Get Going” series is designed for users who are new to an application
or have used it minimally. No particular skill level is assumed.
What is the “Do More” Series? The “Do More” series assumes that you are a regular users of an application
and are seeking to develop more advanced skills.
For full workshop descriptions, please visit www.vccf.org/registration.html
building board leadership
County-wide Board Leadership Roundtable
Join us for the June convening of the Quarterly Board Leadership Roundtable! This county-wide event is a
unique opportunity for both new and seasoned Board members to convene for the purposes of networking,
information sharing and addressing mutual successes and challenges unique to their leadership roles.
Guest Speaker: Cynthia King
Focus Topic: Building a Culture of Collaboration
Tuesday, June 8
12:00pm - 1:30pm
Ventura County Office of Education Conference Center, Salon A
5100 Adolfo Road, Camarillo, CA 93012
There is no fee for this event. A light lunch will be served. Pre-registration is a must.
developing sustainable funding
Write Here, Right Now!
***** A five-star grantwriting workshop *****
An INNOVATIVE and FUN approach provided by an EXPERIENCED TRAINER who knows VENTURA COUNTY!
The ABCs of LOIs
This workshop series will include a step-by-step guide to planning
and writing a Letter of Inquiry (LOI) which most funders now require
before inviting full grant proposals.
Who Should Attend?
This is a class for anyone who works with or for nonprofit organizations
applying for any grant -- regardless of your track record, experience,
or organizational budget.
Each participant will receive a FREE copy of Jon O’Brien’s book RIGHT BEFORE YOU WRITE: the Groundbreaking Planning
Process Used to Win More Than $385 Million in Competitive Grant Awards. Upon completion of the six modules, Jon will
offer a lifetime pass, meaning he will answer questions, coach participants through the process of applying for future grants
and read and critique your future submissions!
Jonathan O’Brien’s offbeat, humorous approach incorporates his experiences as a network TV executive, professional
screenwriter, creator/co-host of NPR’s Beyond Words and college screenwriting teacher. With roots in Ventura County, O’Brien
is a consulting program designer and grant writer for K & M Enterprises -- an award winning grant writing team responsible
for raising nearly one-half billion dollars in competitive grant awards. O’Brien’s RIGHT BEFORE YOU WRITE has won six
national book awards and was called by one reviewer “…the funniest book about writing I’ve ever read, and the most serious!”
Week #1 Jon’s Almost World Famous Seven Cs! Week #4 Right Before You Write
Friday, April 9 - 9:00am - 12:00pm Friday, April 30 - 9:00am - 12:00pm
How FUNdamental storytelling principles used by Everything you need to know about the planning
Hollywood’s top screenwriters can help better your writing and writing of WINNING LOIs.
by bettering your thinking.
Week #2 Retooling Your Gray Matter Week #5 Right Writes Itself
Friday, April 16 - 9:00am - 12:00pm Friday, May 7 - 9:00am - 12:00pm
“Tricks of the trade” to make your program design Writing styles of the funded and successful.
more compelling, competitive and fundable.
Week #3 Ask Not What Your Funder Can Week #6 Show and Tell
Do For You But What You Can Do For Your Funder Friday, May 14 - 9:00am - 12:00pm
Friday, April 23 - 9:00am - 12:00pm Receive individualized feedback on your
A new way to look for and approach funders. completed program design.
A limited number of partial scholarships available.
Contact Susan Seale at (805) 988-0196 ext. 110 to inquire
From Participant Evaluations
“I’ve never rated a workshop or seminar this highly before!” “...truly innovative and effective...”
“the Monty Python of Powerpoints!” “...new information not usually found in grantwriting classes.”
“The humor was important in making what might ordinarily be very dry materials interesting and dynamic.”
“...the offer of a ‘Lifetime Pass’ is absolutely incredible...” “Finally, I have some real nuts and bolts that have reshaped my thinking and writing.”
developing sustainable funding
Perfect for the first-time grant writer or those interested
in brushing up on the fundamentals, this introductory
workshop provides an overview of the art of prospect
research and proposal writing.
Through rich discussion and hands-on writing exercises, This intensive, four-part workshop was created for
workshop attendees will learn how to use both print and individuals with at least one-year grantwriting experience
electronic resources available in the VCCF Library for or who have recently completed our Introduction to Proposal
Nonprofit Research and Development and explore the Writing workshop or Grantwriting Bootcamp. Through
basics of writing a winning proposal. Topics include: instruction and practical exercises, the workshop will
how proposals relate to strategic planning and program teach participants a step-by-step approach to preparing
planning, grant research, grant writing terminology and successful proposals and then provide the opportunity
basic components of a proposal. for proposal review and feedback.
At the end of the two sessions, attendees will have During Day One & Two, the workshops will familiarize
developed an outline and draft proposal. Come prepared participants with the stages of preparing a winning
to write and please bring copies of your organization’s proposal, including: program planning, creating
mission statement, project descriptions and background measurable objectives, outcomes and timelines, targeting
materials. funding research and reading “between the lines” of
foundation grant guidelines.
Thursdays, July 15 & 22 Day Three is an optional writing clinic in our Technology
10:00am-4:00pm Center where participants are encouraged to join faculty
Fee: $125 for both days (lunch included) Carrie Roberts and work on writing their proposal.
Instructor: Carrie Roberts, CFRE Day Four, participants will sign up for individualized
Roberts & Associates coaching sessions with Carrie focusing on the proposal
you developed and the research you did. Grantsmanship
topics of concern to participants will also be discussed.
Three Days, August 5, 6 & 13
Meet the Grantmakers 9:00am-3:00pm
Working lunches included
Join our Meet the Grantmakers convening this quarter!
This highly productive panel discussion will provide a Tuesday, August 10
unique opportunity to engage face to face with private 12:00pm-5:00pm
and corporate foundation representatives. They will Optional writing clinic
explain what they are looking for in successful proposals
and how best to determine foundation fit. The event will Fee: $225 for three days & optional writing clinic
afford ample time for questions and answers, networking, Instructor: Carrie Roberts, CFRE
and strengthening relationships with foundation
Register For Workshops
Thursday, May 13
10:00am - 12:00pm Online!
Fee: $40 The Center for Nonprofit Leadership is
Confirmed Panelists will be announced via the proud to offer online registration. You
Nonprofit Enews. may now register for any workshop
from the convenience of your computer.
and register today!
ensuring the future of your nonprofit
Developing a Strategic Online Fundraising Web 2.0: Social Media Tools for
Marketing Plan During a Recession Nonprofits
Tight budgets and tighter economic This seminar shows how any nonprofit Has your nonprofit attracted new donors
conditions make a strategic approach to can develop and execute an Internet through FaceBook or MySpace? Have
nonprofit marketing and advertising a strategy to further its mission – during you connected with supporters through
necessity. But where do you get started? difficult economic times. This topic is LinkedIn? Do you Twitter? This session
What steps do you take? presented with an overall theme of hope illustrates how your nonprofit should use
and opportunity, not doom and despair. these and many other social media tools
Attend this workshop and learn about We’ll examine how fundraising typically to build awareness, raise funds, spawn
the fundamental elements of designing does not suffer as much as expected viral marketing, communicate effectively,
an effective strategic marketing plan during a recession. build online communities, interact with
– including setting goals, identifying your constituents, and drive traffic to your
audiences, crafting your message and We’ll examine how nonprofits are using website.
successfully implementing your plan. the Internet, how they’d like to be using
the Internet, and how they should be using We’ll cover social networking, blogging,
Wednesday, May 12 the Internet (but may be unaware of) – and podcasting, polling, photo/video sharing,
9:00am-12:00pm how to bridge that significant gap easily virtual worlds, search engine optimization/
Fee: $30 and quickly. marketing and more. Learn how to create
Instructor: Scott Harris, an effective social media presence and
Mustang Marketing Friday, June 4
website, how the two should interact, and
how to generate lots of traffic and support.
We’ll examine best practices from Barack
Instructor: Allan Pressel, CharityFinders
Obama’s campaign and other examples.
Friday, June 4
10:00am - 12:00pm
Instructor: Allan Pressel, CharityFinders
Ventura County Nonprofit Leadership Council
Join a group of your peers at the next convening of the Ventura County Nonprofit Leadership Council. The
Council was conceived by a group of local leaders as a forum for both seasoned and emerging nonprofit
executives in Ventura County. Its purpose is to provide opportunities for learning, networking with colleagues,
and further development of leadership skills.
Focus Topic Presenter: Lawrence Greenspun, The Drucker Institute
Ventura County Office of Education
Conference and Educational Services Center
Tuesday, May 25
11:30am - 1:30pm
5100 Adolfo Road
Camarillo, CA 93012
Convened by VCCF Center for Nonprofit Leadership and facilitated by local nonprofit leaders.
Members: No fee, but pre-registration is a must!
Non-members: $15 per person, per Council Meeting
ensuring the future of your nonprofit
Marketing Your Planned Fundraising in Building Blocks of a
Giving Program Challenging Times Planned Giving Program
Marketing is essential to the success of Wondering how your nonprofit will Planned giving fundraising plays a
a planned giving program. Not only manage in this economic downturn? significant role in the success of every
does it communicate the mission of your non-profit. Not only do planned gifts
organization to your constituents, but it This new class will give you a basic help ensure the future of the organization,
shares information on the various ways overview of what you can do to survive, but they offer every donor an opportunity
in which they can support the charity thrive, and succeed in sustaining your to leave a personal legacy with his/her
and provides the development staff with nonprofit during the current economic charity of choice.
a method for prospect identification.This crisis. What we’ll cover:
program will focus on current marketing Many planned gift vehicles also provide
techniques, understanding the different welcome benefits for the donors. This
• What you can do to make sure that
market segments, and how to create a workshop will discuss the building blocks
your nonprofit is positioned to weather
successful marketing plan. necessary to create this valuable program,
the current economic situation. including a prospective donor base,
• The impact of the downturn on marketing strategies, and gift acceptance
Thursday, May 6 philanthropic giving, and how to adapt guidelines. A detailed exploration of
10:00am-12:00pm your fundraising methods and strategies several types of planned giving options
Fee: $30 in the current economy. will be provided.
Instructor: Ilana Ormond • Links and resources that will help you
VP, Philanthropic Services, VCCF to explore approaches that best fit with
your nonprofit’s situation. Wednesday, July 28
Tuesday, June 15 Fee: $30
2:00pm-3:30pm Instructor: Ilana Ormond
Fee: There is no fee for this event VP, Philanthropic Services, VCCF
Facilitator: Scott Ullman
The Foundation Center
Endowment Fundamentals Charitable Gift Annuities
Designed for Nonprofit CEOs, A charitable gift annuity is one of the
Development Staff, and Board Budgeting Basics simplest planned gifts available to donors.
Members, this free workshop will Mutually beneficial, this giving vehicle
discuss the fundamentals of building offers the donor lifetime additional
an endowment, the importance of A well-crafted budget is now more income (some of which is income tax-
policies, oversight and strategies and important than ever. Using case studies, free), a charitable tax deduction, and
how portfolios can be constructed to this workshop teaches you how to the opportunity to leave a legacy with a
provide long term growth. construct a basic budget, develop income nonprofit organization. Rates are very
and expense projections and produce attractive!
Learn about the significant benefits meaningful budget reports.
endowments can secure for the future VCCF is the only nonprofit in our county
of an organization, what donors look Topics will include allocation offering charitable gift annuities that can
for in making endowment gifts, and of administrative costs, estimating benefit any charity of the donor’s choosing.
the basics of creating and sustaining personnel and non-personnel expenses, Join us for this informative seminar to
an endowment. Perfect for current presenting budgets to your board and learn the ABC’s of the charitable gift
endowment fund holders as well cash flow projections. annuity and how it can benefit both your
as those interested in starting an donors and your nonprofit.
endowment. Thursday, July 8
9:00am-12:00pm Tuesday, August 24
Thursday, June 17 Fee: $30 10:00am-11:30am
10:00am-12:00pm Instructor: Doug Green Fee: There is no fee for this class
Fee: There is no fee for this event DH Green Management Consulting Instructor: Ilana Ormond
Facilitator: Hugh Ralston VP, Philanthropic Services, VCCF
President & CEO, VCCF
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April / May July
Write Here, Right Now (6 sessions) 4/9 $175 Mastering Workflow 7/6 $50
Foundation Directory Online Professional 5/3 No fee Budgeting Basics for Nonprofits 7/8 $30
Marketing Planned Giving 5/6 $30 PowerPoint - Get Going 7/9 $35
Strategic Marketing Plan 5/12 $30 Mail Merge 7/9 $35
Meet the Grantmakers 5/13 $40 Foundation Directory Online Professional 7/12 No fee
Nonprofit Leadership Council 5/25 $15 Introduction to Proposal Writing 7/15 & 22 $125
Excel - Get Going Fundamentals 5/28 $35 Building Blocks of Planned Giving 7/28 $30
Word- Get Going Fundamentals 5/28 $35 August
Social Media for Nonprofits 6/4 $30 Foundation Directory Online Professional 8/2 No fee
Online Fundraising During a Recession 6/4 $30 Intermediate Grantwriting 8/5 $225
Foundation Directory Online Professional 6/7 No fee PowerPoint - Do More 8/6 $35
Board Leadership Roundtable 6/8 No fee Access - Get Going 8/6 $35
Fundraising in Challenging Times 6/15 No fee Charitable Gift Annuities 8/24 No fee
Endowment Fundamentals 6/17 No fee
Excel - Do More 6/25 $35
Word - Do More 6/25 $35
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credit card payment. If you are unable to attend a workshop, you must notify the Center at least 48 hours prior to the start of the workshop in order to be
eligible for a credit. VCCF does not offer refunds. We reserve the right to cancel a seminar if our minimum number of registrants has not been met. We will
notify all registrants by phone and will provide a full refund for any workshop we cancel. Please make your check payable to VCCF.
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