Training & Networking

Training & NetworkingA main goal of the Los Alamos Community Foundation is to provide financial and organizational support to those local nonprofits that address needs in our community. The following LACF initiatives provide opportunities for peer connection, community dialogue, and professional development.

Executive Directors Roundtable

There is no better way to learn than from your peers. LACF is organizing a regular meeting time for the Executive Directors of local nonprofits so they can exchange ideas and learn best professional practices. If you are the executive director of a local nonprofit and would like to participate, please contact us for more information and schedule.

Training Sessions for Los Alamos Nonprofits

Nonprofit training sessions are designed to assist Los Alamos organizations become more efficient, professional and productive. These sessions are jointly sponsored by Los Alamos Community Foundation in conjunction with the LANL Foundation and the University of New Mexico – Los Alamos. Nonprofit executive directors, staff, board members and volunteers are always welcome and encouraged to attend.

Ryn Herrmann and I attended the LACF free seminar on the importance of Strategic Planning. Felicia Orth was the speaker. She is clearly highly qualified in this area and was an inspiring speaker. She gave clear explanations about what to do and why and even gave us step-by-step instructions for getting started. The Bradbury Science Museum Association asked her to facilitate our strategic planning meeting. Felicia was very willing and very engaged and very helpful! Thank you to the LACF and to Felicia for offering this kind of service to area non-profit organizations.” – KayLinda Crawford, member of BOD of Bradbury Science Museum Association.

This what we’ve got planned for the future and a review of what we’ve done in the past.

2019 – 2020 Nonprofit Training Program
Board Development, Marketing/Communications, Fundraising
UNM-Los Alamos, Los Alamos, NM

This year, LACF will offer three in-depth training workshops to help local nonprofits build their capacity in core areas. Each session will be approximately three hours long, and ideally will be attended by 2-3 members per organization (including staff and/or board members). Nonprofits will leave each workshop with an immediately usable, measurable action plan.

The Details

Workshops will be facilitated by the Center for Nonprofit Excellence, and will be based on the New Mexico Nonprofit Principles & Practices Guide.  New this year is a fee of $25 per person per event, which will include the cost of lunch. Registering for all three sessions reduces the cost to $20 per person per event.  

Register here.  (And choose the “2019-20 LACF Workshop Package Deal” to sign up for all three sessions at the discounted rate.)

2019-20 Nonprofit Training Program

Board Development 
Wednesday, October 23, 2019
9:00am – 12:30pm
Advance your fundamentals for Board Development with this in-depth workshop, building on the goals your organization set at the LACF Annual Conference (May 2019), or starting fresh. This session will look at key board responsibilities, expectations, and best practices, with a focus on identifying and tackling your organization’s biggest challenge(s) around board development. 

Marketing & Communications
Wednesday, January 22, 2019
9:00am – 12:30pm
Re-examine your organization’s current marketing and communications practices to ensure that they align with your mission and goals. Develop an action plan with strategies that will build support for your work and grow your audience. 

Fundraising
Wednesday, April 22, 2019
9:00am – 12:30pm
Evaluate your organization’s current fundraising practices. Identify and set targeted metrics that will advance your mission and align with your strategic plan.

The 2019-20 Nonprofit Training Program is underwritten by generous support from:

Past Nonprofit Training Sessions

Rise of the “B” Corp (and What it Means for Nonprofits)

Thursday, June 13, 2019
5:00 – 6:00pm
Room 505, Building 5, UNM-LA
Register: https://alamos.fcsuite.com/erp/donate/list/ticket
Cost: Free

“B” Corps represent a movement of entrepreneurs who are proud of their organization’s positive impact, whether it is improving the livelihoods of their workers, strengthening their communities, or revolutionizing current green practices. The common thread linking Certified B Corporations® is that they define success as more than money – using the “B” Corp assessment and a triple bottom line of People, Planet, and Profit. For traditional nonprofit organizations, “B” Corporations represent a big opportunity for growth if the right kind of partnership can be found.

The speaker for this event is Christopher Fortson, Marketing Manager and an employee-owner of Positive Energy Solar. Positive Energy Solar was the first company in New Mexico to achieve “B” Corporation status. They have since helped other companies like Meow Wolf to obtain their “B” Corp status. Christopher grew up in Los Alamos and earned his degree in Business Administration from UNM Anderson School of Business.

Nonprofit training sessions sponsored by the Los Alamos Community Foundation are made possible with generous support from the Con Alma Health Foundation and UNM-Los Alamos.

Getting Your Ducks in a Row to Apply for Grants

Friday, May 3, 2019
11:00am-2:00pm
Pig and Fig Café (11 Sherwood Blvd, White Rock, NM)
Buffet lunch Included
Cost: $100
Register here:  https://alamos.fcsuite.com/erp/donate/list/event?event_date_id=1034

The Los Alamos Community Foundation will provide a 2/3 subsidy for the first eight participants that register.  The event is limited to 25 participants. Included in the workshop:

– Organizational self-assessment of readiness for funding
– The importance of diverse “braided” funding streams and best practices
– Choosing grants which match your organization’s mission, capacity and scope
– The basics of a compelling grant proposal
– Grants as a component of an organizational strategic plan
– Workshop director will be available for one-on-one consultation from 2 to 3 PM

Questions? Contact Ellen at ellenmorrisbond@gmail.com or 505-231-5382

Workshop Leader: Ellen Morris Bond, M.S., former Executive Director of Self Help, Inc. and graduate of UC-Davis Dept. of Community Development.  

Nonprofit training sessions sponsored by the Los Alamos Community Foundation are made possible with generous support from UNM-Los Alamos and the LANL Foundation.

Creating an 8-Step Strategic Communication Plan for Nonprofits

Thursday, February 21, 2019
5:00 – 6:00pm
Lecture Hall (room 230), Building 2, UNM-LA
Light refreshments will be served
Register: https://alamos.fcsuite.com/erp/donate/list/ticket
Cost: Free

Do you ever wonder about the best way to use your marketing resources? When you use this simple method of strategic planning your communication plan will be a logical extension of your organization’s goals, your message will resonate with the people who will help you reach your goals, and you will deliver the messages using the most effective tactics for the given situation. This session will also drill down on using email marketing to drive engagement and donations.

The speaker for this event will be Mandy Marksteiner. Mandy is the owner of Mandy Marksteiner, LLC, a local a freelance copywriter and content marketing strategist.

Nonprofit training sessions sponsored by the Los Alamos Community Foundation are made possible with generous support from UNM-Los Alamos and the LANL Foundation.

New Mexico Principles and Practices Guide Information Session

Thursday, December 6th
5:00 – 6:00pm
UNM-LA, Building 6, Room 631
Register: https://alamos.fcsuite.com/erp/donate/list/ticket
Cost: Free

Join us to learn more about the New Mexico Nonprofit Principles & Practices Guide that was developed by the Center for Nonprofit Excellence (CNPE). The Guide, and corresponding Companion Workbook, were created with support from a fifty-member Advisory Committee and have been designed to help nonprofit organizations determine specific practices to implement in order to strengthen governance and operations at their organization.

During this information session you will learn:

  • How to navigate the Guide and pinpoint best practices in nonprofit management
  • How to use the Companion Workbook to prioritize practices to implement
  • How to build organizational capacity using related support services

The speaker for this event will be Larry Alei. Larry is the Director of The Center for Nonprofit Excellence and is a proud Los Alamos Hilltopper, class of ’79.

Nonprofit training sessions sponsored by Los Alamos Community Foundation are made possible with generous support from UNM-Los Alamos and the LANL Foundation.

“Strategies for Increasing Your Charitable Impact”

Thursday, November 1st
5:30 – 7:00pm
UNM-LA, Building 2, Room 230

Join us for a joint event with Los Alamos National Bank, and hear from trust officer Dean Cross on ways to incorporate planned giving and legacy giving strategies into your organization’s fundraising efforts. Dean will lead an informative discussion on how individuals and organizations can increase their charitable impact by utilizing these techniques. This seminar is open to individuals and nonprofit organizations.
Light refreshments will be served.

RSVP to info@losalamoscf.org if you are able to join us.

Nonprofit training sessions sponsored by Los Alamos Community Foundation are made possible with generous support from UNM-Los Alamos and the LANL Foundation.

Breaking Away from Conventional Charity: Social Entrepreneurship for Sustainable Impact

Jeff Snell, CEO, International Folk Art Alliance

Thursday, August 16th, 5:00 – 6:00pm

UNM-LA, Wallace Hall, Building 5, Room 505

Often defined as the blurring of the nonprofit and for-profit sectors, the concept of social entrepreneurship helps nonprofits think differently about their revenue streams, and set themselves up for sustainable social impact.

Our speaker Jeff Snell serves as CEO for the International Folk Art Alliance, the Santa Fe non-profit that produces the annual International Folk Art Market. The Market has worked with more than 900 artisans from around the world, generating $31 million in artist earnings to sustain local economies through social enterprise models. Throughout his career, Jeff has worked to promote social innovation across the nonprofit sector.  He will discuss the ways in which this model can be effectively utilized to improve an organization’s work, and make it less dependent upon traditional fundraising.

Light refreshments will be served.

RSVP to info@losalamoscf.org if you are able to join us!

 

Nonprofit training sessions sponsored by Los Alamos Community Foundation are made possible with generous support from UNM-Los Alamos and the LANL Foundation.

Successful Fundraising —A skill you can learn
Emily McGay, Manager of McGay Consulting, LLC
Thursday, June 7, 6-7pm
UNM-LA, Bldg 6, Room 631, Lecture Hall

Emily is the Manager of McGay Consulting, LLC, a small local consulting firm that works with non-profit organizations on their operations, strategic planning, and board development. Emily also conducts studies such as community needs assessments and feasibility studies for capital development. Emily looks forward to bringing her decades of leadership experience to our nonprofit community to aid in your fundraising efforts.

Non-profits generally raise funds for three purposes, 1) annual support; 2) capital; and 3) endowment. Annual support is very important because you must prove you are a publicly supported organization to the IRS in order to maintain your 501(c)3 status. The current thinking is that one-third of your income should come from contributed dollars. This is a big responsibility. So how do you become successful at asking people for money?

Proven strategies can be learned and implemented that will ensure your success:

  • Set up a campaign committee of staff and volunteers
  • Develop a plan and document the need and the case to include a firm monetary goal
  • Cultivate your potential donors. Visit with them face-to-face to show your enthusiasm for the cause
  • Recruit, train and motivate your volunteers on how to be more successful with their asks
  • Monitor your campaign with report meetings
  • Evaluate your campaign for improvements that can be made the next time.

 

Nonprofit training sessions sponsored by Los Alamos Community Foundation are made possible with generous support from UNM-Los Alamos and the LANL Foundation.

Annual Conference for Nonprofits
Sharing our Vision: Getting the Community Involved
April 20, 2018
Location:  UNM-LA, Building 2, Room 230

 

 

Agenda

8:30 – 9:00am                    Light breakfast and Sign-in

9:00 – 10:00am                 Session I: Why Branding Matters to Nonprofits, Jim Glover and Marianne Tenenbaum, The Idea Group of Santa Fe 

  • Branding “Jeopardy”: You’re already a branding expert
  • Branding 101: Why branding is essential to your mission
  • Discoveries Brand Overview: Benefiting from the new Los Alamos community brand

10:00 – 11:15am            Session II: Ways to Enhance Your Nonprofit Brand, Jim Glover and Marianne Tenenbaum, The Idea Group of Santa Fe    

  • Putting Brands on the Couch: Real-time  branding and marketing strategies and tactics
  • Aha Moments Challenge: Ways to cultivate curiosity and aha moments for your nonprofit

11:15 – 12:00pm               Networking Lunch

  • Network with attendees and presenters
  • Lunch provided

12:00 – 1:00pm                 Session III: The Changing Face of Grantmaking, Cathy Frey, Executive Director,  New Mexico Association of Grantmakers

  • Results of 2017-18 state-wide study on philanthropy
  • How this impacts your fundraising strategies

1:00 – 1:15pm                    Transition to Breakout Sessions

1:15 – 2:15pm                    Session IV:  Breakout Sessions (choose 1)

  •  Internal Controls, Chris Daniels, Finance Director, Los Alamos Family YMCA
    • Viable solutions that are easy to apply
  •  Press Releases and Community Reporting,  Carol Clark, Publisher, Bonnie Gordon, Artistic Director, Los Alamos Daily Post
    • Harnessing the Power of the Media

2:15 – 3:15pm                 Session V:  LACF and United Way of Northern New Mexico

  • Updates on each organization from new  executive director of LACF and UWNNM Board Member

The LACF Annual Conference for Nonprofit organizations is sponsored by Los Alamos Community Foundation in partnership with United Way of Northern New Mexico.  Special thanks to the LANL Foundation for funding support and the University of New Mexico – Los Alamos for providing space for the conference.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The LACF Annual Conference for Nonprofit organizations is sponsored by Los Alamos Community Foundation in partnership with United Way of Northern New Mexico.  Special thanks to the LANL Fou

The LACF Annual Conference for Noprofits is jointly sponsored by Los Alamos Community Foundation in partnership with United Way of Northern New Mexico.  Special thanks to the LANL Foundation for funding support and the University of New Mexico – Los Alamos for providing space for the conference.

Internal Controls for Nonprofits: Viable solutions that are easy to apply.
Chris Daniels, Finance Director, Los Alamos Family YMCA
Thursday, February 8, 5-6pm
UNM-LA, Bldg 2, Lecture Hall

Embezzlement and fraud within the nonprofit sector is probably more common and also more preventable than you would think.  The damage and effect of fraud can be extensive and community trust hard to regain.  By raising your awareness of how it happens and implementing a few simple methods your nonprofit can avoid such a calamity!

In this interactive presentation you will learn about:

  • Common ways that embezzlement and or fraud can occur.
  • The critical areas where controls are most needed.
  • Effective ways to establish internal controls with a limited staff.
  • Specific controls that can be applied immediately with minimal effort.
  • Examples where controls could have prevented fraud or errors.

Slides from this presentation can be found below:

Internal Controls for Non Profits

Nonprofit training sessions sponsored by Los Alamos Community Foundation are made possible with generous support from UNM-Los Alamos and the LANL Foundation.

Attracting and Nurturing Volunteers: A Conversation
Diana Martinez, Los Alamos Family YMCA
and
Todd Nickols, Los Alamos Historical Society
Thursday, October 19, 5-6pm
UNM-LA, Lecture Hall (Bldg 2)

Please join us for this interactive panel discussion,  led by leaders of two local organizations with robust volunteer programs. We will discuss the joys (and pains) of engaging the community in our nonprofit efforts. Among the topics we may touch on are:

  • How to recruit and retain volunteers for your organization
  • Different ways to recognize the work of your volunteers
  • Identify resources for developing or strengthening your own volunteer program
  • How to engage youth volunteers
  • Recruiting  volunteers to help with programming
  • Preparing for group volunteer activities.

Diana and Todd will begin the discussion with their experiences and insights, but we hope to engage the audience with their questions and comments. Please bring your ideas and questions regarding this lifeblood of any nonprofit organization.

We will post the notes from this session here.

YMCA Volunteerism Best Practices