Leadership Bend Impact Summit Nonprofit Workshops

The Leadership Bend Impact Summit is built around five capacity-building workshops, designed to help nonprofits learn skills and tools to help them advance their mission. In addition to those workshops, the five nonprofits selected to participate in Pitch for a Purpose will also receive pitch coaching to help them prepare their pitches.

Workshops will be scheduled every two weeks, beginning in February and ending in April.

The executive director/program director and a member of the board (need not be the same board member for each session) must attend each workshop. Please make sure the executive director/program director is available to attend all workshop dates before applying.

Workshop dates are provided below:

Workshop #1
Strategic Business Planning, 2/5/19, 3 – 6 p.m.
Strategic planning helps guide what a nonprofit is, who it serves, what it does, and why it does it, with a long-term organizational view. A good business plan supports and implements the strategic plan, informing organizations how to best reach their long-term goals through shorter-term decision making. In this workshop you’ll learn how to effectively develop both and use them as dynamic tools to increase the impact of your organization


Workshop #2
Finance, 2/21/19, 3 – 6 p.m.
For every nonprofit, budget strategies and finance management are key to a successful operation. Elements inherent to any organization’s financial program include allocating resources, fundraising, strategizing and planning, and audits and reviews. This workshop will cover all of these elements and provide a solid foundation to build and develop a financial program.


Workshop #3
Governance & Impact Measurement, 3/5/19, 3 – 6 p.m.
A nonprofit cannot be successful without a cooperative relationship with its board. Your board is there to help advance the mission of your organization. Knowing the role and responsibility of the board and how to effectively communicate with the board are critical to the prosperity of a nonprofit. This is a great opportunity to learn about governance from a facilitator with vast experience working with nonprofit organizations. Learn how your organization can show a measurable impact from the donations you’ve worked hard to get. More and more, companies that give to nonprofits are looking for tangible results that can be shared with their own stakeholders and customers who share their values. With measurable impact as a growing corporate giving requirement, gaining the skills you need to give your donor the “results” they seek can lead to more repeat contributions for you.


Workshop #4
Marketing & Strategic Communications, 3/26/18, 3 – 6 p.m.
Who you are and how you tell your story are important parts of your nonprofit’s brand. They go hand-in- hand with your organization’s look and feel, helping you engage your clients, donors and volunteers. Learn the importance of marketing, branding and strategic communications, and how to do them well.


Workshop #5
Pitching, Date and Time TBD
Nonprofits often find themselves pitching their organizations, projects and programs to donors and partners. Being able to talk about what you do in ways that connect with the audience is important. Learn how to develop and deliver a pitch that engages and inspires.


Workshop #6
Pitch Coaching, Date and Time TBD
The nonprofits selected to participate in Pitch for a Purpose will receive focused pitch coaching. They will practice their presentations in a group setting. A pitch coach will provide feedback and help them refine their pitches before presenting them at Pitch for a Purpose.

NOTE: Workshops topics and dates are subject to change, based on presenters’ schedules. Out of respect for your time, we will make every reasonable effort to hold workshops on the dates and times listed above.