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7 Ways to Make LinkedIn Board Connect Work for Your Nonprofit

Date/TimeThursday, May 16, 2013 at 8:30-10:30am

With nearly two million nonprofit Board seats open, good Board members are hard to find. Yet, according to Taproot Foundation, many professionals want to be on Boards.

How do nonprofits attract the right professionals to their Boards, the ones who want to do the job and who have the particular skills needed by the organization?  The simple answer is - just ask. The longer answer is that you need a conduit to professionals who are genuinely interested.  LinkedIn Board Connect now provides that conduit for nonprofits, at no cost.

Ensure your success with 7 tips from a panel of Board governance and LinkedIn experts including, Michael Davidson, Marc Halpert and Geri Stengel; moderated by Ron Ries.

On LinkedIn, nonprofits must take seven steps to reach and recruit Board members:

  1. Determine the skills and expertise you need on your Board.
  2. Look your best.
  3. Build your network before you need it.
  4. Experiment with search.
  5. Be introduced or go direct.
  6. Build relationships.
  7. Orient nonprofit Board members to ensure their success.


What Executive Directors Desperately Need to Know About Fundraising

Date/TimeTuesday, February 12, 2013 3-4pm ET

Our webinar will focus on addressing the essence of a non-profit leader’s job function – fundraising. This is ironic because the overwhelming majority of executive directors we’ve surveyed tell us it’s the part of the job they enjoy the least. We’ll focus on why EDs struggle with this most essential of tasks and what they can do to significantly direct sufficient time and effort to ensuring organizational sustainability.

This webinar is hosted by CJW Consulting Services through a partnership with Nonprofit Webinars.

Progressive Annual Fund Strategies/Pushing Your Program to the Next level

Date/TimeTuesday, October 30, 2012 3-4pm ET

Whether you have a “one-person shop” or a team of development professionals, achieving the maximum, sustainable results depends upon a clear understanding of what you need to do to get to the next level of support.

This webinar will emphasize that there really are ONLY two ways to increase your (and your program’s) success: by increasing the number of people who give and by increasing the average level of support.

We’ll discuss how to be truly successful – and here’s a liitle preview…you must DO BOTH!

This webinar is hosted by CJW Consulting Services.

How to Manage Nonprofit Executive Transition

John W. Corwin, Principal, Corwin Consulting, LLC

John Corwin has worked for 40 years in the nonprofit/public interest sector. He has served as interim CEO for 10 nonprofits undergoing leadership transition. His insight into nonprofit leadership also comes from working in the nonprofit sector as Executive Director of The Glaucoma Foundation and practicing public interest law at The Legal Aid Society, the Center for Constitutional Rights, and the New York Attorney General’s office, where he was Chief of the Consumer Frauds and Protection Bureau. Mr. Corwin is a member of the Alliance for Nonprofit Management, the American Society of Association Executives, Governance Matters, New York Technical Assistance Providers (NYTAP), and Board Source. He graduated from M.I.T. and Harvard Law School.

DateMay 17, 2012

It's a pivotal moment for the nonprofit sector, as Baby Boomers retire in record numbers, nonprofit chief executives among them. Qualified, experienced leaders aren’t easy to find and, therefore, leadership transitions must be planned and carried out more thoughtfully than ever. 

5 Ways to Ratchet Up Your Fundraising Using LinkedIn -May 7, United Way

Date/TimeMonday, May 7, 2012 1:30-3pm ET

If you're located near Tarrytown, NY, please join us for this in-person event.

We’ll presenting in person at United Way of Westchester and Putnam Not-For-Profit Leadership Summit X

For nonprofits, LinkedIn can be a development and outreach goldmine.

How Nonprofits Can Thrive in Changing Times


John E. Brothers is a recognized leader in the nonprofit and philanthropic arena with more than 20 years experience. He is a national expert in the field of executive leadership, nonprofit effectiveness, sustainability, and assisting organizations in their growing and declining stages.

Brothers has a Doctorate in Law and Policy from Northeastern University, an MPA in Nonprofit Management from New York University, and an MBA in Public Policy from American University. He has also studied at Georgetown University and the London School of Economics. Dr. Brothers is an adjunct professor in social welfare policy at Rutgers University; in nonprofit management at New York University; and recently served as a Visiting Scholar at the Hauser Center for Nonprofit Organizations at Harvard University. He has served in multiple fellowships, including engagements with the Higher Education Consortium for Urban Affairs and the Children's Defense Fund.

Dr. Brothers is also the Editor of the Journal for Nonprofit Management and a Senior Fellow with the Support Center for Nonprofit Management. He is a popular blogger with the Stanford Social Innovation Review and recently collaborated on a book about nonprofit leadership with SAGE Publishing. His latest book,  Building Nonprofit Capacity: Strategic Tools for Managing Change was released by Jossey-Bass in October 2011.

Dr. Brothers, a Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE), is also the Principal of Cuidiu Consulting, a consulting firm serving nonprofit, philanthropic, and government efforts throughout the world. He has been a nonprofit executive in several local, regional, and national nonprofit efforts, including serving as a CEO, COO, and numerous programming roles. Dr. Brothers gravitated toward nonprofit work as a result of his experiences growing up in poverty in Minneapolis, MN.

DateApril 30, 2012

To stay competitive in today’s volatile and ever-changing environment, nonprofit leaders must understand, anticipate, and manage change.

Technology, globalization, a devastating economic recession . . . to stay competitive today’s nonprofits must be able to adapt. The ability to anticipate and manage change is essential for any nonprofit -- large or small -- that wants to survive, let alone grow or thrive.

Trio of Classes Show Nonprofits How to Raise Money and Save While Learning

Date/Time Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2011 2-3:30 pm ET; Wednesday, October 5, 2011 12n-1:30 pm ET; Tuesday, October 18, 2011 2-3:30 pm ET

We heard you.

You’re eager to use LinkedIn to find high-wealth donors, board members, volunteers, and partners who will be passionate about your mission. You know that LinkedIn is a tool every nonprofit can afford -- it’s free! -- but you’re not sure how to put zing in your profile and how to find the gold in that massive database. Having a great profile is a basic tool for connecting with major donors. If you, your team, and your nonprofit don’t shine brightly, you’ll get passed over.

LinkedIn: A Powerful Tool For Nonprofits


Geri Stengel is A "graduate" of the corporate world, Geri is also a mentor and teacher, who is up to date on the latest and best marketing practices, including technology and social media.

At Ventureneer, Geri uses Web 2.0 technology to make networking and learning affordable, convenient, and effective, and to market Ventureneer's services. Yes, she tweets, blogs, networks on LinkedIn and Facebook, and tracks the results of each.

Bottom line: Geri knows teaching, she knows nonprofits, and she knows social media so she can help you bring your marketing, development or fundraising plan into the 21st century without numbing your mind with jargon or "computerese."

Bryan Breckenridge, Head of LinkedIn Nonprofit Solutions, see’s the world through an intrapreneur’s eyes having enabled thousands of nonprofits and commercial organizations to utilize the internet to meet their mission. This spring Bryan joined LinkedIn to launch their LinkedIn Nonprofit Solutions program. Previously, Bryan spent nine years at where he helped launch their program for nonprofits. Bryan keeps a popular blog called Belief Energy.

Marc W. Halpert is Managing Partner, Your Best Interest LLC and its divisions: e-giving and connect2collaborate.
Since leaving the corporate world in 2001, Halpert has started two companies offering paperless electronic payment services to optimize the cash flow of and speed collections to:

  • retailers, particularly small- and mid-sized businesses (Your Best Interest LLC)
  • professional and membership groups, and not-for-profit organizations (e-giving).

In his latest business, Connect2Collaborate, Halpert uses his skills in networking and his LinkedIn evangelism to train and coach others. Connect2Collaborate gives business people with whom he connects the opportunity to become clients of his customized cash flow and payment services. Everyone benefits simultaneously: improved business cash flow and new business collaboration.

Maria Semple is principle of The Prospect Finder LLC, an organization that helps nonprofit organizations and financial advisors identify their best matches for donors or client prospects. Her firm specializes in prospect research on high-net-worth individuals, foundations. and corporations. She also provides training seminars and webinars for staff members who wish to augment their prospect research skills.

Semple is a highly sought-after speaker whose past speaking engagements have included the Association of Professional Researchers for Advancement, the Support Center for Nonprofit Management, and New York University’s Heyman Center for Philanthropy and Fundraising. In 2007, she authored two downloadable and interactive prospecting tools, which include an extensive compilation of research resources.

DateAugust 10, 2011

For nonprofits, LinkedIn can be a development and outreach goldmine.

Board Development: Five Steps to Getting Your Dream Board

Date/TimeWednesday, September 29, from 11 am-12n ET  

Your nonprofit board is key to good governance and effective fundraising. Board members must be engaged, passionate, and aware of their responsibilities in order to guide your organization through challenging times.

The board members are your ambassadors in the community, your biggest fans, and your gateway to contributions and fundraising. Building an effective board takes the right attitude, a plan, and time. And it should be at the top of your "to do" list.

With the 5 steps you'll learn in this webinar, you'll be able to develop a more effective board. Learn from a seasoned former executive director and veteran consultant how to: 

  • Deal with problem board members,
  • Manage your board chair,
  • Use helpful tools to make the process theirs, not yours!

Strategic Planning: Building Your Roadmap for the Future

Date/TimeThursday, July 22, 2010 12n - 1pm ET

Strategic planning is a necessity these days. A strategic plan is the road map that defines where your organization is going -- its mission -- and how it will get there using measurable goals, strategies, objectives, and a 12-month work plan. 

Stakeholders want to see your map before signing on for the journey.

Funders want to review strategic plan to see how funds will be used; board members want to see the plan before they agree to serve; and staff want to know the focus and deliverables that the organization expects of them. 

Good strategic planning is a process that gives all those vested in the organization an opportunity to provide input and comment.  It includes:

  • reviewing trends and opportunities, 
  • gathering information on best practices, 
  • identifying your organization's strengths and weaknesses. 

Writing a strategic plan usually involves a board retreat as well as staff input. It certainly requires the leadership of someone familiar with the process and with the organization. The planning process for every organization is unique; it must be fit your organizational culture and board expectations.

Use the information in this nonprofit online seminar to lead your organization through the strategic plan process.


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