8 workshops in foundation's Non-Profit Learning Series

Thursday, January 27, 2011

GREENCASTLE -- Vibrant non-profit organizations are a hallmark of a successful community.

Toward this end, the Putnam County Community Foundation provides high-quality, low-cost workshops designed to help local non-profit organizations, churches, and units of government move to the next level of community service and leadership.

Called the Non-Profit Learning Series, the curriculum covers topics recommended by workshop attendees, such as strategic planning, board governance, marketing, development, event planning, and financial accountability. In addition, scholarships are available to non-profits who apply to receive grant writing training or individualized consultation.

The first workshop in the 2011 Learning Series is scheduled at the Inn at DePauw on Feb. 28 and is titled "What YOU Bring to the Table: Assessing Yourself, Board and Staff."

This highly interactive seminar will lead staff, volunteers and board through a series of personal and organizational assessments to identify strengths and opportunities for greater nonprofit service and intrinsic fulfillment. Embracing regular evaluations as part of the organization's governance standards can contribute to the board's overall teamwork and communication abilities.

The evaluation process helps reaffirm the board's contributions to the organization. It can also highlight areas where each director, the board as a whole, or the organization should improve -- thus establishing a plan of action.

The Putnam County Community Foundation was established in 1985 and administers nearly 220 funds and endowments for donors, supporting a variety of charitable purposes.

All eight workshops in the Non-Profit Learning Series are scheduled on the fourth Monday of the month from 11a.m. to 2 p.m. To obtain the schedule of this year's sessions and to register for a workshop, visit the foundation's website at pcfoundation.org or contact Marcus Whited, office manager, at mwhited@pcfoundation.org or 653-4978.

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