BoardLaunch and OnTrack Training Opportunities 

    Strong nonprofit organizations must have an effective and engaged staff and board of directors. The Community Foundation offers affordable, professional development opportunities to enhance the management and leadership skills of local nonprofit board and staff members.


    BoardLaunch - OnBoard: The Basics of Being an Effective Board Member

    April 20, 2017 - This session is designed to introduce you to the roles of nonprofits and their boards as well as the critical impact the nonprofit sector has in the community.  We will explore trends, effective practices and legal requirements in nonprofit governance as it relates to board members, organizational oversight, securing necessary resources, program implementation and fiscal oversight duties. Upon completion of this session, you will have a clear understanding of what you do and should bring to the nonprofit boardroom and how to best use your skills to advance the mission of the organization you care about most. Learn more & register.

    How to Write Winning Grants & Smile While Doing it! 

    April 25, 2017 - The Community Foundation is pleased to partner with the Central Iowa Grant Professionals Association and additional partners in offering a daylong grant writing conference featuring grant writing expert Dr. Beverly Browning, break-out sessions led by local grant writing professionals and a panel discussion featuring Central Iowa funders. This is a great professional development opportunity for new and experienced grantwriting professionals. Learn more & register.  


    OnTrack - Starting a Nonprofit: What to Know and Alternatives to Consider

    May 8, 2017. You're committed to a cause and are fired up to form a new nonprofit to make a difference. Starting a nonprofit is a major endeavor, and one that shouldn't be taken lightly. It requires planning, time, effort and money to start in addition to developing and maintaining reliable annual income streams. Before assuming that forming a new organization is the best way to get a great idea or program off the ground, it is crucial to consider other options and opportunities. Join us as we discuss what it takes to start a successful nonprofit organization and explore a number of worthy alternatives to help you act on your passion to serve your community. Learn more & register.


    BoardLaunch - Leading with Civility: How to Disagree Without Being Disagreeable

    May 17, 2017. As nonprofit organizations we are committed and passionate about successfully delivering our mission to improve the communities we serve. When passion is present, it is important for board, staff members and volunteers to understand how to disagree without being disagreeable. By learning how to communicate, collaborate and ultimately lead with civility we can inspire active engagement. Join us for this session to learn strategies that can be used to establish and implement the "ground rules" of civility in order to facilitate meetings and conversations that might be difficult or even contentious at times. Learn how civility can become part of your organization's culture and approach to communication among board members, interactions between staff members and with external partners and supporters. Learn more & Register.

    *Please note the Community Foundation does not issue refunds for registration cancellations. Please contact Anna Nalean with any questions or to discuss other potential options.

    For more information

    Anna Nalean

    Director of Nonprofit Relations

    Phone (515) 883-2629