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The Future of Work and Your Early Talent Pipeline 

(January 23, 2024 webinar) With the most racially diverse generation in history entering the workforce – GenZ – employers must assess relevant methods to develop and retain diverse early talent. Skills, jobs, and workplace dynamics have been significantly impacted by a global pandemic, new dynamics of work, and social injustices; organizations must adapt to the “future of work.”

Empowering Nonprofits: Leveraging AI for Greater Impact 

(December 12, 2023 webinar) In today's rapidly advancing digital age, Artificial Intelligence (AI) is reshaping industries, and the nonprofit sector is no exception. Whether you're new to AI or looking to optimize its application, this session offers insights into how nonprofits can harness this technology to further their cause, optimize resources, and foster meaningful connections.

The Nuts and Bolts of Program Evaluation: Designing Effective Logic Models and Evaluating Service-Oriented Nonprofits

(May 23, 2023 webinar) View this webinar for the knowledge and tools you need to design effective program evaluations and improve the outcomes of your nonprofit programs. We’ll dive into the essential components of program evaluation for nonprofits, the basics of designing a logic model, and the different methods of program evaluation. We’ll also use real-life case studies to learn about how to measure your nonprofit programs’ success and share the story of your impact with relevant stakeholders.

Making Your Nonprofit’s Case with Storytelling 

(August 30, 2022 webinar) Storytelling is the most powerful tool we have as changemakers. By sharing our authentic personal stories and those of the community we serve (with permission, of course), we can stand out as we stand up for our mission. We attract and inspire an audience that is ready to roll up their sleeves and help us make shifts happen at our nonprofit organization. In this session, we will explore the dynamics of storytelling and create each member of your team’s individual 'elevator pitch' – also known as a verbal business card.

Trends in Philanthropy 

(June 29, 2022 webinar) Have you wondered how current trends may affect your ability to attract funding? This webinar will provide an overview of current trends in philanthropy.

Capital Campaign Readiness: Can You Answer These 6 Questions? 

(March 9, 2022 webinar) Considering a capital campaign? Where do you start? Start by asking and answering six vital questions designed to prepare your nonprofit to enter the process. Designed for executive directors, development leaders and board members, this session will allow you to consider the questions for your own organization while exploring real-world examples from professionals with more than 18 years of capital campaign fundraising experience.

Who Decides Who’s Ready to Build Thriving Community Ecosystems? 

(November 4, 2021 presentation) Nonprofit organizations, funders, and the communities they support, must build capacity to work in relationship with each other, set clear goals, share stories of successes and barriers, find common ground, and establish clear and consistent communications pathways – as prerequisites for any collaborative venture to affect real and lasting change. Funders typically determine whether the nonprofits they support are “ready” to grow, strengthen, or scale, when they should be questioning their own readiness to engage collaboratively in ecosystem innovation. Grantee-Funder power dynamics often inhibit trust building that is crucial to the staying power of many local nonprofit organizations. This session will explore “readiness” barriers that prevent funders, nonprofits, and ultimately their community ecosystems from thriving.

Nonprofits as Social Change Agents: Advocacy for Racial & Economic Justice 

(November 4, 2021 presentation) This session will offer a fact-based, nonpartisan framing of the conditions that perpetuate extreme economic inequality in the United States, using language and concepts that are accessible for everyone.  In order to become conduits for social change, nonprofits must be trauma informed and rooted in an understanding of social movements. Organizations of any size can orient services, outreach, and advocacy efforts in ways that foster healing relationships among individuals and communities, while developing skills and capacity for civic engagement. This session offers tangible ways nonprofits can shift their operations and resources, however limited, toward these goals.

Advancing Equitable Fundraising: Partnering with Communities To Achieve Results 

(November 4, 2021 presentation) Equity and inclusion are at the center of a nonprofit’s mission. What can nonprofits do to build strong partnerships among the communities served and donors? How does an organization expand its fundraising strategy to involve donors who may not have been included in the past? What are the ways all supporters can feel a sense of belonging as we work to create a stronger community? Join this interactive discussion on how community engagement is evolving and how community-centered voices are essential in effective fundraising.

When We All Get Together, What A Day of Learning It Will Be 

(November 3, 2021 presentation) This session will focus on 1) how MDC as network convener, through intentional outreach, partnership development, and centering of racial equity and learning differences facilitated the development of a learning and action network focused on racial equity and special education, 2) how the learning orientation of the network invited diverse organizations and individuals to come together and build collaborative and supportive relationships, 3) how the community and resources of the network supported network members to make a difference for their communities and organizations, and 4) the personal impact for network members during a time of significant community and global stress.