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Welcome to the Nonprofit Newsroom – a one-stop shop for nonprofit organizations to learn about: grant announcements, professional development opportunities, training seminars & workshops, and general bulletins or updates.

This new resource page can help your organization learn about important funding opportunities, develop your staff and stay current with the latest in our local nonprofit sector. The Nonprofit Newsroom page will continually be updated with new events & announcements, so check it often and bookmark the newsroom page as a favorite.  Email [email protected] with your professional opportunity, contact for the event, and a website link for your announcement. We recommend adding your nonprofit organization’s events to the Volunteer Portal.

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You Oughta Be in Pictures: How Infographics Show Impact

Network for Good hosts the How Infographics Show Impact webinar! In our increasingly visual world, huge blocks of text go unread. That's why your nonprofit needs an infographic. Whether it's a snappy graph to make your outcomes look outstanding or eye-catching iconography that showcases services, infographics can present your data in a way that begs to […]


Creating a Donor Communications Plan – WSPN

Naperville Area Chamber of Commerce 55 S Main St, Ste 375, Conf Rm A, Naperville, IL

According to many, the number one reason why donors stop supporting organizations is that they "no longer feel personally connected." A lack of compelling communications is often the result of no plan or strategy to execute it and while donor attrition is a fact of life, it doesn’t have to be accepted. Industry data and […]


Storytelling in 2016 – 5 Things Your Nonprofit Should Do Differently

Did your organization tell stories in 2015? Did you get the result you hoped for? Now that it's January, it's time for a fresh start to storytelling. In this webinar hosted by Bloomerang, Vanessa Chase will cover the five things that nonprofit organizations should be doing differently when it comes to non-profit storytelling. You'll learn […]


6 Keys to Deepen Donor Communication in Good Times…and Bad

Cruz Investments Training Room 605 N. Broadway; Lower Level, Aurora

The Donor Motivation Program is hosting the Lunch and Learn Planned Giving workshop titled 'the 6 Keys to Deepen Donor Communication in good Times...and Bad' Friday, January 29, 2016 at 11:30 a.m. Lunch and Session are Free! You'll Walk Away With: The 7-Step Donor Communication Plan the 6 Keys to Deepen Donor Communication the Simple […]


Amplify Your Brand

This webinar will help senior leaders and board members, as well as marketing, communications, and development teams, understand how to identify their brand promise, communicate that promise to staff, and ensure enduring engagement and advocacy. The topic and content will be most useful to senior leadership and board members, as well as marketing, communications, and […]


7 Things You Need to Know About Volunteer Background Checks in 2016

This webinar reveals key findings from our recent research, Volunteer Screening Trends & Best Practices Report: 2016, to give you a deeper understanding of: •What the biggest screening misperceptions are – and the sad truth about “super” searches •Who and when you should be screening •How to get the highest quality screens without spending a […]


Mastering Work and Life Balance

Mayslake Peabody Estate 1717 W 31st St, Oakbrook, IL

Hosted by WSPN, this workshop is designed to help you find your personal balance before you go over the edge! Michelle Sherbun, certified coach and nonprofit management coach for more than 30 years, will share her own successes and challenges in finding that balance, supply meaningful tools, and engage us in discussions intended to help […]


2017 Community Celebrities – Points of Light & HandsOn Network

For the last five years, the Cabot Community Celebrity Award has honored the powerful achievements and contributions of select volunteers. Together with Points of Light and HandsOn Network, they celebrate those who have dedicated their hearts and time with little thought of personal recognition and rewarded them with a trip of a lifetime. They’ll be identifying […]

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