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Buck: New year, new schedule of tools

Published: Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2017 11:17 p.m. CDT
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Julianne Buck

A new year means a new schedule of Nonprofit Tools for Success!

This is a monthly workshop of peers who gather to learn tools to help make their nonprofit life more efficient and impactful. Topic ideas are submitted by the peers. Sometimes we have a guest speaker who is an expert on a topic; other times we simply talk around the table and learn from one another. There’s quite a bit of talent in this county!

As we wrapped up last November’s National Philanthropy Day event, we created a parking lot of topics to cover at future nonprofit tools workshops. Most of the ideas focus on marketing and increasing a nonprofit’s ability to engage more donors. Other topics include board development, nonprofit finances and strategic planning.

Nonprofits juggle trying to reach as many residents as possible while still watching the budget. Toward that, our Feb. 7 guest speaker is Thomas Kimes, postmaster for the Morris branch of the U.S. Postal Service. He and a colleague will introduce us to the new “Every Door” direct mail service as well as review updates for bulk mail.

The March 7 topic will be “Giving Tuesday.” Yes, it’s a November annual event, but much planning needs to be done in advance to assure its success.

Nonprofit tools workshops are on the first Tuesday of the month at 8:30 a.m. at the Community Foundation of Grundy County, 520 W. Illinois Ave., in the historic Coleman Hardware Building in Morris. All nonprofits in the area are invited to attend. This includes agencies, nonprofits, governments, libraries, schools and churches.

If you have questions or have an idea for a future workshop, please contact me at 815-941-0852 or julie@cfgrundycounty.com.

• Julianne Buck is the executive director for the Community Foundation of Grundy County.

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IF YOU GO

WHAT: Inexpensive mail options for nonprofits

WHEN: 8:30 a.m. Feb. 7

WHERE: 520 W. Illinois Ave., Morris

CONTACT: 815-941-0852

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