Winter 2013 Webinars Announced

The Fruition Coalition’s Winter 2013 webinars are focused on capacity building. These classes will strengthen your organization to position it for sustainability and success. Each online class costs $45 and includes a free comprehensive e-Workbook ($19.99 value). Classes begin at 11 a.m. Eastern time.

Grant Proposal Writing

February 8, 2013

This class will prepare both inexperienced and seasoned grant proposal writers for successful writing and project management. Topics covered include identifying prospective donors, developing relationships with philanthropic partners, grant proposal structure and contents, organizing the writing process with a team, budgeting, and managing grants that have been received. Students will receive a free copy of The Fruition Coalition Grant Proposal e-Workbook (ISBN 978-1-300-59094-1).

Nonprofit Marketing Planning

February 15, 2013

This class will guide students through the process of articulating information about the organization, environment, relationships, and communication leading to the development of marketing strategies and a comprehensive marketing plan. This class will help your organization become more grounded in its values and identity, create opportunities for meaningful engagement, and develop strong, mutually beneficial relationships so that organizational goals can be achieved. Students will receive a free copy of The Fruition Coalition Marketing Plan e-Workbook (ISBN 978-1-300-59132-0).

Board Development

March 1, 2013

This class will explore the multiple components of a comprehensive board development initiative. Topics covered include governance and other responsibilities, recruitment, orientation, operations, professional development, evaluation, and developing a strong relationship with the executive director. Students will learn how to expand the board’s skills and strengthen their sense of purpose and commitment. Students will receive a free copy of The Fruition Coalition Board Development e-Workbook (forthcoming).

Strategic Planning

March 15, 2013

In this class, students will learn about the strategic planning process. Topics covered include facilitation and organization, community engagement, data analysis, decision making, goal setting, implementation, and evaluation. Participants will be prepared to create a living plan that is easily accessible and user friendly. Students will receive a free copy of The Fruition Coalition Strategic Planning Workbook (forthcoming).

Intersecting Visions

Organizations mediate the relationship between our vision for our life and our vision for the world. Through organizations, we can both realize our purpose and change social conditions. Too often, organizations focus on the later at the expense of the former. In other words, the twin visions of the founders or current leadership does not intentionally include space for that of the majority of people who invest their time in the work of the organization. It is assumed that recruiting processes ensure alignment of vision; however, this does not allow for the organic emergence of new possibilities based on the passion and purpose of everyone who is involved. This was brought to light in a recent training and development class that I took as part of my Ph.D. studies. The authors of our textbook emphasized the achievement of organizational objectives but overlooked the engagement of employees and nurturing their gifts. Organizations, in this view, are more mechanistic than humanistic. Yet, it is the people who perform the work of the organization that are most critical to its success. Employees are not means to an end, they are people to be loved and celebrated.