Building Capacity for Your Organization
Two Distinct Methods
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Tuesday, May 23, 2017 * 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM
Historic Stanley Hotel, Estes Park, Colorado
Session One – Survey Design & Evaluation – 8:30 am – 12:30 pm
Part 1: Survey Design
Surveys have become omnipresent in nonprofit evaluation. Learn how to write better surveys, generate more informative responses, and get more bang for your evaluation buck!
A well-written survey generates substantive, actionable data. Part 1 will help participants design high-quality surveys by teaching them when surveys are most appropriate, key principles for writing survey questions, principles of structuring surveys, and how-to tips on survey distribution. Participants will be guided through interactive activities to help practice and hone their survey skills
Part 2: Survey Analysis
You’ve written a great survey and collected a of bunch responses—now what? Learn basic survey analysis skills in this interactive session. We will focus on how to distill key messages from each survey question type.
In Part 2, you will understand what to do with the data they’ve just collected. We will identify where automated analysis within survey programs can lead you astray, and focus on the best way to get the key message out of each question type, whether a data visualization or analytical approach. We will talk about fixed response questions, select all that apply questions, numerical response, rating questions, short open-ended questions, and long open-ended questions. Participants will be guided through interactive activities to help practice and hone their analysis skills.
Presented by Laura Sundstrom, an Evaluator at Vantage Evaluation where she helps build evaluation capacity among Colorado’s nonprofits. Laura has over five years of experience in the evaluation and nonprofit fields. Prior to joining Vantage Evaluation, Laura was an Evaluation Associate with the Curtis Center Program Evaluation Group at the University of Michigan School of Social Work, where she led and contributed to over 15 evaluation projects and trained graduate students in evaluation. Laura has also served as the Development Coordinator at Girls Group, a Michigan-based non-profit serving low-income and at-risk young women on their journeys to emotional and economic self-sufficiency. Laura holds a B.A. in Women’s Studies from Beloit College and a Master’s of Social Work from the University of Michigan.
12:30 – 1:30 pm Lunch
Session 2 – Making the Ask – 1:30 – 4:30 pm
Gain a broad understanding of individual donor cultivation and retention and gain skills and confidence in your gift solicitation. More than 80% of giving comes from individuals. The face-to-face ask is the most successful approach to raising individual donations because you can speak directly with prospects and learn how their interests connect with your organization’s work. Understand the critical components of ”the ask” and practice your approach to increase confidence.
This interactive learning experience will help you:
· Understand individual giving trends
· Importance of donor cultivation and stewardship
· Gain solicitation skills that will improve your effectiveness in closing gifts
· Build a greater confidence in your ability to re-position the solicitation and respond to “NO”
Presented by Leah Rausch, Director of Rural Partnerships at the Community Resource Center. Leah is passionate about building sustainable and robust communities in Colorado and abroad. A Minnesota native, Leah moved to Colorado to attend the University of Denver and earned a B.A. in International Studies and Spanish. Leah has demonstrated skills and expertise in community outreach, volunteer coordination and recruitment, project management, facilitation, fundraising, and marketing. She has executed events in all corners of Colorado, and has managed over 200 professional volunteers on regional committees. In addition to her work with CRC, Leah supports the Women’s Global Empowerment Fund (WGEF) as an officer on the Board of Directors
Because of the generous support of our sponsors, The Stanley Hotel and Mueller, Pye & Associates, and Vantage Evaluation registration fees have been kept to a minimum! Thank you!