Succession Planning and Pandemic Recovery
Tuesday, May 11, 2021 – 4:00 PM to 5:30 PM
Preparing for planned or unplanned succession of nonprofit Executive Directors, as well as key Board members and – for larger nonprofits – senior staff, always has been important. Smart nonprofits have written, Board-approved plans for succession, even if change may be (or seem to be!) far off into the future. Such plans are even more important at this time, when most nonprofits are wrestling with how to recover full functioning in everything from services to community outreach to fundraising. This free workshop will explore succession planning from multiple perspectives – how to stay prepared through regular organizational assessment, how financial management needs to be addressed, how to deal with the psychological stresses of transition, and the impact of succession on the nonprofit’s strategic plan. Speakers will be Lydia Floyd, CEO, Simple Data Nonprofit Consulting (and also ED of a small nonprofit); and Janet Levine, principal of Janet Levine Consulting and also VNR’s Senior Consultant. VNR Executive Director Dr. Thomas Backer will moderate the session. The workshop is part of the VNR Recovery Initiative.
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The Road Back to Live Fundraising Events
Tuesday, May 18, 2021 – 4:00 PM to 5:30 PM
In March 2020 nonprofit organizations started making a frantic pivot to virtual events and then spent the rest of the year scrambling up the steep learning curve that comes with online fundraising. This year brings the new challenge of deciding how to comfortably transition back to live events, and these decisions must be made without much clarity as to when this can happen and what the new landscape of safe in-person gatherings will look like. This free 90-minute workshop, led by 20-year nonprofit event producer A.J. Steinberg of Queen Bee Fundraising, will share some of the best options for transitioning back to live events, how to gauge stakeholders’ comfort levels for live gatherings, what parts of virtual events are here to stay, and why hybrid events are not a great option.
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