The Small Business Center at Haywood Community College will offer a free Nonprofit Summit Tuesday, March 3 and Wednesday, March 4, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. in the College’s Public Services Training Facility, room 9105. This four-part series is designed specifically for nonprofit organizations.

This summit will allow participants to learn creative ideas, solutions and strategies to help you be more effective and increase impact. Topics will include funding, fundraising and donor relations. It will also include two sessions directly focused on grants.  

Sessions will include:

“Grant Writing 101” will be held Tuesday, 9 a.m.-12 p.m. As funding becomes more difficult to secure, nonprofit organizations face significant challenges to fulfill their missions. This seminar reviews the questions nonprofits need to answer before searching and applying for grant funds, outlines the seven basic elements of most proposals and shows participants how to match their needs to funder priorities. Participants focus on the major questions that need to be answered before a grant application and incorporating these answers into research and ultimately a competitive proposal.

“Fundraising” will be held Tuesday, 1-4 p.m. Nonprofit organizations must diversify their funding streams or risk closing the doors when that ‘one source’ dries up. This workshop is a game changer for board members or staff members who are ready to develop the new, diverse funding streams needed to sustain and grow an organization. Participants will evaluate the pros and cons of diversified funding, best practices for new capacity building opportunities, the primary elements of successful fundraising and time management skills needed to navigate a new world of resource development.

“Donor Relations” will be held Wednesday, 9 a.m.-12 p.m. As nonprofits engage in conversations and focus on increasing the levels of giving to their cause, they often leave out the most important part of fundraising…building relationships. In this workshop, we will discuss building donor relations that have a solid foundation that will keep donors engaged, create interest, cause action on the part of the donor and ultimately result in donor retention. It will also cover the details needed before you can begin any grant research; management of research to make efficient use of your time; how to locate available grants on the local, state and government levels; how to navigate organizational websites to locate funding opportunities, grant databases and other resources that fit your specific needs; as well as pitfalls to avoid to save time and cut down on frustration as you work to locate funders whose priorities match your needs.

“Grant Research” will be held Wednesday, 1-4 p.m. Are you wanting to apply for grant funds to help support your nonprofit but are having a hard time finding the grants? This workshop is designed to help you learn the details needed to begin research, to conduct successful grant research and the skill set to help save you time in your searches so you can actually begin writing. It will cover the details needed before you can begin any research; management of research to make efficient use of your time; how to locate available grants on the local, state and government levels; how to navigate organizational websites to locate funding opportunities, grant databases and other resources that fit your specific needs; as well as pitfalls to avoid that will save you time and cut down on frustration as you work to locate funders whose priorities match your needs.

Speaker for the summit is Mandy Pearce of Funding for Good. Mandy is a grant writing expert, executive and development coach, fundraising consultant, and national fundraising trainer.  She launched Funding for Good, Inc. in 2009 to equip organizations with the skills and tools needed to become successful and sustainable. Pearce has taken her passion and expertise for fundraising to the development field and shared it with individuals and organizations for over 2 decades through executive coaching, strategic and development planning, seminars and specialized consulting programs.

Visit SBC.Haywood.edu or call 828.627.4512 for additional information or to register today. Thinking about starting a business in Haywood County or growing an existing business? Take advantage of the programs, services and resources provided by the Small Business Center. The NC Community College’s Small Business Center Network assists in starting an average of over 600 businesses each year. Small Business Centers have an economic impact in 90 percent of all NC Counties each year, helping to create and retain nearly 3,000 jobs annually.