Register for the UIC Certificate in Nonprofit Management Grant Writing Workshop

If you haven’t done so already, please register for one of these workshops. I will be co-facilitating with Noah Temaner Jenkins, and we’re looking forward to a great time. These workshops were designed by Kate Pravera, PhD, Academic Director for the UIC Certificate in Nonprofit Management program. The Certificate in Nonprofit Management program is one of the first-if not THE first-of its kind in the nation. Its certainly one of the longest running. Thanks for the opportunity,Kate!

UIC Certificate in Nonprofit Management

Grant Writing Workshop – May 4th, 2016 or June 29th, 2016

One-Day Grant Writing Workshop in Chicago: “Getting Funded: Keys to Successful Grant Writing”

Beginning grant writers! Join UIC’s grant writing experts on Wednesday, May 4th or Wednesday, June 29th at UIC for “Getting Funded: Keys to Successful Grant Writing,” a one-day, interactive, on-site workshop developed and offered by the University of Illinois at Chicago and designed specifically for those with little or no experience in writing grants.

Learn the Basics in One Day

In this highly participatory workshop, our experienced UIC instructors will guide you through a comprehensive overview of the grant writing process. Bring your energy, enthusiasm, and ideas, and leave with:

  • Confidence in your ability to prepare a foundation grant proposal
  • Practical knowledge you need to succeed in grant writing
  • A workbook for planning, developing and writing successful proposals
  • A valuable network of connections with instructors and workshop participants (bring your business cards!)
  • A list of the top grant writing resources on the Web

What You Will Learn

  • Types of funding sources available to nonprofits today
  • How to research grant opportunities and assess the best fit for your funding needs
  • What your organization must have in place before writing a grant
  • The primary components of a grant proposal and how they fit together
  • How to communicate effectively with prospective funders

(Please Note: The curriculum for this workshop focuses on philanthropic foundation grants, not government grants.)

Previous grant writing workshops have filled up quickly. We encourage you to register early.

Grant Writing Workshop – May 4, 2016

Date: Wednesday, May 4, 2016
Time: 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Instructors:
  • Noah Jenkins, MUPP – accomplished grant writer, management consultant, and UIC Certificate in Nonprofit Management instructor
  • Valerie Leonard, MBA – accomplished executive, community development consultant, and UIC Certificate in Nonprofit Management instructor
Location: University of Illinois at Chicago, Student Center East
Fee: $330
Discount: $297 for University of Illinois alumni, employees or current degree-seeking students

Continental breakfast and lunch will be provided.

Questions? Contact us. We look forward to seeing you May 4th!

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Grant Writing Workshop – June 29, 2016

Date: Wednesday, June 29, 2016
Time: 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Instructors:
  • Noah Jenkins, MUPP – accomplished grant writer, management consultant, and UIC Certificate in Nonprofit Management instructor
  • Valerie Leonard, MBA – accomplished executive, community development consultant, and UIC Certificate in Nonprofit Management instructor
Location: University of Illinois at Chicago, Student Center East
Fee: $330
Discount: $297 for University of Illinois alumni, employees or current degree-seeking students

Continental breakfast and lunch will be provided.

Questions? Contact us. We look forward to seeing you June 29th!

Register-Now

 

 

 

One-Day On-Site Workshop or Six-Week Online Course: Which is Right for You?

UIC’s Getting Funded workshop is perfect if you are a beginning grant writer looking for a one day, on-site overview of the grant writing process that covers the core components of a grant proposal.

UIC’s six-week Mastering Grant Writing course, one of fifteen courses offered through UIC’s Certificate in Nonprofit Management program, is an intensive, six-week online course that gives you the chance to work with your instructors to draft the key components of a grant proposal. Visit UIC’s Certificate in Nonprofit Management Web site to learn more about the Certificate in Nonprofit Management online program.

 

Please Note: The curriculum for this workshop focuses on philanthropic foundation grants, not government grants.
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I’m Joining the Humboldt Park Portal Advisory Board

I am deeply honored to have been invited to join the Humboldt Park Portal Advisory Board. The Portal Advisory Board’s function is to support the Managing Editor to ensure that the site is relevant, interactive, engaging and meeting the community’s needs.

The Advisory Board also serves in an advisory capacity to the Managing Editor of the site and assists with the recruitment of contributors and the collection of content for the site; generates ideas for direction and content; helps obtain, analyze and use statistical information as well as contributor and community feedback about the site; assists with marketing as needed; and assists with reviewing/vetting draft site content when requested by the editor.

The Advisory Board size is made of 10 to 15 members, including two youth representatives and the Managing Editor, who serves as chair of the group.

Valerie F. Leonard

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Starting and Managing a Nonprofit Business in the State of Illinois

Tune in to Nonprofit “U” today at 2:00 pm CST.  Valerie F. Leonard will talk about how to start and manage a nonprofit business in the State of Illinois.  Topics of discussion include  conducting a community needs assessment; selecting your team; developing the bylaws; incorporating  your organization, filing for tax exemption and managing the organization.

 

Valerie is an expert in community and organizational development, with  a mission of strengthening the capacity of organizations to make a positive impact on the communities they serve through technical assistance, specialized workshops, resource and organizational development and project management. She also teaches online courses in nonprofit management with the UIC Certificate in Nonprofit Management Program. She has designed a number of intensive workshops to help nonprofits build capacity, including Capacity Building Blocks, the 30-Day Disclosure Challenge and the 30-Day Compliance Challenge

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Getting Funded: Keys to Successful Grant Writing

20151202_094900The UIC Certificate in Nonprofit Management Program hosted Getting Funded: Keys to Successful Grant Writing. About 30 people were in attendance, and went through the entire process of writing a funding proposal within less than eight hours. The modes of instruction included lecture, case studies and presentations.Students prepared Power Point presentations and shared their final products at the end of the day. Noah Temaner Jenkins and Valerie F. Leonard were the instructors. Kate Pravera, Academic Director, designed the workshop.

The lunchtime panel included Lynn Bergstrom, Catherine Painter and Alexandra Sossa. They discussed their experiences with proposal writing, and shared lessons learned and things they wish they’d learned before “getting in the game”.

The book, Winning Grants Step by Step: The Complete Workbook for Planning, Developing and Writing Successful Proposals (4th Edition), by Tori O’Neal-McElrath, was provided as a bonus.

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Let the Sunshine In

Shelby Parchman, Director of Programs for Sunshine Enterprises, will be a guest on the Nonprofit “U” radio blog talk show on Monday, July 27, 2015, from 2:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.  Nonprofit “U” is an online forum where nonprofit stakeholders can discuss the latest developments in the sector and increase their capacity to serve their clients and build sustainable communities. Valerie F. Leonard, an expert in community and organizational development, is the host. The show will stream live from BlogTalkRadio.com/nonprofit_u.  The podcast will be archived on BlogTalkRadio.com/nonprofit_u, Valeriefleonard.com/NonprofitU and Stitcher.

Monday’s episode will provide an overview of the evidence-based Rising Tide Model, the Sunshine Enterprises Community Business Academy;  the organization’s Business Acceleration Services initiative and the upcoming Southside Women in Business Summit.  There will be opportunities for listeners to call in with questions and participate in live chats. Nonprofit professionals, and small business owners are encouraged to call in and share their stories. The live call in number is       (347) 884-8121.

When Shelby Parchman started working with Sunshine Enterprises, his charge was to create 200 businesses along the 61st Street Corridor in Chicago’s Woodlawn community.  Since that time, he has expanded  the vision to include businesses in under-served communities on Chicago’s Southside, Westside and Southwestside. “The best path to sustainable community transformation is entrepreneurship,” Parchman said. “Small businesses create jobs and expand the tax base, which, in turn, can be reinvested in our communities’ infrastructure, schools and future economic development. It’s a win-win proposition for everybody involved.”

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Nonprofit “U” Lineup

Nonprofit U Banner2Thanks for your support of Nonprofit “U” blog radio talk show. I’m very excited about the lineup of guests for future shows.  They include

  • Shelby Parchman, Director of Programs for Sunshine Enterprises
  • Daniel F. Bassill​, CEO, Tutor/Mentor Institute, LLC
  • Robert Douglas​, Americorps VISTA and Director of Outreach for Top Box
  • Ileana Serrano, Data Dissemination Specialist with the U.S. Census Bureau
  • Danielle Redmond, Technology Teacher at Chicago Public Schools
  • Dr. Kate Pravera​, Academic Director (and Founder) of the UIC Online Certificate in Nonprofit Managment – University of IL at Chicago​
  • Kara Kennedy, Executive Director of Lumity
  • Eric Weinheimer, CEO of the Donors Forum​
  • Ralph Martire, CEO of the Center for Tax and Budget Accountability
  • Jody Adler, Director of the Law Project for the Chicago Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under the Law
  • Jasmine Marrow, Director of Nonprofit Strategy, GuideStar
  • Dr. Michael McAfee, Vice President for Programs, PolicyLink
  • Brenda Palms​, CEO of the North Lawndale Employment Network, a 501c3
  • Dr.Dennis Deer​, President of Deer Rehabilitation Services Inc.
  • Rodney Brown, Vice President of the New Covenant CDC
  • Carolina Gaete​ and Cecile Carroll-De Mello​, Co-Directors of Blocks Together

Valerie F. Leonard is an expert in community and organizational development, with a mission to strengthen the capacity of organizations to make a positive impact on the communities they serve through technical assistance, specialized workshops, resource and organizational development and project management. For further information, you may call Valerie at 773-571-3886, visit www.valeriefleonard.com or e-mail her atconsulting@valeriefleonard.com.

Tune in to Nonprofit “U” at BlogTalkRadio.com/Nonprofit_U every Monday, from 2:00 pm-2:30 pm. Archived episodes may be found on BlogTalkRadio.com/Nonprofit_U;Valeriefleonard.com/NonprofitU or Stitcher.

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News from the SBA June 28, 2015

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SBA Administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet Announces ‘Startup in a Day’ Initiative

When I started my businesses, it was overwhelming. That’s why I’m proud to join the White House in announcing the launch of our Startup in a Day initiative, in alliance with the National League of Cities. Our goal is to reduce a process that can take weeks or even months into one that takes less than a day.

For more information, visit www.sba.gov/startup
e-mail the Startup in a Day team at startup@sba.gov


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North Lawndale Community Coordinating Council Submits Application for Technical Assistance to CMAP

The North Lawndale Community Coordinating Council is proud to announce that we have submitted our application to CMAP (Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning) for technical assistance in developing a comprehensive plan for the entire North Lawndale Community, as defined by Community Area 29. We were able to do so with the support of 32 North Lawndale stakeholders, including individuals, organizations, businesses and elected officials.

The elected officials who provided letters of support include Congressman Danny K. Davis, Commissioner Robert Steele, State Rep. Art Turner and Alderman Michael Scott, Jr.

Other stakeholders submitting letters of support include Holsten Human Capital Development, Valerie F. Leonard, Deer Rehabilitation Services Inc., Chicago Youth Centers, Advanced Care Services, Inc., North Lawndale Employment Network, a 501c3, 28th Ward Young Democrats Organization, Holsten Real Estate Development Corporation, UCAN, BBF, EATS Grocery, The Learning Center, Reginald Johns, Lawndale Business Renaissance Association, Sinai Health System, New Covenant CDC, Juvenile Protective Association, Foundation for Homan Square, Audrey Dunford, Rhonda F. Albritton, The Night Ministry, The Lawndale Amachi Mentoring Program, K-Town Historic District Association, Anna Maria Leon, Lawndale Christian Development Corporation.

We thank everyone for the support you have provided during the process of developing the application. We will spend the next couple months developing ground rules, recruiting members and staffing committees. We will roll out the NLCCC in earnest at the end of the summer.

North Lawndale stakeholders may sign on at https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1W8Xzeogm3VboJnSE6SKnlcN7jvBsvOepm9M5Hc8Xlm4/viewform?usp=send_form

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Coming to a Computer Near You: Nonprofit “U”

For Immediate Release: June 9, 2015
Contact: Valerie F. Leonard, Expert in Community and Organizational Development
consulting@valeriefleonard.com; 773-571-3886


Valerie F. LeonardValerie F. Leonard, an expert in community and organizational development, will host the Nonprofit “U” blog radio talk show on Monday afternoons, from 2:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m., on the BlogTalkRadio network, beginning June 22, 2015. Nonprofit “U” is a forum where nonprofit stakeholders can discuss the latest developments in the sector, and increase their capacity to serve their clients and build sustainable communities. The Nonprofit “U” blog radio talk show is the first series of its kind in the Chicago Metropolitan Area, and one of very few in the country.
“After talking with nonprofit stakeholders from around the City of Chicago and beyond, it’s very clear that the time for this show is now”, Leonard said. “Emerging nonprofit leaders don’t always have access to the more seasoned professionals and policy makers in the industry” . As a result, Leonard says, “they operate in the dark and make a lot of unnecessary mistakes”.
Nonprofit “U” will provide listeners the opportunity to ask questions by phone, social media or live chat. Leonard’s goal for every show is to raise awareness of issues that impact nonprofits’ ability to serve their clients and to provide actionable solutions. At the same time, leaders of organizations that serve nonprofits will have a better sense for how best to meet their needs.

Brenda Palms BarberBrenda Palms Barber, CEO of the North Lawndale Employment Network on Chicago’s West Side, will be the featured guest on Brenda’s Secret Sauce, the first episode of Nonprofit “U”. Palms Barber moved to Chicago 15 years ago and started the North Lawndale Employment Network to assist returning citizens transition back to society through employment and other resources. She found a community that ranked in the top 6 in the state with respect to prisoners returning home. Today, her clients as a group have a recidivism rate of 6% compared to 43% for the country. Under her leadership, NLEN has grown from 2 to 21 employees, and provides job training and financial literacy to over 2,000 men and women. She launched the Sweet Beginnings social enterprise, which produces local honey and skincare products under the beelove brand, where 383 returning citizens have been employed, since 2007.
What’s in Brenda’s secret sauce? “Call-in to the show at (347) 884-8121 and find out”, Leonard said. The show will stream live from BlogTalkRadio.com/nonprofit_u.

Press Release June 9, 2015

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