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Join us for a live Twitter chat

Join us for a live Twitter chat

Have you registered for the Indiana Nonprofit Capacity Building Conference yet? Have you already registered but have some questions?

If you answered yes to either of these or maybe don’t even know what the conference is about, we’ll answer all of your questions in a live Twitter chat on Monday, September 19 at noon EDT. Simply log in to Twitter and follow the hash tag #INNPC11. The chat will be moderated by our own Sharon Kandris.

Whether you need to be pointed to the sessions that best serve you, want to tell us about your experience in the past or have any questions, we’ll answer them all for you, in real-time. And if you still haven’t registered for the conference, Monday’s your last chance. (Don’t worry, we’ll send you the link!)

Hope to see you on Twitter!

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Conference session preview: Nonprofit evaluation workshop

Conference session preview: Nonprofit evaluation workshop

By Jessica White, president, Jessica White Associates

We hear a lot about sustainability these days. Some nonprofits are ramping up their earned revenue options to ensure sustainability. Others are being asked by funders to assess their potential to remain sustainable. Still others have already determined they can’t be sustainable and are looking for ways to merge before having to close their doors. Wherever your organization is in the “sustainability spectrum,” you need good solid information to help you make those decisions.

That’s where evaluation comes into play.

All of us have been asked to evaluate our programs. Some funders even require formal evaluations to determine impact. We know the terms “inputs” and “outcomes.” We’ve developed matrices to evaluate each program.

But how often do we use the same type of thinking on our agency as a whole? How often do we measure the profitability or the impact of our organization? General operating dollars are exceedingly hard to find, so finding the best allocation of time and resources to accomplish your organization’s mission is fundamental. Programmatic impact and financial viability are what make nonprofits sustainable.

So how does this apply to you? Come to the Nonprofit Evaluation Workshop,  Septmeber 28 at 3:10 p.m. at the 2011 Indiana Nonprofit Capacity Building Conference to learn the basic components you should consider when evaluating your organization and how local nonprofits have used these techniques to improve their organization’s sustainability.

Indiana Nonprofit Capacity Building Conference

Indiana Nonprofit Capacity Building Conference

For the next few weeks we’ll be talking about the Indiana Nonprofit Capacity Building Conference, which we are pleased to be co-hosting with the IUPUI Solution Center. The conference takes place on September 28 from 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. at the IUPUI Campus Center.

In addition to useful sessions, covering topics from legal advice to grant writing and social media, Tarik Glenn, will deliver the keynote address. Glenn is a three time Pro-bowl offensive Lineman retired from the Indianapolis Colts and co-founder and chair of the advisory council of D.R.E.A.M. Alive, Inc.

We’ll be posting guest blogs from sponsors, partners, presenters, and attendees from the previous years. If you’re interested in guest blogging, contact me at skandris@iupui.edu and we’ll send you some guest blog guidelines.

Hope to see you at the conference.

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