Upcoming Offerings

The INE offers workshops to help build the capacity of nonprofit organizations.

INE workshops enable staff, board members, and volunteers of Rhode Island nonprofit organizations to learn skills and techniques that will enable them to better achieve their organizations' missions.

Check out our Fall 2016 programs

(Click on the event title for more information on the program and to register.

Leadership Development

Nonprofit fundamentals training series
Date: September 15 – December 8, 2016
Time: all programs take place from 5:30 – 7:30 PM
Presenters: Foundation staff and local consultants

Target audience: Minimum of two board members from all-volunteer organizations per training

This series is designed to help organizations that run without paid staff. Each training will feature a concrete takeaway: a plan, format, or approach that can be brought back to the organization.

Creating a strategic/business plan: September 15, 2016

Creating a strategic/business plan
Presenter: Larson Gunness, Gunness Financial
Most organizations have a strategic plan (and if they don’t, they should!). In this workshop, you will learn how a strategic plan is developed. This will be a step-by-step review of the process and elements required for sound strategic planning.
The takeaway: the framework for creating a strategic plan.

Governance and fund development basics: September 28, 2016

Governance and fund development basics
Presenter: Jill Pfitzenmayer, Rhode Island Foundation
Board members of all-volunteer organizations serve two functions: they deliver/coordinate services and they govern. In this program we will cover the basics of board governance as well as fund development.
The takeaway: a clear set of responsibilities for board governance and fundraising.

Assessing impact: October 5, 2016

Assessing organizational impact
Presenter: Katie Murray, Rhode Island Foundation
Every organization must have an understanding of how it is creating change, whether through advocacy or direct service. In this workshop, we’ll explore what defining success means for your organization, as well as key principles to consider as you begin thinking about how your organization is moving the needle.
The takeaway: a basic logic model for your organization to serve as the framework for developing an impact assessment plan.

Creating and managing a budget: November 2, 2016

Creating and managing a budget
Presenter: Larson Gunness, Gunness Financial
Budgeting requires a clear understanding of your income and expenses. Learn how to properly identify and track funding and expenses so that you come away with a realistic plan for running (or building) your own program. Attendees are strongly encouraged to attend our Creating a strategic plan workshop on September 15.
The takeaway: a budget format for your program.

Managing interns and volunteers: November 15, 2016

Managing interns and volunteers
Presenter: Karen Jeffreys, associate director, Rhode Island Coalition for the Homeless
Interns and volunteers, when effectively engaged, can help to drive more significant and sustainable impact for your nonprofit. How are you leveraging such invaluable resources? This training will explore effective engagement strategies, from recruitment and training, to retention efforts and appreciation, to creating first-rate, meaningful experiences for all parties. We’ll also include a mini panel discussion, where you can hear first-hand from volunteers and interns on what’s made their work meaningful, and how their work has been of benefit to their organizations.
The takeaway: tips and guidelines on creating win-win experiences for your organization and its volunteers.

Grantwriting basics: December 8, 2016

Grantwriting basics
Presenter: Joanna Read, Rhode Island Foundation
If you’ve never written a proposal before, come learn the basics from our Initiative for Nonprofit Excellence staff. We’ll review tips and tools to successfully complete a grant seeking process—knowing when to contact the funder, deciding if your project is a good fit for a funder, writing the application and what to do after the grant.
The takeaway: a clear set of guidelines for the grant seeking process.
Peer learning network meetings for new executive directors
Start date: September 16, 2016
Time: all meetings take place from 12:00 – 2:00 PM

This monthly peer networking program is designed to help new executive directors with less than one year of experience learn on the job and build out a network of peer support. Facilitated by INE staff, the content and topics of each meeting will be determined by group members. Action-oriented next-steps, resource sharing, and informal coaching will be provided at every meeting and incorporated into subsequent meetings.

  • September 16, 2016
  • October 20, 2016
  • November 16, 2016
  • December 16, 2016
  • January 12, 2017
  • February 7, 2017
  • March 9, 2017
  • April 11, 2017
  • May 12, 2017
  • June 8, 2017

Organizational Development

Fiscal sponsorship demystified
Date: October 14, 2016
Time: 9:00 – 11:00 AM
Panelists: Kim Clark, Esq., Partridge, Snow & Hahn; Leo Pollock, RI Food Policy Council; Sandi Ross, CPA, KLR; Jesse Rye, Farm Fresh RI
Target audience: Open to all

This program will explain fiscal sponsorship from a legal, fiduciary, and user perspective. If you are considering fiscal sponsorship as a sponsoring organization, or if you think you need to find a fiscal sponsor, join us for this informative discussion.

Board Development

Introduction to nonprofit board service
Date: October 19, 2016
Time: 5:30 – 7:30 PM
Presenter: Jill Pfitzenmayer, Ph.D., Rhode Island Foundation
Target audience: New board members

Learn about basics roles and responsibilities of nonprofit board members, and best practices for elevating board performance. Explore the policies and practices you can utilize to ensure the legal and fiscal health of your organization.

Peer learning network meetings for board chairs

Start date: October 27, 2016
Time: 9:00 – 11:00 AM

These peer networking sessions are designed to help board chairs learn on the job and build out a network of peer support. Facilitated by INE staff, the content and topics of each meeting will be determined by group members. Action-oriented next-steps, resource sharing, and informal coaching will be provided at every meeting and incorporated into subsequent meetings.

  • October 27, 2016
  • December 9, 2016
  • January 27, 2017
  • March 3, 2017
  • April 21, 2017
  • June 2, 2017


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Providence, RI 02903


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