Last year, more than 50 area service organizations were represented at the inaugural Cabarrus County nonprofit workshop, “Facing the Future Together.”
That turnout inspired organizers – Cooperative Christian Ministry and the United Way of Central Carolinas–Cabarrus County and the N.C. Center for Nonprofits – to host another free, half-day workshop, focused on developing and retaining individual donors.
It will meet 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Nov. 6 at Concord First Assembly’s Suite 15 at The Village, on Concord Parkway in Concord. The workshop also is made possible by the support of the Mariam and Robert Hayes Charitable Trust.
Ed Hosack, executive director of CCM, said Cabarrus County residents and organizations demonstrate strong support for nonprofit services.
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“I hope that we can explore ways to demonstrate collaboration when approaching our donor population in order to inspire even greater investment in our community and draw additional resources into Cabarrus County,” Hosack said.
The workshop idea was born out of CCM’s “2015 and Beyond Strategic Plan,” he said.
“The idea that area nonprofits would need to collaborate more than ever before, in order to address the growing needs of our community, is both a realization and a commitment on the part of CCM’s board of eirectors and strategic planning team,” Hosack said.
Ann Benfield, executive director of the Cabarrus Partnership for Children – a school dropout prevention program – said she attended last year to forge new connections.
After the workshop, she helped All Saints’ Episcopal Church and the Cabarrus County Schools create a space at the church to expand preschool services.
“Once they partnered, they realized they needed to do some renovations in the church in order to get the child-care space licensed by the state,” Benfield said.
“All Saints received a grant from the Cannon Foundation to do these renovations,” she said. “The connections you make at the Cooperative Christian Ministry’s events are amazing.”
The workshop helps introduce nonprofit leaders to each other, Hosack said.
“Smaller nonprofits were able to participate in the free event and enjoy recognition of the nonprofit community and connecting with others for a variety of resources,” Hosack said.
“Nonprofit executives continue to speak of the benefits of coming together and of projects that were expedited or enhanced through collaborative efforts.”
Fundraising, one of nonprofits’ biggest challenges, was the most requested topic participants wanted to discuss, Hosack said. Others include understanding donor needs, maintaining long-term relationships and developing new relationships.
While no single agency has the ability or capacity to meet all of the needs in Cabarrus County, Hosack said, the community benefits from a stronger network of services and more efficient use of local resources.
“Everyone interested in connecting with the nonprofit community would find this a great place to connect,” Hosack said. “Anyone who has an interest in fundraising in the nonprofit community from the perspective of raising funds, donating to effective nonprofit services or building productive relationships should attend this event.”
Sarah Porter, Cabarrus community director for the United Way, hopes attendees leave the workshop with practical and valuable information.
“Professional development is often left out of many nonprofit budgets, so having an opportunity like this available in our community is a wonderful thing,” Porter said.
“We expect attendees to gain a greater understanding or different perspective on how to keep individual donors engaged and excited about their organization’s mission,” Porter said.
“This is a great opportunity for local nonprofit executive directors, development professionals and board members to learn from each other.”