A Message from Amy Little
Welcome back to our newly reformatted Idaho Nonprofit Center CenterView newsletter. We are excited to launch our new quarterly e-newsletter with you all! At the Idaho Nonprofit Center we are always growing, changing, innovating and evolving. Our communications are an important part of how we keep you informed about our programs and services, new and enhanced member benefits and issues that are important to you.
In this quarter’s issue you’ll see us introduce two new faces to our staff team. We welcomed Linzi Andersen in December as our office coordinator, working with us five days a week and providing strategic support to almost our entire Center team. Summer DuPree joined us earlier this month as our Idaho Gives project manager, taking over nearly every aspect of planning, coordinating, and executing Idaho Gives. We are so blessed to have been able to increase our capacity to serve you, our nonprofits and business members.
In addition to those new staff members, June Dress is now solely focused on supporting our members. We realized that we needed someone who would be able to serve and support our members by communicating with our members, helping us recognize our member’s milestones (there’s a new section of our email that highlights every quarter our membership milestones!), and look for ways to streamline our membership join and renewal process.
Be on the lookout in the month of June for information about our auto-pay system where members can pay their dues automatically each year by providing a credit card through their membership profile. We will be offering a discount on dues to all members accessing this option. We’ll share more as we roll this new program out.
For us, being able to expand our staffing capacity allows us to really innovate and refine our Idaho Nonprofit Center programs to better serve your needs. This month we launched our newest program, Essentials of Development, in partnership with the MJ Murdock Charitable Trust. We have two more sessions with an eight organization cohort that will complete their training in late August. All participating organizations are provided with a ton of resources, support, and training around building a major gift program for their organization. They also benefit from ongoing coaching throughout the program by one of our talented and expert faculty members.
If you are interested in this program when we bring it back in 2021, our online interest form is open now. For those of you who do not live in the Boise area, we will bring this training to your community if there’s enough interest. Reach out to your nonprofit community and encourage them to apply today.
We also launched our Executive Director network calls in January, a membership benefit that we hope you find value in. We’ve heard from you that being able to connect with others in your community and across the state to learn from each other and share your expertise. It’s not too late to join us for those calls, click here for more information.
We are also launching what we think will become a sell-out program every year, again we’ll bring this program to other areas in Idaho as we gauge interest from your communities. We formally launched registration for our Nonprofit Leadership Retreat held Jun 3-5 outside Gooding, Idaho. This is a unique learn and share opportunity for executive directors only. So many of our programs require board member involvement, but this is designed with our nonprofit leaders in mind and is a retreat, a training and a sharing opportunity all rolled into one fantastic weekend.
Our full time staff along with an expert facilitator will be with the group and we are excited to be in service to you, including cooking meals, planning activities and maybe even roasting a marshmallow or two with you while you participate in sessions designed to build your own leadership capacity and afford you opportunities to share your knowledge, experience or gifts with others. You might wish to lead a breakout session on helping teach your board members how to read and understand your financials or maybe you want to lead a morning yoga session.
The best part of this program is each year will be unique as breakout sessions largely depend upon those who attend the retreat. Right now there are only 13 spots left. We hope you’ll join us for the launch of this unique and special program for you.
As we work to better engage our members in our programs we have several committees that you, our members, are welcome to serve on. Aside from our annual needs assessment, your participation in our committees allows us yet another opportunity to hear your voice when it matters: as we plan and execute programs, services and advocacy efforts. Click here for more information on our committees.
One final note before I sign off is to keep you informed about our annual nonprofit conference. We’re excited to share that we have made some big changes to our annual conference, including the date: August 31 – September 2 at the Nampa Civic Center for our third year in a row. Hosting at the Nampa Civic Center is not only the best and most accommodating venue we’ve ever worked with, but we are able to utilize the entire space for you and it allows us to keep our conference costs the same for you.
We are moving to two full days of conference followed by a half day, ending with lunch on the third day. More content, more networking, and even more engagement with our vendors. Get ready for a high energy, fun, and incredibly educational conference once again this year. Keep an eye out as we begin to announce keynote speakers, breakout session topics, our theme, and more. Save the date and we’ll see you in Nampa! And, like last year, we’ll have a number of scholarships available for those who are traveling from out of the local area.
Thank you to all of you who are working every day to make our communities a better place to live, work and play. Nonprofits are THE providers of quality of life in our state and we can never say thank you enough for what you do. We always want to be innovating and growing our programs to better support your needs so please know that we love hearing from you. Let us know how we can help, shoot us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org with your ideas.
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