Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Mindy Barker to present Financial Literacy and Planning at Sept.19 Nonprofit Conference

Many nonprofits struggle with the financial piece of the nonprofit puzzle.  But, it is so important to the success of the nonprofit. To learn more about solve this part of the puzzle, join the SBDC at UNF for the 4th Annual Nonprofit Conference on Sept. 19 at the UNF Herbert University Center.  The following is information about one breakout session during the conference:

What is in your current financial toolbox? Financial management requires a number of tools and is unique for each organization.  Financial management of not-for profits is similar to that of for profit organizations.  But in the nonprofit sector, there is sometimes a tendency to move forward to address the mission of the nonprofit and a belief that financial support will follow. This philosophy can lead to frustration, being in the red and the worst case is closing the doors of the organization.  It is important leaders address the financial needs and make sure enablers are in place to apply financial discipline to the infrastructure. This presentation addresses: long term sustainability, general ledger structure, cash flow and ethics & compliance.

About the Speaker:
Mindy Barker is the CEO of Mindy Barker & Associates. In this role, she works with not for profits and business owners to empower them with tools and financial information to improve company value, profitability and cash flow. Prior to founding Mindy Barker & Associates, Mindy was the chief financial officer for OptaComp, a workers compensation company and subsidiary of Florida Blue. She also served as controller of Kemper Services Group and was principal and chief financial officer of Chartwell Capital, a private equity firm. Mindy’s diverse background also includes management positions in the industries of property and casualty insurance, distribution and manufacturing and consulting. Mindy began her career in public accounting with Price Waterhouse Coopers and Ernst and Young.  Mindy holds a Bachelors of Arts degree in Accounting from Converse College and is a certified public accountant in Florida and North Carolina. She is a member of the American Institute of CPAs, the Association of Corporate Growth, Women Business Owners and the Jacksonville Women’s Network. She also serves on the board of directors of the Children’s Home Society.

Event Details:When: 9/19/2014 - 8:00 am to 1:30 pm 
Where: UNF Herbert University Center at 12000 Alumni Drive - Jacksonville, 32224 
Fees:$75.....1st person of organization (Through Sept. 12th) $35......per extra person of organization
$100....at the door / after Sept. 12th

Click here to register.

Monday, August 18, 2014

Jennifer Holland will present “What Nonprofits Need to Know About Brand Building” at Sept. 19 Conference


The SBDC at UNF is proud to present the 4th Annual Nonprofit Conference on September 19 at the UNF Herbert University Center. Included in our lineup of top-notch speakers is Jennifer Holland, who is one of only a handful of Certified Brand Strategists in the country. If branding your nonprofit is on your mind, you don’t want to miss Jennifer’s presentation.

What Nonprofits Need to Know About Brand Building
This session will open your eyes to strategic brand building for business growth in the nonprofit sector. Attendees will learn the foundational building blocks of successful brands and decision-making opportunities through a clearly focused brand lens.

About Jennifer Holland
Jennifer Holland founded Holland Creative in 1997 and is one of only 31 Certified Brand Strategists in the United States. The group meets twice a year to continue to evolve best practices for brand building. With a communications and consulting career spanning more than two decades, Jennifer is known for having the expertise to grow a client’s brand into an innovative, unique signature for its products and services. She has fine-tuned a process of brand development that is unlike any other. In fact, she and her partner, Jackie Weathers, are known thought leaders in brand strategy with a recent article published in the international Journal of Brand Strategy on the Holland Helix® model.  Jennifer is a frequent speaker and is also well-known for developing and delivering the Build Your Brand DIY Workshop® series around the Southeast. Jennifer is CEO of Holland People + Brands, and its sister agency, Holland Creative Services, where her team’s award-winning branding and communication materials are created.

Have you registered to attend?  You don't want to miss the information and opportunity to network with over 120 nonprofit leaders from Northeast Florida. Click here to register.

Event Details:When: 9/19/2014 - 8:00 am to 1:30 pmWhere: UNF Herbert University Center at 12000 Alumni Drive - Jacksonville, 32224Fees:$75.....1st person of organization (Through Sept. 12th)$35......per extra person of organization$100....at the door / after Sept. 12th

Click here to register.

 

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Nonprofit Grant Writing Tomorrow at UNF!

Our August 16th workshop, Nonprofit Grant Writing, is shaping up nicely. If you want in on this one, you need to get a move on! With literally thousands of not-for-profits competing for funds, what makes your organizations stand out? When responding to grant opportunities, you must show a comprehensive business plan, with reasonable projections and a solid value proposition that shows why your organization should receive funding. Only those organizations that demonstrate value will succeed.

Event Info:
Friday, August 16, 2014
9am -Noon
$40
UNF- Herbert University Center (building 43)
Free parking
Register: 904-620-2476 or via our website.


 
We are delighted to have none other than Jane Jordan, Founding Principal, PartnersWithNonprofits.Org, facilitating this workshop. Here is some information about her experience in the nonprofit sector:

Jane has more than 40 years experience in community affairs, fund development, strategic planning, nonprofit organization administration, corporate social responsibility, corporate foundation management and consulting to nonprofits, giving me a unique perspective on the process of both asking for and receiving charitable contributions.

For 22 years she has been a consultant to nonprofit organizations of all types and sizes, assisting these organizations in raising money through annual, major gift and capital campaigns, or in preparing to raise money through strategic planning, fundraising planning, campaign market studies, executive recruitment and more.

Specialties: Capital, major gift and annual fundraising, strategic and fundraising planning, board development and training, fundraising and organizational assessments.

Consulting associate to Lawson Associates, Dallas, New York City and Nashville; and CoreStrategies for Nonprofits, Miami.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Leah Donelan will present “Traditional and New Roles for Boards of Directors: A Case Study” at Sept. 19 Conference

The 4th Annual Nonprofit Conference will be held September 19th at the UNF Herbert University Center.  To help you determine which breakout sessions to attend, the SBDC at UNF will be profiling each class and the instructors presenting them. Let’s begin with:

Traditional and New Roles for Boards of Directors: A Case Study
A highly effective Board of Directors is often the difference between a good organization and a great one. This interactive session will explain the ethical, legal, community, and fiduciary duties of Boards, then delve into the traditional AND new thinking about the Board's role in governing a nonprofit by using real life examples.  Participants will share their experiences and identify ways to improve Board performance.

Presenter: Leah Donelan

Leah Donelan is the Vice President of Operations for the Nonprofit Center of Northeast Florida. Leah’s nonprofit work began with volunteering for Children’s Miracle Network, working for the American Cancer Society and later as an independent consultant.  Leah has been with the Nonprofit Center for seven years and is the Vice President of Operations. She oversees membership, programs, and communications for the Nonprofit Center and manages the sector-wide collaboration initiative Moving Forward Together.  Leah serves on the international governing board for CISV; chairs the executive committee of JCCI Forward; serves on the board of the Emergency Services and Homeless Coalition; and a co-founder of Young Nonprofit Professionals Network (YNPN) Jacksonville.  She is a Jacksonville native and graduate of the University of Florida with a bachelor’s degree in political science.

Have you registered to attend?  You don't want to miss the information and opportunity to network with over 120 nonprofit leaders from Northeast Florida. Click here to register.

Event Details:When: 9/19/2014 - 8:00 am to 1:30 pmWhere: UNF Herbert University Center at 12000 Alumni Drive - Jacksonville, 32224Fees:  $75.....1st person of organization (Through Sept. 12th)$35......per extra person of organization$100....at the door / after Sept. 12th

Monday, July 28, 2014

Be a part of NE Florida’s most comprehensive event for nonprofits!


The UNF Nonprofit Management Conference is specially designed to provide nonprofit professionals an opportunity to learn about their industry through interactive learning experiences. Exchange ideas and strengthen your organizations by networking with peers in the local non-profit community.

Featuring keynote from:
Tony Allegretti, the new Executive Director of the Cultural Council of Greater Jacksonville

Agenda
8:00 | Registration & Breakfast
8:30 | Welcome & The Nonprofit Center’s “Link” Presentation
8:45 | Keynote Presentation

9:30 | Breakout Sessions (Choose one)
• Fundraising: Making the Ask
• Board Roles & Responsibilities: A Case Study
• Your Financial Toolkit
• Sustainability of Your Organization

11:00 | Breakout Sessions (Choose one)
• Fundraising: Making the Ask
• Board Roles & Responsibilities: A Case Study
• Your Financial Toolkit
• Sustainability of Your Organization

12:30 | Interactive Networking Lunch
Includes Table Topics to enhance discussion and promote exchanging of ideas
1:30 | Adjourn

Fees
$75.....1st person of organization (Through Sept. 12th)
$35......per extra person of organization
$100....at the door / after Sept. 12th

To register go to: https://www.sbdc.unf.edu/register-workshop-2014-nonprofit-conference.php

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

SBDC Interview With James Smith, Executive Director, Meros Academy


What is the significance of the word meros?

Meros, pronounced mer’-os, is Greek for “a part of the whole” and is representative of our attention to personalizing instruction for each individual students while also creating a culture of collaboration and shared learning. It is also symbolizes how each of the Eight Elements impact student success individually and as a cohesive system.

 
What is the mission of Meros Academy?

 Meros Academy integrates eight essential elements to create a learning environment that coaches students to manage their education and maximize potential.

 
It is our understanding that you have an eight element approach to learning. Tell us more about that.

At the heart of Meros Academy’s pioneering approach to balanced learning is the integration of eight research-proven elements that combine to significantly improve a student’s ability to learn effectively; unleashing individual potential for success in life. These eight essential elements are as follows:
  • Solution-Driven Learning, which integrates project-based and blended learning with teaching-to-learn practices
  • Intentional parental and community engagement throughout the learning process
  • Learning coaches who personalize instruction and maximize academic growth
  • Enterprise and entrepreneurial skills training; including business development, marketing, graphic design, video editing, and print media incorporated into the curriculum
  • Nutritional focus supporting healthy living
  • Inclusion of action sports (ie skateboarding) programs that harbor unique biological, psychological, and social skills
  • Sustainable campus construction utilizing healthy design concepts and resource-efficient materials
  • School culture geared to assist adolescents in academic and personal development

 
You have a  Summer Program kicking off this year.

MEROS Academy is launching its Solution-Driven Learning model in a two-week Summer Program. During the program, students will tackle projects allowing them to utilize critical thinking skills, team-work, creativity and collaboration while learning advanced mathematics, science and language arts.

Learning should be an amazing experience so we are hosting a fully interactive and immersive summer program. Our students will directly apply their interests and creativity in a project-based environment building skateboard ramps, filming and editing public service announcements, designing and programming robots and creating art. The payoff? As the students learn advanced subjects, they will have so much fun it won’t feel like work. Which is the goal of our whole learning model.

You also are in the middle of a crowdsourcing campaign. How is that going and how can one participate?

We are in the home stretch of our RocketHub crowdfunding campaign and have raised 71% of our $35,000 goal. To participate, visit http://rkthb.co/42925 and learn about the vision of Meros Academy and what we are developing this summer.

 What is the hardest thing about being a founding executive Director of a nonprofit like Meros?

The biggest challenge is moving people from belief to action. Everywhere I go I talk to parents, students, educators and community members who all agree that the current state of education is failing to adequately prepare kids for the 21st century. Despite this fact, many people are unwilling to invest in a soundly researched, innovative model.

What advice would you give to people thinking of starting a nonprofit?

The question I would ask someone thinking of starting a nonprofit is, “If you knew right now that this project is going to fail, are you still willing to invest your life’s resources?” If the answer is yes, it is because that person is committed to the cause. Don’t start something if you don’t possess that type of commitment.

 

Friday, April 25, 2014

UNF SBDC: One of Our Best Workshops! Nonprofit Fundraising May 2nd.

Our May 2nd nonprofit workshop, Nonprofit Fundraising: Making the Ask is shaping up nicely. If you want in on this one, you need to get a move on! This workshop will provide participants with experienced insights into the fundraising process. All the steps thet lead up to that crucial "ask," and what happens next.

Event Info:
May 2, 2014
9am -Noon
$40
UNF- Herbert University Center (building 43)
Free parking
Register: 904-620-2476 or via our website.

We are delighted to have none other than Jane Jordan, Founding Principal, PartnersWithNonprofits.Org, facilitating this workshop. Here is some information about her experience in the nonprofit sector:

Jane has more than 40 years experience in community affairs, fund development, strategic planning, nonprofit organization administration, corporate social responsibility, corporate foundation management and consulting to nonprofits, giving me a unique perspective on the process of both asking for and receiving charitable contributions.

For 22 years she has been a consultant to nonprofit organizations of all types and sizes, assisting these organizations in raising money through annual, major gift and capital campaigns, or in preparing to raise money through strategic planning, fundraising planning, campaign market studies, executive recruitment and more.

Specialties: Capital, major gift and annual fundraising, strategic and fundraising planning, board development and training, fundraising and organizational assessments.

Consulting associate to Lawson Associates, Dallas, New York City and Nashville; and CoreStrategies for Nonprofits, Miami.