Our virtual Fundraising Action Plan cohort provides a cost-effective way for your organization to focus on your fundraising strategies with a group of peers and experts on hand – just in time for the end-of-year giving season.
The cohort will consist of four, 2-hour webinars of interactive instruction (September 19, and October 3, 17, and 31 from 10:00 am-12:15 pm) as well as up to four hours of individual consultation and coaching time with the instructors.
You will walk away with specific tools customized for your organization to use immediately, including:
Applications will be open from June 15 – August 1, 2022. Please check our website, or send a message to firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com if you wish to be reminded when applications open.
Your organization may be eligible for several upcoming federal grant funds. Check out the two opportunities below and stay up to date on other opportunities at akfederalfunding.org.
I looked out my window today and the leaves were just at the moment before they unfurl – the moments of anticipation of summer captured on every branch and in every green blade of grass poking up from the brown ground. The backdrop of snow-covered peaks and valleys crusted to a hard sheen by the sun. Soon enough we will be in full summer mode – grabbing every hour of daylight to restock our freezers, replenish our minds, and renew our spirit so that we may be ready for another season. I am ready. Are you?
As I literally watched the leaves uncoil a little more, I wondered how this translates into our nonprofit spaces? Summer can pose interesting dilemmas in Alaska workplaces. Personally, I gave up long ago believing that there was a “slow time” in this work and settled instead for a more truthful understanding that time required to complete the work mostly differs in what the work looks like, not the amount of it. So, my list of possibilities of how we might translate the gifts of summer into our workspaces comes with an essential caveat: “pick one.” To feel burdened by doing more undoes all the good summer has to offer.
That said, there is plenty we can do to restock, replenish, and renew ourselves and our organizations this summer. Here are just a few options:
Restock: We could spend our summer ensuring our structure is balanced, stable, and abundant.
Replenish: We could spend our summer creating clear processes to recruit, engage, and provide for a graceful exit of the right people at the right time to carry our missions forward.
Renew: We could spend our summer sharing our appreciation in ways that not only renew our spirit but lift up others along the way.
Whatever way you choose to spend the summer, I hope it nurtures your spirit, renews your energy, and brings you so much joy. After all, you, your team, and your mission are worth it.
Are you an Alaska nonprofit or tribal leader? Do you want to enhance your management skills and explore new techniques to effectively lead your organization? The Foraker Certificate in Nonprofit Management features courses developed to apply classroom teachings to your workplace, case studies directly related to issues facing Alaska nonprofits, and a network of fellow professionals to last a lifetime. Applications for the 2022 cohort are now open. Learn more here.
On a warm east coast day, I walked into a scene that many in the field relish – the sight of 100+ people from at least ten different arts and culture organizations diving into their missions with full enthusiasm and ready – really ready – for what would emerge. This was the backdrop of my first extended visit with Richard Evans. From that moment, I knew that not only would Alaska benefit but so would all of us at Foraker.
Oh gosh, was that so true. Richard made many visits to Alaska – presenting at two Leadership Summits and working very intensely with arts groups from all parts of the state to inspire deep and meaningful civic practice work. He also spent a lot of time with the Foraker team – helping us dig deeper, think differently, and engage in our work in new ways. He introduced us to Jamie Gamble, a recent Leadership Summit presenter, who taught us about the importance of process-based evaluation in the VUCA age. He taught us to embrace the Cynfin framework and the gift of how to navigate complex challenges starting with “small experiments with radical intent.” And, he was our friend.
We are so saddened by Richard’s passing this week. We will miss him in this work and in this life, and we will carry his teaching into every conversation we are honored to have with each of you. Our hearts are with Melissa Dibble, Richard’s wife and partner whom we truly adore, his family, and the EMCArts family. Thank you for sharing Richard with so many – he did so much good in the world.
Photo credit: Dennis McMillian took this photo in Denali National Park on a trip with Melissa and his wife Stephanie. True friends from the moment they met.