Presenting: Spark Studio

These classes will provide a high high level overview of the key areas of nonprofit management and are customized for an audience of nonprofit employees, volunteers, and board members. Plan to bring your own lunch, pen, and paper for notes. All other materials will be provided.

Each class is $60 and runs from 9am-1pm. All classes are taught by The Spark Mill team of consultants.


Fundraising Basics FOR NONPROFITS

September 12, 2018, 9am-1pm, $60

Fundraising doesn’t have to be a scary word! This workshop is geared toward people who have passion for their mission but aren’t sure how to raise money. We will provide a basic overview of fundraising--it will be fast paced. You’ll leave the training well on your way to becoming a lean, mean, money raising machine.

Come learn about:

  • Infusing a Culture Of Philanthropy into your organization
  • An overview of fundraising and philanthropy in the USA
  • Best practices for individual giving--from figuring out who to ask for money to thanking donors for their gifts
  • Creating a development plan that you actually use!

We need a plan! Strategic Planning

November 14, 2018, 9am-1pm, $60

What’s the buzz about Strategic Planning? We’re going to be talking about the role that strategic planning plays in a nonprofit organization and why it is essential to your future.

Come learn about: 

  • The role strategic planning plays in a nonprofit organization and why it is important
  • The how tos - who leads and manages the process, who should be involved and how to engage them
  • The trifecta of strategic planning magic - the gathering of data, group processing and dreaming, and landing a plan with solid implementation tools

Building a board that thrives

January 9, 2019, 9am-1pm, $60

The Board of Directors is the heartbeat of the organization--in order for an organization to do its very best work, the board must be thriving and healthy. We know this is easier said than done.  Join us to learn how to support your board in becoming high functioning and productive.

Come learn about:

  • The roles and responsibilities of the board
  • Tools for effective board meetings and decision making
  • How to build a board with the right talent, varied experiences, and community representation

Adding Staff to Your Organization

March 13, 2019, 9am-1pm, $60

Paid staff is one great way to expand capacity--but no one talks about how much work it is to add staff on the front end. Get it right from the beginning so your organization can do more good work.  

Come learn about:

  • How to know when it's time to hire and how to make sure you are hiring for the right position
  • Hiring, on-boarding, and general management best practices
  • Performance issues and firing

Engage Your Community: 
Best Practices for Co-Leadership in Your Community Work

May 8, 2019, 9am-1pm, $60

Our work is always most successful when it centers the communities we are working within. Community engagement is the process of working collaboratively with a community to address issues that impact the well-being of those groups. This workshop will highlight key aspects of robust community engagement.

Come learn about:

  • The community engagement spectrum with a focus on the equity model
  • Best practices for co-leadership with community transformations
  • The value of co-leadership in your work

Marketing on a nonprofit budget

September 11, 2019, 9am-1pm, $60

So you don't have money to hire a graphic designer and you don’t even know what a style sheet is or how to get started?  This course is designed for nonprofits who need to make the most out of donated services and have little to no budget for marketing.

 Come learn about:

  • Brand strategy and audience definition and basics of marketing
  • Tips, tools, and tricks to edit your own images and videos
  • The basics of social media as a marketing tool
  • A general overview of marketing strategy and planning