Community Calendar Event

Is Your "Annual Giving" Program Just a One Time Act?

Developing a year-round giving campaign

Presented by: Empower Success Corps

Traditional “year-end” giving is enormously productive for most nonprofits. But, if you only focus on your donors in the 4th quarter you could be losing out on a lot more than $$$!

Donors are often overwhelmed with the volume of “year-end” requests and equally disappointed when the only thing they receive from an organization is a solicitation. Effectively and consistently communicating your cause – throughout the calendar year – is critical to your fundraising outcomes. How can you connect with your donors during the fundraising cycle? What do they need to know to motivate and elevate their giving? This workshop will give you a better understanding, along with tips and tools, to improve the outcomes that matter to your budget and your donors.

About the Presenter

Diane DeMarco, CFRE, has 35 years of experience in development management and has provided counsel to local, regional and national educational, environmental, cultural, health and humane organizations. As an ESC consultant for more than a decade, she has led or partnered on numerous ESC client projects. Diane is a frequent workshop presenter on best practices, board engagement and innovation in fund development. The owner of Consultants for Institutional Advancement, a highly personalized full service practice, Diane is a long time member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals and a sustaining Certified Fundraising Executive through CFRE International.

Prior to functioning as independent counsel, Diane was Director of Major Gifts for the Massachusetts Society of the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, Associate Director of Development for the Joslin Diabetes Center, Associate Director of Development for the Trustees of Reservations and Vice President and Senior Counsel for Copley Harris Company. Diane is a ‘Pacesetter’ volunteer fundraiser for the American Cancer Society’s annual Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk; since 1993 she has participated in 26 consecutive events.

Date: Wednesday, September 15, 2021 - 11:00am to 12:00pm
Location: Online via Zoom

Digital Marketing Basics

Presented by: Nackey S. Loeb School of Communications

This class will cover the basics of digital marketing, from building your brand's website to creating an email campaign. Learn how to select the right social media channels for your business and how to use them effectively. This class aims to demystify search engine optimization (SEO) and to provide tips on how to stay on top of the ever-changing algorithms. You will walk away with a solid understanding of how digital marketing works and how to get more out of email, your website, social media, and more. This introductory class is designed for people who are new to digital marketing. It will cover basic concepts, like building business pages on LinkedIn and Facebook, how to create SEO-friendly websites, and how to use tools like Mailchimp to create email templates and campaigns.

Free, in-person; Wednesdays, 5:30-7pm, September 15-October 6

Date: Wednesday, September 15, 2021 - 5:30pm to Wednesday, October 6, 2021 - 7:00pm
Location: Nackey Loeb School of Communications

Designing and Implementing Your Strategic Planning Process

Online Workshop Series

Presented by: UNH Cooperative Extension

Three-part series:

September 8, 2021 | 10:00 - 11:30am

September 22, 2021 | 10:00 - 11:30am

October 6, 2021 | 10:00 - 11:30am

The past year has brought significant changes to our communities, organizations, and businesses and many have found themselves needing to adapt rapidly to a changing environment.  As we move into the next phases of recovery, this may be a good time to more deeply assess the current situation, what trends are likely to impact your organization in the long term, and how stakeholder needs may have changed in order to identify opportunities and develop a plan to meet your organizations vision and goals.

Strategic planning is a great tool to understand where your organization is today, where it’s going, and how to get there.  A strategic plan can define your purpose, help communicate with constituents, use resources more efficiently, and create metrics to measure success.  A good strategic plan becomes a living document for the organization that is regularly revisited to ensure goals are being met or adapted due to unexpected circumstances. 

This 3 session virtual series will explore best practices for developing and implementing a strategic planning process.  This will be an interactive and practice based training and participants will have the opportunity to bring their own scenarios and work within the sessions to design a process for their community or organization. 

For more information, contact Sue Cagle, 

Register online here:

Cost: $30.00 for all three sessions

Date: Wednesday, September 8, 2021 - 10:00am to Wednesday, October 6, 2021 - 10:00am
Location: Online

Engaging Millennials to Raise Big Money

Presented by: Wright Collective

8-week course where you get tools and tips to help you prospect, engage, solicit, and steward Millennial donors thoughtfully and effectively.

NH Center for Nonprofits members receive a $50 discount using code: 50FALLMILL

Hey nonprofits, the Millennial generation is getting older and getting bolder, are you ready to engage them? 

Said to be the most socially conscious generation in history, Millennials are no longer in their teens and twenties. Many are skilled, up-and-coming professionals in their 30's with deeper pockets and vaster networks than you might think. Join Alyssa Wright, self-proclaimed Millennial and advisor to young philanthropists, as she takes you through four weeks of research, tips, and tactics to engage these new donors in your mission and vision. Don't wait: research shows that from Mega Givers to everyday donors, Millennials are active donors and ambassadors to causes they love. 


This course is for anyone in a fundraising,  community outreach or marketing role at a nonprofit or social enterprise.

Full program details at


Date: Friday, September 17, 2021 - 12:00pm to Friday, November 12, 2021 - 1:30pm

Grant Writing Class

Presented by: Grant Writing USA

Hannah Grimes Center for Entrepreneurship and Grant Writing USA will present a two-day grants workshop in Keene, October 21-22, 2021.  This training is applicable to grant seekers across all disciplines.  Attend this class and you'll learn how to find the funding sources and write winning grant proposals.

Beginning and experienced grant writers from city, county and state agencies as well as healthcare organizations, nonprofits, K-12, colleges and universities are encouraged to attend.

We are excited to offer area nonprofits a special tuition rate of $425 which includes everything: two days of terrific instruction, workbook, and access to our Alumni Forum that's packed full of tools, helpful discussions and more than 200 sample grant proposals.  Please use discount code "NPO" to receive this $30 discount off full price at registration. 

Groups of 5 or more receive a $50 discount per person.  Discounts for Grant Writing USA alumni are also available.  Please call for details.  Payment is not required at the time of registration.
All health and safety guidelines will be followed.  Class enrollment is limited to ensure proper distancing.  Online reservations are necessary.


Date: Thursday, October 21, 2021 - 9:00am to Friday, October 22, 2021 - 4:00pm
Location: Hannah Grimes Center

AFP-NNE Fall Conference 2021

Presented by: Association of Fundraising Professionals of Northern New England

Calling all development professionals! Join us November 3-5 in Manchester, NH, for our annual fall conference! (AFP-NNE members enjoy a discounted rate)

The day-long Academy on Wed 11/3 features a deep dive into developing a comprehensive fundraising plan for your organization. Bring your data and leave with a roadmap to fundraising success!

Workshop tracks on Thurs 11/4 and Fri 11/5 cover everything from monthly giving and major gifts to visual storytelling and well-being for fundraisers. Not convinced yet? Our keynote speaker will be Laura Knoy, host of The Exchange on NH Public Radio for 25 years and a veteran of countless live, on-air fundraisers.

The deadline for early bird registration is October 1, 2021.

Questions? Contact AFP-NNE's chapter administrator, Hillary Twining, at or (802) 217-8700.

Date: Wednesday, November 3, 2021 - 8:00am to Friday, November 5, 2021 - 12:00pm
Location: DoubleTree Hotel by Hilton

Tall Sips Brewfest

Beerfest Fundraiser

Presented by: Piscataqua Maritime Commission

What: Samples of 12 local brewers, Spritzer cocktails and hard cider producers, plus food, entertainment and airplanes.

Beneficiary: All proceeds go to Sail Portsmouth's Sea Challenge Scholarship Fund for experiential education aboard tall ships

Price: Adults - $35 for unlimited 3-ounze samples

Date: Saturday, September 18, 2021 - 4:00pm to 7:00pm
Location: Hampton Airfield, 9A Lafayette Road

Year-End Fundraising - How to Plan for Planned and Major Giving

Presented by: NH & VT Council of Charitable Gift Planners

As we head into end-of-year giving season, it’s critical for nonprofit fundraising professionals to both understand how important this season has been AND what the events of the last two years have done to change donor behavior.

Patrick Schmitt, the Co-CEO of FreeWill, will discuss the steps for successful year-end fundraising for planned and major giving in 2021.

In this webinar, we will cover:

  • EOY fundraising strategies and trends
  • Thoughtful messaging for year-end giving
  • Tapping into bequests, stock gifts, and QCDs.


Before FreeWill, Patrick founded two nonprofit organizations and served as the Head of Innovation at, where he helped grow the organization to 100 million users in 4 years.

Date: Thursday, September 23, 2021 - 2:00pm to 3:15pm

12th Annual Upstairs Downtown Tour- "Theatre Edition" Starring Downtown Concord

Presented by Intown Concord

Presented by: Intown Concord

Join us on Saturday, October 2, from 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM as we celebrate the rich culture that exists in Concord. Our 12th Annual Upstairs Downtown Tour will feature local theatres and entertainment venues in the downtown area.

Tour stops and entertainment include:

  • Red River Theatres for a short film. Everyone starts here at 1:00 PM! 
  • Capitol Center for the Arts for the Grateful Dead Tribute Band, “Crawl Space.”
  • Bank of New Hampshire Stage for the acoustic stylings of, “Walker Smith.”
  • Phenix Hall for a preview of “Barefoot in the Park,” a Neil Simon play performed by the Concord Players.
  • Final Tour Stop will be Eagle Square featuring Club Soda Band. 

$40 includes appetizers, entertainment, and a guided tour.

This event is limited to 150 attendees and masks are required while inside venues and encouraged while outside.

Tickets/lanyards provided at the event will include discounts to downtown eateries so that you can stay and dine locally following the tour!

Date: Saturday, October 2, 2021 - 1:00pm to 4:00pm
Location: Downtown Concord (starting at Red River Theatres)

Fund Development & Strategic Planning

Maximizing Time from Now to Year-end

Presented by: DBD Group

Join DBD Group thought leaders as they share advice and actionable items on how to end the year strong related to fund development and strategic planning. You will get some great advice and ideas about ways to navigate the fourth quarter in both fund development and strategic thinking. We will also highlight some key learnings and toosl from DBD's Virtual Annual Giving Academy.

• Bruce Berglund, CFRE, President & Founder
• Jan Brogdon, CFRE, Vice President
• Robyn Furness-Fallin, CFRE, Senior Consultant
• Kellie Wardman, Senior Consultant

Date: Thursday, October 14, 2021 - 4:00pm to 5:00pm
Location: Virtual


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