Community Calendar Event

Community After Hours and Gallery Opening

Presented by: Hannah Grimes Center

A networking event bringing together the business and nonprofit communities hosted by Leadership New Hampshire and the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation.

Leading a discussion highlighting the culture of volunteerism in our region will be Dick Ober, President & CEO of the NH Charitable Foundation, and Dr. Stephen Reno, Executive Director of Leadership NH. 

We will also be featuring a Gallery Opening for Richard Whitney and Sandy Sherman, current in-house artist at the Center.

Local food and beverages will be served.

Date: Thursday, April 10, 2014 - 5:00pm to 7:00pm
Location: Hannah Grimes Center

7th Annual Women's Leadership Summit

Blazing the Trail: Igniting Your Leadership Talents!

Presented by: New England Women's Leadership Institute

The New England Women's Leadership Institute Announces the 7th Annual Women's Leadership Summit

EARLY BIRD PRICING $195.00*
Register by April 14, 2014
Includes a full day of programming, networking, lunch, and all keynote addresses

FULL DETAILS AND REGISTRATION AT http://www.newli.org

Register today and save $55.00! Regular Summit pricing after April 14, 2014 $250.00.

DATE June 11, 2014
TIME 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
LOCATION St. Anselm College Manchester, NH

Blazing the Trail: Igniting Your Leadership Talents! Early Bird Registration Now Open Save...plus be one of the lucky winners of a SWA LUV voucher! The first 100 guests to register for the 2014 Summit will receive a $75 LUV Voucher from Southwest Airlines® for use on their next Southwest flight! LUV Vouchers are valid for one year from the date of issue and do not require a minimum purchase. All LUV Vouchers will be distributed upon registration. Don't miss out on early bird savings and the special offer from Southwest Airlines!

Meet just a few of our fabulous speakers
This year, we are proud to feature Anna Maria Chavez, CEO of Girl Scouts of the USA and an award-winning community leader as our distinguished keynote speaker. Ms. Chávez was previously deputy chief of staff for Urban Relations and Community Development under former Governor of Arizona and current U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano. Hear about her amazing career and be inspired to blaze your own trail.

Suzanne Foster is Vice President and General Manager of the Advanced Energy Division at Medtronic Advanced Energy - a global medical device technology company that is headquartered in Portsmouth, NH.

Tiffany Eddy has been part of the media fabric in New Hampshire for over fourteen years. Eddy crisscrossed the state as a reporter and co-host for the magazine program "New Hampshire Chronicle," where she produced hundreds of pieces on standout Granite State businesses and citizens.

This professional educational event is one of a kind.

  • You will be exposed to outstanding speakers who will give you new and fresh insights into what it means to blaze your trail from the inside out
  • You will have an opportunity to discuss your successes and limitations with others
  • You will network with new and interesting people
  • You will gain new perspectives and new skills that will help you be more effective
  • You will learn how to cope with stress; how to be authentic; and how to negotiate gender issues
  • You will emerge a new you who can blaze her trail and help others do the same

​You won't want to miss this powerful experience! Register early and take advantage of our Early Bird Special.

For more information about The New England Women's Leadership Institute and our other programs, visit www.newli.org.

CEU credits available.

Date: Wednesday, June 11, 2014 - 8:00am to 4:30pm
Location: St. Anselm College

Understanding Your Options

Choosing the Right Healthcare Setting

Presented by: Concord Hospital

Tailored for managers, wellness coordinators and human resource professionals: Walk away with the tools to engage your employees to make the best choice.

Sponsored by Wellness Coordinator’s Council of New Hampshire

Date: Wednesday, April 30, 2014 - 8:00am to 9:30am
Location: Center for Health Promotion

Thrive! Apply Positive Psychology in the Workplace

Presented by: Concord Hospital

Based on empirical research, positive psychology teaches behaviors that make people and organizations thrive. Come learn the basics of positive psychology and simple techniques that you and your organization can employ to make employees more productive and happy. Presenter Betsy Black is a longtime teacher and enthusiast of human effectiveness. She works as a coach, trainer and consultant and teaches positive psychology at the Center for Health Promotion.

Date: Tuesday, May 13, 2014 - 7:45am to 9:00am
Location: Center for Health Promotion

NH Labor Law Training Seminar

Presented by: NH Dept. of Labor

The New Hampshire Department of Labor is offering a Labor Law Training Seminar on how to stay in compliance with NH labor laws. The seminar will be offered on 14 dates in a number of different locations throughout the state. These events are free and open to employers, businesses and the public. These sessions are made possible by the generosity of the businesses hosting these events.

For additional information and to register for one of these sessions, visit the Events Calendar at http://www.nh.gov/labor/news-events/events/index.htm on the Department of Labor Website.

Date: Monday, June 9, 2014 - 9:00am to 11:30am
Location: Town & Country Inn Resort

Coffee with CONFR

Presented by: CONFR - Council on Fundraising - DEFUNCT

Coffees provide networking and peer learning opportunities in regions throughout the state. There are no formal presenters. Participants come with success stories, questions, and requests for new ideas from their colleagues. Coffees are held from 8:00am to 9:30am (unless noted otherwise) and hosted by participants on a rotating basis. You may attend a coffee in any region, whether or not you live or work in the region.

There is no charge, just bring your willingness to share and learn!

To volunteer to host a future coffee in your area, contact Pam McDonald, CONFR’s Executive Director pmcdonald@confr.org or (603) 724-6741.

Date: Tuesday, April 8, 2014 - 8:30am to 10:00am
Location: TBD

Coffee with CONFR

Presented by: CONFR - Council on Fundraising - DEFUNCT

Coffees provide networking and peer learning opportunities in regions throughout the state. There are no formal presenters. Participants come with success stories, questions, and requests for new ideas from their colleagues. Coffees are held from 8:00am to 9:30am (unless noted otherwise) and hosted by participants on a rotating basis. You may attend a coffee in any region, whether or not you live or work in the region.

There is no charge, just bring your willingness to share and learn!

To volunteer to host a future coffee in your area, contact Pam McDonald, CONFR’s Executive Director pmcdonald@confr.org or (603) 724-6741.

Date: Tuesday, May 13, 2014 - 8:30am to 10:00am
Location: TBD

Best of CONFR

Four Great Workshops—All Available on One Day!

Presented by: CONFR - Council on Fundraising - DEFUNCT

8:30am – Check-in Opens; Coffee, Juice, Muffins and Networking

9:00am to 11:30am – Morning Workshops – Choose ONE:

A. Raising Big Gifts in a Small Shop: A Simple Approach to Attracting Long-Term Results
*All Levels: Essential for Executive Directors and Development Professionals who wear many hats AND for their Board Members.

Presenter: Porter “Pete” Caesar, II, CFRE, Principal, Porter Caesar, LLC

Raising major gifts is a key component of all development plans as a way to achieve annual, special project and campaign goals.  Any size organization can have a successful major gifts program but there are unique obstacles AND advantages for small organizations. This workshop will show you how to develop a major gifts program and the essential elements to make it succeed.

Topics Included are:

  • Where major gifts come from
  • Building relationships
  • Board partnerships
  • Making the Ask without stress
  • Capitalizing on small shop uniqueness
  • Measuring success

B. How to Use Analytics to Increase Effectiveness
*All Levels: Essential for Executive Directors, Development Professionals, Finance Directors, Finance Committees

Presenter: Jamie Forbes, Partner and Alexandra Urbanowski, Partner, Opus Advisors, LLC

There’s a lot of talk about assessments, metrics, and outcomes, especially from donors and funders who want to know the effectiveness of their gifts. But once you have this information, what do you do with it? How does it help to answer the inevitable question, “What difference does your organization make?” To be successful and invite additional investment, nonprofits need to use their data to illustrate the impact the organization is making in its community and in peoples’ lives.

Topics included are:

  • Which self assessments and evaluations are most effective
  • How to ask the right questions so you’ll get back the data you need
  • How to translate numbers into demonstration of impact
  • How to use data to tell the story of your success to the world

11:30am to 12:30pm – Networking Lunch
Pre-order a lunch from us or bring one with you – But be sure to attend this networking opportunity!

12:30pm to 3:00pm – Afternoon Workshops – Choose ONE:

A. Planned Giving Beyond the Jargon: Incorporating Legacy Giving into Small Shops
*Levels 1 and 2; Special emphasis on Executive Directors and Development Professionals of Small Organizations

Presenter: Al Cantor, Principal, Alan Cantor Consulting LLC

Presentations on planned giving often get bogged down in technical discussions of various gift vehicles. This knowledge is important, of course, but it’s critical first to understand the larger picture: how do planned gifts work, and how to they fit into an individual donor’s personal financial and philanthropic planning? We will cover the basic tax incentives, the importance of appreciated stock and other assets, and ways of recognizing a planned giving opportunity. We will discuss the central importance of the simple bequest. We will talk about how staff and board members can raise the subject delicately but effectively with their donors. And we’ll do all of this in English, not legalese!

Topics included are:

  • Two simple and effective steps you can take now to jumpstart a planned giving program
  • How to recognize a planned giving opportunity
  • How to raise the subject with your donors – and how to explain the concepts to them
  • The characteristics of a planned giving prospect
  • How to integrate planned giving into the rest of your development program
  • The role that stock gifts play in introducing the subject of planned giving

B. Best Practices for Development Professionals
*Level 2: Essential for current and aspiring Development Directors

Presenter: Rick Blain, President, Richard R. Blain & Associates

This intensive workshop will explore the role of an organization’s primary fundraiser and the principles and procedures that he/she will use to create the best fundraising program possible. Six essential “behind the scenes” building blocks will be explored and explained, including:  Planning; Resources; Executing; Leadership; Stewardship; Tracking and Reporting.

Topics included are:

  • The importance of a Development Plan, a Case for Support, timelines and assignments
  • How to create an organization-wide culture of philanthropy
  • How to make the Development Plan a working document for yourself, fellow staff, ED, board members and other volunteers
  • Ensuring ethical and sound practices that match the values of the organization Valuing donors’ goals, dreams and aspirations, and to create relationships and transparency
  • Donor database systems for ease, accuracy, security and confidentiality

NOTE: Level 1 is introductory; Level 2 assumes foundational knowledge on the topic

Registration: Register online or download a form and mail with a check; or call 603-724-6741.

Bring your staff AND board fundraisers to attend ALL these great workshops!

CONFR Members:

  • $59 Each Half-Day Workshop
  • The same person registering for TWO workshops by April 15 — $106 – a 10% discount

Non-Members:          

  • $79 Each Half-Day Workshop
  • The same person registering for TWO workshops by April 15 for $142 – a 10% discount

Lunch:                        

  • $12.00 (You may order our buffet or bring your own lunch, but be sure to attend this networking opportunity!)

Thanks to our Best of CONFR Sponsors

Date: Wednesday, May 7, 2014 - 8:30am to 3:00pm
Location: Southern New Hampshire University Hospitality Center

Operation Appreciation

Presented by: American Red Cross of NH/VT Region

American Red Cross New Hampshire will be honoring a generation of servicemen and women who have dedicated themselves to protecting our country. Join us on Thursday, May 22nd from 5:30PM-8:00PM at Keene State College’s Zorn Dining Commons, located at 229 Main Street in Keene, as we bring together veterans, active duty, reserves, their loved ones, and the greater New Hampshire community for recognition, reflection and celebration. Enjoy Jazz music by Gerry Grimo & The East Bay Jazz Ensemble, Heavy hors d’eurvres with a cash bar and much more.

To read more about how the American Red Cross New Hampshire will be honoring a generation of service men and woman and how to sponsor the event, download the Sponsorship Form and Overview.

Date: Thursday, May 22, 2014 - 5:30pm to 8:00pm
Location: Keene State College's Zorn Dining Commons

Concord Chorale Celebrates 45 years with Haydn's "The Creation"

Concord Chorale blow-out concert at the Capitol Center for the Arts on May 18

Presented by: Concord Chorale

On Sunday, May 18, the Concord Chorale celebrates its 45th season with a spectacular performance of Joseph Haydn’s masterwork, “The Creation,” at the Capitol Center for the Arts, 3 PM in Concord. Through music, the story depicts and honors the creation of the world as described in the Book of Genesis and Milton’s “Paradise Lost.” This oratorio is at once playful, grand, sweeping and spiritual, and sung in the original English version. Music Director Kristofer Johnson conducts some 80 Chorale voices, internationally acclaimed soloists and a large symphonic orchestra. Tickets are $25/adults and $20 seniors/students, from Chorale members or by calling 463-5504. Tickets also available at the Capitol Center box office, 44 S. Main St., 225-1111, or online at www.ccanh.com, usual handling charges apply.

Date: Sunday, May 18, 2014 - 3:00pm to 4:30pm
Location: Capitol Center for the Arts

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