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Fall 2017 Workshop Series


Program Evaluation

Dr. Kimberly Wiley, UIS Public Administration Department w/Dr. Megan Styles, UIS Environmental Studies Department 

Friday, November 3rd; 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM; UIS Brookens Library

In this interactive workshop, Dr. Wiley explores the what, when, where, how, and why of program evaluation. She provides current research and best practices for the nonprofit and public settings. Finally, she’ll share her experience in conducting program evaluations for and with Springfield-based nonprofit organizations. She will be joined by Dr. Styles in the second half of the workshop to discuss her evaluation of a local nonprofit.  If you would like to expand your skillset to include program evaluation in the government, nonprofit, and public health settings; consider registering for her course, PAD 533 Program Evaluation.



Community Health & Socioeconomic Data at Your Fingertips

Paula Gramley, Memorial Medical Center

Friday, November 10th; 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM; UIS Brookens Library

The workshop will provide an introduction to a free online database at . This site provides community demographics and rankings of more than 100 health and socioeconomic indicators for Sangamon, Logan, Morgan and Christian counties. Information is updated regularly so that the data is the latest available. Community data is available in seven categories: health, economy, education, environment, public safety, social environment and transportation. This data may help organizations with goal setting, need assessments, grant writing and other work. Workshop will include hands on component at computer.



How to Acquire 501©3 Nonprofit Tax Exempt Status

Marcia Dean, Community Development

Friday, November 17th; 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM; UIS Brookens Library

This workshop will provide step-by-step guidance for incorporating as a not-for-profit with tax exempt status. Topics to be covered will include: Forming your organization; Understanding the Pros and Cons of 501©3 Status; Securing Federal and State Tax Exemptions; Ongoing Compliance Requirements.



Locating Private Foundation Funding

Pamela Salela, Central Illinois Nonprofit Resource Center

Friday, December 1st; 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM; UIS Brookens Library

This workshop will include the following: Demonstration of the specialized database, Foundation Directory Online Professional and information regarding the Foundation Center’s online tutorials and web streams; Introduction to private foundations; Tips about proposal writing and communicating with the foundations; An overview of resources for nonprofits in Brookens Library.



Grant Writing 101

Kristin Olson, Grants Galore

Friday, December 1st; 12:30 PM – 2 PM; UIS Brookens Library

You know that fulfilling your organization’s mission costs money. You also know that grant funding is one piece of a diverse funding plan. Applying for grants, however, is time- consuming and requires specialized expertise. This introductory session is designed for nonprofit staff, board members, and volunteers with little or no experience writing a grant proposal. Kristin Olson will dispel the myths of grant making and describe the difference between public- and private-sector grants. Participants will learn how to structure a grant proposal and receive numerous tips on how to increase their chances of being awarded a grant.