Western Slope

Get ready, Western Slope! Connecting Colorado is coming your way!

Join us for engaging breakout sessions aimed at increasing the capacity of your Nonprofit Organization. We’ll also feature a dedicated track specifically tailored for nonprofit executives.

Connect with fellow nonprofit professionals in your region to exchange ideas, find solutions and celebrate successes through roundtables and panel discussions.

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Event Agenda

Wednesday, September 25, 2024
8:00 AM – 4:30 PM

Grand Junction Convention Center
159 Main Street
Grand Junction, CO 81501

Event Schedule

8:00-8:30 AM

8:30-8:50 AM

9:00-10:15 AM

10:15-10:45 AM

10:45 AM – 12:00 PM

12:00-1:00 PM

1:15-2:30 PM

2:30-3:00 PM

3:00-4:15 PM

4:15 PM

Registration and Networking

Opening Remarks

Breakout Session 1*

Networking Break

Breakout Session 2*

Lunch

Breakout Session 3*

Networking Break

Breakout Session 4*

Closing Remarks

*Each breakout session will have 4 trainings to choose from. The presentation materials from each breakout session will be sent out following the event.

Session Descriptions

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Say What?? Keys to Leadership Communication Success

Dan Prater, Senior Managing Consultant, FORVIS

Leadership and communication go hand in hand. Whether it’s giving a speech in the boardroom, facilitating a staff meeting, or presenting at civic club, leaders must have the ability to communicate with clarity and passion in all settings.

This engaging session explores various communication methods and styles, and how leaders can equip their teams to properly identify and deal with negative situations to achieve positive outcomes. The session will provide leaders with ideas and tools to help them develop problem-solving and decision-making skills to improve work culture and individual satisfaction.

Building Community Resilience and Preventing Hate Motivated Violence

Ilima Kane, Grants Specialist, Colorado Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management

Mekenah Jensen, All Threats Intelligence Unit Supervisor, Colorado Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management

This session will cover the following objectives:  (1) Describe a variety of grant programs available to nonprofits to help improve the safety of the communities they serve and secure their facilities. (2) Invite a conversation with nonprofits to brainstorm ideas for grant projects or actions that can be taken to build community resilience against hate and targeted violence.

Financial Leadership: Communicating the Financial Information that Matters

Ellie Hume, Regional Director, Your Part-Time Controller

Do all members of the board understand your organization’s financial position? Are your financial documents designed to foster board member understanding? Do you “have their attention?” In this session, we’ll discuss ways nonprofits can improve financial reporting to their entire board – not just the resident CPAs. We will also provide alternative presentation ideas that help direct the Board’s attention to the financial information that matters most.

Beyond Surveys: Innovative Data Collection for Impactful Storytelling

Sterling Nell Leija, CEO, Innovative Camp Company

In today’s competitive landscape, simply sharing heartwarming stories and beautiful photos no longer suffices to demonstrate value. Savvy donors are choosing their charity of choice with informed scrutiny. Clients need the reassurance of value added and quality. Prospective staff and volunteers want to ensure their time is respected and appreciated. Traditional surveys often yield limited responses and fail to capture meaningful insights. In this session, learn innovative and engaging approaches to gather actionable data to effectively assess impact, evaluate program quality, enhance fundraising initiatives, strengthen donor stewardship, inform marketing materials, and increase retention. Discover how to tell a compelling story of mission delivery that resonates with your audience and sets your organization apart in a crowded market.

Event Speakers

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STERLING LEIJA
CEO
Innovative Camp Company

JENNIFER DOMBEK
Associate
Your Part-Time Controller LLC

JOE WAGNER
CPA
Your Part-Time Controller LLC

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