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Nonprofit Fall

Mini Conference

October 22, 2020
Virtual Edition

The Conference

Two Powerful Tracks- You can chose any session throughout the day. Don't need to stay within a certain track. 

Session Times

Nonprofit Management Track

Volunteer Administrator Track











Close the Year Strong

(fundraising strategies to meet 2020 goals)

Lean Marketing

(Tight budgets, limited capacity and unlimited need)

Intro to SEI

Cohort Cafe for SEI Certified Agencies *

Using Data to Tell Stories


Change Management and Why it Matters

Software Tools for Volunteer Management

Intro to TRIAVA

Cohort Cafe for SEI Certified Agencies *

Recognize Your Heros

*  Members of Certified Service Enterprise Organizations are invited to bring their lunch and join us at noon for Cohort Cafe, an opportunity to reconnect and share!!







Professional Tracks


per participant





Barbara Thomas

Barbara Thomas is a Human Resources and Training professional with over 30 years of experience in both profit and nonprofit organizations. She volunteers with the Triangle Nonprofit & Volunteer Leadership Center (TNVLC) as a Trainer/Coach for our Service Enterprise Initiative training program, our Monthly Nonprofit Training Seminars and leads our TRIAVA (Triangle Association of Volunteer Administrators) program.

Susan Ross

Susan Ross is co-founder and partner of moss + ross, where they offer fundraising counsel, campaign counsel, strategic planning, executive search, interim staffing, and more. Susan spent nearly three decades as a senior fundraiser at Duke University, leading teams responsible for well over $500 million during her professional career. In the nonprofit community, she currently serves as a member of the Board of Advisors for UNC’s Hussman School of Journalism and Media and on the Durham Sheriff’s Community Advisory Board.

Mike Sweeney

Mike Sweeney is the Program Director – Nonprofit Services at TNVLC where, as a volunteer, he leads planning, development, and delivery of training programs for nonprofits. Mike often delivers Service Enterprise training and monthly nonprofit training sessions. He has over 25 years engineering personnel management experience and over 15 years volunteer experience including leadership and training positions

Rebecca Lassiter

Rebecca Lassiter earned an MS in Predictive Analytics from DePaul University. She is currently an Adjunct Instructor with the I/O Psychology MA Program at Meredith College. With more than 10 years of professional experience, Rebecca guides students in the practical application of statistical techniques and data visualization to tell stories with data and address real-world case studies.

Supporting Staff

Debalina Chatterjee

Debalina Chatterjee is a program coordinator for TNVLC assisting nonprofits using HandsOn Triangle and other services.

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Cathy Killeffer
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Cathy Killeffer is a program Coordinator for TNVLC. She works to engage nonprofits in specialized community programs.

David Chatham

David Chatham currently serves as Senior Client Success Consultant with Angel Oak Creative. David has more than 25 years of marketing experience, the last six focused on marketing for nonprofits. He has presented at the AFP Philanthropy Conference, NC Center for Nonprofits Annual Conference and AMA Triangle’s High Five Conference

Adrienne Clark
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Adrienne Clark is the Special Programs Director for TNVLC. With more than 20 years of organizational experience, she oversees important community-based projects. In her role at TNVLC she oversees the TRIAVA programming and other important nonprofit initiatives.

Kim Shaw
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Kim Shaw is the Executive Director of TNVLC. Ms. Shaw has more than 30 years of nonprofit leadership experience working in Board development, strategic planning, marketing, communications, fundraising, HR, and finance and conducts training and retreats for both nonprofit staff and Boards. Additionally, she has worked in executive management with several area nonprofits and currently serves on the Durham Rotary Board and is chair of the C3 state board.


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Session Info

Close the Year Strong

Fundraising strategies to meet your 2020 goals

It has been a wild year, but fundraisers who are still waiting for it to end will be left behind. What should you be doing in Q4 to bring in critical gifts for your mission?


Participant Objectives:


  • Understand how to best organize your time for effective fundraising 

  • Identify ways to single out your most important donors and how you should be reaching out to them


  • Learn what “Different and Done” can mean to your success (hint: the opposite of “Postponed and Perfect”)

Lean Marketing

Managing your marketing on a tight budget, limited capacity and unlimited need

We'll be discussing how nonprofits can build and sustain an effective degree of marketing with limited resources, budgets and capacity.


Attendees will learn:

  • The importance and value of a strong brand


  • Simple steps to develop a marketing strategy


  • How to effectively collect, share and leverage content 


  • How to amplify your message via champions

Using Data to Tell Stories

Clear and concise communication is a valuable skill, as is leveraging data appropriately to drive decisions. However, increasingly there is an unmet demand for individuals who are both effective data analysts and skilled in using analytic results to drive strategy.


In this session, we'll use a real world case study to demonstrate concepts about using data to tell stories and create compelling, persuasive visuals.

Learning objectives:

  • Specifying your audience and your desired outcome

  • Building the appropriate visual for your audience and outcome

  • Using attributes like color and size to clarify and focus your visuals

Change Management and Why It Matters

A lack of change management is the reason even simple organizational changes fail.

Effective change management allows leaders to ensure that changes are accepted, sustained,
and successful. This webinar will help participants understand what change management is, what it isn’t, and why it matters. Specifically, we will focus on how to motivate both paid and volunteer staff as they serve as champions for the change.  At the end of the session, you will be able to:

  • Answer the question, what is change management?


  • Explain why change management is important


  • Discuss the human side of change


  • Identify key leadership competencies and tools that will help shepherd effective change

Want to equip yourself with the know-how to steer your change initiative in the right direction?   This class is for you!

Software Tools for Volunteer Management

Volunteer management software helps nonprofits find, recruit, and train volunteers. We will discuss the key features of volunteer management software along with the costs and benefits of several different products. Representatives from four local nonprofits will be joining in to discuss their experience with the products they use.

At the completion of this session, participants will be able to:

  • Identify key features of volunteer management software

  • Understand the real-world concerns raised by local users


  • Perform their own selection analysis for a tool that meets their needs

Recognize Your Heroes

A TNVLC Recognition Workshop to help you develop recognition ideas that work and develop effective applications for volunteer recognition awards!

 At the completion of this training session, participants will be able to: 


  • Understand the needs and benefits of meaningful recognition

  • Identify practical and effective recognition techniques

  • Nominate your outstanding volunteers for Governor's Volunteer Service Award and Key Volunteer of the Year Awards



Nonprofit staffers are busy people.

We know you have much to accomplish in very little time. 

This mini-conference is designed with all this in mind. Running from 9am-2pm, you will receive support and information for your organization and still have time to handle some things from your office!


Pricing is affordable and flexble with an option for an individual fee or an organizational fee. The organizational fee allows your nonprofit to send up to 4 people!


There are also two categories for attendance. The Standard Category is for nonprofits who have not yet participated in specialized programs with TNVLC before (SEI and TRIAVA--ask us about these!). We are offering a Special Category that provides additional support to the organizations that are are enrolled in these programs. 


Standard Nonprofit Category
Special Nonprofit Category