Tuesday, February 28, 2006

On Saturday I had a great time facilitating the workshop "The Power of Strategic Planning." The workshop was sponsored by the Union County Division of Cultural and Heritage Affairs. It was a wonderful interactive group and many people contributed to making the workshop a huge success. Thanks to all of you who attended. I enjoyed being with you.

My next workshop is a full day workshop "Visionary Leadership for Nonprofit Executives" sponsored by the Bergen County Volunteer Center on April 5th. I am really looking forward to facilitating this workshop which has a lot of individual and group activity. Check out my website for the details.

Volunteer Center of Bergen County

Marion Conway Consulting

Tuesday, February 14, 2006

N-TEN is a great organization which provides technology support for nonprofits. They have a great program of online "webinars" offered a very reasonable price but now they are offefing three webinars absolutely free. If you are at all involved with technology and nonprofits check out this offering RIGHT NOW! There are two Webinars this week. Learn more and sign up at http://www.nten.org/webinars, and here’s a little overview of each:

<> Wednesday, February 15, 2006, 10am Pacific
Designing Effective Learning Experiences for Technology Training
For anyone who is planning to present at the NTC, or is involved in training on technology-related topics in their organization. This session will explore the basics of learning styles and providing interactive exercises to help you design technology workshops and conference panel sessions with greater impact, including lots of practical tips on the how to use icebreakers, backchannels, interactive PowerPoint presentation styles, games, and other techniques. This will be a very hands-on, brains-on interactive Webinar experience! So be prepared to be challenged, be creative, and (gasp!) even have fun!
FREE! - Presented by Beth Kanter

<> Friday, February 17, 2006, 10am Pacific
Getting Starting with Online Donation Tools
Do you want to help your organization take donations online, but aren’t sure how? This session will tell you what you need to know in order to choose a tool and get started. We’ll touch on some of the strategic aspects of online donations, but our focus will be on the tactical: What online donation tools are available? How do they work? How do you know which one is right for your organization? We’ll close by looking more closely at some of the specific tools that are available.
FREE! - Presented by Laura Quinn, Idealware

<> Wednesday, February 22, 2006, 10am Pacific
ReliefWeb - A Platform for NGO Information Partnerships
The presentation for this webinar looks at how NGOs, particularly in the humanitarian response field, can make more use of some of the coordination tools and services offered by UN OCHA, in particular the ReliefWeb information system. Drawing on the response to some recent disasters (e.g. Hurricane Katrina, the South Asia tsunami) it will look at current information sharing patterns among ReliefWeb's partners and what services are being provided to NGOs.
FREE! Sponsored by Intel - Presented by Humaninet and Sebastian Naidoo, Managing Editor of ReliefWeb

What is a Webinar?

A webinar is an online seminar hosted by N-TEN, on topics relating to nonprofit technology. Participants log-in to watch the presentation on their personal computers and listen by dialing in by phone. Webinars usually last 90 minutes, and recordings of webinars can also be purchased after an event has occurred. View the complete list of upcoming live webinars and recorded webinars at:

N-TEN - Webinar Info

Marion Conway Consulting

Monday, February 06, 2006

I am proud to announce that my new article, "Planning a Board Retreat" has been published in Charity Channel's Nonprofit Boards and Governance Review. As I have posted previously Charity Channel is an excellent resource for all topics of interest to the nonprofit sector. NRGR is published bi-weekly and always has great articles for those involved with Nonprofit boards. There are other eNewsletters on different topics also.

The outline for the Planning a Board Retreat article is:

Getting Started
Choosing a Retreat Theme
Planning the Retreat Program
The Retreat Leadership Checklist
Follow-up to the Retreat is the Measure of its Success
Two examples: Purpose, Plan and Measure of Success for Retreats

Check it out at Charity Channel