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Grassroots Fundraising 101 on March 15!

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You have just started a new project or you are thinking of an idea… You need to raise some money. What are the most Seedlingimportant things you need to know? What should you do first? How can you feel more confident about asking for money? This workshop session will focus on the steps you need to take to start raising money from individuals in your community.

Trainer: Mariame Kaba

Thursday, March 15, 2012

5:30 – 8:00 PM

Chicago Freedom School

719 S State St, Ste 3N

(This location is wheelchair accessible.)

Space is limited.  Please register here to confirm your spot.

There is a $20 fee for this training.

Training fees can be paid by cash, check, or by credit card through our fiscal sponsor’s, the Chicago Freedom School, website.

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Evaluation Workshop on February 23!

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Participatory evaluation can be a valuable approach used to engage program participants, staff and organizational stakeholders about program goals, outcomes and potential directions for the future.  It is based on an asset-based, proactive model that respects the experiences and opinions of everyone involved with the program or activity.

During this workshop with Keisha Farmer-Smith, participatory evaluation will be introduced and explored via power point, a case example, a small group brainstorm and interactive dialogue.  Participants will learn about participatory evaluation as an asset based theory and practice.  The presenter will identify key components (potential strengths and issues) of this evaluative strategy and explore why this approach has been used successfully in some non-profit communities.

This training is designed for staff of nonprofits who want to strengthen their skills in understanding the role and purpose of participatory evaluation.  Attendees will have a chance to identify obstacles to the evaluation process, and brainstorm ways to create an evaluation culture inside their organization.  The presenter will also share basic information about methodology, data collection tools, and analysis.  In order to keep the training interactive, participants will learn in a small group setting.

Trainer: Keisha Farmer-Smith

DETAILS:  Thursday, February 23, 2011 — from 5:30 to 8:30 pm at the Chicago Freedom School, 719 S. State Street #3N

REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN FOR THIS WORKSHOP!!!  To register, please fill out this form

Workshop fees:  Please note that these fees cover attendance at the workshop PLUS 2 hours of follow-up consulting support for your organizationWe are committed to making our workshops open to youth-led and intergenerational groups with limited funds.  If these costs are still too high for your group, please contact us to discuss a scholarship.

To pay online, please visit the Chicago Freedom School website, and scroll down to “Special Events.”

If your group’s budget is…. Cost for 1 person Cost for 2 people Cost for 3 people
Under $50,000 $20 $25 $37.50
Under $100,000 $30 $40 $60
Under $150,000 $40 $50 $75
Over $150,000 $50 $75 $115

Budgeting workshop on November 10!

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Have your organization’s finances often confused you and left you feeling like you need help?  If so, this workshop is for you.  We will discuss some of the basic needs around organizational finances including one of the most important tools that everyone should be familiar with – a budget.  We will also discuss, in simple and understandable terms, various issues that small organizations face when trying to set up or maintain their finances, including finding an easy to use way to track income and expenses as well as having a solid understanding of the business needs of your organization including filing deadlines as well as tools to help you make sound decisions that are sustainable for your organization.

The details…..

Thursday, November 10 – 5:30 – 8 pm

Chicago Freedom School, 719 S State Street #3N

Trainer: Imi Rashid

Registration is now open for this workshop!  To register, please click here!

Workshop fees:  Please note that these fees cover attendance at the workshop PLUS 2 hours of follow-up consulting support for your organizationWe are committed to making our workshops open to youth-led and intergenerational groups with limited funds.  If these costs are still too high for your group, please contact us to discuss a scholarship.

To pay online, please visit the Chicago Freedom School website, and scroll down to “Special Events.”

If your group’s budget is…. Cost for 1 person Cost for 2 people Cost for 3 people
Under $50,000 $20 $25 $37.50
Under $100,000 $30 $40 $60
Under $150,000 $40 $50 $75
Over $150,000 $50 $75 $115

Fundraising workshop on September 22!

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FUNDRAISING WORKSHOP!

Thursday, September 22, 2011, 5:30 – 8 pm (Trainers: Melissa Spatz & Alex Poeter)

Chicago Freedom School, 719 S. State Street, suite 3N

How do you decide if you should be seeking foundation funding?  How do you know if a foundation might be a good potential fit for funding?  What are the stages to obtain a grant, and what are the different elements of a grant proposal?  This workshop will answer those questions, and help you think through your organization’s possible avenues to obtain funding.  Organizations that attend will receive 2 hours of individualized follow-up support, to help you determine if it is appropriate to seek foundation funding, and if so, to develop and hone your grant proposal.

Space is limited!  To register, please fill out this brief form!

Workshop fees:  Please note that these fees cover attendance at the workshop PLUS 2 hours of follow-up consulting support for your organizationWe are committed to making our workshops open to youth-led and intergenerational groups with limited funds.  If these costs are still too high for your group, please contact us to discuss a scholarship.

To pay online, please visit the Chicago Freedom School website, and scroll down to “Special Events.”

If your group’s budget is…. Cost for 1 person Cost for 2 people Cost for 3 people
Under $50,000 $20 $25 $37.50
Under $100,000 $30 $40 $60
Under $150,000 $40 $50 $75
Over $150,000 $50 $75 $115

Welcome to the Center for Emerging Leadership!

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We are proud to announce the launching of the Center for Emerging Leadership, a new project to the development of youth-led and intergenerational progressive social justice projects and organizations.

Over the past few months, we’ve reached out to many new & emerging social justice groups in Chicago.  These groups are working on issues including LGBTQ rights, immigrant rights, women’s and girls’ rights, education issues, ending the prison industrial complex, and more.  Many of the groups have been founded, and being led by, young people.  We were inspired by their work, and hopeful about the movement-building possibilities here in Chicago and beyond.

This is what we heard from the groups we surveyed and met with. You are looking for support in building stable, sustainable projects and organizations that can effectively support your social justice efforts.  The priorities we heard about included learning about fundraising, evaluation, budgeting, financial management, finding allies & support networks, and more.  Groups are looking for trainings, consulting support, and materials that you can use to build your new organizations.

We’ve taken all of those ideas, and built this pilot project based on them. In the coming months, we will be:

  • holding trainings to help new and emerging organizations develop sound structures
  • holding workshops for those considering launching a new social justice project
  • providing free and low-cost consulting services to new & emerging organizations
  • producing materials to support these efforts

We welcome you to get involved!  Share your comments on this post about what other needs your group has, and please join our mailing list to get updates about our workshops and services!