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Help Us Honor Our 2020 Outstanding Volunteers — AND Celebrate Our 60th Anniversary!

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2020 Recognition Event Registration

To help us celebrate our 60th year -- and recognize our 2020 outstanding volunteers -- on Wednesday, March 4th at Michigan Shores Club, please provide the following information and complete the payment process. Then join us for a festive appetizer and cocktail buffet.
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February 13, 2020

Don’t Miss Our Next Training Event: “How to Fully Fund Your Nonprofit Every Year!”

Any nonprofit looking to grow its large donor base cannot afford to miss this game-changing training program.  Register Today!

The Volunteer Center and the Winnetka-Northfield Chamber of Commerce invite you to a luncheon and a results-based program lead by Sherry Quam Taylor, President of Quam Taylor LLC.  Sherry teaches nonprofit leaders how to shift from small-dollars to investment-level donations.  Working with Sherry, you’ll learn how to confidently prepare and ask for the donations that fully fund your programs and mission every year.

Luncheon and Program
Wednesday, February 12, 2020
11:30-1:30
Kenilworth Assembly Hall
410 Kenilworth Avenue, Kenilworth

Together, we’ll each create a practical step-by-step path to grow your organization’s funding. And she’ll also share the things you might be doing that are keeping larger donors from giving to you. You’ll walk away with hands-on strategies you can use immediately to help you get larger donations.

Check out Sherry’s Website: www.QuamTaylor.com

 

Sherry’s Results Speak for Themselves…

Sandi was struggling to grow her charitable giving. Working with Sherry she learned the 3 most important things she needed to prepare for solicitations.  After she applied them, her organization’s annual gala grew from $75,000 in 2018 to over $200,000 in 2019.

Bing was struggling to secure and grow larger gifts for her nonprofit. Major corporations gave regularly, but their gifts were relatively small. Using the engagement strategies she learned in Sherry’s program, Bing built relationships with the decision makers. This strategy grew an annual gift from a major financial institution from $5,000 gift to $25,000 the 1st year.

David was faced with the high start-up costs of a Capital Campaign for his new Nonprofit. David knew he had a few large donors in his network, but didn’t have knowledge or experience in asking for large gifts. He invested in Sherry’s LET’S GROW 90-Day program —  and secured a $300,000 lead gift in the first 60 days of the campaign.

…and Sherry’s Clients Sing Her Praises

After years of not really having a solid strategy to increase our donor base or gift dollar amounts, this program has given me the tools, resources, and confidence I have been looking for.  (Kim, Founder and Executive Director of ARTS)

I’ve met or exceeded my fundraising goals while working with Sherry – she’s coached me to successful high 5-figure asks!  (Simone, Executive Director of Naomi’s House)

This program is a game-changer. Your expertise and guidance is sincerely appreciated and we look forward to what’s to come. I am grateful for this opportunity. (Jeannine, Board Member)

Register Today!

Walk-ins are discouraged.  

Nonprofit Luncheon and Training: "How to Fully Fund Your Nonprofit Every Year"

Wednesday, February 12th 11:30-1:30 Kenilworth Assembly Hall 410 Kenilworth Avenue, Kenilworth
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    Registration at members-only rate for 1 attendee from a current Nonprofit Partner of The Volunteer Center OR a Member of the Winnetka-Northfield Chamber of Commerce.
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    Registration at members-only rate for 2 or more attendees from the same member nonprofit. Must be a current Nonprofit Partner of The Volunteer Center OR a Member The Winnetka-Northfield Chamber of Commerce.
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    Non-members are very welcome. The non-member registration rate includes your enrollment as a VC Nonprofit Partner with full benefits. To learn more about the benefits of becoming a VC Nonprofit Partner or to enroll, please contact us for more information.
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    Non members are very welcome. The non-member registration rate includes your enrollment as a VC Nonprofit Partner with full benefits. To learn more about the benefits of becoming a VC Nonprofit Partner or to enroll, please contact us for more information.
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Questions?

Volunteer Center: info@volunteercenterhelps.org

Winnetka-Northfield Chamber of Commerce: director@winnetkanorthfieldchamber.com

 

 

 

January 15, 2020

MLK, Jr. Day of Service 2020: “Give Back in Harmony!” A Special Community Celebration

 

January 7, 2020

The VC Is Sponsoring 2 Ways to “Share Your Bounty” This Thanksgiving

 

November 5, 2019

Maybe Your Nonprofit IS the Bomb. But Is It Hitting the Right Target?

21st CENTURY COMMUNICATIONS STRATEGIES FOR YOUR NONPROFIT

Nonprofit Directors and Communications Officers, please join the VC — and 2 industry heavy-hitters — for breakfast and a highly motivational training program designed to help you build effective marketing and communications strategies for your nonprofit.  This will be a thought-provoking workshop that will also be a valuable opportunity for you to network with other nonprofits facing the same challenges you are.  The VC will also share a comprehensive local media contact list for attendees. Registration Required by November 18 am. Registration form below.

Tuesday, November 19
8:30-10:30am

Winnetka Community House
620 Lincoln Avenue
Winnetka

Susan Noyes
Founder & Publisher of Make It Better Media Group

Susan will discuss “Activating Your Audience”, highlighting best communication practices that have proven to build awareness of and support for successful nonprofits – particularly online.  This Amplification & Connection Strategy is particularly effective in improving sponsorships, donations and ticket sales for major fundraising events.

 

Chris Hogan
Managing Director of i3Insights and Executive Service Corps Member

Chris will cover “Marketing Your Nonprofit”, with focus on applying Marketing Positioning to define and solidify your nonprofit’s image in the hearts and minds of your constituents. He will provide you a framework to help you articulate your nonprofit’s unique benefit,  and why your constituents will believe it, over other relevant non-profits.

About Our Presenters

About Susan Noyes
In 2007, Susan founded makeitbetter.net, a small, community website. It blossomed into a multi-platform publishing company, serving similar demographics throughout Chicagoland, Marin County and San Francisco Bay Area — with a vibrant digital ecosystem, print magazines, custom publishing partnerships, videos, awards and signature events.

All three publications–Better, Marin Magazine and SPACES and their corresponding digital platforms help generate those powerful, positive connections that will inspire you to live, love, work and play with greater purpose.

She also launched the Make It Better Foundation and annual Philanthropy Awards in 2012.  She occasionally appears on CNBC’s Closing Bell Investor Roundtable.   Susan practiced law for Sidley & Austin from 1983-1989, then focused her efforts as a philanthropist, and uber volunteer while raising 6 children.   She serves on multiple Chicago nonprofit boards including American Red Cross Chicago Chapter, Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago, and Poetry Foundation.

Better, formerly known as Make it Better began as a small website 12 years ago and has grown into a multi-platform publishing company, serving similar demographics throughout Chicagoland and the San Francisco Bay Area — with a vibrant digital ecosystem, print magazines, custom publishing partnerships, videos, awards and signature events.Better’s dream continues to be to create, strengthen, and connect communities across the country.  Simply put, Better helps generate those powerful, positive connections that will inspire you to live, love, work and play with greater purpose.

 

About Chris Hogan
Chris is the Founder and Managing Director of i3Insights, a marketing and consumer insights consultancy across many industries. Chris is also a member of Executive Service Corps (ESC) an organization which provides consulting for non-profit organizations. He brings to his clients the knowledge gained and lessons learned from 35 years of experience working in consumer insights, shopper insights, analytics and category management. Chris has also taught consumer research as an Adjunct Instructor at the University of Chicago.

Previously, Chris was SVP Consumer Insight & Analytics at ConAgra.  His responsibilities included insights and analytics for both the Consumer and Commercial Business Units. Prior to ConAgra, Chris had a variety of insight positions with increasing responsibility at Kraft Foods including: VP Consumer Insights & Strategy Kraft International responsible for consumer and shopper insights in 70 countries around the globe; VP Category Management Kraft North America responsible for the creation and leadership of Kraft’s Shopper Insights team, as well as leading the Category Management initiatives for the Kraft Sales organization; Director Consumer Insights for multiple business units across the Kraft U.S. portfolio of products.

i3 Insights was founded by Chris Hogan, after Chris successfully accumulated 30+ years of experience leading Insights, Analytics and Category Management teams at multiple Fortune 100 companies. This includes both U.S. and International experience identifying marketing insights that drove Brand Strategy, Brand Communication, Innovation and Category Management Opportunities. As a result, i3 Insights provides an uncommon level of both breadth and depth of knowledge in activating consumer insights, shopper insights, analytics, and strategic marketing that influences, inspires and impacts your business results. Chris also is an Adjunct Instructor at the University of Chicago,teaching consumer research design and analysis.

 

For more information, email Barb Tubekis at barb@volunteercenterhelps.org, or call 847-441-7665

 

 

 

November 4, 2019

Please Join Us at Our School Service-Learning Workshop and Networking Event

THIS EVENT IS RESCHEDULED FOR SPRING 2020.  PLEASE STAY TUNED FOR MORE INFORMATION LATER THIS YEAR.

Calling All Faith-based and School Parent Organization Presidents and Service-Learning Outreach Chairs

 

STAY TUNED FOR DATE

AND LOCATION IN SPRING 2020

 

Need to spice up your faith-based or school’s community service program for your families and students? Don’t currently have a service program? This Volunteer Center workshop will give you a solid foundation to start — or enhance — one. We will provide new ideas to engage your youth in age appropriate service activities that benefit nonprofits who are making a difference in our community. Network with your volunteer colleagues and share insights at this best-practices training on how to plan Service Projects or full scale Service-Learning Programs that will inspire your congregations and students to a lifelong passion for service.

The Volunteer Center is also excited to introduce a new Junior Board for public, private and parochial middle school students! More information will be shared about this at the workshop as well.

Join Us!  If you have questions, please e-mail us at info@volunteercenterhelps.org, or call Barb Tubekis 847-441-7665

 

 

October 18, 2019

Spring Cleaning in the Fall? Why Not? Our 17th Annual Make A Difference Day Collected Truckloads of Donations for Nonprofits Who Needed Them!

2019 Make A Difference Day Nonprofits

Bernie’s Book Bank

Children's books through 6th grade -- fiction and nonfiction (NOT comic, activity, text, reference)
(they do NOT accept comic, activity, text, reference books)
Northwestern University Settlement House

Children's clothing, bedding and toys -- infant through preteen
Connections for the Homeless

Men's clothes, shoes, linens, blankets, towels, duffel bags, small wheeled luggage
Counseling Center of the North Shore

Women's clothing, fine shoes
Gear 4 Goals

Sports equipment -- No golf
Woman's Cub of Evanston
Prom dresses
Goodwill

Any extra and unassigned items
Hadley Institute for the Blind & Visually Impaired

Eyeglasses and cases
Infant, Inc.

Size 1 diapers, powdered baby formula
Junior League of Evanston/NS

Purses, unopened toiletries, men's and women's coats
New Trier Township Food Pantry

Nonperishable foods, paper goods, unopened detergent and cleaning supplies
Orphans of the Storm

Pet supplies, food, old towels, newspapers
Refugee One

Boots -- all ages
Working Bikes

Bikes and bicycle parts -- ANY condition
YMCA of Metropolitan Chicago

School supplies, backpacks, educational games and puzzles

For More Information:
volunteercenterhelps.org

 

 

October 8, 2019

The Volunteer Center is Looking to Grow Our Board

Join Us!

The Volunteer Center is looking for board members who enjoy working with like-minded people who want to make a difference in our community by giving back to those in need.  We are a working board that also has a lot of fun!

At the heart of our work are the Days of Service we sponsor throughout the year, which encourage volunteers of all ages to get involved.  We also host training and networking events for our 160+ Nonprofit partners.

We’re currently seeking Board members in a variety of different roles, including marketing, communications, fundraising, project management, event planning, and finance and accounting.

Find out more about Board membership here.

For more information, please contact Barb Tubekis at info@VolunteerCenterHelps.org

 

 

September 19, 2019

Historic Wagner Farm Bonfire and Barndance

The annual Bonfire and Barndance is a fun event for all and includes country music, games, s’mores making and general fun around the farm. Volunteers help with tending the bonfires, handing out s’mores fixings, admissions, set up and clean up. If you’d like to come and enjoy a great evening at the farm and help out at the same time, this event is for you!

July 26, 2019

2019-2020 Networking and Training Events for VC Nonprofit Partners

STAY TUNED FOR DETAILS ABOUT OUR UPCOMING NETWORKING AND TRAINING EVENTS

Planning is underway for this year’s Nonprofit training and networking events  — and there are more to come!  We’ll be tackling some important topics with this year’s programs, so you won’t want to miss these informative sessions that also offer a great opportunity to connect — and exchange ideas — with other Nonprofit professionals.  Watch this website for more details to come.

 

FOR SCHOOL AND FAITH-BASED SERVICE COORDINATORS 

November 6, 2019
9-10:30
Winnetka Park District Community Room
Click Here to Register
Join us for a networking event and discussion about service learning and how the Volunteer Center can help you build or enhance your school’s community service programming.   We will provide new ideas to engage your youth in age-appropriate service activities that benefit nonprofits who will inspire them to a lifelong commitment to giving back.  This is also a great opportunity to network with your colleagues and share ideas.

FOR NONPROFIT DIRECTORS AND MANAGERS 

November 19, 2019  
Marketing/Communications: New Strategies to Reach Your Nonprofit’s Audience!

Join the VC for breakfast and this special nonprofit training on building effective marketing and communications strategies, featuring Susan Noyes, Founder & Publisher of Make It Better Media Group, who will discuss “Activating Your Audience” and Chris Hogan, Managing Director of i3Insights and Executive Service Corps member who will cover “Marketing Your Nonprofit”. Comprehensive media contact list also provided attendees. REGISTRATION Required on VC website –  VolunteerCenterHelps.org.  Location: Community House, Winnetka, 620 Lincoln, Winnetka. Breakfast: 8:30 – 10:30am

February 12th, 2020
“How to Fully Fund Your Nonprofit Every Year”
Luncheon and Program co-sponsored by The Volunteer Center and Winnetka-Northfield Chamber of Commerce

Sherry Quam Taylor, President of Quam Taylor LLC, will teach you how to confidently prepare and ask for the donations that fully fund your programs and mission every year. Together, we’ll each create a practical step-by-step path to grow your organization’s funding. And she’ll also share the things you might be doing that’s keeping larger donors from giving to you. You’ll walk away with strategies you can start to use immediately to help you get larger donations.  Check out Sherry’s website: www.QuamTaylor.com
For more details — and to register — click here.

 

 

July 19, 2019
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