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Nonprofit Summer Camp

Nonprofit Summer Camp is an inexpensive way to receive the training you need in an amount of time you can work with.

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Every year we offer multiple workshops to choose from, networking/fun activities, lunch, and, of course, s’mores. This is where we prove that nonprofit management can and should be fun!

NPM Summer Camp 2019 was held on July 17th from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at Vermont Technical College in Randolph, Vermont. Thanks to all who joined us for a day of learning and playfulness.


Workshop Choices in 2019 were:

Session 1:

Building Your Values Into Your Budget with Alex Fischer

Come to this fun and interactive workshop to learn methods for making sure your organization’s budget is in-line with your mission and values! Budgets are planning tools to help us be more effective in our work. Too often, they get a bad rep for being deprived of justice-oriented values. Learn tools for using your budget to lift up your organization’s values, be kind(er) to each other, and make sure your organization has the resources it needs to best do the work!

Mastering the Art of Focus in A Distracted World with Porter Knight

What would it feel like to feel productive and focused throughout the day? Is it even possible to nurture an outlook of calm with technology pervasively at our fingertips in a culture that glamorizes “busy”? Living and working healthfully in a world of distraction is possible, but it requires resolve, attention, and practice. However, we can learn to strengthen our internal capacity to focus as well as manage our devices and work habits to minimize distraction and maximize well being. Join us for this lively and interactive program to learn tangible strategies and actionable steps you can personally take to work well and feel well. You’ll leave with tools you can put in place immediately to improve performance, promote health and feel better each day.

Learning Objectives

  1. Identify ways distraction negatively impacts performance and wellness
  2. List 3 tangible strategies one can undertake to increase focus (internal skills) or limit/counteract distractibility (work habits and practices)
  3. Identify at least one strategy that will work for you personally, that you can implement and practice post-session

A Lottery Ticket, A Love Affair, and Bill Murray: A Conversation About Your Leadership Impact with Joe Fusco

Every day, each of us is given the opportunity to help build great teams, and great organizations. At the same time, our challenges, our workplaces, and our world are evolving—and demand a clearer, more powerful understanding of ourselves, and the people we work with. With a few simple, thought-provoking perspectives on personal and organizational leadership, Joe will challenge us to ask and embrace six compelling questions of ourselves and our organizations. Springing from the deepest roots of great leadership, these questions form a simple, yet powerful, framework for those of us eager to have a deeply influential and sustainable impact on our work, our teams, and our mission. Thoughtful, and practical—be ready to leave with moments of leadership mastery you can put to work on.

Session 2

Building a Financially Healthy Organization with Wendelyn Duquette

All Organizations strive to be financially healthy but what does that actually mean and how do you know if your organization enjoys fiscal stability? This hands-on workshop will discuss three elements of a healthy non-profit. Most of the session will look at revenue diversity and cash reserves and encourage group collaboration as we explore these topics. Knowledge of these alone is not sufficient, a reliable accounting system that produces financial statements that you and your board understand and can use to make key decisions to run your organization is also a critical. We will touch on what it means to have accurate financials and how you know if you do or do not.’

Bring examples and questions! This will be a hands on workshop with activities.

AMP Up Your Multi-Sector Management Skills with Scot Barker

Come grow with us! In this session, you’ll learn how to AMP up your team’s cross sector management skills through some discussions and activities. We will learn why it is so important to be able to move across sector lines and talk to and work with for-profit, non-profit and public organizations to achieve your larger goals. We’ll also explore how to AMP (Autonomy, Mastery, Purpose) up your team in a multi-sector environment. You should come out of this session with some new ideas, some new connections and a new appreciation for how multi-sector work gets done!

Design Your Life - Where Are You Now? with Jenn Hayslett

Before you decide where you are headed, you need to know where you are! In this lively and engaging hands-on workshop, you will take stock of where you are in your personal and professional life using “design thinking” activities. Design thinking is iterative, creative and reflective—a process to help you explore where you are now and where you want to be.

You will learn and use brainstorming and mind-mapping techniques inspired by the book Designing Your Life to access a clearer understanding of where you are and to begin to set intentions to move yourself forward to explore new directions.

Session 3

A Deeper Dive Into Building a Financially Healthy Organization with Wendelyn Duquette

Take a deeper dive into Wendelyn’s Session 2 class. Bring your thoughts and questions for a participant-specific workshop. You need not have attended Session 2 to join this session.

The Five Behaviors of a Cohesive Team with Cynthia Stuart

Ready to create a cohesive and productive team that makes better and faster decisions, taps into the skills and opinions of all team members, and avoids wasting time and energy on destructive conflict? Learn about the Five Behaviors model based on the work of Patrick Lencioni’s international best-seller, The Five Dysfunctions of a Team.

The single most untapped organizational advantage is teamwork, and to gain this organizational advantage, teams must:

  • Trust one another
  • Engage in Conflict around ideas
  • Commit to decisions
  • Hold one another Accountable
  • Focus on achieving collective Results

The The Five Behaviors of a Cohesive Team Workshop is an interactive and engaging learning experience that provides a roadmap to build an effective team community that focuses on team performance, achievement, and success.

Design Your Life- Visioning Your Future with Jenn Hayslett

What is next for you? Not sure exactly what you want? Looking to make changes in your personal or professional life? In this workshop you will use creative and exploratory “design thinking” to take steps to start building your way to a well-designed life that is productive and evolving.

You will use the Odyssey Planning Technique from the book Designing Your Life to start mapping out one of your possible life directions—and you will leave with strategies for continuing your own Life Design process.


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