What’s on your to-do list before the end of the year?

It’s hard to believe that it’s almost Thanksgiving! It’s also the time for JVA’s annual ritual of ordering our 2010 planners for next year. (Yes, even those of us who do everything electronically like ordering those wonderful books with tabs that make you feel so organized.) And with that, it prompts us to stop and reflect: Did we get done what we planned to do?

This has been a wild year on Nonprofit Street, with many of you balancing striving to address the increased needs in your communities with reduced funding, and keeping your eye on moving forward your mission. At JVA Consulting, we can truly say this has been one of the craziest years in our 22 years of working in the sector. We’ve helped some with mergers, and others with strategic plans for ambitious growth. Demand for grants through our Colorado Compassion Initiative more than doubled from the previous year, while hundreds packed our workshops on governance, fundraising, evaluation and more trying to strengthen their overall sustainability.

We know that most of you have experienced a whirlwind last year as well.

And sometimes with all that’s going on, you look up and realize: There was something important that you wanted to do this year that you just didn’t get to. And you would love to start the new year with that project crossed off your to-do list.

And here is how JVA is going to help. In the first two weeks of December, JVA is offering a series of short, affordable nonprofit training workshops designed specifically to help you check the following tasks off your list:

Transforming your board. Imagine if instead of groaning about your board going into 2010, you were enthusiastically working with your board members to strengthen your organization, raise more money and advance your mission. Yes, it can happen!

Training someone on your board or staff (or yourself) how to ask for a contribution without fainting. The more people in your organization who are asking for money, the more will come in. Yes, it is a numbers game.

Learning how to get the media coverage that you see other organizations getting.

And there’s more. Maybe it’s time you put that employee manual for your nonprofit together, learned what you really need to know about the changes in 990s and other regulations calling for more nonprofit transparency, finally start a plan to evaluate your programs,  or sent out an end-of-the-year survey to  your constituents to find out what they want from you.

Each session is short, affordable and practical, and it will give you what you need to cross a few things off your 2009 to-do list before 2010 starts.

Click here for more information on this series and to register.

And if there is something else on your to-do list before the end of the year that we can help with, let us know by filling out this one-question survey. We’ll post the results in another blog posting, along with resources to help!

And happy organizing and planning for 2010!

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