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Workshops offer topics to nonprofit staff, leaders, volunteers

October 8, 2012
Daily Press

MARQUETTE - Nonprofit leaders, staff, volunteers and board members will find workshops at the U.P. Nonprofit Conference that connect them with resources and each other, and inspire them with new knowledge and tools to create a lasting, transforming impact.

The 8th Annual UP Nonprofit Conference will take place Friday, Oct. 19, at Northern Michigan University's Don H. Bottum University Center from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The theme of this year's conference is "ConnectInspireTransform."

The lineup of 15 workshops includes sessions on topics such as marketing, fund development, human resources, technology and more. The workshop opportunities are designed to build the skills and knowledge of those behind the critical programs and services nonprofits deliver throughout the Upper Peninsula every day.

In one workshop, "Creating a LEAN Culture in Your Organization," Bobbi Nease, Development and Communications Coordinator, Child and Family Services of the Upper Peninsula, will talk about how to use the philosophies of LEAN Office to create a culture where staff-led continuous improvement can save you time, money and frustration - without costing a dime. Attendees will begin to identify waste in everyday processes and start to set priorities and create focus for efficiency endeavors.

In "Vision Mapping-Creating Clarifying your Future through Pictures," presenter Dar Shepherd will walk participants through creating and using a vision map an actual, physical picture of desired reality. Through this process participants will be able to clarify their visions, share that vision with others and learn to use the process for other projects.

Kevin Weir, Information Manager at Dial Help in Houghton, comes to the U.P. Nonprofit Conference with a workshop titled "Creating Opportunities for a Bigger Impact: Working Beyond Service Delivery." This session looks at capacity building by providing a process for organizations to self-assess how well they embrace peripheral factors beyond service delivery requirements. Participants will learn to identify basic components of coordinated response to a chosen topic issue, assess how well their agency works on all peripheral aspects of a topic issue and implement free or low cost concepts to achieve an increased impact. "Dial Help" will be featured as a case study in this workshop, as the organization has embraced peripheral factors and have implemented instant messaging and text messaging crisis support.

A complete list of workshops and other information on the conference, including how to register, can be found at, or by calling any of the GLCYD staff at 877-339-6884.

GLCYD seeks to promote healthy communities for youth throughout the region by providing training, consulting and other resources for nonprofits of all shapes, sizes and missions.

For more information on this or other youth development or nonprofit management topics, contact GLCYD.



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