Fall 2012
Nonprofit Support Program
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Annemarie Riemer,

Meher Shulman,
Associate Director

Amy Studwell,
Program Officer
Doug Shipman,
Program Officer

Betsy Johnson,
Nonprofit Program Associate

Shirley Beyor,
Special Assistant


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8th Floor
Hartford, CT 06106
Fax: 860-524-8346



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Staff Changes at NSP


Doug Shipman has joined the NSP team as a Program Officer. Doug has 20 years of nonprofit leadership experience, and has served on the staff and boards of several nonprofit and community organizations. He was Director of the Wethersfield Historical Society from 2003 to 2008, and most recently worked at the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation in Virginia.


Dick Cave, NSP's volunteer Special Consultant, has transitioned from NSP to the Foundation's Philanthropic Services department. Inquiries regarding the Strategic Technology Program should be directed to Amy Studwell. Dick has been a volunteer with the Foundation for 19 years, after retiring from a career at CIGNA. NSP deeply appreciates Dick's many years of service, and the diligence, professionalism and good humor he brought to the NSP team. 


Please join us in welcoming Doug to NSP and in wishing Dick all the best in his new role! 

Join us for our Fall Workshop Series


We are pleased to continue our popular workshop series, expressly for nonprofit executive directors and board leaders. Please share the dates below with your board members now, and mark your calendars. Invitations will be sent to executive directors five to six weeks prior to each session. Join your colleagues in Greater Hartford for useful information, networking and a free meal!


Learn more about these workshops >>  


Wednesday, September 12, 8:30 a.m. to Noon
Strategic Thinking and Decision Making in Uncertain Times 

Presenter: Emil Angelica, Community Consulting Group

In today's rapidly changing environment, nonprofit leaders need to balance the evolving needs of customers/clients, new and different demands for securing resources, and alternative service and program responses. This workshop will explore methods to think about change, frame the elements of an uncertain future, develop alternative scenarios, and get the board and staff on the same page in a way that facilitates decision making and accountability.

*For executive directors and board members


Thursday, October 11, 5:00 to 8:30 p.m.
Building an Effective Board Chair/CEO Partnership
(Please note that this is an evening session - a light supper will be provided from 5:00 to 5:30)
Presenter: Chuck Loring, BoardSource
As the top leadership team for the organization, the board chair and CEO share responsibility not only for board effectiveness and efficiency, but for ensuring the long-term health, viability, and success of the organization. A strong, effective partnership will allow the pair to provide effective leadership in advancing the organization's mission, and will make serving in these roles more productive and enjoyable.
*Executive directors are required to attend along with their board chair (or board chair-elect).

Tuesday, November 13, 8:30 a.m. to Noon
How Connecticut's Changing Economics and Demographics Affect Nonprofits
Presenter: Orlando Rodriguez, Connecticut Voices for Children
Attendees will learn how trends in Connecticut's economic and demographic landscape are likely to affect income, job prospects, educational attainment and overall quality of life. Following the presentation will be a discussion of the opportunities and challenges these trends present for nonprofits.
*For executive directors and board members

Tuesday, December 11, 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Building a Diverse and Inclusive Organization
(note longer workshop time)
Presenter: Karen Gaskins-Jones, JLH Associates
This session will explore how to create a culture of diversity and inclusion in your organization through policies, practices and good leadership. The executive director is invited to attend along with a staff person who will be a key leader in helping to build a more diverse and inclusive workplace.
*For executive directors and a "diversity champion"
**In order to participate in this session, your organization must have a minimum of 10 staff (part or full time). 

Other workshops available to nonprofits in the Hartford region and statewide:


The Hartford Public Library (HPL) provides free workshops for nonprofits. Visit http://www.hplct.org/library-services for a listing. HPL offers some of these workshops in partnership with the Hartford Foundation in order to better meet the needs of smaller agencies.


Connecticut Association of Nonprofits offers workshops to nonprofits. See the schedule here: http://ctnonprofits.org/education.


Success Factors in Nonprofit Mergers


MAP for Nonprofits and Wilder Research in Minnesota have teamed up on this illuminating study on factors that most affect merger outcomes. Study findings address why organizations pursue mergers, the financial stability of the merging nonprofits, financial results of the merged organization, the key role played by nonprofit executives and boards, and factors which contribute to the success of mergers.