Spring 2013
Nonprofit Support Program
NSP Executive Management Institute 
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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


10 Columbus Blvd.  8th Floor
Hartford, CT 06106
Fax: 860-524-8346



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Join us for our Spring 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!


Friday, March 22, 2013, 8:30 a.m. to Noon
Strategic Online Communications

Presenter: Ann-Marie Harrington, President & Founder, Embolden


Tuesday, May 21, 2013, 8:30 a.m. to Noon 

Using Business Planning to Drive Strategic Decision Making  

Presenter: Heather Gowdy, Senior Manager, LaPiana Consulting (and co-author of "The Nonprofit Business Plan: The Leader's Guide to Creating a Successful Business Model")


Friday, June 14, 2013, 8:30 a.m. to Noon

What Succession Planning Can Do for Your Organization

Presenters: Hez Norton and Nancy Jackson, Third Sector New England



Tuesday, April 23, 2013, 8:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Smart Stewardship for Nonprofits

Presenter: Peter Brinckerhoff, author, trainer and consultant


Learn more about these workshops >>

 Other workshops available to nonprofits in the Hartford region and statewide 


Hartford Public Library (HPL) provides free workshops for nonprofits. Visit www.hplct.org 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: ctnonprofits.org/education.


Loans available to help Manage Cash Flow


The Nonprofit Loan Fund, administered by HEDCO, Inc., has funds available for new term loans or lines of credit up to $75,000.


Get more information about the loan fund and how to apply >> 


It All Begins with Assessment...


Organizational assessment can be an important starting point for nonprofit planning. These free resources can help you assess your organization's capacity, prepare for change or begin a new planning process:


Nonprofit Support Program Organizational Assessment. Expert facilitators assist your board and key staff to understand governance and management issues affecting your organization and identify priorities for future planning and action. Nonprofits of all sizes have benefited from NSP's Organizational Assessments. Learn more >>


Innovation Network Point K Organizational Assessment Tool.  This online self-assessment survey and reporting tool addresses many key elements of nonprofit governance and management to develop a snapshot of organizational strengths and areas for improvement. Learn more >> 


Bruner Foundation Evaluative Thinking Assessment Tool.  Assess your organization's capacity to apply best practices in evaluative thinking in key areas such as strategic planning, governance, human resources, marketing and communications. Learn more >> 



  A National Study of Challenges Facing Nonprofit Fundraising


UnderDeveloped study
The newly released study by CompassPoint and the Evelyn and Walter Haas Jr. Fund, UnderDeveloped: A National Study of Challenges Facing Nonprofit Fundraising, reveals why many nonprofits are stuck in a vicious cycle that threatens their ability to raise the resources they need. The report finds high levels of turnover and lengthy vacancies in development director positions, which are in part due to a lack of basic fundraising systems and supports in nonprofits. The report also discusses how nonprofits can create the conditions for success and fund development systems they need to raise the funds required to carry out their missions.