RSVP's VEC Program Offers Free Workshops

RSVP’s Volunteer Executive Consultants provide managerial consulting and educational services to nonprofits in the Greater Philadelphia area at no charge. VEC is offering one workshop via Zoom and one in-person in King of Prussia. The following workshops are now scheduled:

Meet the Funders: Grant Support as Part of Your Fundraising Strategy, September 20, 2023 (Virtual Workshop) Join VEC for our annual workshop featuring an interactive panel discussion of a diverse array of area funders sharing their expertise. Panelists will offer an overview of their programs and their perspectives about how you can attract funding support.

Panelists (more to be added):

  • Kevin Baffa, Portfolio Administrator, Chester County Community Foundation
  • Emma Hertz, President & CEO, HealthSpark Foundation

In addition to our panel, Lydia Messinger, RSVP’s Development Manager, will provide an overview of the components to consider in your organization’s fundraising plan. Claire Lutz, Nonprofit Services Librarian for the Regional Foundation Center, will showcase the resources available to help your organization identify potential funders. Learn more and register

Enhance Your Mission with Market Research, October 17, 2023 (Workshop in King of Prussia) Every organization wants to market itself effectively to its volunteers, donors, and clients. But how many organizations start with research to understand their market? Marketing without research is like building a house without establishing a solid foundation. Join us for this in-person, interactive opportunity to explore basic market research techniques and how to apply them to your organization to create an effective marketing plan.

Presenter Sylvia Lifschitz, Ph.D., has been a member of VEC since 2014. She spent 30 years as a consultant to the healthcare industry, working mainly with pharmaceutical companies on marketing research projects to measure the effect of potential drug trial outcomes on new product success. Learn more and register

Legal Issues for Nonprofits: Fundraising and Governance, November 14, 2023 (Virtual Workshop) Do you have questions about the legal responsibilities that 501(c)(3) designated nonprofits must consider to be compliant with state and federal regulations? Marla K. Conley and Sam Hudson of Conley Law Group LLC, Legal Counsel for Nonprofits will discuss legal issues raised in both governing nonprofit entities and fundraising for Pennsylvania charities. They can address fiduciary duties, prudent investing, bylaws terms, donation agreements, charitable purpose, state charitable solicitation registrations, corporate sponsorships, unrelated business income tax, contractual provisions, and more. Your responses to our registration questions will guide the discussion. Nina Josephson of Philadelphia VIP will also provide an overview of the free legal resources that Philadelphia VIP offers to the nonprofit community. Learn more and register

Questions? Contact Sheri Wilensky Burke(link sends e-mail), VEC Program Manager or call 610-834-1040 x135.