Give STL Day 2021 Training Schedule

Get ready for Give STL Day by attending our annual series of (virtual) training sessions to strengthen skills that are critical to success on Give STL Day—like fundraising, donor engagement and more!

This year, the trainings will be held virtually, of course. Use the links below to register for this year’s trainings. Once you register, you will receive an email confirmation with the link to join the training. We recommend attending live, if possible, but will also share links to the recordings following the trainings!

Note: Attending trainings is not required, but highly encouraged!


Give STL Day: 24 Hours of Giving for Your Nonprofit
Wednesday, February 10, 2021 at 10 – 11:30 AM
Presenter:
Neosha Franklin, Director of Communications, St. Louis Community Foundation

Is this your first time participating in Give STL Day? Do you need a refresher? Join the St. Louis Community Foundation to learn more about Give STL Day, new updates to the new Neon One giving platform, and how this day of online giving can:

  • Earn your organization exposure in the St. Louis community
  • Raise general operating dollars or program support for your nonprofit
  • Engage and energize your donors, staff, and board of directors around your mission
  • Connect with other nonprofits in the St. Louis metropolitan and surrounding areas

Presenter bio(s):
Neosha Franklin joined the St. Louis Community Foundation five years ago working in the community engagement department where she assisted with the planning of Give STL Day. Today, she serves as the Director of Communications, where she is responsible for the strategic direction, planning and management of Give STL Day in an effort help grow philanthropy in the St. Louis region while supporting our community’s nonprofits.

Neosha also leads the marketing and communications team who manages and supports the Foundation’s events and meetings, promotes the Foundation’s brand, interacts with the public and support, manages all communications, public relations, media relations, and overall marketing strategy. She is not only passionate about philanthropy, but passionate about the role community foundations can play in bringing a community together through strategic marketing practices.


Give STL Day Nonprofit Backend Overview
Thursday, February 18, 2021 at 2 – 3 PM
Presenter:
Neon One | CiviCore

Learn the ins and outs of the new nonprofit administration experience with Neon One | Civicore

About Neon One | CiviCore:
Neon One is the technology provider that will create the online infrastructure and giving portal platforms for Give STL Day. Neon One has over 17 years of experience providing affordable, high-quality technology solutions to nonprofits and public agencies. Neon One has a deep knowledge of giving day events, in part gained from providing technology solutions to some of the biggest and most popular giving days across the country, such as Colorado Gives and North Texas Giving Day.


Fearless Fundraising: how to ask for and receive what you want, need and deserve without feeling rejected, ineffective or pushy
Thursday, February 25, 2021 at 10 – 11 AM
Presenter:
Maryanne Dersch

Fundraising is stressful because it is about money, the vulnerability to admit you need help, and the emotional risk of rejection. Trigger trifecta! No wonder it is the most stress-inducing aspect of nonprofit work. FEARLESS FUNDRAISING will help you understand your personal relationship and your organization’s relationship with money and change the beliefs to serve you better.

What You Will Learn
Step-by-step process to understand your money beliefs and tools to create new ones to serve you better

  • Techniques to manage rejection and overcoming feeling “pushy”
  • Tools to identify money mindsets of others and help them change theirs
  • Find more opportunities to receive money and develop a growth mindset for yourself and your organization

Presenter bio(s):
Maryanne Dersch specializes in helping nonprofit organizations increase their influence and easily connect with new donors, so they increase their income and impact without feeling rejected, ineffective or pushy. She has spent almost thirty years working in the nonprofit world helping organizations understand and articulate their value so they can ask for and receive what they want, need and deserve.

Maryanne wrote Courageous Communication: How Codependence Is Making Your Nonprofit Brand Boring and What to Do About It and founder of Up Level Your Influence leadership program. She is leading a movement to change “nonprofit” to “human investment company” to accurately reflect the contributions of the sector. She’s known for her love of ultrahigh heels, extra-large Diet Cokes, and short karaoke rotations.


Unlock Your Influence: Six steps to getting other people to do what you want them to do!
Thursday, March 25, 2021 at 10 AM – 12 PM
Presenter: Maryanne Dersch

Be more productive, powerful & persuasive with BOARD, STAFF & DONORS

Are you tired of a board that is not engaged and having to manage up? Do you feel like your ideas aren’t coming across, despite your expertise? Do you want your staff & board to communicate more effectively, stop side conversations and work through problems to get more done?

Learn to unlock your influence. Influence means getting those you have no authority over to do what you want them to do. Mastering influence means you can raise more money, market your organization with ease and have stronger board engagement. In this workshop, you will learn how to:

  • Pitch your ideas in a way that gets a yes, every time
  • Gain credibility as an expert and get your ideas implemented
  • Have easier donor cultivation conversations
  • Finally get those board members engaged
  • Get what you want the first time you ask

This 2-hour workshop will feature tons of content, breakout sessions for networking and integrating the content for your life and organization, and a 90-day plan template for implementing the influence so you can be the change agent you’ve always wanted to be.

Register Here 


How to work with your local St. Louis Community Foundation
Wednesday, March 3, 2021 at 9 – 10 AM
Presenter:
Elizabeth George, Director of Community Investment, St. Louis Community Foundation

Founded in 1915, at a time when community foundations were first being created, the St. Louis Community Trust, now the St. Louis Community Foundation, was conceived as a trust fund to bring together large and small contributions to be held and used for the benefit of the community. Today, the St. Louis Community Foundations works with donors, professional advisors, the local community, and private foundations to help with philanthropic strategy and charitable giving across our region.

What You Will Learn:
Join Foundation staff to gain a better understanding of how the Community Foundation strives to meet our mission to inspire purposeful philanthropy that connects community and donors to build and preserve a more equitable and vibrant region.  From advising individual donors to administering private foundations and supporting community-wide racial equity initiatives, the St. Louis Community Foundation plays a unique role in convening and leading community efforts.

Presenter bio(s):
Elizabeth George, MBA, MSW, Director of Community Investment, joined the St. Louis Community Foundation in 2018 with over 20 years of strategic planning, organizational assessment, facilitation, and board development experience in the philanthropic sector. Elizabeth provides strategic advice and counsel to the Foundation’s private foundation clients and largest donor funds, as well as special grant programs such as the COVID-19 Regional Response Fund and the Bridgeton Landfill Community Project Fund.  Elizabeth also represents the Community Foundation on a variety of community-based initiatives.

Previously Elizabeth was Managing Director of The Rome Group, where she led or participated in strategic planning projects and board development projects with foundations, social service, health, and education organizations.  Elizabeth also spent 10 years as Vice President with Deaconess Foundation where her primary responsibility was to plan, implement, and evaluate the Impact Partnership, Deaconess’ multi-year organizational development initiative.

Register Here


Give STL Day Neon Raise + Peer 2 Peer Training
Wednesday, March 3, 2021 at 2 – 3 PM
Presenter:
Neon One | CiviCore

This training will cover the basics of the user Neon Raise + Peer 2 Peer Training (for NPOs) – focused training of the Neon Raise platform & new Peer 2 Peer functionality

About Neon One | CiviCore:
Neon One is the technology provider that will create the online infrastructure and giving portal platforms for Give STL Day. Neon One has over 17 years of experience providing affordable, high-quality technology solutions to nonprofits and public agencies. Neon One has a deep knowledge of giving day events, in part gained from providing technology solutions to some of the biggest and most popular giving days across the country, such as Colorado Gives and North Texas Giving Day.

Register Here


Writing a Winning Grant 101
Wednesday, March 10, 2021 from 9 – 10 AM
Presenters: Elizabeth George, Director of Community Investment, St. Louis Community Foundation and Nikki Martinez, Community Investment Manager, St. Louis Community Foundation

Every foundation has a different approach to reviewing grants, including the foundations and competitive funding opportunities through the St. Louis Community Foundation.  Understanding how to structure a good grant proposal, as well as how to customize your proposal for an individual funder, will increase your chances of winning that grant.

What You Will Learn:
The St. Louis Community Foundation’s Community Investment team will cover the nuts and bolts of their approach to the Missouri Common Grant Application, as well as provide a look at the perspectives and approaches of the funds and foundations with which we work.

Presenter bio(s):
Elizabeth George, MBA, MSW, Director of Community Investment, joined the St. Louis Community Foundation in 2018 with over 20 years of strategic planning, organizational assessment, facilitation, and board development experience in the philanthropic sector. Elizabeth provides strategic advice and counsel to the Foundation’s private foundation clients and largest donor funds, as well as special grant programs such as the COVID-19 Regional Response Fund and the Bridgeton Landfill Community Project Fund.  Elizabeth also represents the Community Foundation on a variety of community-based initiatives.

Previously Elizabeth was Managing Director of The Rome Group, where she led or participated in strategic planning projects and board development projects with foundations, social service, health, and education organizations.  Elizabeth also spent 10 years as Vice President with Deaconess Foundation where her primary responsibility was to plan, implement, and evaluate the Impact Partnership, Deaconess’ multi-year organizational development initiative.

Nikki Martinez, Community Investment Manager, is a social worker and nonprofit professional with over 15 years of experience. As the Community Investment Manager with the St. Louis Community Foundation, she works to stay educated about the local nonprofit landscape and connect donors to their philanthropic visions. Since completing her Master of Social Work at Hunter College in 2008, Nikki has taken on a variety of roles as a direct client service provider and nonprofit administrator. Prior to joining the Community Foundation staff, Nikki was a Project Manager with Justine PETERSEN Housing and Reinvestment Corporation in St. Louis. She oversaw both local and national workforce development programming and financial empowerment initiatives.

Register Here


Planning for Tomorrow – Impact Forever
Thursday, April 8, 2021 from 1 – 2 PM
Presenter: Katie Knapp, Director of Giving Strategies, St. Louis Community Foundation

Does your organization have an endowment? Do you know and understand how an endowment can benefit your organization? Join the St. Louis Community Foundation for a presentation on how you can encourage your donors to enhance their philanthropic impact through and endowment fund. Learn how the St. Louis Community Foundation can help your nonprofit and your donors establish their philanthropic legacy and how the right options can magnify the effectiveness of your donor’s wishes.

Register Here

 

If you have questions regarding Give STL Day trainings, please reach out to the Give STL Day team at info@stlgives.org.