Upcoming events

    • 16 Apr 2024
    • 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
    • NonProfit Collaborative, 9770 Patuxent Woods Drive, Columbia, MD 21046
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    Training Workshop: Financial Sustainability

    Fundraising is often the thing most nonprofit leaders - and their Board of Directors - dread the most. But it is a critical function of every nonprofit, not just to keep the lights on in the short term but to build long term financial sustainability. This two-part series will focus on understanding what motivates different types of funding sources, identifying the funding mix that makes sense for your organization, and developing a successful fundraising plan for long term stability and resilience. This series is designed to build your confidence in your fundraising capabilities and give you the tools and resources to succeed! We encourage you to attend with your Board President, Treasurer, and/or Fundraising Chair. 

    Part 1- Taking the Fear Out of Fundraising

    Tuesday, March 26, 9:30AM-12:30PM

    Join us for an interactive workshop focusing on:

    • Understanding the funding universe, what motivates different types of donors and funders, and how to build strategies that work to appeal to each
    • Determine the right funding mix for your organization
    • Engaging your board in the development of your fundraising plan

    Part 2- Developing an Effective Fundraising Plan

    Tuesday, April 16, 9:30AM-12:30PM

    This hands-on workshop will cover:

    • Developing a comprehensive, step-by-step plan for more intentional, targeted, and effective fundraising
    • Examining the strategies needed to implement an effective fundraising plan, including how to diversify your fundraising streams for long term sustainability
    • Evaluating your fundraising plan- what worked and what didn't?

    Registration: Free as part of the launch of HoCo Excel, Howard County's Nonprofit Excelerator! Registration is required as space is limited

    • 25 Apr 2024
    • 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM
    • NonProfit Collaborative, 9770 Patuxent Woods Dr., Columbia, MD 21046
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    Member Only Meeting, April 25, 9:00AM – 10:30AM

    NonProfit Collaborative, 9770 Patuxent Woods Dr, Columbia, MD 21046

    Join us for a discussion of the needs of the immigrants you serve, the barriers they face, and your challenges in meeting their needs. This is part of ACS’ ongoing effort to better understand the issues facing our community, as we work to strengthen our advocacy efforts and develop future programs and services.



    • 08 May 2024
    • 8:30 AM - 11:00 AM
    • NonProfit Collaborative, 9770 Patuxent Woods Dr., Columbia, MD 21046
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    Member Only Event

    8:30-9:00 – Registration, coffee, networking

    9:00-11:00 – Program (we will be starting promptly at 9:00 to accommodate the Comptroller’s schedule)

    Maryland Comptroller Brooke Lierman will be the keynote speaker during this "Conversation with ACS members." Comptroller Lierman will share the general findings of her recent “2023 MD State of the Economy Report," with a specific focus on the importance of childcare and housing to the State's economic future. Contributing to the conversation, Howard County Economic Development Authority CEO Jennifer Jones will offer a local perspective.



    • 14 May 2024
    • 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
    • NonProfit Collaborative, 9770 Patuxent Woods Drive, Columbia, MD 21046
    • 57
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    Effective Proposal Writing & Budgeting (2-part series)

    Grants are one of the primary sources of funding for nonprofits yet many grantmakers say a significant amount of the grant proposals they receive do not provide them with the information they need in a clear and concise manner. Budgets are also one of the first things funders look at when reviewing proposals, yet some don’t reflect the proposed scope of work.

    In this interactive, two-part series, you will learn the best practices and common mistakes in writing compelling proposals and discover what funders are really looking for in grant proposals and budgets. You will have an opportunity to draft essential parts of a proposal and receive feedback from class participants during the proposal workshop.

    Part 1 – Writing Powerful Proposals, Tuesday, May 14

    This workshop will cover:

    • The elements of a compelling and persuasive proposal and how to incorporate them into your proposal
    • What funders see as red flags with key do’s and don’ts
    • How to receive and use feedback whether or not your proposal is funded

    Part 2 – Preparing Proposal Budgets that Make Sense, Tuesday, June 4

    Registration: Free as part of the launch of HoCo Excel, Howard County's Nonprofit Excelerator! Registration is required as space is limited

    • 04 Jun 2024
    • 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
    • NonProfit Collaborative, 9770 Patuxent Woods Drive, Columbia, MD 21046
    • 57
    Register

    Effective Proposal Writing & Budgeting (2-part series)

    Grants are one of the primary sources of funding for nonprofits yet many grantmakers say a significant amount of the grant proposals they receive do not provide them with the information they need in a clear and concise manner. Budgets are also one of the first things funders look at when reviewing proposals, yet some don’t reflect the proposed scope of work.

    In this interactive, two-part series, you will learn the best practices and common mistakes in writing compelling proposals and discover what funders are really looking for in grant proposals and budgets. You will have an opportunity to draft essential parts of a proposal and receive feedback from class participants during the proposal workshop.

    Part 2 – Preparing Proposal Budgets that Make Sense

    Tuesday, June 4th

    This workshop will cover:

    • Building a comprehensive project budget that accurately reflects your proposal
    • Determining the right amount to ask for in your funding request
    • Tracking your budget once the grant has been received

    Registration: Free as part of the launch of HoCo Excel, Howard County's Nonprofit Excelerator! Registration is required as space is limited

    • 11 Jun 2024
    • 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    • NonProfit Collaborative, 9770 Patuxent Woods Drive, Columbia MD 21046
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    Along with conducting the annual business of ACS, join us for a discussion about how we can promote greater financial security for County residents.