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Workshop for nonprofit board members planned

Published: Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014 11:33 p.m. CDT • Updated: Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014 11:49 p.m. CDT

WOODSTOCK – Volunteer Center McHenry County is hosting a workshop for nonprofit board members and executive staff from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 22 at Grace Lutheran Church in Woodstock.

National speaker Dave Sternberg of BoardSource will lead the annual board member workshop. He will help board members look at major issues such as governance and raising funds for nonprofit organizations.

Individuals can register at under the “Workshop” tab. Fees for the workshops range from $28 to $45 a person depending on your group size. For information, call the Volunteer Center at 815-344-4483.

Organizers said fundraising is not an easy task, but it is a primary responsibility of every board of directors. These sessions will help boards feel more at ease with resource raising. Sternberg will be discussing the principles of giving, the fundraising cycle, the board’s role and the staff’s role.

Board members will instructed on their role in all stages of fundraising, so that the full board can carry out its responsibility to raise resources for the organization. Sternberg will presents strategies and techniques that help members, including those reluctant to ask potential donors for contributions. He will discuss the current landscape of fundraising and its impact.

Sternberg has been a nonprofit professional since obtaining a bachelor’s degree from Ohio State University. Today, he is both a member of the faculty at the Lilly School of Philanthropy’s Fundraising School and a BoardSource senior governance consultant.

For the fundraising school, Sternberg teaches development annual sustainability, principles and techniques of fundraising and developing major gifts, as well as numerous customized training programs nationally and internationally.

Volunteer Center McHenry County supports the community by strengthening local nonprofit organizations. They offer volunteer matching, nonprofit workshops, and host the McHenry County Human Race, which will be April 27.

For information about the Feb. 22 workshop, visit or call 815-344-4483.

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