The Nonprofit Development Center (NPDC) of Southern New Jersey is a resource dedicated to helping nonprofits work more efficiently and collaboratively. The NPDC has held a series of effective workshops for staff and board members and established an office at the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (CIE) at Rowan University in January 2007. Members and those interested in the NPDC are encouraged to contact the NPDC at email@example.com.
To provide training, grant assistance and shared resources for nonprofit organizations in Southern New Jersey.
WHY THE NPDC IS NEEDED
• A shortage of local training
• Demand from local nonprofit leaders
• Decreased funding from government and other sources
• Opportunity to collaborate and draw more grants to the region
• Conduit for Rowan University faculty and students to assist nonprofits through service learning projects
WHAT THE NPDC HAS ACCOMPLISHED TO DATE
• March 15, 2012 – IRS Dept of Exempt Organizations presentation -IRS EO Tax Law Specialists addressed the following topics:
- Benefits and Responsibilities of Tax-Exempt Status
- Overview of the 990 Series – Resources and Tools
- Required Disclosures
- Employment Issues
- Classification and Filing Requirements
- Unrelated Business Income
• Capacity Building 2011: Technical Assistance for Non Profit Organizations How to Manage an Effective Non Profit Organization held at Rowan University and sponsored by Wells Fargo, November 15, 2011. Topics included: Board of Governance Best Practices, Fran McElhee, Esq. and Tiffany Wagner Donio, Esq.; Fiscal Management, Gary Terrinoni, CPA; Marketing for Success, Michael Willmann; Fundamentals of Fundraising, T. Christian Rollins; Grants, Michael Lane, and Volunteer Management, James Schuck
• Tell it Like It Is: Truisms of Fundraising, presented on May 25, 2011 by T. Christian Rollins, 2010 South Jersey “Fundraising Executive of the Year”. Rollins discussed how successful fundraising starts with developing a diversified fundraising strategy that is right for your organization. He spoke about the fundamentals of fundraising concepts and the fundraising avenues that are available; planning and allocating resources to develop a fundraising strategy
• The Future of Social Media: How to Make it REALLY Work for Your Organization, held April 19, 2011 at the South Jersey Tech Park at Rowan University. Panelists included Rob Harrington, Manna Design Works; Steve Lubetkin, Professional Podcasts; Jennifer Regina, author, The Marketing of Everything and Howard Yermish, howardyermish.com. Presenters discussed social media strategy and cross promotion and the integration of social media with traditional marketing: Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, LinkedIn, Mobile Messaging, Geo-location…plus applications that are still on the drawing board!
• Forum on the Future of Funding for NPOs in New Jersey, held October 13, 2010 at the South Jersey Tech Park at Rowan University.Keynote speaker Chris Daggett, President and CEO of the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation defined the landscape in which Garden State NPOs will be operating, and suggested what the new “rules of the game” will be with respect to private, corporate,foundation, and government support for NPOs. Panelists Doug Schoenberger, VP for Public Affairs at Verizon/New Jersey, Lois Greco, Evaluation Officer of the Wachovia Regional Foundation, and Sidney Hargro, Executive Director of the Community Foundation of South Jersey, then followed Chris by sharing their perspectives on this topic. The entire event has been video-archived on NPDCSNJ’s web site.
• Good Governance: Enhancing Your Board’s Leadership – presented by Sonia Stamm, Founder & Principal, The Stamm Consultancy. This workshop addressed leadership expectations -leadership roles of your board and factors that influence board culture and effectiveness, December 3, 2009.
• Grant Writing Made Easy: Gettting Your Share Funded – presented by Helena Kosoff. This program provided insight on designing high impact successful grant proposals, locating lucrative funding sources, developing insight into the world of successful grant writers and philanthropic resource, and developing a well-researched and fundable application. The workshop was held on October 15, 2009 at the EIRC.
• Economic Stimulus for NPOs – Keynote Speaker, Andrew Sinclair – Lobbyist, Princeton Public Affairs Group. This workshop was a set of two panels comrpised of: Panel #1 – Dr. Richard Harris, Director, Senator Walter Rand Institute for Public Affairs at Rutgers-Camden,; Sharon Schulman, Director, William J. Hughes Center for Public Policy at Richard Stockton College and Linda M. Czipo, Executive Director, The Center for Non Profits. Panel #2 was comprised of Rebecca Purchase, Executive Director, Salem Contty United Way, Jeff Swartz, Executive Director, Camden County Workforce Investment Board and Allen Samuels, Director of Work/Commercial Service, Elwyn. The program addressed:
● How stimulus money is being spent
● How NPOs may be able to position themselves to be included in any additional stimulus money
● How the economy is affecting NPOs
● Future directions for NPOs
• Writing Grants and Getting Them Funded – presented by Peggy Schoen, Director of Sponsored Programs, Rowan University. Peggy presented strategies for finding funding opportunities, necessary components of a competitive proposal, tips for making grant applications more appealing, how to create a realistic and accurate budget and post-award accounting. The event was held April 1, 2009.
• Opened an office in the Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship (CIE) at Rowan University in January 2007!
The NPDC was formed by leveraging the talent and resources of faculty and student groups at Rowan combined with resources from the business, nonprofit and government sectors.
• Making Collaborations Work Lunch & Training
The series of trainings continued in October 2006 with more than 75 leaders who gathered at the Pitman Golf Club to participate in a networking opportunity and hands-on training designed to increase their awareness and skill in making collaborations work. The event was generously underwritten by the Gloucester County Freeholders and organized in partnership with the Volunteer Center of Gloucester County and the Workforce Investment Board (WIB) of Gloucester County.
• Building Nonprofit Capacity Building Lunch & Workshop
The public launch of the NPDC of Southern New Jersey was held on May 9, 2006 at Rowan. Over 150 people registered for the event featuring keynote speakers, Senator Stephen Sweeney, Dean Ted Schoen of the Rohrer School of Business and a panel of grant makers from the Wachovia, Robert Wood Johnson and Geraldine R. Dodge foundations. Workshops provided attendees with tools to improve their effectiveness as volunteers or staff members.
•The Grant Writers Roundtable
The NPDC in partnership with the United Way of Gloucester County, the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship at Rowan and the EIRC hosted a Grant Writers Roundtable Breakfast on March 28, 2006. The objective of this session was to bring together grant writers from higher education, government, healthcare and human services to network and to discuss possible areas of collaboration for acquiring NEW grants for the region.