Workshops

Workshop 1: Essential Fundraising Skills for NGOs

Friday, October 22, 4:00pm; Session is repeated on Saturday, October 23 at 2:00pm.

One of the most critical issues that non-profits face is ensuring financial sustainability for their good works to continue. This interactive session will cover essential issues facing organizations and fundraisers, providing an overview of the principles and techniques of fundraising, the key strategic activities to achieve the desired goals, and prerequisites for success. Included will be a discussion of the changing environment, maximizing income, an ideal charity, communicating your brand, the rationale for giving, identifying the stakeholders, and a plan for fundraising, as well as ethics, transparency and accountability and managing relationships.  

Neelam Makhijani

Ms. Neelam Makhijani serves as Program Director for The Resource Alliance. Formerly known as the International Fundraising Group, The Resource Alliance is an international network working to build the capacity of not-for-profit organizations to mobilize funds and local resources for their causes. This is achieved through training, knowledge sharing and networking activities worldwide. The Resource Alliance is a UK registered charity and has 501(c)(3) status in the United States. Ms. Makhijani plays a key role at The Resource Alliance in supporting the Chief Executive. She is responsible for developing a sustainable infrastructure and enhancing the capacity to address growing training and development needs of people and organizations involved in fundraising. 

General Surat Sandhu

The Executive Director of Concept Consultants, General Surat Sandhu is an international development consultant from India whose aim is to “bring professionalism to the voluntary sector.” Born in Malaysia, he completed his schooling and came to India, where he had a successful career in the Indian Army. After commanding an Infantry Division, General Sandhu took premature retirement to be Chief Executive of a leading national charity, HelpAge India. During his four-year tenure, General Sandhu totally transformed the organization, improved the work culture, and tripled the fundraising. He has also been a Fundraising Consultant with Oxfam GB, and is a Senior Consultant with Brakeley Fundraising and Management Consultants, U.K. The General is on the board of several charities in India and abroad, and he is also the Vice Patron of Memorial Gates Trust in the UK. He has been, and is, a consultant to organizations in Nigeria, Kenya, United Kingdom, and India. He was involved in raising funds, doing extensive work in rehabilitation, for victims of the Gujarat Earthquake and the Orissa Cyclone. He has an interest in strengthening communities by enhancing the ability of people to care for one another. He has been associated with numerous fundraising activities in South Asia and abroad, particularly in the United Kingdom. In particular, he specializes in linking foreign donors with credible organizations in India. 

Workshop 2: Strategic Thinking for NGOs: A New Paradigm

Friday, October 22, 4:00pm 

The ability of organizations to think ahead and respond to rapidly changing situations are vital to NGOs in today’s world. While strategic planning is important as an analytical tool for the here and now, strategic thinking is a creative tool for leaders and managers to envision the future for their organization and how to turn that vision into reality. This interactive workshop will explore the various models of strategic thinking and how they can be applied. The workshop will cover (1) What is Strategic Thinking?; (2) How is it different from Strategic Planning? (3) Two models of Strategic Thinking; and (4) Aligning strategic thinking and strategic planning. At the end of the session, delegates will have insights into the tools and rules of thinking creatively and influencing change. 

Jill Nadolski

Ms. Jill Nadolski is Director of Fundraising and Marketing at Retail Trust, based in London. Retail Trust, which was established in London in 1832, is a charity with the mission to support those working in, or retired from, the retail industry when they or their families need care or assistance. Ms. Nadolski has 20 years marketing/fundraising experience developing successful strategies for NGOs in the UK, USA and India. She is a member of several UK organizations, including the Institute of Fundraising, Chartered Institute of Management, and Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. Ms. Nadolski has gained a reputation as a speaker and trainer at international NGO conferences.   

Workshop 3: Utilizing the New Technologies for Non-Profits

Friday, October 22, 4:00pm 

New technologies offer ways for NGOs to work more effectively and efficiently in caring out their missions. New technologies can help an NGO to sustain and deepen relationships it already has; identify and cultivate new prospects; cast a much wider net, over time making people aware of its work who might otherwise not know about it; help an NGO stay current about the environment in which it functions; allow the tracking and analyzing of the outcomes of its work; and assist in identifying strategic partners and remain aware of who is working in the field; among other values. This session will focus on a framework for a technology strategy for NGOs. It will examine fundraising online, as well as develop a handout of the basic technological toolbox, with strategies for using service providers, partnering with universities and businesses, and looking at international fundraising as a means to acquire resources. This session will deal with a wide variety of technology solutions, and deal with such issues as Digital Divide funding, in-kind gifts, and low-cost ways to establish a net presence.  

Merrill Black

Ms. Merrill Black serves as President of Active Voice (USA). She has over 20 years of experience in adult education, use of technology, writing, research, publication design, and fundraising. Ms. Black has consulted with organizations working in nonprofit management and organizational development, community technology, the arts, economic development, affordable housing, employment and health care. Ms. Black served as Board Chair of one of the first community loan funds in the United States, worked with the Institute for Community-based Computers, helped design and organize the first national assembly of worker-owned home health care agencies, raised funds to restore the first Black church in the state of New Hampshire, and co-authored a nationally distributed report on home ownership for people with disabilities. She has an MA from the University of New Hampshire and is a 2003 New York Foundation for the Arts Fellow in Creative Non-fiction. She is a contributor to the anthology, Autobiographical Writing Across the Disciplines, recently published by Duke University Press.  

Workshop 4: Essential Fundraising Skills for NGOs (repeat)

Saturday, October 23, 2:00pm 

One of the most critical issues that non-profits face is ensuring financial sustainability for their good works to continue. This interactive session will cover essential issues facing organizations and fundraisers, providing an overview of the principles and techniques of fundraising, the key strategic activities to achieve the desired goals, and prerequisites for success. Included will be a discussion of the changing environment, maximizing income, an ideal charity, communicating your brand, the rationale for giving, identifying the stakeholders, and a plan for fundraising, as well as ethics, transparency and accountability and managing relationships.  

Neelam Makhijani

Ms. Neelam Makhijani serves as Program Director for The Resource Alliance. Formerly known as the International Fundraising Group, The Resource Alliance is an international network working to build the capacity of not-for-profit organizations to mobilize funds and local resources for their causes. This is achieved through training, knowledge sharing and networking activities worldwide. The Resource Alliance is a UK registered charity and has 501(c)(3) status in the United States. Ms. Makhijani plays a key role at The Resource Alliance in supporting the Chief Executive. She is responsible for developing a sustainable infrastructure and enhancing the capacity to address growing training and development needs of people and organizations involved in fundraising. 

General Surat Sandhu

The Executive Director of Concept Consultants, General Surat Sandhu is an international development consultant from India whose aim is to “bring professionalism to the voluntary sector.” Born in Malaysia, he completed his schooling and came to India, where he had a successful career in the Indian Army. After commanding an Infantry Division, General Sandhu took premature retirement to be Chief Executive of a leading national charity, HelpAge India. During his four-year tenure, General Sandhu totally transformed the organization, improved the work culture, and tripled the fundraising. He has also been a Fundraising Consultant with Oxfam GB, and is a Senior Consultant with Brakeley Fundraising and Management Consultants, U.K. The General is on the board of several charities in India and abroad, and he is also the Vice Patron of Memorial Gates Trust in the UK. He has been, and is, a consultant to organizations in Nigeria, Kenya, United Kingdom, and India. He was involved in raising funds, doing extensive work in rehabilitation, for victims of the Gujarat Earthquake and the Orissa Cyclone. He has an interest in strengthening communities by enhancing the ability of people to care for one another. He has been associated with numerous fundraising activities in South Asia and abroad, particularly in the United Kingdom. In particular, he specializes in linking foreign donors with credible organizations in India. 

Workshop 5: NGOs and Disaster Involvement

Saturday, October 23, 2:00pm 

The number and severity of natural and human caused disasters are increasing each year, with a mounting cost in lives and resources. By equipping organizations with preparedness, response, recovery, and mitigation information and instruction, the cost of disasters can be greatly reduced. Since NGOs are often called upon to assist disaster victims it is vital that they have the necessary tools to be effective when disasters occur in their geographical area.

This session will provide a brief presentation on the physiology of disasters, followed by an overview of how NGOs can become involved in one or more aspects of the disaster cycle. Regardless of the so-called status of a country – first, second or third world – this program is applicable. Included will be a discussion of natural and man-made disasters, the disaster cycle, resources (local, national, and international), training opportunities; and steps for practical application. 

Dr. Ron Patterson

Dr. Ron Patterson serves as Executive Director for Christian Disaster Response, an international disaster relief organization. He serves on the board of a number of non-profit organizations, including Global Networks, a consortium of disaster relief organizations. His experience in international disaster response and recovery spans three decades and four continents. Dr. Patterson has received disaster training from The University of Kentucky, Florida State University’s School of Public Service, The Emergency Management Institute, The American Red Cross, Church World Service The Salvation Army, and The National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster. He has conducted Disaster Preparedness and Response Seminars in nine countries. Dr. Patterson has also directed over 46 major domestic and 15 international response and recovery efforts. He received his graduate and postgraduate training in Education and Religion and holds the following degrees: B.A., M.A. and Th.D.  

Workshop 6: NGOs Partnering Together and With Other Elements of Society

Saturday, October 23, 2:00pm 

Under the leadership of the Non-Governmental Organization Section of the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs, Strategic Task Forces, each having their own goals and activities linked to the Millennium Development Goals, are being formed. The Task Forces (i.e., Poverty Reduction, Education, Health, Gender Equality, etc.) are composed of representatives from all the NGO communities, United Nations, Government, and Civil Society. Learn how to make your voices more powerful and your activities more effective: By joining with others of like interest and spirit in supporting goals and activities, in sympathy with yours, which have been fully accepted and agreed upon through the United Nations, by the governments of the world. 

Richard A. Zeif

Mr. Richard Zeif is Chair of the UN/NGO Task Forces for the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs. He also serves as Senior Advisor with the Non-Governmental Organization Section for that U.N. department. In addition, Mr. Zeif is the United Nations Representative for the International Federation of Training and Development Organizations (IFTDO). IFTDO is an accredited non-government organization to the United Nations in New York and the UN's International Labour Organisation in Geneva. Its diversified network of human resource management and development organizations links HR professionals in HR societies, corporations, universities, consultancies, government organizations and non-profit enterprises in order to identify, develop, and transfer knowledge, skills and technology to enhance personal and organizational growth, human performance, productivity, and sustainable development. Its 150 member organizations represent more than 500,000 professionals in over 50 countries. 

 

Workshop 7: Nonprofit Leadership

Sunday, October 23, 8:30am 

This session will familiarize participants with a range of skills, knowledge and competencies to improve the performance of their organization and self. In an interactive session, answers will be sought to what nonprofit leadership means, personal effectiveness, leadership in fundraising, communicating the vision, and conveying personal presence. Among the issues dealt with will be distinguishing leadership and management, establishing and adapting leadership style, strategic versus operational thinking, modeling effective behavior, setting personal goals, the role of the CEO in fundraising, sharing vision in an inspirational way, forms and styles of vision, engaging boards and staff in vision, influencing skills, making an impact, and you as a “brand.” 

Neelam Makhijani

Ms. Neelam Makhijani serves as Program Director for The Resource Alliance. Formerly known as the International Fundraising Group, The Resource Alliance is an international network working to build the capacity of not-for-profit organizations to mobilize funds and local resources for their causes. This is achieved through training, knowledge sharing and networking activities worldwide. The Resource Alliance is a UK registered charity and has 501(c)(3) status in the United States. Ms. Makhijani plays a key role at The Resource Alliance in supporting the Chief Executive. She is responsible for developing a sustainable infrastructure and enhancing the capacity to address growing training and development needs of people and organizations involved in fundraising. 

General Surat Sandhu

The Executive Director of Concept Consultants, General Surat Sandhu is an international development consultant from India whose aim is to “bring professionalism to the voluntary sector.” Born in Malaysia, he completed his schooling and came to India, where he had a successful career in the Indian Army. After commanding an Infantry Division, General Sandhu took premature retirement to be Chief Executive of a leading national charity, HelpAge India. During his four-year tenure, General Sandhu totally transformed the organization, improved the work culture, and tripled the fundraising. He has also been a Fundraising Consultant with Oxfam GB, and is a Senior Consultant with Brakeley Fundraising and Management Consultants, U.K. The General is on the board of several charities in India and abroad, and he is also the Vice Patron of Memorial Gates Trust in the UK. He has been, and is, a consultant to organizations in Nigeria, Kenya, United Kingdom, and India. He was involved in raising funds, doing extensive work in rehabilitation, for victims of the Gujarat Earthquake and the Orissa Cyclone. He has an interest in strengthening communities by enhancing the ability of people to care for one another. He has been associated with numerous fundraising activities in South Asia and abroad, particularly in the United Kingdom. In particular, he specializes in linking foreign donors with credible organizations in India 

Workshop 8: Media Relations and NGOs

Sunday, October 23, 8:30am 

News media is unmatched in its ability to shape public perception of NGOs. Good media relations is essential if an organization wants to position itself as a player in the issues that matter. It can support fundraising appeals or place the organization as an authoritative source for future stories. This interactive workshop will provide the tools to develop an effective media relations strategy. The workshop will cover such themes as (1) media basics; (2) packaging and selling your message; (3) building relations; (4) crisis communications; and (5) avoiding common pitfalls. At the end of the session, delegates will have the tools to develop a media relations strategy for their organization. 

Jill Nadolski

Ms. Jill Nadolski is Director of Fundraising and Marketing at Retail Trust, based in London. Retail Trust, which was established in London in 1832, is a charity with the mission to support those working in, or retired from, the retail industry when they or their families need care or assistance. Ms. Nadolski has 20 years marketing/fundraising experience developing successful strategies for NGOs in the UK, USA and India. She is a member of several UK organizations, including the Institute of Fundraising, Chartered Institute of Management, and Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. Ms. Nadolski has gained a reputation as a speaker and trainer at international NGO conferences.  

Workshop 9: Accreditation Process for NGOs with ECOSOC and DPI of the United Nations

Sunday, October 23, 8:30am 

Since its founding in 1945, the United Nations has maintained relations with NGOs, who represent the concerns of civil society throughout the world. These relationships have been formalized in a number of U.N. resolutions that derive from the U.N. Charter itself. As stated in Article 71 of the Charter: “The Economic and Social Council may make suitable arrangements for consultation with non-governmental organizations which are concerned with matters within its competence.” The preamble of the U.N. Charter itself begins “We, the peoples of the United Nations,” which has come to mean both Member States and civil society. This session will examine the various ways in which NGOs partner with the United Nations, with emphasis on the accreditation process for attaining consultative status with the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), and establishing an association with the U.N. Department of Public Information (DPI). Over 2,000 organizations worldwide have been granted consultative status with ECOSOC, among the three categories of consultative status (“General consultative status”, “Special consultative status” and “Roster”), with each level having different privileges and requirements. There also are over 1,500 NGOs associated with DPI. 

Dr. Kashinath Pandita

Dr. Kashinath Pandita is General Secretary of the Asian-Eurasian Human Rights Forum, an NGO that is a current applicant for ECOSOC status. Dr. Pandita received his Ph.D. from Teheran University in the field of history and civilization of Central Asian peoples. He taught at the University of Kashmir (India) for over 32 years and had risen to be a Director and Professor of the Centre of Central Asian Studies. He has numerous publications to his credit. With a long-term interest in human rights, Dr. Pandita has been involved with the Commission on Human Rights, and activily participating in various briefings of U.N. bodies, NGOs and other organizations at the UN Human Rights Commission. He also has been participating in the Working Group on Minorities, Indigenous Peoples and Refugees. The African Commission for Health and Human Rights Promoters, an NGO with ECOSOC status, has made him in charge of its Asian chapter, and he regularly contributes in that capacity. Dr. Pandita will be the editor of the first volume of Asian Commentary, a new quarterly journal to be published by the Asian-Eurasian Human Rights Forum.