Taught by Kerry Lupher of JVA Consulting, this workshop will help you plan and implement an affordable assessment to determine if you should be adapting, expanding or strengthening your programs to better address community needs. In this economy, many nonprofits, foundations and local governments are trying to figure out how to best use limited resources. Demographic changes are affecting communities, and agencies need to know if it's time to adapt, expand or strengthen programs to better address community needs. Plus, funders are more commonly asking nonprofits to demonstrate how local organizations are meeting community needs.
A community needs assessment can help address all of these challenges and more-and it doesn't have to be expensive. "We all know money is tight in today's economy," said Kerry Lupher, JVA Consulting Vice President of Strategic Initiatives, "Let's find ways to address the most critical needs of our communities first and the best way to do that is asking the people."
Lupher brings over 16 years experience serving as a social change agent, consultant, researcher and evaluator, bringing positive change to communities across the nation. She has designed and conducted community needs assessments ranging from budgets of $5,000 to $500,000 for clients including Adams County, Colorado, State of Colorado, Department of Health and Human Services, Denver Regional Council of Governments, Susan G. Komen for the Cure, Urban Peak and Washington Park Cares.
Lupher has worked extensively on Colorado's western slope with Telluride Foundation, Paradox Community Trust, Colorado Mountain College Foundation and myriad nonprofit organizations. Founded in 1987 and based in the intermountain West, JVA Consulting is a woman-owned planning, fundraising, capacity building and evaluation firm working with organizations and individuals across the country on community and social change. JVA has conducted community needs assessments for foundations, nonprofits and government agencies, and for almost every kind of community and target population. For more information on JVA, go to www.jvaconsulting.com.
The cost for the workshop is $15, and anyone interested in attending should register and pay on line at http://www.jvaconsulting.com/index.php?s=56 or go the JVA's website at www.jvaconsulting.com and click on "General Nonprofit Trainings" and scroll to the Telluride Trainings.
The Telluride Foundation will host one other workshop in 2010: Fund Development Planning (3 hrs), September 28, 9:00a.m. - noon. Also, for more information contact April at 728-8717 or email@example.com.
The Telluride Foundation exists to create a stronger Telluride community through the promotion and support of philanthropy. It is a nonprofit, apolitical community foundation that provides year-round support for local organizations involved in arts, education, athletics, charitable causes, land conservation and other community-based efforts through technical assistance, education and grant making. As a grant maker, the Foundation awards grants to qualified applicants that serve the people living and working in the Telluride area for the purpose of enhancing the quality of life within the region. For more information on the Telluride Foundation, visit www.telluridefoundation.org.