May GRAVA Workshop – Recruitment and Retention

May 3, 2018 8:30-10:30am
6 N 5th Street
Richmond, VA 23219

Directions: Take the exit toward Coliseum/Downtown. Continue on 3rd St. Turn left on E Jackson St. Right onto N 5th Street. The street parking starts at 8 am and you can pay 2 hours at a time. The deck across the street is $7 if you enter before 9 am.

Speaker: Amy Nisenson

Summary: Volunteers allow your organization to do more work. They often lessen the burden on your paid staff. Volunteer recruitment also raises the awareness of your organization. This workshop introduces ways to recruit volunteers, keep them engaged, and increase your retention rates. We will talk about unlikely places to obtain volunteers and ways to engage and keep them motivated. Participants are encouraged to come with their own ideas to share as well.

Speaker BioAmy’s consulting expertise includes strategic planning, board development/governance work, board and staff meeting facilitation, organizational development, succession planning, executive search and CEO evaluation, and resource development. Her over 30 years as a senior philanthropy professional includes work on both sides of philanthropy- as a nonprofit executive and development professional and as a corporate and foundation grant maker. Amy brings her unique experiences in both asking and giving along with strategic thinking, sensible fiscal management, effective communication and facilitation to her consulting work. Amy is also a Certified Governance Trainer with Board Source and is trained in nonprofit Board education.

Along with her work as a consultant, Amy serves as the Executive Director of the Mary Morton Parsons Foundation, which is a private-independent foundation that grants more than $5-7 million annually to nonprofits in the Commonwealth of Virginia for capital projects. Amy also teaches classes in nonprofit management including grant writing, navigating support from corporations and foundations, and board development at many universities and programs throughout the State. Prior to her current work, Amy served as Vice President and Community Affairs Manager for Wachovia Corporation from 2005-2008, covering the three-state Mid-Atlantic Region of Virginia—Virginia, Maryland, and D.C.

Amy’s consulting practice is rooted in a strong passion for the nonprofit community. All work is geared to helping a nonprofit build its organizational capacity working within a team approach of strong partnerships between board and staff. Amy combines her professional and personal experiences with best practices to help nonprofits make informed decisions and build internal processes to become stronger, more stable organizations.

Amy received a BA in Foreign Affairs from the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, VA. She is an avid reader and along with her husband likes to cook and entertain friends and family.

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