Abdale Consulting offers a wide range of well-received workshops. Sponsors include The Foundation Center, Support Center/Partnership in Philanthropy, City Harvest, Toledo Community Foundation, Annie E. Casey Foundation and Partnership for a Healthier New York City, among others.
Topics include the following (click for more details):

Secure the Future – Building a Diversified Development Effort

The healthiest, most sustainable nonprofits are those with multiple funding sources to support their work. This workshop explores what it takes to expand and sustain a blend of support from individuals, foundations, corporations, and government agencies. Learn about the infrastructure you’ll need for success in each of these areas, as well as the roles of staff, board, technology, and communication materials. This session will address a variety of fundraising techniques, including direct marketing, online fundraising, social media, and special events.
Participants will have an opportunity to discuss their current development efforts with colleagues and fundraising experts, and will discover strategies for expanding their development efforts in viable ways, with a list of resources for the future. Topics include:

  • Building and maintaining relationships with donors that can deepen over time
  • Identifying new opportunities for fundraising
  • Demonstrating leadership in one’s field
  • Investing in the infrastructure necessary to support success
  • Using your brand to bolster fundraising
  • Creating short-term and long-term development goals
  • Understanding that successful development is an ongoing, constant effort

2000 Characters or Less – Grant Writing for Online Applications

Online applications are almost universally required. Although the core elements of successful grant writing remain the same, the need to edit oneself and communicate succinctly is greater than ever – and more time consuming. This workshop and grant clinic explores what’s different about online applications and what’s the same. The presenter has worked with several foundations to design on-line applications and written many successful grants. Bring your latest proposal or boilerplate and work with the presenter and fellow attendees to hone your product and leave with more powerful and concise grant language. Participants will:

  • Increase their familiarity with the art and science of proposal writing particularly as it pertains to on-line applications
  • Learn the basic components of a winning proposal – no matter the format
  • Learn about developing positive relationships with funders
  • Discuss current projects and help each other develop a stronger proposal

Effective Advocacy

What makes an advocate effective? How do we make our issue rise above the general clamor for attention? How do we get from vision to policy? This interactive workshop answers these questions – and more – as we explore the tools and strategies needed to become an effective advocate. Participants will develop a broad strategy for their own policy issues and leave the workshop with practical tools, a sense of empowerment and confidence in their own ability to advocate. Topics include:

  • How to prepare and present a compelling argument
  • The distinctions between advocacy and lobbying
  • The relationship between grassroots and national advocacy
  • Essentials of coalition building
  • Personal and professional development needed for effectiveness
  • Developing metrics for effectiveness

The Power of Collaboration

Mission-driven, values-based collaborations can expand an organization’s reach and deepen its impact. This interactive workshop explores the best practices of collaborations that can make an organization more effective in advocacy, administration, program delivery and/or fundraising. Successful collaborations can raise an organization’s profile among funders, donors, volunteers, clients, legislators and other stakeholders, and thereby create increased communication opportunities and strengthening the organization’s development and advocacy activities. Participants will identify issues on which they can collaborate and potential partners with whom they can work.

“The social problems that nonprofits are tackling are growing in both magnitude and complexity, funding is failing to keep pace. Networks do not require more resources, but rather a better use of existing resources. And so networked nonprofits are uniquely poised to face the perennial challenge of the nonprofit sector: achieving lofty missions with decidedly humble means.” The Networked Nonprofit, Stanford Social Innovation Review, Spring 2008

Right From the Start

Starting a new nonprofit is a challenging endeavor and it is important to get it right from the start. You not only create the organization’s structure but you also lay the foundation for its culture. This interactive workshop will:

  • Provide an overview of the nonprofit sector
  • Identify how to assess if a new nonprofit is the most efficient way to have an impact
  • Discuss alternative impact strategies
  • Review the life-cycle of a nonprofit
  • Identify what it takes to set up a legally compliant and well managed nonprofit organization – governing documents, organization policies & internal controls, the role and evolution of the board, and the difference between governance and management
  • Help you create a culture that will inform and direct an organization’s efforts for generations to come
  • Offer a wealth of resources

Strategic Planning – Building A Road Map To Your Future

From brainstorming to implementation, this interactive workshop covers the essentials of successful strategic planning. We examine the process that offers every stakeholder a voice in the agency’s future and discuss the role that an agency’s culture plays how development can work with program and administration to bring a strategic plan to life. Know where you’re going, how you’re going to get there, and how you’re going to pay for it all.

Meetings That Wow!

When your stakeholders hear the word “meeting,” what runs through their minds? Anticipation, even excitement? Or a sense of dread and foreboding? Meetings, in various forms, are a necessary component of nearly every business or non-profit. A well-run staff or board meeting, retreat or other gathering can energize participants and propel your organization forward, while meetings that run off course or devolve into conflict can be counterproductive or even destructive to the organization and its relationships. Learn from a leading expert about how to make your meetings more effective. Tips for handling conflict and managing meetings of differing sizes and types will also be covered.

The Best Conference Ever!

No one needs to travel just to get information. So why do we still host conferences? The answer is in the strategic relationships that can be built and deepened at the event. This requires us to rethink everything from logistics to content to follow up. Every year, enormous amounts of time, energy and money are spent producing conferences that drain the resources and morale of the host organization. Many are viewed as “the dreaded event” and quickly forgotten when over. Getting people to attend and pay for the privilege is increasingly harder with tight budgets and information available in a wide array of other formats (webinars, teleconferences, the internet, twitter feeds, etc.) that do not require travel.

Gathering stakeholders together presents unique opportunities to build community, tap into a collective wisdom, and develop the strategic relationships essential to an organization’s impact and growth. Conferences can become the central hub in an agency’s life and used to advance strategic plans, advocacy agendas, and development and programmatic goals. In this session we will:

  • Identify basic elements of good conference planning
  • Discuss challenges and collectively problem solve issues specific to participants’ organizations.
  • Discuss strategic opportunities presented by conferences and gatherings