Hitting It Out of the Park

Monday, October 19, 2015

Marcy Heim

 "Hitting It Out of the Park: Fundraising for Nonprofits" with Marcy Heim, Founder and Principal of The Artful Asker.

Contributor: Nanci Micke, Vice President of Marketing and Communications at United Way Fox Cities

"Marcy, you are just what my heart needed! Thank you!"
(Comment from a participant at this year's nonprofit board seminar,
"Hitting It Out of the Park: Fundraising for Nonprofits" with Marcy Heim.)

Marcy Heim. Chuck Loring. Kivi Leroux Miller. Vicki Clark. Steven Zimmerman. If these names are familiar to you it could mean that you have attended one of the nonprofit board workshops that are offered each year by United Way Fox Cities, The Community Foundation for the Fox Valley Region and Schenck. This year Marcy Heim, a dynamo from Madison, provided practical knowledge on fundraising. With a background in financial development at the University of Wisconsin, Marcy’s high energy presentation was well received by the 300+ attendees.

Dating back to 2001 the nonprofit training workshops were born of a need to provide information for nonprofits that would help them fulfill their missions. With sponsorship provided by United Way, The Community Foundation, Schenck and the American Society for Training and Development we could make the opportunity affordable for every nonprofit.

Chuck Loring, of Loring & Associates has been a perennial favorite. Chuck can take the topic of board governance - a topic that would put many people to sleep - and make it come alive for both board members and nonprofit staff. Stephen Zimmerman taught us how to read and understand financial statements; and more importantly how to be responsible board and staff members when it comes to budgeting. Vicki Clark presented on the importance of collaboration, and shared it with wit and wisdom. In 2014, we brought Kivi Leroux Miller to the Fox Cities. Kivi is an extraordinary marketer with a large web following. 

Over the years all of our presenters have shared one trait. They are able to take a subject that may be overwhelming or complicated and provide the basic tools to move an organization forward. And they make it interesting and fun.

From the very beginning we have encouraged both staff and board members to attend the workshops together. We have learned that it takes more than one person to bring the message back to the organization, and without buy-in from both staff and board there is little chance for change. We plan on continuing to offer these workshops on an annual basis because we believe they make the Fox Cities a stronger, more caring community, and that is our mission.

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