There are many free or low-cost resources available to nonprofits, including Resource Thursdays, a program of the Idaho Nonprofit Center. Resource Thursdays offers a panel discussion with a network of experts starting promptly 4 - 4:30 pm followed by a captivating feature presentation from 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm. Learn about Foundation Directory Online and the library resources for the remaining thirty minutes.

  • Third Thursday of the month, 4 - 6 p.m.
  • 3rd floor, Boise Public Library, 715 S. Capitol Blvd., Boise
  • No RSVP necessary

Join the conversation! 

Discussions provide a unique opportunity to gain valuable insight while sharing best practices with fellow participants.

2017 Featured Monthly Presenters

January 19- Best Board: Recruiting and Training New and Existing Board Members, Beth Markley, Markley LLC.

Engaged and passionate board members are key to moving your mission forward. Is your board motivated and energized? Do they understand and fulfill their core responsibilities? The answer for many boards is "sometimes, but not always," and many board and staff leaders struggle with how to make the most of the volunteers who are integral to the work they do. This session will review the ways to cultivate, recruit, vet and train new board members, and to make the most of the time and talent of existing board members, as well as discuss the warning signs of a disengaged board, and outline a few strategies for motivating a board that has lost its stride.

 

February 16- How to Capture and Grow your Social Media Audience, Kim Ellsworth, Idaho Nonprofit Center

Ever wondered how to grow your social media presence and audience?  Want to understand all social media channels and how to effectively use them?   Take a deeper look at Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and other social media channels to engage current supporters, develop new ones and learn to manage them in a fundraising campaign or for major events.

 

March 16- Idaho Gives Strategy, Idaho Nonprofit Center and Idaho Gives PR firm

It is never too early to start planning your Idaho Gives campaign.  Learn tricks of the trade on event planning, project management, messaging and different ways to grow supporters as you get closer to Idaho Gives.  Learn the in's and out's of GiveGab, the new online giving platform! 

 

April 20- Idaho Gives- It's all about the Media, Idaho Gives PR firm

Have you ever wondered how to connect with the media through a press release? Learn to craft a concise message of your mission and create a media outreach plan.  Join this session to learn from the PR experts!

 

May 18- How to Recruit, Retain and Reward Long Term Volunteers, Serve Idaho: The Governor's Comission on Service and Volunteerism

Serve Idaho: The Governor’s Commission on Service and Volunteerism. This training will offer participants tools for recruitment and selection, tips for retaining and supporting your volunteers and best practices to recognize your volunteers in meaningful ways.
 
June 15- The Road-map for Starting a Nonprofit, Amy Little, Idaho Nonprofit Center
Let's face it, starting a nonprofit can be scary, intimidating and overwhelming, but have no fear.  Join Idaho Nonprofit Center Amy Little as she paves the path on how to not only start a nonprofit, but also good fundamentals to have in place so that your organization can grow and be successful.

 

July- NO RESOURCE THURSDAY. HAPPY SUMMER BREAK!

 

August 17- Legal Issues Impacting the Nonprofit Sector, Jason Mau, Attorney, GBSO | greener | burke | shoemaker| oberrecht p.a.
Many legal issues impact the nonprofit sector. Join Jason, local attorney and Idaho Nonprofit Center board member, as he decodes legal issues currently impacting your organization.

 

September- NO RESOURCE THURSDAY.  Join us at the Idaho Nonprofit Center Conference 

 

October 19- Finishing the Fundraising Year Strong While Looking Ahead, Keri Davidson, Idaho Nonprofit Center
Learn more about end of year asks, fundraising campaigns, using November, Nonprofit Awareness Month as a platform for increasing donor dollars and grant writing tips to finish the year in a good financial spot.  Also learn about techniques to increase engagement with funders, donors, and supporters as you plan for the next year.

 

November 16- Tips and Tricks on Filing your Tax Paperwork, hosted by Harris and Co.
Filing tax paperwork can be confusing.  Get expert advice, from a CPA focusing in nonprofit accounting, as you prepare to file your tax information.

 

December- NO RESOURCE THURSDAY.  HAPPY HOLIDAYS!

Leadership

Facilitated by those with extensive experience working with a board of directors, topics include governance, strategic planning, leadership, board recruitment, etc.

Volunteers

Learn about recruiting, managing and rewarding volunteers from the Southwest Idaho Directors of Volunteer Services (SWIDOVS)

Fundraising

Facilitated by fundraising practitioners from the Association of Fundraising Professionals, discussion topics include fundraising and the fiduciary responsibility nonprofits have to donors.

New and Emerging Nonprofits

Idaho Nonprofit Center staff and an attorney will answer questions regarding how to start a nonprofit. 

Foundation Directory Online

Learn the extensive online database to search for grants relevant to your mission and geographic areas.

Additional Discussions 

Additional discussions may include technology for nonprofits, human resources, Idaho Gives, project management and more.

Who should attend:

  • Current or aspiring nonprofit staff, board members or volunteers looking for resources available to nonprofit organizations and start-ups
  • Those who would like help navigating the Foundation Directory Online database of over 150,000 grant opportunities and the Funding Information Center
  • Individual face-time with specialists in areas such as nonprofit bylaws, starting a nonprofit, fundraising resources, and volunteer management