Nonprofit Development Workshops

The OtterCares Foundation, in partnership with Maro Zagoras and Desired Outcomes Inc., invites northern Colorado nonprofit Executive Directors and a member of their board leadership team to attend a series of free organizational development workshops this fall.  Facilitated by professional trainer Maro Zagoras, these workshops are designed to advance attendee proficiencies in program logic, social enterprise and board effectiveness.

Achieving Your “Desired Outcomes”                          Registration is Closed
When:  Monday, October 21st         8am check-in, 8:30am-11:00am workshop
Where: The Group Inc., 2803 East Harmony Road – Fort Collins
~ Do you want to: Enhance or expand your organization’s impact? Craft better grant proposals that will help you receive more funding? Skillfully demonstrate the performance of your program(s)? This workshop will help you achieve these goals and more.  Learn how to utilize program logic to outline desired outcomes in order to execute more effective programs throughout your organization.

 

Sustainable Funding                                                       Registration is Closed
When:  Friday, November 8th          8am check-in, 8:30am-10:00am workshop
Where: The Group Inc., 2803 East Harmony Road – Fort Collins
~ Imagine what you could do if you didn’t have to worry about cash flow. This workshop will discuss unique and innovative funding strategies which will allow you to focus more energy on achieving your mission and less on fundraising.  Learn the methods of successful social enterprises so that you can implement them to enhance your income generation strategies.

 

By Design: A Highly Effective Board                             Registration is Closed
When:  Friday, November 22nd       8am check-in, 8:30am-10:30am workshop
Where: The Group Inc., 2803 East Harmony Road – Fort Collins
~ Are you unleashing the full power of your organization’s Board? Designed to provide successful strategies to maximize the effectiveness of your Board of Directors, this workshop will cover tools aimed at improving teamwork, smartly outlining division of responsibilities, identifying and utilizing member strengths, and the key elements of recruiting and retaining highly effective board members.

 

Please contact Adam Molzer with questions.

A House is Made of Walls and Beams; a Home is Made of Love and Dreams

We are happy to announce that we have comfortably settled into our new home. July marked the first month the OtterCares team was under the same roof; sharing the same four walls. Move in day was an exciting day as we marveled over the detailed characteristics of our cozy, restored Old Town home at 401 W. Oak St.

Front EnteranceFor the last two years, since the launch of the OtterCares Foundation in 2010, our small but mighty staff has worked in separate offices, meeting in scattered OtterBox conference rooms or whatever free space we could find. Through the growth and success of our programs, we learned that in order to be as efficient and agile as we want to be, we needed an office that we could all call home.

Today, we are together in one place. We are able to lean over the desk to ask each other questions, strategize together and make quick decisions through impromptu meetings. To us, this is more than just the OtterCares’ house—it’s a place where our dreams for the foundation can continue to grow and become a reality.

2012 Pack2School Provides Supplies to 1,700 Students

All the smiling, giddy faces on the morning of Friday, August 10 made it difficult to tell who was more excited about Pack2School, the kids or the volunteers. Hundreds of children waited anxiously to pick out their school supplies. Meanwhile, volunteers took their places, ready to face paint, help children pick out supplies and entertain through dancing and music.

Planning this event is unlike any other because we have to take into account the thousands of students in Poudre School District whose families need assistance purchasing school supplies this year. OtterCares’ mission of educating and empowering youth makes it essential for us to ensure these kids have the tools necessary for classroom success.

In our second year of hosting the Pack2School event, OtterCares made several operational changes to improve the overall flow of the event, while still maintaining a fun-filled, action –packed atmosphere. The increased need for school supplies in Poudre School District and coupled with the addition of high school students, the event served over 1700 students this year, up more than 20% from last year.

While waiting to shop for school supplies, participants enjoyed entertainment, which included face painting, dancing, music and signed autographs from local, aspiring Indy car driver Scott Anderson. Several local non-profit agencies were also on-hand to provide important information about programs and offerings. Volunteers and participants alike left the day feeling happy and excited to get the school year started off right!