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Do you have an idea to start a nonprofit organization but do not know how to start?
Do you run a small nonprofit and want to secure more funding?

Starting a nonprofit organization is not easy and the work you do will affect the lives of the people you serve. Like any business, nonprofit organizations need to strategically plan their activities to succeed and determine the best approach to achieve their goals.

Our workshops are designed to provide early-stage and grassroots nonprofit organizations with the first infrastructure steps needed to run a successful organization based on best practices, understanding of the complexity of the sector and how to best serve their communities.

We will be hosting workshops throughout the year on different topics relevant to small and grassroots nonprofit organizations. Please feel free to post questions for us and we will reply or contact us through our web page.


This workshop is taught by the founder of Mockingbird Incubator. We will also invite experts on different related topics. Visit our web page for more information about us, our trainers and our programs.

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Goal Definition for Early-Stage Nonprofit Organizations in Los Angeles

Strategic planning is an important step to make your path clear to everyone involved in your organization. Clear and realistic planning can determine the early success of your organization and help drive fundraising. Strategic planning is also more than a theoretical exercise. The strategies and goals you set early-on should be aligned with the population you serve and the reality of your organization. We've designed our workshop to be a hands-on process where we share our experience and method for planning with startups. If you're starting a nonprofit organization register for our workshop on March 30th to get started planning your goals. At this event, you will learn the basics of strategic planning and goal definition for new nonprofit organizations and get a better understanding of how planning can put you closer to more and sustainable funding and provide better services for your clients. We will cover: - Crafting your mission and vision statements - Organizational history, board lists, program descriptions - Defining major goal categories - Achieving your goals: Strategies, resources, and responsibilities About our Instructors Jessica Payne - Nonprofit Research Specialist Jessica was the Research and Evaluation Manager for CASA of Los Angeles, where she managed large scale data system conversion projects with more than 500+ users, as well as all original research and strategic planning. With Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa’s Office of Gang Reduction and Youth Development (GRYD) and the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority (LAHSA), Jessica worked with a wide range of constituents, stakeholders, and agencies to create effective program evaluation strategies. Working with the GRYD Office Jessica designed and managed the Summer Night Lights program evaluation for multiple years in addition to participating in the development of the Intervention Crisis Response and Intervention Family Case Management research components. Prior to that Jessica worked on multiple National Institute of Justice and National Institute of Health Studies on the California Juvenile Justice system and Gang Social Identity studies with the USC Center for Research on Crime and Social Control. She holds a Masters in Urban Planning with an emphasis on Social and Community Development from the University of Southern California’s Sol Price School of Policy Planning and Development. Ejiro Morrow - Grant Writing Specialist Ejiro has more than eleven years of grant writing experience for nonprofit agencies in Southern California. She received her Bachelor's of Art degree in Mass Communication from Meredith College in Raleigh, NC and a Master's of Art degree in Communication from California State University, Fullerton. She is a graduate of The Grantsmanship Center's Grant Writing Training Program in Los Angeles, California. She has written grants for organizations working with: at-risk youth, early childhood education, families with children who have developmental disabilities, reducing recidivism and re-entry, human trafficking, domestic violence victims, veterans' services, and healthcare. Ejiro's grant awards total more than $3 million dollars from government and foundations, including the California Community Foundation, Bank of America, Wells Fargo, and Boeing. For more information about our organization and how we can help you start your organization visit www.mockingbirdincubator.org or email us at [masked]

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