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How to Demonstrate the Need for Services in a Crowded Field

How to Demonstrate the Need for Services in a Crowded Field

For a number of reasons, many nonprofit leaders don’t focus on community needs assessments until they are responding to a question on a funding application. Even so, they typically copy and paste the answers from previous proposals.   Ideally, community needs assessments should be conducted independently of any proposal writing process. The information gleaned from the process should be used to design relevant programs and services and make informed decisions. This webinar is designed to give you an overview of the community needs assessment process. More

The Nonprofit Utopia community will be hosting 2 free webinars to help nonprofit professionals strengthen their community assessment skills.  Facilitated by Valerie F. Leonard, the community’s founder, the webinars will provide an overview of the community assessment process and help participants demonstrate need, even in communities that seem to be over-resourced.

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This 90-minute webinar will provide an overview of the community needs assessment process and review the 23 questions you should answer before starting any nonprofit organization, program, service or project. You will be able to download a worksheet to help you follow along during the webinar and lay the groundwork for a community needs assessment that may be used to apply for tax-exempt status, inform your case for support and to develop strategies and programs that are responsive to the changing environment.

The live Q and A session will provide an opportunity for you to clarify your understanding of the material covered in the webinar. Use the downloadable worksheets to help you organize your notes and begin to flesh out your community needs assessment. Nonprofit Utopia members can share their draft  needs assessment in the online community for peer and expert review and feedback. Register here.