Capacity Building Workshops

As part of an ongoing commitment to help strengthen the capacity of nonprofits, the Valley Community Foundation, through its partner in philanthropy, The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven, offers a series of training sessions to nonprofits serving Greater New Haven and the Lower Naugatuck Valley. Topics and dates vary. 

2017 Workshops*


Grant Writing 101 - January 24, 2017 
9:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m.
Derby Public Library, Derby

Grant Writing 101 - January 26, 2017 
9:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m.
James Blackstone Memorial Library, Branford


Grant Writing 201 - February 2, 2017 
9:00 a.m.-11:30 a.m.
James Blackstone Memorial Library, Branford

Grants Orientation Session - February 6, 2017 
9:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m.
Valley Chamber of Commerce, Shelton 

Grantseeker Webinar - February 9, 2017 
1:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m
Online or In Person RECORDED

Nuts & Bolts - February 16, 2017 
9:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m.
Derby Public Library, Derby

Grant Writing 201 - February 21, 2017 
9:30 am.-11:30 am
Derby Public Library, Derby

Nuts & Bolts - February 23, 2017 
9:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m.
James Blackstone Memorial Library, Branford


Finding Data for Grants - March 7, 2017
9:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m. 
The Greek Olive, New Haven

Purposeful Boards, Powerful Fundraising - March 11, 2017 8:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.  
The Whitney Center, Hamden 


Introduction to Bequests - September 27, 2017  

4:45 p.m. - 7:15 p.m.

The Greek Olive, New Haven 



Strategic Financial Planning for Nonprofits - October 17, 2017 

9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

Graustein Memorial Fund, Hamden


The Benefits of Collective Impact - Oct. 26, 2017 

9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. 

Center Stage Theatre, Shelton


Purposeful Boards, Powerful FundraisingOct. 28, 2017
This popular day-long workshop takes a close look at Board recruitment, structure, operations & culture. Presenter: Chuck Loring



Join us for planned giving workshops with nationally recognized planned giving expert, Bryan Clontz, on December 12th

For nonprofits - 8:00 am - 10:00 am
For professional advisors - 5:00 pm


Special Workshops for Great Give Participants

This series of workshops is specifically designed to help maximize the success of nonprofits participating in The Great Give® on May 2-3, 2017. 

Planning for Success in The Great Give® includes: Creating a Marketing Workplan for The Great Give® (Feb. 15)
(Missed this workshop? Click here to watch the video)  

Best Practices from Successful Great Give® Participants (Mar. 16)      
Engaging Donors (Apr. 4)
Accounting for Gifts Webinar (Apr. 13)
Kimbia Mechanics of the Giving Event Platform (Apr. 19)
Social Media Workshops (Apr. 27, and the fourth Thursday of each month through August) 

view descriptions of the workshops here

*Workshops are produced by The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven for nonprofits providing services its 20-town region, including the five towns served by the Valley Community Foundation. 

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Valerie Knight-DiGangi

Program Officer 203-751-9162


253-A Elizabeth Street
Derby, Connecticut 06418


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