Nonprofits have been hard hit by the economic downturn with greater demand for programs and services, financial pressure from budget cuts and fewer donation dollars, and uncertainty of when the economic recovery will reach the social change sector. Project directors and Tides staff will share their experiences, insights and lessons learned and moderate an informal, peer-to-peer discussion about how organizations have dealt with the short- and long-term financial challenges. From developing new fundraising plans, to cutting expenses, to initiating mergers, the group will explore different solutions for facing a funding crisis.
Thursday, January 19, 2012
10:00 am – 12 noon, with light refreshments
Evelyn & Walter Haas, Jr. Fund
Antonio Diaz, Project Director of PODER!
Clare Ramsaran, Technical Training Specialist of Tides
This workshop is intended for fiscally sponsored projects of Tides only.
About the Presenters
Antonio Díaz, Project Director of PODER!
Antonio Díaz is the Project Director for PODER, Prior to joining PODER, Antonio was the Co-coordinator of the EcoJustice Networking Project at the Institute for Global Communications in San Francisco. Before moving to the San Francisco Bay Area in 1995, Antonio's previous work in the environmental justice movement included working as a Research Associate at the Texas Center for Policy Studies where he conducted research on a variety of statewide environmental issues, with a focus on the Texas/Mexico border. Additionally, he coordinated the Texas Environmental & Economic Justice Resource Center where he provided research and gave presentations on environmental justice issues and coordinated a statewide environmental justice network and its activities. Antonio was a founding member and Board Chair of People Organized in Defense of Earth and her Resources (PODER) in Austin, Texas, and served on the Coordinating Council of the Southwest Network for Environmental and Economic Justice from 1990 to 1995. He currently serves on the Executive Committee of the Advisory Board of CorpWatch and the Board of Directors of the Center for Environmental Health and Partnership for Immigrant Leadership and Action.
Jessica Van Tuyl, Executive Director of Oasis
With over 6 years experience in the youth development field, Jessica joined Oasis For Girls as the Program Manager in January 2008 to coordinate the RISE program, support staff and programming, and engage in organizational development work. Prior to joining Oasis, Jessica worked primarily with LGBTQQ youth supporting youth organizing efforts, leading anti-homophobia trainings for school personnel, and providing case management services at the Richmond Village Beacon, GSA Network, and the Gay, Lesbian, Straight Education Network. In addition, Jessica has worked in the youth employment field, coordinating city government internships at San Francisco YouthWorks. Jessica holds a Bachelors degree in Women’ and Gender Studies from Macalester College and a Masters degree in Social Work from the University of Southern California. Jessica is honored to to be a part of Oasis' team and is committed to increasing Oasis For Girls' capacity to provide empowerment programming for young women throughout San Francisco!
Pratap Chatterjee, Project Director of Corpwatch
Pratap is an investigative journalist and producer. He was project director of CorpWatch from 2003 to 2008 and recently returned to run it again. He has served as a board and staff member with many Bay area activist groups such as the Asian Pacific Environmental Network and Project Underground. He is currently a board member of Amnesty USA and the Corporate Europe Observatory. He is the author of Halliburton's Army (Nation Books, 2009), Iraq Inc.: A Profitable Occupation (Seven Stories Press, 2004), and The Earth Brokers (Routledge Press, 1994).
Clare Ramsaran, Technical Training Specialist of Tides
Clare works with Tides’ fiscally sponsored projects nationwide. She develops and delivers technical training on Tides Salesforce database, creates training videos and consults on training with other staff. She has been involved with non profits in various capacities; as a staff member, Project Director and Board Member. Her focus was initially on Human Rights Education before moving more into the area of technology and training. She holds a BA in Development Studies (similar to International Relations) from the University of East Anglia and an MA in Education (Instructional Technologies) from San Francisco State University. She is a published writer and currently lives in San Francisco.
Rosanne Stead, Senior Governance Advisor of Tides
Rosanne Stead joined Tides in 2004 as the Regional Director for Tides Center; in 2005 she initiated the Governance program and became Tides Governance Program Director in 2007. Rosanne is currently responsible for training and consultation in governance and board development for Tides’ fiscally sponsored projects nationwide. Previous to Tides, Rosanne taught English to factory workers in Italy; managed an independent bookstore; was the first executive director of the ATHENA Foundation, an international nonprofit honoring exceptional women mentors; established a gynecologic oncology practice with her brother, a cancer surgeon; and served as the executive director of a community development nonprofit in an area that lost 14,000 jobs when steel mills closed. She spent years as president of a homeless shelter board, as city planning commissioner, as a capitol city chamber of commerce board member, and as vice chair of a downtown development authority. Rosanne holds a BA in psychology, sociology, and anthropology from Michigan State University and a Masters degree in urban studies from the University of Chicago.
Alexandra G. Carter, Director of the Safe Spaces Project
Alexandra G. Carter, Ph.D., is the Director of the Safe Spaces Project, which provides capacity building services to LGBTQ-youth serving organizations. Alex brings over a decade of experience to this work, including innovative technology and financial management projects with the Washington (DC) AIDS Partnership, the Partnership for Prince George’s County (MD) and the Washington Regional Association of Grantmakers. She is a Certified Coaching Professional and specializes in coaching new and emerging nonprofit leaders. Alex is also a trained Appreciative Inquiry facilitator, and enjoys bringing this energizing and affirming lens to organizational planning and development.
General Resources – Budget Breakthroughs
- Best Practices for online fundraising (need to register before downloading)
- Non Profit Finance Fund materials:
- How To:
- On the verge of a merge?
- Road Map (PDF)