Princeton Community Works to host virtual conference for nonprofit leaders and volunteers in January of 2022

“Share It Forward: Connect, Create, Collaborate” is the theme of the Princeton Community Works conference to be held online on January 24, 25, and 26 of 2022.

The annual conference, founded in 1999 by nonprofit leader, consultant and teacher Marge Smith, is created and run by an all-volunteer team of more than 60 people each year. The event offers affordable workshops and networking for leaders, staff, board members, and volunteers at nonprofit organizations across the Princeton region and beyond.

This coming January, the conference will feature 28 workshops led by nonprofit experts. Topics include grant writing, marketing, social media, self-care, and more. The full schedule and registration information are available on the Princeton Community Works website.

The registration fee is $20 per person for all three days. Reduced rates for groups and scholarships are available. 

“Nonprofits, especially in the age of COVID, play a crucial role in our community, so we want to make sure that price is not an obstacle to anyone who wishes to attend. That’s why we have made the fee outrageously reasonable,” said Smith. “It is a reflection of our volunteers’ commitment, energy, skills, and talents that we are able to provide such relevancy of content and make this conference so easy to attend virtually.”  

Last year, more than 700 people attended Princeton Community Works online. Since the conference was founded, more than 12,000 people have attended more than 550 workshops designed to build people’s skills and knowledge. The conference also has provided many networking opportunities that connect nonprofit leaders and volunteers, along with those looking for volunteer opportunities or considering creating a nonprofit.

“The conference is designed with the participant in mind,” said Smith. What will they take away from this session? What can they apply in their own organization? We encourage imitation and outright copying so the tools and techniques can be used right away.” 

On January 24, the opening night, participants can attend a keynote session at 5:30 p.m., followed by professional development workshops and a networking session to close the evening at 7:30 p.m. Over the next two days, sessions will run from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. to accommodate various schedules. 

Topics include: Team Building: Creating a Climate of Inclusion, Respect and Appreciation; Building Relationships and Engagement in a Virtual World; Board Best Practices: Effective Board Governance and Management; Legal Workshop for Nonprofits; Ways to Create and Maintain a Happier Nonprofit; Strategic Partnerships: Creating Synergies to Strengthen Your Organization’s Mission; How to Develop a Strategic Plan and Live It; Video Basics: Tips and Tools; Effective Grant Writing; How to Effectively Brand and Market Your Organization; Building Effective Leadership Skills; Implementing a Successful Internship Program; A Panel from the Grantors’ Perspective; Engaging and Building an Effective Board; Youth-Initiated Community Service Projects; How to Raise Major Gifts Virtually and In Person;Managing in a Hybrid World;Understanding Your Organization’s Finances 101; Performance Metrics: Making Decisions Based on Data; Succession Planning for Executive Leadership; How to Create a Podcast; Managing Change to Maximize Impact; Use Your Donor Data to Amplify Your Message; Keeping Your Donors Engaged and Connected; Social Media: Panel of Experts, Tools and Techniques; The Three R’s of Volunteerism – Recruit, Retain and Recognize; Storytelling that Resonates and Touches the Heart.

For more information about Princeton Community Works, visit