Community Works virtual conference for Princeton area nonprofits begins Monday, Jan. 30

The Trenton Central High Band will kick off the Community Works non-profit conference Monday evening, Jan. 30.

Community Works, the annual conference for non-profit leaders, board members, non-profit staff members, and volunteers in the Princeton region, will offer more than 30 workshops online Jan. 30 through Feb. 1.

The conference begins with a keynote at 5:30 p.m. on Monday and ends with a finale by the Laughing Lovebugs yoga teachers at 7:45 p.m. Wednesday.

Organized by an all-volunteer committee, the conference features workshops on nonprofit management, fundraising, recruiting board members, grant writing, and more.

Participants can choose as many or as few workshops as they choose. The registration fee for the entire conference is only $20. You can register online.

“Princeton Community Works is committed to helping people build skills and enabling people who want to make a difference in their communities engage and connect with one another. We believe each person has the capacity to help build their community,” said Community Works Founder Marge Smith. “Our workshops are designed to address the increased needs organizations are facing this year. Our speakers will share practical and proven strategies for empowering nonprofits of all sizes.”

The theme for 2023 is “Empowering Community: Inspire. Learn. Connect.” The Trenton Central High School Band will perform for the conference keynote, using musical concepts to demonstrate techniques for leadership, coaching, conflict resolution, and more. Band members will demonstrate what happens when teams are not in harmony, then show what can be accomplished when teams are in sync.

Twenty-five new workshop sessions will be offered this year, along with core sessions that are annual favorites. The conference will also feature 30-minute “engage and connect” sessions that anyone can duplicate online or in person to foster team building within their own organizations. 

Full workshop descriptions, speaker biographies, and registration information can be found on the Princeton Community Works website.


Monday 1/30/23
1/30/2023 5:30 PM Keynote Session Keynote
1/30/2023 6:15 PM Skills From The Grantors Perspective (panel)
1/30/2023 6:15 PM Skills Recruiting and Retaining the Talent That Moves Your Organization Forward in a post-pandemic world.
1/30/2023 6:15 PM Volunteer/Board/Staff, Skills – Engaging and Empowering Volunteers
1/30/2023 6:15 PM Board Recruiting, Onboarding, and Retaining Board Members
1/30/2023 7:30 PM Networking Engage & Connect: Connecting Resources

Tuesday 1/31/23

1/31/2023 8:00 AM Self-Care Self-Care
1/31/2023 8:30 AM Networking Engage & Connect: Building Trust
1/31/2023 9:15 AM Finance Building and Managing a Budget in Uncertain Times
1/31/2023 9:15 AM Fundraising/Tech Using Data to Engage and Inspire Donors
1/31/2023 9:15 AM Skills Internships: Using Higher Ed to Source our needs.
1/31/2023 11:00 AM Skills Resources & Winning Strategies to Catapult Your Nonprofit Job Search
1/31/2023 11:00 AM Skills Telling Compelling Stories Using Video
1/31/2023 11:00 AM Fundraising, Skills Successful Grant Writing
1/31/2023 12:30 PM Networking Engage & Connect: Fueling Up With Positive Energy
1/31/2023 1:15 PM Fundraising Tips for County, State and Federal Government Grants: Learning the Nuances of the Application Process
1/31/2023 1:15 PM Skills Strategic Planning, Implementation and Execution: Making it Happen
1/31/2023 3:15 PM Marketing Branding Your Nonprofit
1/31/2023 5:00 PM Self-Care Self-Care
1/31/2023 5:30 PM Networking Engage & Connect: Fundraising Family Feud
1/31/2023 6:15 PM Skills/Board/Volunteers Developing High-Functioning Committees
1/31/2023 6:15 PM Volunteer/Board/Staff Youth Initiated Community Service Projects (Panel)
1/31/2023 6:15 PM Self-Care/Skills Fostering Wellness: Starting with the Brain
1/31/2023 6:15 PM Fundraising Donor Acquisition and Retention
1/31/2023 7:30 PM Skills DEI – Implementation (panel)

Wednesday 2/1/2023

2/1/2023 8:00 AM Self-Care Self-Care
2/1/2023 8:30 AM Networking Engage & Connect: Driven to Collaborate
2/1/2023 9:15 AM Self-Care Work/Life Harmony
2/1/2023 9:15 AM Skills Fundraising 101
2/1/2023 9:15 AM Fundraising Trends in CREATIVE Fundraising
2/1/2023 11:00 AM Skills Internal Communications: Are we all on the same page?
2/1/2023 11:00 AM Skills Boosting Meeting Engagement: Stop wasting people’s time – Tools and Techniques
2/1/2023 11:00 AM Marketing Marketing: Analytics, Social Media and Public Relations – Getting Your Message Across
2/1/2023 12:30 PM Networking Engage & Connect: Whooo Are You?
2/1/2023 1:15 PM Fundraising Everything You Need to Know to Plan a Capital Campaign
2/1/2023 1:15 PM Skills Intentional Collaboration and Shared Resources
2/1/2023 5:00 PM Self-Care Self-Care
2/1/2023 5:30 PM Networking Engage & Connect: You CAN Take It with You!
2/1/2023 6:15 PM Technology/Marketing Building Resiliency in Youth (Panel)
2/1/2023 6:15 PM Volunteer/Board/Staff Board Roles and Responsibilities
2/1/2023 6:15 PM Skills Each Team Member a Leader
2/1/2023 7:45 PM Finale