Wednesday, May 29, 2019 from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM CDT
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Volunteer Center McHenry County 
620 Dakota St
Room E/F
(Second Building)
Crystal Lake, IL 60012

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Rebecca Stiemke and Kelsey Podgorski 
Volunteer Center McHenry County 

Cancellation Policy

We rely on accurate attendance counts to make important arrangements for our workshops. If you need to cancel a workshop for any reason, the following refund schedule applies:

-One week or more prior to start date: 
5% cancellation fee applies.

-Less than one week prior to start date: 
No refund is available. 

This includes those paying with a check. If you have registered for an event but cannot attend, you may transfer your ticket to another person. Please contact us for assistance. 

Please note, we reserve the right to cancel or reschedule workshops based on attendance. In the case of a cancellation, you will be contacted promptly about a refund and other opportunities.

If a class is cancelled due to weather conditions, we reserve the right to change the presentation to a webinar and will notify participants as quickly as possible.

Thank you.

Effectively Telling Your Story to the World

Workshop Details:

To engage our community, nonprofits needs to develop persuasive messages that combine the issue at the heart of your mission, why your audience should care about that issue, how your organization addresses that issue, and how your organization can support that work. 

Organizations are “selling” impact, not activity, so we’ll think through activity, inputs and outcomes to measure your organization’s impact.  We will work on your persuasive message using the S.E.M.Y. model (story, evidence, mission, and you – the donor) and get tips on how to communicate that message across different platforms.  


  • Communicate your organization’s impact to effectively engage stakeholders
  • Effectively telling your story for maximum impact
  • Learn the S.E.M.Y. model


Meet the Trainer:
Alicia Schatteman, PhD, Associate Professor at Northern Illinois University in the Department of Public Administration and the Center for Nonprofit and NGO Studies. 

Wednesday, May 29, 2019
9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Volunteer Center McHenry County, Room E/F
620 Dakota Street, Crystal Lake, IL 60012

Non-Member Fee: $59.99
Bronze Member Fee: $47.99
Silver Member/Sponsorship Fee: $24.00

NOTE: Continuing Education Unit (CEU) and Continuing Professional Education (CPE) credits for participation in CLA workshops are available to participants. Continuing education credits are earned based on the instructional hours. CEUs/CPEs are $5.00 with online registration or $10.00 at the door.

For more information call 815-344-4483 or visit us at:
Volunteer Center McHenry County

Reading Financial Statements

March 20, 2019 — 9:00 - Noon

Presented by Timothy J. Gavin, CPA, Senior Audit Manager, John Kasperek, Co., Inc.




Financial statements can be confusing and hard to read, and yet they provide some of the most valuable

information in assessing the financial health of an organization. With so much information that is

presented, it can be hard to separate what matters to you from what doesn’t. This session will

demonstrate how to interpret the numbers and notes in a standard financial report and show how to best use the information to understand an organization. Whether you’re a manager, board member, or other stakeholder, making sense of a financial report is key in making informed decisions.



·         Understand the basics of financial report structure.

·         Read and interpret the balance sheet, income statement, and statement of cash flows.

·         Analyze the note disclosure.

·         Identify the information most important in analysis and decision-making.