Resources for building a better nonprofit

Upcoming Trainings:

REGISTRATION OPEN! Strategic Collaborations for Community Engagement: Nonprofit and Corporate Partnerships Conference, Friday December 7, 7:30 am-1:30 pm at American Family Insurance. Sponsored by United Way of Dane County, Business Volunteer Network and Dane County Administrators of Volunteer Services.

Madison Public Library presents the Volunteer Toolbox: Skill-Building Workshops for any Madison area volunteers.



Nonprofits: Fine-Tuning Needed in a Changing World

Sponsored by SCORE Madison, the 2-hour sessions will be held at the MGE Innovation Center, 505 South Rosa Road, Lower Level. Cost is $20 per session. SCORE Madison consists of 50 certified mentors who provide free unlimited, confidential mentoring to nonprofits and small businesses. The chapter is dedicated to helping clients become financially and operationally sustainable.

Tuesday, November 13 at 4:00 pm
Refreshing & Promoting Your Brand
Tara Ingalls, Tingalls Graphic Design, LLC, will cover: Key steps in creating a polished brand image, using the right social media for communication, developing an effective website donation page, and 10 free or low-cost ways to promote your nonprofit.

Tuesday, November 20 at 11:00 am
Non-Profit Roundtable (Madison) | Accounting Update

2018 was another busy year for the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB). So far in 2018, the FASB has issued 16 accounting standard updates. This roundtable will provide additional information on the updates that specifically impact not-for-profit entities such as leases and accounting guidance for contributions received. In addition, we will review the key accounting changes that go into effect in the next few years. We will refresh you on the new presentation requirements of financial statements of not-for-profit entities that must be implemented beginning with the December 31, 2018 financial statements. We will also review the new revenue recognition requirements that must be implemented for the 2019 financial statements as you may need to update your accounting treatment beginning January 1, 2019. We will also briefly touch on the new leasing standards that must be implemented for the 2020 financial statements. Join us for this session as we discuss these critical updates. This session is intended to provide technical advice to nonprofit organizations who desire to keep abreast of the accounting standards that apply to these organizations.

Thursday, November 29 at 11:45 am
Free Webinar: Beginning the Journey with Your Board of Directors: Practical Ways to Start the Board Conversation about Advocacy 


United Way of Dane County partners with agencies for community convening, to strengthen local nonprofits to achieve measurable results and change lives. Offering nonprofit capacity building is an important tool we offer to strengthen local nonprofits to strategically affect outcomes.

We mainly focus our capacity building trainings in two areas – board development and volunteer engagement management. Other programs are periodically offered in conjunction with other local partners.

We hope you find these resources to be of value in your work with your nonprofit organization.

Board Development

Nonprofit boards are tasked with making the governing decisions for the organization. As a result, recruiting board members with a diversity of skills and experience, as well as passion and commitment to your mission is vital. In addition to finding strong candidates for your board, you will need to orient them to your agency and provide training so they understand the roles and responsibilities of their position.

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Volunteer Management

Volunteers fundamentally increase our ability to achieve our objectives and advance the social mission of our organizations. Engaging volunteers effectively not only help an organization serve more people in the community but also change the core economics of an organization. With volunteers, organizations can quickly scale programs and services in a cost effective way.

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