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CIRCLE FOR JUSTICE INNOVATIONS

Capacity

building program

Strengthening CJI Grantee organizations impacted by the criminal legal system.

2021

webinar/training schedule

MAY/JUNE

Funder Feedback: Ask the Right Way

– to Get the Right Results

 

Tuesday, May 11, 2021 1:00 PM EDT

Facilitator: Instrumentl w/ Mayrn Boess

Getting meaningful feedback on your proposals from grantmakers can be frustrating – and what do you do with feedback when you get it?

​In this 1.5 hour webinar, a veteran grantmaker, Maryn Boess shares some straight talk about asking for – getting – and making sense of funder feedback!

​By the end of this Instrumentl Partner Webinar, you’ll be able to:

  • ​Learn the biggest mistakes people make when asking a grantmaker for feedback on their proposals

  • ​See what really happens in the “Finals Round” – and why the points rarely matter as much as you think they do

  • ​Learn the RIGHT question to ask for feedback – in the RIGHT way – to get results that you can use

  • ​More tips: Don’t go chasing the points; don’t take it personally; keep what makes sense and let the rest go – and more!

  • ​See how Instrumentl's platform can save you time in tracking down notes and relevant information with your development team

 

​All attendees will receive a recording and copy of the presentation slides after the workshop.

​Instrumentl Partner Webinars are collaborations between Instrumentl and its community partners to provide free educational workshops for grant professionals. Our goal is to tackle a problem grant professionals often have to solve, while also sharing different ways Instrumentl’s platform can help grant writers win more grants.

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Offer

Accessing Liberation through Ritual Rest

Wednesday May 19, 2021 1:30 PM EST

Facilitator: Emani Davis

The Omowale Project

As part of CJI’s Capacity Building Program, The Omowale Project has prepared a series of modified 1-hour workshops. Workshops serve as an introduction into the process of deeper self-observation and discovery as a means of creating a sustainable healing practice. Participants will be introduced to multiple topics and be offered the opportunity to continue  and deepen their work in individual sessions with the facilitator. In these private video calls (Shift Sessions), participants will be able to further their individual reparative work, and both create and be supported in a robust plan for self-nurturance and care. 


This session is inspired by the transformative work of The Nap Ministry. Ritual rest is foundational to the actualization of a truly liberated future. As the base of healing, imagination, and creation -  rest is essential. We name sleep deprivation a racial and social justice issue. This webinar examines rest as a radical tool for community healing, and a form of resistance

 

Get 'Unstuck' from Quickbooks

For Current CJI Grantees Only

 

Tuesday May 25, 2021 12:30 PM EST

Facilitator: Keesha Gibson 

Gibson Consulting / Shantel Garcia, ICS 

One of the most common accounting challenges nonprofits face involves monthly financial statements. Most small nonprofits lack real-time visibility on transactions. Often, processes fall behind, which makes managing cash flow, budgets and pro-activity more difficult.

In this session we will talk to our partners at Innovative Consulting Solutions which helps small nonprofits improve their financial well-being by enhancing their financial systems, managing their finances, and identifying cost-saving and revenue growth opportunities. 

Whether you are new to Quickbooks or are having some challenges using it, you do not want to miss this webinar. 

Communicating Your "Fundability" with Your Community

For Current CJI Grantees Only

Thursday May 27, 2021 1:30 PM EST

Facilitator: Keesha GibsonGibson Consulting

 

CJI funds work that uproots the systems that harm and perpetuate injustice and believes this movement must be led by those most impacted by the injustices of the current system, working in alliances across race, class, faith, gender, gender identity, sexuality, immigration status, physical and mental ability, and age. 

CJI grantee work is important and worthy of media attention. Publicity and media coverage will help ensure the success of the funded project, your organization and the work of CJI Circles. To help you communicate the impact of your work, CJI has created a Grantee Communications Tool Kit.

In this session we will  review the CJI toolkit and discuss how to capture the "fundability" of your organization's work. Compelling messaging helps potential donors learn about the importance of supporting organizations like yours.  

postponed

Accessing Liberation through Boundary

Thursday, June 3, 2021 1:30 PM EST

Facilitator: Emani Davis

The Omowale Project

As part of CJI’s Capacity Building Program, The Omowale Project has prepared a series of modified 1-hour workshops. Workshops serve as an introduction into the process of deeper self-observation and discovery as a means of creating a sustainable healing practice. Participants will be introduced to multiple topics and be offered the opportunity to continue  and deepen their work in individual sessions with the facilitator. In these private video calls (Shift Sessions), participants will be able to further their individual reparative work, and both create and be supported in a robust plan for self-nurturance and care. 

 

In this workshop, participants will be guided into the process of healthy boundary-setting as a means of deepening and expanding relationships and increasing their capacity to serve.

Social Business Formation Models: A Comparison

Wednesday, June 9th, 2021 1:30 PM EST

Facilitators: Nada Zohdy, Managing Director, OpenGov HUB

Margaret Chapman, Managing Director, Unfunded List

 

LLC? 501(c)(3)?  S-corp? 501(c)(4)?   So many letters and numbers but what do they mean and how do you know which is the best fit for your idea?  Nada Zohdy will discuss her organization's unique hybrid formation that has both for profit and nonprofit aspects.

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meet the facilitators

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EMANI DAVIS

(Create HER)

The Omowale Project

Emani Davis, founder of The Omowale Project, is uniquely positioned to imagine and create this work. The daughter of Attica Brother Jomo Omowale, Emani was raised in community with some of the most prominent figures of the civil rights, racial justice, and criminal justice reform movements. Her own professional background includes a singular combination of work that has equipped her for this ambitious and necessary project.  For decades, rooted in her mission to secure liberation for black and brown bodied people, she has served directly impacted people, and ran sole proprietor businesses supporting BIPOC-led nonprofit organizations. Throughout her career, Emani has observed splintering and pain within the social justice movement. 

 

Emani has been privileged to work with and know some of the biggest change-makers of our time. In addition to working with activists and leaders, Ms. Davis has extensive experience working with and learning from healing practitioners, particularly those from Native and Indigenous backgrounds, whose modalities include massage therapy, crystal work, reiki, acupressure, and Ayurvedic medicine. Ms. Davis is certified in massage therapy and cognitive therapeutic models, and is continuing her education in her death doula and somatic experience practice. This project is an opportunity to share the knowledge and wisdom she has gained with others who have not previously been offered this investment. The Omowale Project is the inevitable culmination not only of Jomo’s work and of Emani’s personal and professional experiences, but of her deep connection to her community, past and present: for BIPOC leaders, work such as this is an expression of humanity and profound longing for the actualization of a vision 400 years in the making.

 

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KEESHA GIBSON

Owner/Principal Consultant

Gibson Consulting & Solutions, LLC

Gibson Consulting  & Solutions was founded in 2005, by Keesha Gibson. With more than 25 years of nonprofit industry experience and a Masters degree in Organizational Management from Northeastern University. She has raised and managed millions of dollars in funds for organizations across the country.

Ms. Gibson and her growing team of consulting professionals work to broaden the horizons of entrepreneurs and businesses by providing "out of the box" ideas and strategic services to encourage business owners to remain steadfast in their visions of success. Gibson Consulting provides contracted business development services through a comprehensive and integrated approach that is well grounded in principles of organizational development and change. Business start-up, fund development, communications, the design of programs to reach advancement goals are among many of the services it provides to its clients. They are dedicated to providing its high-quality ethical service and committed to essential causes and the impact of diversity.

 

CJI recently appointed Gibson Consulting & Solutions to spearhead the development of the Capacity Building Program. Having worked directly with CJI since 2017, the company is excited to be a part of CJI's growth strategy. As a partner, they look forward to continuing to work with CJI and its grantees to help them leverage and increase support through their customized services for nonprofits.

Contact Keesha