Springboard to Success

Nonprofit leaders can sharpen their decision-making and financial skills through the Community Foundation of Greater Des Moines’ spring BoardLaunch series. Classes cost $30 each and meet April 28, June 2 and June 9 from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Junior Achievement, 6100 Grand Ave. Board members and other nonprofit leaders can sign up for one, two or all three; register here.

• April 28, “It’s Okay to Say No if It’s the Right Question”: Melynda DeCarlo, founder of The Meyvn Group, reveals how to focus your organization’s time and energy when faced with seemingly endless options for partnerships, funding and programming.

• June 2, “Rebalancing the Balance Sheet: Board Strategies to Maximize General Operating Support”: Nancy Burd, president of The Burd Group, offers a framework for understanding nonprofit financing structures, issues and myths.

• June 9, “The Endowment Advantage: Ensuring Your Organization’s Future Sustainability”: Connie Isaacson of Isaacson Consulting explores the benefits of endowments, including when and how to launch a campaign while juggling daily operations. —Kellye Crocker

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