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Fund-Raising Workshops in Napa

 Why not go to Napa later this month to attend one, two or all three fund-raising workshops presented by Maryn Boess of GrantsUSA? Bob Orser, Executive Director of the Napa Valley Coalition of Nonprofit Agencies, the sponsor of the workshops, calls Maryn “the best fund-raising trainer I know.”


For more information about these three workshops and how to register, go to or call the Coalition at (707) 252-6301.



Raising Money with a Fundraising Houseparty

with Morrie Warshawski

Wednesday, July 11th


John F. Kennedy University

100 Ellinwood Way

Pleasant Hill

Room S104

Fee: $50.00~ Includes a copy of Morrie's book: The Fundraising Houseparty.

Click here to register

This highly participatory workshop gives a complete deconstruction of the Fundraising Houseparty - a very powerful and flexible way to raise donations from individuals for projects and programs both large and small.  Topics covered include:

  • What projects are appropriate for houseparties;
  • Finding and preparing the Host;
  • Who to invite;
  • Timeline for and design of invitations;
  • Program sequence for the formal presentation;
  • What type of program clip to show;
  • How to make the "ask" and who should do it;
  • Follow-up activities. 

Participants are encouraged to bring in samples of their own houseparty invitations and pledge cards (actual or proposed).  For an audio clip about houseparties from Warshawski's appearance on Marketplace Radio, just go to his website:


Proposal Budgeting Basics

Presented by The Foundation Center

Friday, July 13th

10:30am - 12:00pm

Eden Area Multi-Service Center

24100 Amador Street.

Hayward, Ca 94544


Register here with the Foundation Center



Basics of Grantseeking

with Leyna Bernstein

Wednesday, July 18th

12:00pm – 1:30pm

The CBO Center~Oakland Office

359 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza


Feel free to bring a brown bag lunch

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We are offering the Foundation Center 's introductory course on how to apply for foundation funding. If your nonprofit is new, or you are new to fundraising, this workshop will give you an overview of the grantseeking process, including how to research and identify potential funders.






Introduction to

Corporate Giving

Presented by The Foundation Center

Wednesday, September 12th

12:00pm - 1:30pm

Oakland (exact location TBA)


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More soon to come.


What Does Success Look Like?

A Program Design Workshop for Development and Program Staff

with Eleanor Smith

Tuesday, September 25th

9:00am-11:00 am

The CBO Center-Oakland Office

359 Frank Ogawa Plaza.

Fee:$65.00 ( includes light breakfast)

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Who should attend? This workshop is best suited for executive directors, development directors and program directors who have written at least three full program/project grant proposals.

This workshop will help you "see the forest for the trees." Because funders and donors want to know precisely how their dollars will make a difference before they invest in your program or project, when reviewing requests they pay close attention to how well your stated outcomes match your stated goals. This workshop will help you understand program design as long-range planning. Bring your idea for a new program or project or your knowledge of an existing program/project for the in-class exercise in which we'll practice creating a "strategic program plan".

 Eleanor Smith, a former journalist, economic development planner, and grantmaker, Eleanor A. Smith has been an independent consultant to non-profits since 1997.  Before launching into strategic planning and fundraising, Eleanor consulted with the William & Flora Hewlett Foundation for 5 years: she designed grantmaking initiatives, reviewed grant proposals, and oversaw a multi-site evaluation. Now, Eleanor enjoys helping grantseeking clients develop coherent program designs and create highly competitive proposals. Her work has enabled clients to land grants of more than $100,000 from such demanding funders as The California Endowment and the Ford, California Wellness, and Packard foundations. Her clients include Children's Hospital & Research Center Oakland, Shanti, LeaderSpring, Alliant International University , and the YMCA of the East Bay .


Producing a Successful Fundraising Event

Presenter TBA

Wednesday, September 19th

9:30am - 12:30pm

Delta 2000

301 West 10th Street Ste.2
Antioch, CA 94509

Fee: $45.00

Click here to register

More soon to come.






Is Earned Income Right for Your Nonprofit?

Presenter -TBA

Wednesday, November 14th

9:30am- 12:00pm

Delta 2000

301 West 10th Street Ste.2
Antioch, CA 94509


Click here to register

More soon to come.


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The CBO Center is proud to partner with the following organizations to bring high quality training to the East Bay:

  • California Association of Nonprofits
  • CompassPoint Nonprofit Services
  • Craigslist Foundation
  • Development Executives Roundtable
  • Foundation Center San Francisco
  • The Grantsmanship Center
  • Northern California Community Loan Fund


Cancellation & Refund Policy

Once registered, you must notify The CBO Center at least two (2) full working days prior to the workshop to effectively cancel your registration. If you cancel at least two (2) working days prior to the workshop, you will receive a voucher which may be applied to future workshops. Vouchers are valid for twelve (12) months from the date they are issued, and may be used by anyone in your organization. Late-cancellations and no-shows will be charged the full amount of the workshop and no voucher will be issued.

We reserve the right to cancel any workshop; registrants will receive a full refund or credit for any workshop cancelled by The CBO Center.