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Nonprofit Partners

Capacity Building Programs

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Gary Kelsey

The Consultants in Service program (CIS), designed by SCVF Board member and nonprofit consultant Gary Kelsey, was established to help small nonprofits (budgets under $500,000) improve efficiency, governance, and community impact by matching professional development needs with volunteer experts.

An incredible Resource! 

Experienced, Passionate, Nonprofit Savvy!

FREE to eligible nonprofits!

     CIS On the Road . ...

In partnership with SCVF's Affiliates

C.I.S. On the Road offers 

professional development

opportunities for nonprofit staff and board!

Three-Part Series on 


Email Angie Pilgrim to register (details follow).  

The St. Croix Valley Foundation, Propel Nonprofits, and Carpenter Nature Center are partnering to host a three-part series on building effective Boards.  Share this information with your staff and board!  

November 8, 2023 - 9:00 am-12:00 pm

Fundamentals of Nonprofit Board Governance

Presenter, Propel Nonprofits

Hosted by Carpenter Nature Center

12805 St. Croix Trail S. Hastings, MN 55033

After attending this workshop, board members will participate in board meetings and other engagements with more confidence. Attendees will learn typical board responsibilities, explore the nuances of board authority and relationships, and discover ways to join a board. Participants will receive Propel’s Nonprofit Board Governance workbook, which includes the Fiduciary Duties of Directors of Charitable Organizations. 

January 17, 2024 - 12:00-1:30 pm

Board Engagement Strategies

Presenter, Propel Nonprofits

Hosted via Zoom

In this virtual training, attendees will explore four practices for healthy board governance: 1) being purposeful in recruiting and on-boarding, 2) sharing board norms and accountability, 3) designing board structures, and 4) identifying board development. Propel will also provide tips to increase board engagement, including an overview of facilitation strategies you can use during your board meetings.

March 6, 2024 - 9:00 - 11:00 am

Engaging the Board in Fundraising

Presenter, Dr. Gary Kelsey

Hosted by Carpenter Nature Center

12805 St. Croix Trail S. Hastings, MN 55033


This session will provide nonprofit staff and board members with an understanding of the societal and human dynamics of money and raising money for a nonprofit organization. The session will explore why the board’s role in fundraising often leads to uncertainty and fear - and the corresponding strategies to overcome that hesitancy and maximize success.

...CIS Nonprofit Matches     ...

Customized one-on-one guidance

from experienced practitioners committed to helping nonprofits tackle pesky challenges limiting impact and outcomes.




Talented Team of Consultants



for CIS by completing this Application.

Please note, the CIS team will carefully consider applications to understand project scope and consultant availability before proceeding with a CIS engagement.  If you have questions, please contact Angie Pilgrim.     


from nonprofit partners  

"Thank you for an excellent Board workshop!
Your knowledge and experience that you shared generously will strengthen our Board’s understanding. Your passion for improving nonprofit Boards for the benefit of our community is inspiring!"


"We were energetically engaged for two hours to help with a new mission and vision and so many new ideas on how to improve our organization. So many people came up to me... to say how much they appreciated being involved and also to express their appreciation for the professional guidance..."

     CIS On the Screen    

Board Development and Governance

featuring Ann Herzog Drewiske

Recording and supporting information

Resources & Advice for Engaging Volunteers

featuring Julie Grecian, JEG Consulting 

Recording and supporting information

Navigating the Maze of Program Development 

featuring Angie Whitaker  

Recording and supporting information


Common Cent$ Fundraising

featuring Cecily Harris   

Recording and supporting slides

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