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A Powerful Partnership: Staff and Volunteers Working Together!

Friday, May 1, 2009
10:00 am - 3:00 pm

The Latin School of Chicago
59 W. North Blvd.
Chicago, IL 60610

Registration for this workshop is now closed. If you have any questions, please call the ISACS office at 312-255-1244.

Volunteers are the lifeblood of every independent school but all too often this precious resource can feel scarcer than hen's teeth. How can schools capitalize on the skills and talents of their volunteer pool? What approaches work well with volunteers these days? Are there pitfalls to avoid? This workshop aims to debunk the prevailing (and often inaccurate) myths about volunteers and offer, instead, a series of practical strategies designed to expand or rejuvenate existing programs.

Topics to be explored include:

  • Myths, assumptions and realities about today’s volunteers
  • Tips for finding, recruiting and managing volunteers
  • Creative ways to acknowledge and steward volunteers
  • Cultivating strong volunteer leaders
  • Resources to help you develop, expand or improve your school’s volunteer programs

Resource Exchange:

Here’s your opportunity to “show, tell, and show off.” Share copies of your handbook, newsletter, sign-up sheets....whatever you have in your bag of tricks that you’ve used effectively in support of your volunteer programs. Come away with fresh ideas from colleagues in other ISACS schools.

Starr Snead is the founder and principal of Advancement Connections, a firm dedicated to serving advancement professionals and volunteers in schools throughout the United States and around the globe. Based in Charleston, South Carolina, Advancement Connections provides fundraising, constituency relations (alumni/ae, parents and others), marketing, strategic planning and communications services exclusively to PS-12 schools. Prior to Advancement Connections, Starr was the executive director of the Advancement Program Council (APC), a national non-profit member association in Washington, DC.

Starr has worked in independent schools since 1972 as a teacher, administrator and more recently as advancement director for Greenhill School in Dallas, Texas; Heritage Hall in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; and Ashley Hall in Charleston, South Carolina. From 1982–1997 Starr directed Starr Snead & Associates, an international consulting firm in New Haven, Connecticut. In this role she provided strategic planning, board development, and fundraising counsel to schools and nonprofit organizations.

The Latin School of Chicago
59 W. North Boulevard
Chicago, IL 60610

Click here for directions and parking information for the Latin School of Chicago.

Hotel Reservations
Attendees must make their own hotel reservations. ISACS has secured special discounted room rates at The Seneca Hotel.

The Seneca Hotel
200 East Chestnut
Chicago, IL 60614

Call 1-800-800-6261 for the ISACS rate of $109 per night plus tax for a queen and $129 per night for two queen beds for the night of April 30th. A limited number of rooms are also available at the same rates for the evening of Friday May 1st. Please make your reservations by the cutoff date, April 9, 2009. Please use the group code "ISACS Volunteers" when making reservations. Click here for directions and parking information for The Seneca Hotel.

Registration Fee
  • $150 Member Fee
  • $200 Non Member Fee
  • 10% discount for schools sending teams of two or more
  • Workshop includes lunch

Cancellation Policy
Cancellations must be received in writing to ISACS by emailing 10 business days prior to the event to receive a 50% refund. Cancellations received within 10 days of the event will not receive a refund. Registration may be transferred to another member from the same school. ISACS reserves the right to cancel the workshop for insufficient enrollment. In this case, participants will be notified and given a full refund.

Questions? Please call 312-255-1244.

Member Cost: $150     Non-member Cost: $200


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