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2018 Fundraising Workshop

Bandon Cares Spring April 2018 Workshop
Fundraising for Sustainability and Impact

“Why rob banks? Because that’s where the money is.” Okay, we don’t recommend Willie Sutton’s way, but we do recommend strategic and creative thinking about how you raise funds to support the important work you do in the community and to achieve sustainability!

Registration Closed.

Together we’ll explore key questions such as: How do we find the right funding mix for our organization? How do we plan for sustainability and resilience? How do we go beyond grants and tap into other stable funding sources? In this participatory learning exchange, we will put theory into practice to support your mission success.

Participants will:

Understand core elements of fund development planning and what drives fundraising success
Explore stable funding sources, with an emphasis on building a strong individual donor base and fostering efficient giving
Gain and contribute ideas for fundraising strategies that work
Generate connections and identify support and resources among your peers
Feel more energized about fundraising for your mission

When: Friday, April 13, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

To Register:

The workshop is offered FREE and includes drinks and snacks
Click here to register or email
Please register by April 11 (to ensure we have enough food, drink, and materials)

Your Facilitation Team:

George Letchworth, Ph.D., McKenzie River Communities Fundraiser Extraordinaire
Amy Carlson, Organizational Development Consultant
Harv Schubothe, Executive Director, Greater Bandon Association

2018 January Networking Dinner
When:    January 30 – Tuesday    Dinner at 5:00 p.m. 
Where:   The Barn

The Program

Nearly 50 Participants
(see list of attendees below)

  • Enjoyed a meal catered by Edgewaters
  • Took the opportunity to introduce their nonprofit organization and “shamelessly promote” coming events
  • Mingled and networked with fellow nonprofit staff, volunteers and board members.
  • Enjoyed the keynote address “An Introduction to Fundraising for Rural Sustainability” presented by Harv Schubothe.
  • Shared their 2018 upcoming events on an activity calendar (see attached list of events in pdf format below)

Participants and Associated Nonprofit Organizations

Last Name First Name Organization
Binnewies Bill Nat’l. Asso. of Active & Retired Federal Employees (NARFE)
Clarke Leslie BandonPrepares
Corbin Sue BARK
Ecke Sandra South Coast Hospice, Coos Bay
Franks Patrick T.H.E. House (Board member)
Girard Dakotah Bandon Community Youth Center
Grahek Darcy Go Native Nursery-Bandon High School
Green Barbara ARK Project
Haan Kevin Bandon HS
Haggerty Maureen CyberLynx
Harris Allison OSU Extension
Hay Cindy Bandon Playhouse
Hay Paul Bandon Playhouse
Hundhausen Claudine Bandon City Council
Jackson Rick Bandon Aquatic Center
Jarmillo Felix Coast Community Health Center
Johnson Sabrina Bandon Library Friends
Joyce Horty BARK
Kelly Doreen South Coast Hospice
Kimball Sara Bandon Community Preschool
King Ann Bandon Aquatic Center
Larcom-Johnston Cathy Bandon Library Friends & Foundation-Staff Picks Project
Miles Joey Bandon Community Radio/KBOG 97.9 FM
Miles Kelly Bandon Community Radio/KBOG 97.9 FM
Mitchell Caroline Bandon Aquatic Center
Noyes Leigh CyberLynx
Potts Metzker Carolyn Pacific Cove Humane Society
Proehl James Bandon’s History Museum
Russell Bill CyberLynx
Ryan Susan Good Earth Community Garden
Schoeppner Chelsea Coos County Search and Rescue
Schubothe Harv Greater Bandon Association
Seeley Jim Wild Rivers Coastal Alliance
Seeley Rae Wild Rivers Coastal Alliance
Shafer Jennifer Coos Bay Area Habitat for Humanity
Simonds Marie Wild Rivers Coastal Alliance
Stenberg Bill Shoreline Education for Awareness, Bandon Community Youth Center
Stokes Charissa Bandon Community Youth Center
Straus Roger SCHF
Tarrant Liz CASA of Coos County
Taylor Bart Bandon Aquatic Center
Thomason Dennis Rotary Club of Bandon-by-the-Sea
Torres Melinda ARK Project
Ward Mary Communty Systems
Wells Elissa OSU Extension
Wright Lennae Coast Community Health Center

Click link below for pdf document:


2017 March Networking Dinner

BandonCares March 2017 Networking Dinner Meeting

All non-profit organizations serving the Bandon Area were invited to the semi-annual BandonCares networking dinner meeting on Tuesday night, March 7 at the Bandon Community Center starting at 5:30.

Nearly 40 participants heard about what their fellow non-profit organizations in Bandon were up to. They shared some of their activities and events with the group. And they learned from the keynote speaker on “Rural Volunteerism: Engaging & Retaining Valuable Volunteers.”

Non-profit organizations from throughout the area were invited to send two representatives to the spring networking event.

Click here to view Volunteer Engagement Slides accompanying the keynote speaker’s presentation. Vanessa Becker’s presentation, “Rural Volunteerism: Engaging & Retaining Valuable Volunteers,” explored the care and nurturing of volunteers and introduced basic best practices to take back to your organization.

2016 May Networking Dinner

May 31 Networking Dinner

BandonCares’ 2016 SPRING EVENT
* May 31, 2016
* Dinner at 5:00 p.m. and program at 5:30
* At The Barn
* Over 30 people attended

The Program:
* Enjoy a meal from Brewed Awakenings
* Get updated on the Volunteer of the Month program sponsored by GBA (Greater Bandon Association)
* Take the opportunity to introduce yourself, your organization and “shamelessly promote” coming events
* Mingle and network with your fellow nonprofit staff, volunteers and board members.
* KEYNOTE PRESENTATION: Introducing the Chamber’s new Bandon Community Calendar
* Learn how to get your community events posted on the calendar
* Get a demonstration of the new calendar’s user-friendly features
* Hear about the Chamber’s promotional program to make the calendar the “go to” place for finding out what’s happening in Bandon.

2015 July Training

Social Media Workshop – July 2015

Social Media 101/201
July 16, 2015

BandonCares sponsored Social Media 101: Content Creation and Community Connection, presented by Alexa Carey of Rural Development Initiatives. This free workshop was held on Thursday, July 16, 2015, at the Bandon Community Center (The Barn).  21 people from various Bandon nonprofit and business organizations participated.

ABOUT THE WORKSHOP: Social media is an invaluable tool when used effectively – most of us dabble in it with our personal lives but struggle to take that next step and engage on an organizational or business level. These online mediums can help successfully promote special events, highlight local businesses, engage community members, as well as connect users and families. This presentation will add social media tools to your marketing and outreach toolkit, including best practices and content creation strategies for Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, and more.

Click here to see the slides

2015 April Dinner

BANDONCARES Spring 2015 Survey

At the BandonCares Spring 2015 Networking Dinner on April 15, 2015, we asked each participant to fill out a survey to help the BandonCares Steering Committee better understand the desires of the community and how BandonCares can better serve it.

There were two primary questions, each with a list of items to be ranked from “Most Important” to “Not Important or N/A.”   The highest possible weighted average score is 3.

  • The first question was to rank a list of 11 activities that BandonCares might engage in to serve the community.
  • The second was to rank a list of 18 topics for speakers, workshops or training sessions. The results for these questions are displayed below.


And here are comments recorded in response to some open-ended discussion questions.


  • Education, keeping volunteers excited and keeping networking alive.
  • I like knowing what others in the community are doing. Connecting with funders & organizations is essential. It helps me to “brag” about Bandon and recruit employees.
  • Activities like this one when we can be in contact with each other and with organizations that can contribute to our work.
  • Wonderful to actually meet people face to face instead of phone calls and email; Fabulous that BandonCares offers direction to some in need or to develop community enrichment.
  • Participating in Bandon Cares provides an opportunity for collaboration – strengthens community bonds.
  • Training opportunities; good food, good company and getting some visibility within the community
  • Networking with others to support each others efforts. Learning from each other.
  • Our program, like many in this room, has to have funding to make the program work for children
  • Knowing who is out there to work with and/or get help from.
  • BandonCares helps us (as a funder) to learn what good projects are out there, especially local projects. And helps put a face to a name.
  • It’s great to hear about what nonprofits we actually have here.


  • Share costs between nonprofits promoting events for use in insert into utilities bill.
  • How to evaluate and talk about impact.
  • I think that a database with contacts for nonprofits in the area and a calendar. There might be something already that I’m not aware of.
  • Get a grant for Coffee Break ads for nonprofits.
  • Community calendar.
  • Local Workshop – on fund development
  • I’d like BandonCares to sponsor a detail training program by Alexa Carey on using Facebook and creating FB pages.
  • Calendar of events
  • A calendar; leverage group for discounts for coffee break ads; do a mailer for those who don’t have computers
  • We want to have our own website but need skills. Need training on evaluations.  We need more evening opportunities for webinars or education.
  • Email/communications with others, especially calendar planning.
  • We need local workshops – in Coos Bay, Coquille, N Bend. The need for basic computer skills is great.
  • Show measurable results (Seeley), Alexa Carey’s 75 minute Facebook presentation
  • Getting the word out about events.
  • If they could share wisdom with others – branch out!


  • Demonstrate to nonprofits and general community the difference we have made. Survey results.  How do we talk about and measure impact?
  • Ability to access Alexa’s power points on line for printing if wanted.
  • Congratulations – great event
  • I am very new to this. I’ve been on the pool board just a few months, and really don’t know much about working with other nonprofits. What we have in common is we all need money.
  • Here to network with those doing good work in the community so that we have a closer connection to those requesting funds.
  • Thank you for your efforts!
  • Nice job with this get together!
  • Want to know more about how to demonstrate by evaluation that BandonCares is effective – how can we measure the impact?
  • This is a chance to give back to the community – it’s been a fantastic place to live.
  • I became involved in Good Neighbors through my church and it just reinforces my christian values in serving my fellow man.
  • Thank you! you have a wonderful community!
  • Thank you so much for putting this on. Great experience and great food.  Looking forward to collaborating in the future with the organizations yere. You all rock!
  • What is crowd funding?
  • I appreciate what this organization does but I’m not very good at coordinating or organizing. I’ll do what I can. Thank you.

2014 May Dinner

Spring Dinner 2014

SPRING 2014 – May 20

Join BandonCares for dinner and presentations from funding organizations.  Meet representatives from:

Coquille Tribal Community Fund
The Ford Family Foundation
Oregon Community Foundation
Wild Rivers Coast Alliance

They’ll each share their respective organization’s mission, funding policies and grant cycles. We’ll leave plenty of time for small groups to interact with each speaker.  For your convenience, we’ve provided links to each organization. Click on each organization name above to go to their website.

Just fill in the information on the registration form and click the SUBMIT button.

May 20, 2014 BandonCares Dinner Event is “Bringing Funders to You”. The dinner will be held at the Bandon Community Center. Doors open at 5:00. A dinner buffet will be provided. The meeting begins at 5:30 and will include a short presentation from each of our guest funders and then an opportunity to meet with them in small groups and learn more.

Generally, we ask that organizations send no more than two representatives to BandonCares events. Contact Leslie if you’d like to send more. (541.347.7701)

Need help with this form? Contact us at

Thank you for registering. We need to have an accurate count of attendees to order sufficient food and provide enough seating.

2013 October Webinar Series

2013-4 NAO Grants Webinar

SUCCESSFUL GRANTS STEWARDSHIP – A series of webinars from Nonprofit Association of Oregon.

In partnership with NAO (Nonprofit Association of Oregon), BandonCares hosted 8 Webinars in a series titled “Successful Grants Stewardship” from October 11, 2013 through May 9, 2014.

Each 2-hour Webinar was held at the Bandon Community Center or Bandon Library’s Sprague Community Room. Check the calendar for location information.  A nominal fee of $50 per organization was assessed to defray the costs of NAO’s fee, room rental and snacks. For that amount, up to three (perhaps more if space permits) organizational officers, board members or volunteers can attend all or some of the sessions. If your organization did this on its own, the cost would be at least $300.

Registration is required.

Each webinar date and title is listed below.

Oct 11, 2013 Mission-Centered Grantsmanship: From Good Ideas to Great Grant Funded Programs

Nov 8, 2013 Grants Readiness: The Culture and Practices of Successful Grantseeking Organizations

Dec 13, 2013 Partnership Pays: Building a Collaborative Grant Proposal

Jan 10, 2014 The Essential Grant Proposal Blueprint: The Framework for Your Business Plan

Feb 14, 2014 Making a Compelling Case: Crafting a Can’t-Miss Issue Statement

Mar 14, 2014 The Essential Evaluation Toolkit: Defining & Measuring Success

Apr 11, 2014 Budget Building 101 for Grant Professionals

May 9, 2014 Making Friends with Funders: Research & Relationships


PRESS RELEASE – September 23, 2013 Bandon Cares to Present Successful Grants Stewardship Bandon Cares will be presenting an 8-session course Successful Grants Stewardship. This course is from the Nonprofit Association of Oregon ( The sessions will be held at the Barn and Sprague Room of the Bandon Library on the second Friday of each month starting October 11, 2013 at The Barn. The sessions run from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. The sessions are being offered for a $50 fee per nonprofit for the entire course. A nonprofit organization in Bandon may send up to three (3) participants for the $50 fee. A participant may attend one session for no fee. Preregistration is requested for each session. Preregistered participants will be given priority over walk-ins if classes fill. The funding for this presentation is from a grant to Bandon Cares from The Norman F. Sprague, Jr. Foundation. For further information and to register go to and click on the “Grants Webinar Registration”


2013 May Training

May 18 2013 Online Communications

BandonCares and the Ford Family Foundation sponsored a day-long seminar featuring tools for online communications.


Seminar on Saturday, MAY 18, 2013

FREE to BandonCares nonprofits and Greater Bandon Association participants.

This is a day-long, hands-on training on a variety of free online tools your organization can use to communicate and collaborate more effectively and efficiently. If you can type, navigate the Internet and do a little word processing, you can do this! The tools are free and easy to use.  Let’s get all of Bandon “connected.”

Ford Institute for Community Building is sponsoring this training seminar. It’s a pilot for training other rural communities in this online communications and collaborations.  We’ll have a certified Google Apps trainer.

Bring your wireless laptop. We’ll have 6 loaners you can share.

Registration for the May 18 technology training seminar “Online Communications:  Building Community Through Technology.”  is required by by May 5.

Have questions about the content of the training and about who should attend?  Read our FAQ’s about the training.

Check out our RESOURCE PAGE.  Find links to more information about Google Apps and  the Google Apps Community. You will also find an agenda for the May 18 training, instructions for setting up a Gmail/Google account, directions to the event and links for the training resources.

May 18 2013 FAQ


What is the course content?
Two certified Google Apps trainers will be providing hands-on training on using several Google Apps modules. Topics include:

Google Tools Overview
Getting a Google Account
Google Groups
Google Docs
Google Slides
Google Calendar
…and at least 1.5 hours of hands-on play time to try out things that interest you.

Who in my organization should attend?
The person(s) responsible for communicating with members of your organization and the public using email, electronic calendars, websites, electronic documents, etc. would be a good choice. Who do you rely on to keep the electronic membership list up-to-date? Who does most of the word processing and spreadsheet preparation? Who just loves taking on a challenge and learning new stuff? Whose excitement is contagious so he or she will excite others to try a new way of using technology? That’s your gal or guy!

If you’ve never used email or word processing, then this seminar may be a little advanced for you.  The ability to use a keyboard, a mouse, and general computer navigation is assumed. CyberLynx offers beginning classes and you should attend those first.

Eventually, most active members will learn parts of Google Apps. For instance, do you write grant requests? The team that does that should all learn Google Docs and collaborate online to write and edit the document together.

What is Google Apps?
Google Apps is several software applications that reside in “the Cloud” (see below for an explanation of “the cloud” and “cloud computing.”) Google provides the applications as well as the servers (computers) that store your information. You only need a medium-power computer (laptop, desktop, tablet or smart cell phone) and access to the internet to harness the applications and storage offered by Google.

The applications Google provides for free online are many. Most are familiar with the Google Search. This is only the most known one of dozens. There’s Google Maps, Google Earth, YouTube, Picasa (photo management and storage), Social Media apps (Google+, Blogger, Google Groups, Google Voice) and Home & Office Apps (Docs, Sheets, Slides, Forms, Sites, Gmail, Calendar, Translate). Click here to see the list Google provides with a short explanation of each.

What is “cloud computing”?
“The cloud” is the collection of servers (i.e. huge computers with lots of storage and processing power) connected to the Internet. Instead of storing your information on your relatively isolated individual computer, you hire or select a provider and put it on their server where, with permissions, you and those you authorize, can view and use it. Some providers (like Google) also provide applications like word processing, spreadsheets, etc. that you can also use. So, you don’t need to buy and install office and other applications software on your individual computer(s).

Think about the electricity grid. You don’t generate your own; you tap into the service and, basically, use the generating, storage and transmission capability of a variety of producers. In “cloud computing” you tap into technology services and use a connection to the internet to tap into the applications and storage capacity of providers.

Is Google Apps stable and reliable?
“According to an announcement at the Google I/O conference in June 2012, Gmail now has 425 million users and 5 million businesses use Google Apps,” says the Wikipedia for Google Apps. There have only been a couple of reports regarding breached security; fewer than those reported by our banking systems and the defense department!

Where am I going to get help and follow up? After one day of training, how can I realistically start using this for my organization?
There will be local help. CyberLynx, your local computer training nonprofit, has committed to be available to help you. The Ford Institute for Community Building has also committed funds for second-level help from the network of certified Google Apps trainers – of which there are many. Did you know that several Oregon school districts are Google Apps organizations and their technical staff and many teachers have become experts in its use.

You will get the email and phone contact information for your local support people. They are dedicated volunteers who will make every effort to help you or find the help you need.

Why should we do this? Now we use a phone tree and send things out by email. Our membership is in a rolodex file. It works just fine.
Okay. But this free suite of communication and productivity tools can expand your current reach and capability. And, pretty soon you’re going to want to recruit young people to become involved in your organization. They just don’t work that way. Time to explore what’s out there that will make your organization more visible and appealing to those under 30! It can’t hurt to take a look and see what small steps you can take to bring your organization’s communication practices into the 21st century.

2013 April Luncheon

2013 April Luncheon

BandonCares presented easy and free technology nonprofits can use.

2012 April Event

April 2012 – BandonCares hosted an event for Bandon Chamber of Commerce members.

BandonCares wished to recognize and show appreciation for the wonderful support, both financial and volunteer involvement, of Bandon businesses.

2011 Winter Dinner

October 2011 BandonCares Networking Dinner

2010 October Dinner

October 2010 Networking Dinner

BandonCares held its fall networking event on October 26, 2010.

2008 November Event

BandonCares first event was a showcase of the nonprofits serving Bandon.

With 46 organizations represented and over 100 people in attendance, we agreed that the November 15, 2008 BandonCares event was a successful project that met the goals of involving the majority of nonprofits, promoting collaboration and providing an opportunity for volunteer recruitment.

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