Cabarrus County Nonprofit Workshop

The Cabarrus County Nonprofit Workshop is facilitated each August by Cooperative Christian Ministry to empower and strengthen our nonprofit community. This free workshop is an opportunity for nonprofit executives, staff, board members and volunteers to engage in professional development opportunities that will strengthen their impact in our community.
This year’s workshop is on Thursday, August 24th, 2023.
Registration for 2023 has closed.  To be added to the Nonprofit Workshop mailing list, email

CCM wishes to thank our partners for helping make this event possible!


Our 2023 Speakers and Topics Include

Page Castrodale
Executive Director, Cabarrus Economic Development

Lunch and Keynote Speaker

Keynote – Preparing for Partnership: How nonprofits can benefit from recent economic development wins.

Page Castrodale, Executive Director, Cabarrus Economic Development

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Jennifer Ray
Technology Advisor – APARRO
Tech Essentials
This is a workshop designed to provide nonprofit participants with a broad understanding of essential concepts and tools.  In this workshop, participants will:
  • gain knowledge on the basics technology components
  • be introduced to the basics of technology infrastructure, cloud collaboration, and technology planning and policies
  • explore essential concepts in cybersecurity, including different types of cybersecurity threats, such as malware and phishing and how to protect themselves against these threats
  • gain knowledge on essential tools and resources for nonprofit organizations

Following this, participants will be given live instructions and support on completing a short Technology Maturity Model Assessment, which will generate a color-coded graphic denoting the organization’s current state of technology.

Participants will come away with a foundational understanding of essential technology concepts and tools necessary to navigate the modern digital landscape with confidence.

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Wilmenia Gripper
Founder of 1,2,3 JUMP
Streamlining Your Nonprofit Content Creation Process with AI

Join us as we explore how artificial intelligence (AI) can help streamline the content creation process for your nonprofit.  In this session, we will dive into ChatGPT, a cutting-edge AI chatbot that can help generate engaging content ideas and streamline your content creation workflow and more!

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Autumn Keck
Principal – Scribe, LLC
Get Your Organization Grant-Ready!

This presentation will guide participants through a grant-readiness assessment for their organization.  We will review vital financial documents, staff and board involvement, target populations, budgets and so much more.  Participants will leave with a deep understanding that winning grant funds is much more than grant writing, and gain strategies to become grant ready.

We will also do an overview of a logic model to help organizations understand their theory of change and how to communicate it to funders.  Participants will have the opportunity to get started on their logic model, ask questions, and receive feedback.

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Witnie A Martinez
Founder | President | CEO –
Absolute Impact Consulting
Development Operations

Securing donations and having processes in place to manage those donor relationships are critical to the success of your organization. This workshop teaches participants how to manage the various components of a development department. Participants will learn best practices for maintaining their donor database, what it takes to build an effective donor communications plan, and how to ensure alignment across key departments that intersect with development.

Donor Stewardship: Keeping Your Current Donors Invested

Retention of donors is a dilemma faced by an overwhelming percentage of nonprofits. This workshop will cover how to build a stewardship plan, executing that plan and how to turn donors into your biggest advocates. Participants will leave with specific steps to help build a culture of philanthropy across their organization.

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Mike Dames
Director, HOPE Worldwide Charlotte
Bridges Out of Poverty Workshop

Join us for an eye-opening experience that will change the way you think about poverty and economic class. Our Bridges Out of Poverty workshop is designed to help you understand the challenges faced by those living in poverty and how you can help build sustainable communities where everyone can thrive. You’ll leave with a new perspective and the tools you need to make a difference in your community.

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Ashyln Christensen
Mental Health America of Central Carolinas – Charlotte NC
Mental Health – Self-Care and Self-Love

MHA’s Self-Care and Self-Love presentation takes a deep dive into 5 self-Care aspects: Physical, Intellectual, Emotional, Spiritual, and Social.  The presentation discusses examples and activities for each aspect.  A take-home activity is also included, inspiring participants to ignite their creativity and self-love.  You will learn tips for self-care whether you have 60 seconds or an hour!

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Rebekah Bagley
Mental Health America of Central Carolinas – Charlotte NC
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