Mar
3
Fri
Artist Reception at Parrish & Grove
Mar 3 @ 5:00 pm

Artist Jonathan Steele has made custom wood-fired plant pots for the botanical curiosities of Parrish & Grove. Come learn more about Jonathan’s nature-based technique and see his beautiful creations. Support local artists and local business!

Mar
10
Fri
The Fig Tree Benefit Lunch
Mar 10 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

“Beyond the News: Creating Community” is the theme with speakers Mable Dunbar, director of the Women’s Healing and Empowerment Network; Scott Cooper, director of Parish Social Ministries with Catholic Charities of Spokane; Anne Salisbury, a long-time Fig Tree volunteer in Coeur d’Alene, and Pat Millen OSF, former director of St. Joseph Family Center and a Fig Tree Board member. Buffet lunch at 11:45 a.m., program 12-1 p.m.

Mar
15
Wed
The Fig Tree Benefit Breakfast
Mar 15 @ 7:30 am – 8:30 am

“Beyond the News: Creating Community” is the theme with speakers Dia Maurer, who has associated with The Fig Tree over the years in leadership roles with Partnering 4 Progress, Transitions and Habitat for Humanity; Rusty Nelson, retired director of the Peace and Justice Action League of Spokane; Dean Lynch, the president of the new Spokane County Human Rights Task Force, and Freda Gandy, executive director of the Martin Luther King Jr. Family Outreach Center. Buffet breakfast at 7:15 a.m., program 7:30-8:30 a.m.

Mar
29
Wed
Spark the Fire Grantwriting Seminar
Mar 29 @ 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Spark the Fire Grantwriting Seminar @ East Central Community College | Spokane | Washington | United States

Learn the core skills for writing grants in just one day. Find out what other organizations are raving about and learn how to write exemplary grants. Spark the Fire Essential Grantwriting Seminars are the highly-rated, day-long seminars in which you will learn all the essentials of grantwriting to set you on the right track and help you steer clear of common grant proposal pitfalls. The seminar is perfect for those who are new to the field and for experienced fundraisers looking for a professional development tune-up. Refresh and update skills while sharpening your competitive edge. Individual artists receive special addendum to the handbook.

Register at: www.sparkthefiregrantwriting.com

Learn the following skills:
• prospect research
• building annual grants calendars
• community needs assessments
• proposal writing & storytelling
• outcomes & evaluation
• budget & attachments
• submitting grants online and on paper
• relationship building
• grants management

Cost for the seminar is $115. Class runs from 10am to 3pm with a break for lunch. Participants will receive an information-packed handbook and diskette with digital templates. Register by Wednesday, March 15th and receive the early bird discounted price of $95.

Instructor: Allison Shirk has more than twenty years experience writing grants and ten years experience as a freelance grantwriter. She has taught over fifty grantwriting classes to hundreds of non-profit professionals in the last four years. Before becoming an instructor and freelance grantwriter, she was Lead Grants Manager for Catholic Community Services of Western Washington. She is a Site Reviewer for 4Culture and a Guest Columnist for the Foundation Center – New York’s blog. Allison is listed as a consultant with the prestigious Statewide Nonprofit Resource Directory hosted by 501 Commons.

May
18
Thu
Spokane Edible Tree Project’s 2017 Volunteer Kick-Off Party!
May 18 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Spokane Edible Tree Project is kicking off the 2017 gleaning season with a volunteer party on the rooftop of the Saranac. Last year, we harvested over 42,000 pounds of produce to donate to those in need, and this year we hope to harvest even more! Come learn about volunteer opportunities and celebrate the start of the 2017 gleaning season with live music, food and beverages!

6-8pm, free, all ages welcome.

Elevator access is available from the ground floor of the Saranac. The rooftop is on the second floor.

Food will be provided by Azteca Downtown Spokane and beverages will be provided by Black Label Brewing Company!

Sep
22
Fri
Appetite for Conservation 2017
Sep 22 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Appetite for Conservation 2017 @ The McGinnity Room | Spokane | Washington | United States

Fundraiser with dinner and an auction and fun games in support of land conservation and clean water.

Oct
18
Wed
Spark the Fire Essential Grantwriting
Oct 18 @ 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
Spark the Fire Essential Grantwriting @ Spokane Falls Community College | Spokane | Washington | United States

Learn the core skills for writing grants. It starts with learning where to find grants and understanding the application process. Then we’ll walk step by step through writing every section of the proposal. We’ll end with how to submit the application and build long-term, meaningful relationships with grantmakers.

Cost of the class is $95 when you register at least two weeks prior to the class. After that, it is $115. Registration includes coffee / tea bar, comprehensive handbook, and a great collection of digital templates.

Register at www.sparkthefiregrantwriting.com

Join me to learn about the art of grantwriting. Each class is hands-on and interactive so you can learn alongside your peers. These classes are perfect for those who are new to the field as well as for experienced fundraisers looking for a professional development tune-up.

SPOKANE
Wednesday, October 18th
Spokane Falls Community College
3410 W FT George Wright Dr
Spokane, WA 99224
Early Bird – Wednesday, October 4th

QUOTES FROM PAST PARTICIPANTS
“Allison has a comprehensive and engaging approach to grantwriting that leaves the attendees motivated and inspired for their next grant.”
“Open, honest, and sincere information shared. It’s clear that Allison has a history, passion, and dedication for grantwriting.”
“Very interesting! I was engaged and it made me excited to go and write my next grant.”
“Allison was able to answer each question with practical knowledge and great suggestions.”
“I appreciated how organized it was, corresponding to the grant writing process and tracked in the handbook.”
“Love the handbooks. It’s so nice to have all my notes and materials in one place.”
“I feel like I’ve learned the fundamentals of grantwriting. This was a great beginner course. Thank you!”

EVALUATION RESULTS
Results are in! Participants from the Essential Grantwriting Class in Seattle on 9/13 reported gave their feedback on anonymous evaluations.
• 100% rated the overall quality as excellent/good.
• 100% rated the trainer’s knowledge as excellent/good.
• 100% rated the written materials as excellent/good.
• 100% rated the answers to questions as excellent/good.
• 100% would very likely/likely recommend this training.

INSTRUCTOR
Allison has more than twenty years’ experience writing grants and over ten years’ experience as a freelance grantwriter. She has taught over fifty grantwriting classes to hundreds of non-profit professionals in the last four years. Allison has secured millions of dollars in grants from foundations, corporations, and government sources for the community. Allison is an Approved Specialist in the Statewide Nonprofit Resource Directory.

Spark the Fire Essential Grantwriting Class
Oct 18 @ 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
Spark the Fire Essential Grantwriting Class @ Spokane Falls Community College | Spokane | Washington | United States

Learn the core skills for writing grants. It starts with learning where to find grants and understanding the application process. Then we’ll walk step by step through writing every section of the proposal. We’ll end with how to submit the application and build long-term, meaningful relationships with grantmakers.

Cost of the class is $95 when you register at least two weeks prior to the class. After that, it is $115. Registration includes coffee / tea bar, comprehensive handbook, and a great collection of digital templates.

Register at www.sparkthefiregrantwriting.com

Join me to learn about the art of grantwriting. Each class is hands-on and interactive so you can learn alongside your peers. These classes are perfect for those who are new to the field as well as for experienced fundraisers looking for a professional development tune-up.

BAINBRIDGE ISLAND
Tuesday, September 26th
Bainbridge Public Library
1270 Madison Ave N
Bainbridge Island, WA 98110
Early Bird – Tuesday, Sept. 12th

OLYMPIA
Wednesday, October 11th
The Olympia Center
222 Columbia St NW
Olympia, WA 98501
Early Bird Deadline- Wednesday, September 27th

QUOTES FROM PAST PARTICIPANTS
“Allison has a comprehensive and engaging approach to grantwriting that leaves the attendees motivated and inspired for their next grant.”
“Open, honest, and sincere information shared. It’s clear that Allison has a history, passion, and dedication for grantwriting.”
“Very interesting! I was engaged and it made me excited to go and write my next grant.”
“Allison was able to answer each question with practical knowledge and great suggestions.”
“I appreciated how organized it was, corresponding to the grant writing process and tracked in the handbook.”
“Love the handbooks. It’s so nice to have all my notes and materials in one place.”
“I feel like I’ve learned the fundamentals of grantwriting. This was a great beginner course. Thank you!”

EVALUATION RESULTS
Results are in! Participants from the Essential Grantwriting Class in Seattle on 9/13 reported gave their feedback on anonymous evaluations.
• 100% rated the overall quality as excellent/good.
• 100% rated the trainer’s knowledge as excellent/good.
• 100% rated the written materials as excellent/good.
• 100% rated the answers to questions as excellent/good.
• 100% would very likely/likely recommend this training.

INSTRUCTOR
Allison has more than twenty years’ experience writing grants and over ten years’ experience as a freelance grantwriter. She has taught over fifty grantwriting classes to hundreds of non-profit professionals in the last four years. Allison has secured millions of dollars in grants from foundations, corporations, and government sources for the community. Allison is an Approved Specialist in the Statewide Nonprofit Resource Directory.

Oct
20
Fri
HarvestFest ’17
Oct 20 @ 5:30 pm

HarvestFest ’17 is a benefit dinner for The Grove Community. This event will feature a locally grown and locally donated 3 course meal. Included with the dinner will be: local guest speakers, live music, a silent auction, and a dessert auction. All proceeds go to the Grove Community who is working to create a vibrant and healthy community especially in the area of West Central Spokane. The Grove Community has been involved in a major project to provide over 40 new affordable housing units in the West Central area. The Grove also dreams of creating a worker-owned cooperative grocery store in the same area. Tickets range from around $20/person to $225/table of 8. Tickets will be available here once we get a finalized assessment of our provisions.

HarvestFest ’17
Oct 20 @ 5:30 pm

HarvestFest ’17 is a benefit dinner for support of the Grove Community that seeks local, sustainable, and alternative economic strategies for a healthier community. This dinner will feature a 3 course meal (with a vegetarian option) that is locally grown food provided by local food growers in and around the Spokane area. The event also features live music, guest speakers, a silent auction, and a dessert auction.