Nonprofit Newsletter January 2017



 Nonprofit Newsletter January 2017

In the spirit of bringing the business and nonprofit communities together, the Camarillo Chamber’s Nonprofit Committee and Ventura County Nonprofit Leadership Council co-convened a luncheon highlighting three business/nonprofit partnerships in a panel discussion, “Best Practices in Nonprofit and Corporate Partnerships.” More details on the participants and their innovative relationships are highlighted in the newsletter.

In brief, here are some of the takeaways from the discussion. 

It’s about relationships. This is certainly true in all business endeavors, but in nonprofit and business partnerships, it’s more important than ever. When two entities come together for mutual benefit, they start with a strong relationship. These for profit and nonprofit partners also network together. This brings positive attention to both. 

Employee involvement. By volunteering together, employees increase morale and can develop a special bond. This also fosters employee engagement and satisfaction. As they say, givers gain. Nonprofits also utilize the skills of the business to develop content, videos, leverage social media and more.

How will both entities benefit? Whether it’s a mention in a program, opportunity to speak at an event or put swag in a goodie bag, the benefits and expectations are clear between the parties. 
Small businesses may need to think outside the box when entering into relationships with nonprofits. Where are your passions as a business owner? What skills do you have to bring to the nonprofit community? 

Businesses are giving back and engaging the larger community through relationships with nonprofits to serve their mission. The Chamber is delighted to play a role in these partnerships.

- Gloria
Gloria Miele, Ph.D.

Gloria Miele, Ph.D.
Training, Coaching and Professional Development

Best Practices for Nonprofit and Corporate Partnerships 

In November, the Camarillo Chamber and the Center for Nonprofit Leadership collaborated to co-convene a program highlighting partnerships between the businesses and nonprofits in Ventura County. Here are the highlights of those collaborations.

Community Conscience and Montecito Bank and Trust. 
- Robin Britt, Executive Director and Sal Sandoval, VP/Business Client Services Advisor

Community Conscience (CC) and Montecito Bank and Trust (MBT) have successfully partnered for many years. Community Conscience provides rent free office space in Thousand Oaks for human service non-profits to work together in one location. The money they save in rent, $250,000.00 per year, can then be used for their programs directly helping clients primarily in the Conejo Valley and Ventura County. MBT provides banking services, sponsors the Mardi Gras Ball, displays information about CC in their lobby, and sends talented employees to volunteer for a rewarding experience that benefits both.

When MBT has an extra seat at an event they are sponsoring, they invite a Community Conscience representative to fill the seat. This allows CS to network at events that they would otherwise be unable to attend.

Thanks to MBT’s support, CC has been able to continue their mission, as well as achieve successful financial growth, exceptional customer service, and have their valuable assets well managed.  

The Cancer Support Community and Premier America Credit Union.
- Karen Eckhardt, Consultant & former VP of Communications & Development and Donna L. McNeely, Senior Vice President

For twenty-five years, the Cancer Support Community Valley/Ventura/Santa Barbara (CSCVVSB), a not-for-profit organization, has provided psychological program support to community members diagnosed with cancer and their families. Services include weekly support groups, stress management programs, educational workshops, and social activities. All programs and services are provided free-of charge to over 3000 people annually. 

Recently, Premier America Credit Union was the top sponsor for CSVVSB’s annual Cancer Survivor’s Day Butterfly Release, their Casino Night, and will be a major sponsor for their 2016 Holiday Homes Tour. Perhaps most significantly, Premier America dedicated resources to create, edit and produce videos that highlight the great work CSVVSB is doing in the cancer community. PACU took footage at all events, filmed participant stories and interviewed doctors affiliated with the cancer community. The result? CSCVVSB now has a new orientation video, a donor video and a professional commercial to expand our outreach.

In return, CSVVSB participates in corporate health fairs and has a Speakers Bureau to provide speakers to employees touched by cancer about the variety of free resources open to them, their families and their friends. It has been proven that employees who enhance their medical treatment with psycho-social support return to the workforce faster, healthier… and happier.

American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life and Simon Properties’ Camarillo Premium Outlets.
- Eric Knight, Community Manager and Nichole Paliungas, Asst. Director of Marketing & Business Development

Relay for Life (Relay) has a new home this year at the Camarillo Premium Outlets (The Outlets). This partnership affords a high level of exposure for Relay and gives The Outlets a unique opportunity to be more directly engaged in the Camarillo community. The Outlets are providing the venue and engaging retailers as volunteers for this event. The two organizations began collaborating during the busy holiday season. The Outlets hosted Relay for a series of gift wrapping fundraising events, which benefited both organizations and shoppers. An RFL volunteer arranged for local schools to participate in holiday performances at The Outlets. 
This brand new partnership provides an exciting new locale for RFL. The event will be a one-day festival atmosphere to engage the Camarillo community as well as shoppers who come to The Outlets as a destination. This provides RFL with a new approach and the outlets with an opportunity for greater community involvement. 

Gloria Miele, Ph.D. helps bring out the best in leaders and their teams with coaching, training and staff development programs designed to create positive, strengths-based work cultures. She also provides nonprofit education through the Camarillo Chamber, where she is a board member, and is on the faculty of the Center for Nonprofit Leadership at CLU. 

Dena Jenson
Director, Center for 
Nonprofit Leadership
California Lutheran University
The Center for Nonprofit Leadership has a new home at California Lutheran University!

With inspired programming to cultivate leadership in nonprofits and all types of organizations, the Center for Nonprofit Leadership at California Lutheran University strengthens leadership among those who seek to change the world. Programs are practical and led by industry experts who are masters in the fields of executive leadership, marketing and outreach, strategic planning, fundraising, grant writing, and board development, to name just a few practice areas.

Start Your New Year with More  

Learn how to get more funding, more productivity and more leadership through our offerings in January through April. The CNL training schedule is filled with exciting workshops, networking opportunities and day-long seminars for the busy nonprofit leader, board member and volunteer who care deeply about doing good work even better. Highlights include:

  • A four-part seminar series entitled From Final Draft to Funding began on January 26 with Jon O’Brien at the Cal Lutheran Oxnard Center. Here you will put the final touches on a Letter of Inquiry or short proposal and pitch it to actual funders. 
  • A special offering of the David Allen Company’s popular productivity seminar Getting Things Done® on February 6 at the Lundring Event Center at Cal Lutheran. Build greater performance, capacity, and innovation. 
  • The introduction of the Board/CEO Roundtable series for executive directors and their board leadership with sessions in February and April 2017. Facilitated by board governance expert Cynder Sinclair, these sessions will explore board chair leadership and executive director performance reviews.
Our Collaboration with the Camarillo Chamber has already been a great success.  The November luncheon on nonprofit and business partnerships is an excellent example of what we can accomplish when we work together.  Between the Chamber's ongoing monthly lunch and learns and the Center's expanding offerings, Ventura County nonprofits have multiple resources to learn help them continue to learn and grow.

Maximize Your Leadership Benefits as a Member or Sponsor

Get discounted fees and go to four free exclusive member-only luncheon events when you join the CNL for just $150. Become a sponsor of the CNL and your organization will be branded as a leader in the community, promoting good work that serves others and enhances quality of life. 

For more information on programs and faculty, registering, joining and sponsoring, visit 

Christy Coe
Camarillo Chamber

Chamber Benefits for Nonprofit Organizations

Did you know Camarillo Chamber members automatically receive a free membership with the U.S. Chamber once they join?  

As a member of the U.S. Chamber, your nonprofit organization can save up to 26% on select FedEx® shipping, save up to 70% on FedEx Freight® services, and up to 20% on select FedEx Office® business services.

To learn more, and to sign up for your discounts, call 800-345-6227 and mention code L9V7WC. Please have your chamber member ID handy.

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