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Timely, Topical Workshops

Lending Strategy: Leveraging Peer Networking in Nonprofit Lending

Tuesday, Feb. 7 beginning at 4:30 p.m.
This afternoon session will be a facilitated conversation guiding peer networking among nonprofit lenders to discuss and answer questions at critical decision points in developing a lending strategy. Based on participant interest, topics could include staffing/organizational structure, market analysis, product mix, and outreach to target markets.
Presenter: Patty Skarlinsky, NeighborWorks America

Using Your Charity Navigator Rating to Boost Fundraising

Tuesday, Feb. 7 beginning at 4:30 p.m.
Charity Navigator is the world's largest and most utilized independent nonprofit evaluator. Through our ratings, nonprofits are equipped with the nonprofit sector's premier trust indicator and a powerful platform to raise awareness and funds. With close to 15 million distinct visitors a year, it is an ideal vehicle for a nonprofit to gain exposure. It is likely that all NeighborWorks member organizations are currently rated in at least in some Encompass beacons and may be eligible for rating under Impact and Results. Charity Navigator will provide you with tools and tips on the benefits of a strong Charity Navigator rating on individual fundraising, and on ways to improve and then leverage their ratings for your fundraising campaigns. This session is targeted at smaller nonprofits aiming to expand their individual donor fundraising efforts.
Presenter: Laura Andes, Charity Navigator

Bank of America $15B Community Homeownership Commitment and the Connect to Own® Fee-for-Service Homebuyer Education Program

Tuesday, Feb. 7 beginning at 4:30 p.m.
Please join Bank of America to understand the components of their $15B Community Homeownership Commitment program and learn about their low down payment options, proprietary grant programs and the vast resources developed to help housing counselors find solutions to assist clients in overcoming the barriers to homeownership. Recent enhancements are designed to make homeownership a reality for modest income and underserved borrowers and communities.
Presenters: Maria Serravalle, Bank of America & Kathy Cummings, Bank of America

Never Comfortable: A Focus on Professional Personal Soft Skills for Counselors

Tuesday, Feb. 7 beginning at 4:30 p.m.
You won’t want to miss this interactive session that focuses on soft skills development for counselors who are looking to improve in the areas of communication, listening and how to work more efficiently when it comes to delivering counseling across all modalities (in person/face-to-face, online/virtually, over the phone, etc.) Come with your questions!
Presenter: Shane Darrisaw

Help! Our Homebuyer Education Program Needs a Makeover

Thursday, Feb. 9 beginning at 4:30 p.m.
Do your homeownership classes meet the needs of your community today? Are market conditions impacting your customer pipeline? Let's talk about how to adapt traditional homeownership education to the new marketplace! In this session, Lori and Ann will focus on market trends, ever-changing technology, marketing strategies and ways to adapt our programs so they stay current, vital, and robust. By the end of this session, you'll have ideas on how to address gaps and navigate necessary transitions, plus have some fun along the way. Together, Lori and Ann have over 50 years of community development and housing counseling experience, so join us for a solutions-based discussion on how to give your homeownership program a makeover (or just a little refresh).
Presenters: Lori Hall, L.L. Hall Consulting & Ann DiPetta, ADR Consulting

NeighborWorks Full-Cycle Homeownership Certification (Network ONLY)

Thursday, Feb. 9 beginning at 4:30 p.m.
Executive directors of NeighborWorks organizations, working closely with National Homeownership Programs & Lending, requested an update to the national certification process that helps define their homeownership services as unique in their communities and help maintain high-quality standards for the NeighborWorks Homeownership approach. For several years National Homeownership Programs & Lending engaged with the Homeownership Steering Committee, Homeownership Managers Advisory Committee, Field and OAD to inform these updates. This new certification replaces the previous full-cycle lending approach and is intended to better reflect the changing needs of the network and create added value for network organizations and the services they provide. In this workshop, NeighborWorks staff will provide a detailed overview of the new NeighborWorks Full-Cycle Homeownership certification – the re-branding effort, policy changes, timelines for compliance and resources to support the transition. Staff will be on hand to provide guidance and answer any questions.

Symposium Solutions Lounge

Thursday, Feb. 9 beginning at 4:30 p.m.
Symposium registrants are invited to join us as we dive deeper on local solutions for housing stability.