To remain viable, nonprofit organizations need to articulate their program impact. In this interactive workshop, you will experiment with some highly visual, easy-to-implement tools you can use to communicate more effectively with funders, staff and clients.

Come learn how you can develop a theory of change, or a picture of why and how your program works. You will create a logic model, which is a map of what your program does and how it leads to change in meeting your program goals in the short, mid and longer term.

We will examine several cases and your own programs so you can become more confident in communicating impact, whether you have some experience or are brand new to program evaluation!

About the Presenter

Angela J. Donelson, PhD, AICP has more than 25 years of professional experience assisting nonprofit organizations and local governments with research, planning and implementation of community development strategies and programs. She specializes in outcomes-oriented program evaluation and coaching as well as community development planning and financing strategies.

For the past decade and a half, she has consulted with local and regional nonprofits, foundations and local and state governments. From 1999-2004, she worked as the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) representative to Arizona’s colonias. In this role, she assisted dozens of underprivileged, rural US-Mexico border communities and nonprofit organizations with various capacity building needs. Before that, she worked as a city planner in southern Arizona, New Jersey and Kansas.

She holds a doctorate in economic geography from the University of Arizona. Her dissertation work, which addressed innovative community development approaches to fighting US-Mexico border poverty, was sponsored by a fellowship from the Rural Poverty Research Center and Annie E. Casey Foundation. She has a master’s degree in community and regional planning from Kansas State University, and bachelor’s degrees in journalism and political science from the University of Arizona. She also has received community development training from the JFK School of Government at Harvard University. She is also certified by the American Planning Association as a professional planner (AICP).

Dr. Donelson has published two academically refereed books on US-border community development and academic research that has appeared in book chapters and peer-reviewed journals, addressing housing policy, rural poverty, public health and community development in inter-cultural contexts.