VSG's Professional Education and Training
The Professional Education and Training Institute,
provides the ultimate learning community through our professional
conferences. Our hands-on approach, will challenge, broaden and
deepen your knowledge of the art of grant writing and emerging
trends necessary to thrive whether you are a fledgling not-for-profit or
seasoned organization. After attending our conferences you will be
equipped with the ability to integrate the information you have
learned into everyday successes. REGISTER NOW TO GUARANTEE YOUR SEAT!!!
GRANT WRITING & FUNDING CONFERENCE
(Saturday, February 25th 2017)
Come learn the art of successfully writing federal and
private foundation grants from federal grant reviewers & trainers.!!!
Would you like to meet actual funders from the Chicagoland area?
Then you must attend our grant writing and funding conference!!!
Limited seating, apply today!!! 0NLY $199.00!!!
E. Dennis Morrison II, M.S.
CEO OF VIRTUAL SOLUTIONS GROUP INCORPORATED
E. Dennis Morrison II has 25+ years of management experience. He is a former managing partner of the
Acumen Group LLC. a management and I.T. consulting firm. Dennis has managed companies in multiple
industries including social service, medical, and telecommunications. He is the
Co-founder of the Family Centered Educational Agency Inc. a Non-profit that currently serves
over 600 families in Chicago and the south suburbs, providing educational support,
mentoring, and counseling services through over $5 million in federal TRIO grants.
Dennis has served as a national trainer, funded by the U.S. Department of Education,
where he trained over 200 colleges and universities across the country in grants management,
technology, and capacity building. He has written, successully recieved, and managed millions
in federal grant dollars while providing consulting services to many national
organizations such as, J.P. Morgan Chase Foundation, The John S. & James L. Knight Foundation,
Gary Community Health Foundation, Easter Seals, Catholic Charities, The National Parent
Teachers Association (NPTA), The National Association of Drug Court Professionals,
Diversified Fuel Group (An ExxonMobil Company), as well as local clients like Eastern Illinois University,
Columbia University-Chicago, Chicago Public Schools (CPS), the city of Chicago Department of
Human Services, and C.E.D.A. to name a few.
Harry Piotrowski, M.S.
CEO OF ITMESA
Z. Harry Piotrowski, is an expert researcher and Psychometrician with over 25 years' experience in data analysis
and research design. Has severed as an independent evaluator on numerous federal, state and private grants for
nonprofit organizations and educational institutions. His research experience includes the development of
rigorous evaluation designs under the auspice of the Center for Disease Control, Office on Women's Health,
Office of Adolescent Health, Office of Minority Health, Family and Youth Service Bureau, Illinois Department
of Human Services and many more. He is a published researcher with manuscripts featured in the Journal of
Adolescent Health, American Journal of Public Health, Journal of Family Practice, Pediatrics and a host of others.
Harry has presented data at national conferences including the American Public Health Association, U.S. Department
of Health and Human Services Teen Pregnancy Prevention Conference, and the Center for Disease Control STD conference.
Harry has extensive education experience and publication history in the areas of public health and clinical research,
psychosocial and behavioral research; and, evaluation, including recent position of Independent Evaluator for
Community-Based Abstinence Education (CBAE) and Healthy Marriage Demonstration Initiative, Teen Pregnancy Prevention,
Juvenile Delinquency and Violence Prevention, HIV/AIDS Prevention, and Abstinence Education (A-H). His experience in
directing large scale community-based evaluations and in directing community-based health education grants and health
institution physician education grants provides a sound background to direct evaluation and research.
Gina Curry, M.S.
COORDINATOR OF ARCC. AT NORTHWESTERN UNIVERSITY
Gina Curry is a 15 year community health advocate, research specialist and activist. She is the Community-Campus
Coordinator for Northwestern University's Alliance for Research in Chicagoland Communities (ARCC), as well as the
Community Research Specialist for the Master of Public Health Program at Chicago State University. In both roles
she serves as the "face" of community engaged research, attending a myriad of community events, serving as speaker,
panelist, and lecturer on topics involving Community Based Participatory Research/Community Engaged Research and
most recently, Clinical Trials Education. Gina leverages the vast number of relationships she develops to assist
in building authentic community-academic partnerships across Chicagoland for research projects, community health
programs and advocacy efforts with local government. Gina is also the Founder of Healthy Washington Heights
Coalition, a non-profit organization on Chicago's far south side that provides free health awareness and
promotion services via a team of 12 Community Health Workers. The Community Health Worker group is comprised of
previously at-risk community members (employment and housing insecure) and recent parolees. The Community Health
Workers spearhead free community walking clubs, community gardens, and screening and prevention activities for
chronic diseases such as diabetes, cancer, stroke and sudden cardiac arrest, as well as awareness efforts around
urban environmental pollution. Gina also serves as President of Curry Community Consulting, which provides
Chicagoland academic research universities with technical assistance on grants for community engaged research
and partnership development.
MARTA BAILEY HOPKINS, M.A.
FORMER DIRECTOR OF DEVELOPMENT AT COMMUNITY COUNSELING CENTERS OF CHICAGO (C4)
Marta Bailey Hopkins has held a variety of fundraising/development positions since her entry into the profession
in 1987. Her most recent position was Director of Development at Community Counseling Centers of Chicago (C4),
a non-profit behavioral healthcare organization that serves the mentally ill, where she served for seventeen years.
Prior to her work at C4, she served as Regional Director for Just Say No International, where she managed a federal
capacity grant. Prior to Just Say No, she was the Director of Development (as well as simultaneously serving as
Acting Executive Director for 6 months) for CYCLE, (Community Youth Creative Learning Experience) serving the
Cabrini-Green Community. Her entry into the Development profession was at Northeastern Illinois University where
she was employed for 8 years, as both Assistant and Associate Directors. Over the years her areas of expertise
include, but are not limited to; individual, corporate and foundation giving, grant writing, special event planning,
proposal development, project management, budget planning, communications, marketing and public relations.
In 2015, Marta retired as a fundraising professional and now enjoys her life as a Yoga Instructor, Health Minister
and Raw Food Chef.
Sherida V. Morrison, M.A.
FOUNDER AND CEO OF "DEMOISELLE 2 FEMME, NFP"
Sherida Morrison is the Founder and CEO of Demoiselle 2 Femme, NFP. Demoiselle 2 Femme (D2F), "Young Ladies
to Women" is a nonprofit organization with a rich history of providing community-based programs to girls on
the far south side of Chicago as well as the south suburbs. The mission of D2F is to provide holistic services,
education, instruction and training to assist adolescent females in a successful transition to womanhood. In
fulfilling its mission, D2F has provided prevention and education programs to thousands of girls ages 13-19
in the Chicagoland community for 22 years, assisted over 600 girls to become first-generation college graduates
and awarded over $52,250 in academic scholarships. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications and a
Master of Arts degree in Sociology with an emphasis in Youth Services. Her successful involvement in community
organizing and risk prevention services to youth is evident in her task force and advisory board appointments,
coalition building activities, and consulting contracts with state and federal agencies as well as universities.
Under her leadership, Demoiselle 2 Femme has received and successfully managed over 10 million dollars in state,
county and federal grants awarded through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (OMH, FYSB, OWH, AFL),
Office of the Assistant Secretary, Cook County, the Illinois Department of Human Services, and the Illinois State
Board of Education to implement programs addressing teen pregnancy prevention, HIV/AIDS awareness and prevention,
violence and juvenile delinquency prevention, college access, obesity prevention, research partnership building,
community capacity building and STEM. In addition, D2F has also successfully managed over $750,000 in private
grants from foundations, corporations and universities.
(DOWNTOWN) 125 S. CLARK
(SOUTH SIDE) 10924 S. Halsted, Suite 7
Chicago, IL 60603 / Chicago, IL 60643
PHONE: 1(800) 215-1306
- AS AN ATTENDEE YOU WILL..
- BE TAUGHT BY FEDERAL GRANT READERS, FEDERAL TRAINERS, GRANT EVALUATORS, AND FUNDERS.
- PARTICIPATE IN A (FREE) LUNCHEON PANEL DISCUSSION WITH FUNDERS FROM THE CHICAGOLAND AREA.
- NETWORK WITH TRAINERS WHO HAVE SUCCESSFULLY WRITTEN, RECIEVED, AND MANAGED MILLIONS OF FEDERAL GRANT DOLLARS.
- BE INFORMED ABOUT UPCOMING FEDERAL GRANT & FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES......
- LEARN THE ART OF FEDERAL & FOUNDATIONAL GRANT WRITING.
- HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO COLLABORATE WITH OTHER ATTENDEES WITH SIMILAR AND COMPLIMENTORY INTERESTS.
SATURDAY FEBRUARY 25TH, 2017
- 8:00am.-8:30am REGISTRATION (LUNCH INCLUDED IN REGISTRATION)
- 8:30am.-10:30am THE NUTS & BOLTS OF FEDERAL & STATE PROPOSAL WRITING (OVERVIEW)
- 10:35am.-11:30am. EVALUATION
- 11:30am.-12:15pm. AUDITS AND COMPLIANCE
- 12:15pm.-1:15pm. A CONVERSATION WITH FOUNDATIONS (WORKING LUNCH WITH A PANEL OF FOUNDATIONS)
- 1:30pm.-2:45pm. CORPORATE & PRIVATE FOUNDATIONS
- 2:45pm.-3:30pm. COMMUNITY ENGAGED RESEARCH FUNDING
- 3:30pm.-4:00pm. COMMUNITY COLLABORATIVE CONVERSATIONS
- 4:00pm.-4:15pm. "GRANT LIBRARY" Upcoming Federal and Foundation Grant Opportunities......
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