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Grassroots NLC Workgroup

The mission of the Grassroots workgroup is to continuously assess and assist effectiveness of our chapters and councils and to develop tools and resources for improvement.  The workgroup helps develop new chapter models to meet TU needs.  

In 2017, the workgroup created a capcity building initiative based around the “capacity” critical focus area. Their work is summarized here in this capacity reel.

In 2015, the workgroup implemented significant revisions to the Chapter Effectiveness Index (CEI) and the workgroup intends to develop a Council Effectiveness Guide. Both of these tools are designed to help chapters and councils improve effectiveness to engage, retain and develop their grassroots membership. The challenge is to make the tools relevant, easy to use and provide our leaders with concise and accurate data that will allow them to better serve the diverse needs of the grassroots.

Going forward the workgroup will be looking to provide additional tools that will build organizational capacity.


Committee Members
Chair: Joe Miller, Arizona
Mac Cunningham, Colorado
Kerri Russell, Arkansas   
Jeff Witten, Missouri
Tom Anacker, Montana
Brian Wagner, Pennsylvania
Phil Dopson, Texas
Jim Broderick, Wyoming
Don Haynes, Mid-Atlantic
Mark Dillow, Texas

TU Staff Contacts: Beverly Smith, Jeff Yates


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Online Trainings:
View recordings of past webinars online at Online webinars are held at 8 p.m. EST unless otherwise noted.

  • April 1 – Annual Financial Report & IRS Training (8PM)
  • April 3 – TU Social Hour: Volunteer Community Conversation with Chris Wood (5PM)
  • April 6 – Leaders Roundtable: Communications Tools & Tips (12PM)
  • April 7 – Connecting with Members During COVID-19 (8PM)
  • April 9 – Using TU’s New Online Fundraising Tools (8PM)
  • April 14 – Leaders Roundtable: Membership Engagement (2PM)
  • April 21 – Organizing a Leader Recruitment Committee (8PM)
  • April 22 – Leaders Roundtable: Leadership Development (4PM)
  • April 30 – Leaders Roundtable: Fundraising Tools & Tips (8PM)
  • May 5 – Generating & Prospecting Leadership Leads (8PM)
  • May 7 – Keeping Conservation Going this Summer (8PM)
  • May 19 – Innovations Driven by COVID – Tactics & Technology (8PM)
  • June 4 – Planning for the Fall: What Activities Work Best (8PM)


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