"From introductions to foundation representatives at a 'Meet the Funders' panel, to ways to amplify the message on our mission at a branding class, The Nonprofit Center opens the door to a range of resources. The professional development opportunities provide practical, timely, and, in some cases, eye-opening expert guidance on ways to deepen donor relationships. I always come away from the classes with a well-defined to-do list that refines our fundraising efforts. To state the obvious: we are in a highly competitive environment for dollars/donors. Essentially every nonprofit is in the business of improving the community; each using different means to achieve this same end. The Nonprofit Center hands us the tools to best leverage what is unique to our work." -Ellen Saint Clair, Director of Development, Children's Village
Many nonprofits are unsure about the role of a business plan, how it differs from a strategic plan and why both are needed for a resilient, sustainable organization. Business planning is the essential pathway to organizational decision-making. No organization should ever consider additions or substantial changes to programs and activities without first creating a business plan that aligns organizational strategy with human, financial, marketing and other necessary resources.
Whether it’s interacting with a donor, a regulator, a co-worker, a supervisor or a supervisee, the most successful people are the best communicators. This class will challenge you to recognize your communication style and how you give and receive messages, as you focus on specific ways to improve your communications skills.
We created this class in response to overwhelming demand for a “deeper dive” into what the numbers are saying. This class will continue the process of understanding, analyzing, interpreting and communicating information contained in audited financial reports.
While I bristle whenever I hear people say you have to talk in soundbites if you want people to listen, or we have to repeat things seven times before it sinks in to people’s brains, sometimes it is… Read more
When I first saw the headline—93% of those employed at nonprofits are engaged in their work (and this was touted as being three times the national average)—I wasn’t surprised. Nevertheless, I … Read more
Executive directors routinely ask me how to know when it is time to leave. I wish board members asked me that same question: how do they know when it is time for the executive director to leave? I… Read more