"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
In addition to learning how to create a budget, this class will include strategies for monitoring actual income and expenses and comparing them to budget so that you’re able to make important management decisions in real time, and be able to project where you will end up, based on good data.
Effective board membership requires more than good intentions and meeting attendance. This impactful board training is the first step in appreciating the objective and true roles and responsibilities that the job of board member requires. Cement good intentions in best practices, including being able to apply standard tools for board assessment and governance and sample essential policies to their organizations.
This course provides an essential framework for understanding the major human resources responsibilities in nonprofits. Because workplace laws guide and control much of what we do with employees, participants will become familiar with the major workplace laws and the legal principles that govern the employment relationship. You will learn about the importance of good policies and procedures in creating an effective working environment.
Every nonprofit needs a good strategic plan to serve as a roadmap for change. This class will teach you how to create a living, constituent-driven strategic plan that is a critical management tool for your board and executive leadership. The class combines lecture, peer exchange and activities in this essential and often daunting subject, to get you started on the path to a good planning process. How-to topics include: gathering stakeholder data, developing a shared vision, prioritizing strategic goals and objectives, integrating your plan into daily operations and evaluation. Bring a copy and we’ll even review your current strategic plan.
Direct mail is alive and well and for the forseeable future will continue to be a powerful workhorse for fundraisers. This class will cover both donor renewal and donor acquisition, as you work to keep current donors engaged and attract new supporters.
Every nonprofit has to deal with a disruptive or otherwise problematic board member, most nonprofits have faced this obstacle. Among the frequently reported offenses are board members who promote their own agendas, who micromanage board and staff, and who fail to fulfill commitments.
Get valuable insights into the five generations in today’s workplace and how multigenerational dynamics are shaping the work environment. By discovering what motivates each generation and identifying techniques for managing this diversity, you’ll learn how to create a calmer and more productive workplace.
To be successful at fundraising you need to know all the building blocks that comprise nonprofit resource development and then be able to craft a diversified strategy for your organization that includes all the areas where you have the greatest potential for success. This program gives you the starting point by introducing the fundamental fundraising concepts, providing a snapshot of tools available to you and what it takes to implement them.
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.
Effective leadership is not something that happens by accident, nor does it have to be inherent. Even if you believe that leadership is not something that can be taught, it most certainly can be developed. It is the successful leader who recognizes the skills he or she needs to focus upon and hones them in support of the specific role as organization leader. This class is for current and future executives who aspire to be the leader their organization deserves.
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