Welcome to The Nonprofit CenterThe Nonprofit Center at La Salle University is in the business of nonprofits. Our name is our mission; it's what we do. With nearly 40 years of experience at the forefront of helping organizations in the Greater Philadelphia region and beyond to strengthen themselves, their boards and their staffs, we recognize that all nonprofits must be able to implement and maintain strong and ethical business practices in order to thrive in today's competitive and complex world. We work in partnership with:
- Nonprofit Executive Directors, Staff and Volunteers
- Nonprofit Boards of Directors
- Businesses that Value CSR and the Role Nonprofits Play in our Community
The Nonprofit Center has compiled a collection of resources designed to help stimulate your conversations about racial equity. While this information is a start, it by no means is a quick answer or meant to simplify the entire breadth of the movement to increase equity. This is meant to raise awareness and begin the process toward deciding what next steps we can all take.
This class will explore the history of philanthropy in the US, how it has developed up to the current day, current fundraising practices and trends in the philanthropic marketplace, and whether the practices of philanthropy and fundraising have evolved with society.
Fundamentals of Successful Fundraising offers learners an engaging look at fundraising in today’s changing landscape. The course explores the key building blocks of a fundraising program, such as trends in philanthropy, donor motivations, your organization’s position in the fundraising marketplace, the role of the board, and developing fundraising plans. Participants will learn how to position their organizations for success with both individual donors and institutional funders like private foundations and corporations. By the end of the class, participants will understand how to manage and/or support their organization’s fundraising success.
This class is for current and future leaders who aspire to be the leader their organization deserves: one who motivates, inspires, earns trust, and gets results. It will take you through a series of reflective exercises to help you understand yourself as a leader. It will provide a tour of different approaches to leadership to help you identify the tools you need in your successful leader’s toolbox. Most of all, it will force you to think about what leadership means for you and your organization.
This class is designed to help you acquire the skills that will enable you to understand and interpret your financial story for both internal and external audiences. You will leave this class with a deeper understanding of financial reports, the role they play and the stories they tell. You will understand how to read and interpret financial statements to inform strategic decision-making, appropriately separate financial duties and responsibilities to protect against fraud and misuse, and allocate expenses more accurately in order to truly reflect your programmatic needs and narrative.
This class will enable participants to understand the fundamental principles of marketing and its various components, and how to apply them. It will help you to be proficient in auditing current communication efforts, develop a marketing plan and put principles that best meet the needs of your organization into practice.
This class will help you think through your overall development strategy across various revenue streams, showing you how to develop a realistic budget and calculate cost projections, how to secure organizational buy-in, set expectations, and measure success. You will also learn how to integrate friend-raising and fundraising events as a component of your development strategy.
This class provides a comprehensive overview of strategic planning techniques, focusing on how to adapt “traditional” strategic planning for today’s uncertain environment using tools like adaptive planning, scenario planning, and strategic frameworks. You will learn how to bring strategic thinking to your organization every day, not just when you’re “strategic planning,” helping your plan to stand up to unexpected changes both inside and outside your organization.
This class will take a holistic look at the role and responsibilities of nonprofit board members, identifying not only the individual but also the collective role that boards have with nonprofits. Participants will learn key elements/responsibilities of the board such as their role in culture development, defining governance, board/executive director/staff balance of power and collaborations, modern and reasonable expectations/obligations, and connecting with community centered work.
This class covers the major workplace laws and the legal principles that govern the employment relationship. It will explore the importance of good policies and procedures in creating an effective working environment and provide an introduction to some of the most common and challenging HR responsibilities: the performance management cycle; development and management of compensation strategies; and effective guidelines for hiring the right people.
This class will walk you through the progressive steps of the grant process, including proposal planning, researching grant opportunities, writing and submitting your grant, and building strong relationships with your funders. Participants will learn how to determine which grant opportunities best match their organization’s programs, so they can focus their energy on preparing clear and compelling proposals that are most likely to succeed.