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 walk you through the mindset of a relational fundraising process, including procedures for accepting, acknowledging and stewarding donors, from the first donation through to mature donor relationships. It will help you master the different requirements and expectations of various gift vehicles, show you how to budget the costs involved and manage the expenses, reinforce the importance of recognition and accountability, and teach you how to trouble-shoot potential problems.
This class will explore the basic inputs required to develop and evaluate financial projections for your organization. Understanding how and when resources are available to your organization will not only enable you to guide policy and programmatic decisions, but also assist you in strategically planning your organization’s growth and sustainability.
This class aims to explore what your nonprofit board’s role must be, what your board’s goals could be, and what it means for board members to be effective, both collectively and individually. Whether you are a long-serving, aspiring, new, or simply curious board member, this course will give you a contextual view of nonprofit boards, governance, and a fresh look through an equity lens at the balance of power between boards, executive leadership, and the people and communities they impact.
In this class, you’ll learn about different communication styles and how you can communicate and work more effectively with others, including those who have different approaches to communication, are from a different generation, or are resistant to change/new ideas. We’ll also provide a framework for how to engage in difficult conversations to address challenges and pursue opportunities to improve your outcomes.
Your fundraising approach needs to be integrated across different channels such as direct mail, email, digital, social media, web, and telephone. This class will show you how to build effective messages and deliver integrated fundraising campaigns that are memorable, cost-effective, and worthy of attracting new donors and retaining existing supporters.
This class will show you how to build a plan that will drive strategic thinking across your organization, helping your plan to stand up to unexpected changes both inside and outside your organization. We’ll explore techniques for assessing your environment, gaining clarity on changing community needs, and developing strategies that can be adapted to meet new opportunities or challenges over time.
Regardless of your role, this class will help you to understand how to build a fundraising program that generates support for the mission while aligning with your organization’s values. Participants will learn about the giving trends that are influencing approaches to raising money, explore the varied motivations of today’s donors, and understand how to convey their organization’s impact in ways that inspire donors to give. This class covers the fundamentals that everyone involved with nonprofits should know in order to position an organization for fundraising success.
Without understanding how nonprofit finance works, you cannot assess your business practices, evaluate your decisions, nor be informed by their results. This class will give you a broad understanding of business finance and equip you with simple, practical tools so you know where to look and can understand what the data is telling you about your organization.
Planned Giving is the area of fundraising most often not implemented because organizations and staff do not feel equipped to address the complexity of the topic. The reality is - it's much simpler than you might realize. This class will provide a solid foundation in the primary instruments you will use and prepare you to present them to donors. We will practice how to talk to donors about planned gifts, and how to identify prospects. By the end of the class you will be confident to make your first calls.
Effectively evaluating organizational programming is critical to improve your work, deepen equity and share your impact. This class will cover the value of intentional program evaluation, methods for collecting, analyzing and using data, and offer a step-by-step model for evaluation design. At the end of this class, you will leave with tools, approaches, techniques and ideas that you and your team can implement to learn how effective your programs are and to share those results with clients, stakeholders, and donors.