News Release: 60 Classes for nonprofits in 2017-18

Nonprofit Center Offers 60 Classes for staff and boards of local nonprofits:
Exploring interest in an educational series for faith-based organizations

 (August 7, 2017, Philadelphia, PA) –The Nonprofit Center at La Salle University, which each September launches an academic calendar of about 60 professional development programs for staff and boards of nonprofit organizations, will offer its first exclusively faith-based program to explore the interest of ministers and other church-based officials in improving the efficiency and sustainability of their programs.

“Just like many other nonprofit organizations, houses of worship are struggling with financial sustainability and other issues that threaten their future,” said Laura Otten, Ph.D., director of the Nonprofit Center.  “We will be testing interest with a webinar entitled, “Building a Marketing Plan for your Ministry,” given that marketing is an important, but neglected component of churches and other religious institutions.  If ministries respond, the center will consider developing a certificate program specifically for the needs of this audience, joining its line up of certificates in nonprofit management, fundraising, marketing and communications and a customized curriculum.  The webinar is designed and presented by David Brown, who, in addition to being an assistant professor of instruction in Temple University’s School of Media and Communication and adjunct professor in La Salle University’s MS in nonprofit leadership, is an ordained reverend on the ministry staff of Wharton-Wesley United Methodist Church in West Phila.

This webinar will be one of an increasing number of online learning opportunities for nonprofit boards and staff, in key nonprofit skill sets such as fundraising; management, governance and leadership; finance; human resources; planning and evaluations and marketing and communication, according to Otten.

The 37-year-old Nonprofit Center provides the most comprehensive range of programs designed to strengthen nonprofit organizations to be healthy and self-sustaining, particularly in an increasingly competition environment.   These include full-day classes, non-credit certificate programs, on-site education and a consulting practice.  “The center continues to expand its presence outside the Greater Philadelphia region, working with nationwide institutions such as the National Park Service,” Otten said.  She added that as many nonprofits face ever increasing threats to their continued existence with large funding cuts, greater competition and growing demand for services, the need for their staff and board to maintain a higher skills level and for them to engage in robust strategic planning and other forms of organizational development, become more apparent.

For the second consecutive year, the Center’s 10 most popular classes will also be offered in the Lehigh Valley at Northampton Community College, Bethlehem, to bring high level nonprofit professional development to this region.  Participants may take classes individually, or all 10, to earn a Certificate in Nonprofit Management, which is also offered in Philadelphia.