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Our team of experienced facilitators provides a full range of training services to meet your organization’s need. You pick the topic, date, time and location. Available to members and nonmembers! Scroll down to see our established course options.
COST-EFFECTIVE: Our established training curriculum brings high-quality, tried-and-true training to your organization. Check out the course options below! TAILORED TO YOUR NEEDS: We can customize a unique training for your board, staff, or volunteers! We have proven success facilitation on a full range of topics ranging from innovative board member recruitment, to strategic planning, to evaluation strategies, and more.AT YOUR LOCATION: On-site training at your organization or wherever you need it.FOR YOUR GATHERING: Many of our established training programs can be adapted for your convention, annual meeting, or conference. Or, we can create something that meets your unique needs.ON YOUR SCHEDULE: You pick the time and date!
This 3-hour interactive program, which can be conducted at a time and place convenient to your board members, was designed to highlight the most important aspects of governance from both the board and board member prospective. Your board members will benefit from a common understanding of the board's role and an opportunity hear and consider best practices from across the sector. This program has been conducted for hundreds of boards and is appropriate for large and small arts, education and social service nonprofits alike.
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To get the most out of this program, you should schedule for a time that will maximize attendance from both new and seasoned board members. Staff members other than the Executive Director are discouraged from attending as the focus of the program is the board embracing its role. All participants will receive the Board Excellence Handbook.
During this session, we will discuss innovative ways to find fresh prospects with the expertise you need and a desire to serve. We will also review tools for successful board participation; including board job descriptions and board orientation manuals. We will cover new places to find board members, how to encourage board members to take a more active role, and questions of board diversity representing the diversity of your population. Executive directors, board presidents and/or board development committee members would benefit most from attending this session.
In this interactive workshop, we will focus on ways you can increase your willingness and effectiveness in raising the resources your organization needs and promoting its work in the community. We will address the obvious and the not-so-obvious obstacles to board member participation and how to overcome them such as:
This interactive workshop will focus on ways executive directors, staff members, and board leaders can increase their board members’ willingness and effectiveness in raising the resources your organization needs and promoting your work in the community. We will address the obstacles to board member participation and how to overcome them such as:
Creating Fundraising Champions of Each and Every Board Member
Do your board members see themselves as Fundraising Champions for their organization? Does the board know that their responsibility is to develop a plan to raise the money needed for the organization to meet its mission?
This training is designed to help your board understand its role in providing leadership for developing and implementing the organization’s fundraising strategy. It covers fundraising from a board member’s perspective and how the board and staff can work together to meet fundraising goals. The training will include the basics of source funding, donor cultivation as a development tool, and how to create an effective Development Committee.
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This course provides an overview of fundraising fundamentals for those new to fundraising, or leaders who must fit it in with everything else. Topics include building a compelling message about your organization, qualifying donors and creating the right asking environment, and defining roles, expectations, skills, and tools to make fundraising work.
Creating a measurable, reflective 3-5-year strategic plan is a critical function of nonprofit organizations. The strategic plan is a process that connects the mission, vision and values of an organization to focus on priorities, goals and objectives. The board of directors has the legal responsibility to assure that the organization it governs has the resources necessary to implement operations; therefore every 501(c)3 should craft and implement an effective strategic plan.
This workshop delivers a practical, step-by-step approach to strategic planning that covers how to gather and analyze data you need to make informed decisions; who to involve at what steps in the process; and how to construct the necessary components of a strategic plan. Further, this workshop will help participants identify how to integrate the plan at all levels of the organization.
Participants will be able to identify ways in which the strategic plan impacts the following organizational functions:
Leverage your public policy influence by learning to set advocacy goals and objectives, understand the policy-making process and how to influence it, learning the basics of government budgets and fiscal policy, and legal issues for tax-exempt policy advocates.
Understanding and Capturing the Difference Your Organization is Making
Nonprofits provide valuable programs and services in the community and it has a responsibility to assess the impact that your program is having. The first step to determining if you are making a difference is to understand and capture the difference that you are making!
Work first hand with an experienced program development/evaluation consultant to determine the degree to which you are creating change in the community. In this course, participants will learn about the fundamentals of evaluation to broaden their view of organizational success and understand the impact of their mission.
Bring your whole team together to create evaluation strategies that highlight your work.
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Professionals are passionate about their causes and adhering to high ethical standards. Donors want to have confidence that they are giving to organizations that operate with the highest standards of ethics, effectiveness, and accountability. Nonprofits and donors are partners in efforts to provide critical and quality of life enhancing community services.
Nonprofit leaders are invited to hear from Maryland Nonprofits Standards for Excellence Institute Director and national expert, Amy Coates Madsen, as she introduces the best practices for nonprofit management and governance as outlined in Standards for Excellence: An Ethics and Accountability Code for the Nonprofit Sector®.
This course introduces the Standards for Excellence: An Ethics and Accountability Code for the Nonprofit Sector and how to apply them to become a high performing organization. This workshop covers best practices, policies and procedures, and how the board and staff can work together to meet the Standards.
This 2 to 3 hour interactive program was designed to highlight the most important aspects of board governance universal to all nonprofits including small and large, arts, and social services alike. We will discuss roles and responsibilities of individual board members and the board as a whole including legal and social accountability, principles for sound financial management, fundraising, and the role of the board as "employer.” Also addressed will be conflicts of interest, board conduct, board vs. staff role clarification and board development issues. To get the most out of this program, two board members and one senior level staff member are encouraged to participate. Staff members are discouraged from attending without a member of the board. All participants will receive the Board Excellence Handbook.
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