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Course Descriptions

The following course descriptions are for the Nonprofit Leadership Certificate. 

Session dates are listed below each course title.

Overview and Diversifying Fund Development:

Upcoming Course Dates

  • Oct. 21, 2014
  • Feb. 5, 2015

Instructor:  Jennifer Skolaski, Ph.D.

This course will discuss what your organization needs in terms of funding, what you want funding for, and how to gain supportive funding for your programs. The strategies will include diversifying your funding stream by balancing the number of grants one writes, asks of foundation and corporation gifts, as well as how many events your organization puts on. The course will also discuss how to conduct research around fund development, online giving, and how to leverage your funds by partnering with other organizations.

Fund Development Research

Upcoming Dates:

  • Nov. 18, 2014

Instructor: To be announced

This course delves into how one searches for funding opportunities and researching donors in an ethical way. Topics may include: research of foundation and corporation gifts, grant opportunities, top donors in your area, and other data that may identify potential donors in your community.

Special Events and Friend-Raising

Upcoming Dates:

  • Feb. 26, 2015

Instructor: Jennifer Skolaski, Ph.D.

Expect to go over all different kinds of special fundraising and friend-raising events. We’ll discuss the planning of these events, gaining sponsorships, working with committees, and evaluating. We’ll also discuss what to do when you have limited resources, when to build friends, and when to use events to thank your donors and volunteers. 


Upcoming Dates:

  • May 19, 2015

Instructor: To be announced

This session gives anyone the complete run down of grants. From researching grant opportunities, explaining how to apply for grants, going through the process of writing a grant, and then discussing what happens after you get the grant, this workshop will make anyone an expert at the grant process.


Major Donors

Upcoming Dates:

  • Sept. 25, 2014
  • April 30, 2015

Instructor: To be announced

Ever wonder how to gain or work with major donors? This workshop will discuss what a major gift is, how to manage the gift and the donor, as well as discuss planned giving opportunities. Maintaining these donors takes time, so we will also discuss major donor stewardship and what is expected of you and your staff. 


Donor Relations and Stewardship

Upcoming Dates:

  • Oct. 16, 2014
  • May 19, 2015

Instructor: Jennifer Skolaski, Ph.D.

The workshop will discuss building donor relationships, working with donors and the process from asking to thanking your donors.  


Nonprofit Communications

Upcoming Dates:

  • Nov. 6, 2014
  • June 18, 2015

Instructor: Julie Henderson, Ph.D.

Every organization needs to work on communication. For nonprofits this means not only communication internally with staff, volunteers, and board members, but also externally through social media, news media relations, strategic marketing, and brand management. This workshop will describe a variety of communication tools and skills, from basic writing errors to tips to becoming a better communicator.


Organizational Assessment and Management

Upcoming Dates:

  • Thursday, September 11, 2014
  • Thursday, February 12, 2015

Instructor: Jennifer Skolaski, Ph.D.

To run an effective nonprofit, the leader needs to know how to work with and manage the staff, board, volunteers, and donors. This workshop will review these topics and explain how to structure your organization to support all stakeholders.


Thinking Outside the Box

Upcoming Dates:

  • Thursday, October 9, 2014
  • Thursday, March 12, 2015

Instructor: Jennifer Skolaski, Ph.D.

In a competitive economy and most likely being in a competitive nonprofit community, this session can be an answer for many of your organization’s problems. This workshop will discuss how to collaborate or partner with other organizations (i.e. nonprofits or corporations) to make a collective impact in your community. This can entail: sharing donor lists, collaborating on joint projects when writing foundation grants, working together on events, and how to share the profits.


Putting Your Strategic Plan into Motion

Upcoming Dates:

  • Thursday, November 13, 2014
  • Thursday, April 23, 2015

Instructor: Jennifer Skolaski, Ph.D.

This session will teach you what a strategic plan is, how to create one, and then how to put your plan to the test. Taking this course will allow you to bring your strategic plan to life and engage staff, board members, and other volunteers throughout the process. 


Practical and Powerful Program Evaluation

Upcoming Dates:

  • Thursday, February 19, 2015
  • Thursday, May 14, 2015

Instructor: Amy Hilgendorf, Ph.D.

Learn how to measure your organization’s outcomes and tie them back to your funding and the populations you serve. This workshop will focus on writing quality outcomes and knowing how to develop creative measurement tools that aren’t only about surveying your population.


Board Relations

Upcoming Dates:

  • Thursday, April 16, 2015
  • Thursday, July 9, 2015

Instructor: Jennifer Skolaski, Ph.D.

A major conflict of interest for many, this workshop will teach you how to build, manage, and work with your board of directors. We’ll discuss challenges and successes, conflict management, and tools you can use with your own board members. 


Financial and Legal Management

Upcoming Dates:

  • Thursday, March 26, 2015
  • Thursday, June 11, 2015

Instructor: Scott Haumersen

Review what you, your staff, and board should know about financial and legal management for your organization. This will include insurance and audit information, but also answer any questions you may have.


Human Resource Management

Upcoming Dates:

  • Thursday, May 28, 2015
  • Thursday, August 13, 2015

Instructor: Dale Feinauer

This workshop will focus on typical human resource challenges and how to address them.  Topics to be covered include:  recruitment, selection, orientation, training, compensation and managing organizational culture.

The unique aspects of managing these topics with volunteers will be addressed.  We will discuss specific tools and techniques to get the most from your critical investment in human resources.


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