Training and consulting customized to meet your needs

Board Training

Organizations can request any of the workshops listed below as on-site training sessions, or combine elements from any of them and / or Nonprofit Works’ other services to create a customized training to meet their specific needs. In addition, we conduct occasional workshops throughout the year on the topics that are most popular among different organizations.

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Planning & Budgets

 

Developing a Strategic Plan for Your Organization

Strategic planning is a powerful management tool that can help organizations focus their resources, establish priorities, create action plans, and respond to change. This popular workshop provides tools for developing and implementing a strategic plan that can strengthen your organization’s effectiveness.

Topics include:

  • Who should be involved in developing a strategic plan and how to obtain their input
  • Reviewing / updating your organization’s mission and vision
  • Setting major organizational goals and creating strategies to turn them into action
  • Using a strategic plan to steer and manage an organization
  • Maintaining your strategic plan and keeping it relevant

Note: This one-day workshop will not create a strategic plan for your organization, which generally takes 2–4 days. Instead, it explains the steps and processes involved in doing so.

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Logic Models

Understanding how grant managers, outside funding agencies, and even your stakeholders will evaluate a project proposal is essential to winning their support. This workshop offers a step-by-step process that can help your organization outline and plan programs and develop winning strategies to show funders why your organization deserves their support using logic models. A logic model is a program planning and outline tool. There are many versions of logic models, but most “start with the end in mind” (outcomes or results), and include common elements for program design, evaluation, and required resources.

Participants will learn to:

  • Share expectations within an organization and facilitate conversations about a program’s goals, intent, and anticipated outcomes to potential partners and funders
  • Outline the activities and methods required to produce a program’s proposed outcomes
  • Create a proactive plan for tracking, measuring, and evaluating a program
  • Determine cost-per-outcome figures so as to explain and sell a program’s results to funders in grant applications, funding appeals, annual reports, marketing materials, etc.
  • Prepare information commonly requested in grant applications and proposals

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Building Budgets

This “math-free” workshop will help your organization plan and create operating and program budgets, with a focus on the role of budgets in funding proposals and applications. Participants receive templates in Microsoft Word and Excel format to help them develop budgets, and a certificate of completion.

Topics include:

  • Developing budgets that accurately portray your organization and its programs
  • Methods of sharing costs among programs
  • Prorating expenses between administration and program costs
  • Placing fair value on in-kind contributions and services
  • Using “cost per outcome” scenarios to generate requests for funding
  • Tips for formatting and presenting budgets in proposals and applications for funding

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Grant Writing

 

Grant Writing Basics

This popular workshop is an excellent way for administrators, program directors and staff, and board members and volunteers to gain a general understanding of the many elements required for successful grant writing. Equal attention is given to the needs and interests of your organization and grantmakers. Participants receive Word and Excel templates to help them develop grant proposals, and a certificate of completion is provided.

Topics include:

  • Researching and identifying grant opportunities
  • Approaching and developing relationships with grantmakers prior to applying
  • Planning programs and budgets before writing grants
  • Preparing information and materials typically required in grant applications
  • Tracking and following-up grant applications after they are submitted

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Researching and Approaching Grantmakers

Once you’ve identified a foundation, corporation, or government grantmaker that seems to be a good fit for your organization, one of the most important steps before you submit a grant application is approaching and establishing a partnership with a grantmaker. This workshop will explain how to first research and find grantmakers, then how to introduce your organization and its needs to the grantmaker, and how to ask for their guidance (and, in some cases, permission) before applying.

Topics include:

  • Sources and methods for researching grantmakers
  • Preparing and submitting letters of introduction and inquiry
  • Approaching grantmakers by telephone
  • Meeting with a grantmaker and successful site visits
  • Asking for guidance before applying

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Board Training

 

Building an Effective Board of Directors

Most nonprofit boards of directors focus on helping their organizations be more effective, but few give the same attention to how the board itself could do its job better. A truly effective board understands its role and responsibilities in the context of the entire organization, and monitors and improves its own performance on a regular basis. Those that do so find it actually makes their jobs easier.

Topics include:

  • Assessing your board’s needs and recruiting new members
  • Responsibilities and expectations of board members
  • Using a “job description” as a means of guiding your board
  • Structuring relationships between the board, committees, and staff
  • Using committees to do the work of the board

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Communications

 

Essential Elements of Mission-Driven Communications

This workshop provides non-profit organizations with the basic tools and techniques they need to communicate their mission and goals to their key audiences, using a variety of media. In the second half of the course, participants develop story ideas, draft news releases, and hone their media pitches.

Topics include:

  • Translating mission, goals, and programming into a clear message
  • Identifying your audiences, the best ways to reach them, and what action(s) you want them to take
  • Communications toolbox: From logos & tag lines (and the dreaded “b-word”), websites, and e-mail to social media, brochures and newsletters, presentations, ads, and events
  • Recognizing relevant media actors and creating a media contact “database”
  • Initiating and maintaining relationships with media contacts
  • Developing news and “feature” stories about your organization and issues relevant to it
  • Crafting a news release that increases your chance of getting your story / issue covered
  • Choosing the right “hook” and pitching your news release to the media