Online Training now available for registration. Register for the courses below and progress through the training at your own pace. New topics and trainings will be added regularly. 

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Volunteer Management Certificate

The Volunteer Management Certificate consists of six modules created by Points of Light Institute, and is designed to give you a comprehensive understanding of the major components of a nonprofit Volunteer Management program. 

In partnership with Points of Light, we are pleased to offer this valuable program to enhance your knowledge and expertise of volunteer management. 

Attendees will receive a free seat to the upcoming Volunteers & the Law session

Understanding Volunteering Exploring the Heart of the Volunteer Sector

Recruitment & Placement Matching Volunteer Skills with Service Needs

Training & Orientation Achieving Service Excellence

Supervision Maximizing the Volunteer Experience

Evaluation Improving Results Using Data & Feedback

Member Price: $320

Non-Member Price: $400

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First Time Supervisor Online Training

Making the move from worker to supervisor can be extremely rewarding or profoundly disappointing. Most new managers don't realize how much their new role differs from that of an individual contributor. Often, they have misconceptions about what managing entails, and they may be surprised to learn that the skills and methods required for success as an individual contributor and those needed for success as a manager are very different. Ensuring that new supervisors are grounded in solid supervisory fundamentals makes the positive difference. New supervisors must learn a plethora of skills to be successful. This online series bundles together critical areas and allows time for practice plus tips, templates, and checklists to support the learner back on the job. 

Curriculum Includes: 

  • First Time Manager Essentials
  • Managing Employee Performance
  • Problem Solving and Decision Making
  • Time Management
Estimated length of course: 8.5 hours
Course completion deadline: 30 days after registration

Member Price: $160

Non-Member Price: $200

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Performance Management Online Certificate

Are you a new supervisor or looking to make the transition? Or are you looking for new strategies and insight for your current supervisor position? As you step into a management role, it is crucial to equip yourself to face both the expected and unexpected challenges. Having a performance management system in place can focus attention on results that count, boost productivity, align team and individual activities with organizational goals, and improve morale, all of which help ensure individual and team performance produce the desired outcomes for organizational success. In order to best address performance of individuals and groups, managers must apply a comprehensive approach. In this course, you'll learn about the nature and benefits of performance management. Receive a comprehensive, in-depth look into the necessary skills managing performance and walk away from this series with the tools to lead your team with success.

Topics Include:

  • Fostering Success through Coaching
  • Constructive feedback
  • Effective Delegation
  • Managing in Difficult Times

Course completion deadline: 30 days after registration

Member Price: $160

Non-Member Price: $200

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Introduction to Nonprofit Management

There are many differences between nonprofit organizations and for-profit organizations. Before delving into the details of nonprofit management, this course serves as a critical introduction to the fundamentals of nonprofit organizations. You will gain an understanding of the nonprofit sector and the issues that leaders face in this exciting and growing field. You will also be exposed to the major areas of responsibility for nonprofit leaders, including strategy, managing employees and volunteers, fundraising, grant writing, board governance, marketing, innovation, and social media. 

Learning Outcomes

  • Discuss the purpose and structure of the nonprofit sector
  • Describe the governance of nonprofits, including the types of boards and the relationship between boards and executive directors
  • Explain how nonprofits establish their vision and strategic direction
  • Describe the nonprofit leadership role and what it entails
  • Discuss servant leadership
  • Outline key ethical issues faced by nonprofits
  • Discuss how nonprofits managers handle staff and volunteers
  • Outline the key financial issues facing nonprofits
  • Describe the key legal issues facing nonprofits
  • Discuss the importance of marketing and communication for a nonprofit
  • Explain the basics of nonprofit fundraising
  • Outline the grant writing process
  • Discuss the growing importance of social media for nonprofits
  • Define and explain social entrepreneurship and social innovation
  • Outline methods for assessing nonprofit performance
  • Discuss trends impacting nonprofits now and in the future
Estimated length of course: 5 hours
0.5 CEU Credits | 5 CFREs
Course completion deadline: 30 days after registration

Member Price: $100

Non-Member Price: $125

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Introduction to Grantwriting

Writing grants is often a critical part of gaining funding for any nonprofit organization's mission. Strategic grant writing aligns the needs of a nonprofit with funding sources, whether foundations, government agencies, corporations, or individuals. This introductory-level course offers a guide to the basics of grant writing. The course explores the relationship between grant writing and an organization's strategy for fundraising. It also outlines the six stages of grant writing and highlights grant writing best practices. 

Learning Outcomes

  • Discuss the importance of grant writing to nonprofits and other organizations seeking funding
  • Describe how capital grants and endowment grants can be integrated into fundraising efforts, including matching funds
  • Explain how grant writing and fundraising represent complimentary methods of ensuring a nonprofit's financial stability
  • Outline the six stages of the grant writing process
  • Discuss the process of identifying and establishing a need for funding (Stage One)
  • Describe how to research grantmakers and available grants (Stage Two)
  • Explain the process of establishing relationships with potential funders (Stage Three)
  • Discuss the importance of alignment between a nonprofit and a funder's mission (Stage Four)
  • Outline the grant writing process (Stage Five)
  • Explore tools and techniques employed in writing the grant proposal
  • Explain how a nonprofit should follow-up after winning or losing a grant award (Stage Six)
  • Outline best practices for grant writing
  • Apply your understanding of the grant writing process to case studies covering the six stages
  • Key Features
Estimated length of course: 5 hours
0.5 CEU Credits | 5 CFREs
Course completion deadline: 30 days after registration

Member Price: $152

Non-Member Price: $190

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Fundraising for Nonprofit Organizations

Fundraising is one of the central activities of a nonprofit organization and nonprofit management. To help finance operating budgets, nonprofits must raise money every year. In addition, special projects and improvements to facilities may be needed. In these situations, fundraisers will often launch large capital campaigns or apply for foundation grants. This course offers an introduction to fundraising for nonprofit organizations, with an emphasis on the fundamental issues. 

Learning Outcomes

  • Describe the key concepts related to nonprofit fundraising, such as annual campaigns, capital campaigns, and planned giving
  • Discuss how nonprofit funds can be raised through direct mail and telemarketing
  • Explain how the Internet and social media channels may be used to generate donations
  • Compare and contrast fundraising through corporate donations versus foundation grants
  • Explain the different sections of a grant application
  • Describe methods for evaluating annual campaign performance
  • Discuss how ethics applies to nonprofit fundraising
  • Explain the importance of donor relations

Estimated Length of Course: 5 Hours
0.5 CEUs | 4 CFREs

Course completion deadline: 30 days after registration

Member Price: $152

Non-Member Price: $190

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Nonprofit Board and Volunteer Development

Volunteers are the lifeblood of most nonprofit organizations. And board members are a special type of volunteer, helping to guide the direction of a nonprofit, promote the organization in the community, and ensure that the nonprofit's mission is fulfilled. Learning how best to manage the board and other volunteers is a critical part of nonprofit management. This course covers the fundamentals of board and volunteer development as well as recruiting, effective communication, and retention. 

Learning Outcomes

  • Explain the reasons why people volunteer and how nonprofits can make volunteer programs more successful
  • Describe the responsibilities of the nonprofit board
  • Discuss different models for organizing a nonprofit board
  • Describe the differences between a nonprofit board and a for-profit board
  • Explain different approaches for recruiting and filling a nonprofit board
  • Discuss the pros and cons of large versus small boards
  • Describe why board evaluations are useful
  • Explain why nonprofit boards form committees
  • Discuss typical nonprofit board and staff interactions
  • Describe how nonprofits can develop and maintain a strong volunteer base
Estimated length of course: 5 hours
0.5 CEU Credits | 5 CFREs
Course completion deadline: 30 days after registration

Member Price: $152

Non-Member Price: $190

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How to Read a Nonprofit Financial Statement

Understanding what the numbers say about the health of your nonprofit is critical to being able to manage the organization successfully. This course will develop your ability to appropriately interpret the major financial accounting statements that are used by nonprofit organizations. You will gain an understanding of the types of financial statements that are used by nonprofit organizations, and how they differ from for-profit financial reporting. Also, the course demonstrates the power and limitations of accounting information in assessing financial performance and decision-making. You will also learn the uses of financial statement analysis, or ratio analysis for nonprofit organizations. 

Learning Outcomes

  • Identify and describe the documents and financial statements included in a nonprofit organization's financial report
  • Analyze the information found in nonprofit statements of financial positions
  • Analyze the information found in the statement of activities
  • Analyze the information found in the statement of cash flows
  • Describe the nature of business enterprises and nonprofit organizations, as reflected by the statement of financial position
  • Define financial (ratio) analysis and explain its objectives and limitations
  • Identify the various categories of financial ratios used in nonprofit analyses
  • Define and calculate the ratios within each category
Estimated length of course: 5 hours

Course completion deadline: 30 days after registration

Member Price: $80

Non-Member Price: $100

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Budgeting In a Nonprofit Organization

If you're involved in a nonprofit organization, you likely know all too well the importance of budgeting. In this course, you will gain an understanding of the uses and functions of budgets and the relationship between strategic budgeting and tactical budgeting. You will also learn about the organization-wide budget and different budget systems. After introducing the basics of budgeting in a nonprofit, the course continues on to slightly more advanced budgeting topics such as capital budgets, cash flow budgets, and opportunity budgets. You will also learn how nonprofit organizations are using different budgeting techniques to handle operating challenges. 

Learning Outcomes

  • Explain the uses and functions of nonprofit budgeting
  • Describe the different types of budgets used by a nonprofit organization
  • Recognize the use of the organization-wide operating budget and program operating budgets
  • Explain how an operating budget is created
  • Analyze a nonprofit operating budget through variance analysis
  • Describe how a capital budget is used and created
  • Explain the importance of a cash flow budget and describe how it is created
  • Recognize how the budget process can be managed for optimal results

Estimated length of course: 5 hours
Course completion deadline: 30 days after registration

Member Price: $80

Non-Member Price: $100

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