Courses By Subject

Board Governance

Is your Board on Board? How to Ensure Accountability and Appropriate Nonprofit Governance
05/07/2015 - 1:30pm - 3:30pm

Faculty: Rachel Werner, RBW Strategy, LLC and Guest Presenter: Ayda Sanver, Ayda Sanver Consulting, LLC

Course Objective: Learn the roles and responsibilities of Board members vs. nonprofit staff, and leverage the skills of both to manage nonprofit organizations most effectively. Also discuss common issues and challenges, and identifying when to disengage with Board members who are not fulfilling their duties.

Board members and nonprofit staff members focus their efforts on a common nonprofit mission, but often do not know how to work collaboratively and effectively. There is a culture that often develops within an organization, and this does not often correspond to the culture of the Board. How can these different, yet equally important groups work together for the purpose of reaching common goals through a shared mission? We will discuss these and other issues common within nonprofit Boards and organizations.

Registration Fee: $49.00 for Center Members and PIA; $49.00 for YNPNdc Members; $89.00 for All Others

If your organization is not a Center member and you signed up for membership today, you would instantly get one free course to be used within the first year of your membership. Find out more about Center membership.

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Location: Center for Nonprofit Advancement, 1666 K Street, NW, Suite 440, Washington, DC 20006
Gangbuster Boards: Engagement, Leadership, and Board Success
05/20/2015 - 1:30pm - 3:30pm

Faculty: Justin Pollock, Principle and Founder, Orgforward

Course Objective: Explore what would make it possible to build highly engaged boards that govern for what matters most

Effective boards don’t happen by accident or coincidence. But they also shouldn't have to be hard to develop and maintain. Focusing on what drives board member engagement and how to keep that engagement directed towards the work that moves an organization forward is what this session is about. Bring a fellow board member and work on developing skills and techniques that will help you advance a board's highest potential - the potential to support and lead the organization in achieving its mission and vision. This session provides a framework to answer questions about the role of a fiduciary, the structure of the board, leadership roles, and board management.

Registration Fee*: $49.00 for Center Members and PIA; $49.00 for YNPNdc Members; $89.00 for all others
*SPECIAL FEE: $25.00 for Nonprofits Serving East of the River Communities

If your organization is not a Center member and you signed up for membership today, you would instantly get one free course to be used within the first year of your membership. Find out more about Center membership.

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Location: THEARC 1901 Mississippi Ave, SE Washington, DC 20020
Board Engagement for Fundraising Success
06/18/2015 - 9:30am - 11:30am

Faculty: Lewis Flax, Flax Associates

Course Objective: This interactive session covers key strategies and techniques to increase board engagement and involvement in fundraising efforts.

This interactive session focuses on ways to increase your board’s willingness and effectiveness in raising the resources your organization needs. How can you increase a board’s engagement in the process with encouragement and support instead of arm-twisting and guilt? How can you constructively challenge board members and volunteer leaders to become more involved? Participants will learn strategies and techniques related to recruitment and cultivation of new board members, tools and techniques to engage board members, and specific approaches on how to make the ‘ask’.

Registration Fee: $49.00 for Center Members and PIA; $49.00 for YNPNdc Members; $89.00 for All Others

If your organization is not a Center member and you signed up for membership today, you would instantly get one free course to be used within the first year of your membership. Find out more about Center membership.

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Location: Center for Nonprofit Advancement, 1666 K Street, NW, Suite 440, Washington, DC 20006
The Executive Director and the Board: Making It Work
06/23/2015 - 9:30am - 11:30am

Faculty: Sandra Renner, Principal, Renner Consulting

Course Objective: This class will examine ways to improve the relationship between the Executive Director and the Board of Directors which is crucial for success and sustainability

The relationship between the executive director and the Board of Directors is crucial for success and sustainability. This workshop will look at the unique roles responsibilities and expectations of the board and the executive director and discuss how to create a working partnership between them.  We’ll address the following:  What do executive directors and board members see as the ideal qualities in each other?   How can these ideals be translated into reality?  How often should the Executive Director be communicating outside of board meetings?  How should information be shared?  How to evaluate performance? What are some strategies to work together on fundraising, board recruitment and strategic planning?   This workshop is best for executive directors, board chairs and other members of the board.

Registration Fee: $49.00 for Center Members and PIA; $49.00 for YNPNdc Members; $89.00 for All Others

If your organization is not a Center member and you signed up for membership today, you would instantly get one free course to be used within the first year of your membership. Find out more about Center membership.

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Location: Center for Nonprofit Advancement, 1666 K Street, NW, Suite 440, Washington, DC 20006

Communications and Marketing

Next-Level Communications
05/27/2015 - 9:30am - 11:30am

Faculty: Mary Ellen Hickman, Hickman Consulting Partners, LLC

Course Objective: Create a streamlined plan to market your organization

This highly instructive course will help identify successful communications plans, including knowing your audience, defining your unique position in the marketplace and identifying what vehicles will work for you in print, web, electronic and social marketing. You will learn to target, streamline and measure success. Please bring your own stories, issues and samples to share.

Registration Fee: $49.00 for Center Members and PIA; $49.00 for YNPNdc Members; $89.00 for All Others

If your organization is not a Center member and you signed up for membership today, you would instantly get one free course to be used within the first year of your membership. Find out more about Center membership.

Click here to contact our Program Assistant to take advantage of your free course.

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Location: Center for Nonprofit Advancement, 1666 K Street, NW, Suite 440, Washington, DC 20006

East of the River

Event-Based Fundraising
04/29/2015 - 10:00am - 12:00pm

Faculty: Alfreda Edwards, Principle, Edwards Development Services

Course Objective: Create a strategy for planning a fundraising event

Gain knowledge and receive a comprehensive overview about implementing event-based fundraising in the nonprofit arena.  Learn the best practices for a range of events from annual galas to conferences.  Learn to better understand timelines and event planning for the big day.  Bring your own event ideas or plans for personal critiques and one on one discussion during the session.

Registration Fee*: $49.00 for Center Members and PIA; $49.00 for YNPNdc Members; $89.00 for all others
*SPECIAL FEE: $25.00 for Nonprofits Serving East of the River Communities

If your organization is not a Center member and you signed up for membership today, you would instantly get one free course to be used within the first year of your membership. Find out more about Center membership.

Click here to contact our Program Assistant to take advantage of your free course.

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Location: THEARC 1901 Mississippi Ave, SE Washington, DC 20020
Fraud Prevention for Nonprofits
05/13/2015 - 10:00am - 12:00pm

Guest Presenter: Doug Palmer, Partner and Owner, Palmer Financial, LLC

Course Objective: Guard organization against fraud and strengthen controls

The Association of Certified Fraud Examiners estimates that organizations worldwide lose 5% of annual revenue to Fraud.  In this session we will look at real life cases of fraud identified by the instructor team and analyze each case.  Based on these case studies and group interaction, participants will learn key concepts for fraud identification.  Participants will discuss possible risk areas for organizations and identify mitigating controls to guard against fraud.  Participants will brainstorm fraud for their own areas and develop processes to detect specific fraudulent activity.

Registration Fee*: $49.00 for Center Members and PIA; $49.00 for YNPNdc Members; $89.00 for all others
*SPECIAL FEE: $25.00 for Nonprofits Serving East of the River Communities

If your organization is not a Center member and you signed up for membership today, you would instantly get one free course to be used within the first year of your membership. Find out more about Center membership.

Click here to contact our Program Assistant to take advantage of your free course.

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Location: THEARC 1901 Mississippi Ave, SE Washington, DC 20020
Gangbuster Boards: Engagement, Leadership, and Board Success
05/20/2015 - 1:30pm - 3:30pm

Faculty: Justin Pollock, Principle and Founder, Orgforward

Course Objective: Explore what would make it possible to build highly engaged boards that govern for what matters most

Effective boards don’t happen by accident or coincidence. But they also shouldn't have to be hard to develop and maintain. Focusing on what drives board member engagement and how to keep that engagement directed towards the work that moves an organization forward is what this session is about. Bring a fellow board member and work on developing skills and techniques that will help you advance a board's highest potential - the potential to support and lead the organization in achieving its mission and vision. This session provides a framework to answer questions about the role of a fiduciary, the structure of the board, leadership roles, and board management.

Registration Fee*: $49.00 for Center Members and PIA; $49.00 for YNPNdc Members; $89.00 for all others
*SPECIAL FEE: $25.00 for Nonprofits Serving East of the River Communities

If your organization is not a Center member and you signed up for membership today, you would instantly get one free course to be used within the first year of your membership. Find out more about Center membership.

Click here to contact our Program Assistant to take advantage of your free course.

Register Now!

Location: THEARC 1901 Mississippi Ave, SE Washington, DC 20020
Strategic Planning
06/10/2015 - 1:30pm - 3:30pm

Faculty: Maria Carrasquillo, Principle, MJH Consulting

Course Objective: Create a process for your 2015 Strategic Plan.

Strategic planning is the backbone of the work of any organization. Without a strategic framework, an organization may lack direction. This course will focus on the dos and don'ts of strategic planning and will help you develop a planning process for your organization. Course handouts will integrate strategy, objectives, and metrics in order to develop strategic planning skills that can be used to engage colleagues in the planning process.

Registration Fee*: $49.00 for Center Members and PIA; $49.00 for YNPNdc Members; $89.00 for all others
*SPECIAL FEE: $25.00 for Nonprofits Serving East of the River Communities

If your organization is not a Center member and you signed up for membership today, you would instantly get one free course to be used within the first year of your membership. Find out more about Center membership.

Click here to contact our Program Assistant to take advantage of your free course.

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Location: THEARC 1901 Mississippi Ave, SE Washington, DC 20020
Managing and Executing Strategy for Nonprofits
06/17/2015 - 10:00am - 12:00pm

Faculty: Mark Cutler, Principal, Edison Strategy Solutions

Course Objective: An introduction for nonprofit managers on how to use strategy maps to communicate and implement your strategy and strategic measures to track your progress.

In this course you will be introduced to best practices in strategy management and execution.  In a workshop environment, you will learn how to articulate your organization’s strategy in 10 to 15 strategic objectives.  In addition, this course will help you identify measures, or key performance indicators, that will enable you to track your progress in executing your strategy on a regular basis and provide advice and guidelines for ensuring your nonprofit can provide employees, clients, donors, and other stakeholders the evidence-based information they need to be confident you are executing your strategy.

Registration Fee*: $49.00 for Center Members and PIA; $49.00 for YNPNdc Members; $89.00 for all others
*SPECIAL FEE: $25.00 for Nonprofits Serving East of the River Communities

If your organization is not a Center member and you signed up for membership today, you would instantly get one free course to be used within the first year of your membership. Find out more about Center membership.

Click here to contact our Program Assistant to take advantage of your free course.

Register Now!

Location: THEARC 1901 Mississippi Ave, SE Washington, DC 20020