Courses By Subject

Advocacy

Advocacy 101
08/27/2015 - 9:30am - 11:30am

Faculty: Kathy Bailey, Bailey Law, PC

Course Objective: Learn how nonprofit organizations can practice advocacy and what documentation your organization needs for compliance.

What is lobbying and who is a lobbyist?  What can you do if you are a 501(c)(3), (4), or even a (6)?  How do you keep all the requirements straight and what happens if you make a mistake?  This session will try to answer all these questions and discuss what recordkeeping is necessary to establish you are in compliance with the rules.

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

Board Governance

Board Engagement for Fundraising Success
07/21/2015 - 9:30am - 11:30am

Faculty: Lewis FlaxFlax 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
Executive Preparation Institute
09/11/2015 - 9:00am - 4:00pm



Build a better nonprofit by making yourself a more effective leader. The Executive Preparation Institute is a six-part course that focuses on leadership development. Designed for nonprofit professionals at the management and senior level, EPI welcomes individuals looking to enhance their leadership skills and take the next step into an executive role.

Participants will have a chance to listen to industry experts about all possible facets of nonprofit leadership. The program will be comprised of panel and group discussions, seminars, and guest speakers to ensure maximum learning. The class will convene one Friday per month for six months.

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Gangbuster Boards: Engagement, Leadership, and Board Success
09/16/2015 - 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
Engaging and Energizing Your Board
10/08/2015 - 1:30pm - 3:30pm

Faculty: Mary Ann de Barbieri, President, de Barbieri and Associates

Course Objective: Create a plan for recruiting and engaging board members

How do you ensure that your organization has board members who are actively engaged in fulfilling their individual responsibilities?  What steps can your organization take to build and maintain an involved and energized board?  This session will provide tips and tools that can be adapted to fit your organization’s needs when working with board members.

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
How-To Tips for Implementing a Board of Directors Give & Get Policy
10/22/2015 - 1:30pm - 3:30pm

Faculty: Derry Deringer, CFRE, Principal, Deringer Consulting, LLC

Course Objective: Gain useful tips that address board engagement challenges and that help you build a strategic board give and get policy.

This course is for board members and staff who are responsible for developing and implementing a board giving or getting policy at their organization.

Each participant will acquire at least (3) board giving or getting ideas that they can implement in their organization in the next six months.

Derry will share (7) board giving and (7) getting best practices and will facilitate a discussion that addresses your board challenges and helps you develop strategies for taking next steps.

This session is ideal for Board Chairs, Development Committee Chairs, Executive Directors and Development Directors.

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
Is your Board on Board? How to Ensure Accountability and Appropriate Nonprofit Governance
11/04/2015 - 9:30am - 11:30am

Faculty: Rachel Werner, RBW Strategy, 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.

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
The Executive Director and the Board: Making It Work
12/10/2015 - 1:30pm - 3:30pm

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.

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

Communications and Marketing

East of the River Communications Series - SOLD OUT
07/09/2015 - 10:00am - 12:00pm

The Center for Nonprofit Advancement is pleased to announce a new four-part communications series. The Center has partnered with The Community Foundation for the National Capital Region to offer this multi-day training for nonprofit leaders based in or serving residents East of the River. 

Participating in this series will help your organization strengthen its voice and raise awareness about issues that affect communities in Wards 7 and 8 by building your skills and developing new relationships. 

The series will feature guest appearances by The Washington Post and WAMU reporters who will provide feedback on pitches from participants. In the past, these opportunities have resulted in major media coverage such as the following:
          The Washington Post: D.C. students use photography to protest school security
          WAMU: Changes Coming To The GED Program 
          
The four-part series will focus on two primary goals:

1. To provide participants with the basic building blocks of communications – messaging, storytelling, relationship-building and interview preparation – so you are better prepared and successful in engaging with local media representatives.

2. To introduce you to key media contacts who cover topics you work on – education, workforce development, safety net – leading to expanded coverage of communities and nonprofits East of the River.

Session Dates and Topics are as follows:

Session 1: Thursday, June 25: Communications 101: What you should know, why this is important, how to get there.
Session 2: Thursday, July 9: Refining your pitch
Session 3: Thursday, July 23: Television, video and social media 
Session 4: Thursday, August 6 Pitching your story

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

Time: 10:00 AM-12:00 PM on event days

How to Apply and Fees:

The series is limited to 15 participants. To be eligible you must be an organization working in Wards 7 and 8. The series is best suited to the person who manages your group’s external communications. This may be: a communications director, development director, director of external affairs or executive director.

The original May 29 deadline has been extended!

To apply, please send us the following information no later than Friday, June 19, 2015 by COB (5:00PM): 

  • Name and title of the participant
  • Name of your organization
  • Your commitment to attend all four sessions
  • Percentage of your organization’s work that takes place East of the River
  • Your organization’s annual budget
  • One way you hope to advance the mission of your nonprofit by participating

Registration: 
$95 for all Center Members, PIAs, and YNPNdc Members
$195 for All Others
*Registration fee will be paid after the organization is accepted into the series.

About Our Facilitator:
The training will be led by Janice L. Kaplan, a former journalist and PR professional with 35 years of experience. She has spent the past decade working with the Greater Washington nonprofit community. Janice’s work with nonprofits has led to front-page stories and editorials in The Washington Post, WAMU series and numerous op-eds in The Washington Post, Huffington Post and the Washington Business Journal, among many other placements.  Because she was a reporter for seven years and a freelance writer for The Washington Post for 25 years, she has an eye for a good story.

Please direct all applications and questions to Center Program Assistant, Sean Sweeney

Location:
WEBINAR: 5 Ways to Create Engaging Communications
07/14/2015 - 2:00pm - 3:00pm

The Center for Nonprofit Advancement is proud to partner with the New Jersey state association of nonprofits, Center for Non-Profits, to offer this webinar to our members.

Presenter: Jesse Park, Action Graphics

This workshop will provide proven tactics to help organizations make a deeper impact and build strong relationships with both their constituents and potential/existing donors. Jesse will help you find ways to improve the value of your communications, with a focus on:

• being targeted with your messaging
• being integrated in your execution and
• improving your use of analytics

If you are looking for simple, actionable ways to increase your fundraising or marketing/communications you will not want to miss this webinar. A great webinar for anyone involved in development, communications, or marketing for their organization.

Registration: $35 for Center Members*, $55 All Others
*If you are a Center for Nonprofit Advancement member, please select "Current Center Member" at the bottom of the registration page for the correct pricing. 

Have questions? Reach out to Debbie Duncan, Director of Member Services at Center for Non-Profits. 

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