Courses By Subject

Board Governance

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 Communications Series
06/04/2015 - 10:00am - 07/23/2015 - 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 4: Communications 101: What you should know, why this is important, how to get there.
Session 2: Thursday, June 25: Refining your pitch
Session 3: Thursday, July 9: Television, video and social media 
Session 4: Thursday, July 23: 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.

To apply, please send us the following information no later than Friday, May 29, 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:

East of the River

East of the River Communications Series
06/04/2015 - 10:00am - 07/23/2015 - 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 4: Communications 101: What you should know, why this is important, how to get there.
Session 2: Thursday, June 25: Refining your pitch
Session 3: Thursday, July 9: Television, video and social media 
Session 4: Thursday, July 23: 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.

To apply, please send us the following information no later than Friday, May 29, 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:
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.

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Location: THEARC 1901 Mississippi Ave, SE Washington, DC 20020
Grant-Writing for Greater Impact
06/24/2015 - 1:30pm - 3:30pm

Faculty: Alfreda Edwards, Principle, Edwards Development Services

Course Objective: Create an organizational template for grant writing

Spend a morning with your peers and learn—as a group—how to write your grants for greater impact. Participants will review and discuss a generic letter proposal and compare it to the Washington Grantmakers’ Common Grant Application guidelines. Proposals brought in by the participants will then be reviewed and receive feedback.

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

Financial Management

4-Part Series: Raising Revenue with Quality Financial Statements
06/09/2015 - 8:30am - 06/10/2015 - 12:30pm

The Center is proud to annouce a new four-part finance series, offered through a partnership with Industrial Bank and Aronson, LLC

Each of the four parts of the series will cover important aspects of financial management for nonprofits to ensure financial sustainability and increased revenues.

This series will take place over the course of two days, with two parts being offered each day.

Day One: Tuesday, June 9, 2015 :

1:  How Do We Stack Up?

  • Why it is important to Know
  • Identify Key Metrics and How to Compute Them
  • Sources of Information

Participants should bring a copy of their year-end financial statements and come prepared to discuss how their organization currently measures themselves. 

2: How to Tell Your Financial Story

  • Financial Measurements – Liquidity & Availability
  • Operational Measurements – Are You Accomplishing Your Mission?

Participants will again use their year-end financial statements to discuss how their organization communicates mission results. 

Day Two: Wednesday, June 10, 2015:

3: Form 990 – An Evil Form or Strategic Document

  • How to Use Your 990 as a Marketing Tool
  • Role of Schedule O
  • New Regulations

Participants will prepare for the training by reviewing their 990 and should bring a copy to the class. 

4:  What Banks Look for When Lending

  • Quality financial statements;
  • Time in business;
  • Funding Sources;
  • Who sits on the board;
  • A good balance sheet;
  • A positive change in net assets. 

Participants will receive a certificate to mark completion of the series at the end of the second day.

Location: 
1666 K St. NW, Suite 440, Washington, DC 20006

Dates and Time: 
Tuesday, June 9 and Wednesday, June 10
8:30 AM-12:30 PM

Registration:
$98 for Center Members, PIAs and YNPNdc Members
$169.00 for All Others
*Registration fee includes breakfast and lunch on events days.

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About our facilitators:

Rob Eby, CPA, CGMA As a partner in Aronson LLC's Nonprofit and Association Industry Services Group, Rob Eby is a strategic leader with more than 25 years of professional experience. He is a results-driven practitioner who specializes in assurance and consulting services for clients that include associations, faith-based organizations, foundations, schools and service organizations.

As an active participant in the accounting profession, Rob has taught numerous CPE classes and presented financial accounting and auditing topics at events that include the Virginia Society of CPA's Annual Nonprofit Conference and the Greater Washington Society of CPA's Annual Nonprofit Symposium.

Roderick L. Johnson

A native Washingtonian, has an MS in Finance and a BS in Business Administration with 30 years of commercial banking experience providing financial solutions to for profit and nonprofit organizations. Roderick currently is a Sr. Commercial Loan Officer at Industrial Bank, an 81 year old commercial bank headquartered in Washington, D.C.

Kathy Cuddapah

Kathy Cuddapah serves as a senior manager in Aronson's Nonprofit and Association Industry Services Group. She has over 20 years of audit, tax, outsourcing and consulting experience with a variety of nonprofit clients. Kathy performs tax consultations on a variety of issues for nonprofit clients, including employment, compensation, good governance policies and unrelated business income tax areas.  Kathy earned a bachelor's degree in accounting from Emory University, and her master's in taxation from American University. She is an active member of the AICPA and MACPA and attends two annual conferences on nonprofit and legal nonprofit tax updates.  


 

  

Location:
Grant-Writing for Greater Impact
06/24/2015 - 1:30pm - 3:30pm

Faculty: Alfreda Edwards, Principle, Edwards Development Services

Course Objective: Create an organizational template for grant writing

Spend a morning with your peers and learn—as a group—how to write your grants for greater impact. Participants will review and discuss a generic letter proposal and compare it to the Washington Grantmakers’ Common Grant Application guidelines. Proposals brought in by the participants will then be reviewed and receive feedback.

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