Courses By Subject

Advocacy

Advocacy 101
03/22/2016 - 1:30pm - 3:30pm

Faculty: Kathy Bailey, Bailey Law, PC

Course Objective: Learn how nonprofit organizations can practice advocacy what documentation your organization needs for compliance, both on the federal and DC level.

What is lobbying and who is a lobbyist?  What can you do if you are a 501(c)(3), (4), or even a (6)? We will review both federal and local requirements for DC advocacy.  We will also talk about various types of advocacy programs.

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
Advocacy for Nonprofits: Telling Your Story
05/10/2016 - 1:30pm - 3:30pm

Faculty: Sharon Anderson, Principal/CEO, Anderson and Associates, LLC

Course Objective: Learn how to succinctly tell your organization’s story so you can more effectively advocate for your mission.

In a region that has a special interest group for almost every activity or cause, nonprofit organizations need to make certain they get their unique messages out in order to be heard.  This session will provide the fundamentals for crafting an organization’s message in order to advocate at the local, state, and federal levels.  Expanding on the guidance and materials that the Center for Nonprofit for Advancement provides via its website, this session will focus on nonprofits effectively and confidently telling their stories.  Participants will be asked to bring their mission statements so that they can draft a strong, succinct narrative about their purpose.  The interactive components of the session will include small group working sessions and video presentations.  The take-aways will include an “elevator speech” to efficiently present the nonprofits’ message and an advocacy action plan.

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

Is your Board on Board? How to Ensure Accountability and Appropriate Nonprofit Governance
02/17/2016 - 1:30pm - 3:30pm

Faculty: Rachel Werner, RBW Strategy, LLC and 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; $49.00 for Nonprofit Village Tenants
$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: The Nonprofit Village, 12320 Parklawn Dr, Rockville, MD 20852
Conducting Successful Board Retreats
03/15/2016 - 9:30am - 11:30am

Faculty: Lewis Flax, Flax Associates

Course Objective: This workshop covers key strategies and techniques to design, develop, and conduct a successful board leadership retreat.

Board leadership retreats provide an opportunity to address sensitive issues such as board involvement in fundraising, evaluating or developing a new strategic plan, and other areas which can enable the organization to springboard in a positive direction. At the same time, these retreats are often fraught with difficulties for all involved if not structured and designed appropriately. Often Executive Directors, Board Chairs, and others struggle with issues and concerns related to the role of the board in fundraising, complicated internal political dynamics, and new board members with ideas which may differ from the status quo. This interactive session provides a road map to increase the effectiveness of your retreat by addressing these issues and ensuring that the focus remains on supporting the mission of the organization.

Nonprofit Executives and Board Members will learn how to:

• Cover and avoid the potential difficulties, dangers, and pitfalls that can adversely impact board retreats 
• Learn how to navigate and address sensitive topics and minimize the impact of internal political dynamics
• Differentiate your retreat from standard board meetings and ensure that participants walk away with a sense of accomplishment
• Use a proven methodology to design a successful retreat with tangible outcomes

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 Development 101
04/27/2016 - 1:30pm - 3:30pm

Faculty: Mary Ann de Barbieri, de Barbieri and Associates

Course Objective: Gain a better understanding of how to develop the most effective board for your organization. 

Do your organization’s board members understand their governance responsibilities as well as your specific expectations for board members?  Do you have strategies to ensure that your organization effectively recruits, engages and empowers board members?  This session will provide tips and tools that can be adapted to fit your organization’s board development needs.

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
05/19/2016 - 1:30pm - 3:30pm

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

Course Objective: Gain useful tips for creating and implementing a give and get policy for your Board of Directors

This course is for board members and staff who are responsible for developing and implementing a board giving or getting policy at their organization. The purpose of the Board Engagement Workshop is to give each participant at least three new board-giving or -getting ideas that they feel confident they can implement in their organization in the next six months. The presenter will briefly speak about giving and getting best practice and use the majority of the time facilitating a discussion to work through participant questions and issues. 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.

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

Communications and Marketing

How to Deal with Challenging and Difficult People
03/03/2016 - 10:00am - 12:00pm

Faculty: Daniel Mushala, Daniel Mushala International, Inc. 

Course Objective: Learn how to react tactfully with people in your office to create an efficient workplace.

This training gives you techniques for dealing with difficult and challenging people in the workplace. We will discover what bugs you, who you are and why you respond the way you do, how to make new changes stick and where to stand your ground along with when to walk away. The training will provide specific strategies for being more assertive, to speak up, to quiet down and defuse a volatile situation. Knowing how to deal with difficult and challenging people at work will allow you to approach your work with more joy and your coworkers with greater assurance. Cooperation, collaboration, and compromise will improve which will allow for a more productive and efficient workplace for everyone.

Registration Fee:
$49.00 for Center Members and PIA; $49.00 for YNPNdc Members; $49.00 for Nonprofit Village Tenants
$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: The Nonprofit Village, 12320 Parklawn Dr, Rockville, MD 20852
Networking 101
04/13/2016 - 1:30pm - 3:30pm

Faculty: Kimberly Hall, Chief Strategy Officer, Elevate Consulting

Course Objective: Learn tips and tools to help make networking not so scary.

I don’t know how to network! Or so you say! Maybe you are thinking, "I am a terrible networker!”  No one can afford that attitude. Networking is an essential part of creating value for your constituents…and yourself. Learn 5 easy tips to make networking doable, fun & invaluable.  It might become your new best friend!

3 key benefits:

1. Build positive attitude and confidence toward networking.
2. Understand how networking can help you reach broader audiences and better serve your constituents.
3. Takeaway tips to use immediately.

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
Measuring Social Media Effectiveness – Moving Beyond “Likes” and “Followers”
05/26/2016 - 1:30pm - 3:30pm

Faculty: Fred Kraziese, Director of Social Media and Inbound Marketing, SmithGifford

Course Objective: Learn how to measure results from social media use.

Over the past decade, nothing has generated more buzz in the world of marketing than social media. But, how do you measure its effectiveness? We all know that social media can generate awareness. But, how do you link that awareness to tangible business value? In this 90-minute workshop, attendees will learn the basics of social media measurement – including how to measure reach, engagement, click through, conversion, and other key measurements – and learn how to align your organization’s goals with these metrics. Attendees will learn how to use tools such as Facebook Insights and Twitter Analytics. Finally, attendees will also learn how to create a social media “dashboard” that provides a snapshot of social media activity and campaigns.

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
Email from A-Z: Maximize Your Email Marketing
06/15/2016 - 1:30pm - 3:30pm

Faculty: Mary Ellen Hickman, Hickman Consulting Partners, LLC

Course objective: Learn how to set up regular email marketing or streamline and improve current campaigns.

Already sending regular email - or know that you should be? We'll step through the key points you need to know to set up and improve your email campaigns, complete with checklists for beginners as well as more advanced tactics for those already running campaigns. Also provided: a list of fabulous free resources to make emailing even easier. Bring specific questions, your secrets to better emails, and examples of email campaigns you love or hate.

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