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Training Workshops for Nonprofits

These workshops can be offered on site or online.


GOVERNING FOR THE FUTURE TRAINING SERIES New

Board effectiveness and the performance of individual board members continues to be a top concern among nonprofits. According to a recent survey of regional and national studies concerning the challenges facing nonprofits, building an active and strategically oriented board of directors was cited as the most frequent concern. The Governing for the Future Training Series is designed to address this need. The program content can be offered online, in person, or in a blended format. Topics can also be offered as half day and full day workshops as well as conference keynotes. We can also help you design a training series to address your organization's unique needs.

INCREASING THE IMPACT OF YOUR STRATEGIC PLANNING EFFORTS 

Do you, your staff, and your Board of Directors have a clear picture of where your organization is, where it should be going, and how to get there? Strategic Planning is a process that helps to answer these questions. And in today's unstable, ever-changing environment, strategic planning can help nonprofits identify and act upon new opportunities for organizational growth. The session will be a practical and usable introduction to the key concepts and techniques of strategic planning and how to apply them to your organization. Participants will leave with a clear understanding of what nonprofits can gain from strategic planning. It is geared to the executive staff and board members who must act as a team in this planning process. The session will feature extensive handouts including planning forms, worksheets, and examples of strategic planning documents.

DEVELOPING AND MANAGING VOLUNTEERS: NEW TOOLS FOR CHANGING TIMES

This session offers new approaches to recruiting and coordinating volunteers in order to respond to the changing profile of today's volunteer. Workshop leader Frank Martinelli will share with you his many years of experience in assessing volunteer needs, identifying sources of volunteers, matching volunteers to an organization's needs and keeping volunteers satisfied with their commitments to the organization. The course is designed especially for the paid staff member who recruits and coordinates volunteers in new as well as in existing programs.

BUILDING THE NONPROFIT BOARD OF THE FUTURE

We live in a time of rapid, profound change. Faced with shrinking budgets, rapidly changing social needs, a hostile political climate, and ever more intense public scrutiny, today’s nonprofits are finding that it’s not enough to simply update a mission statement or patch over a list of outdated goals. The nonprofit board has a critical leadership role to play. Is your board ready? This workshop will provide information, skills, and techniques to prepare your board of directors. Frank Martinelli will share his many years of experience not only as a trainer but more importantly as a staff person who has had to interact with boards and as a board leader with an insider's perspective.

LEADERSHIP SKILLS FOR THE NEXT CENTURY: BUILDING A VISIONARY BOARD OF DIRECTORS

This workshop is specifically designed for members of boards and executive directors of nonprofits wishing to promote and nurture the development of visionary leadership on the part of the board. This highly interactive session will provide information and techniques to enhance the effectiveness of your board of directors, thereby positioning your organization for success today and in the future.

FORGING EFFECTIVE COLLABORATIONS AND STRATEGIC ALLIANCES

A growing number of forward-looking nonprofits have come to see that the best way to fulfill their mission is to seek and build on collaborations wherever they can. Increasingly as nonprofits become more skilled at self-assessment and strategic planning, the impetus to pursue one or more forms of collaboration comes from within the organizations themselves. They begin to understand that collaboration can be a vehicle for expansion into new areas of service requiring the resources of more than one organization or to proactively address an emerging community issue. This workshop will describe models for collaboration that can be used to increase agency influence, share information and resources, enhance service delivery and quality, improve community visibility, raise funds, and more. Participants will have an opportunity to apply the collaboration models to a back home situation of their own choosing.

BUILDING A LEARNING ORGANIZATION

A nonprofit organization committed to future growth and effectiveness must become a learning organization. The rapid increase in new knowledge and the pace of change itself demand that individuals and organizations become continuous learners. Beginning in 1990 with the pathbreaking book The Fifth Discipline by Peter Senge, a new way of leading and managing organizations based on the principles of organizational learning has spread throughout the world. Michael O’Brien, an organizational consultant, defines the learning organization in this way: "A learning organization is one that has woven a continuous and enhanced capacity to learn, adapt, and change into the fabric of its character. It has values, policies, practices, programs, systems, and structures that support and accelerate organizational learning." What is the relevance of the learning organization for your agency? This session will provide a practical introduction to the principles, practices and models of learning organizations. The course will include a variety of exercises, worksheets, planning guides and assessment tools for practical application of the concepts back home as well as a resource bibliography.

SYSTEMS THINKING FOR NONPROFIT LEADERS

Systems thinking is a way to see beyond isolated events to the deeper patterns, connections and root causes that explain many of the problems that confront us in organizations and communities. The workshop will provide a practical understanding of systems thinking principles, approaches and tools in order to integrate and use them in individual and team work. As a result of the training program, participants will learn how to apply selected systems thinking tools in order to reach a deeper understanding of management problems and generate solutions more likely to work. They will also have the opportunity to work through at least one current critical management issue using a systems approach process to identify possible solutions for action when they return to their organization. The session will include a variety of exercises, worksheets, planning guides and assessment tools for practical application of the concepts back home as well as a resource bibliography.


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