Courses By Subject

Advocacy

Telling Your Story: Advocacy for Nonprofits
06/14/2018 - 10:00am - 12:00pm

Faculty: Sharon Anderson, Anderson & Associates

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; $49.00 for Nonprofit Village Tenants; $89.00 for All Others

*Full refunds are available to those who cancel within 48 hours.

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: The Nonprofit Village, 12320 Parklawn Dr, Rockville, MD 20852

Board Governance

Boot Camp for Nonprofit Board Members
04/28/2018 - 8:30am - 3:30pm

For nonprofit organizations, one of the hardest tasks is to recruit, on-board, educate, and engage individuals on their board of directors.

The Center for Nonprofit Advancement and the D.C. Bar Pro Bono Center have designed a one-day course for board members that will give them an overview of what their role in nonprofit governance.  It will also cover the Board’s role in ensuring that the organization has sufficient funds to carry out its mission and how to provide proper oversight with respect to the expenditure of those funds.  The course will discuss how the Board should evaluate and compensate the CEO.  Finally, the course will discuss how the Board should assess risk with respect to the organization’s operations, and how to plan for the future of the organization.

This all-day course will be taught by professionals with expertise in the running of nonprofit organizations, including lawyers who work with nonprofit organizations, certified public accountants that specialize in nonprofit accounting; fundraising professionals and nonprofit executives who have many years of experience in strategic planning.

The course is designed for individuals who have recently joined a nonprofit Board, and existing Board members who wish to enhance their skills as directors.

Registration Fee:
$65 per Individual
$55 per Individual in a group of two
$45 per Individual in a group of three or more

*Full refunds are available to those who cancel within 48 hours.

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Location: D.C. Bar Pro Bono Center, 901 4th Street NW, Washington, DC 20001
Good Governance: The Context for Innovative Board Leadership
05/09/2018 - 12:30pm - 2:30pm

Faculty: Elizabeth Scott, Ph.D., Brighter Strategies

Course Objective: Learn how to build a strong, well functioning board!

High-performing boards are guided by a sound mission and a compelling vision. Within this context, agile boards identify strategies for moving forward. Without it, strategic plans become static and rob leadership of the flexibility needed to be innovative and responsive. This workshop is designed to help you reframe your organization’s mission as the guidepost for leadership, decision-making, and discussion—and to ensure strategic momentum by leading with vision. Through the use of real-life best practice examples, we will discuss the differences and anticipated impact of operational, strategic, and generative boards. You will also learn the five key elements (and walk away with clear implementation next steps) shared by highly functional boards: targeted recruitment, clear accountability agreements, strong committee structure, a culture of inquiry, and lastly, the development of generative leadership that actively engages strategy, policy and proactive problem solving.

Registration Fee:
$49.00 for Center Members and PIA; $49.00 for YNPNdc Members; $25.00 for Nonprofits Serving Prince George's County; $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: Nonprofit Prince George's County, 10201 Martin Luther King Highway Suite 270, Bowie, MD 20720

Courses at Center for Nonprofit Advancement

Maximizing Your Audit Experience
05/16/2018 - 9:30am - 11:30am

Faculty: Walter Derengowski, CPA, CFE, Partner and Thomas Netznik, Gelman, Rosenberg & Freedman CPAs

Course Objective: Learn ways to help nonprofit finance team members prepare for an annual audit in an efficient manner.

Nonprofit organizations that are prepared ahead of time for an audit avoid making the audit an arduous process and, instead, gain insight and tips on achieving their financial goals and meeting donor expectations. This session is designed to help chief financial officers, controllers and other nonprofit accounting staff prepare for a smooth audit process. Accounting personnel will learn how the typical auditor thinks and therefore develop the ability to predict questions and requests that an auditor may ask during an audit. Walter will provide 15 tips to help accounting staff maximize their audit experience.

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

*Full refunds are available to those who cancel within 48 hours.

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
Volunteer Roles That Build Capacity and Increase Giving
05/31/2018 - 1:30pm - 3:30pm

Faculty: Elisa Kosarin, CVA, Twenty Hats

Course Objective: Learn how to strategically engage volunteers to help build capacity for your organization.

Volunteerism has changed dramatically in recent years – and for the better.  Volunteers are seeking out more meaningful, cause-driven roles. Smart nonprofits are engaging those volunteers strategically, with the intention of building capacity in a cost-effective manner.

In this workshop, we will explore the potential for your nonprofit to more fully meet its mission by expanding volunteer engagement. We will examine innovative models and review how to measure volunteer impact. Participating organizations will also assess themselves and identify next steps in preparing for greater volunteer engagement.

Reimagining Service found that only 15 percent of nonprofits nationwide leverage volunteers in ways that strengthen the overall performance of the organization. Where does your program stand?

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

*Full refunds are available to those who cancel within 48 hours.

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
QuickBooks Internal Controls
06/05/2018 - 1:30pm - 3:30pm

Faculty: Ian Shuman, CPA, QuickBooks ProAdvisor, Gelman, Rosenberg & Freedman CPAs

Course Objective: Come learn about some often ignored internal control features in QuickBooks that will make even your auditors happy.  

The course will discuss a variety of under-utilized features and will contrast how each work in QuickBooks Desktop and QuickBooks Online.  These topics will include:

• Available accounting preferences to set defaults and warning message options
• The closing date feature- the closest thing QuickBooks has to a hard close
•  Audit trail tracking of activity by user
•  The various types of users and the related customizable permission options

Using these features correctly can help avoid errors throughout the year and can give your auditor greater comfort in your accounting system.  Both QuickBooks Desktop and QuickBooks Online try to provide flexibility and ease of use along with the rigidity and complexity inherent in any accounting system.  They provide different answers to that challenge so we’ll discuss the related strengths and weaknesses of each software option.

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

*Full refunds are available to those who cancel within 48 hours.

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: Center for Nonprofit Advancement, 1666 K Street, NW, Suite 440, Washington, DC 20006
Center 101
11/09/2018 - 9:30am - 11:00am

Join us for an information session! Spend your morning with colleagues, Center staff and leading representatives in Health Insurance, Financial Management, Accounting Services, Retirement plans, and Liability and Commercial Insurance. This will be a great way to learn about the many programs and services the Center for Nonprofit Advancement offers its members. *Continental breakfast will be served.

OPEN TO ALL NONPROFIT ORGANIZATIONS.

This meeting is FREE to attend!

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

Courses at Nonprofit Village

SOLD OUT: Building a Data-Driven Culture
04/25/2018 - 10:00am - 12:00pm

Faculty: Britt Hogue, Principal, The Collective Good

Course Objective: Learn the keys to leading your organization to succeed in creating a data-driven culture.

We are all convinced by now that we want to be data driven. We have read the studies that prove making decisions and managing programs and teams with data is the right way to go. But what if not everyone in your organization got the memo? And how much data is too much? And how can you re-inspire your organization if you have already been down the “data path” unsuccessfully?

This session will present the fundamentals of change management, layering on best and leading practices specific to data- and performance-driven cultures, and will provide examples of organizations that have successfully transformed how they work. Participants will craft a vision for their organization’s data capacity and complete mini-assessments to identify the opportunities and obstacles they will likely encounter in making their vision a reality. Participants will also have an opportunity to collaborate with peers to brainstorm tactics to take back to their 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

*Full refunds are available to those who cancel within 48 hours.

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.

This class is SOLD OUT. Please check back this Summer when the next class schedule is up on our website.

Location: The Nonprofit Village, 12320 Parklawn Dr, Rockville, MD 20852
Managing Your Organization's Budget - Tips You Can Use
05/03/2018 - 10:00am - 12:00pm

Faculty: Doug Palmer, CPA, Palmer Financial and Paul Preziotti, CPA, Johnson Lambert

Course Objective: To provide useful and practical tips for the budgeting process (from both a CFO’s and Auditor’s perspective).

Budgeting is a process most not-for-profits undertake annually. Although budgeting can be time-consuming and difficult, it doesn't have to be!

We will discuss best practices and provide tips on:

-Budget planning
-Budgeting key areas of the financial statement
-Presenting budgets to different audiences
-Budget monitoring 

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

*Full refunds are available to those who cancel within 48 hours.

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: The Nonprofit Village, 12320 Parklawn Dr, Rockville, MD 20852
How to Support Your Staff
05/08/2018 - 1:30pm - 3:30pm

Faculty: Emma Gilmore Kieran, Pilot Peak Consulting

Course Objective: Learn best practices for supporting nonprofit staff to increase efficiencies and workplace camaraderie.

Having a team that works for and with you - not against you or parallel to you – is critically important regardless of the size of your nonprofit staff. In order to love your work you need to be able to work well together to balance productivity and camaraderie. This training includes an overview of best practices when managing staff as well as how to promote a culture in which coaching, communication and feedback are the cornerstones. Join me to learn how to support your staff!

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

*Full refunds are available to those who cancel within 48 hours.

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: The Nonprofit Village, 12320 Parklawn Dr, Rockville, MD 20852