Develop the skills and strategies you need to become an integral part of one of America’s fastest growing service sectors! In this course, a twelve-year veteran in the nonprofit management field will show you how to transform your good intentions into a professional plan of action. You’ll understand the unique characteristics of nonprofit organizations while mastering the core knowledge necessary to become an effective leader in the nonprofit arena.
In this course, you will learn skills and develop strategies that will take your organization to new heights of prosperity and productivity. You’ll gain a full understanding the role of the executive director and the board of directors, special event and meeting management, public relation strategies, and how to find a position in this fascinating and rewarding field of work.
Learn some basic nonprofit terminology and the purpose of the nonprofit in today’s society. You will learn why the bottom line of a nonprofit is judged differently from a for-profit business, and what this means to you as a nonprofit manager. Then, learn how your mission statement guides your nonprofit, what a strategic plan is, and why every nonprofit needs one.
Learn who governs and manages the nonprofit. You will examine the entire leadership structure in a clean, concise format. Then, examine the grand picture of the nonprofit workforce and learn why the role of the executive director is so vital to the success of the organization.
Learn about group dynamics and the role that the board of directors plays in nonprofit governance. Then, discover how to attract and retain volunteers. You will understand the real purpose of committees and how to make each one worth its weight in gold.
Learn how to improve your meeting management skills. You will discover when a meeting is necessary, how to decide what type of meeting your organization needs, and how to figure out how much it actually costs to hold a meeting. Then, learn why delivering relevant benefits and services can enhance your organization’s reputation by meeting or exceeding members’ expectations.
Learn why financial management is one of the most important practices in nonprofit management. You will understand how the budget empowers you to protect your membership, and how it actually serves as the ultimate referee in times of financial conflict. Then, explore the world of special event management. You will be able to plan and execute a special event that will boost your agency’s income and community awareness.
Discover the public relations tools and techniques that nonprofit professionals use to successfully get the word out about their organization. Finally, learn some of the best ways to find a job in the nonprofit sector. You will learn how to prepare a personal case statement, and why the 20-second rule can make the difference in landing an interview.
Prerequisites / Requirements
There are no prerequisites to take this course.
- This course can be taken on either a PC or Mac device.
- PC: Windows XP or later.
- Mac: OS X Snow Leopard 10.6 or later.
- Browser: The latest version of Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome, or Safari (We recommend Firefox or Chrome).
- Adobe Flash Player. Click here to download the Flash Player.
- Adobe Acrobat Reader. Click here to download the Acrobat Reader.
- Email capabilities and access to a personal email account.
- Software must be installed and fully operational before the course begins.
Instructional material requirements:
- The instructional materials required for this course are included in enrollment and will be available online.
WHEN CAN I GET STARTED?
A new session of each course opens each month, allowing you to enroll whenever your busy schedule permits!
HOW DOES IT WORK?
Once a session starts, two lessons will be released each week, for the six-week duration of your course. You will have access to all previously released lessons until the course ends.
HOW LONG DO I HAVE TO COMPLETE EACH LESSON?
The interactive discussion area for each lesson automatically closes 2 weeks after each lesson is released, so you’re encouraged to complete each lesson within two weeks of its release.
WHAT IF I NEED AN EXTENSION?
The Final Exam will be released on the same day as the last lesson. Once the Final Exam has been released, you will have 2 weeks plus 10 days to complete the Final and finish any remaining lessons in your course. No further extensions can be provided beyond these 10 days.