Program Format

Each participant will be required to submit a capstone research paper and make an executive summary presentation focused on identifying, researching, and formulating an action plan to address a current issue or opportunity facing his/her nonprofit organization. Those who successfully complete the program will receive a Nonprofit Leadership Certificate.

The program will consist of eleven three-hour sessions. The sessions will be held once a month during the academic year, 3:00pm to 6:30pm. The next cohort will begin in the Fall 2019: 9/23/19; 10/7/19; 11/4/19; 12/2/19; 1/6/20 (snow date 1/13/20); 2/3/20 (snow date 2/10/20); 3/2/20 (snow date 3/9/20); 4/6/20; 5/4/20; 6/1/20; 6/15/20. 

The themes and topics for each session include:

 

 

  • Session 1 : The Big Pictureplus or minus

    •         Welcome and Introduction Presentations
    •         Program Overview
    •         Cohort 1 Panel - Q&A
    •         Program Guidelines – Confidentiality/Trust
    •        Capstone Project  Overview
    •        Self Assessments/Organizational Assessment
    •        Course Survey (Skills Topics)
  • Session 2:Leadership & Professional Growth- Personalplus or minus

    • Resilient Leadership
    • Review of Self Assessments
    • Leadership Styles
    • Effective Supervision
    • Personnel Considerations
    • Self-Assessment, Reflection, Action
    • Balancing Self, Family, Work
    • Keys to Personal Sustainability
  • Session 3: . Leadership - Organizationalplus or minus

    • Organizational Culture
    • A Positive Environment
    • Community and Partner Involvement
  • Session 4:Capstone Project/Leadership Developmentplus or minus

  • Session 5: Capstone Project/Leadership Developmentplus or minus

  • Session 6: Management & Governanceplus or minus

    • Board Governance
    • Management Styles
    • Excellence in Governance
    • Diversity & Inclusion
  • Session 7: Marketing, Fundraising, Grants & Public Relationsplus or minus

    • Creating an Entrepreneurial Mind-set
    • Marketing Approaches
    • Essentials to Effective Fundraising
    • Professional Paper/Outline of Capstone
    • Assignment of Mentors
  • Session 8: Marketing, Fundraising, Grants & Public Relations IIplus or minus

    • Grant Opportunities/Resources
    • Building a Trusted and Sustainable Public Image
    • Key Internal Performance Indicators and Ratings
    • Current Development and Trends
  • Session 9: Reporting, Financial Management/Legal Requirements Iplus or minus

    • Internal Controls
    • Financial Statement Analysis
    • Form 990
    • Annual Plan and Operating Budgets
    • Managing Working Capital
    • Risk Management
    • Negotiations
    • Ethics: "Avoiding the Fraud-Mindset"
    • Capstone Paper Updates 
  • Session 10: Reporting, Financial Management/Legal Requirements IIplus or minus

    • Community Needs Assessment
    • Executive Compensation
    • Conflict of Interest
    • Risk Management
    • Legal Requirements
  • Session 11: Final Projects and Ceremonyplus or minus

    • Capstone Paper Presentations
    • Certificate Ceremony
    • Invite Employer