Course Catalog

Leadership & Personal Effectiveness

Managing Up:  To many people, this phrase smacks of manipulation, "cozying up", or out-and-out apple polishing performed by those seeking merely to advance in their careers.  But managing up is none of these things.  Managing up is a conscious  approach to working with your manager toward mutually agreed-upon goals. It is a process of influencing your manager to make decisions that benefit both of you as well as the organization.  In this highly interactive course you will learn:

  • Monday, May 22, 2017 - 9:00am to 4:30pm

The most effective leaders foster positive change for their nonprofits, enabling the organization to move more rapidly toward its vision. And yet, the natural resistance people have to changes in the status quo is a major challenge for most leaders. In this class, participants will learn techniques for formulating strategic change initiatives and for leading people through the transition process.

  • Tuesday, June 20, 2017 - 9:00am to 4:30pm

In this course, participants learn about the key components of “emotional intelligence” and how these relate to effective leadership in nonprofit organizations. The major emphases are on deepening understanding of emotional intelligence in leadership, assessing each person's current level of emotional intelligence, and formulating goals for leadership growth. Through experiential activities, participants will also explore applications of emotional intelligence to teamwork and group dynamics.

  • Monday, June 12, 2017 - 9:00am to 4:30pm

Resource Management

The workplace of today requires both new and experienced supervisors to cope with constant change and increasingly challenging situations.  This  class will help managers, supervisors and team leaders learn and apply skills and strategies to successfully manage the work while inspiring employees to give their best.  Participants will examine case studies and role play challenging supervisory situations to gain interactive experience in applying the course material to their work lives.

Topics will include:

  • Monday, June 5, 2017 - 9:00am to 4:30pm
  • Tuesday, June 6, 2017 - 9:00am to 4:30pm

Keeping volunteers involved can be as challenging as recruiting them in the first place. Retaining their passion and commitment requires ongoing support and communication throughout the organization. This class will explore the following questions:

  • Monday, September 25, 2017 - 9:00am to 4:30pm
  • Monday, October 2, 2017 - 9:00am to 12:30pm

Maximizing volunteer resources to build programs and maintain operations is critical to many nonprofits today.  However, the competition for volunteer talent is strong, and attracting the right mix of skills and schedules requires updated approaches.  This class will focus on how to:

  • Monday, September 18, 2017 - 9:00am to 4:30pm

Effective involvement of volunteer talents and skills is essential to most nonprofit organizations. This class offers an introduction to the basic elements of successful volunteer resources management, including planning, organizing, recruiting, screening, training, supervising, record keeping and evaluating. The course is designed for those new to the role of managing volunteers and those starting up a new volunteer program.

  • Monday, September 11, 2017 - 9:00am to 4:30pm

Organizational Development & Strategy

Everything you need to know you learned in kindergarten—except the ins and outs of running a nonprofit. We will cover the core aspects of nonprofit management, including board development, fundraising, vision and strategy, and marketing. This is designed as a pragmatic course with plenty of on-the-ground practical application.

  • Thursday, May 11, 2017 - 9:00am to 4:30pm

Interested in Nonprofit Board Service?  Building Blocks for Nonprofit Board Members will help you understand what it takes to be an effective board member.  This training provides an excellent introduction to the nonprofit sector, the life cycles of nonprofit organizations and their boards, an overview of board roles and responsibilities, and provides a variety of resources for continuing board development and growth.  This workshop is ideal for anyone who is interested in board service or recently became a board member for the first time.

  • Wednesday, May 17, 2017 - 9:00am to 12:30pm

Celebrate the 10th group of ENLP grads, enjoy reconnecting with alum, and hear from some of our region's transformational leaders!

Keynote Speaker, To Be Announced

  • Wednesday, June 14, 2017 - 12:00pm to 2:00pm

Fund Development & Communications

Are you feeling overwhelmed with planning events, writing newsletters and updating social media?  Are all your communication efforts effective?  A good communications plan ensures you’re doing the right work, pursuing the right goals, and doing it the best way when there are always other options and choices for the use of your limited resources.  In this course, you’ll learn how to write a strategic communications plan that will organize your communications with a written blueprint for actions and activities: what, how, when, where, and to whom you should be communicating.

  • Wednesday, May 3, 2017 - 9:00am to 4:30pm

So you don't have money to hire a graphic designer and you don’t even know what a style sheet is or how to get started.  This course is designed for nonprofits who need to make the most out of donated services and with little to no budget for marketing.

  • Tuesday, June 27, 2017 - 9:00am to 4:30pm

Social Media Strategies is designed for professionals who know how to use the most popular tools (Facebook, Twitter, etc.) and are looking to increase their fan engagement. The class focuses on three major areas:

1. Emerging Trends and Tools. This will cover what is on the horizon, the latest news and laws around social media, and the best new apps and tools.

2. Strategy. Using research, we will focus on creating great content and timing it for the greatest impact.

  • Wednesday, May 24, 2017 - 9:00am to 4:30pm

This class will focus on the request process -  from readying your request team - to setting the meeting - to making the request - to closing the gift.  Students will learn specific strategies and sample "ask" lines, as well as how to handle timing and common responses.  Students will have the opportunity to craft, vet, and rehearse their own real request, and are asked to come prepared with a donor in mind (no names, of course!), whom they would realistically like to approach.  Our goal is craft a compelling and personalized request plan that can be implemented in the near-team to successf

  • Friday, May 19, 2017 - 9:00am to 4:30pm

Because great stories attract, inspire, and move people to action, storytelling is a key element of any marketing and communications plan. It's essential for nonprofits to identify, articulate, and most importantly, market the impact they make with their programs. Does your nonprofit story put a face on your nonprofit's work and make an impact? Do your stories resonate with donors? Powerful storytelling makes an emotional connection, keeping your current supporters engaged and prospective supporters wanting to learn more.

  • Thursday, June 22, 2017 - 9:00am to 4:30pm