Course Catalog

Leadership & Personal Effectiveness

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.

  • Friday, October 28, 2016 - 9:00am to 4:30pm

What’s the best way to lead your team? How can you connect with your donors more effectively? What’s the key to your success? What gets in your way of realizing your goals? This workshop helps nonprofit leaders explore and expand their understanding of their natural preferences and the style you use, as well as how others might perceive and react to it.

  • Monday, September 19, 2016 - 9:00am to 4:30pm
  • Monday, September 26, 2016 - 9:00am to 4:30pm

ED/CEO Bootcamp is designed for new or aspiring nonprofit executive leaders. The purpose of the class is to build individual leadership capacity and to grow the leader talent pool across the Metro Richmond nonprofit sector. Through personal reflection, class discussion, and skill application, participants will be able to apply course content immediately. Participants will gain a deeper knowledge of their interests, productive styles, needs, stress behaviors, and organizational orientation through completion and analysis of the Birkman Method® Assessment.

  • Wednesday, October 26, 2016 - 9:00am to 4:30pm
  • Wednesday, November 2, 2016 - 9:00am to 4:30pm

ED/CEO Bootcamp is designed for new or aspiring nonprofit executive leaders. The purpose of the class is to build individual leadership capacity and to grow the leader talent pool across the Metro Richmond nonprofit sector. Through personal reflection, class discussion, and skill application, participants will be able to apply course content immediately. Participants will gain a deeper knowledge of their interests, productive styles, needs, stress behaviors, and organizational orientation through completion and analysis of the Birkman Method® Assessment.

  • Wednesday, October 26, 2016 - 9:00am to 4:30pm
  • Wednesday, November 2, 2016 - 9:00am to 4:30pm

What’s the best way to lead your team? How can you connect with your donors more effectively? What’s the key to your success? What gets in your way of realizing your goals? This workshop helps nonprofit leaders explore and expand their understanding of their natural preferences and the style you use, as well as how others might perceive and react to it.

  • Monday, September 19, 2016 - 9:00am to 4:30pm
  • Monday, September 26, 2016 - 9:00am to 4:30pm

Organizational Development & Strategy

Nonprofit organizations are frequently called upon to work together in partnerships or alliances to meet the community's needs or to apply jointly for funding. These interactions can range from networking and information sharing, to simple cooperation and coordination of services, to full collaboration where achieving a common goal supersedes individual agency interests. Board members and staff participating in this course will examine the pitfalls and best practices of partnership with a focus on practical tools for making partnership work.

  • Wednesday, October 12, 2016 - 9:00am to 4:30pm

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.

  • Friday, September 30, 2016 - 9:00am to 4:30pm

Fund Development & Communications

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, November 9, 2016 - 9:00am to 4:30pm

Did your last press release go unnoticed?  Are you unsure how to get the media interested in your programs and events?  If so, then this course in media relations will help you develop good story angles and land coverage.  Learn how to promote your story ideas, write releases and develop lasting relationships with local media outlets.  Hear from a local reporter on how to pitch ideas and how newsrooms select stories.  We'll identify easy ways to start obtaining news stories and interviews on your nonprofit.

  • Wednesday, December 7, 2016 - 9:00am to 4:30pm

Applying for and managing a state or federal grant can be intimidating. This course is for those who have some experience with grants, but need more guidance on navigating government grants, from prospect research to close-out, and everything in between.

  • Monday, September 12, 2016 - 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.

  • Wednesday, October 5, 2016 - 9:00am to 4:30pm

Effective corporate relationships are a key element of taking your organization to the next level, from startup to sustainable organization. Strategic partnerships are called that because of the planning that goes into identifying and developing those relationships. Join us for this one-day look at developing these partnerships. After participating, you will have the valuable tools, resources, and know-how to build and implement nonprofit-corporate relationships.

  • Friday, November 18, 2016 - 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.

  • Thursday, September 22, 2016 - 9:00am to 12:30pm

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.

  • Saturday, November 12, 2016 - 9:00am to 12:30pm

Programs & Community Impact

Having ready access to current, accurate local-level data can make or break your grant proposal, case for giving, or planning process. Data sources are readily available and free on the Internet, but navigating the vast array of websites can be time-consuming and intimidating. This hands-on workshop, held in a computer lab, allows each student to find and explore recommended data sites. We’ll discuss guidelines for evaluating websites, and the instructors will guide the class in locating sites for local demographic and indicator data.

  • Monday, December 5, 2016 - 9:00am to 4:30pm

The first in a series of three courses in the Case Management Certificate Program, this class provides an overview of case management for individuals and families who are homeless, at risk of homelessness, or living in extreme poverty. Beginning with an overview of homelessness and current best practices, participants will then learn the basics of strengths-based case management, client assessment, and service planning.  Participants will also develop an understanding of ethical standards as they apply to case management.

  • Wednesday, September 7, 2016 - 9:00am to 4:30pm
  • Wednesday, September 14, 2016 - 9:00am to 4:30pm

The first in a series of three courses in the Case Management Certificate Program, this class provides an overview of case management for individuals and families who are homeless, at risk of homelessness, or living in extreme poverty. Beginning with an overview of homelessness and current best practices, participants will then learn the basics of strengths-based case management, client assessment, and service planning.  Participants will also develop an understanding of ethical standards as they apply to case management.

  • Wednesday, September 7, 2016 - 9:00am to 4:30pm
  • Wednesday, September 14, 2016 - 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, November 7, 2016 - 9:00am to 4:30pm
  • Tuesday, November 8, 2016 - 9:00am to 4:30pm

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, November 7, 2016 - 9:00am to 4:30pm
  • Tuesday, November 8, 2016 - 9:00am to 4:30pm

Volunteerism is continually evolving and taking on new dimensions. In addition to the operational details of program management, effective leaders must understand larger macro-level changes and issues affecting volunteer engagement today. This class provides an opportunity to:

  • Monday, October 24, 2016 - 9:00am to 12:30pm