Here is a sampling of the master classes that are available. Customized classes can be developed to meet your needs. Master classes are typically one or two day sessions, providing attendees a thorough exploration of concepts.
Sustainable Strategic Planning and Business Practice Topics
Description – Sustainable Strategic Planning
Participants will examine how a sustainable strategic plan plays an important role for a nonprofit organization. This course will focus on the basic components of the strategic plan and discuss the planning process utilizing a variety of tools to evaluate the organization. Tools include the SWOT Analysis, BCG Matrix, Sustainability Matrix, Strategy Canvas and the Balanced Scorecard. This course will provide an opportunity for attendees to use the tools to begin constructing the framework for a sustainable strategic plan. A discussion of triple bottom line strategic thinking will also be included looking at financial, social and environmental returns.
Description – Elements of an Effective Business Plan
This session will guide participants through the development of an effective business plan. Students will learn about the different portions of the plan itself including the Executive Summary, Organization Background/Introduction, Nonprofit Industry Description, Operations Plan, Sales/Marketing/Fundraising Plan, Organizational Management and Financial Plan. Attendees will also learn a quick and easy approach in developing the framework of a business plan on the back of a napkin.
Description – Project Management: Strategies and Tactics for Success
Do you find yourself continually juggling priorities and deadlines? Do you need to get organized and break the barriers to personal productivity? This course will examine the key issues and activities involved in effective project management: defining, planning, and implementing. Participants will learn how to speak the language of project management and apply basic project management methodology to ensure project success.
Description – Earning the Public Trust: Guidelines in Standards and Accountability
Designed to support board members and staff leaders as they strive to meet high standards of ethical conduct, accountability, and transparency, this standards and accountability course explores tools and resources to evaluate and improve business practices to bring organizations in line with commonly accepted accountability standards.
Participants will learn how to:
• Create an environment of transparency and accountability
• Understand effective board governance
• For Businesses: Use the Baldridge model to ensure standards are met especially for corporate social responsibility
• For Nonprofits: Use the Standards for Excellence guidelines or the Principles and Practices recommended checklist to ensure standards are met
Social Enterprise and Nonprofit Topics
Description – Social Enterprise Endeavors: Thinking Outside the Box
With decreases in grants from foundations and government, nonprofit organizations must find alternative funding methods to continue their work. One option to consider is social enterprise. This course will provide you a solid overview to help you explore new ventures for your nonprofit that can provide it a stream of unrestricted funds. You will learn about market changes and trends, successful social enterprises and how to prepare for a new enterprise. Case studies will help give you ideas for thinking out of the box about your nonprofit.
Description – Integrating Social Enterprise into Your Nonprofit Strategy
Participants will examine how a social enterprise can be incorporated into a sustainable strategic plan as an innovative fundraising strategy. This session will guide participants through the history of social enterprise and the growth of using for-profit enterprises as a funding strategy. Social Enterprise examples will be reviewed and an overview of the IRS 598 guidelines regarding Unrelated Business Income Tax (UBIT) will be provided. This course will focus on whether this kind of strategy is feasible for the organization to incorporate into its sustainable strategic plan. An offsite visit to a local nonprofit known for social enterprise endeavors will also be included.
Description – Financial Reporting and Analysis: Understanding the Essentials
This fundamental course covers the essentials of financial reporting and analysis for individuals who lack an extensive background in financial management. Emphasis is on applying financial principals in a nonprofit setting and comparing the differences with corporate financials. Topics include allocating your resources; understanding financial statements; creating and maintaining your budget; and determining and managing appropriate reserves.