NONPROFIT LEADERSHIP TRAINING

Our online classes are taught LIVE by an instructor. Students will need access to a computer and to the Internet. A desktop or laptop computer is preferred, but tablets and smartphones are also an option. CCM will provide access to any specialized software needed for the course.

Please note: A link to join a class will be sent by the instructor to registered students 1-2 days before a class is scheduled to begin.

CCM understands the unique needs of professionals working in nonprofit organizations, particularly the challenges in developing awareness of your organization, fundraising on large and small scales, cultivating and soliciting a donor base, creating special events that have impact and communicate your organization’s mission and message, writing effective grant applications that yield results, along with being financially, legally and ethically compliant.

If you’re already a nonprofit leader or manager and want to standout professionally, or if you simply need to improve your skills to help your organization move to the next level, the CCM Nonprofit Leadership Training Program is for you. You can earn two CCM specialty certificates: Nonprofit Fundraising Professional and Grant Writing. Following the training received in this program, students may also wish to investigate the Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) credential. First awarded in 1981, it is also the first globally-recognized credential for fundraising professionals. http://www.cfre.org/

For either certificate, start with the foundational course, Fundamentals for Fundraising Professionals which has been updated and expanded with new content and instructed by a team of industry professionals.

 

NONPROFIT FUNDRAISING ESSENTIALS CERTIFICATE

GRANT WRITING CERTIFICATE

FUNDAMENTALS FOR FUNDRAISING PROFESSIONALS

This team-taught course, required for both certificate programs, lays the groundwork for subsequent courses. Learn about the unique aspects of the management and work performed in the nonprofit sector, including an overview of the fundraising climate, giving trends, legal basics – by-laws and requirements – for legal compliance, financial reports, audited financial statements, income statements and balance sheets, tax implications, tax code, managing a board and board governance. NPC-222.

LEAD INSTRUCTOR: Lauren R. Swern, BA

CO-INSTRUCTORS: Nancy Eberhardt, Esq., Karen DiMaria, MBA, Leonor DiStefano, BS, Tax Consultant

Course Code #: 28360

5 Sessions: 15 hours, CEU 1.5

Time: 6:30-9:30 p.m., Mon, Feb 1-March 1

Cost: $249

NONPROFIT FUNDRAISING ESSENTIALS CERTIFICATE

CCM’s Nonprofit Fundraising Essentials Certificate is just what your organization needs to be more effective. When your fundraising is effective, you increase your organization’s ability to impact more lives, spread your message further or provide more services. If you want to learn how to fundraise like the pros, then obtain this Essentials Certificate and learn the techniques and strategies that will improve your fundraising efforts.

In addition to the totally new Fundamentals for Fundraising Professionals foundation course, the Nonprofit Fundraising Essentials Certificate includes four additional interactive courses with case studies and projects to meet nonprofit fundraising professionals’ needs and challenges. The certificate program offers a complete overview of integrated programs for raising funds from individual donors to corporations and features the most current information and techniques. It complements the Grant Writing Certificate program to give nonprofit fundraising professionals a complete review of skills, techniques and program components to increase capital and improve cash flow for nonprofits of any size.

To earn a CCM Certificate in Nonprofit Fundraising Essentials, you must successfully complete all the courses below. These courses are part of a certification program and are designed to be taken sequentially.

  • Fundamentals for Fundraising Professionals
  • Making the Ask – Face to Face Communications
  • Create Donor-Centric Communications
  • Creating Special Events that Raise Funds and Friends
  • Putting It All Together – Creating an Annual Fund

MAKING THE ASK – FACE TO FACE COMMUNICATIONS

People say the number one reason they don’t give charitably is because they haven’t been asked. Learn how to identify donor prospects, explore strategies for developing an ongoing donor base and learn how to effectively ask for donations. Gain confidence with skills to successfully incorporate different ways to ‘make the ask’ as part of your fundraising strategy. NPC-215.

INSTRUCTOR: Lauren R. Swern, BA

Course Code #: 28361

2 Sessions: 6 hours, CEU 0.6

Time: 6:30-9:30 p.m., Mon, March 8-15

Cost $119

CREATE DONOR-CENTRIC COMMUNICATIONS

Written communications are the cornerstone of a nonprofit’s development program – case statements, social media, direct mail appeals, annual reports and newsletters. Learn about the fundamentals of written communications including assessing organizational capacity, available resources and timing each piece to support donor stewardship and fundraising. NPC-216.

INSTRUCTOR: Dawn Knill, CFRE

Course Code #: 28362

4 Sessions: 12 hours, CEU 1.2

Time: 6:30-9:30 p.m., Thurs,
March 25-April 15

Cost: $239

CREATING SPECIAL EVENTS THAT RAISE FUNDS AND FRIENDS

Special events are a great way for nonprofits to recognize and strengthen relationships with current donors, recruit or introduce your organization to new donors, generate publicity for your organization and its mission and to raise unrestricted funds. This course covers all aspects of producing a fundraiser for your organization – managing planning and logistics, strategies for networking, volunteer recruitment, public relations and raising funds with an emphasis on fitting events into the larger framework of your nonprofit organization’s goals. NPC-223.

INSTRUCTOR: Dawn Knill, CFRE

Course Code #: 28363

3 Sessions: 9 hours, CEU 0.9

Time: 6:30-9:30 p.m., Thurs, April 22-May 6

Cost: $179

PUTTING IT ALL TOGETHER – CREATING AN ANNUAL FUND PLAN

Become proactive with your fundraising initiatives with a development plan that focuses on your organization’s goals, method of achieving the goals and resources required. Learn how to involve board members, staff and volunteers in the planning process to ensure that the plan produces ownership and results. NPC-218.

INSTRUCTOR: Lauren R. Swern, BA

Course Code #: 88364

2 sessions: 6 hours, CEU 0.6

Time: 6:30-9:30 p.m., Wed, Dec 2 and 9

Cost: $119

or

Course Code #: 28364

2 Sessions: 6 hours, CEU 0.6

Time: 6:30-9:30 p.m., Mon, May 10-17

Cost: $119

Start your journey to more effective grant writing with a solid understanding of the Fundamentals for Fundraising Professionals, the foundational course for this certificate.

GRANT WRITING CERTIFICATE

Following the Fundamentals course, improve your understanding and skills with four more specialized courses. Whether you’re new to the field of grant writing or just want to improve your success rate in securing grant funds, this special CCM Grant Writing Certificate Program will provide you with an overview of necessary techniques for writing foundation grant proposals. This is a HANDS-ON program that includes a unique expert panel discussion from a variety of local nonprofits and foundations offering tips on presenting and submitting a successful grant application as well as the opportunity to ask questions.

Come to the program with your funding need and leave the program with the necessary tools to be successful. Research the funding options that are best for your need. Write the statement of need, narrative and other pieces of the proposal. Several times throughout the program, professional grant writers and grant funders are invited into the class to provide current grant trends and evaluate your work, providing real-life feedback on why they would or would not accept your work.

Who should attend: Newcomers to the grant development process, and those who have some experience. This includes community-based organization staff, volunteers and board members.

To earn a CCM Certificate in Grant Writing, you must successfully complete all the courses below. These courses are part of a certification program and are designed to be taken sequentially.

  • Fundamentals for Fundraising Professionals
  • Prospecting for Grants
  • Grant Researching and Proposal Writing Workshop
  • Interactive Proposals Writing
  • Ethics in Grant Writing

PROSPECTING FOR GRANTS

Where to begin when looking for grant money? Discover what a grant funding foundation does, how foundations choose the organizations to fund, how to find foundation and corporate grants and where to find the statistics to document the requester’s funding need. NPC-211.

Instructor: Lauren R. Swern, BA

Course Code #: 28371

3 Sessions: 6 hours, CEU 0.6

Time: 6:30-8:30 p.m., Tues, March 23-April 6

Cost: $179

GRANT RESEARCHING AND PROPOSAL WRITING WORKSHOP

Ready to look for funding? In this course, learn how to develop grant proposals by locating funding sources, understanding funders and writing compelling grant proposals. Learn about components of a proposal, types of funding sources and submission and follow-up techniques that make a difference. A seasoned funder’s panel will offer tips on presenting and submitting a successful grant application, and answer questions. NPC-210.

Instructor: Lauren R. Swern, BA

Course Code #: 28372

4 Sessions: 13 hours, CEU 1.3

Time: 6:30-9:45 p.m., Tues, April 13-May 4

Cost: $239


INTERACTIVE PROPOSALS WRITING

Spend one session writing a letter of intent and another session working on a grant proposal. An expert panel of Morris County funders and grant professionals will review and discuss proposals in real time. This workshop will discuss various approaches funders take when reviewing proposals, red flags funders notice in applications and the importance of communicating your impact, as well as activities. Students will need to save their work to their local computer or a flash drive. NPC-212.

Instructor: Lauren R. Swern, BA

Course Code #: 88373

2 sessions: 7 hours, CEU 0.7

Time: 6:30-9:30 p.m., Mon, Dec 7-14

Cost: $119

or

Course Code #: 28373

2 Sessions: 7 hours, CEU 0.7

Time: 6-9:30 p.m., Wed, May 12-19

Cost: $119


ETHICS IN GRANT WRITING

Make sure you do everything right to maximize your chances of getting funded. Learn current standards of professional practice, the grant industry’s code of ethics, common causes of unethical behavior and possible consequences. Students will participate in small group discussions to resolve various questionable ethics scenarios. NPC-213.

Instructor: Lauren R. Swern, BA

Course Code #: 88374

1 session: 2 hours, CEU 0.2

Time: 6:30-8:30 p.m., Wed, Dec 16

Cost: $59

or

Course Code #: 28374

1 Session: 2 hours, CEU 0.2

Time: 6:30-8:30 p.m., Wed, May 26

Cost: $59

Questions about Nonprofit Leadership or Grants classes? wfd@ccm.edu or 973-328-5187