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The Center for Community Research & Service (CCRS) has supported Delaware nonprofits since 1990 by providing valuable and needed training to nonprofit leaders to lead their organizations
efficiently and effectively. The 15-week Nonprofit Leadership
Certificate Program (NLCP) is in its 33rd year. In addition to receiving critical
content from accomplished trainers in the sector, participants build
on the course modules to assess their organizations and develop action
plans in the strategic areas of their choice. The course's peer-to-peer sharing and networking aspect is a great benefit of the
cohort model of the NLCP.
Graduates of the program have gone on to lead organizations of every size
and in every sector of the nonprofit industry. Graduates of the course receive
a Certificate in Nonprofit Leadership and 10.5 CEUs.
NEXT COHORT: Fall 2024
SCHEDULE: Thursdays from 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m.FORMAT:
Hybrid - eight full-day in-person sessions, seven half-day synchronous online
sessions and asynchronous content. All classes are held during published
class times. Dates of specific half-day and full-day sessions will be available in late Spring 2024.LOCATION of IN-PERSON SESSIONS: Community Service
Building | 100 W. 10th St., Wilmington, Del. 19801CONTACT: email@example.com COST: $2595
Package pricing is available for
organizations that send more than one person from their leadership
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Organizational Assessment and Strategy
This module focuses on the basic theories and functions of strategic
planning and management, and introduces students to the planning/
monitoring/ evaluation cycle. Financial aspects of strategic planning
and management are addressed.
Financial Management & Oversight This module emphasizes the communication and interpretation of
financial information for decision-making by managers, governing boards,
granting agencies and donors. Techniques and principles of cash flow
prediction, resource allocation, financial statement analysis, and
budgeting and control are presented.
Strategic Technology Planning This module focuses on strategically planning for and managing
technology, to help nonprofit managers make informed and intelligent
technology investments, and use technology to accomplish the
Leadership and Innovation in Nonprofit Organizations This module focuses on three aspects of leadership: developing and
working within a multi-cultural management team, understanding
management styles, and conflict resolution. Attention and focus will
also be paid to working on innovative tools and strategies to manage
problems and issues more creatively.
Board Governance This module will address key elements to developing and maintaining an active and engaged board for your nonprofit.
Human Resources Management
This module trains managers in selected aspects of personnel
management, including interviewing and selection, employment law,
classification and compensation, career development, and performance
Volunteer Management This module covers the design and management of successful volunteer programs.
module enhances nonprofit managers' understanding of the importance
of advocacy and government relations in serving their mission, and
equips them with the skills and knowledge to be effective in influencing
public policy. It also addresses the use of technology as a tool for
Approaches to developing systematic fundraising
strategies are presented. Sources of nonprofit revenue, historical
philanthropic patterns, and strategies to achieve a stable and
diversified funding base are reviewed.
Grantwriting This module will cover the basics of grantseeking and grantwriting.
Marketing This module emphasizes effective strategies in marketing, public relations and branding.
Succession Planning This module focuses on planning for leadership succession within nonprofit organizations.
This module presents basic concepts and models for determining how
efficiently and effectively the organization is performing. Strategies
for incorporating the results of evaluation into program planning,
program implementation, and justifying resource requirements are
Course Project Participants
are required to complete course assignments on each of the modules.
This very valuable component of the NLCP will assist managers and
directors with implementing the knowledge and skills they have acquired
as a result of the curriculum. Nonprofit professionals will work to
identify key issue areas of their organization and/or program and
develop, goals and an implementation
plan for these key areas. Participants are required to present their
plan as part of their final project on the final day of the course. The Nonprofit Leadership Certificate Program is supported in part by the state of Delaware.
Please reach out to Signe Bell at firstname.lastname@example.org