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The Center for Community Research & Service (CCRS) has been
supporting Delaware nonprofits since 1990 by providing valuable and
needed training to nonprofit leaders so they may lead their organizations
efficiently and effectively. The 16-week Nonprofit Leadership
Certificate Program (NLCP), which runs February through
May each year, is in its 31st 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 peer-to-peer
sharing and networking aspect of the course is a great benefit of the
face-to-face instruction 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 Management, as well as 13.6 CEUs. This course
meets in Wilmington, Delaware, at the Community Service Building (100 West
NEXT COHORT: Spring 2022 (February-May)
Meets every Thursday from 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Contact Signe Bell at (302) 573-4475 with questions
about the program or registration
Cost: $2595. Package pricing is available for
organizations that send more than one person from their leadership
Organizational Assessment and Strategy (1 Day)
This session 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 (1 Day)
This session 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 (1/2 Day)
This session 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 (1 Day)
This session 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 (1 Day) This module will address key elements to developing and maintaining an active and engaged board for your nonprofit.
Human Resources Management (2 Days)
This session trains managers in selected aspects of personnel
management, including interviewing and selection, employment law,
classification and compensation, career development, and performance
Program Management and Decision-Making (1 Day)
This session covers the dual requirements of nonprofit organization and
their importance for decision making, planning and management.
Volunteer Management (1 Day) This session covers the design and management of successful volunteer programs.
Advocacy (1/2 Day) This
session 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
Marketing and Fundraising (2 Days)
This session emphasizes marketing, public relations and fund raising.
Approaches to developing systematic marketing and fund raising
strategies are presented. Sources of nonprofit revenue, historical
philanthropic patterns, and strategies to achieve a stable and
diversified funding base are reviewed. Participants will also discuss
the use of social networking as a marketing and fund development tool.
Succession Planning (1/2 day) This session focuses on planning for leadership succession within nonprofit organizations.
Program Evaluation (1 Day)
This session 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, over the course of the 16 weeks, 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.
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