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Introduction to Nonprofit Management

Develop the skills and strategies you need to become an integral part of one of America's fastest growing service sectors. In this course, a twelve-year veteran in the nonprofit management field will show you how to transform your good intentions into a professional plan of action. You'll understand the unique characteristics of nonprofit organizations while mastering the core knowledge necessary to become an effective leader in the nonprofit arena.

In this course, you will learn skills and develop strategies that will take your organization to new heights of prosperity and productivity. You'll gain a full understanding the role of the executive director and the board of directors, special event and meeting management, public relation strategies, and how to find a position in this fascinating and rewarding field of work.

Marketing Your Nonprofit

Under pressure to increase membership, expand program value, attract media, entice donors, and develop volunteers, all while keeping an eye on the bottom line?

In the face of stiff competition, more worthwhile causes, more regulations, more watchdog agencies, and fewer funding opportunities, you need to work smarter—not longer.

This course will show you how to use powerful marketing techniques to compete more effectively for customers, donors, members, and volunteers. You'll also learn how to persuade the media to communicate your organization's message and further its ideals and goals.

Nonprofit Fundraising Essentials

Take your first step toward a rewarding career in fundraising for nonprofit organizations!

First, you'll explore the skills you'll need to become a successful fundraiser. After that, you'll discover where the best corporate and foundation fundraising jobs are and how to apply for them.

Next, you'll delve into every area of nonprofit fundraising—annual funds, special events, corporate relations, foundation relations, major gifts, and planned giving.  You'll also learn about capital campaigns and find out why they're a crucial element of nonprofit fundraising.

Along the way, you'll view real-life examples of writing projects, from gift acknowledgment letters to proposals, and you'll hone your own writing skills. In addition, you'll explore fundraising software tools you can use to track your efforts and enhance your results.

Course Fast Facts:

  • Learn Certificate in Nonprofit Suite in only 18 - 24 weeks
  • Approximately only 2 to 4 hours per week of study is required
  • This course is delivered 100% on-line and is accessible 24/7 from any computer or smartphone
  • Instructors lead each course and you will be able to interact with them and ask questions
  • You can study from home or at work at your own pace in your own time
  • You can download printer friendly course material or save for viewing off line
  • You will be awarded a certificate at completion of this course

How to study online course?

Upon enrolment an automated welcome email will be sent to you (please check your junk email inbox if not received as this is an automated email), in order for you to access your online course, which is Available 24/7 on any computer or smart mobile device. New courses start every month to ensure that we have the correct ratio of students to tutors available, please ensure you select a starting date when you go through our shopping cart, at checkout. The course is easy to follow and understand.

Recognition & Accreditation

All students who complete the course receive a certificate of completion with a passing score (for the online assessment) and will be issued a certificate via email.

Course I: Introduction to Nonprofit Management

There are 12 units of study

What is a Nonprofit? 

In this lesson, you'll learn some basic nonprofit terminology and the purpose of the nonprofit in today's society. You'll understand what the product of a nonprofit is, how it differs from a for-profit business, and its economic impact on the community where it resides. You will learn why the bottom line of a nonprofit is judged differently from a for-profit business, and what this means to you as a nonprofit manager.

Planning Documents 

In today's lesson, you'll learn why it's just not enough to have an idea for change and a knack for gathering supporters. This lesson will show you how to ensure your organization's success through careful planning. You'll learn how your mission statement guides your nonprofit, what a strategic plan is, and why every nonprofit needs one.

Structure and Leadership 

This lesson will give you a clear idea of what life is like inside a nonprofit. When you finish with today's lesson, you'll feel like you've been to an open house … and found out which room is yours! You'll also learn who governs and manages the nonprofit. I'll share with you my turf chart, which will help you understand the entire leadership issue in a clean, concise format.

Staffing and the Role of the Executive Director 

Today, I'll paint for you a grand picture of the nonprofit workforce. You'll learn what the executive director does and why this position is key to the overall wellbeing of a successful nonprofit. You'll learn why the executive director (ED) makes such high demands on the staff, and why the standards for quality performance are an integral part of the workplace.

The Board of Directors - This lesson is a fascinating study on group dynamics and the role that the board of directors plays in nonprofit governance. They are the few chosen from the many who take on the principal responsibility for fulfillment of the organization's mission and the legal accountability for its operations. Governing boards are receiving more attention than ever before, so this chapter is as timely as it is informative.

Volunteers and Committees - Volunteers are often referred to as the heart of a nonprofit, with committees being the backbone—one supports the other. Whatever you want to call the relationship, the fact is that a nonprofit needs both groups working in harmony to be successful. Today you'll learn how to attract and retain volunteers. You'll understand the real purpose of committees and how to make each one worth its weight in gold.

Managing and Organizing Meetings

 In today's lesson, you'll learn how to improve your meeting management skills. We'll talk about when a meeting is necessary, how to decide what type of meeting your organization needs, and how to figure out how much it actually costs to hold a meeting. This chapter is a real eye-opener that will help you put meeting planning into the right perspective.

Membership, Benefits and Services 

This lesson will help you understand why delivering relevant benefits and services can enhance your organization's reputation by meeting or exceeding members' expectations. A strong membership program results in delighted, satisfied members, and it boosts your image as a successful manager.

Financial Aspects 

In today's lesson, you'll learn why financial management is one of the most important practices in nonprofit management. You'll understand how the budget empowers you to protect your membership, and how it actually serves as the ultimate referee in times of financial conflict.

Special Event Management 

In today's lesson, you'll explore the world of special event management. The escalation of appeals for money is leading to donor fatigue. Loyal donors are saying, Enough already! and prospects are examining more carefully than ever before to see which organizations are willing to earn their support. By the end of this lesson, you'll be able to plan and execute a special event that will boost your agency's income and community awareness. You'll make your mark from the beginning and be an invaluable resource for any nonprofit you choose to work with.

Delivering Your Message 

Every nonprofit needs to enhance its image, increase member participation, energize supporters and publicize its fundraisers through a carefully orchestrated public relations (PR) program. In today's lesson, we'll look at the public relations tools and techniques that nonprofit professionals use to successfully get the word out about their organization.

Finding Your Place in the Nonprofit Sector 

In this last lesson, we'll get into the nitty-gritty of searching for just the right nonprofit job for you. You'll learn some of the best ways to find a job in the nonprofit sector, including some tips on how to write an effective resume. I'll show you how to prepare a personal case statement, and why the 20-second rule can make the difference between landing an interview or having your resume land in the trash bin.

 

Course II: Marketing Your Nonprofit

There are 12 units of study

Nonprofit Marketing Defined

In our first lesson, you'll learn the basics of marketing and the common terminology used in the marketing field. This will all be important to you because it will help you understand the role that marketing plays in your nonprofit organization and the benefits it can bring to those you serve.

Setting Goals

In today's lesson, we'll explore how and why nonprofit marketing succeeds. You'll learn to tie benefits to features to create a winning marketing program for your organization. I'll show you how to set marketing goals and objectives—no more guessing for you! You'll also learn how to think big, imagine great things, and understand how to measure your success. By the end of this lesson, you'll think like a professional marketer, ready to take on any challenge.

Positioning Your Nonprofit

Four marketing techniques work great in helping nonprofits find their niche, and they're all virtually free! We'll go over all four of them in today's lesson. You'll also learn how to differentiate your nonprofit from others and you'll come to understand what targeting clients, positioning, and branding can do for your organization. I'll show you how to apply these marketing tools to help your organization stand out, creating a platform where your organization can proudly show its stuff!

Market Readiness

In today's lesson, you'll learn how to conduct a marketing audit using the six P's: Product, Publics, Price, Place, Production, and Promotion. A marketing audit is a reality test. You'll assess in detail what it will take to achieve your agency's marketing goals, and how your existing programs are serving your organization. I'll show you why it's best to see that what you thought was pure genius, really is pure genius—or not. Armed with this information, you'll be ready to begin developing your actual marketing plan.

Marketing Strategies

Successful nonprofits either intuitively or implicitly have a strategy. And they'll use it for one purpose only: To help the nonprofit do a better job of getting to where it wants to go. In this lesson, we're going to look at different types of strategies that help nonprofits focus their resources and energy to meet their goals and objectives. This is a powerful lesson that creates another practical and informative management tool for your marketing efforts.

Advertising and Promotion

Once the word is out that your agency has money to advertise, you become fair game for every ad salesperson out there. Considering the money you invest in advertising isn't your own and you have to justify your expenses, it's prudent to know something about what works best and why. This lesson provides timely information that will empower you to make wise advertising choices on behalf of your nonprofit.

Advertising and Marketing on the Internet

There's so much to learn about marketing and advertising on the Internet that I could write a whole class on it. In this lesson, I'll provide you with an introduction to this fascinating subject, and I'll give you three specific tools for your advertising toolbox: Web site design, Web site ads, and event support. With just these three tools, you can build an Internet strategy that is second to none.

Marketing and Volunteers

In today's lesson, we'll take a close look at who your volunteers are, what those volunteers bring to the workplace, and how to maximize their contributions to your marketing efforts.

Publicity, Media, and Public Relations

Today, we'll look at three different ways to get your message across to the public: PR, media outreach, and publicity. Each is unique in its own way, but they all blend harmoniously in the end to bring forth a brilliant program that will get your nonprofit noticed!

Developing Your Own Market Plan

Marketing professionals understand the importance of marketing plans. But not everyone in your nonprofit is a marketing professional, nor does everyone always think like a marketing professional. To some, writing a marketing plan is a waste of time. In this lesson, you'll understand not only why your nonprofit needs a marketing plan, but also how to put a small and a large one together on your own.

Developing a Promotion Plan

In today's lesson, we'll follow a series of steps that will lead you through the promotion planning process. We look at image, message, promotion, and implementation. We've been building up to this lesson for five weeks. Here's where you'll put everything together and learn to promote the most important thing on your mind—your nonprofit.

Evaluating Your Marketing Efforts

Your board and membership have expectations for what your marketing program should be doing and what constitutes success. But these don't always coincide with how marketing really works and what role it actually plays in promoting your agency. These disconnects can spell trouble, often raising doubts about how well either side is tuned in to the realities of how an effective marketing program actually works. In our final lesson, we'll look at the last piece of the marketing puzzle: How to evaluate your marketing program. We'll look at why you need to evaluate your program and how to do it.

 

Course III: Nonprofit Fundraising Essentials

There are 12 units of study

Finding a Position

In this lesson, you’ll find out what fundraising is and the role it plays in the nonprofit world. We’ll examine a variety of fundraising positions and discuss what skills and experiences are needed to succeed in these roles. You’ll also get prepared to find a fundraising job by looking at online job resources of particular value to aspiring fundraisers. By the time you’ve completed this lesson, you’ll know how to conduct effective online job searches, understand how to set up e-mail job alerts, and feel more confident about the interviewing process.

Planning an Annual Fund

Today we’re going to start our discussion of the annual fund. You’ll learn important differences between unrestricted, restricted, and in-kind gifts. After that, you’ll find out how to get a handle on your organization’s annual operating budget so you can communicate knowledgeably about needs with potential donors. You’ll practice assembling an annual fund timeline using an interactive game, and then we’ll discuss the finer details of a typical 12-month campaign. By the end of the lesson, you’ll be ready to develop a timeline that fits the needs of your organization, understand how to structure donor levels effectively, and be better prepared to communicate with donors as prospective volunteers.

Soliciting Annual Fund Gifts

This lesson continues our discussion of the annual fund. You’ll learn how to draft an effective letter appeal, with an emphasis on nailing the author’s voice and understanding your audience. You’ll learn the process of mailing an appeal, including what to put in the envelope, what bulk mail permit to apply for, and how to set up credit card capability so you can accept annual fund gifts via credit card. We’ll talk about the pros and cons of using e-mail to solicit gifts. And we’ll take a look at the phone-a-thon—how it works, what volunteers need from you, and the scenarios you should include in your phone-a-thon script. We’ll wrap things up with a brief discussion of how to acknowledge a gift in writing.

Special Events Fundraising

Today we’ll kick off our discussion of special events, which will cover two lessons. We’ll start by discussing the roles and responsibilities of the special events fundraiser within small and large nonprofits, and we’ll take a look at different organizational reporting structures so you’ll know what to expect and to whom you’ll be reporting. After that, you’ll learn about seven different types of special events used by nonprofits to gather supporters together, publicize their causes, and—hopefully, but not always—raise money. We’ll wrap things up with a quick look at some of the tax implications of special events.

Organizing a Special Event

Even though they’re great for publicizing the good work of your organization, special events aren’t always such great moneymakers. So in this lesson, we’ll discuss how to make the most of your event budget—and how to avoid ending up in the red. We’ll start by costing out a gala event and scrutinizing a hotel contract for hidden fees related to everything from the use of audio-visual equipment to the trash left behind on banquet hall tables. You’ll learn strategies for negotiating a hotel contract to protect the interests of your organization. And we’ll also talk about ways to recruit volunteers according to the type of nonprofit you work for.

Foundation Relations

Today we’ll begin our exploration of foundation relations. You’ll get to know the methods and online tools you can use to locate foundations likely to be interested in funding your organization’s needs. You’ll also learn how to analyze a foundation’s tax return to determine whether it’s likely to be a good match for your organization. We’ll talk about opportunities available through challenge grants and non-grant-giving foundations. And you’ll learn how to translate your careful research into a cultivation plan designed to produce a proposal that’s welcomed by a foundation. 

Applying for Foundation Grants

We’ll continue our discussion of foundation relations today by exploring how to further cultivate foundation prospects. You’ll learn how to write a one-page query letter that allows you to assess a foundation’s interest, and you’ll also find out how to develop a full-fledged grant proposal. After that, we’ll talk about post-award responsibilities, which include writing acknowledgment letters, coordinating publicity with the foundation, and preparing grant reports.

Corporate Relations

In this lesson we’re going to talk about the work performed by the corporate relations fundraiser. We’ll start by exploring what motivates corporate philanthropy and the importance of being a fundraiser who can also think like someone involved in the business world. You’ll learn how to develop a list of companies likely to want to support your organization and discover how to research those companies to determine whether they’re worth cultivation. You’ll find out what corporate foundations and corporate giving programs are and why they’re important. And, finally, we’ll talk about the role of the corporate advisory group.

Major Gifts

The consultations surrounding a major gift donor’s decision can take months or years. Today, you’ll learn the basics about major gifts, planned giving, and endowments. You’ll find out why major gifts are so important, what activities or projects they support, and who major gift donors usually are. You’ll find out how to determine and articulate your organization’s major gift needs, how to plan a major gift program, and how to work with staff and volunteers to solicit major gifts. We’ll also talk about what needs to happen after a major gift is received.

Capital Campaigns

Today we’re going to talk about capital campaigns. You’ll learn how a capital campaign differs from the annual fund, why they’re so important to nonprofits, and what the campaign funds pay for. You’ll discover why collaboration among development staff, volunteers, board members, and other staff within your organization is crucial to a campaign’s success. And you’ll find out how a campaign’s goals are formulated and the kind of planning involved to put it all together.

Web 2.0 Fundraising

Today you’ll learn about Web 2.0 fundraising opportunities, including how to improve your organization’s Web site to make it easier for supporters to donate to your cause. We’ll explore how to use social networking sites like Facebook and MySpace to connect with prospective donors and members. You’ll find out why your CEO should be blogging and tweeting, and we’ll talk about the ways you can use multimedia to document and share events with an online community.

Fundraising Software

In our last lesson, we’ll explore the ways fundraising software can help you to become a more effective and efficient fundraiser by helping you to manage contacts and track fundraising relationships. Gift tracking, generating reports, storing notes, automating correspondence—all of these tasks are made substantially easier with the right program. You’ll learn the difference between customer relationship management (CRM) and fundraising-specific software. And we’ll look at some of the top players in the contact management market and discuss their pros and cons.

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  • Microsoft Windows XP, or later
  • Modern and up to date browser (Internet Explorer 8 or later, Firefox, Chrome, Safari)

MAC/iOS

  • OSX/iOS 6 or later
  • Modern and up to date browser (Firefox, Chrome, Safari)

All systems

  • Internet bandwidth of 1Mb or faster
  • Flash player or a browser with HTML5 video capabilities(Currently Internet Explorer 9, Firefox, Chrome, Safari)

Students will also need access the following applications:

Adobe Acrobat Reader

Adobe PDF plug - in ( a free download obtained at Adobe.com)

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About this Course

Let this discounted suite of courses teach you everything you need to know

Introduction to Nonprofit Management

Develop the skills and strategies you need to become an integral part of one of America's fastest growing service sectors. In this course, a twelve-year veteran in the nonprofit management field will show you how to transform your good intentions into a professional plan of action. You'll understand the unique characteristics of nonprofit organizations while mastering the core knowledge necessary to become an effective leader in the nonprofit arena.

In this course, you will learn skills and develop strategies that will take your organization to new heights of prosperity and productivity. You'll gain a full understanding the role of the executive director and the board of directors, special event and meeting management, public relation strategies, and how to find a position in this fascinating and rewarding field of work.

Marketing Your Nonprofit

Under pressure to increase membership, expand program value, attract media, entice donors, and develop volunteers, all while keeping an eye on the bottom line?

In the face of stiff competition, more worthwhile causes, more regulations, more watchdog agencies, and fewer funding opportunities, you need to work smarter—not longer.

This course will show you how to use powerful marketing techniques to compete more effectively for customers, donors, members, and volunteers. You'll also learn how to persuade the media to communicate your organization's message and further its ideals and goals.

Nonprofit Fundraising Essentials

Take your first step toward a rewarding career in fundraising for nonprofit organizations!

First, you'll explore the skills you'll need to become a successful fundraiser. After that, you'll discover where the best corporate and foundation fundraising jobs are and how to apply for them.

Next, you'll delve into every area of nonprofit fundraising—annual funds, special events, corporate relations, foundation relations, major gifts, and planned giving.  You'll also learn about capital campaigns and find out why they're a crucial element of nonprofit fundraising.

Along the way, you'll view real-life examples of writing projects, from gift acknowledgment letters to proposals, and you'll hone your own writing skills. In addition, you'll explore fundraising software tools you can use to track your efforts and enhance your results.

Course Fast Facts:

  • Learn Certificate in Nonprofit Suite in only 18 - 24 weeks
  • Approximately only 2 to 4 hours per week of study is required
  • This course is delivered 100% on-line and is accessible 24/7 from any computer or smartphone
  • Instructors lead each course and you will be able to interact with them and ask questions
  • You can study from home or at work at your own pace in your own time
  • You can download printer friendly course material or save for viewing off line
  • You will be awarded a certificate at completion of this course

How to study online course?

Upon enrolment an automated welcome email will be sent to you (please check your junk email inbox if not received as this is an automated email), in order for you to access your online course, which is Available 24/7 on any computer or smart mobile device. New courses start every month to ensure that we have the correct ratio of students to tutors available, please ensure you select a starting date when you go through our shopping cart, at checkout. The course is easy to follow and understand.

Recognition & Accreditation

All students who complete the course receive a certificate of completion with a passing score (for the online assessment) and will be issued a certificate via email.

Course I: Introduction to Nonprofit Management

There are 12 units of study

What is a Nonprofit? 

In this lesson, you'll learn some basic nonprofit terminology and the purpose of the nonprofit in today's society. You'll understand what the product of a nonprofit is, how it differs from a for-profit business, and its economic impact on the community where it resides. You will learn why the bottom line of a nonprofit is judged differently from a for-profit business, and what this means to you as a nonprofit manager.

Planning Documents 

In today's lesson, you'll learn why it's just not enough to have an idea for change and a knack for gathering supporters. This lesson will show you how to ensure your organization's success through careful planning. You'll learn how your mission statement guides your nonprofit, what a strategic plan is, and why every nonprofit needs one.

Structure and Leadership 

This lesson will give you a clear idea of what life is like inside a nonprofit. When you finish with today's lesson, you'll feel like you've been to an open house … and found out which room is yours! You'll also learn who governs and manages the nonprofit. I'll share with you my turf chart, which will help you understand the entire leadership issue in a clean, concise format.

Staffing and the Role of the Executive Director 

Today, I'll paint for you a grand picture of the nonprofit workforce. You'll learn what the executive director does and why this position is key to the overall wellbeing of a successful nonprofit. You'll learn why the executive director (ED) makes such high demands on the staff, and why the standards for quality performance are an integral part of the workplace.

The Board of Directors - This lesson is a fascinating study on group dynamics and the role that the board of directors plays in nonprofit governance. They are the few chosen from the many who take on the principal responsibility for fulfillment of the organization's mission and the legal accountability for its operations. Governing boards are receiving more attention than ever before, so this chapter is as timely as it is informative.

Volunteers and Committees - Volunteers are often referred to as the heart of a nonprofit, with committees being the backbone—one supports the other. Whatever you want to call the relationship, the fact is that a nonprofit needs both groups working in harmony to be successful. Today you'll learn how to attract and retain volunteers. You'll understand the real purpose of committees and how to make each one worth its weight in gold.

Managing and Organizing Meetings

 In today's lesson, you'll learn how to improve your meeting management skills. We'll talk about when a meeting is necessary, how to decide what type of meeting your organization needs, and how to figure out how much it actually costs to hold a meeting. This chapter is a real eye-opener that will help you put meeting planning into the right perspective.

Membership, Benefits and Services 

This lesson will help you understand why delivering relevant benefits and services can enhance your organization's reputation by meeting or exceeding members' expectations. A strong membership program results in delighted, satisfied members, and it boosts your image as a successful manager.

Financial Aspects 

In today's lesson, you'll learn why financial management is one of the most important practices in nonprofit management. You'll understand how the budget empowers you to protect your membership, and how it actually serves as the ultimate referee in times of financial conflict.

Special Event Management 

In today's lesson, you'll explore the world of special event management. The escalation of appeals for money is leading to donor fatigue. Loyal donors are saying, Enough already! and prospects are examining more carefully than ever before to see which organizations are willing to earn their support. By the end of this lesson, you'll be able to plan and execute a special event that will boost your agency's income and community awareness. You'll make your mark from the beginning and be an invaluable resource for any nonprofit you choose to work with.

Delivering Your Message 

Every nonprofit needs to enhance its image, increase member participation, energize supporters and publicize its fundraisers through a carefully orchestrated public relations (PR) program. In today's lesson, we'll look at the public relations tools and techniques that nonprofit professionals use to successfully get the word out about their organization.

Finding Your Place in the Nonprofit Sector 

In this last lesson, we'll get into the nitty-gritty of searching for just the right nonprofit job for you. You'll learn some of the best ways to find a job in the nonprofit sector, including some tips on how to write an effective resume. I'll show you how to prepare a personal case statement, and why the 20-second rule can make the difference between landing an interview or having your resume land in the trash bin.

 

Course II: Marketing Your Nonprofit

There are 12 units of study

Nonprofit Marketing Defined

In our first lesson, you'll learn the basics of marketing and the common terminology used in the marketing field. This will all be important to you because it will help you understand the role that marketing plays in your nonprofit organization and the benefits it can bring to those you serve.

Setting Goals

In today's lesson, we'll explore how and why nonprofit marketing succeeds. You'll learn to tie benefits to features to create a winning marketing program for your organization. I'll show you how to set marketing goals and objectives—no more guessing for you! You'll also learn how to think big, imagine great things, and understand how to measure your success. By the end of this lesson, you'll think like a professional marketer, ready to take on any challenge.

Positioning Your Nonprofit

Four marketing techniques work great in helping nonprofits find their niche, and they're all virtually free! We'll go over all four of them in today's lesson. You'll also learn how to differentiate your nonprofit from others and you'll come to understand what targeting clients, positioning, and branding can do for your organization. I'll show you how to apply these marketing tools to help your organization stand out, creating a platform where your organization can proudly show its stuff!

Market Readiness

In today's lesson, you'll learn how to conduct a marketing audit using the six P's: Product, Publics, Price, Place, Production, and Promotion. A marketing audit is a reality test. You'll assess in detail what it will take to achieve your agency's marketing goals, and how your existing programs are serving your organization. I'll show you why it's best to see that what you thought was pure genius, really is pure genius—or not. Armed with this information, you'll be ready to begin developing your actual marketing plan.

Marketing Strategies

Successful nonprofits either intuitively or implicitly have a strategy. And they'll use it for one purpose only: To help the nonprofit do a better job of getting to where it wants to go. In this lesson, we're going to look at different types of strategies that help nonprofits focus their resources and energy to meet their goals and objectives. This is a powerful lesson that creates another practical and informative management tool for your marketing efforts.

Advertising and Promotion

Once the word is out that your agency has money to advertise, you become fair game for every ad salesperson out there. Considering the money you invest in advertising isn't your own and you have to justify your expenses, it's prudent to know something about what works best and why. This lesson provides timely information that will empower you to make wise advertising choices on behalf of your nonprofit.

Advertising and Marketing on the Internet

There's so much to learn about marketing and advertising on the Internet that I could write a whole class on it. In this lesson, I'll provide you with an introduction to this fascinating subject, and I'll give you three specific tools for your advertising toolbox: Web site design, Web site ads, and event support. With just these three tools, you can build an Internet strategy that is second to none.

Marketing and Volunteers

In today's lesson, we'll take a close look at who your volunteers are, what those volunteers bring to the workplace, and how to maximize their contributions to your marketing efforts.

Publicity, Media, and Public Relations

Today, we'll look at three different ways to get your message across to the public: PR, media outreach, and publicity. Each is unique in its own way, but they all blend harmoniously in the end to bring forth a brilliant program that will get your nonprofit noticed!

Developing Your Own Market Plan

Marketing professionals understand the importance of marketing plans. But not everyone in your nonprofit is a marketing professional, nor does everyone always think like a marketing professional. To some, writing a marketing plan is a waste of time. In this lesson, you'll understand not only why your nonprofit needs a marketing plan, but also how to put a small and a large one together on your own.

Developing a Promotion Plan

In today's lesson, we'll follow a series of steps that will lead you through the promotion planning process. We look at image, message, promotion, and implementation. We've been building up to this lesson for five weeks. Here's where you'll put everything together and learn to promote the most important thing on your mind—your nonprofit.

Evaluating Your Marketing Efforts

Your board and membership have expectations for what your marketing program should be doing and what constitutes success. But these don't always coincide with how marketing really works and what role it actually plays in promoting your agency. These disconnects can spell trouble, often raising doubts about how well either side is tuned in to the realities of how an effective marketing program actually works. In our final lesson, we'll look at the last piece of the marketing puzzle: How to evaluate your marketing program. We'll look at why you need to evaluate your program and how to do it.

 

Course III: Nonprofit Fundraising Essentials

There are 12 units of study

Finding a Position

In this lesson, you’ll find out what fundraising is and the role it plays in the nonprofit world. We’ll examine a variety of fundraising positions and discuss what skills and experiences are needed to succeed in these roles. You’ll also get prepared to find a fundraising job by looking at online job resources of particular value to aspiring fundraisers. By the time you’ve completed this lesson, you’ll know how to conduct effective online job searches, understand how to set up e-mail job alerts, and feel more confident about the interviewing process.

Planning an Annual Fund

Today we’re going to start our discussion of the annual fund. You’ll learn important differences between unrestricted, restricted, and in-kind gifts. After that, you’ll find out how to get a handle on your organization’s annual operating budget so you can communicate knowledgeably about needs with potential donors. You’ll practice assembling an annual fund timeline using an interactive game, and then we’ll discuss the finer details of a typical 12-month campaign. By the end of the lesson, you’ll be ready to develop a timeline that fits the needs of your organization, understand how to structure donor levels effectively, and be better prepared to communicate with donors as prospective volunteers.

Soliciting Annual Fund Gifts

This lesson continues our discussion of the annual fund. You’ll learn how to draft an effective letter appeal, with an emphasis on nailing the author’s voice and understanding your audience. You’ll learn the process of mailing an appeal, including what to put in the envelope, what bulk mail permit to apply for, and how to set up credit card capability so you can accept annual fund gifts via credit card. We’ll talk about the pros and cons of using e-mail to solicit gifts. And we’ll take a look at the phone-a-thon—how it works, what volunteers need from you, and the scenarios you should include in your phone-a-thon script. We’ll wrap things up with a brief discussion of how to acknowledge a gift in writing.

Special Events Fundraising

Today we’ll kick off our discussion of special events, which will cover two lessons. We’ll start by discussing the roles and responsibilities of the special events fundraiser within small and large nonprofits, and we’ll take a look at different organizational reporting structures so you’ll know what to expect and to whom you’ll be reporting. After that, you’ll learn about seven different types of special events used by nonprofits to gather supporters together, publicize their causes, and—hopefully, but not always—raise money. We’ll wrap things up with a quick look at some of the tax implications of special events.

Organizing a Special Event

Even though they’re great for publicizing the good work of your organization, special events aren’t always such great moneymakers. So in this lesson, we’ll discuss how to make the most of your event budget—and how to avoid ending up in the red. We’ll start by costing out a gala event and scrutinizing a hotel contract for hidden fees related to everything from the use of audio-visual equipment to the trash left behind on banquet hall tables. You’ll learn strategies for negotiating a hotel contract to protect the interests of your organization. And we’ll also talk about ways to recruit volunteers according to the type of nonprofit you work for.

Foundation Relations

Today we’ll begin our exploration of foundation relations. You’ll get to know the methods and online tools you can use to locate foundations likely to be interested in funding your organization’s needs. You’ll also learn how to analyze a foundation’s tax return to determine whether it’s likely to be a good match for your organization. We’ll talk about opportunities available through challenge grants and non-grant-giving foundations. And you’ll learn how to translate your careful research into a cultivation plan designed to produce a proposal that’s welcomed by a foundation. 

Applying for Foundation Grants

We’ll continue our discussion of foundation relations today by exploring how to further cultivate foundation prospects. You’ll learn how to write a one-page query letter that allows you to assess a foundation’s interest, and you’ll also find out how to develop a full-fledged grant proposal. After that, we’ll talk about post-award responsibilities, which include writing acknowledgment letters, coordinating publicity with the foundation, and preparing grant reports.

Corporate Relations

In this lesson we’re going to talk about the work performed by the corporate relations fundraiser. We’ll start by exploring what motivates corporate philanthropy and the importance of being a fundraiser who can also think like someone involved in the business world. You’ll learn how to develop a list of companies likely to want to support your organization and discover how to research those companies to determine whether they’re worth cultivation. You’ll find out what corporate foundations and corporate giving programs are and why they’re important. And, finally, we’ll talk about the role of the corporate advisory group.

Major Gifts

The consultations surrounding a major gift donor’s decision can take months or years. Today, you’ll learn the basics about major gifts, planned giving, and endowments. You’ll find out why major gifts are so important, what activities or projects they support, and who major gift donors usually are. You’ll find out how to determine and articulate your organization’s major gift needs, how to plan a major gift program, and how to work with staff and volunteers to solicit major gifts. We’ll also talk about what needs to happen after a major gift is received.

Capital Campaigns

Today we’re going to talk about capital campaigns. You’ll learn how a capital campaign differs from the annual fund, why they’re so important to nonprofits, and what the campaign funds pay for. You’ll discover why collaboration among development staff, volunteers, board members, and other staff within your organization is crucial to a campaign’s success. And you’ll find out how a campaign’s goals are formulated and the kind of planning involved to put it all together.

Web 2.0 Fundraising

Today you’ll learn about Web 2.0 fundraising opportunities, including how to improve your organization’s Web site to make it easier for supporters to donate to your cause. We’ll explore how to use social networking sites like Facebook and MySpace to connect with prospective donors and members. You’ll find out why your CEO should be blogging and tweeting, and we’ll talk about the ways you can use multimedia to document and share events with an online community.

Fundraising Software

In our last lesson, we’ll explore the ways fundraising software can help you to become a more effective and efficient fundraiser by helping you to manage contacts and track fundraising relationships. Gift tracking, generating reports, storing notes, automating correspondence—all of these tasks are made substantially easier with the right program. You’ll learn the difference between customer relationship management (CRM) and fundraising-specific software. And we’ll look at some of the top players in the contact management market and discuss their pros and cons.

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