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Certification in Nonprofit Management: Planning, Public Policy and Manageme...

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Sessions are schelduled on Saturdays, weekly from September 9 through October 21, 2017.

Access to ongoing training for nonprofit leaders is essential for their success. Nonprofit leaders, especially executive directors, have to serve many roles from finance, governance, and human resources to marketing & public relations, fundraising, program development and more. There are very few who come to these nonprofit leadership positions with all the knowledge and experience necessary to handle each of these diverse roles with ease. Ongoing training is critical to keep up with best practices in the nonprofit sector and provide a platform for learning new skills and improving others.


The Florida International University Metropolitan Center is now offering Certification in Nonprofit Management. This seven (7) session model is designed to d
evelop the knowledge, insights and abilities to enter or advance your career in the nonprofit field. Learn how to lead and manage people, develop strategies, build effective programs, connect with supporters and maintain healthy and efficient nonprofit organizations.

Program objectives:

  • Learn about the current trends, challenges, and promising practices in nonprofit management
  • Learn strategic practices for leading and managing change
  • Develop leadership tools necessary to influence policy decisions, encourage collaboration, and build coalitions
  • Explore strategies for building and sustaining partnerships
  • Strengthen the capacity to lead in a diverse society
  • Become part of a local-to-global network of over 1,000 nonprofit leaders

Saturday, September 9th - Module 1: Strategic Planning - Strategic planning is essentially an organizational alignment process. It identifies strategies so that a nonprofit will achieve its mission. Good strategic planning helps nonprofits clarify where their organization is going, how it is going to get there, and how it will know when it has arrived. It creates the framework for board and staff to focus their energy and resources toward common goals. This module is a practical introduction to the key concepts and techniques of strategic planning and will help participants understand how to design an effective planning process that meets their organization’s needs.

Case studies are also featured in this production, along with stimulating, thought-provoking interviews and easy-to-apply planning tools.

This module will enable participants to understand the relationship between planning and organizational effectiveness; to learn the basic steps and major challenges in the planning process; to acquire practical tools and techniques to help create a strategic plan and prepare for the planning process.

Saturday, September 16th - Module 2: Board Development - Presenter – Ms. Rebecca McGuire -

Of all the challenges facing a nonprofit, managing the board can certainly be one of the most daunting. This thought-provoking module addresses issues common to nonprofit boards and crucial to a nonprofit’s success.

Here, participants will find a series of creative, practical ways to recruit, engage, and involve a diverse board. This module will allow participants to understand financial statements; building a culture of philanthropy by engaging leadership; getting strategic: planning for priorities board/executive director self-evaluations; to learn how to assess board composition; to learn how to build a diverse board, where to find board members, and how to recruit them; to learn creative approaches to board orientation and to building board commitment to mission.

Saturday, September 23rd - Module 3: Financial Management - Presenter – Dr. Hai (David) Guo, Professor, Public Administration, FIU - Carlos Molina, Chief Financial Officer, United Way

Under today’s economic strain, it is critical that nonprofit leaders understand the “story” behind their organization’s financial results. Leaders who have a firm grasp of the numbers will be better equipped to convey that story to both internal and external stakeholders. Such leaders will also be better positioned to use historical data to inform annual and strategic plans, connecting the past to the future as they chart a course towards longterm financial sustainability for their organizations.

This module will help participants learn the basic accounting principles critical to the interpretation of financial statements; learn how to interpret an auditor’s report; acquire insights into the financial health of an organization through the use of basic financial calculations.

Key concepts covered in the training will include:

  • Understanding audited financials, including the four key statements:
  • Statement of Activities
  • Statement of Financial Position (Balance Sheet)
  • Statement of Cash Flows
  • Statement of Functional Expenses
  • Discussion of key indicators of financial health (including relevant benchmarks for each metric):
  • Liquid Unrestricted Net Assets
  • Months of cash on hand
  • Operating results
  • Resource allocations among functions
  • Communicating financial results to internal and external stakeholders
  • Implementing a comprehensive and inclusive financial planning and monitoring process

Saturday, September 30th - Module 4: Human Resources - Presenter – Dr. Susannah Bruns Ali, Assistant Professor, Public Administration, FIU - Gilianne Francois, Director of Human Resources and Compliance, Family Resource Center of South Florida, Inc.

Staffing decisions are among the most important decisions that nonprofit organizations make. Just as businesses and organizations of all sizes and areas of operation rely on their personnel to execute their strategies and advance their goals, so too do nonprofit groups. It follows, then, that nonprofit organizations need to attend to the same tasks as profit-seeking companies do when they turn to the challenges of establishing and maintaining a solid work force. To accomplish this, participants will gain understanding from the following:

  • HR Top to Bottom: Creating a Dynamic HR Infrastructure
  • Cost Effective Benefits for Nonprofits
  • Performance Reviews That Work
  • Effectively Supervising Others

Saturday, October 7th - Module 5: Performance Measurement - By measuring performance, nonprofit organizations can improve their effectiveness and enhance their ability to deliver on their mission. This module will allow participants to explore the impact of measurement on resource allocation, organizational learning, internal processes, and internal and external accountability. It provides participants with a thorough examination of how outcome measurement works and how to develop appropriate instruments to collect and analyze the data.

This module will help participants learn what outcome measurement is - and what it is not; learn how organizations benefit from identifying and measuring their outcomes; learn more about developing a framework for identifying appropriate outcomes for your organization.

Participants will:

  • Become more familiar with outcome information that can be collected
  • Gain an improved understanding of data collection procedures and measurement instruments
  • Learn ways to analyze and assess appropriate data that provide information of practical use to a nonprofit organization
  • Acquire new and effective ideas on how to report and use outcome measurement information with the Board, volunteers, staff, clients, and donors.

Saturday, October 14th - Module 6: Fundraising for Nonprofits - Presenter – Mrs. Rebecca McGuire

Every nonprofit organization must have a solid understanding of fundraising operations in order to fundraise efficiently, process gifts, and provide proper donor stewardship; even defining the roles and functions of all the individuals who share fundraising operations responsibility has become challenging. The increasingly complex nature of operations requires fundraisers and executives to recognize the interdependency of fundraising and operations functions to enhance the development organization.

With its strong grounding in the concepts, trends and practices that guide successful and ethical fundraising, you will become versed in the full processes of this desired skill. This module is also useful for those who assist with fundraising and for executive directors and board members who seek increased confidence and knowledge to support their roles as fundraisers for their causes.

Participants will be able to build an individual and major gifts campaign; create a corporate sponsorship program; fundamentals of fundraising; guide to finding and getting grants; managing the contribution – from the development and finance perspectives; planning for successful special events; how to launch a planned giving program; leverage the power of fundraising tools.

Key Components:

  • Grant Writing Bootcamp
  • Targeting Corporate Donors
  • Making the Ask: A Guide to Fearless Fundraising for Nonprofit Boards and Staff
  • Best Practices in E-Marketing: Email, Online Surveys & Polls, and Event Marketing

Saturday, October 21st - Module 7: Communications - Presenter - CBS News Representative

The knowledge and skills offered in this module are a necessity in developing successful communications plans that move organizations to achieve business objectives. This module provides an overview of the components included in communications plans, followed by a step-by-step learning opportunity for participants to develop their own communications plans. Participants will leave the session with a plan outline for their organizations.

It provides an overview of marketing and communications processes needed to develop and implement an effective plan that promotes your organization and its mission. Incorporating plans and strategies, the “4 P’s,” research, analysis, media relations, websites, branding, and messaging in support of fundraising, you will study both traditional approaches and cutting edge new media.

  • Building a Successful Marketing Program
  • Developing a Communications Plan
  • Media Relations in the Digital Age
  • Branding on a Shoestring
  • Effective Communications to Build Relationships, Engagement & Understanding
  • The Art of Nonprofit Story-Telling: In Writing, Orally & Digitally
  • Maximizing the Impact of your Website on Marketing and Fundraising
  • The Social Media Suite (e-learning sessions on Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, Blogs)


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