Duke Nonprofit Management Courses

The Cameron Foundation is working in partnership with Duke University to provide nonprofit management classes for organizations serving the Tri-Cities area. The partnership between The Cameron Foundation and the university has been developed as part of a combination of resources that are aimed toward nonprofit excellence in the region. The Duke classes, which are customized through Duke University’s Office of Continuing Education, represent a cornerstone of the Foundation’s capacity building program.

New in 2021:  Students who successfully complete each of the 8 Virtual Online-Zoom classes in this schedule – Nonprofit Capacity Building Redesign – Connecting Capacity to Impact Training classes – will earn the Duke Certificate in Nonprofit ManagementStudents interested must notify Jill Coleman, Vice President for Programs (jillc@camfound.org or 804.732.8900) that they plan to sign up to attend each of the 8 classes.

 

The board and staff of The Cameron Foundation have identified several goals to be accomplished in its approach to capacity building in 2021, including the following:

  • To provide the appropriate level and intensity of resources to meet each nonprofit organization’s need and current capacity.
  • To achieve measurable improvement in leadership, management, governance, sustainability, and overall ability to deliver impactful services.
  • To strengthen the sector systemically by creating stronger networks of service providers, within and across categories of service delivery.

Note: These offerings are now provided as webinars. Click here to learn more about the webinar requirements.

For the remainder of 2021, the Foundation will offer the following classes, which will run from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Registration is now open for:

~ 2-DAY GRANT WRITING IMMERSION CLASS ~
November 10 & 11, 2021
Anne Willson, MA

Grant Writing (Level I)
Day 1 ~ November 10, 2021

This course will provide participants with an understanding of the full grantsmanship cycle, essential tools to write a strong, compelling grant proposal, and the fundamentals of successful grants management.

The first session will explore grant funding from a broader perspective and examine types of foundations and grant funding sources. Participants will learn how three different program officers view the grants process and what they value when considering a proposal. The course will then focus on researching grant opportunities and prioritizing prospects. Finally, we will review the elements of a full grant proposal – from an initial letter of inquiry to the numerous components of the proposal itself.

Learning objectives:

  • Understand the broader overview of the grantsmanship process.
  • Understand different types of foundations, including private, public and government funding sources.
  • Understand the link between relationships with funders and successful grant writing.
  • Learn multiple sources to conduct grant research, screen for eligibility, and prioritize prospects.
  • Determine the key elements of a grant proposal — including a letter of inquiry, the grant’s cover letter, executive summary, needs statement, goals, methodology, evaluation, organizational and project budgets, and supporting documents.

Grant Writing (Level II/Advanced)
Day 2 ~ November 11, 2021

This course will provide participants with an understanding of the full grantsmanship cycle, essential tools to write a strong, compelling grant proposal, and the fundamentals of successful grants management.

Building on Level I, the second session will examine compliance and the closing out of a grant, both as basic elements of a proposal (continuing from Day 1) and as key to successful grants management—an act of stewardship. Focus will also be placed on considerations around future funding, including diversifying funding sources. In the final part of the session, participants will have the opportunity to work in small groups in the writing of a current grant proposal, followed by class review.

Learning objectives:

  • Create a system for grant compliance, including the management of funds and metrics of progress.
  • Understand grants management to be an act of stewardship for all relevant parties.
  • Incorporate future and diverse funding sources into a grants management platform.
  • Determine the most effective writing strategies and approaches for various grant applications.
  • Develop and analyze grant narratives/components for strengths and weaknesses to ensure the successful completion of a compelling grant proposal.

Bio: Anne Willson works with nonprofits to strengthen the core structures of the organizations and increase their social impact. With a grounded, real-world perspective gained through 27 years in the nonprofit sector, she assists organizations in addressing several fundamental issues necessary for compelling community engagement: sustainable strategic planning built from foundational pillars; solidifying organizational integrity; and, identifying and leveraging organizational assets to broaden engagement and increase both philanthropic and earned revenue streams. Anne holds two BA’s, an MA in liberal arts, and a Duke University certificate in nonprofit management.

*Please note: This class has been rescheduled from its original dates in July. If you registered for it then, you do not need to re-register now — your registration has been transferred to these new dates. Please contact The Cameron Foundation’s staff if you have questions.

The deadline to register for this class is Thursday, November 4. Class size is limited to 25 participants, and participation is on a first-come, first-served basis. Participation is limited to not more than two members per organization to allow multiple organizations to benefit. The fee for this two-day class is a nominal $70, which includes all the needed materials so that participants will not need to purchase additional books or other items.

All payments are processed via PayPal, and payment is due at the time of registration. Please note that the registration fee is nonrefundable.

You may complete your registration and payment using the form below:

    Name: (required)

    Title: (required)

    Organization name: (required)

    Organization address: (required)

    Is your organization a 501(c)(3) nonprofit (yes/no)? If not, please explain. (required)

    Year your organization was established: (required)

    Number of staff: (required)

    Size ($) of annual operating budget: (required)

    Email: (required)

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    Previously offered in 2021:

    Nonprofit: Board Governance
    [Adaptive Leadership with an emphasis on the role of the Board]
    April 8, 2021
    Jeanne Allen, EdS

    This class will focus on the following topics: the board’s role and responsibilities, the board and the executive director’s relationship, financial and legal responsibilities of the board, and how to recruit and select board members. Other topics include the nonprofit system of governance, trends in the nonprofit board governance structure, board operations, and insight into how boards evolve.

    Nonprofit organizations require strong leadership from their Board of Directors. The Board’s responsibility is to manage the corporation which includes, but is not limited to, overseeing the senior management’s effectiveness, organizational policies and procedures, and the execution of its strategies.

    Learning objectives:

    • Learn roles and responsibilities of the Board, including its paramount duties, and why board accountability requires a fully engaged and active board of directors.
    • Discuss how you may increase board members’ commitment to the mission and purpose of your organization.

    Bio: Jeanne Allen’s expertise is in strategy, innovation and leadership in the nonprofit sector. As a BoardSource Certified Governance Trainer, she is an expert in board development and governance and leadership. Jeanne also custom designs and facilitates engaging board and staff retreats, both online and in person, for nonprofits of various missions. Additionally, as an instructor in the Duke University Nonprofit Management Certificate Program, she teaches several courses: Board Development and Governance, Strategic Planning, Succession Planning, Effective Meetings, and Leadership in Nonprofits. Previously, Ms. Allen was assistant dean, multicultural programs at Westchester Community College, NY, as well as internal consultant with Girl Scouts USA in NYC. She earned an EdS in instructional systems technology and an MS in adult education from Indiana University as well as a BA from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

    Crisis Management for Nonprofits
    May 13, 2021
    Ruth Peebles, MPA

    A crisis is unpredictable. For nonprofits, fundamental to addressing a crisis such as the COVID-19 pandemic is developing and implementing a crisis management team. A team may consist of a core group of nonprofit leaders whose roles and competencies encompass the skills necessary to be agile and decisive. A key responsibility of a crisis team is to record all decisions in a clear and transparent way. The team should also include representatives of mission-critical programs to maintain perspective on how and what the organization is delivering to stakeholders in periods of crisis. For nonprofits operating with small staffs, board members might become advisors in certain areas of crisis management.

    Learning objectives:

    • Understand the need for nonprofits to establish a crisis management team.
    • Know why the crisis team should have the authority to implement change and make decisions with minimal oversight.
    • Be able to identify ways to strategically modify an organization’s standing in time of crisis.

    Bio: Ruth Peebles, MPA, offers over 30 years of hands‐on experience in nonprofit management, project management, fundraising and organizational development. The INS Group was founded in 1999 with the mission of helping federal, state and local government agencies, nonprofits and faith-based institutions use innovative solutions to build their capacity and sustain their programs and services. Ms. Peebles is an instructor for the Duke University Certificate Program in Nonprofit Management and served as an adjunct instructor for the School of Public and International Affairs Master of Public Administration Program at North Carolina State University. Ms. Peebles currently serves on Wake County Affiliate Board of the North Carolina Community Foundation and Student U Board of Directors. She is a founding member of the Next Generation of African American Philanthropists giving circle.

    Financial Management for Nonprofits
    [Scenario planning around Resources and Financial Management]
    June 10, 2021
    Ann Stratton

    Enhance your knowledge of financial management for nonprofits, including financial statements, budgeting, and independent financial reviews and audits. Review finance terms as they relate to the successful operation of a nonprofit. Learn how to track income and expenses to specific programs to fulfill expectations of funders, donors and the IRS. The role of the board, staff and committees is covered.

    Learning objectives:

    • Understand resource planning and financial management.
    • Learn how to track income and expenses to specific programs.

    Bio: Ann Vandervliet Stratton serves as the executive director of Smart Beginnings Danville Pittsylvania, a regional school readiness coalition in southern Virginia. She holds a BA in International Studies from USC and a Duke University Certificate in Nonprofit Management. Ms. Stratton has 20 years of experience in nonprofit management with a strong background in systems development. She has served in a variety of leadership roles and has worked closely with local, state and federal funders. She has chaired the Danville Public Schools Foundation Board, served on Virginia’s Early Childhood Council and the Danville Pittsylvania Community Policy Management Board.

    Fundraising
    [Developing and Enhancing Virtual Tools (fundraising, program plans, and shifts)]
    August 12, 2021
    Ruth Peebles, MPA

    Fundraising is about more than money; it is about relationship-building and strategizing. Focus on how Virtual Tools could help in enhancing your nonprofit’s programs. Discover ideas and activities to help you strengthen your fundraising program through Virtual Tools. Use Virtual Tools as you address current trends and best practices in fundraising, annual giving, retaining and upgrading current donors, prospecting new donors, engaging volunteers and managing the fundraising process.

    Learning objectives:

    • Understand how to develop and enhance the use of Virtual Tools.
    • Discover ideas and activities to help you strengthen your fundraising program through the use of Virtual Tools.

    Bio: Ruth Peebles, MPA, offers over 30 years of hands‐on experience in nonprofit management, project management, fundraising and organizational development. The INS Group was founded in 1999 with the mission of helping federal, state and local government agencies, nonprofits and faith-based institutions use innovative solutions to build their capacity and sustain their programs and services. Ms. Peebles is an instructor for the Duke University Certificate Program in Nonprofit Management and served as an adjunct instructor for the School of Public and International Affairs Master of Public Administration Program at North Carolina State University. Ms. Peebles currently serves on Wake County Affiliate Board of the North Carolina Community Foundation and Student U Board of Directors. She is a founding member of the Next Generation of African American Philanthropists giving circle.

    Community Engagement & Collaboration
    [Community Engagement and Participant Voices as a Planning Strategy]
    September 9, 2021
    Kelly Joyner Lee

    Understand how community engagement and collaboration work. This course will help you focus on expanding your nonprofit network to include participant voices in the planning strategies. Find the connection between engagement and collaboration through a series of exercises designed to help you identify your organization’s assets and needs as a part of your planning strategy.

    Marketing is important for nonprofit organizations. Find out how nonprofits use different marketing tactics to promote their message and their organization, and why it is good for nonprofits to channel their energy into the best ways for them to be heard.

    Learning objectives:

    • Determine how to use participant voices as a part of the planning strategy.
    • Learn to expand your nonprofit’s circle of collaboration.
    • Know the incentives/benefits/advantages of community engagement and collaboration.
    • Discuss participants’ strategies for effective marketing.

    Bio: Kelly Joyner Lee works as a program officer for the North Carolina Community Foundation, serving 18 counties in Central NC. She has extensive experience in board and fund development, grant writing, small group facilitation, marketing and nonprofit engagement in communities. Ms. Lee is the co-creator of the “Leading for Tomorrow Nonprofit Capacity Building Summit” and a founding member of the Women Givers of Nash-Rocky Mount. She holds a BA in leadership in the public sector from North Carolina State University, graduating summa cum laude, and an MS in management and leadership from WGU North Carolina. Ms. Lee has earned certifications in small group facilitation, nonprofit marketing, and special event planning, and has most recently completed training with the Disney Institute, earning a certificate in Disney’s Approach to Leadership Excellence. She earned her Certified Fundraising Credential (CFRE) in 2019.

    Succession Planning – Preparing for Transition
    October 14, 2021
    Jeanne Allen, EdS

    Being able to replace key employees is the focus of succession planning in nonprofits. Succession planning is a strategic approach to ensure that necessary talent and skills are available when needed – and that essential knowledge and abilities are maintained when key employees leave. Nonprofits have an increased sense of urgency about succession planning, retirements and other demographic and labor market trends. Nonprofits will be better positioned to compete successfully by implementing a succession plan to close the gaps. Participants will review a succession readiness checklist to determine the proper steps for developing a plan for their organizations.

    Learning objectives:

    • Discuss the scope and definition of succession planning.
    • Explore assessing organizational readiness.
    • Identify essential elements of a nonprofit succession plan.

    Bio: Jeanne Allen’s expertise is in strategy, innovation and leadership in the nonprofit sector. As a BoardSource Certified Governance Trainer, she is an expert in board development and governance and leadership. Jeanne also custom designs and facilitates engaging board and staff retreats, both online and in person, for nonprofits of various missions. Additionally, as an instructor in the Duke University Nonprofit Management Certificate Program, she teaches several courses: Board Development and Governance, Strategic Planning, Succession Planning, Effective Meetings, and Leadership in Nonprofits. Previously, Ms. Allen was assistant dean, multicultural programs at Westchester Community College, NY, as well as internal consultant with Girl Scouts USA in NYC. She earned an EdS in instructional systems technology and an MS in adult education from Indiana University as well as a BA from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.