Duke Nonprofit Management Courses

The Cameron Foundation is working in partnership with Duke University to provide nonprofit management classes at the Foundation’s headquarters in Petersburg. This offering 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.

The board and staff of The Cameron Foundation have identified several goals to be accomplished in the redesigned approach to capacity building in 2018, including the following:

  • To provide the appropriated 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.

During 2018, the foundation has offered these nonprofit classes tailored to specific capacity-building issues:

“Nonprofits and How They Operate”
February 8, 2018
Marty Martin

This class is designed to enhance your knowledge of nonprofits. Topics will include: initial steps after forming a nonprofit; types of nonprofits, the impact of nonprofits, how nonprofits are funded; board of directors, how nonprofits serve communities, duties and responsibilities of boards; board and executive director’s relationship, board advisory groups; the importance of nonprofit by-laws, mission and vision statements; and, understanding the difference between private and nonprofit organizations. Discuss new trends in nonprofit training – including social enterprises within nonprofits.

Learning Objectives:

  • Know types of nonprofits
  • Learn new trends in nonprofit training

Bio: Marty Martin, JD, MPA, of the Martin Law Firm, Raleigh, North Carolina, focuses his law practice on providing legal services and board training for nonprofit and tax-exempt organizations. He combines his unique combination of a lawyer’s skills, a nonprofit practitioner’s experience, and advanced training in nonprofit organizations to help nonprofits achieve their mission. Martin served on the national IRS Advisory Committee for Tax-Exempt and Government Entities (ACT), where he advised the IRS Exempt Organization Division’s senior leadership and co-authored several reports. He is a Board Source Certified Governance Trainer. Martin received a Master in Public Administration (MPA) degree with a concentration in managing nonprofit and public sector organizations from the Harvard Kennedy School.

“How to Develop Fundraising Plans for Your Nonprofit”
March 8, 2018
Ruth Peebles, MPA

Learn to develop fundraising/resource plans for your nonprofit. A resource development plan is process focused and used to set sustainability goals and track the progress of nonprofits. Financial resource development includes: outcomes such as the development of collaborative partnerships with different stakeholders; active board members; the cultivation and development of staff and volunteers; and, fundraising. Discussion will be on strategies to engage the community and other stakeholders in building a nonprofit’s capacity.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand how to develop a financial resource plan
  • Identify key steps and processes for planning a nonprofit fund development process
  • Know how to assess and evaluate a nonprofit’s capacity to be successful at resource development

Bio: Ruth Peebles, MPA, President and Founder of The INS Group, offers 25+ years of hands-on experience in nonprofit management. She provides organizational development services to nonprofits, faith-based institutions, and government agencies, including: grant writing and research; strategic planning; strategic fund development planning; board development; resource development; executive coaching; organizational assessment; and, project management services.

“Social Enterprise: Understand How to Start a Social Enterprise at Your Nonprofit”
April 12, 2018
Matthew Nash

Learn about social enterprise and how to start one at your nonprofit. Some nonprofits are turning to earned income ventures in addition to traditional nonprofit fundraising strategies. Is earned income right for your nonprofit business? This class addresses why some nonprofits start social enterprises.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand what a social enterprise is
  • Discuss the makings of successful social enterprises
  • Identify the strengths of your nonprofit through an organizational audit
  • Understand how to translate your nonprofit’s strengths into social enterprise opportunities

Bio: Matthew T.A. Nash is the managing director for social entrepreneurship for the Duke Innovation and Entrepreneurship Initiative. Matt also directs the Social Entrepreneurship Accelerator at Duke (SEAD), a USAID development lab for scaling innovations in global health. Previously, Mr. Nash was the executive director of the Center for the Advancement of Social Entrepreneurship (CASE) at Duke’s Fuqua School of Business and he has been a visiting lecturer at Duke’s Sanford School of Public Policy. He has extensive domestic and international social and public sector experience in social entrepreneurship and social enterprise, strategic planning, organization development, performance measurement, board development and governance, business process transformation, and leadership development. Prior to coming to Duke, Matt was a senior consultant in strategy and change management with the public sector practice at IBM Business Consulting Services (formerly PricewaterhouseCoopers Consulting), and served as an NGO development consultant in the U.S. Peace Corps.

“Nonprofit Professional’s Role as Change Agent”
(How to Make Professional Leadership Change in Your Nonprofit)

May 10, 2018
John Curtis, Ph.D.

This course offers proven, proprietary methods using six “change drivers” to initiate and sustain organizational change to build capacity, ensure continuing market relevancy, and assure financial sustainability. Leadership styles impact effectiveness. Discuss how productive change does not happen by accident nor can it be mandated. This is a fast-paced, interactive and highly relevant course on change management – designed specifically for nonprofit leaders and board members.

Learning Objectives:

  • Develop a concrete, measurable change management plan
  • Understand personal responses to change
  • Discuss how leadership styles impact effectiveness
  • Measure the nonprofit organization’s change capacity based on six change drivers

Bio: Dr. John Curtis has 40 years’ experience as an organizational development consultant and researcher in the nonprofit sector. He has a proven track record of bringing sound organizational development principles and evidence-based capacity building practices to hundreds of nonprofits nationwide. John regularly teaches strategic planning, board development, change management and fundraising.

“Financial Management for Nonprofits”
June 21, 2018
Ann Vandervliet Stratton

Gain more knowledge on 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 organization. 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 financial management
  • Attain the complete bottom line on programs
  • Use tools and skills to give foundations the results they ask for
  • Understand how to read and interpret financial reports

Bio: Ann Vandervliet Stratton serves as the executive director of Smart Beginnings Danville Pittsylvania, a regional school readiness coalition in southern Virginia. She has strategically directed public and private investments of $7.5 million since 2011, resulting in a 50% improvement on the state’s pre-literacy assessment in Danville.

Ms. Vandervliet Stratton holds a BA in international studies from University of South Carolina, and a Duke University Certificate in Nonprofit Management. She has 20 years of experience in nonprofit management with a strong background in systems development. Ann has served in a variety of leadership roles and works closely with local, state and federal funders. She chaired the Danville Public Schools Foundation Board, and served on Virginia’s Early Childhood Advisory Council as well as the Danville-Pittsylvania Community Policy Management Board.

“Nonprofit: Board Development/Governance”
July 12, 2018
9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Jeanne Allen

This class addresses the legal and governance environment in which nonprofit organizations and their boards operate. Topics included are: the role of the board of directors, board duties and responsibilities, the nonprofit system of governance, trends in nonprofit board governance board structure, recruiting board members, board operations, insight into how boards evolve, and the board and executive director’s relationship.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand how boards operate
  • Know the roles and responsibilities of board members
  • Understand trends in nonprofit board governance

Bio: Jeanne Allen, Ed.S., has 30+ years of nonprofit sector experience in a variety of management and staff positions, including consulting with nonprofits on strategic planning and board development as well as serving as an instructor in the Duke University Nonprofit Management Program; a management consultant at Girl Scouts USA National Headquarters in NYC; and, as assistant dean, Multicultural Programs, Westchester Community College (NY). Ms. Allen earned an Ed.S. in instructional systems technology and an MS in adult education from Indiana University. Additionally, she holds the highly regarded Board Source Certified Governance Trainer.