How to Raise More Money and Do More Good. Participate in this Private Mentored Program with Tim Magee
Choose from Two Disciplines: Project Design, Funding & Management or Nonprofit Marketing & Communications
Work Smarter: Six Months to a More Focused, Organized You. In this nonprofit mentored training program, we will focus on one of your nonprofit project goals for increasing program impact, improving donor communication and preparing project management tools. Learn to design fundable projects and how to attract donors.

Overview of our 6-Month Mentored Training Program.
Skills you will Learn:
Great Program Design = New Funding + Increased Services
Target your next project to increase funding & impact.
  • become your nonprofit’s go-to solution for community challenges
  • enjoy increased funding with nonprofit target marketing
  • build a focused team: unite staff, supporters & clients
  • standout in your nonprofit & advance your career
  • fully engage with supporters & clients for maximum impact
  • save time—write once—use 3 times for funding + reporting + donor news
Who Should Join?
Advance your Career, Raise Funds, Solve Challenges
The program is for non profit staff wanting to increase non profit funding & community impact. Participants have worked on nonprofit jobs as diverse as social services, community development, education, the environment, and social justice—and decided to enroll in the program because they are:
  • building skill sets & visibility for a new nonprofit job or promotion
  • hoping to get more nonprofit donors and boost donations with first-class donor communication
  • learning to develop projects that attract donations
  • seeking time saving techniques for getting more done
  • clearly identifying nonprofit challenges for increased impact
What you will Do:
Design your own Solution-Oriented Project & Attract Donors
Train & consult with a private Mentor. The mentored program provides cutting-edge information, time-saving templates, training and expert consultancy—and leads you in developing a real project for your organization. You will:
  • work with CSDi consultants in a 6-month intensive program
  • add design & management briefs to donor communications for increasing donations
  • facilitate meetings to connect with your beneficiaries and supporters
  • advance your career: design a winning project for your nonprofit
  • download time-saving templates for getting more done at work
  • combine project copy & bios quickly with templates for donor news
What Participants Say:

“Tim and his online team are only an email away and based on my own experiences never failed to respond to my challenges, concerns, successes and queries. I know that my community members and I have benefited tremendously from our interaction with Tim and participation in the program. I do wish you continued success with your commitment and drive in providing excellent service, and valuable and practical knowledge.” Gillian Primus
“Thank you so much, Tim – till the next course. It will be a pleasure to go out and demonstrate the elegant simplicity and effectiveness of your system. It was also my great fortune to have been partnered with Sam, thanks to Tim. I thank you for a wonderful learning experience together. Looking forward to another time as classmates or colleagues.” Carol Wallace.
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Detailed Program Information

One-on-One Mentoring. Welcome to our six month, non profit mentored training program for project development. In this non profit project management training program you and I will work together, one-on-one, for six months on a nonprofit challenge of your choice—exactly as I do as a nonprofit consultant.
You probably work for a non-profit on programs such as social justice, community development, the environment—or a food bank or homeless shelter: and you love your non-profit and the work that you do.
However, in a non profit survey that I conducted recently respondents voted the following five areas where they feel the greatest need. You may face similar challenges:
  • Maybe you don’t have enough funding for all of the services you would like to provide
  • At times project impact has been less than you had hoped for
  • Perhaps your staffing is low and you can’t find enough time to get everything done
  • You would like to add to your skill sets in order to advance your non profit careers
  • It’s possible that your donor communications need to be improved for better donor engagement

Training is great—but it’s not enough.
What I enjoy more is this blended consulting and mentoring program where we take training one step further. We take a non profit challenge you have identified—and work together for six months to develop a real project that works to solve it. We start off by clearly describing the need—and then we develop project design and funding support documents, research donor possibilities, and then develop the project management tools for nonprofits to launch the project. Then we launch the project. I supply easy to edit templates for each step—which you keep for developing future projects for your organization.

Tim Magee in a mentoring program with a client

So this program is a combination of training, advising, and consulting. I will provide an experienced set of eyes, concrete feedback on your work, and help you to research evidence-based best practices. I will also show you tricks for working smarter and faster during the process.

If you can relate to one of the scenarios below, then this mentoring program for you.
  • Are you considering a non profit career change, new non profit jobs, or vying for a nonprofit promotion?
  • Would you like to boost your donor communication skill sets for raising more funds?
  • Would you like to learn more about developing non profit projects that solve challenges?
  • Would you like to find donors and get more people behind your cause?
  • Would you like to learn time-saving techniques for getting everything done?

The step by step process.
The program is designed in a progression where each weekly module represents one sequential step for you to take in the process of project design and development. Each assignment has real tools for you to download, print out, edit, and use as templates over and over again in launching new initiatives. We will take approximately one month for each one of the following core steps:

Your Community. Nonprofit Program Development.

Step 1. Clearly, and in a simple fashion define the community you hope to work with, the type of challenge you plan on solving, and what program you’re hoping to develop to solve it.

What is a Community?
A simple definition of a community could be a rural community of 150 people on a Native American reservation. One of your goals could be that in working with you, they will develop enough ownership of project outcomes—and will sustain them once your nonprofit has finished its grant cycle. Other examples of communities that you might work with:
  • For an environmental project you might work with a community of scientists or environmentalists—or farmers and ranchers benefiting from ecosystem services on a restoration project.
  • In a food bank you might work with people visiting the food bank to better understand their nutritional needs.
  • For a teen drop-in center you might conduct a needs assessment with the teens themselves—or with their parents—or both.
  • For a community development project you might work with a community based organization of involved citizens who wish to revitalize a small, rural town.
  • In increasing agricultural access to urban farmers’ markets—you might work with a group of small farmers—and with City Hall in town where you live.

Your Plan. Nonprofit Problem Identification.

Step 2. Conduct a participatory needs assessment with your community to identify challenges—and develop a simple and straightforward program outline complete with a clearly defined problem statement, underlying causes, solution oriented activities, and project goals. This process will embed impact and sustainability into your project

Your Tools.

Step 3. Develop Nonprofit Projects.

Develop a set of nonprofit project management documents and donor presentation documents which will include an action plan, a project budget, a detailed schedule, and a project fact sheet (Letter of Inquiry).

What you will accomplish in the first three months of the program:

RESULTS: By the end of the first three months you will have developed a real project based upon real need determined with input from your constituents and colleagues. You will have incorporated initial feedback from both community members and a donor into your project’s development.

How to raise funds for a nonprofit. You will have updated your blog with new posts describing your project’s design progress—and you will have sent out the first of several email newsletters with compelling stories about your community members. Most of all, you will gain confidence that you are working on the right things by using tested strategies that have worked for other nonprofits in multiple projects. I’ll show you how to do all of this.

Fully Customized Second Quarter. In the second three month period you will customize the program’s direction to best fit your community’s needs, your organizational context, and donor interests.

Your Communication. Learn How To Attract Nonprofit Donors.

Step 4. Clearly define which donors are best for you. The donors may be individuals who are already making contributions to your organization inspired by your email newsletters and by the donor pages on your website (full of compelling stories!). They may also be private foundations. In either case, I will help you clearly define the donors and identify and write compelling stories for them.

How to get new donors. For individual donors, we’ll tune up your blog postings and newsletter to capture donor imagination—and make sure your donation page is effective and easy to use.

For foundation donors—this is not a grant writing course—however, you will be able to adapt the materials you have been developing to best fit donor interests. If applicable for your organization, you will actually select a foundation and submit a Letter of Inquiry.


Your Team.

Step 5. While waiting for the funding to roll in, you will develop a series of no-cost/low-cost activities which will develop ownership within the community and officially launch the project. You will learn how to harness community and volunteer support through setting up a co-management committee for one of your project’s programs.

Your Launch. Non Profit Project Management

Step 6. You will launch your first no cost/low cost project activity within the community using templates of workshop plans that I provide.

10 People Only. This mentored training program is limited to 10 people. We will have weekly communication through my advice and comments on your weekly assignment modules. I will have a monthly, 60 minute, private telephone consultation with you so that we can be able to work closely together on your project. I will also respond to quick questions that you send me.

RESULTS: In the Second Quarter You Will
    1. Clearly define which donors are best for you: individuals visiting your website or private foundations
    2. Develop skill sets in how to raise money for a nonprofit
    3. Tune up your blog post and newsletter to capture donor imagination
    4. Make sure your donation page is effective and simple to use
    5. If applicable, explore different ways to identify foundation donors and select one which is appropriate for your organization
    6. Using the information that you developed about your project, edit a letter of inquiry targeted to a specific foundation
    7. While waiting for funding to roll in, set up a community co-management committee for one of your programs
    8. Launch a project activity called out in your project design with volunteers, and/or community members
If one of the tracks below fulfills organizational need, then this mentored training program is for you.
1. New Project. Design a fundable, sustainable, impact oriented project from scratch.
2. Pre-launch. Fine-tune a project you are about to launch to increase its manageability, its impact, and its sustainability.
3. Projects in process. Get a current project with challenges back on track and increase its impact.
Write Faster to Save Time
I’ve created 20 sets of project design templates (detailed step-by-step instructions and finished examples of each module for you to use) that you can download and customize to best fit your emerging project design. 20 logical steps: No more writing from scratch—just edit and modify my templates to best fit your project. You will also be able to download a comprehensive set of studies and handbooks so that you can find specialized information quickly in your nonprofit’s area of work.
“Thank you for all your effort in putting together a great program and all of the program resources. Thank you for everything – for making this possible, for your guidance, and for your continuous optimism and encouragement. I look forward to the opportunity to work with you again in the next session.” Wye Yee Yong
“This program was absolutely awesome! The course content, instruction, example projects, on-line resources and the most valuable – your timely guidance on the assignments were all perfectly done.” Burt Mento
“As you know, as a real beginner in designing projects, without your project example templates I could never have written even a single word by myself.” Moise Tend

Program Fee. Normally, when we work with an individual organization on a project as expansive as this—we might be looking at a hefty consulting fee. But, the Center has organized this mentored training program so that it is much more affordable: your organization will simply pay $1,200. This will cover the six month program, your coach and mentor, and the 20 template kits and downloadable resources. There are no other expenses.

How to Enroll in this Mentored Training Program

Two simple steps and you’re in!

It’s easy to enroll in the program. There are only two things to do: pay the $1,200 program fee and fill out the Non Profit Program Application Form. The links are just below.
You can pay here with a credit or debit card.
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If it’s more convenient for you to pay by bank transfer we will be glad to send you instructions. Write to us here.

If you are not ready to apply for the mentoring program—you can enroll in the distance-learning program—Diploma 240—or our Nonprofit Training Workshops—and receive similar course materials.

We look forward to working with you. The application form is just below.


Tim Magee
Executive Director
Center for Sustainable Development