Work Smarter: Six Months to a More Focused, Organized You. In this Advanced Project Design training program, we will focus on one of your nonprofit projects to increase program impact, improve donor communication and prepare project management tools. You will learn to design fundable, nonprofit projects to attract donor funding and how to manage your projects for sustainable impact. See the full syllabus.
Our mentored training programs provide cutting-edge information, weekly, downloadable tool kits, nonprofit training and expert consultancy.
Overview of our 6-Month Mentored Training Program.
Great Program Design = New Funding + Increased Services
Design your next project to increase nonprofit funding & impact.
Develop a winning, impact oriented project while learning to:
become your nonprofit’s go-to solution for community challenges
enjoy increased funding for your programs
increase online donations
grow, shine—and advance in your career
standout in an interview for a new job in the nonprofit world
get more done: less time—less stress
learn to manage nonprofit projects
Who Should Join?
Advance your Career, Raise Funds, Solve Challenges
The program is for nonprofit staff and job-seekers wanting to successfully solve community challenges and learn nonprofit program design and funding. Participants have worked on programs as diverse as social services, community development, education, the environment, and social justice—and decided to enroll in the program because they were:
building skill sets & visibility for a new nonprofit job or promotion
hoping to boost donor communications and donations
wanting to learn to develop nonprofit projects that solve challenges
wanting to increase the impact of their projects
seeking time saving techniques for getting everything done
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
use evidence-based activities for solving community challenges
add project briefs to donor communications for increasing donations
boost online 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
Nonprofit Projects: Advanced Project Design for Project Funding & Sustainable Impact.
A Six Month, Mentored, Nonprofit Certificate Program for Nonprofit Professionals.
First Three Months. In the first three months you will develop a project that fulfills your nonprofit’s mission and that includes community input from conducting a participatory needs assessment. You will also develop a set of management and presentation documents—such as a budget, logframe and a fact sheet—for your donor communications.
conduct a participatory needs assessment
design a project using evidence-based activities
develop presentations for donor communications
Second Three Months. In the second three months you will research solutions to the special challenges in your project in order to refine your project’s activities. You will build impact into your project through continued community engagement. You will learn how to launch, manage and develop long-term sustainability in your project.
identify donors for your new presentations
build project impact through community engagement
learn how to launch and manage your project
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: Advanced Project Design for Project Funding & Sustainable Impact
One-on-One Mentoring. In this mentor training program you and I will work together, one-on-one, for six months on a nonprofit challenge of your choice—exactly as we do as nonprofit consultants. This mentored program will be customized for you and your nonprofit.
You probably work with a non profit on programs such as animal welfare, community development, the environment—or a food bank or homeless shelter: and you love your non-profit and the work that you do.
Maybe you don’t have enough funding for all of the services you would like to provide.
You want to improve online fundraising resources.
Perhaps you want to learn how to better develop a program/project that is attractive to donors.
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.
You would like to be able to better identify potential donors for funding the project.
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 and research donor possibilities. I supply easy to edit templates for each step—which you keep for developing future nonprofit projects for your organization.
So this program is a combination of training, advising, and consulting. I will provide an experienced set of eyes and concrete feedback on your work. 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 nonprofit career change, a new nonprofit job, 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 nonprofit projects that are attractive to donors?
Would you like to find more donors and get more people behind your cause?
Would you like to learn time-saving techniques for getting everything done?
The program will lead you through the development of a real project, in real time, and leave you with the practical tools to sustain it.
We are committed to results-based programs. You will learn to incorporate community-identified need into the design of your project and research project activities that have shown evidence of having worked at solving challenges.
You will use contemporary methods of developing sustainable, impact oriented projects. You will gain practical field experience using evidence-based activities by developing a real project in real-time.
This mentored program on nonprofit projects 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 six, 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. You will set up a workshop with representatives of the community to conduct a participatory needs assessment in Step 3.
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 positive impact and sustainability into your project. You will research evidenced based solutions and activities for your challenge and prepare a detailed project outline.
Step 3. Develop Nonprofit Projects.
Embed impact into your project design with a powerful set of nonprofit management tools. Log frames, detailed budgets, timelines, a project description, compelling fact sheets, M&E plans, outcome and impact statements 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 of the mentored program on nonprofit projects 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. You will have developed documents for presentation to your donor base.
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 Non Profit 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.
The management tools developed in Step 3 will communicate to donors and stakeholders exactly what you are trying to accomplish and can be used for effective management of the project once funded.
For individual donors: We’ll tune up your blog postings and newsletter to capture donor imagination—and make sure your nonprofit donation page is effective and easy to use.
You will update your blog with new posts describing your project’s design progress—and you will send out the first of several email newsletters with compelling stories about your community members. I’ll show you how to do all of this.
For foundation donors: This is not a grant writing course—however, you will be able to use the materials from Step 3 for grant development in order to meet donor requirements. If applicable, you will actually select a foundation and submit a Letter of Inquiry.
Step 5. While waiting for the funding to roll in, you will select a series of no-cost/low-cost activities from your project outline 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.
Step 6. You will launch your first no cost/low cost project activity within the community using templates of workshop plans that I provide—and learn:
How to best launch and manage nonprofit programs.
The importance of community engagement and project co-management.
How to teach skill sets to your community members to use in the project.
About the learning tools of monitoring & evaluation.
Community empowerment through sustainability, follow-up & mentoring.
And, how to design and lead a capacity building workshop.
RESULTS: In the Second Quarter of the Nonprofit Fundraising Program You Will
Clearly define which donors are best for you: individuals visiting your website or private foundations
Develop skill sets in how to raise money for a nonprofit
Tune up your blog post and newsletter to capture donor imagination
Make sure your donation page is effective and simple to use
If applicable, explore different ways to identify foundation donors and select one which is appropriate for your organization
Using the information that you developed about your project, edit a letter of inquiry targeted to a specific foundation
While waiting for funding to roll in, set up a community co-management committee for one of your programs
Launch a project activity called out in your project design with volunteers, and/or community members
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 to keep us working closely together on your project. I will also respond to quick questions that you send me.
If one of the tracks below fulfills organizational need, then this mentored training program is for you.
New Project. Design a fundable, sustainable, impact oriented project from scratch.
Pre-launch. Fine-tune a project you are about to launch to increase its manageability, its impact, and its sustainability.
Nonprofit projects in process. Get a current project with challenges back on track and increase its non profit impact.
Write Faster to Save Time
I’ve created 20 sets of program 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. 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 Fees: $1,200.00. 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: you 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.
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 nonprofit program fee and fill out the Nonprofit Program Application Form. The links are just below.
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