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Nonprofit Institute

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Nonprofit Institute
College of Southern Maryland
8730 Mitchell Rd
PO Box 910
La Plata, MD 20646-0910
Fax: 301-934-7704

Charles County
Vivian Mills

St. Mary's County
Tammy Vitale

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One of a community's finest assets is its wide array of nonprofit organizations joined in a common purpose: to help improve the quality of life for residents.


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Upcoming Events

  • May 01: 5th Annual Nonprofit Institute Conference

  • Upcoming Training

    Your Financial System: Planning and Managing for Maximum Effect

    An effective system for handling and keeping track of the organization’s finances is a necessity. In this course, participants will learn the basic components of such a system and discuss the ways in which it facilitates budget planning and monitoring and also protects against possible misuse of funds. Financial reports and statements will be covered in detail. Additionally, the annual budgeting process is vital to a successful nonprofit organization, but writing a budget can be a daunting task. Participants will learn the elements of the annual budget, the process of gathering relevant information, the budget’s relationship to strategic planning, the essential involvement of the board in understanding and approving the budget, and mid-course budget revisions.

    NPI-6570   tuition: $10 / fees: $30 0.6 CEUs


    W 9AM – 12PM
    Jan 21 

    W 9AM – 12PM
    Feb 4
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    Strategic Overview of Social Media Platforms

    Is your organization utilizing social media to its full potential? This course is a strategic overview of using Facebook, Twitter, Linked-In, YouTube, e-newsletters, blogging, websites and the cell phone for outreach and connection with constituents, volunteers, and current and prospective funders.

    NPI-6610   tuition: $10 / fees: $30 0.4 CEUs


    W Th 8:30AM – 10:30AM     
    Jan 14 – Jan 15
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    Fundraising and Business Mobile Applications for Nonprofits

    You’ve heard about the applications, now get a good overview of and reviews on the top resources for nonprofit mobile applications, increasing your social media productivity and decreasing the amount of time invested by choosing whats best for your organization.

    NPI-6650   tuition: $10 / fees: $15 0.3 CEUs


    Th 8:30AM – 10:30AM     
    Jan 29
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    When and How to Bring In Outside Help

    Sometimes a nonprofit organization’s internal resources are not sufficient to take care of an important need. It could involve an ongoing need that has not been addressed, an issue that is of growing concern, or a need that has come about with the emergence of a sudden problem or even unexpected opportunity. These circumstances can apply to virtually any area of operations, from fundraising to financial management, training, planning, program evaluation, marketing, and more.  In this course, participants will learn to analyze organizational need in terms of criticality and longrange impact and for identifying appropriate strategies. It examines two key sources of outside help, pro bono services and consultants, and how to tap and use them for optimal effect. The use of contracts and written agreements for such arrangements is also covered in detail. 

    NPI-6560   tuition: $10 / fees: $15 0.3 CEUs


    W 9AM – 12PM
    Feb 4 
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    The Personnel Challenge: Policies, Procedures, and Building Staff

    Personnel policies are procedures that chart out how a nonprofit organization treats its employees and how it relates to them. In this course, participants will learn the essentials in this key policy document, in terms of federal and state legal requirements and best practices in the field, as well as the way in which it succeeds in expressing the organization’s values. Illustrations of typical personnel problems are provided as problemsolving exercises for course participants. In addition to personnel policies, this course will explore the challenges nonprofit organizations face in job recruitment, evaluating employees, determining promotions, and making decisions to terminate employees. An overview of this ongoing process is reviewed and offers guidelines for making each part as problem-free as possible. Role playing to illustrate various aspects of personnel actions is included and participants also engage in an interactive discussion of ways in which staff morale can be either buoyed up or diminished.

    NPI-6590   tuition: $10 / fees: $30 0.6 CEUs


    M 9AM – 4PM
    Feb 11
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    Easy Visuals for Social Media Storytelling

    Learn how to use free internet tools to take your photos and videos to the next level, and create content that is liked and shared across social media platforms. We suggest Grant Writing for Storytelling as preparation for these courses.

    NPI-6630   tuition: $10 / fees: $30 0.4 CEUs


    Th F 8:30AM – 10:30AM     
    Feb 12 – Feb 13
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    What Powers Exceptional Boards? Part 1

    Exceptional non-profit boards and their leadership add significant value to their organizations, making a true difference in the attainment and expansion of their mission(s). For a board to be truly responsible and exceptional it must embrace a number of leadership principles. This two-part series of seminars will focus on these principles with the goal of helping non-profit boards and organization leaders understand the essence of what powers exceptional boards. It is recommended that participants in this course also register for What Powers Exceptional Boards?, Part 2.

    NPI-6660   tuition: $10 / fees: $30 0.4 CEUs


    Th 8:30AM – 10:30AM         
    Feb 26 – Mar 5
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    What Powers Exceptional Boards? Part 2

    Picking up where What Powers Exceptional Boards?, Part 1, left off, participants will address focusing on sustaining critical resources, being results-oriented, looking toward the future, exercising intentional board practices, encouraging continuous learning, and understanding the concept of revitalization, intentional board practices, continuous learning, and the concept of revitalization.  

    Prerequisite: It is recommended that participants also take NPI-6660 What Powers Exeptional Boards?, Part 1, although it is not required.

    NPI-6670   tuition: $10 / fees: $30           0.4 CEUs


    Th 8:30AM – 10:30AM
    Mar 12

    Th 8:30AM – 10:30AM
    Mar 26
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    Past Trainings

    Building Your Organization by Building Leadership

    Learn the true nature of leadership and the qualities that add up to effective leadership, including the ability to inspire others, stay focused on priorities, and foster collaboration. The training will cover the following questions: How does a nonprofit organization go about finding effective leaders? Is there a remedy for a weak leader? Can leadership skills be developed and, if so, how? Participants will have the opportunity to identify levels and types of leadership within their organization.  Additionally, they will discuss the areas of organizational life that would benefit from greater attention to leadership needs. Participants will also take measure of their own leadership potential and how to put it to use.

    NPI-6460   tuition: $10 / fees: $15 0.3 CEUs

    The All-Important Role of the Board Chair

    The path to becoming the nonprofit organization’s CVO-Chief Volunteer Officer- can vary from time to time and from organization to organization. Whatever the path and whether the title is president or board chair, the person assuming this position will definitely make a mark on the organization, for better or worse. In this course, participants will examine the typical demands of this role in terms of organization history, bylaws requirements, and the expectations of fellow board members and even the public. Effective ways of dealing with these diverse demands will be discussed, including taking time up front to envision how best to use the term of office as well as seeing the period as an opportunity for personal Growth.

    NPI-6470   tuition: $10 / fees: $15 0.2 CEUs

    Planning for Successful Leadership Transitions

    One of the inevitable events in organizational life is change at the top. Change can happen according to plan, but sometimes comes about suddenly.  Whatever the circumstances, it means an important transition for the organization and it can make all the difference to be prepared for it.  This training explores the do’s and don’ts involved in the transfer of the leadership role to a new person. These guidelines are applicable both to welcoming a new board chair or hiring a new executive director. Participants will identify the assets that their organization would most need to protect and the areas in which a transition could serve to strengthen the organization. The practical aspects of defining and assigning responsibility for guiding the transition will be covered.

    NPI-6490 tuition: $10 / fees: $15  0.3 CEUs

    Secrets of Effective Board Recruitment

    Finding good people to serve on the board is a constant challenge for many, if not most, nonprofit organizations. Only rarely does someone who is enthusiastic about an organization's mission and who comes equipped with great skills arrive on the doorstep and offer to serve. Instead, a search for potential nominees needs to be conducted, but if done casually or too conservatively, the results are apt to be disappointing. Starting with the premise that the purpose of the recruitment effort is to strengthen the board, this course provides a step-by-step guide for an effective search and selection process that achieves that purpose.

    NPI-6550 tuition: $10 / fees: $15   0.2 CEUs

    Grant Writing: Honing Your Storytelling Skills

    Everyone is on information overload. Want your grant to stand out in the stack? Learn to tell your organization’s passionate story to command funders’ interest and attention. This course consists of three 2-hour sessions which will take your written storytelling skills to the next level.  Participants will learn through theory combined with abundant amounts of practice in creating the organization’s unique and compelling story, along with the opportunity to receive valuable feedback from the instructor and other participants.


    NPI-6600   tuition: $10 / fees: $15   0.6 CEUs