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Nonprofit Institute
College of Southern Maryland
PO Box 910
La Plata, MD 20646-0910

Charles County
Cara Fogarty

Michelle Sullivan

St. Mary's County

NPI Training

Upcoming Training:

Overview of Grant Writing

Feb. 4, 2020, 9 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.; Regional Hughesville Campus, Center for Trades and Energy Training (CT Building), Room 104
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Creating a Digital Strategy

March 3, 2020, 9 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.; Regional Hughesville Campus, Center for Trades and Energy Training (CT Building), Room 104
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Protect Your Organization

April 30, 2020

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Volunteer Management

May 21, 2020

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Webinars, Workshops, Conferences

Introduction to Foundation Directory Online / Introduction to Finding Grants


Looking for grants for your nonprofit? Libraries in Charles and St. Mary’s Counties are offering these free grant prospecting classes: Introduction to Foundation Directory Online and Introduction to Finding Grants.

Introduction to Foundation Directory Online:

Learn how to use Foundation Directory Online (FDO), the most comprehensive prospect research tool for fundraisers, with over 140,000 grantmaker profiles. You will learn how to search for grantmakers who have funded organizations working on causes and with communities similar to those you serve.

This class will include time to practice using FDO with the assistance of the instructor. Participants will be able to search for funding specific to their programs and ask any questions they might have. This class is for nonprofit organizations looking for funding. It is not geared to individuals seeking grants.

Wednesday, Jan. 22, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Lexington Park Library
Registration required >>

Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2 – 3:30 p.m. | Thursday, Jan. 30, 6 – 7:30 p.m.
Waldorf West Library
(Registration not required.)

Introduction to Finding Grants:

Are you new to the field of grantseeking? Discover what funders are looking for in nonprofits seeking grants and how to find potential funders in this introductory course.

Wednesday, Jan. 29, 6 – 7:30 p.m. | Thursday, Jan. 30, 2 – 3:30 p.m.
Waldorf West Library
(Registration not required.)

Volunteer Maryland/Rural Maryland Council Information Session

Volunteer Maryland and Rural Maryland Council logos

Thursday, Jan. 23, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
CSM La Plata Campus
Center for Business and Industry (BI Building)
Room 113

Leverage your Volunteer Program - Partner with Volunteer Maryland: Volunteer Maryland and its partners mobilize volunteers to address critical community needs. Discover how a strategic partnership with Volunteer Maryland can strengthen your volunteer program and increase community engagement. Volunteer Maryland places AmeriCorps members who serve as Volunteer Coordinators full time for 11 months. The Rural Maryland Council will share grant resources.


Online Training

Through Continuing Education, we offer several courses on a regular basis to nonprofits. These are online courses offered through Ed2Go. The following classes are available:

A to Z Grant Writing -  BUS-5330 (2.40 CEUs)

A to Z Grant Writing is an invigorating and informative course specially created for executive directors, organizers, board members, community volunteers, development officers, and individuals who want to learn a 'bird's eye' view of the grant writing process. Discover how to research and develop mutually beneficial relationships with potential funding sources, organize a grant writing campaign and keep track of all funding sources, requests and donations, prepare complete proposal packages, and submit one hundred proposals a year in ten hours a week. More information and registration >>

Nonprofit Fundraising - BUS-8420 (2.40 CEUs)

First, you'll identify the skills you'll need to become a successful fundraiser. Next, you'll discover where the best corporate and foundation fundraising jobs are and how to apply for them. After that, you'll delve into different types of fundraising activities, exploring everything from annual and special funds to corporate and foundation relations, major gifts, and planned giving. And finally, you'll see how fundraising software can make your efforts far more effective. By the end of the course, you'll have a wealth of new ideas for fundraising. More information and registration >>

Additionally, Grantspace (formerly known as the Foundation Center) offers free and low-cost online training courses:

Introduction to Proposal Writing and Introduction to Finding Grants

Online and self-directed, these Grantspace courses put you in charge of your own learning — perfect if you can’t get to one of our in-person sessions or live webinars. Courses feature rich multimedia content, interactive quiz questions, and useful tips to help you succeed. Upon finishing a course you have the option to print a certificate of completion.