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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:

Leading Organizational Change

Jan. 14, 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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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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(Registration opens Jan. 9, 2020):

Protect Your Organization

April 30, 2020

Volunteer Management

May 21, 2020

Webinars, Workshops, Conferences

Free Webinar: Using Behavioral Economics to Build a Successful Monthly Giving Program

Tuesday, Dec.10, 1 - 2 p.m.

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Dig into the emotional, social, and cognitive mechanisms that drive people to opt into a monthly giving program. Presented by Heather Graci, Behavioral Economics Specialist at Creative Science.

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MD Heritage Areas Authority Grants Information Session

Wednesday, Jan. 8, Noon – 2 p.m.
Legends Club, Regency Furniture Stadium
11765 St. Linus Drive, Waldorf, MD 20602

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Join the Maryland Heritage Areas Authority (MHAA) and the Southern Maryland Heritage Area Consortium (SMHAC) to learn about the MHAA grant programs for FY 2021.

MHAA awards capital grants of up to $100,000 and non-capital grants of up to $50,000 for projects related to the preservation of historical, archeological, natural, and cultural resources and support economic development through heritage tourism.

Nonprofits, local jurisdictions, state agencies, and federal agencies are eligible to apply. A letter of intent to apply is due on Jan. 31.

RSVP to Lucille Walker, Executive Director, SMHAC

Catalogue for Philanthropy Information Session

Thursday, Jan. 9, 9 – 11 a.m.
CSM La Plata Campus Center for Business and Industry (BI Building), Room 104

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Come learn about the Catalogue for Philanthropy and how you can be a part of it. The Catalogue's mission is to create strong and vibrant communities by connecting caring citizens with worthy community causes. For nonprofits‚ it means increased visibility through the distribution of the annual print Catalogue‚ events‚ and campaigns. Participating nonprofits also have access to resources and educational workshops throughout the year to help elevate their capacity to do good.

Please note, for the Southern Maryland region, nonprofit organizations headquartered in Charles County with an annual operating budget between $100,000 - $4 million are eligible.


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Introduction to Foundation Directory Online

Wednesday, Jan. 22, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Lexington Park Library
21677 Franklin Delano Roosevelt Blvd.
Lexington Park, MD 20653

Looking for grants for your nonprofit? 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.

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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. You may use the library’s computers or bring your own laptop.

This free class is for nonprofit organizations looking for funding. It is not geared to individuals seeking grants. It is recommended that you take the free one-hour webinar Introduction to Finding Grants through before attending.

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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.