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Nonprofit Institute
nonprofit@csmd.edu
College of Southern Maryland
PO Box 910
La Plata, MD 20646-0910
301-934-7544

Charles County
Cara Fogarty
301-934-7544

Michelle Sullivan
240-988-3096

St. Mary's County

Robin Finnacom
240-725-5458

NPI Training

Upcoming Training:


Protect Your Organization

Learn about the many forms of risk that nonprofits face and practical means for minimizing if not altogether preventing them. This class covers an overview of liability coverage, lawsuits, legal requirements for hiring fundraising consultants, charitable status, and the board's fiduciary responsibilities.

This class is canceled and will be rescheduled in May or June >> April 30, 2020, 9 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.; Regional Hughesville Campus, Center for Trades and Energy Training (CT Building), Room 108

Details >>



Business Plans for Small Businesses and Nonprofits

The Small Business Development Center and the Nonprofit Institute offer this free session of interest to small businesses and nonprofit organizations. Get an overview of insights and resources needed to create a useful business plan. Key areas of focus include competition, target customer market, and marketing.

This class is canceled and will be rescheduled at a later date >> March 31, 2020, 5:30 - 7:30 p.m., Charles County Public Library, Waldorf West Branch, 10405 O’Donnell Pl., Waldorf, Md.




Volunteer Management

May 21, 2020, 9 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.; La Plata Campus, Community Education Building (CT Building), Room CE120

Details and registration >>



Webinars, Workshops, Conferences


Grants 101 Virtual Q&A

Charles County Public Library logo

Thursday, March 19, 2020
2-3:30 p.m.
Charles County Public Library - Waldorf West
10405 O'Donnell Pl., Waldorf, MD 20603

Looking for grants for your nonprofit? Have questions about grants? The Waldorf West Branch of the Charles County Public Library offers this virtual training opportunity.

Join a video call Q&A session with a Funding Information Network (FIN) expert from the Candid office in New York.  Receive assistance searching Foundation Directory Online (FDO) and Grants to Individuals, get tips on proposal writing, or learn about nonprofit management resources.

Contact the Charles County Public Library for more information.





Connelly & Assoc. Philanthropy Forum

Connelly & Associates logo

May 5, 2020
B&O Railroad Museum
901 W. Pratt Street
Baltimore, Md. 21223

The Connelly & Assoc. Philanthropy Forum will feature educational sessions, a panel on corporate and foundation funders, and a networking happy hour. Fundraisers, nonprofit staff, nonprofit board members, and those who work with fundraisers and nonprofit organizations are welcome to attend this free afternoon event.

Philanthropy Forum Schedule:

12:00 - 12:30 p.m. - Networking and Registration for Educational Sessions
12:30 - 1:15 p.m. - First Educational Session: Your least likely donor can be your transformational donor
1:30 - 2:15 p.m. - Second Educational Session: Operating a nonprofit in a changing world
2:30 - 3:15 p.m. - Third Educational Session: The compounding power of monthly donors
3:30 - 4:00 p.m. - Networking and Registration for Panel on Foundation and Corporate Funders
4:00 - 5:15 p.m. - Welcome and Panel on Foundation and Corporate Funders
5:15 - 6:30 p.m. - Networking Happy Hour

For more information, visit the Connelly & Assoc. website >>

To register, send an email >>. Include your name, preferred e-mail address, and organization name.





Fundraising Regulations for Nonprofit Organizations: How to Stay Compliant Without Risking your Charitable Status

Maryland Nonprofits logoMay 12, 2020
Time: TBA
Location: Charles County Public Library - Branch TBA

Did you know that nonprofit fundraising activities are regulated by the IRS and the State of Maryland? And that nonprofits that don't comply with IRS fundraising rules run the risk of losing their tax-exempt status and incurring penalties?

This course from Maryland Nonprofits will give you a deep dive into the laws and regulations that govern all kinds of fundraising. We’ll cover the IRS guidelines concerning fundraising; the Maryland Charitable Solicitations Act and registration requirements; and review the concept of ethical fundraising and your obligations to donors. Participants will also learn about the legal ramifications of fundraising online and receiving out of state donations; the special circumstances in which nonprofits may be subject to taxation; and what to consider before hiring a professional fundraiser.

Whether you are fundraising through events, grantwriting, individual giving campaigns or other activities, being well-versed in what you can and cannot do when it comes to fundraising will give you the peace of mind you need to focus on your mission.

Maryland Nonprofits offers a discounted rate of $35 for nonprofit organizations in Southern Maryland.

Nonprofits in Southern Maryland: $35 (Discount Code: MANOFRIEND50)
Maryland Nonprofits Members $35
Non-Members: $70
Nonprofit Development Center Participants: Free

Registration opens soon



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.