You may register for Individual Sessions at $49 each
~ or ~  
Take the entire 5-part series of classes for just $159
(You'll save $86 when you take all five!)

All classes will take place at Fort Lewis College on Wednesdays from 5:30 p.m.to 7:30 p.m. Click on a title from this alphabetical list to view full description, or scroll down to see a chronological list.

 


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Following is the chronological list of individual sessions in the Spring 2014 Nonprofit Management - Making a Difference: Financial Leadership class series:

Storytelling for Gift Planning Success
Daniel Harris

     Fee: $49, 1 session
     Wednesday, 5:30 p.m. — 7:30 p.m.     
     April 2, 2014

It’s the story that reaches the heart of potential donors and foundations. This Storytelling discussion will be more of a workshop and less of a class “presentation” so students have plenty of time to practice their stories to hone them with the coaching of the experienced and highly appraised presenter from Wells Fargo Philanthropic Services and classmates. Daniel P. Harris, is responsible for strategic planning and critical analysis for the national Wells Fargo Philanthropic Services team. He also assists individuals, families, and nonprofit organizations to maximize the impact of their philanthropic initiatives. Prior to joining Wells Fargo in 2006, Dan was director of gift planning for Denver’s Community First Foundation, a position he held for five years. Dan has over 20 years of financial markets experience, including positions in the United States, Japan, and Germany. He holds a BA from McGill University in Montreal and an MBA in finance from The University of Texas.

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The Power of the 990 for Fundraising
Paulette Church

     Fee: $49, 1 session
     Wednesday, 5:30 p.m. — 7:30 p.m.
     April 9, 2014

The Federal 990 tax form has changed drastically over the past four years and can be used to build a strong, transparent nonprofit that attracts donors. In addition, this form is used to complete your annual registration with the Colorado Secretary of State at their Charitable Solicitations site. The 990 form is posted online and allows you to elaborate on outcomes -- this is where you can sell your results and a short story. Many individual donors and foundations go to these before they decide to support your nonprofit. To help your organization, Paulette will provide sample policies to demonstrate how to meet the federal guidelines such as a non-discrimination, whistle blower, and financial standards. As Paulette reviews important aspects of the new form, students will learn how to build an accurate, compelling picture of their organization.  Paulette Church, Director of the Professional Nonprofit Management Certificate Program (PNMCP), has served in local, regional, statewide, and national nonprofit organizations for the past 30 years, and recently retired as the Director of the Durango Adult Education Center in Durango. She brings extensive experience in grant-writing, Board development and service, strategic planning, fundraising, and is connected to the nonprofit sector on every level.

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Nonprofit Business Model Design
with Lean Canvas
Bill Smith

     Fee: $49, 1 session
     Wednesday, 5:30 p.m. — 7:30 p.m.
      April 16, 2014

This highly interactive session will cover the use of the Lean Business Canvas in the process of business model design for nonprofits. The lean business canvas is a collaboration tool for describing the business of your nonprofit on one page. We will complete a lean canvas, identify high risk assumptions, and devise experiments for reducing risk. Participants will be encouraged to create and present their own canvases for a real world initiative. Bill Smith has been working with startup companies for nearly 30 years. His company, E7 Systems, has helped over 20 startups and specializes in the creation of disruptive technologies. Bill is a practitioner and advocate for lean business and product development methods. Visit E7 online at http://e7systems.com/about/.  

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Fundraising Trends & Techniques
Renny Fagan
      Fee: $49, 1 session
      Wednesday, 5:30 p.m. — 7:30 p.m.
      April 23, 2014

What do local, state-wide and national trends in philanthropy and giving indicate? How should we adjust our methods to reflect these trends? This session will present the latest data and research with respect to philanthropy and giving. Participants will walk away with concrete facts on local, state and national levels. Participants will be able to better anticipate how Philanthropy and Giving are changing not only now, but in the coming years. This will help organizations adjust and adapt their fundraising methods to meet the times.  Renny Fagan, President and Chief Executive Officer, Colorado Nonprofit Association, joined the Association in March 2009. With almost 1,400 member nonprofit organizations statewide, the Association provides capacity building resources and technical assistance to members and advocates on behalf of the entire nonprofit sector. Previously, Fagan served as the State Director of Colorado-based staff for U.S Senator Ken Salazar and briefly for Senator Michael Bennet. Fagan was a Deputy Attorney General for Attorney Generals Ken Salazar and John Suthers, managing attorneys providing legal services to elected officials and state agencies. Under Gov. Roy Romer, Fagan was the Executive Director of the Colorado Department of Revenue. He began his public service as a three-term state legislator from El Paso County. A Colorado native, Fagan grew up in the Pikes Peak region and has resided in the Denver Metro area for the last 20 years. He earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Chicago and a J.D. from Northwestern University.

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Best Practices to Keep Your Staff Stable
Paulette Church & Tim Kroes
    Fee: $49, 1 session
    Wednesday, 5:30 p.m. — 7:30 p.m.
    April 30, 2014

Bringing stability to your staff serves clients and the organization well. These two experienced nonprofit professionals will share their efforts to bring opportunities to their staff members that have led to long-term employment and high staff morale. Best practices from recent research will also be included. Once you have a stable staff and they are developing professionally, succession planning comes more easily to the organization. Paulette Church, Director of the Professional Nonprofit Management Certificate Program (PNMCP), has served in local, regional, statewide, and national nonprofit organizations for the past 30 years, and recently retired as the Director of the Durango Adult Education Center in Durango. She brings extensive experience in grant-writing, Board development and service, strategic planning, fundraising, and is connected to the nonprofit sector on every level. Tim Kroes has been the Executive Director of Durango’s Adaptive Sports Association (ASA) in Durango for 14 years. Prior to his role as ED, Tim was the organization’s Program Director, running the nonprofit’s daily operations at Durango Mountain Resort. The ASA depends heavily on community volunteers for most aspects of its programming. More than 200 volunteers contribute over 16,000 hours annually to ASA and over 80% of the organization’s sports lessons for individuals with disabilities are taught by volunteers. Tim will present a unique point-of-view from ASA’s experience in how to manage, inspire, and appreciate the volunteers who make immense and remarkable contributions to our community by joining ASA’s mission every year.

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