I took this class to investigate the possibility of a nonprofit. This class has helped clear the cobwebs and direct my thoughts. I feel I now have a much better understanding and am ready to move forward with transferring my dream into reality. This class has been an excellent resource. Thank you."
This class has been very informative. Before I enrolled in this class, I had absolutely no idea what a nonprofit was and how to start one (really!). I now have written my articles of incorporation and bylaws, and have begun my search for board members using the criteria that you provided. Thanks a bunch!"
This class has given me the instruction and resources necessary to get started and thanks to your responses and direction to my assignments, that extra boost of confidence I'm sure I needed. I no longer "think" I can...I "know" I can. I'm looking forward to the next course. Thank you!"
This course really helped me as I was recently hired as media coordinator for an agency that helps low income disabled receive free medical equipment such as power chairs, wheelchair and walkers. I attended my first strategic planning meeting and this course guided me through each step. Thanks for such a well written course."
This class was beyond what I could ever have imagined. I learned more in these last six weeks then any one semester in college. I can use what I learned immediately or if I wait a few years, this information will still be useful. Instructor was helpful, friendly and very knowledgable. I would definitley recommend the instructor and the class. I learned a lot! Thank you!"
I thoroughly enjoyed this course. This was my third and final class to complete my certification with this instructor. I felt she made it fun and something I looked forward to. This was my first time trying online courses and I thought going into it that it would be boring, but this one certainly was not. I learned so much and feel like I can talk the lingo now!"
I have not taken a course in over three decades. I find that the style and format of this course is excellent. The instructor was insightful and gave me alternatives to think about."
Excellent class! Thanks for helping to me stretch my imagination and preparing us for this new adventure into starting a nonprofit."
The course was great and the instructor taught me more than I could ever had imagined."
Great class! I would have missed so many steps had I not taken this class. I feel more prepared and my nonprofit has a much better chance at making a difference. I will definitely take another course."
Course Code: cyn
In this first lesson, we’ll go over some basic nonprofit terminology. We’ll also look at why you want to start a nonprofit and finish with some ways to obtain your goals. Then, you’ll discover what a mission statement is, how you can create one, and how you get your members to buy in.
Understand how to set up a nonprofit board of directors. You’ll also learn the importance of the work that a board is called to do and the role you'll play in helping those board members be greater than they thought they could possibly be. Then, create your very own bylaws and articles of incorporation.
A variety of legal matters apply to getting your nonprofit started, and we’re going to look at filing reports and securing licenses, and delve into a few final tax issues. You’ll also learn how to operate your first board meeting so you can ratify your new bylaws. Then, find out how to research, brainstorm, discuss goals and objectives, and tactically prepare your organization to reach its goals.
To be effective, you must become adept at recruiting and motivating your volunteers and employees. This lesson will provide you with the strategies you’ll need to succeed. Then, you’ll learn that developing budgets that work is a critical part of your upcoming responsibility, and you’ll explore exactly how to do that here.
Explore why you need a fundraising strategy, how to get one, and why the board of directors, the executive director, members, and volunteers all have a place in the fundraising program. Then cover the concepts of nonprofit marketing and media relations where you’ll understand the basics of community outreach, and discover a variety of highly effective techniques you can use to promote your nonprofit.
Learn how you can use the Internet to reach out and tell the world who you are and what you do. Finally, you’ll learn what you can and, perhaps more importantly, what you cannot do when it comes to advocacy.
Linda Kissam is an eighteen-year veteran in the nonprofit management field. She has managed both 501 (c)(3) and 501 (c)(6) organizations and currently owns her own consulting company. She has taught both in the public and private sectors. A seasoned wine and hospitality industry veteran, Linda consults with local wineries on media attraction and food and wine events. She conducts both private and group strategic planning workshops for nonprofit and for-profit corporations. She currently serves as the executive director of a visitors bureau for an art town in California. She writes a weekly wine article and a bimonthly tourist destination column. She is a highly regarded facilitator for strategic planning workshops, marketing seminars, and event planning.
There are no prerequisites to take this course.
The instructional materials required for this course are included in enrollment and will be available online.
A new session of each course opens each month, allowing you to enroll whenever your busy schedule permits.
Once a course session starts, two lessons will be released each week for the six-week duration of your course. You will have access to all previously released lessons until the course ends.
The interactive discussion area for each lesson automatically closes two weeks after each lesson is released, so you’re encouraged to complete each lesson within two weeks of its release.
The final exam will be released on the same day as the last lesson. Once the final exam has been released, you will have two weeks plus 10 days (24 days total) to complete the final and finish any remaining lessons in your course. No further extensions can be provided beyond these 10 days.