NMI course descriptions

NMI course descriptions

NMI 102
Maximizing Human Potential in Nonprofits

Invest in Your People!

This 2-week course is led online by ASU Lodestar NMI Knowledge Specialist and Nonprofit Management Consultant, Julie Coleman

If you are a nonprofit leader or human asset manager, you are probably navigating a changed and challenging future for your organization and your employees!  You will benefit by understanding how to invest in your employees as one of the most solid strategies for sustained organizational growth and resilience.

This course explores the foundations of human resource management, including federal and state employment laws, compensation, benefits, and human resource policies. Additionally, you will examine strategies related to employee engagement and retention, performance management, staffing structures, sourcing, recruitment, and hiring.

Delivery method: Online | Cost: $349 | Qualifies for: Nonprofit Management Certificate, Optimizing Human Resource Strategies in Nonprofits Certificate
CAE approved

This course meets the requirements for fulfilling the professional development requirements to earn or maintain the Certified Association Executive credential. CAE credit amount: 16 credit hours (two-day course)

NMI 103
Effective Financial Management Principles

In this course, participants will learn basic accounting principles and how to interpret and manage financial statements for a nonprofit organization. In addition, you will also learn the difference between accrual and cash basis accounting, and the importance of internal controls to protect the assets of your organization. Finally, you will learn how to analyze and use tax form 990, along with your organization’s annual report, as public relations tools.

 

Delivery method: Online | Cost: $349 | Qualifies for: Fundraising and Sustainable Financial Management Certificate, Nonprofit Management Certificate
CAE approved

This course meets the requirements for fulfilling the professional development requirements to earn or maintain the Certified Association Executive credential. CAE credit amount: 16 credit hours (two-day course)

NMI 104
Engaging and Developing Volunteers

Being A Volunteer Manager in the Midst of a Pandemic.

This 2-week course is led online by ASU Lodestar NMI Instructor, and Vice President of Community Impact at Valley of the Sun United Way, Jayson Matthews

For many organizations, volunteers are the backbone of outreach operations. In the COVID-19* world, volunteerism  has changed dramatically. Even before public health restrictions were placed in effect, recruiting, and retaining volunteers have been a constant resource management struggle for many nonprofit leaders.   

Volunteer programs require the same managerial effort as other organizational operation efforts. There are many factors to consider in ensuring that the experience is positive for both the volunteer and the organization. In this course, you are taught the basics of recruiting, managing, motivating, recognizing, and rewarding staff and volunteers to effectively utilize and retain their strengths and skills.

*Special attention will be placed within this upcoming season’s course to respond to the impact COVID-19 has had on this particular area of nonprofit resource development and management.

 

Delivery method: Online | Cost: $349 | Qualifies for: Nonprofit Management Certificate, Optimizing Human Resource Strategies in Nonprofits Certificate
CAE approved

This course meets the requirements for fulfilling the professional development requirements to earn or maintain the Certified Association Executive credential. CAE credit amount: 16 credit hours (two-day course)

NMI 105
High Impact Leadership

In this course, participants will be introduced to current models of leadership and seven core leadership competencies. By using a self-analysis tool, you will be able to identify your leadership strengths and core values. In addition, you will also learn methods for building internal and external relationships and applying those skills to a business setting. Finally, you will also develop a leadership action plan for achieving personal and organizational impact.

Delivery method: Online | Cost: $349 | Qualifies for: Nonprofit Management Certificate, Nonprofit Marketing and Strategic Communications Certificate, Nonprofit Operations and Program Impact Certificate
CAE approved

This course meets the requirements for fulfilling the professional development requirements to earn or maintain the Certified Association Executive credential. CAE credit amount: 16 credit hours (two-day course)

NMI 106
Optimizing Nonprofit Resource Fund Development

Fundraising Alchemy - Turning A Silver Lining Into Gold

This 2-week course is led online by ASU Lodestar NMI Instructor and CEO at Cortney's Place, Michele Shipitofsky, CFRE

Ask any nonprofit leader what one of their greatest organizational challenges is and they will resoundingly answer, “Fundraising!”

Recent changes in the global economy have created scarcer financial resources and focused even greater attention on the need for philanthropic giving and funding development for nonprofit organizations.

This course teaches you the basics of the fund development process, how to cultivate charitable giving resources and create a plan that will result in effective fundraising strategies for your organization – even in the toughest of economic times.

 

Delivery method: Online | Cost: $349 | Qualifies for: Fundraising and Sustainable Financial Management Certificate, Nonprofit Management Certificate
CAE approved

This course meets the requirements for fulfilling the professional development requirements to earn or maintain the Certified Association Executive credential. CAE credit amount: 16 credit hours (two-day course)

NMI 108
Analyzing for Program Impact

Fine-tuning your nonprofit’s engine for endurance.

In today's environment, doing good work is no longer good enough. With increased demands, competing priorities, and shrunken resources, leaders need to ensure their organizations are attaining mission and audience goals. Decisions about where to find, and how to focus resources to achieve needed impacts, must be grounded in the solid evaluation and evidence of an organization's strategies and programs.

This course explores evaluation systems, from design and implementation, that produce valid, credible, and useful information to assess program impacts within nonprofit organizations.

Delivery method: Online | Cost: $349 | Qualifies for: Nonprofit Management Certificate, Nonprofit Operations and Program Impact Certificate
CAE approved

This course meets the requirements for fulfilling the professional development requirements to earn or maintain the Certified Association Executive credential. CAE credit amount: 16 credit hours (two-day course)

NMI 111
Impactful Board Governance

This course provides a comprehensive overview of board governance, which includes the core roles and responsibilities of board members, as well as the board’s relationship to the CEO and staff. Participants will learn how to develop effective, motivated board members who are accountable for the organization’s assets, committed to develop a diversified resource base, and motivated to champion the organization among various stakeholders.

Delivery method: Online | Cost: $349 | Qualifies for: Fundraising and Sustainable Financial Management Certificate, Nonprofit Management Certificate
CAE approved

This course meets the requirements for fulfilling the professional development requirements to earn or maintain the Certified Association Executive credential. CAE credit amount: 16 credit hours (two-day course)

NMI 112
Emerging Marketing & Social Media Strategies

This course will provide principles and practices for marketing your nonprofit organization. You will also learn current strategies and techniques for successfully positioning your organization and developing a marketing plan that includes social media marketing strategies.

 

Delivery method: Online | Cost: $349 | Qualifies for: Nonprofit Management Certificate, Nonprofit Marketing and Strategic Communications Certificate
CAE approved

This course meets the requirements for fulfilling the professional development requirements to earn or maintain the Certified Association Executive credential. CAE credit amount: 16 credit hours (two-day course)

NMI 203
Financial Management for Executives

This session integrates financial management into executive decision making and addresses the struggle to match mission with financial resources. Topics include understanding the components of nonprofit financial statements, accounting for contributions, grants and federal awards, financial accountability, executive processes, and continuous budgeting.

Delivery method: Online | Qualifies for: Nonprofit Executive Leadership Certificate
CAE approved

This course meets the requirements for fulfilling the professional development requirements to earn or maintain the Certified Association Executive credential. CAE credit amount: 8 credit hours (one-day course)

NMI 205
Nonprofit Executive Leadership

In this highly interactive course, participants will explore the role, traits and competencies of the executive. The goal of the course is to help senior level professionals align their leadership skills and competencies with top exemplars. Participants will use a variety of resources and techniques to identify and begin close the gaps between their skills and abilities and those of great nonprofit leaders.

Delivery method: Online | Qualifies for: Nonprofit Executive Leadership Certificate
CAE approved

This course meets the requirements for fulfilling the professional development requirements to earn or maintain the Certified Association Executive credential. CAE credit amount: 8 credit hours (one-day course)

NMI 210
Public Trust and Influence

This course will discuss the role nonprofits play in influencing public policy, leading social movements, building coalition, and organizing issue campaigns. This course highlights successful advocacy strategies used by nonprofit leaders to advance their organization’s mission for the public good. It delineates what nonprofits can and cannot do and engages participants in developing an advocacy strategy plan. Participants will also explore some of the challenging ethical and moral issues common in the nonprofit sector.

Delivery method: Online | Qualifies for: Nonprofit Executive Leadership Certificate
CAE approved

This course meets the requirements for fulfilling the professional development requirements to earn or maintain the Certified Association Executive credential. CAE credit amount: 8 credit hours (one-day course)

NMI 211
Strategic Governance and the CEO

In this course, participants discourse matters of governance to expand their capacity as executive leaders in the nonprofit sector. Topics of significance underscore complimentary modes of governance; the distinct and shared responsibilities of the executive leader and board of directors; and best practices in nonprofit governance.

Delivery method: Online | Qualifies for: Nonprofit Executive Leadership Certificate
CAE approved

This course meets the requirements for fulfilling the professional development requirements to earn or maintain the Certified Association Executive credential. CAE credit amount: 8 credit hours (one-day course)

NMI 221
Social Entrepreneurship, Innovation, & New Business Models

In this course, you will assess your organization’s readiness for social entrepreneurship. You will also learn what it takes to develop a social enterprise and an enterprising mind. Participants will walk away with the key components of a business plan for social entrepreneurship and will have begun the process of identifying possible sources of funding for their organization.

Delivery method: Online | Qualifies for: Nonprofit Executive Leadership Certificate
CAE approved

This course meets the requirements for fulfilling the professional development requirements to earn or maintain the Certified Association Executive credential. CAE credit amount: 8 credit hours (one-day course)

NMI 226
Advanced Resource Development

This course delves into annual funds, major gifts, capital campaigns, planned giving, grants and special events. This course will give participants the foundation and tools needed to implement these fundraising methods in their organizations. By the end of the course, participants will have developed at least one major fundraising plan, focusing on one area.

Delivery method: Online | Qualifies for: Nonprofit Executive Leadership Certificate
CAE approved

This course meets the requirements for fulfilling the professional development requirements to earn or maintain the Certified Association Executive credential. CAE credit amount: 8 credit hours (one-day course)

Grant Development: State and Foundation Proposals

In this seven-week certificate, you will explore, discuss, and apply fundamental concepts to enhance your knowledge and preparation of and for the rigors of state and foundation grant proposals. You will write and submit a grant proposal for a designated nonprofit of your choice as a practical assignment for your successful course completion. This course is facilitated by a grant writing professional who will expertly review your submission. 

This course is a requirement for participants without demonstrable grant writing experience prior to enrolling in the Advanced Grant Development certificate.

Delivery method: Online | Cost: $1 050 | Qualifies for: Grant Development & Proposal Writing Certificates
CAE approved

This course meets the requirements for fulfilling the professional development requirements to earn or maintain the Certified Association Executive credential. CAE credit amount: 16 credit hours (two-day course)

Advanced Grant Development: Federal Proposals

This fast-paced and intensive seven-week Advanced Grant Development: Federal Proposals Certificate, is a leader in national programs. Offering a unique full-cycle grant writing experience, this certificate is designed to provide you with the resources, expert-guided practice, and mentorship to produce a highly competitive federal grant proposal. You will learn how to work with grants.gov; package a final grant submission; as well as manage a federal grant once awarded. This certificate meets all of the GPCI (Grant Professional Certification Institute) competencies for grant writing and is recognized for continuing education points.

Participants enrolling in this certificate must have advanced writing skills and previous experience in writing both state and foundation grant proposals.

Delivery method: Online | Cost: $1 175 | Qualifies for: Grant Development & Proposal Writing Certificates
CAE approved

This course meets the requirements for fulfilling the professional development requirements to earn or maintain the Certified Association Executive credential. CAE credit amount: 16 credit hours (two-day course)

Social Impact Measurement Certificate

Measuring Your Nonprofit’s Vital Signs

This 8-week online certificate course is led by ASU Lodestar NMI Instructor and Deputy Director & Senior Researcher at WestEd, Dr. Lenay Dunn

Today more than ever, a nonprofit organization’s health and success relies on the clear definition of what works in your organization’s performance and structure and what does not.

The Social Impact Measurement Certificate is specifically designed for individuals who want to lead their organization’s success by evaluating and tracking the performance of program deliverables and social impact measurements.  Learn the basics of collecting data through qualitative and quantitative research methodologies; design evaluations, surveys, interviews, and case studies; and how to analyze and use the information you collect to track tangible programming benefits to tell your organization’s story.

Delivery method: Online | Cost: $749 | Qualifies for: Social Impact Measurement Certificate
NMI 227
Strategic Planning Boot Camp

Navigating a new frontier: What's your organization's success plan?

The landscape for today’s nonprofit organizations is filled with new and uncharted territory. The confluence of major health and social issues are calling organizations to intensify the scrutiny and clarification of their business practices and mission drive.

NMI 227: Strategic Planning Boot Camp provides participants with an intensive, hands-on experience using the current best-practices for effective strategic planning in nonprofit governance. This hybrid course is conducted with asynchronous (self-paced) learning via the online ASU Canvas system with a weekly, two-hour synchonous (set time) Zoom presentation with the course Instructor.

In this 2-week online course, you will learn:

  • how to assess internal and external factors influencing the success of your programs
  • how your organization creates value for your clients
  • how to envision alternative, future scenarios with strategic responses for optimal organizational planning

In just two weeks, you will learn how to think strategically, approach your strategic planning creatively within your organization, and create a “Next Steps” Action Plan for implementing what you have learned.

Example tools you will learn during the course:

  • PESTEL (for scanning the external environment)
  • SWOT (for scanning the internal environment)
  • Value Disciplines for a client-focused approach to planning
  • Scenario Planning
  • Steps for Change Leadership

 

Delivery method: Online | Cost: $349 | Qualifies for: Fundraising and Sustainable Financial Management Certificate, Nonprofit Operations and Program Impact Certificate
CAE approved

This course meets the requirements for fulfilling the professional development requirements to earn or maintain the Certified Association Executive credential. CAE credit amount: 16 credit hours (two-day course)

NMI 230
Tell Your Story-Performance Coaching Boot Camp

In this course, you learn how to identify, develop and deliver your nonprofit organization’s story with skill, power and assurance. You’ll gain experience using the creative expression and emotional engagement techniques professional speakers and performers use to give you the greatest opportunity to connect with your audience and inspire action.

This course is conducted as a hybrid course with asynchronously (self-paced) learning via the online ASU Canvas system and a two-hour synchonous (set time) Zoom presentation with the course Knowledge Specialist.  

Delivery method: Online | Cost: $125 | Qualifies for: Nonprofit Marketing and Strategic Communications Certificate
CAE approved

This course meets the requirements for fulfilling the professional development requirements to earn or maintain the Certified Association Executive credential. CAE credit amount: 4 credit hours (half-day course)

NMI 141
Exceeding Service Expectations

In this course, participants explore the interrelationship between service and its delivery. Participants engage in structured dialogue and collaborative activity focused on examining best practices and strategies to empower staff, exceed service expectations, and enhance the overall experience.

Delivery method: Online | Cost: $99 | Qualifies for: Delivering Exemplary Service Certificate
CAE approved

This course meets the requirements for fulfilling the professional development requirements to earn or maintain the Certified Association Executive credential. CAE credit amount: 4 credit hours (half-day course)

NMI 142
Communicating with Purpose

In this course, participants examine the topic of communication and its influence on the recipient. Participants review foundational communication concepts and explore additional topics including verbal vs. nonverbal communication, communication style, self-awareness, and listening to advance their knowledge and ability to engage in purposeful communication.

Delivery method: Online | Cost: $125 | Qualifies for: Nonprofit Marketing and Strategic Communications Certificate, Optimizing Human Resource Strategies in Nonprofits Certificate
CAE approved

This course meets the requirements for fulfilling the professional development requirements to earn or maintain the Certified Association Executive credential. CAE credit amount: 4 credit hours (half-day course)

NMI 144
Becoming a Champion of Change

In this course, participants evaluate the topic of change to advance their capacity to effectively champion change within their organization. Participants discuss the underlying motivations and roles of change and examine established models to devise change management plans for overcoming obstacles and implementing change within their organization.

Delivery method: Online | Cost: $125 | Qualifies for: Delivering Exemplary Service Certificate, Nonprofit Operations and Program Impact Certificate, Optimizing Human Resource Strategies in Nonprofits Certificate
CAE approved

This course meets the requirements for fulfilling the professional development requirements to earn or maintain the Certified Association Executive credential. CAE credit amount: 4 credit hours (half-day course)

NMI 145
Creating a Service Philosophy

In this course, participants evolve their understanding of service expectations to conceptualize a philosophy of service that will empower staff and elevate the overall experience.

Delivery method: Online | Cost: $125 | Qualifies for: Delivering Exemplary Service Certificate
CAE approved

This course meets the requirements for fulfilling the professional development requirements to earn or maintain the Certified Association Executive credential. CAE credit amount: 4 credit hours (half-day course)

NMI 146
Developing a Culture of Recognition to Promote Exemplary Service

In this course, participants explore the topic of recognition as a valuable tool for improving organizational engagement, retention, and overall satisfaction. Through guided discussion and structured activity, participants gain the knowledge needed to create, support, and maintain an organizational culture of recognition.

Delivery method: Online | Cost: $125 | Qualifies for: Delivering Exemplary Service Certificate
CAE approved

This course meets the requirements for fulfilling the professional development requirements to earn or maintain the Certified Association Executive credential. CAE credit amount: 4 credit hours (half-day course)

CNP 109 - Alliance Management Institute (AMI)

The ​Virtual ​Alliance ​Management ​Institute ​(Virtual-AMI) ​is ​the ​only ​completely ​virtual ​nonprofit ​career ​conference. ​Virtual-AMI ​is ​designed ​for ​professional ​learners ​seeking ​the ​Certified ​Nonprofit ​Professional ​(CNP) ​credential ​and ​for ​CNPs. ​Virtual-AMI ​offers ​a ​dynamic ​online ​learning ​experience ​that ​exposes ​current ​social-sector ​leaders ​to ​best ​practices, ​innovative ​thinking ​and ​unparalleled ​networking. ​The ​conference ​is ​two ​days ​long ​and ​includes ​webinars, ​recorded ​videos, ​discussion ​boards, ​a ​live ​Twitter ​chat, ​and ​a ​guided ​strengths ​assessment ​powered ​by ​StrengthsFinder. 

Most ​programming ​may ​be ​accessed ​at ​a ​time ​that ​is ​convenient ​for ​the ​participant. ​During ​the ​course ​of ​the ​week, ​learners ​can ​anticipate ​spending ​approximately ​10-12 ​hours ​watching ​engaging ​webinars ​and ​videos, ​chatting ​in ​discussion ​rooms, ​and ​working ​through ​projects. 

Virtual-AMI ​meets ​the ​conference ​requirement ​for ​professionals ​working ​toward ​the ​Certified ​Nonprofit ​Professional ​(CNP) ​credential ​through ​the ​Workforce ​Track. ​It ​is ​open ​to ​all ​those ​interested ​in ​gaining ​the ​network, ​resources ​and ​skills ​they ​need ​to ​fast-track ​a ​nonprofit ​career. ​ 

Technical ​requirements: ​access ​to ​a ​computer ​or ​mobile ​device ​with ​high-speed ​internet ​capabilities.

Delivery method: Online | Cost: $300
CAE approved

This course meets the requirements for fulfilling the professional development requirements to earn or maintain the Certified Association Executive credential. CAE credit amount: 0 credit hours (no CAE credit for this course)

NMI 260
Nonprofit Executive Leadership Capstone

This is the final aspect of the Executive Leadership Certificate. Participants will deliver a short presentation about their course projects and receive completion certificates.

Delivery method: Online | Qualifies for: Nonprofit Executive Leadership Certificate
CAE approved

This course meets the requirements for fulfilling the professional development requirements to earn or maintain the Certified Association Executive credential. CAE credit amount: 8 credit hours (one-day course)

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