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Physical Address:
1031 N. Academic Way,
Suite 242
Coeur d'Alene, ID 83814

Phone: 208-667-2588

Fax: 208-664-1272

Email: cdactr@uidaho.edu

Web: uidaho.edu/cda

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Nonprofit Leadership Program

Professional nonprofit leadership classes and the Professional Nonprofit Leadership Certificate Program are community-based, year-round educational offerings that have been strategically designed to support the specific leadership training needs of staff and board members of nonprofit organizations throughout Coeur d’Alene, Post Falls, and all of northern Idaho and eastern Washington. Classes are designed to be interactive, fun and relevant to current and local considerations. Participants will have the option of registering in the Professional Nonprofit Leadership Certificate Program, which requires 50 hours of classroom time, or just taking classes outside of the certificate program. Upon completion of the Professional Nonprofit Leadership Certificate Program requirement, a Certificate of Achievement will be awarded. In both options, completed classes taken will be recorded on transcripts at the University of Idaho. Limited and partial scholarships may be available upon request.

With the approval of the director, up to 10 of the 50 hours of classroom time required for certification could be satisfied with other directly relevant educational workshops, seminars and events. Please discuss this with the director if you are thinking of participating in one of these alternatives.


Classes are designed to prepare nonprofit professionals and board members to lead their organizations to the highest possible level of organizational excellence. Classes will be taught by eight distinguished instructors who have a recognized expertise in the areas being taught.

Pricing:

$20 per class session, or best value: $85 for the entire series (9 classes)

See the schedule below and Register Here!

Classes and Dates

The Walt Disney Way - A Dynamic Leadership Model to Follow
Thursday, Feb. 22, 2018
6-8:30 p.m.
Location: North Idaho College, Molstead Library, Room 260

Leadership. There is no real solid definition of the word. In Amazon there are over 194,531 books on the topic of Leadership. Google the word and “Leadership” and there are over 799,000,000 search results. This session will discuss the word Leadership as an umbrella word that covers topics such as empowerment, collaboration, team, delegation and more. Perhaps there is no better role model to study the art of leadership from than iconic Walt Disney. Learn what leadership skills can bring to not just your team and your boards, but your life and family.

Instructor: Jeff Conroy

Jeff Conroy is currently the Executive Director of St. Vincent DePaul.  He spent the first 13 years as an executive for the Boy Scouts of America and 3 years as the Executive Director of the United Way of Kootenai County before becoming the Executive Director of St Vincent de Paul North Idaho in 2008.

Jeff is a student of Leadership as he enjoys teaching, coaching and consulting. In 2017 Jeff put together the successful St Vincent de Paul North Idaho Leadership Summit with former Walt Disney World Executive Vice President Lee Cockerell.

Jeff is a graduate of Western Oregon University with a degree in Music Education (yes, a music teacher), and a Master’s Degree in Organizational Leadership from Gonzaga University.  Locally, and at the state level Jeff sits on multiple boards and committees and is a proud member of the Coeur d’Alene Sunrise Rotary.

Effective Messaging for Enhanced Donor Cultivation and Organizational Visibility, Finding Common Ground and Building Values Bridges
Thursday, March 1, 2018
6-8:30 p.m.
Location: North Idaho College, Molstead Library, Room 260

Framing an issue is about creating language, exploring shared values and appealing to the broadest possible public support. We do this by tying frames as broadly as possible to people’s existing belief systems and worldviews.  Our goal is to frame the issue so it’s about something the majority of people agree with and care about. This normally means appealing to their deepest values. There are many places where we can find common ground and common values: family, work ethic, responsibility, commitment, sacrifice, and duty, just to name a few.  

Like any other movement for social justice, the success of a movement requires advocates to communicate effectively and persuasively to potential donors. It requires us to communicate in ways that emphasize common ground, emotional connection and shared values. And it requires framing conversations in ways that allow new audiences to see and understand, through their own eyes, why your work is critical to serving a greater community.

In this highly active and experiential workshop, we will explore principles of effective issue framing and messaging, primarily through building values bridges and crafting impact stories.  We will discover approaches that resonate with the broadest audience for potential donor cultivation and organizational visibility.

Instructor: Juli Stratton

Juli Stratton has spent most of her life building community and teams one way or another.  After living in Chicago for 10 years, in 2009, Juli moved to Post Falls with her wife and 2 four kids.   In early 2014, out of a desperate need for a sense of belonging and community, Juli reignited the dormant PFLAG Coeur d’Alene and served as President of the Board and most recently she has founded the North Idaho Pride Alliance, a non-profit organization that focuses on community organizing, LGBT education and advocacy.  Over the last few years Juli has discovered her “activist within” and has committed her time to community organizing and community building.  Juli Stratton is the primary LGBT educator and trainer in north Idaho and has presented to health care and mental health providers, social workers, public health professionals, social work students, criminal justice professionals, and various community groups.  Juli holds a Master’s degree in Counseling and Community Services from the University of Illinois at Springfield, is the Executive Director of the North Idaho Pride Alliance, serves on the Leadership Action Team for the Pride Foundation and is the owner of Stratton Consulting.  

A Beggar's Dream - Becoming a Hero
Thursday, Mar. 8, 15 & 29, Bonus Workshop Tuesday, Mar. 20, 2018
6-8:30 p.m.
Location: North Idaho College, Molstead Library, Room 260

This 4-part interactive course in community-based and foundation fundraising will offer proven strategies for securing funds, and lasting supportive friends for you and your organization. You will learn where the money is, and how to get it. We will examine the most sustainable source of wealth for your organization, and the “3 truths” to successful fundraising. Emphasis will be on finding, cultivating, motivating and knowing what the prospective donor (investor) needs/wants in return for their investment. We will profile the most likely donor prospect, and evaluate the likelihood of securing a meaningful gift. As a facilitator in asking for funds you will learn how to be during the “ask”, while following 7 easy steps to fundraising success. -(A bonus workshop on writing Letters of Interest, and interviewing with foundation administers will be held on March 20.)

This class will also examine techniques, and strategies to leverage, and maximize the gift. In addition, you will learn how to create, and implement a successful Mission Driven Special Event that can generate large dollars. Mandy Evans, Executive Director of the Panhandle Animal Shelter will co-present this segment with Bob.

Executive Director, Kristine Meyer, from the Avista Foundation, and Grants Manager, Molly Sanchez, from the Inland Northwest Community Foundation will be guest presenters, and role-play with students. This always results in money being raised by students for their organizations. Anticipate a most productive and yes, a really fun class.

Note: Given the recent passage of “tax reform”, raising funds may now be even more difficult, thus making this class critical to your fundraising efforts.

Instructor: Bob Over

Bob has successfully led and grown non-profit organizations on community, state, and national levels for 35 years.  During this time, he was also consulting with other non-profit organizations throughout Colorado and nationally.  Bob moved from the Denver area to Durango, Colorado in 2007, and founded Partners for Dynamic Solutions, a consulting group that worked with non-profit organizations throughout Southwest Colorado.  While there he also developed, directed, and taught in the first ever Professional Non-Profit Management Certificate Program at Fort Lewis College.  In June of 2012 Bob relocated to North Idaho where he also developed, directed, and taught in the first ever Professional Non-Profit Leadership Certificate Program in Idaho, through the University of Idaho, College of Letters, Arts, and Social Sciences in Coeur d’ Alene.  This unduplicated, community based program of non-profit classes and retreats was designed to meet the unique, and unmet needs of non-profit organizations throughout North Idaho. In the past 5 years well over 500 unduplicated nonprofit professionals, board members, and others have been involved in this skill focused education.  Additionally, Bob is now directing and teaching advanced online classes in Nonprofit Leadership through the University of Idaho. Bob is a graduate of Northern and Western Illinois Universities, where he earned his B.S. and M.S. degrees.

Instructor: Kristen Myer

Kristine grew up on a family farm just south of Pullman, Washington, and went on to study at Gonzaga University, graduating with a bachelor’s degree in Finance and a law degree.  She went to work for Avista and has so far enjoyed her career there, just entering her fifteenth year with the company.  Kristine serves as Executive Director of the Avista Foundation and enjoys the many opportunities this affords her to learn about the tremendous work of our non-profit community.  Kristine is Past President of the Board for the Inland NW Chapter of the American Red Cross where she has volunteered since 2007.  Kristine is also currently serving on the City of Spokane Parks Board.

Instructor: Molly Sanchez

Molly joined Inland Northwest Community Foundation in 2008 as a grants program officer. In her current position as Director of Community Engagement, she is responsible for coordinating on-going grant programs as well as strategic grant making initiatives that engage community leaders and funders in improving the lives of people in Eastern Washington and North Idaho. Molly works closely with INWCF’s  grants committee, and other volunteer committees, to review proposals and administer grants in keeping with INWCF’s goals and funding priorities. Molly is a highly-competent professional who began her career in journalism and invested 10 years working for a nonprofit organization.



Is There Glitz in Your Gala
Thursday, Mar. 22, 2018
6-8:30 pm
Location: North Idaho College, Molstead Library, Room 260

Intricate to fundraising is understanding how to strategically design, and implement a successful, high-profile special event to produce a desired outcome is perhaps one of the most misunderstood, and in- affective marketing tools being used by many nonprofit organizations. As a result, too much work, money, and time is invested into implementing this marketing tool, with end results usually being discouraging. In contrast, when this tool is well thought-out, focused, and tactfully implemented it can be a primary support strategy behind achieving most of an organization’s defined goals, and objectives.  We will discuss the advantages, and challenges behind special events, along with techniques, and strategies to create the successful event. Examples offered will high-lite effective traditional, and nontraditional mission-driven special events. Additionally, class participants will be asked to share their experiences, and will leave with additional skill sets to create the best possible special event. 

Instructors:   Bob Over and Mandy Evans

Mandy Evans is the executive director of the Panhandle Animal Shelter in Sandpoint, Idaho. She moved into the non-profit sector in 2011 after thirteen years as a corporate incentive planner. Mandy has successfully grown the Panhandle Animal Shelter into an innovative organization that uses creative thinking to solve common shelter and community issues. She combines her skills as a planner with her passion toward helping animals and the people who love them, to create a cohesive community of support.

Bob Over has successfully led and grown non-profit organizations on community, state, and national levels for 35 years.  During this time, he was also consulting with other non-profit organizations throughout Colorado and nationally.  Bob moved from the Denver area to Durango, Colorado in 2007, and founded Partners for Dynamic Solutions, a consulting group that worked with non-profit organizations throughout Southwest Colorado.  While there he also developed, directed, and taught in the first ever Professional Non-Profit Management Certificate Program at Fort Lewis College.  In June of 2012 Bob relocated to North Idaho where he also developed, directed, and taught in the first ever Professional Non-Profit Leadership Certificate Program in Idaho, through the University of Idaho, College of Letters, Arts, and Social Sciences in Coeur d’ Alene.  This unduplicated, community based program of non-profit classes and retreats was designed to meet the unique, and unmet needs of non-profit organizations throughout North Idaho. In the past 5 years well over 500 unduplicated nonprofit professionals, board members, and others have been involved in this skill focused education.  Additionally, Bob is now directing and teaching advanced online classes in Nonprofit Leadership through the University of Idaho. Bob is a graduate of Northern and Western Illinois Universities, where he earned his B.S. and M.S. degrees.

Love Them or They'll Leave You - Donor Retention Therapy
Thursday, Apr. 5, 2018
6-8:30 p.m.
Location: North Idaho College, Molstead Library, Room 260

We’ve it heard it before - the cliché of keeping friends and retaining donors.  Let’s really talk about what makes the donor stick around.  Play true confessions about why we’re not working with those donors.  Admit our crazy behaviors when looking for new donors (to make up for those we’ve lost).  Dare to change our time management plans and commit to what works.  Because the best donor retention strategies are still the ones everyone knows about.

Instructor: Kari Anderson

Kari launched Incite! Consulting Group to provide organizational leadership, fundraising strategies and systems to overhaul small and medium size nonprofits.  Her coaching with nonprofit leaders, including board members, executives and staff, utilizes best practices, industry research and real-time stories from the field and the school of hard knocks. In addition to her consulting practice, Kari is President of Blacktie Northwest.  Blacktie empowers nonprofit organizations by providing access to online event planning and convenient, easy, one-stop web-based technology for heightening awareness, raising money, managing events, communicating with supporters and managing critical data.

Prior to launching her consulting firm, Kari spent 20+ years in key leadership roles with seven nonprofit organizations.  As the Executive Director or a lead development staff member, Kari focused on leadership, organizational change and fund development for Lutheran Social Services, the Muscular Dystrophy Association, American Heart Association, The Logan School for Creative Learning, Real Colorado Soccer, the Vail Valley Foundation and Central Washington University.



Negotiation Tools - Solving the Non-profit Organization's "impossible" Internal and External Conflicts
Tuesday, Apr. 10, 2018
6-8:30 p.m.
Location: North Idaho College, Molstead Library, Room 260

Conflicts, disagreements, and misunderstood behavior often leads to poor morale, an uncomfortable work environment, and sometimes even a lawsuit. There are times when organizational decisions are made that could lead to conflict and legal action against your organization, as well as individual staff and board members. On occasion this has led to closure of an organization. This class will present techniques, with strategies to resolve issues before they escalate into unmanageable situations, with possible legal action. In this class, we will look at different types of Alternative Dispute Resolutions. Mediation, binding arbitration, and non-binding arbitration techniques will be presented, and when to use these tools. Then we will also discuss the best strategies to use specific to your organization’s situation.

Instructor: Jay Sturgell

Jay Q. Sturgell attended the University of Idaho, College of Law and received his laws degree in May of 1994.  He was actively engaged in the practice of law in Idaho from 1994-2012.  A past President of the Idaho State Bar, Jay is also a former Bar Commissioner for the 1st and 2nd Districts, a past President of the first District Bar, and served both as a Public Defender and Prosecutor at different times in his career.  Jay has worked for the Federal Government and the State of Idaho, as both a Deputy Attorney General and a Special Deputy Attorney General.  He has also worked for the State of Oregon as a Special Assistant Attorney General.  His work history also includes working as the City Attorney for three small Idaho cities as well as the water district.  In July of 2012, Jay closed his private practice and became the Court Assistance Officer for the First Judicial district and travels to all five counties in that district.



Bob has successfully led and grown non-profit organizations on community, state, and national levels for 35 years.  During this time and for the past 10 years, his concentration has been on consulting with other non-profit organizations throughout Colorado and nationally.  Bob moved from the Denver area to Durango, Colorado in 2007, and founded Partners for Dynamic Solutions, a consulting group that worked with non-profit organizations throughout Southwest Colorado.  While there he also developed and directed the first ever Professional Non-Profit Management Certificate Program through Fort Lewis College.  In June of 2012 Bob relocated to North Idaho where he developed and is directing the first ever Professional Non-Profit Management Certificate Program in Idaho, through the University of Idaho, College of Letters, Arts, and Social Sciences in Coeur d’Alene.  This unduplicated, community based program of non-profit classes and retreats has been designed to meet the unique needs of non-profit organizations throughout North Idaho.  Bob is a graduate of Northern and Western Illinois Universities, where he earned his B.S. and M.S. degrees.

"The spring 2017 Nonprofit Leadership Class exceeded my expectations. The quality of instruction was top notch, and diverse. I particularly enjoyed the opportunity to get involved in class discussions and interactive exercises."

          -- Clark Richman, Director Trinity Group Homes

"I think anyone connected with a nonprofit organization would greatly benefit from this class. The information is relevant and taught by experts."

           -- Cary Kelly, Bonner County Commissioner and Panhandle Animal Shelter board member

"This is a great and affordable way for people to gain the necessary information to start, run and improve their nonprofit."

           -- Tertza Dibble, Program Director Boys and Girls Club


For additional program information, contact Bob Over, Director, Professional Nonprofit Leadership Certificate Program, 970-764-7077 or email bob_mtnspirit@yahoo.com.

University of Idaho

Physical Address:
1031 N. Academic Way,
Suite 242
Coeur d'Alene, ID 83814

Phone: 208-667-2588

Fax: 208-664-1272

Email: cdactr@uidaho.edu

Web: uidaho.edu/cda

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