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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:

$20.00 per class (2-part classes are $40.00)

*Special Pricing*
$100 for all 8 sessions for two or more people affiliated with the same organization

See the schedule below and register for classes on Eventbrite.

Classes and Dates

Confessions of an Executive Director
Thursday, Sept. 28
6-8:30 p.m.
Location: North Idaho College, Molstead Library, Room 264

So, you are an Executive Director – the leader of a nonprofit group, or perhaps you aspire to achieve this position. The Executive Director position may be your calling, a recent promotion, or something you just stumbled into.  You have a job description, an office (with a door), and a budget.  Maybe some staff and volunteers.  But do you REALLY know what you’re charged with – what you’re supposed to be doing – to move your mission forward and effect change?  

Spend an evening with Kari Anderson, Principal of Incite! Consulting Group and President of Blacktie Northwest.  During the class, you will be given tips and tools on time management, staff coaching, board relationships, fundraising, public relations and succession planning.  You will come away with a clear understanding as to “what to do” in your critical role as a leader in the nonprofit sector, and also how to have some fun while doing this important work!

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.

Answering the Need and Launching a Nonprofit
Tuesday, Oct. 3 & 10, 2017
6-8:30 p.m.
Location: North Idaho College, Molstead Library, Room 264

First Session - A Step-by-Step Approach to Creating or Refreshing Your Nonprofit Organization

We will offer a step-by-step process for starting or maintaining a Nonprofit Organization, getting on track, and staying on track. This course will go through how to properly set up a NPO, be it a Corporation (sub-chapter C or sub-chapter S) or a Limited Liability Company. If your NPO already exists, this will give you a checklist to make sure it is formed properly. We will address the formation documents (articles of incorporation, by-laws, etc.), filing, record keeping, and state and federal requirements. At the end of the first session you should be able to supervise the creation of a NPO, understand your legal and accounting responsibilities, and ensure accountability to the board.

Second Session - Sustaining a High-Quality Organization 

We will concentrate on ensuring the proper functioning of your NPO.  Required maintenance; keeping all the wheels rolling (required record keeping), keeping the engine working (annual reports), operating the brakes (limits on activities), watching for obstacles and clearing the road (how to spot legal trouble and what to do about it).  Finally, we will talk about legacy - ensuring that your NPO will accomplish its goals and continue to function even after annual board turnover.

Note: $20 per session and must be taken together

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.


How to Avoid Playing Board Roulette
Thursday, Oct. 12
6-8:30 p.m.
Location: North Idaho College, Molstead Library, Room 264

Perhaps one of the greatest challenges with any nonprofit is how to effectively find and choose the “right” board members, keeping in mind that It’s much more difficult to release an ineffective board member than to recruit and support a good one. We will learn how to determine what board members are needed by considering current and future goals as driven through your organization’s vision and mission, and learn how to use a matrix graft.  Essential to the selection process is understanding what prospective board qualities to look for (professional and personal), and where to find, how to recruit, and determine the best possible fit for your organization. As part of the selection process, we will also rehearse an “all-telling” board prospect interview and review job descriptions (with limits of authority), along with critical board agreements. The deliverables for this class will be learning how to formalize a well-proven and effective process for building the best possible board of directors.

Instructor: Bob Over

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.

Strategic Master Planning: The Path to Building a Great Organization
Thursday, Oct. 19 & 26, 2017
6-8:30 pm
Location: North Idaho College, Molstead Library, Room 264

This two part interactive class is designed to easily organize and prepare your nonprofit for building a solid plan leading to long-term sustainability, by focusing on growing your program’s capacity and organizational strength.  In our first class we will concentrate on the strong advantages and planning realities of creating the plan, who should be involved in designing the plan, and how to use it as a means to achieve organizational goals. We will also build a template in which to organize and implement the plan, while reviewing and updating the driving forces of your organization’s vision and mission. Our second class will be more of a workshop and focus on starting to build a workable and realistic “action plan” specific to your organization’s long-term vision. You will be equipped with a tool kit of skills in which to build a Strategic Master Plan for your existing or future nonprofit organization.

Note: $20 per session and must be taken together

Instructors: Bob Over

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.

Vision to Action: Creating Social Change One Story at a Time, One Person at a Time
Thursday, Nov. 2, 2017
6-8:30 p.m.
Location: North Idaho College, Molstead Library, Room 264

Defining our vision is creating a story of the future we want. Visioning is a form of story telling as well as learning to actively listen to other stories of those who are oppressed or living on the margins of our society.  Unless we connect with our own stories and truly listen to those of others, we won’t be able to collectively have a vision for the future.   Story telling builds trust and breaks down barriers between people. 

In this highly active and engaging class, students will work individually and in groups to explore techniques for becoming change makers, including telling powerful stories, disrupting power, building solidarity, and building values bridges. 

Creating lasting change and a cultural shift requires that we often move ourselves out of our comfort zones to face forces and people that view the work we do differently and may not be ready to change. This class will allow the student to explore ways to step out of their comfort zone.  Getting involved, being engaged and taking action moves all of us toward creating a more just and safe community for everyone.  BE A CHANGE MAKER!

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 two fur kids.   In early 2014, out of a desperate need for a sense of belonging and community, Juli became the founding president of PFLAG Coeur d’Alene 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 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 

Your Nonprofit's Role When Traumatic Events Occur
Thursday, Nov. 9, 2017
6-8:30 p.m.
Location: North Idaho College, Molstead Library, Room 264

When you hear about a traumatic event from a news source, your first thought might be terrorism, or maybe a dangerous individual with a weapon and a grudge. But traumatic events can take many other forms, e.g., natural disasters like floods or storms, industrial accidents or structural failures, to name a few. Sometimes these events affect many thousands, and sometimes a few dozen. It is important for leaders of any organization to be aware of the major issues associated with traumatic events so they can prepare for a possible event, and respond and evaluate should an event occur. Nonprofit leaders should be doubly interested in this topic.  Not only might they be directly affected, but many nonprofits might be called on to provide services. In this class we will focus on emergency response, communications, logistics, and psychological first aid. We cannot cover everything in one class, but we will give you a foundation and some excellent starting points for your continued preparation.

Instructor: Dr. Richard Reardon

Richard Reardon received his bachelor’s degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with majors in both Anthropology and Psychology.  He completed masters and doctoral degrees in Social Psychology and Complex Processes at the University of Georgia. After 18 years at the University of Oklahoma, he was named Chair of Psychology & Communication Studies at the University of Idaho in 1998.  From 2007-2016, he was Associate Dean for Outreach in Northern Idaho for the College of Letters, Arts, and Social Sciences. In 2017, he relinquished his administrative duties and returned to the regular faculty. Dr. Reardon’s teaching areas are organizational behavior and social cognition. He is the founder and Director of the UI program in Organizational Sciences, which is the administrative parent of the UI Nonprofit Leadership program.  An active researcher, his research is widely published in scholarly journals; he supervises the UI Minerva Research Group in Coeur d’Alene.

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.

"These classes are a valuable asset to our communities as they develop more informed and re-energized nonprofit leaders in local organizations."

    — Rachel Wessel, Bank CDA

"While running a nonprofit can be fun and rewarding, staying on top of current info and technique can be a challenge. This class allows so much information to be presented by leaders in each field. A definite must for anyone serious about working in the nonprofit field.

— Liz Murphy, Manager, Art Alliance dba Creations for Sandpoint


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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