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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:

Single Session Class Registration $15.00 per class
Total Class Package $120.00


See the schedule below and register for classes on Eventbrite.

Classes and Dates

Leadership Mastery: The Keys to Success
Thursday, Feb. 9
6-8:30 p.m.
Location: North Idaho College, Molstead Library, Room 258

Having strong leadership skills in the nonprofit world offers opportunities for fresh, creative, and bold decision making. Through the eyes of two successful Executive Directors, we will focus on critical leadership skills and style, internal and external challenges, risk taking, and decision making.  In addition, other qualities that are critical to leading an organization into the future will be discussed. We will address the issue of balancing a demanding job with family responsibilities.  Board Members will join the panel with our Executive Directors, and together they will discuss the advantages and challenges of working together, along with the separation of responsibilities between the two roles.  Through this class you will increase your ability to manage people and lead your organization to a higher level of program quality and sustainability.

Instructors: Jeff Conroy and Mike Baker

Jeff Conroy is the Executive Director of St. Vincent DePaul.  He spent the first 13 years of his professional career as an executive for the Boy Scouts of America.  He became the Executive Director of the United Way of Kootenai County in 2003.  With 18 years of experience in both large and small non-profits, Jeff came to St. Vincent DePaul in 2008.  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, he is a member of the Region 1 Homeless Coalition and the City of Coeur d’Alene’s 10 Year Plan to End Homelessness Governing Board.  Jeff is also Vice President of the Coeur d’Alene Symphony and a member of the Sunrise Rotary Club.

Mike Baker has worked with Federally Qualified Health Centers since 1998. After successfully completing projects for the Primary Care Association, he was recruited to be the Director of Operations to manage and develop a program comprised of volunteer medical providers that would treat uninsured patients in the community. In 2009, Mr. Baker joined Dirne Community Health Center, now Heritage Health, as Chief Executive Officer. As CEO, Mike has overseen the dramatic growth of Heritage Health placing it as one of the largest community health centers in Idaho. His passion for changing the health care system and improving access to care is apparent in all that he does. Mr. Baker holds a Bachelors Degree in Psychology from the University of Utah and a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Phoenix. Mike has been married to his wife Kellie for 20 years. They have three children.

Volunteerism: Unlocking the Potential
Thursday, Feb. 16
6-8:30 p.m.
Location: North Idaho College, Molstead Library, Room 258

A well-managed volunteer program can offer incredible value to your organization. A piece-meal approach to volunteerism will waste time and money. This class will show you how to develop a high-impact volunteer program that will have benefits for growing your program, while saving money and time. Most nonprofit leaders can’t afford to reduce their program offerings in order to have the time required to create a strong volunteer program, but there are ways of accomplishing program growth and having a strong volunteer support system at the same time. We will address the how-to of this strategy.  You will learn how to leverage your volunteer program in support of organizational program goals.

Instructor: Jackie Maker

For over nineteen years Jackie has been a volunteer with Union Gospel Mission, and also the director of volunteers at the Center for Women and Children through August 2014.  She brought on and managed 300 High Impact Volunteers at the Center for Women and Children.  Her previous experiences managing volunteers at a church in Spokane for eleven years gives her much experience of both good and bad approaches when selecting, managing, and keeping volunteers.  She lives in Coeur d’ Alene with her husband, where she works as a business consultant with JACKIEMAKER.COM working with both nonprofit and for profit entities on areas where they are experiencing challenges.  Jackie’s heart and passion is to help others succeed.


Marketing
Thursday, Feb. 23
6-8:30 p.m.
Location: North Idaho College, Molstead Library, Room 258

Social media marketing has shown to be one of the most important ways for businesses and nonprofits to connect with potential audiences, and it’s now a requirement that organizations have a consistent, clear strategy for success. The class serves as an overview of what makes social media effective, how to connect with audiences, the advantages and subtleties of different social networks, and how to create a content calendar for effective communication. Social media success isn’t random, and students will leave with a better sense of the tools and mindset necessary to ensure success.

Instructor: Justin Horne

Justin Horne is a graduate of the University of Idaho, with a B.S. in Virtual Technology & Design, and an emphasis on branding and marketing. After graduation, he worked at Drake Cooper, one of Idaho’s top advertisement agencies, before returning to his hometown of Coeur d’Alene to serve as the Coordinator of Recruitment for the University of Idaho. He has extensive nonprofit and for profit experience, creating front-facing assets and brand strategy for some of Idaho’s largest organizations.

Special Events
Thursday, March 2
6-8:30 pm
Location: North Idaho College, Molstead Library, Room 258

Understanding how to strategically design and implement a successful, high-profile special event to produce a desired outcome is one of the most important tools for nonprofit leaders to possess.  It is also a process that can be vastly misunderstood.  As a result, too much work and time is invested into implementing a marketing plan, with the end results often being very discouraging.  In contrast, if 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 a successful event. Examples offered will highlight 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: Mandy Evans and Bob Over

Mandy Evans is the executive director of the Panhandle Animal Shelter in Sandpoint, Idaho. She moved into the nonprofit 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.

See the bio for Bob Over under the High Impact Board Development class.

High Impact Board Development
Thursdays, March 9-23 (3 sessions)
6-8:30 p.m.
Location: North Idaho College, Molstead Library, Room 258

This series of three interactive classes will focus on critical, core issues in working with a Board of Directors. We will start with evaluating board knowledge and organizational maturity, along with introducing and creating a vision for the future. What follows will be guidelines for the strategic selection, recruitment, and hiring process of new board members.  We will also discuss the expectations, defined roles, responsibilities, and accompanying limits of authority as defined through job descriptions and signed agreements. The ten basic responsibilities of nonprofit boards will be outlined. We will examine paradoxes in the board/staff relationship and discuss traditional separation of responsibilities, focusing on common problem solving scenarios between policy makers (board), and administrators (staff). We will also focus on protocols that will enhance the relationship between the Board and the Executive Director, and then culminate the three classes by creating a Code of Ethics agreement.

Instructor: Bob Over

Bob has successfully led and grown nonprofit organizations on community, state, and national levels for thirty-five years.  During this time and for the past ten years, his concentration has been on consulting with other nonprofit 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 nonprofit organizations throughout Southwest Colorado.  While in Durango he also developed and directed the first ever Professional Nonprofit Leadership 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 Nonprofit Leadership Certificate Program in Idaho, through the University of Idaho in Coeur d’ Alene.  This unduplicated, community based program of nonprofit classes and retreats has been designed to meet the unique needs of nonprofit organizations throughout North Idaho.  Bob is a graduate of Northern and Western Illinois Universities, where he earned his B.S. and M.S. degrees.

Ethics and the Law: Are You Really Aware?
Thursday, March 30
6-8:30 p.m.
Location: North Idaho College, Molstead Library, Room 258

Ethics and the Law, a survival kit is presented in two parts for non-lawyers.  The first part of this class will cover the legal basics for board members. We will discuss different business entities, tax status, and nonprofit status. By the end of the discussion class members will to be able to identify potential hazards and liabilities for themselves and their organization. The second part of the class will focus on governing NPOs, articles, bylaws, and how NPOs change and develop.

Instructor: Jay Sturgell

Jay Q. Sturgell attended the University of Idaho, College of Law and received his law 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 also is 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.

Fund Development: The Joy of Fundraising (Friend raising)
Thursdays, April 6-20 (3 sessions)
6-8:30 p.m.
Location: North Idaho College, Molstead Library, Room 258

This three-class interactive course in community-based fundraising will offer proven strategies to securing funds and lasting supportive friends for 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 thee keys 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 donor prospect and evaluate the likelihood of securing a donation.  As the facilitator in asking for funds you will learn how to present the “ask”, while following 7 easy steps to funding success. We will also examine techniques and strategies to leverage and maximize the gift. Creating nonprofit/business partnerships will also be emphasized, in addition to raising funds from the foundation sector. The Executive Director from the Avista Foundation, and the Grants Manager from the Inland Northwest Foundation will be presenters, and role-play with students. This usually results in money being raised by students who role play. Anticipate a most productive and fun class.

Instructors: Bob Over, Kristine Meyer and Lauren Nissan

Kristine Meyer 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 nonprofit 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.

Lauren Nissan joined the Inland Northwest Community Foundation, INWCF, in 2014. She serves as the Foundation’s program contact for applicants, grantees, committee volunteers, scholarship recipients and the general public. As the Grants Program Officer, Lauren works closely with INWCF’s grants committees, and other volunteer committees to review proposals and administer grants in keeping with INWCF’s goals and funding availability. She holds a Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree in Public Administration with a minor in Visual Communication Design. Lauren’s prior experience includes working in fund development at a nationally based, girl-centered organization. Lauren’s involvement with INWCF began with a one month internship in 2010 while she was in college. That evolved into a part-time marketing position while she was completing her Master’s Degree.

See the bio for Bob Over under the High Impact Board Development class.

Human Rights Leadership: You Making a Difference
Thursday, April 27
6-8:30 p.m.
Location: North Idaho College, Molstead Library, Room 258

In this class students will learn the history of how social change has always been preceded by grass roots efforts.  Students will also be able to identify the important role of a grass roots commitment in continuing social change. This class will help you re-ignite your vision of the road ahead and develop a personalized road map to make a difference with your nonprofit and community.  We will also review the importance of embodying your organization's Touchstone Principles.

Note: As leaders (staff and board) working in nonprofit organizations we have a broader responsibility to the community we serve. This includes active leadership in areas of community need, including education to combat ignorance leading to social unrest. This class is offered as an opportunity to have a deeper understanding of a serious national problem, with a challenge to expand and use your leadership skills to improve the quality of life in your community

Instructors: Jonathan Shuffield and Sergey Grankin

Jonathan Shuffield has worked within media for over 20 years. He started a nonprofit organization called "SHYNE" in 2005 that battled prejudice and discrimination through the use of the arts. He has been an activist since coming out in an article in The Wenatchee World at 20 years old and accepting the presidency of the Wenatchee Valley College Gay-Straight Alliance a few years later. As creator and co-host of the Pacific Northwest liberal talk show, OUTSpoken, he continues his mission to be a part of the continued growth of the LGBT community locally, nationally and beyond.  His op-ed pieces can be found in a diverse array of publications across the U.S.

Sergey Grankin is a co-host on the liberal Pacific Northwest talk show OUTSpoken. He draws from his experience as an openly gay Russian immigrant to help others connect with their identity and find their place in this world. Sergey spends his time working for a nonprofit community radio station, KYRS, writing op-ed pieces for publications and working for equality across the world. Through a tumultuous coming out and grappling struggle with the Russian community he's learned to see the world through a unique lens. These efforts are fueled by Sergey's dream for a more equal and fair world around us.


Strategic Master Planning
Thursday, May 4
6-8:30 p.m.
Location: North Idaho College, Molstead Library, Room 258

Learn the process of developing a working plan that can grow your organization’s program capacity, financial strength, and long term sustainability. This class will speak to the critical nature of the Strategic Master Plan and how to develop a template in which to formulate a strategy and an action plan to maximize organizational growth. We will address a process for board/staff participation in creating the document and how best to use the completed plan going forward. To bring a sense of reality to the class the instructor will present alongside an organization that is just completing their plan, which will speak to the challenges and strong advantages to the planning process. The Strategic Master Plan is one of the most important documents a nonprofit organization can have, if designed correctly.

Instructor: Bob Over

See the bio for Bob Over under the High Impact Board Development class.


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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