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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

The University of Idaho Coeur d'Alene professional nonprofit leadership classes are community-based, year-round educational offerings strategically designed to support the specific leadership training needs of staff and board members of nonprofits in northern Idaho and eastern Washington. Classes are interactive, fun and relevant to current and local considerations.

Classes are designed to prepare nonprofit professionals and board members to lead their organizations to the highest possible level of organizational excellence. All classes are taught by distinguished instructors w recognized expertise in their field.

View class details and register now!

Nonprofit Leadership Class Costs and Special Pricing

  1. BEST DEAL: Spring session (5 evening classes + 1 all-day seminar*) - $125
  2. Single evening classes - $20 each (excludes all-day seminars)
  3. Individual all-day seminars - $75 each (A Beggar’s Dream or Lost and Found)
  4. Both all-day seminars - $120 (A Beggar’s Dream and Lost and Found)

*You may choose either A Beggars Dream or Lost and Found for your all-day seminar.

Group discounts offered for three or more staff/board members or other volunteers from the same organization. Limited and partial scholarships are available, based on need.

Contact Course Director Bob Over for details at bob_mtnspirit@yahoo.com or 970-764-7077.

Participants have the option of registering for the Professional Nonprofit Leadership Certificate Program which requires 50 hours of classroom time. 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. Contact Director Bob Over if you are thinking of participating in one of these alternatives.

Classes and Dates

Thursday, March 14, 2019 from 6-8:30 p.m.

University of Idaho Coeur d’Alene, Harbor Center, Room 241

A well-managed volunteer program can offer incredible value to your organization. A piecemeal approach to volunteerism will waste time and money. This class will show you how to develop a high-impact volunteer program that can grow your program while saving money and time. Most nonprofit leaders can’t afford to reduce program offerings in order to have the time required to create such a strong volunteer program, but there are ways of accomplishing program growth and having a strong volunteer support system at the same time. You will learn how to leverage your volunteer program in support of organizational program goals. We also will focus on monster mistakes in management of volunteers and ways to solve the retention problem.

Instructor: Jackie Maker
For over 19 years Jackie has been a volunteer with Union Gospel Mission. She also served as director of volunteers at the Center for Women and Children through August 2014. There she brought on and managed 300 high impact volunteers. Her previous role managing volunteers for 11 years at a church in Spokane gives her experience with good and bad approaches when selecting, managing and keeping volunteers. She lives in Coeur d’Alene with her husband and works as a business consultant through jackiemaker.com. Jackie consults with both nonprofit and for-profit entities on areas where they are experiencing challenges. Her heart and passion are to help others succeed.

Thursday, March 21, 2019 from 6-8:30 p.m.

University of Idaho Coeur d’Alene, Harbor Center, Room 241

Do you wish you had a road map showing exactly what to do to achieve your nonprofit’s biggest goals through marketing? An effective nonprofit marketing plan can do just that. While many nonprofit marketing plans simply sit on a shelf gathering dust, there IS a way to build a better plan you’ll actually use! Join Kari Anderson, Principal with Incite! Consulting Group for this 2.5-hour session. You’ll map your marketing to your organization’s goals and strategic plans; prioritize and make time for what matters; and identify the best strategies and tactics for moving your mission forward.

Instructor: Kari Anderson
Kari launched Incite! Consulting Group to provide organizational leadership, fundraising strategies, and systems to overhaul small and medium size nonprofits. She coaches nonprofit leaders, including board members, executives and staff, in utilizing 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 nonprofits by providing access to web-based technology to heighten awareness, raise money, manage events, communicate with supporters and manage critical data.

Prior to launching her consulting firm, Kari spent 20+ years in key leadership roles with seven nonprofit organizations. As an executive director and 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.

All day seminar

Thursday, March 28, 2019 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

University of Idaho Coeur d’Alene, Harbor Center, Room 241

Continental breakfast and full lunch served

This interactive, all-day course on fundraising will offer proven strategies for securing funds and maintaining lasting, supportive investors and friends for your organization. You will learn where the money is and how to get it. Examine the most sustainable source of wealth for your organization and the “3 premises” to successful fundraising. Emphasis will be on finding, cultivating and motivating prospective donors while identifying their needs and wants in return for their investment. Learn the profile of most-likely donor prospects and design a strategy for securing a meaningful gift. As a facilitator in requesting funds, you will learn how to conduct yourself during the “ask”, while following the seven easy steps to fundraising success. Avista Foundation Executive Director Kristine Meyer and Inland Northwest Foundation Director of Grants and Community Engagement Molly Sanchez will be guest presenters and role-play with students. This activity helps set students up for success in raising money for their organizations.

A Beggars Dream is perhaps one of the most important and popular nonprofit classes offered. Anticipate a most productive and fun class.

Instructor: Bob Over
Bob has successfully led and grown nonprofit organizations on community, state and national levels for 35 years. Bob founded Partners for Dynamic Solutions, a consulting group working with nonprofit organizations throughout Southwest Colorado. In Durango, he also developed, directed and taught in the first Professional Non-Profit Management Certificate Program through Fort Lewis College. In 2012, Bob relocated to North Idaho where he launched the Professional Non-Profit Leadership Certificate Program through the University of Idaho Coeur d’Alene. This community-based program of nonprofit classes and retreats is designed to meet the unique needs of nonprofit organizations across the region. In the past 6 years, well over 500 nonprofit professionals, board members and others have been involved in this skills-focused education. Additionally, Bob also directs and teaches 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.

Thursday, April 4, 2019 from 6-8:30 p.m.

University of Idaho Coeur d’Alene, Harbor Center, Room 241

Understanding how to strategically design and implement a high-profile event to produce a desired outcome is perhaps one of the most misunderstood marketing tools being used by our nonprofit sector. As a result, too much work, time and money are invested into 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 a successful event. Examples will highlight effective, non-traditional, mission-driven events. Additionally, class participants will be asked to share their experiences and will leave with additional skills to create effective and profitable special events.

Instructor: Bob Over
Bob has successfully led and grown nonprofit organizations on community, state and national levels for 35 years. Bob founded Partners for Dynamic Solutions, a consulting group working with nonprofit organizations throughout Southwest Colorado. In Durango, he also developed, directed and taught in the first Professional Non-Profit Management Certificate Program through Fort Lewis College. In 2012, Bob relocated to North Idaho where he launched the Professional Non-Profit Leadership Certificate Program through the University of Idaho Coeur d’Alene. This community-based program of nonprofit classes and retreats is designed to meet the unique needs of nonprofit organizations across the region. In the past 6 years, well over 500 nonprofit professionals, board members and others have been involved in this skills-focused education. Additionally, Bob also directs and teaches 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.

Thursday, April 11, 2019 from 6-8:30 p.m.

University of Idaho Coeur d’Alene, Harbor Center, Room 241

Nonprofits don’t need to rely on contribution income alone. This class will explore opportunities around diversifying your income through business model enterprises. We will discuss whether starting a retail or service business is a good idea for your nonprofit. This will include the pitfalls, advantages and your responsibility to your mission and donors. We’ll discuss successful models and brainstorm what you believe could work for your organization. Walk through the basic steps to take your idea from concept to completion, all while evaluating whether the business venture makes good sense for your organization. This class will be insightful, thought provoking and interactive.

Instructor: Mandy Evans
Mandy Evans is the executive director of Panhandle Animal Shelter and the Home to Home Network. Mandy left corporate America and a private consulting business to enter into the treacherous waters of the nonprofit world. Mandy had to break through a fear-based environment where animals were housed instead of adopted and where the community did not feel supported. Through community engagement, innovative ideas and industry partnership, the shelter has quadrupled the number of animals served while reducing length of stay as much as 77%. Through her adventures, she doubled her organization’s thrift store revenue, started a food court, launched a nationwide web tool and is still creating new, exciting ways the organization can remain sustainable through business opportunities while maintaining focus on their mission.

Thursday, April 18, 2019 from 6-8:30 p.m.

University of Idaho Coeur d’Alene, Harbor Center, Room 241

This is an interactive and reflective class that will inform participants about the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ+) community. The instructor will lead the class to understand common terminology and concepts, use of respectful language and terminology, identify disparities in daily experiences, subsequent barriers to accessing community services and expose participants to the LGBTQ+ lived experience.  By relying heavily on discussion and activities, participants have the opportunity to asses common cultural biases and to develop an understanding of how ti create a more inclusive and supportive environment for LGBTQ+ people.

At the end of training all participants will:

  • Understand and distinguish the concepts and terms related to “sexual orientation” and “gender identity”
  • Explore ways to create a more inclusive and supportive environment for LGBTQ+ people
  • Have a better understanding of the LGBTQ+ lived experience
  • Explore effective ways to offer services to the LGBTQ+ community.

Instructor: Juli Stratton
Juli Stratton is the owner and operator of Stratton Consulting, adjunct faculty for the School of Social Work at Eastern Washington University and is a leadership action team member for the Pride Foundation. Juli is the primary LGBTQ+ educator and trainer in North Idaho and has presented to healthcare 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.

All day seminar

Friday, May 3, 2019 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Forty-One South restaurant (located south and just west of the Long Bridge)

Continental breakfast and full lunch will be served.

Creations, Sandpoint Resource Center and Forty-One are pleased to present this special seminar in Sandpoint.

This is a full day, reality-based, interactive seminar that will focus on critical, core elements for building boards that will make a difference. We will start with assessing existing board practices and organizational maturity. The merits and substance of vision, mission, strategic master planning and bylaws will be reviewed as they relate to the development of board members who will shape the future of your organization. What follows will be strategies for finding, cultivating and hiring the most appropriate new board members. We will also examine paradoxes in the board/staff working relationship along with an emphasis on the separation of roles, responsibilities, norms and accompanying limits of authority. Job descriptions and responsibilities for the board and chief executive will be compared side by side. The importance of the board/staff relationship will be highlighted through problem-solving scenarios. To further assure a healthy, productive and fun relationship, we will identify protocols and strategies to take the board/staff relationship to a higher level of trust, need and support. The student will take away new and enhanced skills and a well proven, highly effective model for Building Boards That Will Make a Difference.

Prize-drawings will be held throughout the day.

Instructors: Bob Over and Kristine Meyer
Bob Over has successfully led and grown nonprofit organizations on community, state and national levels for 35 years. Bob founded Partners for Dynamic Solutions, a consulting group working with nonprofit organizations throughout Southwest Colorado. He also developed, directed and taught in the first Professional Non-Profit Management Certificate Program through Fort Lewis College in Durango. In 2012, Bob relocated to North Idaho where he launched the Professional Non-Profit Leadership Certificate Program through the University of Idaho Coeur d’ Alene. This unduplicated, community-based program of nonprofit classes and retreats is designed to meet the unique needs of nonprofit organizations across the region. In the past 6 years, well over 500 nonprofit professionals, board members and others have been involved in this skills-focused education. Additionally, Bob also directs and teaches 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.

Kristine Meyer grew up on a family farm just south of Pullman, Washington. She earned a bachelor’s degree in Finance and a law degree, both from Gonzaga University. She has enjoyed 15 years working at Avista and currently serves as executive director of the Avista Foundation. Kristine enjoys the many opportunities this role affords her to learn about the tremendous work of our nonprofit community. She is a past board president 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.

"The Nonprofit Leadership series 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, Trinity Group Homes Director 

"This is the most valuable class I have ever taken. I have learned things I didn’t even think I needed to know about running a nonprofit."
— Brianna Iversen, Panhandle Autism Society

"The teachers were engaging, warm and friendly. The information they taught was useful and applicable. I am really glad to know these classes exist to help with our missions."
— JoAnna Quick, Sandpoint Community Resource Center


For additional program information, contact Program Director Bob Over at 970-764-7077 or 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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