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Wednesdays 3:30-5:00PM / April 3rd-June 5th



Pendleton Area Nonprofit Business Series

A comprehensive series of seminars to sharpen the skills of boards and staff.

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Pendleton Area Nonprofit Business Series
Pendleton Area Nonprofit Business Series

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Wednesdays 3:30-5:00PM / April 3rd-June 5th

Pendleton, Pendleton, OR 97801, USA

About the event

Cause Oregon is offering a comprehensive series of seminars this spring to sharpen the skills of nonprofit boards and staff. Whether you're new to the sector or a seasoned professional, the series will provide practical tools for your work.

Classes are stand-alone modules and also build a nonprofit toolkit sequentially. Participants can attend any number of sessions at $35 each, or register for all ten at a discounted rate of $295. Seating is limited; pre-registration is required. Fees are not refundable but can be credited for future sessions.


  • Starting a Nonprofit 4/3/19

    Is there a cause you'd like to champion by starting a charitable nonprofit? Working in the nonprofit sector is very rewarding, but passion alone is not enough. As with any startup, nonprofits take a considerable amount of time and require a full suite of business skills. In this session, we'll explore the key considerations in starting a nonprofit and steps required to gain exempt status. We'll also outline the elements necessary for an organization to be successful.

  • Board Responsibilities 4/10/19

    Nonprofit boards are the governing bodies of public corporations. They're responsible for overseeing a nonprofit's activities through solid financial, legal and ethical policies. Board members also ensure their organization has adequate resources to meet its mission. In this session, we'll review the basics of being a Board Member. We'll also examine keys to becoming an effective and high-functioning Board of Directors.

  • Strategic Planning 4/17/19

    Moving towards your mission requires thought and analysis combined with action and assessment. In a world where human and financial resources are constrained, a strategic plan identifies activities that will enable an organization to advance its mission. We'll spend this session building a simple framework for a strategic plan. Together, we'll build a template designed to guide Boards & Executive Directors through a planning process. Participants will leave with a road map they can customize.

  • Hiring an ED 4/24/19

    One of the most important jobs of a nonprofit board is hiring, partnering with, and evaluating its Executive Director (ED). As leader of operations, an ED is directly responsible for meeting many of the goals of a nonprofit. This session will explore managing a search for staff, setting a course for a new hire, monitoring an executive's progress, and evaluating their work. Participants will leave with a process and tool for objectively measuring their executive staff's performance.

  • Board & Staff Roles 5/1/19

    The relationship between Board and Staff sets the stage for a nonprofit's success. Making your way towards meeting your mission requires this relationship is a healthy one...where clear lines of authority, accountability and process keep respective roles distinct - but complementary and supportive. In this session, we'll review the roles and responsibilities of both Board Members and Staff, elements of a high-functioning Board-Staff partnership, and the special link between Board Chair and ED.

  • Make a Fundraising Plan 5/8/19

    Having a plan to raise funds is the #1 predictor of fundraising success. Actual plans may vary widely from one group to the next, but reflecting on the past and setting goals for the future are essential to generating revenue for your cause. In this session, we'll explore a number of methods for raising money. Participants will leave with a customizable road map for attracting investment in their work.

  • PR for Your Cause 5/15/19

    Getting your story in front of people who care is a critical component of fundraising and development. Positive PR raises awareness of your organization, enhances your reputation, builds stakeholder loyalty, and attracts investment in your cause. In this session, we'll explore a variety of ways to promote your work through print and digital media. Participants will leave with a toolbox to build an attractive and compelling public relations strategy.

  • Financial Stewardship 5/22/19

    Top-notch financial management is essential to the long-term health of a nonprofit. Solid fiscal practices enable us to steward donor income, while accurate financial analysis informs our decisions and plans. This session will explore best practices in nonprofit financial management. We'll cover concepts, tools and systems, from financial statements to fiscal policies. Participants who bring their organization's financial statements will create a "dashboard" report of their financial health.

  • Volunteer Recruitment 5/29/19

    Do you have as many volunteers as you need? Are your volunteers energetic, loyal, dependable and skilled? Volunteers are unpaid staff for nonprofits and as such, present unique challenges with regards to personnel management. In this session, we'll explore recruitment tactics for attracting and retaining the most engaged volunteers. We'll also cover the characteristics of stellar volunteer programs and ways to maximize their contributions to our organizations.

  • Organization Assessment 6/5/19

    It's time for a tune-up! Let's take a look at the best practices in nonprofit management, including compliance, board governance and operations, strategic planning, personnel management (paid and volunteer), programming, community relations, fundraising and financial stewardship. In this session, we use an assessment tool that scores your organization in all of these competencies. The tool celebrates what we're doing well and identifies areas that need work. Come see how you're doing!

  • Entire 10-Week Series

    Register for all 10 sessions at a discounted rate. Receive a certificate of completion with attendance to 8 of 10 workshops.




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