Spring 2019 Courses | Academy for Nonprofit Excellence | Tidewater Community College -

Spring 2019 Courses

Affordable and taught by subject matter experts, our one and two day classes are open to nonprofit professionals and volunteers. View and register for our Fall 2018 courses below.

Board Development, Executive Director Development & Governance (BDED)

Bridging the Gap—Building Stronger Staff and Board Relationships
April 9, 2019

Instructor: Chris Bennett
Location: 7000 College Drive, Suffolk, VA, Room 105
Time: 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Cost: $70.00
CEUs: .5

Healthy board and staff relationships are essential for nonprofits to make their greatest impact.  This course will walk through organizational lifecycles and the qualities each stage needs from board and staff.  Then we’ll engage practical concepts and tools to cultivate healthy relationships and build a healthy organizational culture.  Participants will walk away with resources and tools to help them move their staff and board teams forward.
Learning Objectives:
Participants will learn:

  • How to assess where your board and organization are in its life-cycle
  • About characteristics and behaviors of healthy, collaborative organization
  • Tools and resources for developing clarity and communication across your teams
  • Best practices for board and staff collaboration


Fund Development and Communication (FDC)

The Power of Paid Advertising
March 12, 2019

Instructor: P.J. Chambers
Location: 7000 College Drive, Suffolk, VA (Room 105)
Time: 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Cost: $70.00
CEUs: .5

This workshop is designed to help attendees review and understand current best practices in the world of online marketing and help conduct self evaluations of their own campaigns and efforts.  Attendees can expect to leave the workshop with the following takeaways:

  • A finer understanding of their current online marketing efforts, as well as identifying where (and how) they could be improved upon
  • How to review the results and ROI of online marketing campaigns through analytic programs
  • Actionable items that organizations can implement to help improve their conversion rates
  • An understanding of how Pay Per Click and Google Grant Campaigns work and how these programs can be used to leverage traffic to your website



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1/2 DAY CLASS Technology for Nonprofits--- Enhance YOUR Effectiveness with Free/Low Cost Tools
March 20, 2019

Instructor: Reesy Floyd-Thompson
Location: 7000 College Drive, Suffolk, VA (Room 101)
Time: 9 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Cost: $50.00
CEUs: .3

In the world of nonprofits, time and money are often in short supply. With limited resources and staff members juggling multiple roles, the real problem you’re trying to solve is improving efficiency with communication, marketing, time management and more. In this workshop, we’ll look at free/low cost tools and software to help nonprofits make better decisions on where to save time and money.
Tools to cover:

  • Project management
  • Productivity
  • Advertising
  • Graphic design
  • Web Analytics ...and more

Spend more time making a difference and less money on the effects of complicated systems

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Adobe InDesign for Nonprofits
April 24, 2019

Instructor: Jeb Buckson
Location: 1070 University Blvd., Portsmouth, VA, Room 1103 Computer Lab
Time: 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Cost: $70.00
CEUs: .5

Have you ever seen a terrific-looking brochure or newsletter and wondered how it was made? Chances are the designer used Adobe InDesign! Adobe InDesign Training Course is an introductory InDesign training class you learn to create designs for print, tablets, and PDF presentations by taking advantage of a superior design environment that includes advanced typographic controls and intuitive graphic features. We will explore techniques that will help to make your publications look polished and professional. Advanced InDesign users with no formal training will also benefit from this class as tips, tricks, keyboard shortcuts and essential foundation skills are covered throughout this class.
Discover how the program features relate to producing actual usable documents as we explore the best ways to create different types of material, how to reuse items such as colors and artwork, and how to produce publications for different page sizes and devices. Come away knowing how to use this popular page layout software to design and create professional-quality letterhead, business cards, brochures, forms, interactive PDF files, an eBook, and more. You don't have to be a designer or an artist to produce professional quality documents!

  • Learning Objectives:
  • InDesign workspace and tools
  • Building documents with Master Pages
  • Working with text, type and styles
  • Working with graphics and colors
  • Creating and importing tables and tabular data
  • Preparing your documents; packaging, pre-flight, separation, proofs and PDFs



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Winning the Grant Writing Game 2019: A three-part series on writing, researching, & evaluating
5/16, 5/23, 6/7 (three sessions)

Instructor: Amy Niesenson and Trina Willard
Location: 7000 College Drive, Suffolk, VA, Room 105
Time: 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Cost: $210.00
CEUs: 1.5

WINNING THE GRANT WRITING GAME: A three-part series on writing, researching, evaluating, and reporting grants
(1 CEU in Fund Development/Communication and 0.5 CEU in Organizational Planning, Management, and Evaluation)
Grant writing has rules, just like chess or backgammon.  To be successful, you need to learn the rules.  You need to practice your “game,” becoming more expert with each successful proposal. The end result?  A winning strategy!
Participants will be asked to sign up for a four-part series of one day classes that will cover all aspects of successful proposal writing, with a focus on local foundations, corporations, and government funding opportunities.  The classes will review the critical process of researching funders to match funding opportunities with your non-profit’s program and activities, as well as strategies for approaching funders.  In addition, classes will cover the essential elements of the proposal, including case and need statements, program design, evaluation, and the budget, with a particular emphasis on stewardship and reporting.  And because your organization has many different kinds of supporters – not merely foundations, corporations, and government funders – we’ll also look at techniques for writing successful solicitation letters, case statements, newsletters, and similar products.
Participants will learn about these topics.
 May 16:

  • Funding trends
  • Different types of grants and the grant process
  • The parts of a proposal
  • Research techniques

May 23:

  • Trends in corporate philanthropy
  • Understanding how and why corporations give
  • Understanding different types of corporate support
  • How to search for corporate support
  • Writing effective proposal elements
  • Writing collaterals pieces:  case statements, annual reports, interim reports, and more.

June 6:

  • Creating an evaluation plan
  • Understanding why and how to measure outcomes
  • Creating your final report


1/2 DAY CLASS Instagram, Snapchat, and Twitter OH MY!
June 25,2019

Instructor: Reesy Floyd-Thompson
Location: 7000 College Drive, Suffolk, VA, Room 105
Time: 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Cost: $50.00
CEUs: .3

“Be where your customers are.” That’s the advice often given with social media. Is your nonprofit audience on Instagram, Snapchat & Twitter and if so, do you know how to use these platforms to communicate with them? Which one is the best to reach volunteers, donors and potential brand ambassadors? Learn how to like, snap and tweet to communicate the memoirs of your mission
This 3-hour workshop covers:

  • Basics of Instagram, Snapchat & Twitter
  • Best practices
  • Trends
  • Apps & Tools
  • Influencer marketing


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Financial and Risk Management (FM)

QuickBooks: Beginner/Intermediate
January 29, 2019

Instructor: Kim Painter
Location: 7000 College Drive, Suffolk, VA, Room 105
Time: 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Cost: $70.00
CEUs: .5

In this beginner/intermediate QuickBooks class you will learn the basics:

  • Learn everything you need to know about running QuickBooks in a small to mid-sized business
  • Discover how to set up a chart of accounts, reconcile your checking account, and create estimates
  • Learn to create and print invoices, receipts and statements
  • Understand how to track payables, inventory, and receivables
  • Gain the knowledge you need to generate reports
  • Create a new company file
  • Establish preferences and defaults
  • Set up a chart of accounts
  • Set up vendors and customers/jobs
  • Identify different payroll options
  • Tracking data
  • Creating invoices
  • Reconciling accounts
  • Learn to manage multiple company files, export and import list data from one file to another, and make journal entries
  • Find out how to enter price levels and track discounts and credits
  • Learn how to track mileage on vehicles you use in your business
  • Understand how to create customer statements, assess finance charges on overdue balances, create multiple invoices, and write off past due balances
  • Learn how to enter common owner transactions
  • Understand how to track loans and use the budgeting feature
  • Learn how to prepare for the payroll process with the IRS
  • Review all aspects of how to set up and maintain payroll information for your employees in QuickBooks
  • Learn how to track work and vacation time and produce job costing reports
  • Understand how to generate W-2, W-3 and 1099 forms
  • Learn to create paychecks


Human Resources, Leadership and Management (HR)

HR Audit: Ensuring Compliance and Incorporating Human Resources Best Practices into Your Nonprofit
February 26, 2019

Instructor: Amanda Haddaway
Location: 7000 College Drive, Suffolk, VA, Room 105
Time: 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Cost: $70.00
CEUs: .5

Numerous external forces and factors have had an impact on the demand for and scope of HR audits. HR audits can be valuable tools in assessing policies and practices and ensuring that your organization maintains a safe, competent and respectful work environment. They are used to highlight areas of weakness in the HR function, areas that can be improved upon and even areas where there are no policies or procedures. 
Governmental agencies have become more active in conducting assessments of employment policies and practices. The EEOC, the Department of Labor and ICE have advised employers that they consider self-assessments and audits “best practices” in ensuring that your HR operations are compliant.

This workshop will take you through a seven-step process for preparing for, conducting and learning from an HR audit.
During this workshop, participants will learn:

  1. the purpose and types of HR audits;
  2. a best practice process model for conducting an audit;
  3. how to develop their own audit checklists; and
  4. common HR metrics that can be incorporated into their audit analysis.


Conflict Management: How to Harness It and How to Thrive
March 28, 2019

Instructor: Liz Scott
Location: 7000 College Drive, Suffolk, VA, Room 105
Time: 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Cost: $70.00
CEUs: .5

Conflict is the differing of opinions that often occurs in life and in the workplace. In most conflicts, neither party is right or wrong; instead, different perceptions collide to create disagreement. Conflict is natural and can be positive, if dealt with openly. This workshop will walk participants through the types and stages of conflict.  It will also provide participants with an understanding of the different types of conflict, the difference between constructive and destructive conflict, and how their personal communication style can impact or mitigate conflict.  Participants will have the opportunity to take the TKI (a conflict management styles assessment) and discuss their individual concerns in small teams as part of the interactive nature of this session. In that clear and open communication is the cornerstone of successful conflict resolution participants will walk away with methods by which to improve their communication and resolve conflict using “win-win” methodology.

Learning Objectives:

  • Learn the types and stages of conflict
  • Understand the difference between constructive and destructive conflict
  • Identify how their personal communication style can impact or mitigate conflict


Organizational Planning, Managing and Evaluation (OPME)

How to Build Your Development Plan
February 7, 2019

Instructor: Stephanie Cory
Location: 7000 College Drive, Suffolk, VA, Room 105
Time: 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Cost: $70.00
CEUs: .5

Learn how to assess what your organization can do with available staff, volunteers, and resources. Focus your time on fundraising efforts your organization can implement successfully. Learn how to create a development plan that will prioritize your efforts and keep you on track. Leave this interactive course knowing how to start a development plan from scratch or how refresh your current plan. Time will be allotted for starting work or updating your plan, so come with ideas to explore
At the conclusion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Create a realistic development plan
  • Develop a fundraising budget
  • Evaluate a fundraising program’s effectiveness
  • Explain the importance of development planning to an organization’s fundraising success



Give Local 757 Social Media Training
January 16, 2019

Instructor: Sarah Milston
Location: WebEx Session Online
Time: (Morning) 9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.(Afternoon) 1:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Cost: Free
CEUs: 0 (Not eligible for Certificate of Nonprofit Management)

With Give Local 757 approaching, it is essential for area nonprofits to learn how to maximize online giving through best practices in the days and hours leading up to the giving day and establish a solid social media presence before give day.  Join Sarah Milston, founder of The Spark Mill, LLC to learn how to use the giving day momentum to catapult gifts received through effective online communications.

This session will dive into the minute details of how to streamline your messaging while using three main popular mediums, including: Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram with a focus on blogging as the hub of your organization’s online presence .

The session will include tips on:

  • The kinds of images and/or short videos to include in your posts in order to engage your audience
  • How to supply the right amount of information (in terms of frequency and length of posts) without overwhelming followers
  • The most effective way to use Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram in conjunction with one another
  • How to create social media ambassadors and encourage people to share your messages for you

The session will also provide tips on how to effectively utilize staff, volunteer and board support for social media in general and leading up to and during the giving day.  Participants will be given the opportunity to work in groups and will walk away with a completed planning worksheet to best prepare them for the 24-hour giving day in May.


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Starting a Nonprofit
May 7, 2019

Instructor: Amanda Lloyd
Location: 7000 College Drive, Suffolk, VA, Room 105
Time: 6:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m.
Cost: $25.00
CEUs: 0 (Not eligible for Certificate of Nonprofit Management)

What’s Covered:

  • What to consider before you begin
  • What are the required forms
  • Fundraising Basics
  • Operating and Governance Guidelines

What’s Included:

  • Presentation guide to the required paperwork 
  • Relevant online links & resources
  • Networking with others with similar passions and ideas

What’s NOT Covered:

  • This is not a complete step-by-step filling out each piece of IRS paperwork, as it may require legal tax advice


Course pricing and location

Most classes run from 9 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. and are held at TCC's Center for Workforce Solutions, 7000 College Drive, Suffolk, VA.

One-Day Courses: $70 and .5 CEUs
Two-Day Courses: $95 and 1 CEU
DIY Workshops: $50 and .3 CEUs - Not all DIY Workshops are eligible to apply to Certificate of Nonprofit Management

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