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Spring 2018 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 Spring 2018 courses below.

Board Development, Executive Director Development & Governance (BDED)

Evaluating for Impact: Board/CEO Evals
February 28, 2018

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

A strong and engaged board of directors is an indication of a healthy organization. Even the most successful nonprofit organizations need a check-in to make sure that the right board is in place to govern the organization and ensure sustainability. A board also needs a strong CEO at its helm to work in coordination with the board for a well-run organization.

This workshop will explore best practices for board evaluation, including looking at the board composition, diversity of skills and attributes, and levels of individual engagement. Tools for recruiting the right board members, as well as individual and full board evaluation samples will be provided. The workshop will also look at tools for CEO evaluation and the implementation of policies around this process. We will also discuss some ways to improve board composition and the evaluation process for both the board and CEO.

Fund Development and Communication (FDC)

Telling Your Nonprofit Story
April 26, 2018

Instructor: Dena Reynolds
Location: TCC Virginia Beach Campus, Student Center, Room 302
Time: 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Cost: $70.00
CEUs: .5

Because great stories attract, inspire, and move people to action, storytelling is a key element of any marketing and communications plan. It's essential for nonprofits to identify, articulate, and most importantly, market the impact they make with their programs. Does your nonprofit story put a face on your nonprofit's work and make an impact? Do your stories resonate with donors? Powerful storytelling makes an emotional connection, keeping your current supporters engaged and prospective supporters wanting to learn more.
In this class, we'll explore best practices in storytelling and examine how your nonprofit story helps staff, volunteers and clients have a consistent voice. You'll learn how to find the good stories, conduct interviews, and improve your communications. We'll discuss how to create a bank of short stories that you can use in your website, annual report, media pitches, case statements, newsletters and social media. You’ll leave with the storytelling tools you need for success! 
Learning Objectives: 

  • By the end of the course, students should be able to:
  • Articulate why a story bank is important for a nonprofit
  • Identify elements of a great story
  • Describe how to collect stories at a nonprofit
  • Conduct an interview to collect information for a story
  • Write a compelling, short (1-3 paragraphs) story about a client, volunteer or staff member at a nonprofit


Winning the Grant Writing Game: A four-part series on writing, researching, evaluating, and reporting grants
May 17, May 24, June 7, and June 14, 2018

Instructor: Amy Nisenson, Marcy Horwitz, and Trina Willard
Location: 7000 College Drive, Suffolk, VA, Room 105
Time: 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Cost: $280.00 (entire 4-class series)
CEUs: 2 (1.5 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 17:

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


May 24:

  • Government grants, how to find them, and understanding who should and should not apply for them
  • Techniques for improving your writing
  • Writing effective proposal elements
  • Writing budgets
  • Writing collaterals pieces: case statements, annual reports, interim reports, and more.


June 7:

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


June 14

  • Trends in corporate philanthropy
  • Understanding how and why corporations give
  • Understanding different types of corporate support
  • How to search for corporate support



Financial and Risk Management (FM)

QuickBooks Beginner: Getting Started
January 24, 2018

Instructor: Kim Painter
Location: 7000 College Drive, Suffolk, VA, Room 101
Time: 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Cost: $70.00
CEUs: .5

In this beginner 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


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QuickBooks: Intermediate/Advanced
January 25, 2018

Instructor: Kim Painter
Location: 7000 College Drive, Suffolk, VA, Room 101
Time: 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Cost: $70.00
CEUs: .5

In this intermediate/advanced class of QuickBooks you will learn:

  • 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


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Exploring Social Enterprises
March 20, 2018

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

With the decrease in funding from foundations and governmental institutions, nonprofit organizations need to look at alternative methods of funding to continue their work. In addition to increasing donor-specific programs and other fundraising methods such as capital campaigns, nonprofits are now using social enterprise, also known as earned income strategies, for capacity planning, growth, and increasing unrestricted funds. With an increase in unrestricted funds, additional capacity can be achieved to help a nonprofit continue its work.

In this session, local guest speakers will also be providing their background stories to students regarding how they were able to start their social enterprises. This interactive component of the course will allow students to directly inquire with panelists regarding some of the challenges and successes each have had in creating their social enterprise as a revenue source for their respective nonprofit organizations. 

This course will include a panel discussion with three area leaders of organizations successfully integrating social enterprise into their business model. 

Key Learning Objectives:

  • Understand how social enterprises work and evaluate whether this strategy could be a way to earn unrestricted funds
  • Learn several fundraising strategies outside of grant writing
  • Evaluate an organization’s fundraising strategy through a discussion with local panelists who will share their respective stories and case studies


Human Resources, Leadership and Management (HR)

Being Culturally Diverse and Inclusive in Your Organization
April 10, 2018

Instructor: Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities
Location: 7000 College Drive, Suffolk, VA, Room 105
Time: 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Cost: $70.00
CEUs: .5

The Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities will provide participants with an educational experience in diversity appreciation, prejudice reduction, and human relations skills. Through facilitated conversation, participants will be offered the opportunity to explore the complexities and subtleties of bias and prejudice that have the potential to create divisions in the workplace and the community. The proposed training program offers learning in both the cognitive and affective domains by impacting:

The Head: Sessions offer theory and models for understanding inclusion and discrimination at deep levels. Theoretical underpinnings are based on the most up-todate educational research.

The Heart: Participants have an opportunity to explore their own feelings, experiences and stories, along with the feelings, experiences, and stories of their colleagues, constituents, and the community they serve. 

The Hand: Participants develop concrete tools, skills, and strategies that they can use to make appropriate and meaningful changes in their departments.

By the completion of the program, participants will:

  • Develop a shared language for thinking about and exploring issues of diversity and inclusion;
  • Examine the role of prejudice and advantage, and how these dynamics impact diverse groups, locally and nationally; and
  • Express an increased awareness of how to create more inclusive workplace and community environments.


Organizational Planning, Managing and Evaluation (OPME)

Succession Planning for Your Organization
February 8, 2018

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

The strength of any organization ultimately depends upon its people. Maximize your human capital by creating a succession plan that will provide your organization with exemplary development candidates ready to advance into leadership roles. We will share the 10 steps to clarify your organizational growth strategy; identify, develop and advance your high potential candidates; spot your gaps in talent; and continually assess and refine your succession planning efforts. Learn how to craft a plan to build the long-term sustainability and viability of your organization.
Learning Objectives:

  • Understand what succession planning is and why it’s important
  • Understand and be able to implement the key steps to succession planning
  • Create a development plan to implement what you learn in your organizational setting


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Strategic Planning
March 8, 2018

Instructor: Sarah Milston
Location: TCC Norfolk Campus, Martin Building (Granby St.) Room 2610 (6th Floor)
Time: 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Cost: $70.00
CEUs: .5

Strategic Planning – How, When, and Why to do It
Come learn about the role strategic planning plays in a nonprofit organization and why it is essential to your future. Review some best practices about the role of board, staff, and your stakeholders and how best to engage them. Participants will review the trifecta of strategic planning magic - the gathering of data, group processing and dreaming and landing a plan with solid implementation tools.
This class is designed to give participants a basic understanding of strategic planning and its importance in the health of the organization. It will also cover:

  • Roles and Responsibilities – What is the Board’s role? What is the staff’s role?
  • Nuts and Bolts – What are the typical parts of strategic planning?
  • After the plan – What should an organization do to keep the plan alive
  • Answers to common questions - Should we use a consultant? How much should we pay?

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Give Local 757 Social Media Training (Morning & Afternoon WebEx Session)
February 13, 2018

Instructor: Sarah Milston
Location: This is a live WebEx session
Time: 9:30 a.m. to noon (Morning Session), 1 to 3:30 p.m. (Afternoon Session)
Cost: Free

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 2, 2018

Instructor: Leigh-Anne Cade
Location: 7000 College Drive, Suffolk, VA, Room 105
Time: 6 to 9 p.m.
Cost: $25.00
CEUs: .3

This short 3-hour workshop will provide the resources and information you need to get started.
What’s covered:

  • What to consider before you begin
  • Fundraising Basics
  • Operating and Governance Guidelines

What’s included: 

  • A printed step-by-step guide to required paperwork
  • Relevant online links & resources
  • Networking with others with similar passions and ideas

What’s not covered:
This is not a walk-thru of how to complete IRS paperwork

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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