Fall 2017 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 2017 courses below.

Board Development, Executive Director Development & Governance (BDED)

How to Use Board Members’ Time, Talents & Treasures
September 6, 2017

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

This training addresses the best practices around Board Engagement. It will include information on board roles and responsibilities with a special emphasis on board member active involvement in fundraising. In addition, appropriate board and staff relationships will be discussed. The training will also cover building your board to ensure that you have the “right folks” on the bus. Participants will walk away with handouts and will also participate in hands-on and group work around these topics.

Learning Objectives:

  • Gain a clear understanding of the roles and responsibilities of nonprofit boards.
  • Understand the role and responsibilities of individual board members and of board service.
  • Understand the fundraising responsibilities of the board and the role of individual board members in fundraising. 
  • Gather strategies and techniques that help board members do as much as possible to help raise money.
  • Understand the roles of the board and staff, and factors that influence their relationships.
  • Gather insights on how to support the development of an effective board-staff partnership.
  • Understand the nine steps to finding, recruiting and engaging nonprofit board members to increase board capacity and effectiveness.
  • Gather ideas for improving the effectiveness and composition of their board.
  • Find new or renewed interest in working to build their board.


Fund Development and Communication (FDC)

Maximize Your Social Media Marketing Efforts
October 25, 2017

Instructor: Sarah Milston
Location: 7000 College Drive, Suffolk, VA
Time: 9 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Cost: $70.00
CEUs: .5

An overview of online tools to leverage the power of Web 2.0 including social media and social media management tools.  Learn how to use measurement tools to see who is visiting your social media and what are they looking at while visiting.  Advanced tool review includes video, facebook live, and storytelling. 
Course Objectives:

  • Participants will have a grasp of Basics of Social Media Tools including twitter, blogs, facebook, and Web 2.0 tools to make their online lives easier i 
  • Video, Live Reporting, and Stories - an overview of advanced tools and how to use them
  • Social Media Personality – How to define who your organization is online and how best to create content.


Bundle and save: Register for this class and the "Strengthening Oral Presentation Skills" class on November 30 for only $95.

Improv in the Workplace: Building Teams
November 1, 2017

Instructor: Brad McMurran
Location: Push Comedy Theater, 763 Granby St, Norfolk, VA
Time: 9 a.m. - noon
Cost: $50.00
CEUs: .3

You know how important is it to bring your team together to build relationships and create an environment that encourages collaboration and teamwork. Improv is an art form that has the power to teach tremendous lessons and energize participants through play.
Workshop participants build listening skills, learn to think on their feet, shift their thinking to help the group before themselves, and learn to trust each other in a whole new way. 

"Yes, and" are the two most important words in Improv. By saying Yes you are accepting the contributions of others. With And, you are adding your own ideas. These two steps allow participants to create together, rather than arguing over little details. While simple in theory, people are combative by nature. “Yes, and” helps your team lose that combativeness and negativity, and focus on building a positive, supportive and creative working environment.

Through a series of warmup exercises, professional instructors tear down any nerves or reservations your team may have. Participants then learn basic improv skills, improv games, and how these lessons are applicable to their work environment. This workshop encourages creativity and teammate support while using laughter as a key factor.


Strengthening Oral Presentation Skills
November 30, 2017

Instructor: Dena Reynolds
Location: 7000 College Drive, Suffolk, VA
Time: 9 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Cost: $70
CEUs: .5

Do you avoid speaking engagements because you dread public speaking? Join this class and learn the simple skills necessary to speak with confidence in front of any audience. You’ll develop communication skills useful in interpersonal, work-related, volunteer and community leadership roles. We’ll explore how to make powerful presentations with courage, poise and enthusiasm. This class teaches techniques to overcome self-consciousness and physical tension when speaking, as well as effective speech preparation and presentation skills. Learn strategies to improve your public speaking engagements with dynamic openings, compelling stories and persuasive language. You’ll leave with skills to train your staff and volunteers on how to give powerful and inspiring talks and presentations.

By the end of the course, students should be able to:

  • Understand the importance of authentic and engaging speakers for nonprofit organizations.
  • Identify tactics for creating a powerful opening.
  • Prepare an engaging presentation.
  • Describe techniques for embracing anxiety and fear when speaking in front of groups.
  • Capture and maintain the audience’s attention during a speech.
  • Find their own style of presenting.


Bundle and save: Register for this class and the "Maximize Your Social Media Marketing Efforts" class on October 25 for only $95.

Financial and Risk Management (FM)

Financial Analysis for Your Nonprofit
November 14, 2017

Instructor: Leon Seemann
Location: 7000 College Drive, Suffolk, VA
Time: 9 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Cost: $70.00
CEUs: .5

This fundamental course covers the essentials of understanding non-profit financial reporting and analysis for individuals who lack any background in financial management. The session will focus on interpreting standard financial reports by reviewing the statements of organizations participating in the class. The documents include the following statements: 

  • Statement of Financial Position
  • Statement of Activities
  • Statement of Functional Expenses
  • Statement of Cash Flows

Participants will learn how financial statements are used for the following: 

  • Understanding financial health of an organization
  • Conveying a story to donors
  • Differentiate between cashflow and budget management issues
  • Determining and managing reserves

Key Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the financial statements of a nonprofit organization
  • Gain confidence in reviewing financial statements and how to use them to effectively solicit gifts
  • Learn how reviewing the statements help in making key decisions for the participant’s organization


Human Resources, Leadership and Management (HR)

Introducing Emotional Intelligence to Your Organization
September 21, 2017

Instructor: Everett Marshall
Location: 7000 College Drive, Suffolk, VA
Time: 9 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Cost: $70
CEUs: .5

Emotional Intelligence (EI) describes a set of emotional and social skills that that collectively establish how well we: perceive and express ourselves; develop and maintain social relationships; cope with challenges; and use emotional information in an effective and meaningful way. This workshop will provide participants with a roadmap for successful introducing EI programs to their organization, and explore how leaders can leverage EI to increase team productivity, enhance resilience in employees and strengthen their relationship building skills.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the business case for implementing EI programs
  • Explain how emotions influence behavior and decision making
  • Learn a roadmap for implementing EI programs in your organization
  • Understand the change management elements required to
  • Enhance adoption
  • Reduce resistance
  • Increase sustainability
  • Maximize impact
  • Practice applying the ideas for implementation and change management through individual and group exercises
  • Consider ways to measure the impact and effectiveness of EI programs


Bundle and save: Register for this class and the "Situational Leadership® Model" class on October 12 for only $95.

Investing in Our People – How to Attract, Engage & Retain Top Talent
October 5, 2017

Instructor: Amanda Haddaway
Location: 7000 College Drive, Suffolk, VA
Time: 9 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Cost: $70
CEUs: .5

The war for talent is real and your nonprofit isn’t exempt from the challenges that come along with recruiting good people, engaging and retaining them. It’s imperative that today’s nonprofits effectively deal with these people challenges in order to be successful.

In this interactive program, you will learn how to:

  • Identify the importance of talent acquisition and where it fits into your overall organizational strategies;
  • Recognize the importance of and need for workforce planning;
  • Develop a talent acquisition strategy;
  • Recognize the importance of employee engagement as it relates to your management team, HR strategy, and overall organizational culture;
  • Define your engagement strategy based on organizational vision and goals; and 
  • Gauge and respond to employee engagement levels as a retention tool.


Situational Leadership® II
October 12, 2017

Instructor: TBA
Location: 7000 College Drive, Suffolk, VA
Time: 9 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Cost: $70
CEUs: .5

Situational Leadership® II Outcomes

As a result of attending this training participants will:

  • Identify four leadership styles.
  • Demonstrate diagnostic skills for choosing an appropriate leadership style for a given development level of an employee.
  • Identify how to provide direction and support to employees and lead them effectively as they accomplish tasks.

The Situational Leadership® II model is an easy-to-understand, practical framework that helps your managers diagnose the needs of their people and then provide the appropriate leadership style to meet those needs. Your managers learn the four stages of development, from enthusiastic beginner (D1) to self-reliant achiever (D4), and how to apply the appropriate directive and supportive behaviors, from directing (S1) to delegating (S4), to match the development needs of their people.


Bundle and save: Register for this class and the "Introducing Emotional Intelligence to Your
Organization" class on September 21 for only $95.

Organizational Planning, Managing and Evaluation (OPME)

“Oh NO!” Crisis Communication Planning
December 13, 2017

Instructor: Mindy Hughes
Location: 7000 College Drive, Suffolk, VA
Time: 9 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Cost: $70
CEUs: .5

It’s a fact – a crisis can strike your nonprofit organization at any time. And it’s a matter of when, not if. A crisis may erupt suddenly, or it may smolder under the radar for weeks or months.
Successful communications during and after a crisis can help your organization recover quickly, maintain your reputation and build trust with your internal and external audiences.
Thoughtful preparation now – when it’s calm and quiet – can help you and your team members manage communications effectively when you’re in the midst of a tense situation, racing to gather information and making decisions quickly.
This class will provide you with strategic insights and tactical tips for the crisis communications planning process and help equip you to be ready to use your plan to communicate with confidence when a crisis hits.
Learning Objectives: 

  • Participants will learn how to:
  • Identify and prioritize potential threats and exposures to your organization
  • Build the essential components of a crisis communication plan
  • Involve the right people in creating the plan
  • Develop crisis scenarios and responses
  • Avoid mistakes that can lead to communications failure
  • Test and update the plan



Starting a Nonprofit
December 6, 2017

Instructor: Leigh-Anne Cade
Location: 7000 College Drive, Suffolk, VA
Time: 6 - 9 p.m.
Cost: $25
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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