Professional Development - Trainings & Webinars
Supervision without Stress
Designed for experienced supervisors, this training will help lessen
workplace drama and lighten the supervisory burden at the same time.  
This highly interactive workshop explores techniques for approaching
the supervisory relationship in a creative and stress-free way.  Learn
effective approaches to handling needy employees, resistant
employees, and the ones who simply don’t perform.  Role plays and
interactive exercises provide an enjoyable way to explore
communication within the supervisory dynamic.  Participants leave
feeling unburdened and competent to maximize the potential of
supervision without the stress.

No News Is Bad News: Criticism and Disciplinary Skills for Managers
Giving critical feedback can be one of the most difficult tasks for
supervisors and one they tend to avoid even as situations deteriorate.  
This training focuses on dealing with poor performance, minimal
contributors, and negative attitudes.  Includes steps for improvement
and, when necessary, termination.

From Buddy to Boss: How to Step into a Supervisory Role
This is designed for individuals who have recently been promoted into
management positions for the first time, or those who are struggling
with supervising former peers and friends.  Participants learn to
communicate their expectations, set boundaries, delegate, help staff
set goals, and give constructive feedback.  

Supervising Dr. Doom and Barbie: How to Get the Best from Staff
How to approach and coach very different personalities in the
workplace – everyone from the new untrained eager hire to the
workplace “fixture” who has seen it all, done it all and doesn’t want to
hear about it from you.

Faster Than a Locomotive: How to Help Staff Become More Efficient
These days there are never enough staff to do the job, and cutbacks
mean continually finding creative ways to accomplish your goals.  
Training participants will learn how to identify specific goals, set and
communicate expectations, and monitor efficiency.

Beyond Facilitation…All the Way to Fabulous!
Do you dread meetings even more than your staff?  Do some of your
staff continually dominate or sit silently?  Have you developed your
facilitation skills but still leave meetings feeling drained and frustrated?
This training will help you build teams, motivate participants to take
personal responsibility for their own participation, and make your
meetings more collaborative and a lot more fun.

Surviving the Funding Jungle: Introduction to Grant Writing
Basic “how-to’s” of grant writing, resources for identifying foundation
and corporate prospects, and hands-on experience deciphering an
application package and critiquing a sample narrative.  

Precious Time Well Spent: Prospecting for Grants that Fit
Introductory techniques for researching public and private grantmakers
by utilizing print and electronic sources, including the Internet.  Even
more importantly, learn how to separate grantmakers that only look
promising on paper from those that are real prospects.   

Getting it Right: Cover Letters, Letters of Inquiry and Concept Papers
Learn the difference between cover letters, letters of inquiry and
concept papers; cover letter do’s and don’ts; when to submit a letter of
inquiry or concept paper; and when a concept paper is better than a full

Lost in Translation: Making Sense of the Grantmaker’s Lingo
Learn what some grantmakers don't even know, namely how to
differentiate between terms like purpose, goal, objective, outcome,
result, benchmark, and performance indicator.  Includes concrete tool
for developing measures, as well as tips for wowing funders with your

Uncle Sam Wants You: Applying for Federal Grants
These specialized workshops examine specific RFP’s that have been
recently released, and provide insights into eligibility requirements;
program specifications; and characteristics of successful

Funding Paints the Picture: How to Prepare the Application Budget
Participants will use actual budgets that have been submitted with
grants to learn about difference fiscal formats and considerations, how
much information to include, what the funder needs to know and how to
review for completeness and accuracy.

Making Sense of the Logic Model: Grants & The Logic Model
Learn what a logic model is, why grant writers should care, and how
you can use it to establish realistic and meaningful benchmarks for
success (and impress funders in the process).

Been There, Done That: Advanced Grant Writers Clinic
This training is designed to bring together experienced grant writers to
trouble shoot common problems encountered in grant writing; to
critique and share ideas to strengthen each others’ proposals; and to
share successes in approaching foundations, corporations, and
government agencies.  In this highly interactive clinic, participants
collectively will learn new strategies for putting together a strong

Creating a Plan for Fund Raising
Working without a fund development plan is like setting off on a
vacation with no itinerary, no overnight reservations, no map, and only
the money you happen to have in your pocket.  (And unlike the vacation
scenario, your organization doesn’t have a job to come back to when
the thrill of adventure is over.)  Limit your "crisis fundraising" and
increase your income through fund development planning.  Ideal for
managers, fund development staff, and board members, this training
or webinar will introduce the basic steps in fund development planning
and present tools and examples for taking this process into your own
organization. Topics will include:
•  The importance of a diversified funding base
•  Assessment of fundraising preparedness
•  Identifying fundraising opportunities
•  Advantages/disadvantages of different fundraising methods
•  Setting realistic goals
•  Action steps: timeline, accountability and plan

Face-to-Face Solicitation
The art of the ask is one of the most crucial and difficult skills for
anyone to master.  In this workshop, you will refine your own face-to-
face skills in a comfortable and friendly setting, and learn to state your
case succinctly and persuasively.  This workshop builds on the asker’s
personal style and innate passion for the organization.

Making the Tough Decisions About How to Raise Money
Examine objective criteria for determining which method of fundraising
(i.e. direct mail, events, major gifts, planned gifts, etc.) is the most
effective given an organization’s mission, pool of leadership prospects,
constituency, board makeup, history, staffing and office functional

Let’s Improvise for a Change
Unrelenting change is a fact of our lives.  Whether economically driven,
funder required or internally identified, we are constantly fighting our
own resistance and dragging our staff through the next transition.
This innovative workshop applies cutting-edge techniques to manage
the process of change.  Through humor and highly interactive
improvisational techniques we’ll tackle issues of resistance,
negotiation, rigidity, power, trust and communication.   You will be able
to bring the concepts and tools you experience to your staff to transform
your next transition from a dreaded necessity into a team building and
invigorating experience.  

This interactive training or webinar on the fundamentals of nonprofit
boards is designed to provide volunteer board members with an
overview of the major building blocks of an effective board.  Participants
will review and discuss issues such as:
•  Board roles and responsibilities
•  Identification, recruitment and orientation of board members
•  Board meetings and the use of committees
•  The board’s role in fundraising
•  Board member motivation, responsibilities and accountability
•  Governance challenges and trends

Entry Into the Community: Asset-Based Community Development
Community asset mapping is a process by which organizations or
networks identify and make contact with other organizations,
businesses, and institutions that offer any kind of program, service, or
learning opportunity in the community.  Information collected about
each organization makes up the “asset map,” which is a living and
changing document, just as each community itself is a living and
changing organism.  Not only can asset mapping help you identify key
community resources, but it also can help you achieve broad
community participation and community-driven collaboration, project
development, and problem solving.  This training will introduce
participants to the basics of asset mapping, including:
•  Advantages of Asset Mapping
•  Stages/Steps in Asset Mapping
•  Creatively engaging community partners
•  Identifying opportunities for networking and support

Participants will also receive worksheets/templates to support the
planning and implementation of a community asset mapping process.

Proving Your Worth:
Making the Evaluation Requirement Work for You
Clarify common misconceptions about evaluation; current evaluation
terminology used in proposals; the relative advantages and
disadvantages of different evaluation models (such as quantitative,
formative, theory-based, context, scientific, and participatory).

Making Sense of Evaluation
Evaluation is a vital tool that helps us to undertake long-range planning,
create programs that are responsive to the needs of our clients, and
assess the overall impact of our program.  Although many agencies
initially are driven by funders to incorporate meaningful evaluation
planning into their work, many groups often find that such evaluations
are tremendously useful in describing how, why, and in what
circumstances a program works best.  This workshop will:
•  Outline the steps in developing a logic model and establish realistic
benchmarks for success;
•  Outline the steps in designing quantitative and qualitative data
instruments; and
•   Describe how to communicate findings and insights.
Wow, this was one of the
best trainings I've
been to.  The trainer was
so knowledgeable - and
funny too. I learned so
much about how to
supervise, and I'm going
to be approaching things
in a whole new way in the
future.  I can't thank you
Training Participant
On Supervision
The trainer's knowledge
was vast, and I loved all
the examples and
anecdotes she shared.
Also, being able to
problem-solve with other
grantwriters was
incredibly helpful. The
handouts were great.  I'll
definitely be sharing them
with other staff.  
Training Participant
On Grantwriting
I loved the different kinds of
examples of team building
activities, and I could see
how they might work for
different kinds of teams. The
presenter also had an
engaging and upbeat style.  
Some people were shy at
first, but the "Oscar
Moments" got us charged!
          Training Participant
On Team Building
The presenter was
incredible!  She helped me
understand something I've
been struggling with for such
a long time.  What a clear,
and frankly inspiring
presentation! She gave great
examples of community
building work and made the
whole subject come to life.
        Training Participant
On Asset Mapping