Up Close & Personal with our 2018 Leadership Conference Keynote Speaker

Jen Dodd, Director of Education & Communications News, Stories

It’s been a couple of weeks since we announced Dr. Tasha Eurich as our 2018 Leadership Conference keynote speaker, so we figured the time was ripe to share a few more details.

We already shared that she’s an organizational psychologist and researcher. And, oh yeah, a best-selling author.

But here are 3 things you might not already know:

Like the fact that Tasha is an avid blogger:

Oh, and she’s done a couple of (not just one!) TEDxTalks (Go ahead; watch ’em both. We’ll wait.):

She also has a YouTube channel!

And here a couple of bonus points about Tasha, just to set your expectations that while this will be and impactful AND enjoyable experience:

1. Tasha has a fresh, modern, and fun take on leadership. People use words like “enthusiastic,” “sharp,” and “pithy” to describe her style.
2. Her approach is geared towards busy professionals who don’t have time to pontificate. Instead, she gives leaders tools and helps them implement them.

In fact the entire day will be about tools you can use–hence our theme, “Agility: Meta-Skills for a Changing Workforce”–each of the 6 breakouts will focus on an individual meta-skill to help you develop tomorrow’s skills for today!

If that’s not a day of personal and professional development worth experiencing, we don’t know what is.

Registration is now open, and early bird pricing is in effect for individual tickets. Remember, there are a limited quantity of individual tickets, so why not just go ahead and reserve your table now?

 

THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS

 

Madeira PR to Help NLC Turn Up the Spotlight!

Guest post by NLC trainer Heather Grzelka News, Stories

Over the years, Madeira Public Relations has not only delivered Nonprofit Leadership Center (NLC) classes but has also relied on NLC for our own training needs. Let’s face it: finding the budget and time to attend an out of town conference is not often a realistic option.

For those of us who call the Tampa Bay Area home, we’re fortunate to have easy access to the wide range of professional development services NLC offers. So of course, it goes without saying that we were thrilled when NLC tapped our firm to brighten the spotlight on the broad range of services it provides.

Chances are you may not be taking advantage of all NLC has to offer!

  • Did you know in-person workshops at NLC’s headquarters in Tampa are just one of the many training options available to nonprofit professionals?
  • Training can be delivered at your office, making professional development and organizational capacity-building highly accessible regardless of which side of the bridge your organization calls home.
  • And did you know Hillsborough, Pinellas, Polk, Pasco, and Hernando counties are all served by NLC?
  • Have a problem? NLC has a solution! Organizational assessments and customized solutions are tailored to address your unique needs.

The strength of our region’s nonprofits begins with an investment in sound leadership infrastructure. That is why your success is our mission. The goal of our collaboration with Team NLC is to increase the number of organizations that turn to NLC first for their professional development and problem-solving needs.

Madeira is more than up for the task. Our firm has a long history of supporting cause-focused organizations. Since our founding in 2011, some of the nation’s most respected health and service organizations have relied on our strategic direction including The ALS Association, American Lung Association, Pinellas Community Foundation, National Chamber of Commerce Foundation, American Heart Association, and the state of California.

Stay tuned! We can’t tell you now, but we know that NLC has several big announcements coming for the 2018 Leadership Conference. A few weeks ago, Team NLC revealed the conference’s theme, AGILITY: Meta-Skills for a Changing Workforce , and also announced the conference’s keynote speaker, New York Times bestselling author and organizational psychologist Dr. Tasha Eurich, who will discuss what she calls “the meta-skill of the 21st Century” — self-awareness.

We can also share that NLC is in the midst of exploring other presenters and topics for the conference’s breakout sessions relating to other meta-skills you can use for personal and professional development. Possible subjects include finding work-life balance, emotional intelligence and leadership, and developing an inclusive workplace, to name a few.

Team NLC will announce the 6 Meta-Skill breakouts and the session facilitators in the coming weeks. In the meantime, you can already register for the conference, which is May 17 at the Tampa Convention Center. We promise you’ll be glad you did!

Looking forward to seeing you there!


Heather Grzelka, APR, is principal and owner of Madeira Public Relations, which has earned more than a dozen national awards in communications, marketing, and media relations in the past seven years. She has nearly two decades experience in in advancing social causes by generating positive media attention that furthers organizations and their missions.

She is a past president of the Florida Public Relations Association (FPRA) Tampa Bay Chapter and now serves the state executive committee in the role of Vice President of Research and Planning.

Update Your GPS: NLC is Moving!

Jen Dodd, Director of Education & Communications News, Stories

Team NLC is thrilled to announce an exciting change–of address!

As of April 1, 2018, the brand-new NLC HQ will be operational, and we can’t wait to host you for classes, round tables, custom training sessions, and more at our new location: 1408 N. West Shore Blvd., Ste. 140, Tampa FL 33607.

The photos you see here were taken just after the final walls were put up and on the day we visited to make final wall color, flooring, and furniture configuration decisions.

The first photo is Team NLC is our new Training Room.

The two above are our new front door and your view from our front entry; that’s the Training room on the right, reception on the left, and the hallway leading back to our communal innovation space and our offices.

Of course we chose NLC logo colors for the wall paint! Here we are in front of our energetic orange, the same color you see in the L in our logo and the backdrop to our work area near the back of the Center and in front of our offices. This is where we produce materials for classes, Conferences, custom engagements, funding proposals and so much more! We can’t wait for you to see where our brand teal and gold colors end up!

Nope; that address above is not a typo and you’re not reading it wrong: We’re moving directly across the street!

Why? Well, there are 3 great reasons:

Plan Your Work, Work Your (Strategic) Plan: Building Our Own Capacity

In 2015, NLC staff and board adopted a 3-year (2016-2018) Strategic Plan with 4 goals:

1. To engage more deeply with nonprofits in Tampa Bay through high-quality and innovative learning experiences
2. To ensure that the NLC has the capacity to deliver and manage high-quality programs
3.  To ensure that the NLC has the financial resources necessary to support priority growth areas
4. To position the NLC brand to be broadly recognized as the premier resource for quality and innovative knowledge-based solutions for the nonprofit community of Tampa Bay.

The move to our new HQ  represents a significant investment in our own capacity: A larger training center (below, just after the walls were raised) with new, state-of-the art technology supports the goals above and our mission of “developing and connecting nonprofit leaders to strengthen organizations and our community.”

NLC HQ also affords us more office space and accommodates our staff growth as a Fellow in Fund Development and Education & Data Manager join our team. Side note: several members of the team are also pretty darn excited about the variable desks we’re adopting in the new space (sitting is the new smoking, right?). We’re excited to have the flexibility to work sitting or standing as our tasks and personal inclinations determine.

Location, Location, Location: Maintaining Our Accessibility

We are very proud of and deeply committed to maintaining our accessibility to the individuals and organizations we serve–in both pricing and geography. We made a conscious (and more expensive) choice to stay in the Westshore area precisely because it is very close to I-275 and other major thoroughfares and therefore accessible to our 5-county service area

It’s What We Do: Developing & Connecting (& Innovating)

The new GTE Financial Training Room will not only accommodate additional attendees but is also easier to configure for various types of meetings and events, and our new technology will enhance learning, participation, and innovation.

We’re also excited about the communal innovation/working area designed into our expanded kitchen (below, in its raw state; we cannot wait for you to see the colors, finishes, and furnishings in here!). Not only will Team NLC use this space for our own (internal and external) meetings, but we also envision our students, guests, and stakeholders gathering there to spark their own innovations and collaborations.

In short, our move to the new NLC HQ at 1408 N. West Shore Blvd., Ste. 140, might not be a big one geographically speaking, but it is a significant move in terms of making it possible for us to deliver more and better services to our nonprofit leaders and organizations and the for-profit professionals and brands who support the sector.

Keep an eye out for our Open House events; we’d love to give you the tour very soon!

The 2018 Leadership Conference Keynote Speaker is….

Jen Dodd, Director of Education & Communications News, Stories

 

The wait is over! We have MAJOR news about the 2018 Leadership Conference to share!

Team NLC has been busily planning and locking in details of the 8th annual Leadership Conference since late 2017.

If you attend our classes and custom training events, you’ve already learned that the event is on May 17th and that we’re returning to the Tampa Convention Center.

But we can guarantee you did not know what’s coming next….

First, let’s talk about the theme of this year’s Conference.

What’s in a Name?

As NLC’s flagship event, the Leadership Conference has high expectations to meet. First, Leadership Conference has to be universal.

Each year we insist that this event speak not only to our nonprofit leaders and their organizational needs, but we also program this event to be resonate with anyone in the workforce–including the for-profit professionals who support the nonprofit sector as volunteers, board members, and donors.

From our six breakouts to our keynote, the topics presented must address the personal and professional development needs of ALL professionals, whether they work in the nonprofit sector or healthcare or education or finance.

Leadership Conference must also be transformational.

The speakers we invite, the content they present, the knowledge and skills they teach must bring about some fundamental change or growth in our guests. That’s why we work with each of our six breakout speakers to design Action Plans for attendees to work on at Leadership Conference and being applying as soon as the keynote concludes.

So with these two parameters in mind, we met with a speaker selection committee and a planning committee to brainstorm universal, transformational topics. As we narrowed the field, we tested options with trusted friends and NLC stakeholders.

We find this process of collaboration and testing to be invaluable and rely on it heavily. And it didn’t fail us; in fact it generated the very powerful and timely 2018 Leadership Conference theme:

AGILITY: Meta-skills for a Changing Workforce

(Stay tuned for the debut of a much snazzier treatment of the theme; we’re working with some creative folks to make it as eye-catching as it is fun to say.)

In addition to our theme, this year’s creative process generated a tagline that we think is also pretty nifty. It help describes what our attendees can expect to get out of the 2018 Leadership Conference: tomorrow’s skills for today.

This will be the touchstone we return to as we begin recruiting speakers for the six breakout sessions. Each will focus on one meta-skill, that is one super-skill that you can apply to many different situations in life–even those you’ve never faced before–to be successful.

So you might expect session on topics such as Emotional Intelligence, Life Balance, Self Care, Transparency, Inclusion, Accountability–to name just a few options. We have started programming these, but you’ll just have to wait for another blog post to learn more. We’re not telling. Yet.

Are you still reading? Yay! Thanks. Yes, this post is long, but #worthit!

 

Okay, so here comes the BIG REVEAL!

Because this is where you’ll learn the name, background, and topic of the 2018 Leadership Conference keynote speaker.

Drum roll, please. (Drum roll. Not eye roll.)

After culling suggested speaker’s lists and watching countless TED Talks, we took a short list (very short–just 2) candidates to our speaker selection committee. They were both strong candidates with compelling messages and something unique to offer, so there was debate.

In the end, however, our speaker selection committee recommended–and we were thrilled to accept–organizational psychologist, researcher, and best-selling author Dr. Tasha Eurich as the 2018 Leadership Conference Keynote Speaker.

Tasha is a self-awareness expert; she has studied the link between knowing oneself and success. As she explained to use in a call we made before presenting her to the selection committee:

 

“Self-awareness is the meta-skill of the 21st century—people who
know who they are and how they’re seen are more successful, more confident, build better relationships, and are more respected and effective leaders than those who don’t.

There’s just one problem: most people don’t see themselves quite as clearly as they could.”

 

 

But the good news is that self-awareness is a surprisingly developable skill–and now the focus of the 2018 Leadership Conference Keynote, where our guests will discover the surprising myths, unseen roadblocks, and scientifically proven path to self-awareness.

Exciting, right? Universal? Youbetcha. Transformational? Surely!

We sincerely hope you will be among the very first to register when we start selling tickets; expect that to happen in the next week or so. If you just can’t wait that long, you can absolutely take advantage of our sponsorship options to secure seats–or a table before the general public. You can learn more by downloading our table and sponsorship info: 2018 LC Sponsorship Opportunites AND Form_1.22.18

We’ll be back soon with additional exciting details about Leadership Conference (Breakout topics! Breakout speakers! Networking Opportunities!), so stay tuned.

In the meantime, we would like to say THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS:

 

Prepping for Give Day Tampa Bay

Jen Dodd, Director of Education & Communications Stories

 

Give Day returns on May 1, 2018. Be sure to get your nonprofit registered on giveday.org and remember that you save 50% by registering to participate before February 1.

As you begin planning your organization’s Give Day Tampa Bay (GDTB) campaign, here are some important dates to keep in mind:

February 6 is the Give Day Tampa Bay launch event at WEDU.
The Community Foundation of Tampa Bay has revised this event to focus on creative strategy and marketing, with a special keynote message and an interactive challenge unveiling!

February, March, and April will be all about learning how to succeed!
Huddles, training sessions, and coaching sessions will be scheduled to help your nonprofit make 2018 your bets Give Day yet.

Start collecting gifts that count toward GDTB on April 17. 
Be sure you have matching gifts secured before this date and turn your ambassadors loose to help you meet your goal!

May 1 is GIVE DAY TAMPA BAY!

And here are some great resources you can use to begin mapping out your GDTB strategy and gathering your teams!

Last-Minute #GiveDayTampaBay Social Media Inspiration from Nonprofits #DoingItRight
The Most Overlooked Tool in Your Give Day Tampa Bay Kit
Jump Start Your Volunteer Engagement Efforts with Give Day Tampa Bay 2016
5 Must-Have Social Media Tools for #GiveDayTampaBay
Creating Your Plan for Give Day Tampa Bay 2016
Here We Come to Save the (Give) Day (TampaBay)!
10 Ways Board Members Can Get Involved in Give Day Tampa Bay
We are Here…to Pump You Up (for Give Day Tampa Bay on May 5th)

Thanks to the Community Foundation of Tampa Bay for making it possible for Tampa Bay nonprofits to participate in Give Day Tampa Bay! 

Give Day returns on May 1, 2018!

Jenn Dodd News

The Community Foundation of Tampa Bay invites area nonprofits to participate in Give Day Tampa Bay! 

 

Give Day returns on May 1, 2018

Registration opens Thursday, January 25. Visit giveday.org to sign up.

Register in January for only $25. (Registration goes up to $50 February-April)

 

MARK YOUR CALENDARS!

As your organization starts planning your Give Day Tampa Bay strategy, keep these important dates in mind:

January 25
Registration opens at Giveday.org
Register in January to save 50% and receive an invitation to the official launch.
Must be registered by Feb. 2 to attend the launch event.
$25 registration fee in January, $50 February – April

February 6
Official Give Day Launch
**Must be registered for Give Day by Feb. 2 to receive an invitation**

You won’t want to miss it! CFTB has reimagined the launch to focus on creative strategy and marketing, so it won’t be like any launch event to date. With a special keynote message and an interactive challenge unveiled, the launch is sure to be a fun, inspiring and insightful experience to kick off the 2018 Give Day season.

Media partner WEDU will again offer the opportunity to film promos to a limited number of participants. Information on how to apply will be sent after your organization is registered for Give Day.

Ongoing in February, March, April
Huddles, training sessions, and coaching sessions to help you make the most of your Give Day strategy. Stay tuned for details.

April 17
Start collecting gifts that count toward Give Day 2018.

May 1
GIVE DAY TAMPA BAY

May 18
Receive funds via EFT

Community Foundation of Tampa Bay Seeks Proposals for Mary Petro Fund for Food and Medicine

Lorraine Faithful News

The Community Foundation of Tampa Bay is seeking proposals from tax-exempt organizations interested in administering the Mary Petro Fund for Food and Medicine, which generates about $100,000 annually in funding to provide food and medicine to low-income residents of Sun City Center.

Submission deadline is Feb. 21. Details are below. You also can print a copy of the RFP here.

Questions regarding this RFP should be directed to:

Matt Spence
Vice President, Community Impact

mspence@cftampabay.org

Jo Bull
Director of Operations

jbull@cftampabay.org
REQUEST FOR PROPOSAL
ADMINISTRATION OF THE MARY PETRO FUND

The COMMUNITY FOUNDATION OF TAMPA BAY requests that your tax-exempt organization operating in South Hillsborough County make a proposal for your services to administer the Mary Petro Fund of the Community Foundation of Tampa Bay. In order for your proposal to be considered, your proposal must be submitted on or before February 21, 2018. Your proposal should be limited to no more than 5 pages. Please attach a detailed program budget (does not count against the page limit.)

Mary Petro, a resident of Sun City Center, Florida established an endowment fund prior to her death in 2009 with the Community Foundation of Tampa Bay (“Community Foundation”). The purpose of the fund is to provide food and medicine to the residents of Sun City Center (including Kings Point) who are in dire need for assistance and who have made every effort to be self-supporting. She created the fund as a safety net for residents who need additional assistance who have lost or expended their assets during retirement.

The United Community Church of Sun City Center, now known as the South Shore United Church of Christ, was awarded the initial contract to develop and administer a program for the fund in 2011 and continues to administer the program. While the Community Foundation is grateful for the services of the United Community Church of Sun City Center, the Board of Trustees of the Foundation has decided in accordance with good business practices to seek proposals from tax exempt organizations (charitable or religious organizations) and to revisit the design and delivery of services to the needy residents in keeping with Mrs. Petro’s vision.

Your organization would administer the delivery of services and receive a monthly allocation from the Mary Petro Endowment Fund at the Community Foundation. Distribution amounts are determined annually based on fund balance as of December 31 of the previous year. An approximate monthly distribution of $8,500 can be expected in the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2018. The South Shore Council of the Community Foundation provides oversight of the program and will appoint a member of the South Shore Council as liaison to the organization receiving funds.

1. Timeline

a. Requests for Proposals Released    January 11, 2018 
b. Deadline for Receipt of Proposals    February 21, 2018
c. Program Start Date                          July 1, 2018

2. Expectations

A contract to administer the Mary Petro Fund will be awarded based on the information presented in the proposals received. We will award contracts based on the proposal determined to be the most beneficial to the needy residents of Sun City Center in keeping with the Mrs. Petro’s intentions. A variety of factors will be considered. The Community Foundation reserves the right to award more than one contract if it determines that the community can be better served by doing so. Proposals submitted will be considered on performance projections as well as cost and staff considerations.

3. Selection Criteria/Scoring Rubric

a. The perceived effectiveness of the proposal’s solution for carrying out the stated purpose of the fund. (30 pts)

b. The perceived ability of the proposing organizations ability to deliver the services as set forth in their proposal including availability of sufficient personnel and volunteers with skills for the specific approach proposed. (30 pts)

c. Creative ideas for generating additional contributions to grow the endowment fund to expand the program services. (10 pts)

d. Plans for coordination of Mary Petro Fund program with other organizations offering food and or medical services to residents. (10 pts)

e. Description of any ways you would tailor the program to help individuals who may not have skills or the ability to prepare meals at home. (10 points)

f. Plan for community and client access to program staff/administration. (10 points)

4. Response Format

a. A brief history of your organization, description of mission alignment to Petro Fund purpose (above, in bold) and summary of organizational qualifications and expertise.

b. Outline the method for implementing proposed program, including timeline and steps necessary to have the program up and running on July 1, 2018.

c. Provide information on program structure, including the process for supporting existing clients, serving new clients, and reporting outcomes.

d. Describe key staff involved in management and implementation, any existing or proposed community partnerships, and additional services that may be provided.

e. Describe how you would establish eligibility criteria for services and how you would implement and monitor the continued eligibility for services.

Proposals should not exceed 5 typed pages. Please attach a detailed program budget (does not count against the page limit.)

Proposals may be hand delivered, mailed, or emailed to the Community Foundation of Tampa Bay at the addresses listed below. Proposals received after February 21, 2018 will not be considered for funding. Questions regarding this RFP should be directed to the staff listed below. We look forward to receiving your proposal for administering this important program in Sun City Center.

Community Foundation of Tampa Bay
4300 W. Cypress Street, Suite 700
Tampa, FL 33607
(813) 282-1975

Matt Spence
Vice President, Community Impact
mspence@cftampabay.org

Jo Bull
Director of Operations
jbull@cftampabay.org

Board Minutes: Who’s Who on the NLC Board

Jen Dodd, Director of Education & Communications Stories

The New Year feels like a great time to introduce you to the fine folks who support and serve the NLC in a Board capacity.

You can read their own personal statements as to why they chose to serve with us, so consider this a quick introduction and your invitation to read on for more.

 

Let’s start with the Trustees we’re bidding a fond farewell to, those who have served with us for two full terms:

 

Maureen Butler, Associate Professor of Accounting at University of Tampa and NLC trainer

 

 

 

 

 

 

Robin Moch, Partner at M.E. Wilson Company and NLC event sponsor

 

 

 

 

 

And now please meet those we’re welcoming to the Board:

 

 

Beth Houghton, Executive Director of St. Petersburg Free Clinic and a member of the NLC CEO Circle #1

 

 

 

 

 

Nancy Ridenour, Shareholder at PDR Certified Public Accountants and NLC trainer

 

 

 

 

 

Julia Lee, Corporate Counsel for Ironman, is our Board Secretary and returning member of the NLC Leadership Conference Planning Committee

 

 

 

 

While we’ve accomplished much together, there are still a number of initiatives under our 3-year Strategic Plan to complete, so we’re very pleased that the following Trustees are somewhere in the middle of their journey with us:

 

 

Aaron Crall, Manager at Clifton Larson Allen and Board Treasurer

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sheff Crowder, President at Conn Memorial Foundation, is an NLC trainer and one of our founding board members

 

 

 

 

 

Bill Fries, President at Hiregy and a past NLC Board Chair is now the facilitator of CEO Circle #1 and current Board Vice Chair

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chris Johnson, another returning member of the Leadership Conference Planning Committee, just completed his one-year term and has consented to continue for two more years to complete a 3-year term

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mary Lallucci, Senior VP at Right Management, is our Board Vice Chair; she’s is also a returning member of the Leadership Conference Planning Committee and chair of the sponsorship subcommittee

 

 

 

 

 

 

Beverley McLain, Senior VP of Philanthropic Services of the Community Foundation of Tampa Bay is also an NLC trainer (look for her soon as part of an upcoming Planned Giving series!)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Teri Morrow, Principal of My Benefit Partners, is a multi-year sponsor of the Leadership Conference, and a longtime Key Partner–as well as a tireless champion of that program

 

 

 

 

 

And, finally, please join us in welcoming current board Chair Jessica Muroff, CEO of Girl Scouts of West Central Florida, who is not only an NLC trainer but also a member of CEO Circle #1. Jessica served as interim Chair late last year after our then-Chair Tom Looby retired as CEO of the Tampa Metropolitan Area YMCA.

 

 

Announcing the NLC Fellowship in Fund Development!

Jen Dodd, Director of Education & Communications Stories

We’re thrilled to announce our all-new NLC Fellowship in Fund Development.

Our CEO, Emily, participated in a Fellowship program early in her career and found the experience transformative: “I was chosen for a prestigious Fellowship in Orchestra Management right out of college, and it influenced my entire career!”

She may have since found her true vocation in fundraising but she’s never forgotten the learning experience that Fellowship afforded her.

WHY a Fellowship?
As a nonprofit capacity-building organization committed to developing and connecting nonprofit leaders to strengthen organizations and our community, NLC is the perfect home for a Fellowship program.

“One of the biggest needs we see in the nonprofit sector is for skilled, experienced fund development professionals,” Emily says. “We also see people struggle to make the move into the nonprofit sector. And what we do best is teach and train.

“We’ve designed a combination ‘learning and doing’ position to meet our own, our sector’s, and a transitioning professional’s needs. At the end of the program, our Fellow will have the knowledge and experience to secure a fund development position.”

And with our own growth, the Fellow will also increase our capacity to serve. The NLC Fellow in Fund Development will fill a critical role in assisting the CEO in Fund Development operations, solicitation, recognition, and stewardship while learning and practicing essential fundraising skills.

All of that and she or he can attend classes, go on fundraising calls, shadow board meetings–and even have his or her own fundraising goal!

WHO would make a great Fellow?
This Fellowship is a full-time, 6-month salaried position with benefits. Strong candidates will have experience in the workplace and a strong desire to transition into the nonprofit sector, specifically in fundraising.

WHAT will a Fellow do?
The six-month position is designed with on-the-job learning components including 8-10 hours of classroom training per month, shadowing of selected board meetings and fundraising calls as well as independent work with specific fundraising goals. The Fellow will also learn key customer service functions and offer support during NLC business hours.

If you’d like to throw your hat into the ring, you’ll find a more detailed description and application instructions in the posting on our Job Board.

Applications for the 2018 Fellowship are being accepted now. We expect this to be a very competitive process so apply early and tell us why you’re the best candidate! Good luck!!

3 Reasons to Use our Online Training Options in 2018

Jen Dodd, Director of Education & Communications Stories

We’re a few days into the New Year, and I’ve been thinking a lot about the image above.

I’ve been assessing the “ways” I used in 2017 that might not open the doors I’d like to in 2018. Personally, I’d like to make sure my “way” helps me work smarter, not harder. I don’t have all of that figured out just yet, but one new way I can absolutely recommend to you to open some new doors along your own career path this year is to take advantage of our online training offerings.

Did you even know that NLC offers online training? Yep, we do. We have for several years now–ever since we found a trusted partner in the Winchester Center for Management Development, a developer and producer of the type of high-quality educational content we demand for our hardworking nonprofit leaders.

So, as promised in the title to this post, here are 3 reasons to add a few of our online training sessions to your professional development plans this year:

  1. Variety is the spice of life–and the mark of a lifelong learner. Keep your brain nimble and your skill set highly marketable by branching out beyond your daily responsibilities and try something new. We have classes on subjects ranging from Communications, HR, and Finance to Innovation and Entrepreneurship–even Project and Sustainability Management. Take one course or complete the entire certificate curriculum; it’s your choice! And all of the programs offer CEUs to help you earn or maintain professional credentials.
  2. Time waits for no one–but our online training is available on-demand, that is, when it fits your schedule. Can’t make our Introduction to Nonprofit Financial Management class on February 27th? You can still learn one aspect of what we cover in that in-person class through How to Read a Nonprofit Financial Statement online. Once you register for the online course of your choice, you set the pace. An hour here and there in the evenings or a more leisurely Saturday morning–class is in session when you decide it is.
  3.  Quality is key–and our online courses deliver. You’ll receive the same high-quality instruction and dedicated customer support you expect from Team NLC.

Whichever of these reasons resonates with you the most, we applaud you for devoting time and effort to yourself and your career development in 2018 through our in-person and online training options. Reach out and let us know how we can help!