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The One Budget Cut You Shouldn’t Make During a Crisis

During times of crisis and economic hardship, learning and development are often the first items cut when organizations must trim budgets. But why is talent development so easy to deprioritize when it’s the one thing that can help raise more dollars, serve more constituents, and increase employee morale and productivity?

Research shows that staff development increases the expertise and productivity of our workforce as well as their loyalty and engagement. Learning and development opportunities are a way to help employees learn and grow during COVID-19 and while everything around them may feel upside-down.

Additionally, a study by Morgan McCall and the Center for Creative Leadership shows 10% of what we know and do comes from classroom-style learning experiences. As nonprofits are forced to quickly adapt and operate in ways they’ve never done before, growing new and necessary skills is imperative, especially now.

By being intentional about your training and development investments and turning to virtual opportunities, you can strengthen your ability to serve your community, today and in the days to come.

Where to Invest in Learning & Development Now

Not your average webinar or Zoom call, the Nonprofit Leadership Center offers a variety of highly specialized certificate programs to help develop and connect nonprofit leaders to strengthen organizations and communities. The following programs will be held virtually this fall to ensure you can continue investing the same care in yourself that you do in the audiences you serve.

Certificate in Volunteer Management (October 21 & 28 + November 4)

Designed to address the challenges all nonprofit leaders encounter to recruit, retain and reward their volunteers, this three-part series includes interactive exercises and information to help you begin immediately implementing best practices in volunteer management. Attendance at all three sessions, completion of assignments and passing module tests is required to earn the Florida Association for Volunteer Resource Management Certificate. LEARN MORE & REGISTER

Certificate in Board Governance (October 22 & 29)

In this two-part virtual series, you’ll learn the fundamental governance concepts every nonprofit leader should understand and practice. You’ll explore case studies and learn best practices for board structure, the roles and responsibilities of board members and financial and legal oversight. If you want to serve a chosen organization with passion and true impact, this is the certificate for you. LEARN MORE & REGISTER

Here’s what people are saying about the Nonprofit Board Governance Rock Star Certificate series:

Certificate in Grant Writing (October 29 + November 5, 12 & 19)

This interactive and practical four-day virtual training program is designed for those who seek to acquire the knowledge and practice the skills necessary to succeed in today’s competitive grant writing environment. This virtual series includes tips on how to identify and analyze funding resources for programs and projects, approach funding sources, how to be ready once the deadline is looming and what to do once you’ve been awarded a grant. Students must complete all four sessions and all assignments and pass section tests to receive their certificate. LEARN MORE & REGISTER

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