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6-Week Nonprofit Boot Camp

Class Begins Sunday, September 15, 2019



Are you a new or growing nonprofit organization? Our 6-Week Nonprofit Boot Camp is a series of six seminars designed to provide you with a framework of fundamental elements your organization will need to become a successful nonprofit. This workshop also serves as a tune-up for emerging nonprofits experiencing growth, facing other changes in their organization, or requiring a few tweaks to their current strategy.

Our classes take the approach that while there are many nuances to nonprofit, at their core, nonprofits are business and should present themselves to the community, their investors (donors), partners, and the people they serve with thoughtful, polished, and professional plans and materials that will allow them to do the most good in the communities they serve.

The 6-Week Course Outline:

Week 1: Creating a Plan for Change

How can you create change without a proper plan?  This seminar will help you organize your passion to serve and create change into a solid plan for success. Using applicable business practices, we’ll develop your nonprofit ideas into a written business plan that you can use to share your ideas with community leaders, partners, potential investors (donors), and others. The seminar will also help you to refine your mission and vision statements so that they are succinct, realistic, and compelling.

Week 2: The Case for Support

The idea of asking donors for financial support can be frightening. Alleviate the fear, build your confidence, and increase your chances of success by crafting a solid and compelling pitch - your case for support.

Week 3: Grant Writing Fundamentals

Is grant funding right for your organization? This seminar is a crash course packed full of information that includes how to find grant funding sources and what you need to get started writing a grant. We will cover finding funders that are appropriate for your organization, basic grant requirements, types of grant funding, a typical grant funding cycle, how to communicate your project to grant funders, and when and how to apply.

Week 4: Measuring and Reporting your Impact

In a world of big-data, even nonprofits are not immune to the importance of metrics. Articulating how your organization creates and measures changes is imperative to securing funding that will help drive your mission forward. This seminar will discuss standard ways nonprofits can measure and report impact for grant reporting, board reports, and other documents.

Week 5: A Framework for Fundraising

How well does your best-friend’s cousin’s roommate from college REALLY know Mark Cuban…and is he REALLY interested in your cause? If he doesn’t come through, what’s “Plan B”? Creating a successful development plan means knowing who your donors are and how to reach them with your message. This course will allow you to brainstorm unique ways your organization may raise funds, evaluate what fundraising tactics will work for your organization, create a framework for a diverse development plan, and begin to develop an appeal for your organization.

Week 6: Using Your Board Effectively

Like smart CEOs or for-profit businesses, smart nonprofit leaders view board members as strategic partners who provide guidance, oversight, and fresh perspectives. This seminar will help you create a strategy to use your board of directors based on the needs of your organization and gifts that each board member brings to the table. We will discuss how to select board members, developing policies and procedures, and board member roles and responsibilities.. 

Fee: $450

  • Megan Harrison, Presenter

  • Class size limited to 8 writers

  • Meets Sundays 3:00PM to 6:00PM / September 15, 2019 to October 20, 2019

  • Seminar meets at The Drawing Board at 75 & Campbell: 1900 Jay Ell Dr / Richardson, TX / 75081

Contact us HERE if you have any questions about this workshop.

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Instructor Megan Harrison has served as a frontline fundraiser for ten years, developing new initiatives and leading fundraising strategies that include private foundation support, annual giving, sponsorship programs, and large events. She works as the Director of Development for the Center of Vital Longevity at the University of Texas at Dallas and is responsible for building relationships with private funders in support of The Center’s cutting-edge research on the brain and aging mind. Megan has also served as the Vice President of Sponsorship and Annual Giving at Klyde Warren Park, Director of Development for the Dallas Zoo, and was an integral part of the Perot Museum of Nature and Science’s Capital Campaign team. Prior to her work in non-profit, Megan spent several years in sales working for the Dallas Business Journal. Megan holds a Bachelors in Marketing and Management from the A.B. Freeman School of Business at Tulane University, is a graduate of the Executive MBA program at the Naveen Jindal School of Business at the University of Texas at Dallas, and a graduate of Leadership Dallas.