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April 23 – 27, 2018 from 9:00 AM to 4:30 PM

The Grant Writing Certificate Program provides an intensive opportunity to acquire the knowledge and practice the skills necessary to succeed in today’s competitive grant writing environment. Instructor Jack Smith is an accomplished grant writer with an easygoing style who packs each day with a vast amount of content and expertise. In addition, you’ll receive an extensive package of materials to use both during the week and for future grant writing projects. The Grant Writing Certificate Program is a hands-on workshop, not just a series of lectures. Class size is intentionally small in order to provide personalized attention while you build a real, usable work product. This certificate program is composed of four sessions held over five days for a total of 30 contact hours (3.0 CEUs):

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May 1, 2018 from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM

This workshop, designed for management, board or committee members of nonprofit organizations, discusses the need for clear and concise policies and procedures for your organization and provides an easy formula for creating them.

By the end of this workshop, participants will be able to identify:

  • Why your organization needs policies and procedures
  • Which areas of activity should be addressed in your policies and procedures
  • The components of clear and concise policy and procedure document
  • How to write your policies and procedures
Eventbrite - Creating Policies and Procedures

May 2, 2018 from 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM

This workshop, designed for management, board or committee members of nonprofit organizations, discusses the need for clear and concise policies and procedures for your organization and provides an easy formula for creating them.

By the end of this workshop, participants will be able to identify:

  • Why your organization needs policies and procedures
  • Which areas of activity should be addressed in your policies and procedures
  • The components of clear and concise policy and procedure document
  • How to write your policies and procedures
Eventbrite - Nonprofit Employment: The Search, The Resume, The Job

May 8, 2018 from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM

Most business owners find themselves intimidated by contracts and the contracting process. The truth is that contracts don’t need to be confusing or time-consuming. After all, contracts are all about relationships and communication. Jennifer is a self-professed contract nerd and loves to teach entrepreneurs how they can empower themselves to be in the driver’s seat of their business relationships.

Eventbrite - Paper Power! Getting Control of Your Contracts

May 9, 2018 from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM

This workshop, designed for management, board or committee members of nonprofit organizations, outlines the components of a practical and usable Organizational Plan, and the steps to devising a Plan for your nonprofit organization.

What you’ll get from the workshop:

  • The Organizational Plan: why it’s different from your Strategic Plan and why you need one
  • Who should be involved in creating your Plan
  • What information you need to gather to inform your Plan
  • Outline of all the elements of the Plan, and
  • How to create your Plan!
Eventbrite - Organizational Planning

May 10, 2018 from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM

As volunteer leaders, board members play an important role in the success of the organization. Boards have significant legal and ethical responsibilities to their constituents, staff, and communities. Strong, knowledgeable boards help the organization gain credibility, provide important access to the community, and serve as effective advocates.

This workshop will introduce board members to the fundamentals of effective governance by defining the basic roles and responsibilities of the board and examining strategies for building effective boards.

Learning Objectives:

  • Gain a clear understanding of the roles of responsibilities of nonprofit boards
  • Clarify and articulate expectations for board member engagement
  • Structure the board’s work to better leverage the board’s unique value
  • Evaluate specific needs and action steps for better performance
Eventbrite - Board Leadership and Engagement

May 11, 2018 from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM

In Stephen R. Covey’s book, 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, he introduces the idea of the need to shift our paradigm to achieve success along with embracing key principles of effectiveness. The very first habit to master to move from dependency to independence is to be proactive. When we are reactive, we are allowing others to take our power to choose and we keep ourselves dependent on others. We are not able to progress or achieve what we really want to achieve due to our tendency to stay locked into that reactive mode.

In this session participants will:

  • Recognize the dangers of staying reactive
  • Discuss toxicity reactive thinking creates in organizations
  • Understand the impact it has on us and others
  • Be equipped with very simple tools to eliminate this unhealthy practices, understand and embrace the power of being proactive, and feel empowered to make this critical shift from reactive to proactive in every aspect of their lives, personally and professionally.
Eventbrite - Reactive to Proactive Thinking

May 22, 2018 from 9:00 AM to 4:30 PM

Gregg S Bossen, CPA of QuickBooks Made Easy is now offering his two part QuickBooks® training seminar for Nonprofits in Austin, TX.

Part 1- The Essentials: 9:00 A.M.-1:00 PM
Part 2-Beyond the Essentials: 1:30 PM-4:30 PM

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June 1, 2018 from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM

In this session, participants will identify their top 5 core values and written a value statements for each. This critical step can easily be forgotten. Value statement provide a clear and concise picture of what the value means to the individual. Through interactive exercises, participants will then be equipped to leverage what they’ve learned to understand others’ core values to build successful relationships and interactions with others.

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Eventbrite - Know and Leverage Core Values to Build Success and Rapport

June 5, 2018 from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM

This is an introduction course on what search engines are looking for, how to provide them with information and how to track traffic on your site.

To cover:

  • What is the purpose of your website?
  • Google Analytics Setup
  • Page Titles
  • Meta Descriptions
  • Using Analytics to find out about site traffic

 

Facilitated by: Robin Mannas, Founder of Firebrothers Inc

Eventbrite - The Basics of Search Engines

June 7 & 8, 2018 from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Whenever you’re not getting the results you’re looking for, it’s likely a crucial conversation is keeping you stuck. Whether it’s a problem with poor quality, declining organizational support, or a strained relationship—whatever the issue—if you can’t talk honestly with nearly anybody about almost anything, you can expect poor results.

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Eventbrite - Crucial Conversations for Nonprofits

June 13, 2018 from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM

Certain challenges are inherent as board and staff work together to build strong and productive relationships. Boards work best when they focus on setting policy and strategy, not on administration.

This workshop provides guidance on how to distinguish between shaping policy and hands-on management. It will help executive directors and board members clarify the board’s role and strengthen its capacity to govern.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the roles of the board and the staff, and the factors that influence the relationships between the executive and the board
  • Gain insights about how to cultivate an effective board/staff partnership to advance your organization’s mission
  • Discuss, clarify and support realistic expectations for your board and staff to creative a more cohesive and effective working partnership
  • Have a strong foundation for positive organizational culture by cultivating greater capacity for open and honest communication between the executive and the board of directors
Eventbrite - Sharing Leadership: The Board/Staff Partnership

June 19, 2018 from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM

This course covers what to do after your set up the basics and how to climb the ranking towards the coveted first place ranking.

To cover:

  • Keyword research
  • Google Search Console
  • Content Creation

 

Facilitated by: Robin Mannas, Founder of Firebrothers Inc

Eventbrite - You’re Online - Now Rank Higher!

June 27, 2018 from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM

We believe that everyone should have the opportunity to fulfill their passion and express themselves personally, professionally and organizationally. Our focus is on helping you to think through and then create an EFFECTIVE nonprofit. Simply put, that is an organization that has a clear sense of what it seeks to achieve, develops and implements plans to achieve that mission, and then strives for continuous improvement.

This is a two hour live overview of the issues that ought to be addressed and the processes that are required to establish a Texas Nonprofit Corporation and then to obtain 501(c)(3) charitable designation from the Internal Revenue Service.

Topics will include, but not be limited to:

  • Advantages & Disadvantages of Nonprofit Incorporation
  • Key questions/ issues requiring attention before starting legal process
  • Incorporating as a Texas nonprofit
  • Other Texas related issues and processes
  • Obtaining your 501 (c) 3 status (i.e., charitable tax exemption status from IRS)
  • Key questions/ issues requiring attention within the IRS 1023 Application Form
  • Required Bylaws and policies
  • First organizational meeting(s)
  • Advantages & Disadvantages of a fiscal agent – how to find and what does it cost
  • Using consulting services to help you through this process
  • Answers to your questions.
Eventbrite - Starting A Nonprofit in Texas

June 29, 2018 from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM

Influential leaders of today understand the critical importance of becoming and surrounding themselves with emotionally intelligent leaders. In this two part course, participants will clearly grasp an understanding of what Emotional Intelligence (EQ) really is and how to leverage to improve individually as well as understand others and build impactful relationships and interactions with others. Through an assessment, participants will create a baseline picture of their current EQ and create an action plan, with tools provided, to improve their EQ over time.

All participants will need to complete the FREE online EQ assessment. You will receive a link to the assessment upon completing registration. If registering multiple people, please forward the link to all guests.

Eventbrite - The Power of Emotional Intelligence

July 10, 2018 from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM

This course covers what Google Ad Grants is, how to set it up and campaign creation. More in depth AdWords courses will be offered separately.

To cover:

  • Signing up for AdGrants
  • Setting up AdWords linking
  • Creating your first Ads

Facilitated by: Robin Mannas, Founder of Firebrothers Inc

Eventbrite - Google AdGrants - Your Source for Free Advertising

August 28, 2018 from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM

One of the most important responsibilities of a board is to ensure that it continuously adds qualified new members and keeps them engaged. Board building should not just happen when it is time to fill a vacancy. It should be an ongoing process with year-round activities.

This workshop guides participants through a process that focuses on the different steps needed to build an effective board. Understanding these steps can help boards avoid the common ups and downs of building and maintaining a diverse, inclusive and enthusiastic board.

Learning Objectives:

  • Articulate the need for a governance committee in supporting and strengthening overall board performance and recruitment
  • Cultivate an appreciation for the role that diversity and inclusion play in strategic board recruitment
  • Demonstrate a working knowledge of the critical steps in the process of finding, recruiting, and engaging board members
  • Understand how to engage potential new board members in a way that sets them up for successful board service and that meets both the organization’s and the board member’s needs and expectations
Eventbrite - Strategic Board Member Recruitment

September 17 – 21, 2018 from 9:00 AM to 4:30 PM

The Grant Writing Certificate Program provides an intensive opportunity to acquire the knowledge and practice the skills necessary to succeed in today’s competitive grant writing environment. Instructor Jack Smith is an accomplished grant writer with an easygoing style who packs each day with a vast amount of content and expertise. In addition, you’ll receive an extensive package of materials to use both during the week and for future grant writing projects. The Grant Writing Certificate Program is a hands-on workshop, not just a series of lectures. Class size is intentionally small in order to provide personalized attention while you build a real, usable work product. This certificate program is composed of four sessions held over five days for a total of 30 contact hours (3.0 CEUs):

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October 18, 2018 from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM

This workshop is designed for boards that are eager to take their leadership to the next level of performance. It is especially appropriate for boards that understand governance basics and want to accelerate their performance for mission impact.

Learning Objectives:

  • Recognize your organization’s lifecycle stage and understand its impact on your organization’s leadership capacity
  • Realize the possibilities, the payoff and the path to better governance together with colleagues
  • Demonstrate a working knowledge of key governance principles that distinguish exceptional boards
  • Identify tools and practices of exceptional governance and learn how to implement them in your boardroom
Eventbrite - Practices of High-Performing Boards: What Good Boards Do

Nov 14-15 & Dec 12-13, 2018 from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM

Volunteers provide a unique human resource that can enhance an organization’s ability to achieve its mission, priorities, and goals. And, a well-managed volunteer program provides key building blocks that help ensure organizational sustainability.

Kathleen McCleskey and Wendy Biro-Pollard of Long and Short Associates have been collaborating with ACC’s Center for Nonprofit Studies for over a decade. During this time, they have conducted highly rated, four-day courses that provide managers of volunteer resources with state-of-the art, professional development training that is unique in the State of Texas.

Each class includes lecture, class discussion, opportunities for creative problem solving, networking, and useful resources including tools and checklists – all drawn from Kathleen and Wendy’s careers as practitioners and nationally recognized experts in the field of volunteer engagement.

This course will benefit anyone in the nonprofit, association, and governmental sector who seeks to learn how to build a successful volunteer program. Participants will discover the latest volunteer management trends, learn key steps in the volunteer management process and develop skills and techniques that are useful to any organizational leader.

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