Training

Training Catalog

Tuesday

9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

Trainer

Nancy Perret

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Course Description

What is GuideStar and why do I care? GuideStar is the largest repository of information about the nonprofit sector, and provides EVERY nonprofit with a profile page that contains information that is publicly available. That information is accessed by online giving platforms (such as Amazon Smile, JustGive.org and CrowdRise), donors and funders to find out more about your organization. You can claim that profile and update it to more accurately reflect what your organization does and who it serves.

Learning Objectives

Participants will be able to…

  • name three key reasons for claiming and keeping their GuideStar profile current.
  • describe the information needed to secure each of the GuideStar transparency seals and why they are important.
  • update their organization’s GuideStar profile, both now and in the future.
  • update their profile to reflect specific changes or needs related to COVID-19.

Thursday

10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Trainer

Rachel Glazer

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Course Description

You (yes, YOU) can create professional-looking graphics to make your audience stop scrolling and connect with your content. Using the free online program Canva, participants will learn the basics of the interface as well as how to create simple, balanced graphic design to use for digital and print PR materials. No experience necessary.

Learning Objectives

Participants will be able to…

  • create simple designs for use in digital and print PR materials.
  • design graphics with their audience in mind.

Monday

9:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Trainer

Mary Ellen Calvert

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Course Description

Mission Sustainability has always been essential within the nonprofit sector. COVID-19 and related consequences have created huge demand for some services (food, economic assistance), a steep decline in others (the arts), and significant disruption in the flow of income to many nonprofits and philanthropic organizations. Join us to learn the Six Keys to Success that will help you focus on critical aspects for sustaining and growing your organization.

Learning Objectives

Participants will be able to…

  • define mission sustainability.
  • describe Community Resource Mapping.
  • explain their own VMOSA for their organization.
  • describe their donors and donation allocation plan.

Wednesday

9:00 AM - 10:30 AM

Trainer

Jan Eastman

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Course Description

What might social change look like if funders, nonprofits, civic leaders, business executives, and government officials embraced collective impact? We will explore the five essential elements of successful collective impact initiatives that seek to achieve a sustained alignment of efforts. This takes collaboration to a whole new level!

Learning Objectives

Participants will be able to…

  • state all five key elements of the collective impact model.
  • describe the difference between the collective impact model and collaboration.
  • apply the collective impact model to their organization’s work.

Thursday

10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Trainer

Elizabeth Garrett

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Course Description

Are you frustrated because you are not getting the results you or your organization need? Are you spending time and money communicating externally about your organization, but you realize your staff or board members do not correctly communicate what your programs and services are? Or are you just tired of applying for grants and never getting them?

If you answered YES to any of the questions above, this course is for you!

This is a basic course to help you understand what effective communication is, common mistakes organizations make in their communication efforts, and some best practices you should implement to improve your communication for greater impact.

Learning Objectives

Participants will be able to…

  • define what is effective communication.
  • highlight the various communication mediums.
  • list five to eight common communication mistakes they should avoid.
  • describe examples of bad communication.
  • name three to five communication best practices.

Friday

10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Trainers

Mary Ellen Calvert

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Nancy Perret

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Course Description

Whether you are a nonprofit staff leader or board member, you need to know how to build a strong board, comply with a myriad of legal requirements, and appropriately engage the community and policy makers. This class will focus on best practices for boards and legal requirements for all nonprofits and will provide you with critical information to strengthen your organization’s policies, procedures and practices.

What is Excellence in Action

Operating an excellent nonprofit is difficult and requires substantial expertise. Organizations that have this capacity are more likely to achieve long-term success and have the type of meaningful impact they seek. The Alliance is here to help make that a reality with the Excellence in Action (EIA) Certification.

Excellence In Action (EIA) offers a comprehensive, relevant, and innovative curriculum that provides participants with a strong foundation in nonprofit & philanthropy management, taught by instructors with extensive experience in the sector. Over the course of 10 years, our certification has become highly regarded by funders and connects you to a network of like-minded change agents.

To learn more about EIA Certification, click here.

Co-Constructing Hope for the Next Normal

Thursday

10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Guest Speaker

Dr. John Damon

JOHN D. DAMON, PH.D., CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER

John Damon’s clinical and executive leadership experience spans more than 25 years. Joining Canopy in 1993, he began as a therapist at the CARES Center Jackson. He went on to become Clinical Director and serve in the capacity of CARES Center Director and Chief Operating Officer before transitioning to Chief Executive Office in 2013. As the primary public figure for the organization, John plays a critical role in fostering relationships between Canopy and other leading healthcare providers, political entities and professional thought leaders and organizations.

John is a Fellow of the fifth class of the Health Innovators Fellowship and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.  He is a board member of the Mississippi Business Group on Health.   John is the past president of the Mississippi Association of Child Caring Agencies, past president and board member for the National Association for Children’s Behavioral Health in Washington, D.C., and past president of the board of directors for the Behavioral Health Society of the Mississippi Hospital Association. He was selected as a Top CEO by the Mississippi Business Journal.  John currently serves on the Mississippi Children’s Justice Commission. John has also served on other committees including the Governor’s Healthcare Task Force, the Mental Health Task Force (chair), Mississippi’s Children’s Mental Health Task Force, and the Mississippi Autism Advisory Committee.

As an adjunct professor, John has taught in both undergraduate and graduate academic institutions and has presented to the U.S. Senate Caucus Committee as well as state, regional and national audiences on foster care, mental health and substance abuse. John is a published author where his work has appeared in numerous books and peer reviewed journals for children’s behavioral health.

John holds a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Mississippi College, a Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy from Reformed Theological Seminary, and earned his doctorate in Philosophy in Clinical Psychology from Jackson State University. He completed his residency in Child Psychology at University of Mississippi Medical Center.

John and his wife are proud parents of five children. They attend Broadmoor Baptist Church and reside in Madison, Mississippi.

Event Description

Hoping is radically distinct from wishing.  Hope is a science and a discipline we can all master and there has never been a more critical time to come together as agents of hope.  This “Inspiration: Spotlight on Mississippi” provides a collective framework to proactively co-construct hope together.  More specifically, we will consider the distinct, yet integrally related steps towards radical hope and healing.  The narrative arc of hope begins with confronting the brutal facts surrounding the indescribable losses experienced over the past year.  Only then can we take the next step to forge realistic hope and avoid the pitfalls of false hope.  Once our minds are grounded in realistic hope, we can commit to the disciplines of resilience and inoculate our hearts and minds to whatever lies around the corner.  Finally, when these steps are wrapped in meaningful and accountable relationships, we rightly assume a posture of hope alongside one another, rejecting passivity and co-constructing hope for the “Next Normal” together.

Learning Objectives

Participants will be able to…

  • articulate the power and need of nonprofits in MS.
  • articulate the importance of strong leadership.
  • state ways they can take implement Dr. Damon’s wisdom into their daily practices.

Friday

10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Trainer

Christie Lawrence

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Course Description

Tired of spending time and money to recruit new staff only to have them underperform and/or leave within a few months? You are not alone! Recruiting, retaining, and developing employees is an important job that not only affects your organization’s culture, but it has a tremendous impact on your bottom line. There are some key statistics and best practices managers need to know; so, join us for this workshop and get solid strategies for recruiting, retaining, and developing high-performance teams.

Learning Objectives

Participants will be able to…

  • list three (3) best practices for recruiting talent.
  • describe key characteristics for working with and retaining multi-generational talent.
  • list two of the four DISC personalities and how knowledge of these can improve communication.
  • state two (2) tips for engaging and developing team members.

Monday

9:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Trainer

Jerry Bertrand

Jerry Bertrand is a seasoned grants manager, having spent over 20 years implementing and ensuring accountability of federal grant programs—first in state government at the Texas Workforce Commission and then at OneStar Foundation. Since 2013, Mr. Bertrand has led Public Impact Advisors, a firm primarily providing federal grants management consulting and training to approximately 50 organizations. He has personally led over 400 full days of grants management training (about 25% of which has consisted of virtual instructor led training), and taught webinars on a regular basis for clients.

Since starting Public Impact Advisors, Mr. Bertrand has designed, developed, customized, and delivered training for approximately 50 organizations and their staff, as well as countless students in nationally attended open enrollment classes. He is atune to the needs of adult learners, reading the classroom, and presenting training in a way that engages and interests the learner in the content, increasing the likelihood that the concepts being taught will be applied post-classroom.

In addition, as a grants management practitioner and consultant, Mr. Bertrand is able to communicate practical experience and anecdotes, best practices, and common pitfalls, rather than only reciting government requirements.

Course Description

Federal grants are a fantastic way to bring funding into your organization. Before you apply, it is critical that you understand:

  • Is a federal grant right for my organization?
  • Do we have the capacity to manage a federal grant?
  • What is required to apply?
  • Will this require me to make changes to what we do and how we operate?

This powerful training will walk you through all of these questions and more in great detail.

Learning Objectives

Participants will be able to…

  • determine if a federal grant right for their organization.
  • describe what is required to manage a federal grant.
  • outline application requirements.
  • determine if they will have to make changes to what they do and how they operate.

Additional Important Information

*Part 2: Monday, February 22nd

*Part 3: Monday, March 22nd

Participants will make a one-time payment of $500 for all three parts. There will be no refunds if you choose not to attend between parts 1, 2, or 3.

Monday

8:00 AM - 10:00 AM

Expert Consultant

Amanda Fontaine

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Course Description

Have a burning question, curious about something, need some advice about a program you are planning? Well, now is your chance with the Alliance Ask an Expert: Office Hours series.

Each month we will have an expert from the field available to you. You can stay the whole time or just a short while.

Learning Objectives

Participants will be able to…

  • meet with an expert from the field to discuss civic engagement, advocacy, and public policy.
  • state ways civic engagement, advocacy, and public policy impacts their organization.

What are the Principles & Standards

The Principles and Standards for Nonprofit and Philanthropy Excellence are based on the fundamental values of quality, responsibility and accountability.

The 12 accountability principles distinguish the nonprofit and philanthropic sectors from government and the business sector. The management practices provide specific guidelines for individual organizations to evaluate and improve their operations, governance, human resources, advocacy, financial management and fundraising.

Principles and Standards for Nonprofit and Philanthropy Excellence are meant to educate nonprofit and philanthropic leaders, board members, managers, volunteers and staff about the fundamental roles and responsibilities of nonprofit and philanthropic organizations. The Alliance expects that the Principles and Standards will be useful to virtually every nonprofit and philanthropic organization as they form a set of reference tools that can be adapted to meet particular needs and circumstances.

Click here to view and learn more about each of the 12 Principles & Standards for Nonprofit and Philanthropy Excellence(c).

Tuesday

11:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Trainer

Serrie Fung

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Course Description

Between new social media platforms popping up every day and a never-ending list of newsletters to write, communications work can often feel like a game of catch up. But nonprofit communications is so much more than that. When done well, it powers your fundraising, outreach, and advocacy efforts. In short, it is a driving force for advancing your mission. An effective comms strategy connects your everyday communications to your vision and mission.

In this workshop, we’ll explore what success looks like for your organization’s communications efforts, identify the core components of effective communications, and identify the right strategies to meet your specific goals.

Learning Objectives

Participants will be able to…

  • describe what success looks like for their organization’s communications efforts.
  • identify gaps and opportunities to get stronger.
  • set clear communications goals and define clear strategies for achieving those goals.

Wednesday

10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Trainer

Pam Confer

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Course Description

The Covid-19 pandemic will impact our professional and personal lives for years to come. So, how do we know if we are making the right personnel adjustments and accommodations on the other side of the crisis? How do we keep things going as we navigate our new normal?  This seminar will take us through the steps of leading others through change, and highlight ways to maintain resilience.

Learning Objectives

Participants will be able to…

  • state why leaders fail and succeed.
  • practice the steps of leading others through change.
  • describe ways to set a positive tone for a new vision.
  • commit to creating the type of resilience that sticks.

Friday

10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Trainers

Mary Ellen Calvert

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Nancy Perret

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Course Description

So you think you want to start a nonprofit?  This training will help you better understand the world of nonprofits, and help you focus and apply your passion to create the greatest impact.  Passion is a powerful force, but without a clear focus and a plan, you may not have the impact you sought.  You can take this training as a stand-alone course or as part of the new Alliance year-long learning track, Establishing Excellence: Creating a Great Nonprofit.

Cost Structure

1 Training = $25

2 Trainings = $40 Total

3+ Trainings = $15 Each

*Special Pricing Applies

**Member Only & FREE

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