Course Descriptions

Your Career in Nonprofit Management: Find Out How You Can Make a Difference
1.5 hours, No prerequisites
Course Number: NPM-2000
Tuition: No charge, but you must register for the seminar
Not sure if this program or career is right for you? Are you looking to make a career change? Attend this free seminar. This career seminar is led by experienced professionals who will offer real advice about career and academic paths and talk about both the satisfactions and challenges of their own chosen careers. The seminar is an hour and a half long, given in the evening and offered twice a year - in May and January. There is no charge for the seminar, which is held on our Rockville Centre campus.
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Certificate Descriptions and Schedule of Classes

Core Course - Required for certificate

*Introduction to Nonprofit Management
Develop the skills and strategies you need to become an integral part of one of America's fastest growing service sectors. In this course, a twelve-year veteran in the nonprofit management field will show you how to transform your good intentions into a professional plan of action. You'll understand the unique characteristics of nonprofit organizations while mastering the core knowledge necessary to become an effective leader in the nonprofit arena.

In this course, you will learn skills and develop strategies that will take your organization to new heights of prosperity and productivity. You'll gain a full understanding the role of the executive director and the board of directors, special event and meeting management, public relation strategies, and how to find a position in this fascinating and rewarding field of work.

Tuition: $110 Starts every month throughout the year. (Online Course- see Online Course Registration for dates and registration procedures*)

Required Courses - Three (3) of five (5) required for certificate

*Nonprofit Fundraising Essentials
Learn the basics of fundraising for nonprofit organizations, from annual and special fund drives to more advanced projects involving corporate and foundation relations, major gifts, and planned giving. Take your first step toward a rewarding career in fundraising for nonprofit organizations!

First, you'll explore the skills you'll need to become a successful fundraiser. After that, you'll discover where the best corporate and foundation fundraising jobs are and how to apply for them. Next, you'll delve into every area of nonprofit fundraising-annual funds, special events, corporate relations, foundation relations, major gifts, and planned giving.  You'll also learn about capital campaigns and find out why they're a crucial element of nonprofit fundraising.

Along the way, you'll view real-life examples of writing projects, from gift acknowledgment letters to proposals, and you'll hone your own writing skills. In addition, you'll explore fundraising software tools you can use to track your efforts and enhance your results. By the end of the course, you'll have a wealth of new nonprofit fundraising ideas, and you'll be well on your way to success in this exciting career field.

Tuition: $110 Starts every month throughout the year.
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*Marketing Your Nonprofit
Under pressure to increase membership, expand program value, attract media, entice donors, and develop volunteers, all while keeping an eye on the bottom line? In the face of stiff competition, more worthwhile causes, more regulations, more watchdog agencies, and fewer funding opportunities, you need to work smarter-not longer.

This course will show you how to use powerful marketing techniques to compete more effectively for customers, donors, members, and volunteers. You'll also learn how to persuade the media to communicate your organization's message and further its ideals and goals.

Instructor Linda Kissam draws on her extensive nonprofit experience to share effective, practical, and easy-to-implement strategies that you can put to immediate use. Before you know it, you'll be ready to improve your market share by learning to evaluate and implement effective promotions, advertising campaigns, and communication techniques.

If your organization relies on a diverse mix of fees, events, and/or contributions for support, you're sure to find this information-packed course indispensible.

Tuition: $110 Starts every month throughout the year.
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*Human Resources Fundamentals
Learn to handle basic human resource functions to ensure the best possible results. No matter what role we play in an organization, we are all affected by human resources. This course is designed to help people without experience in human resources to understand this very vital link in the organizational chain. It will prepare both managers and business owners to handle basic human resource functions in a way that will ensure the best possible result. In particular, attention is given to the hiring process, including ways to locate quality employees in a competitive labor market. Employee rights and the legal side of the human resource field are also covered.

Tuition: $110 Starts every month throughout the year.
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Financial Accounting For Non-Financial Managers
Course Number: AC-3000 Tuition: $110
This course is valuable for non-financial group leaders, project managers, program managers, department heads, and others from both the public and private sectors who wish to develop a financial toolkit to complement their existing professional or technical skills. A working knowledge of financial principles and their application is essential for a manager to be effective. This course transforms financial and accounting language and concepts into decision-making tools the non-financial manager can use successfully every day. Course participants learn to apply the fundamentals of finance to improve budget management, increase potential profits, sell new ideas and assess the financial viability of projects. This course will provide an introduction to basic accounting principles and financial statements for non financial employees.

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Instructor: James Cooke, has over 20 years of finance and accounting experience. He has worked for a number of organizations including: the Ontario Ministry of Finance, Morgan Stanley, the Institute of Management Accountants and is the former grant manager of the World Trade Center Disaster Relief Program.

Leadership and Management
Course Number: MT-1000 Tuition: $110
This course is designed to understand the differences between management skills and leadership skills and explore how they both are essential to effectively handle your professional responsibilities and make decisions. You will determine priorities, explore management challenges, assess professional work styles, understand the importance of delegating, learn how to give positive reinforcement and develop strategies for a proactive management style. During this course, you will learn to identify personal values and set effective business goals, recognize the difference between bullying and managing and develop new strategies for more effective management of people. 6 CEUs. This two-session course is offered twice a year in September and February in the evenings at our Rockville Centre campus.
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Instructor: Steven Haas, MBA; Vice President, Corporate Human Resources, Pall Corporation. He has 30+ years of diversified international Human Resources in Global Fortune 100 companies.

Elective Courses  - Two (2) of four (4) required for certificate or one (1) of four (4) if the course is  Establishing & Managing a Planned Giving Program 

*Grant Writing
This is an invigorating and informative course that will equip you with the skills and tools you need to enter the exciting field of grant writing!  You'll learn how to raise needed funds by discovering how and where to look for potential funders who are a good match for your organization.  You'll also learn how to network and develop true partnerships with a variety of funders, how to organize a successful grant-writing campaign, and how to put together a complete proposal package. 

This course speaks mainly to nonprofit organizations, schools, religious institutions, and municipalities seeking grants from foundation, corporate, government, and individual donors.  It's also an excellent primer for individuals wishing to become grant-writing consultants or community grant-writing volunteers. No matter who you are or what level of experience you have, you'll find the A to Z of grant writing and submitting successful proposals here!

Tuition: $110 Starts every month throughout the year.
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*Special Event Planning
Learn proven techniques from a master event planner. Learn how to create and coordinate successful special events. Develop skills, find resources and gain confidence to plan and produce any size or type of event. This course reveals proven tips, tools, techniques, and procedures used by experts and master event planners to help you avoid embarrassing and costly planning errors or production mistakes.

You'll discover how to select the right suppliers for food, decorations, entertainment, and you'll learn how to effectively employ them within your own budgetary constraints. You'll get easy access to event industry information compiled by and for professional event planners. We'll even point you in the right direction to meet other event and meeting planners and to join a professional association or industry group. You'll be so excited with your newly gained confidence and expertise that you'll want to start planning your next event even before this course is over.

Tuition: $110 Starts every month throughout the year.
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Effective Communications
Course Number: MT-1010 Tuition: $110
This course is designed to evaluate and enhance your communication skills. You will analyze your verbal and nonverbal communication skills and practice techniques to help minimize miscommunication. You will also practice techniques to improve your professional work relationships through the use of effective communication strategies. During this course, you will identify potential barriers to effective communication, develop clarity by keeping things simple, determine the most effective communication medium and presentation style, effectively utilize active listening skills, mirroring and feed-back techniques and develop a plan for managing effective workplace interactions. This two-session course is offered twice a year in October and February in the evenings at our Rockville Centre campus.
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Instructor: Bruce Chalnick has 35 years of experience in Human Resources Management and Personnel Administration.  He has worked for some of the most prestigious companies within their respective fields.  His industry experience includes Retail, Insurance, Financial Services, Chemical Manufacturing and Consulting. He has been responsible for the day-to-day operations of the entire Human Resource functions for the last 25 years and has particular expertise in HR Administration, Employment law, Benefits design, Management Training and Development and Policy Development.

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