Nonprofit Leadership Training

Information Session: Careers In Non-Profit Leadership

Where to find employers, salaries, training that is needed, how to get started.  information sessions are held each September and January.  Pre-registration is not required.  See our current schedule booklet at www.ccm.edu/BusinessCommunity for complete details.

Nonprofit Fundraising Essentials Certificate

Is your nonprofit always in need of cash?  Could you be more effective and impact more lives if you had more money?  Do you want to learn how to fundraise like the pros?  The Nonprofit Fundraising Essentials Certificate is just what your organization needs.

It is composed of the five required interactive courses that include case studies and projects to meet nonprofit fundraising professionals’ needs and challenges. It offers a complete overview of integrated programs for raising funds from individual donors and features the most current information and techniques.  It complements the Grant Writing Certificate program to give nonprofit fundraising professionals a complete review of skills, techniques and program components to increase capital and improve cash flow for non-profits of any size.

Who should attend: This course is best for people who have some grant writing experience or nonprofit managers and leaders whose organizations  are lacking in their overall approach to capital growth and management.

Required Text

For required text book information, go to https://bookstore.ccm.edu/college. Students must obtain the text on their own and have it for the first day of class.  Books may not be stocked by the CCM bookstore; instead they may be available at retail outlets.

The Certificate of Completion consists of the following five courses.  However, individuals can take any one or combination of courses. The certificate is only granted to those who complete the entire series.

To register, go to https://webadvisor.ccm.edu/ and click on "Continuing Education (Non-Credit)." Have your credit card, social security number, and 5 digit Course Code number ready.

Course CodeCourse TitleCEUs
NPC-214Fundamentals for Fundraising Professionals0.3
NPC-215Making the Ask - Face to Face Communications0.6
NPC-216Create Donor-Centric Communications1.2
NPC-218Putting It All Together - Creating an Annual Fund Plan0.6
NPC-220Creating Special Events That Raise Funds And Friends0.6

To register, go to https://webadvisor.ccm.edu/ and click on "Continuing Education (Non-Credit)." Have your credit card, social security number, and 5 digit Course Code number ready.

Grant Writing Certificate

Are you new to the field of grant writing? Or do you just want to improve your success rate in securing grant funds?  CCM’s Grant Writing Certificate not only prepares you to research grant options and write the proposals that get results, it also allows you the chance to meet with professionals on both sides of the funding table who will review and critique your work.

This is a HANDS-ON program for those writing grants.  Come to the program with your funding need and leave the program with the necessary tools to be successful.  Research the funding options that are best for your need.  Write the statement of need, narrative and other pieces of the proposal.  Several times throughout the program, professional grant writers and grant funders are invited into the class to provide current grant trends and evaluate your work providing real-life feedback on why they would or would not accept your work.

Who should attend:  Newcomers to the grant development process and those who have some experience. This includes community-based organization staff, volunteers and board members.  These courses are very useful for individuals who want to become grant writers. 

Required Text

For required text book information, go to https://bookstore.ccm.edu/college. Students must obtain the text on their own and have it for the first day of class.  Books may not be stocked by the CCM bookstore; instead they may be available at retail outlets.

The Certificate of Completion consists of the following courses.  However, individuals can take any one or combination of courses. The certificate is only granted to those who complete the entire series.

Course CodeCourse TitleCEUs
NPC-211Prospecting for Grants0.6
NPC-210Grant Researching and Proposal Writing Workshop1.3
NPC-212Interactive Proposals Writing0.7
NPC-213Ethics in Grant Writing0.2

To register, go to https://webadvisor.ccm.edu/ and click on "Continuing Education (Non-Credit)." Have your credit card, social security number, and 5 digit Course Code number ready.

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Fundamentals for Fundraising Professionals

Did you know that more than 70% of charitable contributions come from individuals? This course will provide you with an overview of a complete fundraising program so that you can direct your limited resources (staff and budget) on strategies that will yield the highest impact. We will review the current fundraising climate and giving trends. You will learn to assess your organization's niche and develop an understanding of the needs of the population you serve to provide you with a framework for creating an annual fundraising program that strategically integrates raising funds from individuals with other initiatives. NPC-214.


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Making the Ask - Face to Face Communications

People say the number one reason they don't give charitably is because they haven't been asked. This course is a combination of theory and interactive role-plays that will leave you feeling confident and equipped to successfully incorporate different ways to 'make the ask' as part of your fundraising strategy. You will learn how to personalize all stages of the giving process -from the time you make your first contact, to the 'ask" itself. You'll be able to: identify donor prospects by mapping your organization's network; begin generating your own list of prospective donors; explain effective strategies for developing donors; and, apply techniques to effectively ask for donations. This workshop will also provide useful tools to identify and develop donors that will open the doors to effective and ongoing donor development. NPC-215.


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Create Donor-Centric Communications

Case statements, social media, direct mail appeals, annual reports and newsletters - for fundraising professionals, written communications are the cornerstone of your development program. In this course you will learn the fundamentals of written communications including assessing organizational capacity and resources available for written communications and developing a strategy for the timing and processing of each piece. You will also learn about strategies for each communication piece including social media that focus on best practices for donor stewardship and raising funds. NPC-216.


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Creating Special Events That Raise Funds And Friends

Special events are a great way for nonprofits to recognize and strengthen relationships with current donors, recruit or introduce your organization to new donors, generate publicity for your organization and its mission and to raise unrestricted funds. From choosing the right event to the best way of expressing thanks afterwards, this course covers all aspects of producing a fundraiser for your organization. In addition to managing planning and logistics, you will learn strategies for networking, volunteer recruitment, public relations, and of course, raising funds with an emphasis on fitting events into the larger framework of your nonprofit organization's goals. NPC-220.


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Putting It All Together - Creating an Annual Fund Plan

Do you want to shift from being reactive to proactive with your annual fundraising initiatives? Then you need a fundraising plan. The purpose of the development plan is to focus on the organization's goals, method of achieving the goals and resources required. You will learn about the key components of a successful fundraising plan and how to involve board members, staff and volunteers in to the planning process to ensure that the plan produces ownership and results. NPC-218.


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Prospecting for Grants

This three session workshop focuses on what a grant funding foundation does, how they choose the organizations to fund, and who typically in the grant office to contact. Students will spend time researching how to find foundation and corporate grants, and where to find the statistics to document the requester's funding need. *Bring a flash drive to save your work. NPC-211.


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Grant Researching and Proposal Writing Workshop

This course provides a solid foundation in the fundamentals of grant writing. Learn step-by-step how to develop grant proposals through all the stages of program planning, locating funding sources, understanding funders, and writing compelling grant proposals in this complex and ever-changing world. At the end of the course, you will have the tools you need to succeed; a deeper understanding of basic grant writing terminology and components of a proposal, types of funding sources, and submission and follow-up techniques that make a difference. The last class will include a unique, seasoned funder's panel discussion from a variety of local nonprofits offering tips on presenting and submitting successful grant application, as well as the opportunity to ask questions. NPC-210.


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Interactive Proposals Writing

In this course, students will spend a session writing a letter of intent and a session on a grant proposal with emphasis on program support. An expert panel of Morris County funders and grant professionals will review and discuss proposals in real time. This workshop will discuss various approaches funders take when reviewing proposals, red flags funders notice in applications and the importance of communicating your impact as well as activities. *Bring a flash drive to save your work. NPC-212.


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Ethics in Grant Writing

Learn current standards of professional practice, grant industry's code of ethics, common causes of unethical behavior and possible consequences. Students will participate in small group discussions to resolve various questionable ethics scenarios. NPC-213.