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Non-Profit Diploma: Designing & Funding Projects

Diploma Program 240: Courses Begin May 5, 2015
Designing & Funding Nonprofit Programs: A Diploma Program of 4 Courses

Spring Quarter Courses begin May 5, 2015
Thursday and Friday Only. Earlybird Special 50% Discount Deadline: Midnight Friday May 1, 2015
Discount Limited to the first 25 enrollees
The Center for Sustainable development is pleased to announce our Diploma Program: OL 240—Designing and Funding Non-Profit Projects.
If you work with a nonprofit on programs such as food banks, animal welfare, teen drop-in centers, homeless shelters, day care centers, the arts, education, health, human services, community development, or environmental restoration—the Diploma Program 240 will help you develop sustainable, fundable, impact oriented projects.
SPECIAL EARLYBIRD DISCOUNT: Our entire catalog of Distance Learning courses is available with a 50% discount. There is limited space and this is a limited time offer.
Be quick! Three steps and you're in:
Nonprofit organizational effectiveness in these kinds of programs can be limited by nonprofit staff’s poor access to mission-critical information and training. We deliver solutions by providing sound information, tools, training and consultancy.
"I just want to take this opportunity to complement you on the practical ideas, knowledge and vast experience that you continue to share with us on each assignment. Many times your examples are the solution of choice for our community. I have been provided with constant support, practical solutions suitable for my project, feedback specific to our project submissions (so we know Tim reads our assignments!) and unwavering encouragement.
Tim and his online team are only an email away and based on my own experiences never failed to respond to my challenges, concerns, successes and queries. I know that my community members and I have benefited tremendously from our interaction with Tim and participation in the program. I do wish you continued success with your commitment and drive in providing excellent service, and valuable and practical knowledge." Gillian Primus
Projects that participants have done through the Diploma Program have included activities for the elderly, adaptation to climate change, alternative energy sources, alternative transportation, bicycle paths, business skills training for immigrants, community development, conservation, elderly care facilities, financial literacy, formation of a farmers' association, natural resource management, recycling, revitalization of an Iowa town, income generation, and vocational skills training.
Although most participants in this non-profit program are from North America or the U.K, we have had the pleasure of also working with non-profit participants from: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany,  Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Monaco, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Singapore, Spain, Switzerland,  the United Kingdom, and the United States.
Become the Solution
  1. Empower people in your communities to change their lives,
  2. develop impact-oriented projects from the ground-up,
  3. use proven methods that produce sustainable results,
  4. attract donors, and
  5. collaborate with course colleagues.
Real Projects in Real Communities. Our Distance Learning Courses are for staff from nonprofit and donor organizations—and people interested in the nonprofit world. They present an online field experience and lead participants in the process of developing empowered, sustainable communities. Online course participants learn to develop real projects in real communities.
What is a Community? A community could be:
  • urban agriculturalists
  • teenagers visiting a teen drop-in center
  • people visiting a food bank
  • recent immigrants learning to navigate a new country and a new culture
  • members of a town developing a trail system in an adjacent wilderness area
  • members of a small town in Nebraska in the process of revitalizing it
  • citizens trying to fund a community health center
  • farmers initiating the formation of a marketing association
  • young families in need of day care
  • staff members of your nonprofit
Don't have community access? No problem: we partner you with a fellow student who does.

In 201 and 202 you will develop projects that have had community input as part of the process of developing long-term community commitment. You will also develop a set of management and presentation documents for approaching donors.

In OL 203 and 204 you will research solutions to the special challenges in your project in order to refine your project's activities. You will build impact into your project through continued community engagement. You will learn how to launch, manage and develop long-term sustainability in a project whose impact may not be measured in years, but in decades.

Click on the course links below for the four courses in the Diploma Program to see syllabi, course fees, and to enroll.

How long does it take to complete the diploma and how much will it cost?

The course will lead you through the development of a real project, in real time, and leave you with the practical tools to sustain it.
We are committed to results-based programs. You will learn to incorporate community-identified need into the design of your project and research project activities that have shown evidence of having worked at solving challenges. You will use contemporary methods of developing sustainable, impact oriented projects. Gain practical field experience using evidence-based activities. Develop a real project in real-time.
  OL 202: Designing & Funding Nonprofit Programs—Planning for Impact
Embed impact into your project design with a powerful set of management tools. Log frames, detailed budgets, timelines, compelling fact sheets, M&E plans, and  outcome and impact statements. These tools will communicate to donors and stakeholders exactly what you are trying to accomplish and can be used for effective management of the project once funded.
  OL 203: Designing & Funding Nonprofit Programs—The Community Focus
What are the clear definitions of the problem at the community level? What practical tools are available today for staff to use in their projects? For practitioners who wish to begin working now at the community level to successfully solve the challenges that they face.
  OL 204: Designing & Funding Nonprofit Programs—Sustainable Implementation
How do you launch and implement a community based  project? The importance of community engagement and project co-management. Developing skill sets for your community to use in the project. Learning tools: monitoring & evaluation. Community empowerment  through sustainability, follow-up & mentoring. In this course you will design and lead a capacity building workshop.
How to Enroll. See how to enroll by clicking on “Enroll Now” at the bottom of the page.
Then, fill out the Student Information Sheet to complete enrollment.

If you would prefer to work on an international project, but don't have contact with a developing nation community—don't worry—enroll in the International Development Track and we will partner you with a classmate from a developing nation who does have community access—and you can develop a project together.

Certificate. Course participants who successfully complete the course on time will receive a course certificate for each course and a diploma upon completing the entire sequence. Learn more.

If you have a question don't hesitate to contact us at: Online.Learning@csd-i.org. Many questions are answered on our Online Learning FAQ.

What Students Think:

"Thank you for all your effort in putting together a great program and all of the program resources. Thank you for everything – for making this possible, for your guidance, and for your continuous optimism and encouragement. I look forward to the opportunity to work with you again in the next session." Wye Yee

"As you know, as a real beginner in designing projects, without your project example templates I could never have written even a single word by myself." Moise

"I wish to extend my heartfelt gratitude for the knowledge addition to our careers and the time you take to correct our assignments. This has opened doors for us to venture into designing our own projects, and I'm very sure we shall never go POOR. You've indeed taught us how to FISH—not provided FISH." Diana

"This program was absolutely awesome! The course content, instruction, example projects, on-line resources and the most valuable – your timely guidance on the assignments were all perfectly done." Boris

"I'm so excited with the whole experience this training has provided me. The interaction with the community, sharing their lives, their enthusiasm in participating and opening up to me – and with lots of hope in seeing me engage with them." George

"This training program is an absolute cracker. After undertaking the course, I was able to relate and transform community need into a project idea that could attract donor funding. The exercise of transforming goals into a simple logical framework was particularly exhilarating and smooth. It was indeed an eye opener for me." Perry

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