OL 202 Student Resources Project Funding for Nonprofit Organizations

This OL 202 Student Resource Page has three sections that can easily be reached by clicking on the red links just below.

Read the Class Homepage First.

1. Download Documents. This is where you can download Word, Excel and PDF documents that can save as course resources for future projects and use as templates for the assignments.
2. The Course Website. Webpage versions of the discussions and assignments for each week.
3. Read this first: The Class Home Page. This gives you an overview of the course and also sets up the course logistics.

Links on this OL 202 Student Resource Page:

Download Documents Discussions & Assignments Class Home Page

Download 202 Course Documents

Project Funding for Nonprofit Organizations

General Documents

E-Mail and Homework Etiquette

Week One

OL 202 Assignment One Homework Instructions PDF 35K

Magee Example Project OL 202 Assignment 1 Word Document to 35K

OL 202 Assignment One Student Logframe Template to Fill In Word Document 220K

OL 202 Assignment 1 Discussion PDF 35K

Week Two

OL 202 Assignment Two Homework Instructions PDF 35K

Magee Example Project OL 202 Assignment 2 Word Document 35K

OL 202 Assignment Two Student Logframe Template to Fill In Word Document 220K

OL 202 Assignment 2 Discussion PDF 35K

Week Three

OL 202 Assignment Three Homework Instructions PDF 35K

Magee Example Project OL 202 Assignment 3 Word Document 35K

OL 202 Assignment Three Student Detailed Budget Template to Fill In Excel Spreadsheet

OL 202 Assignment 3 Discussion PDF 35K


Week Four

OL 202 Assignment Four Homework Instructions PDF 35K 

Magee Example Project OL 202 Assignment 4 Word Document 35K

OL 202 Assignment Four Student Project Schedule Template to Fill In Excel Spreadsheet

OL 202 Assignment 4 Discussion PDF 35K

Week Five

OL 202 Assignment Five Homework Instructions PDF 35K

Magee Example Project OL 202 Assignment 5 Word Document 35K

OL 202 Assignment Five Two-page Compelling Fact Sheet Word Document 35K

OL 202 Assignment 5 Discussion PDF 35K

Week Six

OL 202 Assignment Six Homework Instructions PDF 35K

Magee Example Project OL 202 Assignment 6 Word Document 36K

OL 202 Assignment 6 Discussion PDF 35K

Evaluation Form for OL 202

Class Home Page
Welcome to Online Learning: OL 202 Designing and Funding Non Profit Projects

The Course
Welcome to the Center for Sustainable Development’s online learning course OL 202. In this course you will continue to build a project around community need. It is the prerequisite for a third course: OL 203, which will transform your concept into a packaged project ready to fund and launch.

The class week begins on Tuesdays. Assignments need to be sent to me by the Monday of the week’s end. This allows students without Internet at home to access Internet at work on Mondays in order to send their assignment in.

You have signed up for a specific course within specific dates. If you are not able to complete the course within these dates, the Center allows you to take the course again for 50% of the normal course fee if you enroll in the very next scheduled course and use the very same project. Unfortunately, we can’t make exceptions.

The menu at the top a section for downloading the weeks’ documents:
1. This Class Home Page
2. A page for downloading the weeks’ documents
3. The background Discussion on the week’s Assignment; in this case – OL 202 Discussion 1; read this first each week
4. The Assignment; in this case – OL 202 Assignment One Homework Instructions
5. Magee Example Project Assignment  for each week

Each week I will ask you to download my example project to use as an assignment template. You can contact me with questions: OL.341@csd-i.org .

Important: The Email & Homework Etiquette page in the Download Class Documents gives the rules of the game for corresponding with us and for posting assignments. Please print it out and read it first.

Please use my examples as templates for your project. They are formatted such that one week is the building block for the next week and therefore we need to maintain the format of the examples I provide. Download my examples and just write right over the top of what I’ve written. In this manner you will learn the system and be guided in thinking through the components of your project. This will also make it much easier for me to read through each of your assignments as each participant’s will all have the same look and feel.

I will review each one of your assignments and make suggestions. In this manner, I get to know you through our correspondence, and I become familiar with each of your assignments. My suggestions are meant to keep your assignment ‘on track’. There are very specific steps that we work through and each project usually needs a bit of guidance in preparation for the next assignment. Do not move onto the next assignment until you have received my comments on the current assignment.

Please send photos of you, your project, the community you are working with (get some good close-ups) and I will post them in the newsletter. For some tips on taking good photos please look at the Newsletter: Capturing Compelling Field Photos.

Class Rules
1. Schedule.
The work load is between 2 and 4 hours a week. You need to stay on schedule. If you get behind the rest of the class, you will need to take the class again in the future. We allow you to take the course again for ½ price if you join the next class and use the same project.

2. Certificates. Certificates. Course participants who successfully complete a course on time will receive a course certificate. Learn more.

Your certificate will be e-mailed within 30 days after the end of your course.

Signed certificates are delivered by email in a PDF format for you to print out. We do not offer paper certificates by mail. The name on the certificate will be your first and last names as they appear on your Student Enrollment Form.

Course certificates are issued for all students from one course all at the same time—usually within one week of the end of the course. Students requesting a replacement certificate after we have issued a course’s certificates will be charged a $15.00 fee.

3. Email and Homework Etiquette: the rules of the game. We have had students from over 150 different countries enrolled in different courses. It is a bit complicated managing all of the incoming emails. We have developed a system that you need to incorporate in submitting homework and in corresponding with us. Please read the etiquette page now.

4. Our Online Course FAQ has answers to most other questions.

Course Syllabus for OL 202
Week 1.
We will take the project challenge, proposed solution, and activities that you developed in OL 201, and transform them into a simplified logframe.
Week 2.
1. The focus will be on outcomes and impact, how the current world of development sees them. We will see how we can use them to improve the logframe.
2. We will incorporate outcome and impact statements into the logframe, and begin adding indicators and means of verification in preparation for developing a monitoring and evaluation plan.
Week 3.  We will take the activity list from the logframe and create a budget, and then apply costs to each of the different activities.
Week 4. 
We will take our detailed budget and transform it into a visual timeline/schedule.
Week 5.
1. You will each write a compelling project fact sheet for presentation to donors that is no longer than 2 pages. This concise, quick-to-read document can present a focused message to a donor.
2. Make a list of 2 colleagues, 2 potential non profit partners, and two donors that you can share this working project proposal with. Make an appointment with 1 of them.
Week 6.
1. Share your project informally with a donor, your boss, your professor, someone in the development world for feedback. We will discuss why it is a good idea to visit a donor at this preliminary stage, and why you should wait on writing an actual proposal.
2. We will polish this family of documents by including the constructive feedback, and by making sure that the docs are absolutely parallel to each other. We will then carefully print them out and make an appointment with a donor to present your project.

In Summary
This course will take the project concept developed in OL 201 and transform it with a powerful set of management tools into a project for presenting to donors. Logframes, detailed budgets, and compelling fact sheets: these tools will communicate to donors, staff, and stakeholders exactly what you are going to accomplish, and lead the effective management of the project once funded.

Now that we’ve gotten past the rules we can begin our adventure together and have a lot of fun in the process.

So what’s next? Click on the Assignment One Discussion to the left and get started in development!

Tim Magee

So what’s next? Click on the Assignment One Discussion and get started in development!

Tim Magee