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OL 203. Project Design,

Funding & Management

Focus on Your

Community Members’

Ownership of the Project

Long-Term Sustainability & Impact: Fully Engage the Community in Their Project

What are the clear definitions of the problem at the community level? What practical tools are available today for communities to use in solving their challenge? How do you make the project sustainable and have long-term impact?

What? A 6 week, self-paced training program where you will each continue the development of your nonprofit project. Each one of the assignments will be a concrete step in preparing your project for launch and eventual community takeover. By the end of the 6 weeks, you will have designed a participatory community workshop to share information, collect local knowledge and to learn about community vulnerability, assets, needs and perceptions.

Learn by doing. You will create long-term sustainability in your project by fully developing the community’s ownership in the project.

How? A dual approach will be used in this course:
1. The course will lead you through the continued development of your project by working closely with and engaging community members.
2. For long-term sustainability you will begin training and preparing community members for eventual project take-over when it’s time for your nonprofit to move onto another project.

Who should take this course?
This course is perfect for nonprofit professionals working in areas as varied as food banks, animal welfare, teen drop-in centers, homeless shelters, day care centers, arts & culture, education, health, human services, community development, and environmental restoration—and who want to develop practitioner-level skills. If you are a grant writer, nonprofit staff member, consultant, project manager—or an executive director—you will develop real skills mastery.

2. This course is just as relevant to a person considering a career transition into the nonprofit world and wanting to develop employable skills.

8 Weeks: Make the project sustainable and have long-term impact.
Week 1. Design a participatory community workshop.
Week 2. Lead the workshop and introduce solution-oriented activities.
Week 3. Incorporate the project activities to strengthen resilience.
Week 4. Return to the community for feedback on your design.
Week 5. Organize a workshop to develop a community-based project team.
Week 6. Develop a community-based oversight committee: Your new teammates.

What Participants Say:
“Thank you so much, Tim – till the next course. It will be a pleasure to go out and demonstrate the elegant simplicity and effectiveness of your system, thanks to Tim.

I thank you for a wonderful learning experience together. Looking forward to another time as classmates or colleagues.”
Carol Wallace,
Social Development Specialist.

Give your project long-term sustainability and impact. Take this course to fully develop the community’s ownership in the project.

Real human help: The training program will be led by Tim Magee, CSDi’s Executive Director, who has over 15 years experience in adaptation to climate change and sustainable development projects. Mr. Magee is the author of A Field Guide to Community Based Adaptation, The Beginner’s Guide to Online Donations, and is a Co-Founder of Seattle Tilth: An Urban Agricultural Center.

Click on this link to see the Full Course Description and Course Syllabus.


Simply choose whether you wish to audit the course or work with a live teacher—and then click on the “ENROLL NOW” button to make your payment.

Last Step:  If you have chosen to work with a live teacher, your next step is to simply fill out the student information sheet to complete your registration.

This course has a prerequisite: OL 202 Designing and Funding Non Profit Programs 2. Why are there prerequisites?

Online: Audit this course 100% online. You will have complete access to exactly the same downloadable course resources and lessons as in the live teacher program—for 6 weeks.

Teacher Led: Take this course with a live teacher. You will have complete access to the download course resources and lessons described below. Certificate: Turn in the 6 assignments and you will receive a PDF Certificate. Your course teacher will offer professional comments and encouragement for your assignments.

What You Will Get:

Job Ready Skills: Learn more about this project-based, active learning program in this in-depth description and detailed syllabus.

Job-focused content includes:
6 PDF Detailed Assignments
6 PDF In-depth Discussions
6 MS Word Completed Assignment Templates for you to personalize to become your own assignment for submittal.
Over 50 Word, Excel and PDF additional resources to download that contain learning guides, studies—and project templates.

Welcome Students!


Welcome to your course dashboard! From this page, you can access all of the course lessons and resources.

Please read the entire section “Download Course Resources and Student Home Page” just below to learn how you can get the most benefit from this course and have a good time too!

If you are a 100% online ($40) student who is auditing the course, please continue at your own pace.

If you are a participant in the live teacher program, please submit your assignments by uploading them at each individual assignment module on a weekly basis as described in the Student Home Page.

Save your completed assignment using the format described in Email and Homework Etiquette. This is important and you must follow the instructions. Then, upload the assignment. I will be notified of your submission.

I will review each one of your assignments, offer suggestions and comments, and send it back to you. Then you can proceed to the next assignment.

Some of the modules below, such as Discussions, are simply informational and you don’t need to submit anything.

However, you still need to mark them as completed at the bottom in order to proceed forward to the next module.

I look forward to working with you!

Tim Magee