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OL 204. Project Design,

Funding, Management

& Sustainable


Sustainable Implementation: Give the Community a Plan for Project Management and Takeover

These adaptation projects are for the long-term. Plan your project management to make sure that the community is fully engaged in the process during project launch and prepared for project handover to the community when your grant cycle is over.

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 takeover. By the end of the 6 weeks, you will have developed a management plan and a simple monitoring and evaluation plan for the community to use—and you will have launched the project.

Learn by doing. We also need to make sure that we successfully deliver a set of skills to the community through a family of workshops so that they will be able to implement the project activities alongside us. You will launch the project and orchestrate for the project handover to the community at the end of your grant cycle.

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 NGO 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.

6 Weeks: Make the project sustainable and have long-term impact.
Week 1.
Project Management: the community perspective.
2. Engaging the community in project launch.
Week 3. Developing skill sets within the community.
Week 4. Learning tools: Monitoring and evaluation.
Week 5. Community Empowerment: Project hand-over.
Week 6.Sustainability: Post activity follow-up, support, and mentoring.

What Participants Say: 

“Dear Tim, Thank you for the good work you are doing for us and for your useful comments, input, positive feedback and encouragement!

We have now revised the assignment as per your advice. We are definitely going to incorporate the good ideas you have proposed.”

Conrad Otterness, Family Health International, North Carolina.

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

Real human help: Real human help: The training program will be led by Tim Magee, CSDi’s Executive Director, has over 40 years experience working with nonprofits. 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 203 Designing and Funding Non Profit Programs 3. 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 be 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