Designing and Funding
Participate in this nonprofit training program and learn how to address the needs and challenges of your community members.
What? An 8-week, self-paced training program in designing a nonprofit project working with local community members. By the end of the 8 weeks, you will have designed a project complete with evidence based activities. You will have written a project logframe in preparation for the next course—OL 202—where you will develop a full set of donor documents in preparation for funding.
Learn by doing. Advance your Career, Raise Funds and Solve Challenges. Learn program design, funding and management online. This nonprofit course is for nonprofit and donor staff—and job-seekers wanting to successfully solve community challenges. Participants work on projects as diverse as social services, community development, education and the environment. The course will lead you through the development of similar, real projects, in real time, in your own community.
How? A dual approach will be used in this course:
1. The course will lead you through the development of a real project, in real time, and leave you with the practical field tools to sustain it. We are committed to achieving results-based nonprofit goals.
2. For long-term sustainability 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.
Who should take this course?
1. This course is perfect for nonprofit staff and job-seekers wanting to successfully solve community challenges and fund programs. Participants have worked on nonprofit programs as diverse as social services, community development, education, the environment, and social justice —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: Develop a real world project.
Week 1. Complete enrollment and get comfortable with the training platform.
Week 2. Clearly define the community and the overall challenge.
Week 3. Conduct a participatory needs assessment.
Week 4. Develop a theory of how to solve the challenge.
Week 5. Research scientific evidence that supports your theory.
Week 6. Return to the community with your project concept.
Week 7. Develop a detailed project outline & logframe.
Week 8. Share your project with a donor for feedback.
What Participants Say:
“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
Great Program Design + New Donations = Increased Services. Create your Own Nonprofit Program Design & Attract Donors.
Audit this course 100% online with a facilitator who will answer simple questions. You will have complete access to exactly the same downloadable course resources and lessons as in the live teacher program have—for 8 weeks.
Take this course 100% online without a live teacher. You will have complete access to exactly the same downloadable course resources and lessons as in the live teacher program have—for 8 weeks. You will receive a certificate after successful completion of the assignment quizzes.
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 resources to download that contain hand books, studies—and project templates for you to edit and personalize.
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.
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!