OL 203. Project Design,

Funding & Management

Focus on Your

Community Members’

Ownership of the Project

Project Launch for Nonprofit Organizations 203.

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?

OVERVIEW: Project Launch for Nonprofit Organizations

What is this course?

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.

Project Launch: Learn by doing.

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

How will you you learn about Project Launch?

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 Project Launch course?

1. 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.

Be sure to read about the next course in the series: Project Management for Community Engagement 204.


Project Launch Syllabus

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.


Project Launch Participants:

“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.

Tim Magee: Climate Change Scientist & Author

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.


Have a question? Contact our team for quick answers.

ENROLL: How To Enroll in This Course.

Simply click on the “ENROLL NOW” button to make your payment.

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

PRICING: Project Launch with a Live Teacher

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.

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INCLUDES: Project Launch Resources

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.