2020 Workshops by Content Area

The Center continues to bring you high-quality professional development designed with the nonprofit professional in mind. Our half day and full day courses on a variety of topics equip you for a successful future.

For the rest of 2020, all C4NPR Professional Development workshops on Zoom will be offered at no cost to you! Thank you for everything you do for our community.

If you have questions, please review the FAQ‘s or contact us at info@c4npr.org


To register, scroll down through the list of workshops below and click on the name of the workshop that interests you. This link will take you to the event page.  Once there, click the green “Register Now” button to complete your registration in Zoom.

Cancellation Policy

Please review all event details prior to completing your registration. If you need to cancel a registration please use the link on the bottom of your Zoom confirmation email.


Most of our workshops provide CFRE (Certified Fundraising Executive) credit.  For more info about CFRE, click on the logo below

Professional Development Workshops by Content Area

The series are not in alphabetical order, so please scroll all the way to the bottom to ensure you see all of the workshops. To review the course catalog for 2020 click here.

Fundraising, Marketing and Communications

Make Far More Money With Your Donor Communications

Tom Ahern  |   On Zoom  

October 13, 2020  |   10:00 am – 11:00 am  

October 15, 2020  |   10:00 am – 11:00 am  

October 27, 2020  |   10:00 am – 12:00 pm  

Tom Ahern- You’ve read his books and blogs and watched his videos. You’ve heard his name in certain circles… and it always makes you smile. Tom Ahern is coming to Toledo! Tom’s training is about just one thing: helping your nonprofit make MORE money from its investment in donor communications.

Join Tom for 3 sessions on Zoom. In parts 1 and 2, Tom will teach the nuts and bolts basics of fundraising communications and 6 things that are critical to every donor appeal. Then in session 3, Tom will live critique select participant work so we can all learn together.

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Board of Directors

Responsibilities of Charitable Board Members: The Basics

Beth Short |   On Zoom 

September 17, 2020  |   9:00 am – 12:00 pm  

Charities strengthen our communities in countless ways and the volunteers associated with these groups are often passionate about the cause. Sometimes there is a lot less enthusiasm for paying attention to board governance, legal fiduciary obligations and reporting requirements.

This training will include a review of the basic requirements all charitable organizations have and provide easy-to-follow tips for board members who try to do their jobs responsibly in order to protect the organization and the beneficiaries of the group’s efforts.

Registration is closed.

Charitable Board Members: Applying a Strategic Lens

Beth Short  |  On Zoom

September 17, 2020  |   1:00 pm – 4:00 pm  

In addition to satisfying the basic legal obligations of board governance, charitable board members provide the most value to the organizations they serve when they are able to identify issues of concern and guide the organization in sound strategic directions and provide counsel for navigation of challenging issues. 

This training will build on the basic board governance training by examining various case studies related to operations of charitable organizations. This workshop will include small group interactions among charitable leaders who understand the basic legal obligations of charitable board members.

Registration is closed.

Effective Board Governance: Examining Board Roles and Responsibilities

Al Onkka |   On Zoom 

September 24, 2020  |   9:00 am – 12:00 pm  

In this workshop we examine the common roles and responsibilities of a nonprofit board and its members. Participants will understand the fiduciary role of nonprofit boards, the leadership role, and the ambassador role. 

We will discuss the responsibilities of a board in each role and best practices for board effectiveness, exploring common gaps and areas of confusion.

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Effective Board Governance: Understanding Board Purpose and Planning

Al Onkka |   On Zoom

September 29, 2020  |   9:00 am – 12:00 pm  

In this workshop we discuss a common lifecycle that every board of directors goes through and the different purposes that boards fulfill at each stage. Participants will reflect on the stage that their board is in now. A stage-based view helps boards and organizations understand what it takes at this point in time to be effective or improve.

We will dig into how board effectiveness at any stage is supported by proactive board planning and review options for board meeting planning, board annual work planning, and board improvement planning.

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Leadership and Human Resources Series

Evaluation: A Key To Your Success

Jamie DeLeeuw |   On Zoom

October 8, 2020  |   9:00 am – 12:00 pm  

This workshop will provide an overview of program evaluation for participants with limited background knowledge or experience in evaluating. Are you asking the right questions? Are you using the right models? Do your evaluation results show not only what you’ve done…but what is possible for the future of your organization?

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Evaluation: A Deeper Dive

Jamie DeLeeuw |   On Zoom

October 21, 2020  |   9:00 am – 12:00 pm  

This interactive workshop will provide a deeper understanding of outcome and process evaluation. Content includes the importance of evaluation; designing logic models for usage in evaluation planning; a deeper dive into the creation of metrics/outcomes, including strategies for conducting literature reviews; and tips for data set-up, analysis, and dissemination.

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What It Really Means To Be An Executive Director

Tamela Spicer |   On Zoom

November 10, 2020  |   9:00 am – 12:00 pm  

As an executive director, how can you move from being the one who does it all to the one who facilitates it all happening? That’s the question we’ll address during this interactive workshop led by Tamela Spicer. 

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Shared Leadership

Tamela Spicer |   On Zoom

November 17, 2020  |   9:00 am – 12:00 pm  

As organizational leaders continue to face new challenges in balancing the need for transparency and flexibility with the drive it takes to accomplish your mission, the sector needs to move toward more shared leadership models. 

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First Steps: The Nuts and Bolts of Grant Writing

Zach Huber & Artisha Lawson  |   On Zoom  

October 15, 2020   |   2:00 pm – 4:00 pm  

In this workshop we will examine what grants are and how they work. We will also help you decide whether or not grants will help your organization and if they will help, how to find grant opportunities and be competitive grantseekers.  Experts will cover different aspects of application steps and terms that a grant seeker will want to know. This is an introductory course.  It is geared toward individuals who have little or no grant writing experience and individuals who are seeking ways to make their nonprofit organization more sustainable.

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Diving Deeper: Library Resources for Nonprofits

11/19/2020   |   2:00 pm – 4:00 pm  

To win grants, you need the most up-to-date, complete information you can get about grant makers and the grants they’ve made. How can you get that? Only from the comprehensive database and powerful search tools Foundation Directory Online offers. Zachary Huber of the Toledo-Lucas County Public Library will provide an overview of the directory, run sample searches and answer questions to help grant-seekers understand this valuable tool available for use through the library’s business department.

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Nonprofit Management Certificate Program

Select sixty hours from among our core focus workshops over the next two years, and upon completion of those hours you will be awarded The Center for Nonprofit Resources Nonprofit Management Program Certificate. These workshops are affordable, informative, entertaining and rewarding. This year’s list of workshop options is posted above, with more updates as workshops are added. Click here to learn more

Minority Executive Leadership Certificate Program

This program includes mentoring and goal setting for those interested in moving into nonprofit management positions or improving current skills. Click here to learn more