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  • Overview - Going Virtual: Collaborating and Sharing Resources Online
    we will review today are Google Apps including Docs Sites and Groups and ZohoWiki Each has slightly different features but each can help you harness the power of the web to collaborate and increase efficiency in your organization This tutorial will explore two tools for collaborating and sharing resources online This tutorial will give you a basic overview of two tools for collaborating and sharing resources online Google Apps including

    Original URL path: http://www.strengtheningnonprofits.org/resources/e-learning/online/collaboratingandsharingresources/ (2016-02-12)
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  • Overview - Going Virtual: Virtual Meetings and Training
    of virtual meetings allow you to reduce costs more easily find a schedule that works for everyone and even possibly increase audience size because anyone can attend as long as they have internet access The benefit of reaching a larger audience is ideal for an organization that wants to train volunteers across a large geographic area The online training media might also be a draw for new volunteers that are interested in receiving ongoing training that fits their schedule Standardized training for volunteers can be done easily with online training tools because many tools have the ability to record the training to be posted online for access anytime and anywhere The benefits of using virtual meetings are extensive Virtual meeting programs have many features that can serve a variety of needs Not all programs offer every feature however even the most basic features provide widespread benefits The first feature of virtual meetings is the ability to share your screen with all meeting attendees This feature is the backbone of virtual meetings If the host pulls up a website PowerPoint or Word document everyone else sees the program on their own screen This is extremely beneficial when walking through multiple documents Other benefits of this feature include developing a collaborative document Everyone can see whatever the host is writing to ensure their comments were accurately captured Virtual meetings and trainings allow for multiple presenters in multiple locations This feature allows a second trainer to share their screen with all attendees even if they are in a different office or even state The process is usually simple and only requires a click of a button to transfer control The last key feature included in many programs is an interactive element to virtual meetings This includes polls evaluations or question and answer capabilities

    Original URL path: http://www.strengtheningnonprofits.org/resources/e-learning/online/virtualmeetings/ (2016-02-12)
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  • Overview - Identifying and Promoting Effective Practices
    promoting effective practices The process of systematically improving performance by identifying understanding and adapting successful practices is often referred to as benchmarking Benchmarking was first utilized extensively in the business sector in areas like manufacturing and information technology More recently increasing efforts have been made to encourage the adoption of effective practice methodologies in the nonprofit sector This lesson aims to answer common questions about the identification and promotion of effective practices and provide nonprofit organizations with detailed processes and methodologies to assist them in this process By the end of this lesson you ll be able to differentiate between the three types of effective practices best promising and innovative identify and validate new and existing effective practices and promote effective practices Learn the benchmarking basics This e learning will help organizations answer these key questions Why are effective practices important What are the differences between best practices promising practices and innovative practices How do you identify existing practices How do you identify and validate new practices What are some useful tools for teaching others to identify and incorporate these practices Effective practices drive organizational improvement Benchmarking is an invaluable process that can inform program design and development and drive

    Original URL path: http://www.strengtheningnonprofits.org/resources/e-learning/online/effectivepractices/ (2016-02-12)
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  • Overview - Evaluating Training and Technical Assistance
    the larger community Whether this value is communicated in dollars or the number of individuals served quantifiable performance measures are becoming important in the increasingly competitive social service industry At the end of this lesson you will be able to relate how proper outcome measurement depends on effective evaluation recall the basic levels of evaluation and identify valuable tools and techniques that your organization can use to incorporate evaluation into all the services you provide Evaluation processes validate program outcomes An outcome is a change in individuals groups organizations systems or communities that occurs during or after program activities An outcome answers the question so what So what if you provide an organization with 10 hours of technical assistance on fundraising techniques Is the organization better able to raise money Do they actually raise more money now So what if you train an organization on how to develop a strategic planning process Can the organization effectively perform the steps involved Do they actively engage in strategic planning now Quantitative and qualitative evaluation measures help to answer this so what question by methodically linking an organization s actions to client results Proper evaluation processes and procedures help a training and technical assistance provider to answer the questions what has changed as a result of this program How has this program made a difference How are the lives of our clients better as a result of the program Keep in mind that logic models and evaluation processes can provide insight regarding your organization s contribution to positive results In order to prove direct causation however an organization will need to take part in experimental research and a controlled study to link training and technical assistance to results Kirkpatrick s four levels of evaluation provide a framework Donald L Kirkpatrick is a Professor

    Original URL path: http://www.strengtheningnonprofits.org/resources/e-learning/online/evaluatingtrainingandta/ (2016-02-12)
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  • Overview - Designing and Managing a Subaward Program
    Federally funded subaward program but most of the content applies to any type of subaward program publicly funded or not By the end of this lesson you will be able to identify the key components of a subaward plan recall outreach strategies and effectively manage your subaward program This lesson will prepare you to design and manage a successful subaward program This lesson goes through the steps for creating a subaward plan which is a written document describing the steps you will take to implement your program A written plan may or may not be required by your program office before you begin implementing your program However by following the steps required to write a subaward plan you will design an effective and thoughtful subaward program that is likely to reach its stated goals Let s begin with some key definitions Intermediary Organization An intermediary organization is responsible for distributing a sum of money or an award to other organizations in the form of grants or subawards An intermediary is usually larger and more experienced than the organizations receiving the subawards Subaward The U S Department of Health and Human Services Code of Federal Regulations 45 CFR Part 74 defines a subaward as an award of financial assistance in the form of money or property in lieu of money made under an award by a recipient or intermediary organization to an eligible sub recipient Sub Recipient or subawardee The same section of the Code of Federal Regulations 45 CFR Part 74 defines a sub recipient as the legal entity to which a subaward is made and which is accountable to the recipient or intermediary organization for the use of the funds provided In this guide we will use the term Subawardee to refer to the organizations that have received subawards

    Original URL path: http://www.strengtheningnonprofits.org/resources/e-learning/online/designingandmanaging/ (2016-02-12)
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  • Overview - Going Virtual: Online Tools for Project Management
    management is the methodical approach of planning organizing and managing resources to successfully reach specific project goals and objectives Typically project management involves many partners some of whom may be working in remote locations so collaboration via a web based application is ideal As you learn about these unique tools keep in mind how you will collaborate with your volunteers partners or other individuals with whom you work to manage a project Use project management tools for remote access document management tracking tasks and capturing ideas The first reason to use project management tools is remote access to files With these tools your documents are stored online This means that you have access anytime and anywhere you have access to the Internet This is especially important when you are working with partners who are either in another part of the country or travel frequently The second reason is document management As you upload edited versions of a document these tools will keep the old versions for historic reference Additionally only one person can work on the document at a time These features ensure that you do not waste time and effort or create unnecessary steps to produce a polished document The third reason to use online project management tools is to assist you in easily tracking tasks and milestones For example you can easily track or assign tasks for an upcoming conference and get a quick progress check on the accomplishments to date to ensure you are prepared Finally online tools provide a single place to capture team discussions and ideas These tools provide user friendly forums for promoting team communication and the exchange of ideas Additionally these tools will keep a record of past discussions if a new team member joins or an idea resurfaces To find the right

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  • Overview - Online Tools for Web 2.0 Fundraising
    the web The four sites we will review today are Causes on Facebook Network for Good AlumniFidelity and FirstGiving Each has slightly different features but all can help you harness the power of the web to raise funds to support your organization s mission and activities This tutorial will review four tools for online fundraising This tutorial will give you a basic overview of four tools for online fundraising Causes

    Original URL path: http://www.strengtheningnonprofits.org/resources/e-learning/online/webfundraising/ (2016-02-12)
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  • Overview - Going Virtual: Recruiting and Engaging Volunteers Online
    can help you generate word of mouth publicity for your organization can help you organize events have privacy and security settings and offer membership perks like increased engagement to your current volunteers This tutorial explores two tools for recruiting and engaging volunteers online This tutorial will give you a basic overview of two tools for recruiting and engaging volunteers online Facebook and Meetup Each offers its own advantages and disadvantages

    Original URL path: http://www.strengtheningnonprofits.org/resources/e-learning/online/recruitingvolunteers/ (2016-02-12)
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