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  • Overview - Going Virtual: Online Tools for Data Management
    to maintain client records and track and manage interactions with donors These systems are very similar in many ways All three tools are web based so they can be accessed anywhere there is an Internet connection QuickBase has a few more robust features when it comes to project management but SalesForce and eTapestry are free for nonprofits with a 501 c 3 license with a few limitations The caveat is that although some of these tools are free you should take the time to evaluate if they require advanced skills to set up and customize them to meet your needs With all the tools there is no software to install or hardware to maintain The benefits of data management tools for donor organization For many organizations donation tracking and donor contact information is managed using hardcopy papers or electronic Microsoft Excel spreadsheets These methods can be fraught with issues such as storage space limitations security breaches disorganization inconsistency of file structure and information loss during turnover Therefore many organizations have moved to web based systems The online tools allow you to keep track of all of your contacts and interactions with your donors in one easy to find location that provides automated reminders for anniversaries birthdays or other notable donor events As mentioned a key benefit is the remote access because the tools are Internet based If a staff member needs to work from home or is traveling he she will still have access to the system The information is secure and behind firewalls regardless of where you access the information Additionally the information can be extracted if you need to continue working while without access to the Internet The report generation features are also an added benefit that saves substantial time while preparing reports for your board of directors

    Original URL path: http://www.strengtheningnonprofits.org/resources/e-learning/online/datamanagement/ (2016-02-12)
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  • Overview - Analyzing Data and Communicating Results
    measurement plan are analyzing your data and communicating the results of your analysis Data analysis is more than figuring out ways to make beautiful pie charts and other graphics It is about looking at the information you have collected and asking yourself what it means Once you have the data it is up to you to make use of it to inform decisions about your programs This can be achieved by effectively communicating your results to your audience which centers around marketing your outcomes to external stakeholders By the end of this lesson you will be able to recall the types of descriptive and inferential statistics utilize data analysis strategies when developing an evaluation report and apply communication strategies to gather support from external stakeholders Analyzing data and communicating results is part of the outcome measurement plan Although there are many uses for the information generated by outcome measurement organizations often engage in outcome measurement because they are required to do so They are asked to be accountable for the use of their grantmakers funds This includes foundations and grantmaking organizations such as United Way as well as local state and Federal governments Every organization hopes to deliver quality services

    Original URL path: http://www.strengtheningnonprofits.org/resources/e-learning/online/analyzingdata/ (2016-02-12)
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  • Overview - Leading a Nonprofit Organization
    opportunities while working at a nonprofit organization to serve as a leader And whether you are directing a board chairing a committee managing a team or coordinating a project the goal is always the same to lead effectively Leading a nonprofit requires an understanding of the organizational structure as well as strong leadership skills The structure of some nonprofits may mirror the corporate model with a clearly defined chain of

    Original URL path: http://www.strengtheningnonprofits.org/resources/e-learning/online/leadinganonprofit/ (2016-02-12)
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  • Overview - Managing Crisis
    learning lesson on managing crisis A key donor goes bankrupt An office is flooded An employee is caught embezzling A program space is condemned There are any number of events that can throw an organization into a state of crisis For a nonprofit which is often less resource rich than its commercial counterparts the results can be devastating Preparing for crisis situations and responding appropriately to them to them can make the difference between closure and survival or even flourishing After all crises can be fertile opportunities for learning and change if an organization is equipped with the right tools to handle them There are two sides to managing any crisis preparation and response Organizations that anticipate the possibility of disaster and plan ahead will be far better equipped to manage potentially catastrophic situations or avoid them altogether In this training module you will examine potential crises that an organization can be forced to deal with first from the perspective of preparedness and second in terms of response This training will begin with a general context and then move into five specific areas in which nonprofits can be particularly vulnerable Careful preparation will help cushion the blow of a crisis

    Original URL path: http://www.strengtheningnonprofits.org/resources/e-learning/online/managingcrisis/ (2016-02-12)
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  • Overview - Volunteer Recruitment and Management
    deliberate recruitment interviewing management and encouragement By the end of this lesson you will be able to Explain ways to publicize your organization and its needs Implement strategies for recruiting appropriate volunteers and Understand techniques for continually managing and engaging your volunteer base This lesson will help you understand successful volunteer recruitment and management This e learning lesson will give you the tools to be able to Explain ways to

    Original URL path: http://www.strengtheningnonprofits.org/resources/e-learning/online/volunteermanagement/ (2016-02-12)
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  • Overview - Managing Public Grants
    overwhelming number of requirements This lesson will provide you with resources and general information about grant management policies for most Federal funding agencies Questions are bound to arise as you set up and implement your funded project Since each Federal agency has specific requirements it is critical that you become very familiar with the terms of your award and the Federal staff assigned to oversee your project By engaging in this lesson capacity builders and intermediary organizations will better understand the key concepts and elements required to manage Federal grants effectively including achieving proposed program goals receiving and disbursing Federal funds complying with reporting requirements and writing continuation applications This lesson is a resource for capacity builders and nonprofits This lesson serves as a resource to assist nonprofit organizations in effectively managing Federal grants so that funded project goals are achieved in compliance with Federal regulations and reporting requirements It can help answer frequently asked questions and direct you to necessary resources and information to assist in effectively and efficiently implementing your funded project Download the Managing Public Grants Glossary to help you with any unfamiliar vocabulary throughout this lesson The lesson will also help organizations answer several key questions What are the responsibilities of being a grant recipient How do we ensure compliance with the grant agreement What is the process for receiving and distributing Federal funds What are the reporting requirements administrative financial audit How are grant funds requested and received What is the process for budget changes What are the most frequent causes of noncompliance What are the remedies penalties for noncompliance What is the process for continuation funding What is required for grant closeout There are three key documents when it comes to public grant management The first key document is the application for funding Your

    Original URL path: http://www.strengtheningnonprofits.org/resources/e-learning/online/managingpublicgrants/ (2016-02-12)
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  • Overview - Developing a Plan for Outcome Measurement
    we will be discussing outcome measurement as a means of exploring the impacts or results of a program or initiative An outcome is a measurable and observable change in individuals groups organizations systems or communities Outcome measurement is a systematic way to assess the extent to which a program has achieved its intended results The main questions addressed in outcome measurement are What has changed in the lives of individuals families organizations or the community as a result of this program Has this program made a difference How are the lives of program participants better as a result of the program By the end of this lesson you will be able to understand how to identify measurable outcomes and outcome chains develop a logic model and identify performance indicators and performance targets to support the outcome measurement process Outcomes communicate value Outcomes are the reason nonprofit organizations strive to deliver programs and build their capacity Most importantly however proper evaluation techniques provide your organization with proof of their value to existing funders potential funders and 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

    Original URL path: http://www.strengtheningnonprofits.org/resources/e-learning/online/outcomemeasurement/ (2016-02-12)
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  • Overview - Partnerships: Frameworks for Working Together
    to accomplish far more than what might be possible working alone Although there may be added value in working with other organizations the benefits of effective partnerships don t occur overnight Establishing successful partnerships takes time It s important for you to create the right framework from the start and review the structure and process of the partnership on an ongoing basis to measure its success or failure At the end of this lesson you will be able to identify key components of partnerships recognize different types of partnerships identify the steps for establishing partnerships and recognize methods for managing partnerships Organizational partnerships can have many benefits As pressures on community based organizations increase and the issues faced by our society become more complex the idea of cross organization partnerships can hold much promise Through partnerships we can contribute our part and also reap the benefits of others efforts We can accelerate learning and distribute skills and knowledge Also we can add depth and breadth to our community impact In this e learning lesson you will learn about the typical components found in effective partnerships the different forms that partnerships can take the steps to establishing effective partnerships and how

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