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Intensive: The Certificate program is only four months long. We’ve created a curriculum that will deliver results similar to other longer and more expensive programs.
Practical skills: Instead of relying on textbooks and lectures, we focus on real-life, Alaska-relevant examples and the experiences of your fellow class members to guide your work the next day.
Peer network. The Certificate experience includes a mix of small and large group interactions, which translates into an instant statewide network of nonprofit colleagues who share similar struggles and victories and who will provide resources and referrals for you throughout your career.
The courses are designed to immediately apply what you learn in class to your workplace. Those who are currently in leadership roles and who have the ability to influence positive change within the organization will find the program most valuable.
Certificate is for nonprofit professionals across the state – no matter whether you’re leading a large organization or a small one, or if you have been in the field for decades or only a year, this program is designed to meet you where you are in your career.
To maximize cohort participation and connection, participants attend classes in person. The cohort meets for five intensive sessions from August to December.
The fee is $2,800, or $2,300 for Foraker Partners. Travel and accommodations are not included in the cost of tuition.
A non-refundable deposit of $500 is due when you are accepted into the program. Full tuition must be paid by the first day of the program. Payment plans are available as needed. Do not submit payment with your application.
The Mat-Su Health Foundation offers scholarships each year to Mat-Su nonprofit leaders to attend Certificate. For more information go to www.healthymatsu.org. Other scholarships may be available. Check with your employer and local resources.
Certificate runs each year from August through December. Specific dates will be announced on this page, in the Foraker newsletter, and on our blog and Facebook page.
If you are interested in applying for the next Certificate program, please contact us.
Space is limited. Our goal is to select a cohort of nonprofit leaders that represents the diversity of nonprofit missions, leadership experience, and geography of the state. This is a competitive process, and we encourage you to engage fully in the application process.
Questions? For more information on the Certificate program, contact us or call 907-743-1200.
|1||Aug 22||Fundamentals of the Nonprofit Sector: Provides an overview of the sector, its origins, tax and legal basis and key trends.||Laurie Wolf|
|2||morning||Aug 23||Professional/Personal Development: Explores your personal values and how they relate to successful nonprofit management.||Heather Harris|
|afternoon||Aug 23||Strategic Direction: Provides an overview of nonprofit organizational planning processes.||Laurie Wolf|
|3||Aug 24||Strategic Direction||Laurie Wolf|
|4||Sept 12||Organizational Development: Teaches conflict management and problem solving techniques used by nonprofit staff.||Gwen Kennedy|
|5||Sept 13||Board Development: Covers the best practices of nonprofit boards, board/staff partnerships, effective meetings and recruitment, and overall trends in board development.||Laurie Wolf|
|6||Sept 14||Board Development||Laurie Wolf|
|7||Oct 8||Marketing and Communication: Covers the fundamentals of marketing for nonprofits based on the 7Cs of successful strategic communication.||Suzanne Lagoni / John Tracy|
|8||morning||Oct 9||Marketing and Communication|
|afternoon||Oct 9||Fundraising: Provides a foundation in strategic fundraising including the elements of a fund development plan. Emphasis is placed on creating a sustainable culture of philanthropy within organizations.||Laurie Wolf|
|9||Oct 10||Fundraising||Laurie Wolf|
|10||Oct 11||Fundraising||Laurie Wolf|
|11||Nov 7||Public Policy: Explores how your organization advocates for the issues affecting your mission.||Mike Walsh|
|12||Nov 8||Human Resources: Covers rules and regulations of employee management, employee recruitment, and performance evaluation.||Rebecca Savidis|
|13||Nov 9||Volunteer Engagement: Explores the opportunities and challenges of engaging volunteers and community members in your work.||Sue Brogan|
|14||Dec 5||Budget & Finance: Provides participants without formal accounting or finance training with the conceptual framework and tools needed to assure strong fiscal management and leadership in the nonprofit environment.||Steve Mahoney / Chellie Skoog|
|15||Dec 6||Budget & Finance||Steve Mahoney / Chellie Skoog|
|16||morning||Dec 7||Business Planning: Provides a framework to assess new programs and operations.|
|afternoon||Dec 7||Evaluation: Explores the concepts of reviewing programs and operations in order to inform and improve organizational effectiveness.||Mike Walsh|