Custom Training in Nonprofit Operations with Marilyn Donnellan

The following courses are based on the instructor's experience as the lead co-author of the Standards for International NGOs. (see below.)

Course Title: Nonprofit Infrastructure 101: Basic Course on Nonprofit Operations

Course Description: By completing this course, the participants will know and understand the core elements of a successful nonprofit, including...

  • The basics of starting a nonprofit/NGO
  • How to evaluate and assess the six core elements of a successful nonprofit
  • Ways to establish and monitor legal requirements and financial management policies and procedures
  • Evaluating personnel management
  • Facilities and equipment
  • Implementing a risk management plan
  • Keys to implementation of personnel management standards, policies and procedures
  • How to balance competing demands.
  • Implementation strategies for management excellence
  • Course Hours: Half-Day (4 Hours)
  • Delivery Method: Online Live or In-Person Live
  • Includes: Expert content delivery, course customization, related materials provided in electronic format, live interaction with your audience.
  • Amount: $3,725 USD*
  • This course is also available in Extended In Depth and Express formats

*transportation and accommodations not included

 

Course Title: The Basics of Budget Development
Course Description: Overview of budgets and budgeting process; developing a story-telling budget. Course participants will know and understand the strategies for budget development, including...

  • Why budgets are necessary
  • Ways for budgets to be a valuable marketing tool
  • How to develop budgets
  • Differences between traditional and story-telling budgets
  • Importance of program budgets
  • Course Hours: Half-Day (4 Hours)
  • Delivery Method: Online Live or In-Person Live
  • Includes: Expert content delivery, course customization, related materials provided in electronic format, live interaction with your audience.
  • Amount: $3,725 USD*
  • This course is also available in Extended In Depth and Express formats

*transportation and accommodations not included

 

Course Title: Intermediate Course on Volunteer Development

Course Description: In this course, we'll talk about strategies for the Recruitment, Training, Recognition, and Dismissal of the five types of volunteers you find in boards, programs and fundraising. At the course's end, Participants will know and understand the essential strategies for volunteer development, including...

1. Why the various types of volunteers are important
2. How to develop recruitment policies and procedures
3. Implementing training policies and procedures
4. The importance of recognition policies and procedures
5. Ways to develop dismissal policies and procedures
6. Why volunteer handbooks are important and how to develop them

  • Course Hours: Half-Day (4 Hours)
  • Delivery Method: Online Live or In-Person Live
  • Includes: Expert content delivery, course customization, related materials provided in electronic format, live interaction with your audience.
  • Amount: $3,725 USD*
  • This course is also available in Extended In Depth and Express formats

*transportation and accommodations not included

 

Course Title: Advanced Course on Nonprofit Sustainability

Course Description: In this course, we'll study of how to implement the top twenty strategies for long-term sustainability. At the Course's end, participants will know and understand the top twenty sustainability strategies for nonprofits, including...

1. The importance of building sustainability strategies
2. How to build sustainability strategies throughout the nonprofit
3. Ways to implement sustainable programs
4. Strategies for implementing a sustainable resource development program
5. Why developing sustainability strategies for administration is important
6. Implementing sustainable strategies for board and volunteer development
7. How to implement sustainable marketing and brand identity strategies
8. Ways to expand community involvement for long-term sustainability

  • Course Hours: Half-Day (4 Hours)
  • Delivery Method: Online Live or In-Person Live
  • Includes: Expert content delivery, course customization, related materials provided in electronic format, live interaction with your audience.
  • Amount: $3,725 USD*
  • This course is also available in Extended In Depth and Express formats

*transportation and accommodations not included

 

marilyn donnellanMarilyn L. Donnellan defines the modern Renaissance woman. An artist, published author, wife, and mother, she also has a successful 35-year career as a nonprofit Chief Executive Officer, consultant, motivational speaker, and trainer. She has written more than 60 books, guides, webinars and training modules on nonprofit management, including three books in a series published by CharityChannel Press, Nonprofit Management Simplified. Her first fiction book, Give ‘til it Hurts, is based on her knowledge of domestic violence.

A sought-after speaker and trainer, Donnellan’s background and skills provide a backdrop for a wide-range of topics. She frequently incorporates a bag-lady character and other surprises into her motivational speaking and training.

Donnellan has a certificate in Biblical Studies from Multnomah University, a B.A. in Human Resources Management from George Fox University, and an M.S. in Administration from the Atlantic Coast Theological Seminary.

She and her husband of 20 years, Stephen, live in Florida where she continues to write, teach, and serve her community.

 

Background on The Standards for International NGOs:

In 2013, M. L. Donnellan, MS, author and consultant, was asked about nonprofit management materials for the more than five million nonprofits in India. Although her books and guides were in use in more than a dozen countries, Donnellan realized that her material, like many nonprofit resources, was country-specific, which meant that there was probably a lack of standardization internationally of the basic best practices of nonprofit management.

As she began to research best practices, standards and basic principles, she also put together an internet-based discussion group to review the standards as they were being developed, and the Global Council on Nonprofit/NGO Standards was formed in 2014. The Council included 35 consultants, scholars and practitioners from fourteen countries.

Donnellan collected more than fourteen different standards documents, compiling them into general topics for review by the Council. Sources include the following:

  • Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission, advice@acnc.gov.au
  • "Core Elements Assessment,” Nonprofit Management Simplified: Board and Volunteer Development, CharityChannel Press, by Marilyn L. Donnellan, MS, www.mldonnellan.com, www.amazon.com/author/mldonnellan
  • Charity Navigator, www.charitynavigator.org
  • Charity Watch Criteria, www.charitywatch.org/criteria.html
  • “Dutch Charity Guidelines,” Peter Nijessen, hanselnewackerrs@hotmail.com
  • Garland Doyle, 2013 working paper on “The Four C’s to Educating and Training Nonprofit Leaders,” gdoyle@socialchangeguy.net
  • Global Standards for United Way Organizations, www.unitedway.org
  • Imagine Canada’s Standards Program, www.imaginecanada.ca
  • “Principles for Good Governance and Ethical Practice: A Guide for Charities and Foundations,” www.independentsector.org
  • “Standards for Excellence: An Ethics and Accountability Code for the Nonprofit Sector” Standards for Excellence Institute, www.standardsforexcellenceinstitute.org
  • “Panel on the Nonprofit Sector: Strengthening Transparency Governance Accountability of Charitable Organizations,” www.independentsector.org
  • “Charitable-Philanthropic Organization Management Education,” T.D. Connors, Ph.D., Norwich University, tdconnors@earthlink.net
  • “Code of Ethics and Conduct for NGOs,” World Association of Non-Governmental Organizations (WANGO), www.wango.org
  • “Standards of Excellence,” the BoardWalk Series (no longer in print), developed by the Kellogg Foundation for United Way of America, www.unitedway.org

The resulting standards in this document can be adapted to any NGO in any country. You may download a free copy of the standards here.

This course does not have any sections.