|Blended Training Program—Including:
A 5 Day Live Workshop. May 22 – May 26, 2017. Pitzer College, Claremont, California.
PHASE I: May 1 – May 26, 2017.
1. Pre-workshop May 1 – 19, 2017: You will have three weeks at home to assess and clearly define local need.
2. May 22 – May 26, 2017; fully design a real project and develop funding and management documents.
3. May 20 & 21. Optional, 2, pre-workshop field days conducting a participatory needs assessment with our local workshop field partner.
PHASE II: 12 weeks immediately following the live workshop.
Post-workshop: Enroll in OL 203 and OL 204 to form a project team, design capacity-building workshops and launch your project.
Advance your Career, Raise Funds and Solve Nonprofit Challenges
The program is for non profit and donor staff—and job-seekers wanting to successfully solve community challenges.
- developing skill sets for a better job or for a promotion
- hoping to improve donor communications and donations
- wanting to learn to develop projects that solve challenges
- seeking time saving techniques for getting everything done
What Participants Say:
“I just want to take this opportunity to complement you on the practical ideas, knowledge and vast experience that you continue to share with us on each assignment. Many times your examples are the solution of choice for our community. I have been provided with constant support, practical solutions suitable for my project, feedback specific to our project submissions and unwavering encouragement.” Gillian Primus
“Thank you for all your effort in putting together a great program and all of the program resources. Thank you for everything – for making this possible, for your guidance, and for your continuous optimism and encouragement. I look forward to the opportunity to work with you again in the next session.” Wye Yee Yong.
Great Project Design = Extra Funding + Increased Services
This program will lead you in developing a winning, impact oriented project to help you:
Design your own Solution-Oriented Project & Attract Donors
This blended training program provides cutting-edge information, tools, time-saving templates, training and expert consultancy—and leads you in developing a real project for your organization. You will:
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- 3 weeks pre-workshop. Guided Field Data Collection: Community Needs Assessments. Conduct a needs assessment with a target population in preparation for use in the workshop—guided through distance learning by CSDi staff. We will provide all of the tools and information you need to conduct the needs assessments.
- 5 days. A Face-to-Face Workshop. Full Project Design and Development. Working with the CSDi workshop leader, you will use your needs assessment to begin the development of a complete, fundable, launchable project.
- 2 optional field days. Don’t have community access? Two additional,optional field days the Saturday and Sunday prior to the workshop conducting a participatory needs assessment with our local partner at the workshop location.
- Completion Certificate. Receive a workshop completion certificate from the Center for Sustainable Development.
PHASE II: 12 weeks
- design sustainable programs from scratch in response to donor RFPs
- work with a new team who have inherited a ready to launch project get up-to-speed quickly
- get projects back on track which have encountered challenges
- Maybe you don’t have enough funding for all of the services you would like to provide
- At times project impact has been low—and sustainability is elusive
- Perhaps your staffing is low and you can’t find enough time to get everything done
- Sometimes programs can be difficult to manage—sometimes they stall mid-term
- It’s possible that your donor communications need to be improved and targeted for better donor engagement
- Empower people in your communities to change their lives,
- develop impact-oriented projects from the ground-up,
- use proven methods that produce sustainable results,
- attract donors, and
- collaborate with course colleagues.
- assess and organize information about target populations
- work with communities to develop long-term, sustainable programs
- clearly assess need in a target community
- develop a project outline with a problem statement, underlying causes, and solution oriented activities
- research activities that have worked to solve the project challenge
- develop project management documents: log frames, budgets and schedules
- develop a Letter of Inquiry for a donor presentation
- urban agriculturalists
- teenagers visiting a teen drop-in center
- people visiting a food bank
- recent immigrants learning to navigate a new country and a new culture
- members of a town developing a trail system in an adjacent wilderness area
- community members and stakeholders living next to a marine protected area
- members of a small town in Nebraska in the process of revitalizing it
- citizens trying to fund a community health center
- local farmers forming a marketing association
- young families in need of day care
This is a blended learning workshop. During the three weeks prior to the five day workshop, guided by CSDi staff, you will conduct a needs assessment with a target population—in the community where you work—in preparation for the workshop. During the live workshop you will spend five days developing and fine-tuning a project that will address the specific context that your community faces. At the end of the live workshop, in OL 203 and OL 204 you will return to work with your community—and launch your project— all under the continuing support and guidance of your CSDi workshop leader.
The workshop will be led by Tim Magee, CSDi’s Executive Director, who has over 30 years experience in both working with nonprofits and leading training workshops. Mr. Magee is the author of A Field Guide to Community Based Adaptation published by Routledge, Oxford, England.
• we will provide access to a library of resources for the different challenges that you’re likely to encounter: studies, manuals, guides, and community capacity building resources.
Field Assessment of Community Need
The goal of the workshop is to guide you in developing a real project for your target community. In the 3 weeks before the live workshop the workshop facilitator will guide you in leading a needs assessment with community members. We will provide handbooks and workshop lesson plans for leading the assessment.
• conduct a participatory needs assessment with our local workshop partner
• develop a problem outline including a problem statement, underlying causes—and their negative impacts
Local knowledge of needs and solutions
• review the pre-workshop community needs assessments
Information on Potential Nonprofit Solutions
• research solution information for addressing community need
• summarize nonprofit solution information
• complete a preliminary project outline reflecting community need and solution oriented activities
Solution: Identify Sustainable Activities
• research evidence-based project activities
• verify activity effectiveness through scientific evidence
• develop the program and activity solution list
Project: Management & Funding Tools
• develop a logical framework, detailed budget and a project schedule
• participant project presentations
• project summary: writing a compelling two page fact sheet (LOI)
• how will you organize a donor presentation?
• where will you find donors to present your project to?
Sustainability: Capacity Building
• community capacity building
• selecting the first activity for a community capacity building workshop
• two-way knowledge transfer: lesson plans
Impact: Milestones into the Future
• project monitoring and evaluation
• develop a long-term project management plan for the community
The Post-workshop Program will Link Theory and Practice
3 Simple Steps to Launch Your Project. Enroll in OL 203 and OL 204 and we will support you in launching the project with your community that you developed in the training program. After the live workshop return to your community and the workshop facilitator will provide guidance, consultation, and resources—and will guide you in leading your first capacity building workshop with community members.
Claremont, located at the foot of the beautiful San Gabriel mountains, is 32 miles east of Los Angeles. It became a college town in the late 1880s with the founding of Pomona College; now there are nine colleges and graduate schools. Claremont, with its tree lined streets, is a walking town. Downtown Claremont (“The Village”) boasts sidewalk cafes and a variety of shops and restaurants. Here is Claremont’s Downtown Village Activities Guide.
- Thank you for all your effort in putting together a great program and all of the program resources. Thank you for everything – for making this possible, for your guidance, and for your continuous optimism and encouragement. We are thankful for your guidance, for coming up with these courses that are relevant, and for your continuous optimism and encouragement. I look forward to the opportunity to work with you again in the next session. Wye Yee Yong
- You have just made our day. Thank you for your usual prompt and generous reviews of our work. Your system is most effective. Helps us to do well. Thank you once again. We are grateful for your mentorship. Carolyn.
- We are thankful for your guidance, for coming up with these courses that are relevant, and for your continuous optimism and encouragement. Wye Yee.
- I just wanted to say how much I enjoyed the diploma program. It truly has helped me further develop my skill set. Meredith.
- I’m so excited with the whole experience this training has provided me. The interaction with the community, sharing their lives, their enthusiasm in participating and opening up to me – and with lots of hope in seeing me engage with them. George
- This program was absolutely awesome! The course content, instruction, example projects, on-line resources and the most valuable – your timely guidance on the assignments were all perfectly done. Boris
What Students Think:
“As you know, as a real beginner in designing projects, without your project example templates I could never have written even a single word by myself.” Moise
“I wish to extend my heartfelt gratitude for the knowledge addition to our careers and the time you take to correct our assignments. This has opened doors for us to venture into designing our own projects, and I’m very sure we shall never go POOR. You’ve indeed taught us how to FISH—not provided FISH.” Dianah
“I’m so excited with the whole experience this training has provided me. The interaction with the community, sharing their lives, their enthusiasm in participating and opening up to me – and with lots of hope in seeing me engage with them.” George
“This training program is an absolute cracker. After undertaking the course, I was able to relate and transform community need into a project idea that could attract donor funding. The exercise of transforming goals into a simple logical framework was particularly exhilarating and smooth. It was indeed an eye opener for me.” Perry