Designing & Funding Non Profit Programs
An 8-Week Online Course.
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Advance your Career, Raise Funds and Solve Challenges
This course is for non profit and donor staff—and job-seekers wanting to successfully solve community challenges. Participants work on projects as diverse as food security, water, health, income generation, adaptation to climate change, gender, education—or with connecting farmers to a market.—and decided to enroll in the program because they were:
  • 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
The course will lead you in developing a winning, impact oriented project to help you:
  • increase funding for your programs
  • design impact and sustainability into your project
  • boost project successes using evidence-based techniques
  • engage donors with improved communications
Design your own Solution-Oriented Project & Attract Donors
The course 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:
  • use a needs assessment to define community challenges
  • design a solution oriented project using evidence-based activities
  • incorporate initial feedback from the community and a donor
  • organize the project design into a logical framework
This 8-week courses begins again monthly and is $150.00.
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OL 201

Detailed Course Information

Non Profit Professional Development. Our annual end-of-the-year survey for non profit professionals showed that their three top concerns were:
  • how to design sustainable projects that would effectively solve community challenges
  • not having enough funds to accomplish all of their organizational goals
  • not having enough time to get everything done
They also felt that better project design would attract non profit donors.
This is exactly what we do in OL 201 and OL 202:
  • learn how to develop a real project designed to solve community challenges with sustainable outcomes
  • develop project management tools to ensure greater successes
  • package the project concept for presentation to donors
  • use step-by-step templates provided in the course to speed up the process so that you have more time
If you work with a non profit on programs such as animal welfare, community development, the environment—or a food bank or homeless shelter—the Diploma Program 240 will help you develop sustainable, fundable, impact oriented projects.This Course, OL 201, is the first course of the diploma series.
Non profit organizational effectiveness in these kinds of programs can be limited by non profit staff’s poor access to mission-critical information and training. We deliver solutions by providing cutting-edge information, tools, time-saving templates, training and expert consultancy through blending direct communication, distance learning and e learning—and lead you in developing a real project for your organization.
Projects that participants have developed through the diploma program have included activities for the elderly, adaptation to climate change, alternative energy,  bicycle paths, business skills training for immigrants, community development, conservation, elderly care facilities, financial literacy, formation of a farmer’s association, natural resource management, recycling, revitalization of an Iowa town, income generation, and vocational skills training.
Although most participants in this non profit program are from North America or the U.K, we have had the pleasure of also working with non profit participants from: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Monaco, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Singapore, Spain, Switzerland,  the United Kingdom, and the United States.
Become the Solution
  1. Community  engagement: Empower people in your communities to change their lives,
  2. develop impact-oriented projects from the ground-up,
  3. use proven methods that produce sustainable results, and
  4. attract donors.
Real Projects in Real Communities. Our Distance Learning Courses are for staff from non profit and donor organizations—and people interested in the non profit world. They present an online field experience and lead participants in the process of developing empowered, sustainable communities. Online course participants learn to develop real projects in real communities.
What is a Community? Examples of communities could be:
  • 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
  • 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
  • farmers benefiting from ecosystem services on an environmental restoration project
  • young families in need of day care
Field Work: Don’t have community access? No problem: we partner you with a fellow student who does.
OL 201: How to Design & Fund Non Profit Programs
Middle school teacher with a student in the computer lab.
The course will lead you through the development of a real project, in real time, and leave you with the practical tools to sustain it.
We are committed to results-based programs. You will learn to incorporate community-identified need into the design of your project and research project activities that have shown evidence of having worked at solving challenges.
You will use contemporary methods of developing sustainable, impact oriented projects. You will gain practical field experience using evidence-based activities by developing a real project in real-time.
Student Projects Become the Solution
Nonprofit Professional Development workshop participant.
For example, student projects have included efforts to help communities in Europe and North America with community building, community organizing, community economic development, youth employment, income generation, empowering women, the Inuit and climate change, and environmental restoration. The course will lead you through the development of similar real projects, in real time, in your region.
Course Outline Designing and Funding Non Profit Programs
Workshop facilitator Tim Magee with participant
Course facilitators have gained their expertise providing face-to-face non profit consulting services to non profits working in in the field. Your course facilitator will also provide you with personalized consulting to ensure your project has a solid beginning.
  1. They will help you conduct a participatory needs assessment in your community,
  2. develop a preliminary project concept,
  3. conduct research on your project to identify evidence based best practice activities,
4. refine your project and share it with your community, and
5. share your project concept with a potential donor. See the full course syllabus.
OL 201 will be led by Tim Magee who has over 30 years experience in both working with non profits and leading non profit management training workshops. Mr. Magee is the author of A Field Guide to Community Based Adaptation published by Routledge, Oxford, England. Through this program Mr. Magee will give you dedicated help in:
  • Improving project design, management, project impact and sustainability
  • Increasing funding levels by creating better communication and engagement with donors
Workshop participant.
  1. You will only need to have functional knowledge of Word, Excel, email and the Internet.
  2. A 2-to-3 hour per week time investment.
  3. There are no books to buy—all course materials are available on the course site.
  4. Some of the assignments suggest doing them in a community. If impractical for you, partnering with a classmate in the field who does have community access will add depth to your experience.
How to Enroll. See how to enroll by clicking on “Enroll Now” at the bottom of the page.
Last, fill out the Student Information Form at the bottom of the Enroll page to complete enrollment.

If you would prefer to work on an international project, consider enrolling in the Sustainable Development Track.

In the next course, OL 202: Project Architecture: Planning for Impact, you will transform your project with the real nonprofit management tools of a logframe, a budget, and a fact sheet (letter of inquiry) into a project ready to formally present to a donor.

Certificate. Course participants who successfully complete the course on time will receive a course certificate by email within 30 days of course completion.

The 8-week course is $150.00

If you have a question don’t hesitate to contact us at: Online.Learning@TimMagee.net.

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