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This fundraising certificate program, offered by Humboldt State University's Office of eLearning and Extended Education, is focused on meeting the needs of small to mid-sized rural nonprofits. Beginning this year all courses will be offered online!

These online courses will help participants develop a more comprehensive view of nonprofit fundraising, explore principles of fundraising, case statements, fundraising strategies, donor development and engagement, annual campaigns, major gift campaigns, and special events.

This program has been registered and approved by Certified Fund Raising Executives International (CFRE) and each course qualifies for 8 CEUs (32 for all four courses) that can be used toward initial certification and recertification for the CFRE credential, the global standard for the fundraising profession.

Click here for more information about the program


Fall 2015 Dates:

  • Foundations for Fundraising: August 24 - Setpember 18
  • Tools for Big Gifts: September 21 - October 16
  • Tools for Annual Giving: October 19 - November 13
  • The People: November 16 - December 11


NorcAN Workshops & Events 

NorCAN now offers over 20 workshops and events annually, covering a wide range of nonprofit issues, ranging from grantwriting basics and introduction to board service to capacity building and leadership development. Please look below for information and links to register. 
All events are held at the Humboldt Area Foundation Community Center, unless otherwise stated.   facebook_f_logo.png


Tuesdays, July 28 - August 11 (3-part course)Accidental Techie: How to Support Your Organization accidental_techie_banner.jpg without an IT Background. You probably didn't join your organization to troubleshoot printer errors and retrieve backed up files, but it's time to face it -- your colleagues think of you as the IT person. Whether you've been winging it for a while or IT has recently been thrust upon you, this course can help. NorCAN has partnered with Idealware to bring you Accidental Techie to transform yourself into an IT pro. This three-week course kickes off on July 28. Sign up now to start owning IT (without making it your whole job). $95; $85 NorCAN Members. Click here for details and to register. 



Thursday, July 30 (9am - 10am) – Fundraising Readiness Project Town Hall Meeting. NorCAN has partnered with DonorPath for the opportunity for nonprofits in our region to participate in the Project free of charge. This includes access to three professional fundraisers that will help your organization to create a 12-month fundraising plan, assess your fundraising potential, and build the tools to engage your board. This event is FREE! Please RSVP by July 22. This event will take place at the Humboldt Bay Aquatic Center, 921 Waterfront Drive in Eureka. Click here for details and to register. 


Wednesday, August 12 (5:30pm - 7pm) – Networking with a Purpose: A Mixer for Nonprofit Fundraisers and Those in Donor Development. Fall is a busy time in the fundraising world. Before you get into the thick of it, take a moment to connect with your colleagues over drinks and snacks. We will also be sharing information about local fundraising resources and some plans for Giving Tuesday! This event is FREE and no RSVP is necessary. Click here to learn more. This event will take place at Richard's Goat Tavern & Tea Room, 401 I Street, Arcata. This mixer is a collaboration between NorCAN and the New Designs for Fundraising Program at HSU's College of eLearning & ExtendedEd.


Monday & Tuesday, August 24 & 25 (8:30am - 4:30pm) – Fostering Equity and Inclusion. Many organization's have an intention of being diverse and also have a hard time being inclusive of differences. This workshop will offer tools to help you identify what gets in the way of practice matching intention when it comes to diversity and inclusions in your organization. $200 NorCAN Members; $250 Non-Members. This event will take place at the California Conservation Corps Fortuna Center, 1500 Alamar Way, Fortuna. Click here for details and to register.


Monday, September 14 (9am - 3:30pm) – Grantwriting Basics with Shelley Mitchell. This one day workshop will primarily address grants for nonprofits, community groups, agencies, schools, faith-based organizations, and local government. The training is recommended for individuals with little or no grantwriting experience. $85 NorCAN Members; $105 Non-Members. Coffee, tea, snacks, and lunch provided. Click here for details and to register.


Thursday, Octobsave_the_date_-_homepage_image.jpger 8 (8am - 5pm)

NorCAN Strong as Redwoods Bi-Annual Conference: Converging to Advance Our Missions.

Registration information coming soon!  

Sessions Include:   

  • Strategic Growth for Small Organizations
  • Assessing Organizational Culture
  • Collaborative Capacity Building
  • Mission Critical: Cultural Proficiency for Nonprofits
  • Models for Resilient and Sustainable Community Building

This event will take place at the River Lodge, 1800 Riverwalk Drive in Fortuna. 



Want to come to a workshop?  Fill out and return our workshop registration form or click on one of the links above for convenient, secure online registration.

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