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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


Spring 2016 Dates:

  • Foundations for Fundraising: January 18 - February 12
  • Tools for Annual Giving: February 15 - March 11
  • Tools for Big Gifts: March 14 - April 8
  • The People: April 11 - May 6


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, January 19 - February 16 (5-part course)From Audit to Redesign: The Complete Nonprofit Website Toolkit. An organization's website is its online hub. But how well does it represent the organization's brand? Can supporters and constituents find the information they need there? And can staff members easily create or update its content? Over five sessions Idealware will help nonprofits develop a plan for a more useful and engaging website. Participants will learn website basics, best practices for accessibility, mobile-optimization, online branding, and more! $215; $170 NorCAN Members with Discount Code NorCAN2016. Click here for details and to register.


Tuesday, February 16 (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, or local government. it does not address funding for individuals or for-profit businesses. The training is recommended for individuals with little or no grantwriting experience. $85 NorCAN Members; $105 Not Yet Members. Coffee, tea, breakfast, and a light lunch provided. This workshop is full. Email This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it to be added to the waitlist. Click here for details and to register.


Tuesday, February 16 (5:30pm - 7pm) – Board Leadership Roundtable/Mesa Redonda del Liderazgo de Juntas. February's topic is Sharing Workload and Engaging Community Through Committees. Nonprofit boards, especially in small organizations, need to rely on committees to get the work done. Learn which committees your board should have, how they should operate, and when they should report to the board. Committees also will get more people involved in your organization, can be a way to attract collaboration in the community, may involve the community in your work, and can be a training ground for new board members. We will look at bylaws and policies that govern the establishment, responsibilities, functions, and committee accountability. $10 NorCAN Members; $15 Not Yet Members. 3 $5 scholarship registrations available. Location: The Multi-Generational Center, Fortuna. Click here for details and to register.

martes, 16 de febrero (5:30 - 7pm)Mesa Redonda del Liderazgo de Juntas. El tema de Febrero es Compartir la carga de trabajo e Involucrar a la comunidad a través de los comités (Sharing Workload and Involving Community Through Committees). Las juntas de las organizaciones sin fines de lucro, especialmente de las pequeñas organizaciones, necesitan confiar en sus comités para cumplir el trabajo. Aprenda cuáles comités su junta debe dener, cómo deben operar, y cuándo deben reportar a la junta. Los comités también se involucran a más personas en su organización, podrían ser una manera de atraer colaboracn en la comunidad, podrían involucrar a la comunidad en su trabajo y pueden ser buen entrenamiento para nuevos miembros de la junta. Vamos a revisar los estatutos y pólizas que gobiernan la fundación, responsabilidades, funciones y responsabilidades del comité. $10 para los miembros de NorCAN y $15 para los que aún no son miembros. 3 becas disponibles para la registración a $5. Esto evento estará en inglés con interpretación simultáneo al español. Lugar: The Multi-Generational Center, Fortuna. Inscripcion/más informatión.


Tuesdays, February 23 - March 22 (5-part course)Integrated Communications: How to Give Your Strategy a Boot, Harmonize Your Channels, and Inspire Action. Idealware's five-part course is designed for organizations that already understand the basics of online communications and are ready to delve deeper into strategic opportunities across multiple online and offline channels. Whether your nonprofit is seeking to increase its fundraising, play a larger role in advocacy efforts, or strengthen its brand, this course will help you develop a roadmap to a seamlessly integrated online communications experience. $215; $170 NorCAN Members with Discount Code NorCAN2016. Click here for details and to register.


Wednesday, February 24 (5:30pm - 8:30pm) – Intro to Board Service with Byrd Lochtie and Bobbie Good. Nonprofit boards are responsible for providing effective leadership and governance for the organizations they serve. This workshop will assist nonprofit board members to have a better understanding of their responsibilities and will help attendees develop tools to govern more effectively. This fun and informative workshop will also provide tools to help individuals choose the right board on which to serve. $45 NorCAN Members; $65 Not Yet Members. Pizza, salad, and refreshments provided. Click here for details and to register


Monday, March 7 (noon - 1:30pm) – Board Leadership Roundtable with Byrd Lochtie. March's topic is Finding Your Ideal Board Members. All nonprofits need at least 3 board members, and with over 800 nonprofits in Humboldt County, how do you find the right people to represent the diversity of the communities your organization serves? Learn how to find the dedicated people who can most effectively serve the needs of YOUR organization. We will look at how your board can represent the communities you serve and how you can keep those board members involved and passionate about your nonprofit. $10 NorCAN Members; $20 Not Yet Members. Coffee, tea, and water provided. Click here for details and to register.


Tuesdays, March 29 - April 12 (3-part course)Your Data Culture: How to Turn Your Staff into Data Champions. It's one thing to define what metrics an organization should measure. It's quite another to get staff members to gather high-quality data and use it to make decisions. In this three-part course, Idealware will show you how to convince staff members at all levels that clean and comprehensive data is central to the success of the organization and that they play an important role in collecting and managing that data. $120; $95 NorCAN Members with Discount Code NorCAN2016. Registration link coming soon!


Monday, April 4 (noon - 1:30pm) – Board Leadership Roundtable with Byrd Lochtie. April's topic is Happy, Productive Volunteers. Many nonprofit rely heavily on volunteers. We will explore how boards can develop an effective volunteer management program that carries out the work of the organization. What are all the things you must consider when recruiting, training, evaluating, and thanking your volunteers? We will look at how to get the most from your volunteers while keeping them committed and motivated. And don't forget - board members are volunteers too! $10 NorCAN Members; $20 Not Yet Members. Coffee, tea, and water provided. Click here for details and to register.


Tuesdays, April 19 - May 3 (3-part course)How to Get More Visitors to Your Website. Many organizations have a website full of great content and valuable resources, but haven't gotten the word out about what constituents can find there. In this three-part webinar series, Idealware will help participants use the resources they already have to increase traffic, optimize the content and structure of their website so that it will appear higher in search engine rankings, and analyze how people interact with the site by using Google Analytics. $120; $95 NorCAN Members with Discount Code NorCAN2016. Registration link coming soon!


Monday, May 2 (noon - 1:30pm) – Board Leadership Roundtable with Byrd Lochtie. May's topic is Financial Leadership. Does your board have a handle on your financial information? We will talk about how to understand all of your reports, the importance of developing and using a budget, and what your budget has to do with long-range and contingency planning. Find out how to assess the fiscal health of your organization, how to interpret trends in your financial information, and what to do if you uncover problems. $10 NorCAN Members; $20 Not Yet Members. Coffee, tea, and water provided. Click here for details and to register.


Tuesdays, May 10 - May 24 (3-part course)Accidental Techie: How to Support Your Organization without an IT Background. Nearly every small nonprofit has a staffer who stumbled into being the go-to techie around the office. They often have little training - just a good head for technology and the patience to deal with the many issues that come up in a busy office. Idealware's course is designed to give "accidental techies" like you a boost - in knowledge, resources, and confidence. $120; $95 NorCAN Members with Discount Code NorCAN2016. Registration link coming soon!


Monday, June 6 (noon - 1:30pm) – Board Leadership Roundtable with Byrd Lochtie. June's topic is Monitoring Your Success. To determine the success of your organization, your board must look at what you said you said you wanted to do then decide how well you accomplished that. Evaluation is dependent on having the right information about the purpose, planning, implementation, and data at the right time in the right format to evaluate your success. Join us to learn how to measure your organization's success. $10 NorCAN Members; $20 Not Yet Members. Coffee, tea, and water provided. Click here for details and to register.


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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