Training for Nonprofit, NGO & Community Leaders

We offer four options in our capacity-building and empowerment training program for anyone who wants to build their capacity for social change so that your community program can thrive and grow. Earn your certificate in Social Impact Leadership & Organizational Management today!

About Our Leadership & Capacity-Building Programs for Social Change Leaders

You have a vision to make things better.
You see both the needs and the possibilities for your community.
Get the skills to make a positive impact.
 
Our nonprofit training program provides a springboard for community leaders across the globe - providing a foundation of essential knowledge, skills, and capacity to address their communities' challenges. We work with community leaders who want to start or grow their nonprofits, NGOs or community programs, which address poverty, injustices, oppression, inequalities, and other community needs.
 
This empowerment program is made up of core nonprofit & NGO management topics that are crucial to the success of an up-and-coming leader or aspiring community insider for their community development programs.

Courses for Leaders, Staff & Volunteers of Startup Nonprofits, NGOs & Community Organizations

Understanding basic computer use, and an introduction to best practices in time management. 

Key Themes:

  • Getting started with email
    • Using folders and email organization
    • Email etiquette
    • Email security and privacy
  • Cloud servers and storage
  • Time management
    • Using a calendar and to-do list

Course Time Availability:
30 days

* This course also includes an introduction to using Cultivate's online training platform. The course is included for free for all our learners. 

Understanding who you are and establishing your potential as a leader of an impactful community-led development program.

Key Themes:

  • Qualities and practices for effective and authentic leadership
  • Building confidence and self-awareness
  • Accountability
  • Rest and balance in leadership

Course Time Availability:
60 days

Understanding the principles and best practices for asset-based community-led development, no matter its focus or activities.

Key Themes:

  • Types and stages of community development work (relief, development, advocacy)
  • Principles of asset-based community-led development
    • Learned helplessness and dependency vs. empowerment
    • Community buy-in and program ownership, capacity building
    • Collaboration, transparency, access and equity, adaptability
  • Responsibilities of community development practitioners
  • Using appreciative inquiry to tackle challenges

Course Time Availability:
60 days

Identifying the programatic focus and activities of your nonprofit or community organization based on community input, planning and launching the program.

Key Themes:

  • Effective program design
    • Start small and recognize your limitations
    • Start with why
    • Determine your guiding values
  • Conducting community assessments
    • Understanding needs and assets
    • Practicing various data collection methods (forums, surveys, focus groups, interviews, etc)
    • Mapping the community's needs and assets
  • Identifying the community's felt needs, its root causes and critical effects (a problem and solution analysis)
  • Creating a business plan
    • Mission and vision statements
    • Program descriptions
    • Program objectives
    • Target market analysis
    • SWOT analysis
    • Program operation plans
    • Client marketing and communications
    • Human resources acquisition
    • Expense budgets
  • Complexities in planning and program execution
  • Program launch strategies

Course Time Availability:
90 days

Understanding the culture of your potential donors and supporters.

Key Themes:

  • American cultural norms, beliefs and practices
    • Individualism, matters of time, self-reliance, views on the goodness of humanity.
    • Matters of time and money, professionalism, communication styles, prioritization of data and paperwork. 
    • Building trust through transparency and accountability.
  • Understanding American philanthropic history and context
    • History of philanthropy, American wealth and poverty, matters of faith and politics.

* Cultivate's training is for anyone, anywhere. However, we understand that most nonprofit and community development leaders want to be able to receive donations from American donors or donors from Western countries. We offer this course to help our international trainees better understand the culture of their potential donors.

Course Time Availability:
30 days

An introduction to finding potential donors through online campaigns, crowdfunding, events, and fundraising through individuals, businesses, faith groups, and others; making the ask; donor stewardship.

Key Themes:

  • Fundraising best practices
  • Principles of fundraising
    • Relationships, impact, trust, clarity, urgency and social connection.
  • Principles of storytelling
  • Understanding the different types of funders
    • Individuals, businesses, religious organizations, civic groups, foundations
  • Creating a diversified funding strategy
  • Networking, research and finding donor prospects
  • Crowdfunding and events
  • Donor stewardship and retention
  • Creating an income budget and plan
  • Understanding American expectations and laws for charities.

Course Time Availability:
90 days

* This course is currently being revised and updated, and will be available to new trainees in late 2021. Click here to be notified when the course is available.

This course offers training on financial management for nonprofits, NGOs and community organizations. In this introductory course, trainees will learn how to manage and use donated funds within established best practices of financial management. This course also offers an Excel template for nonprofit accounting which you can use in your initial bookkeeping, before upgrading to another accounting and financial management software program. 

Key Themes:

  • Understanding key financial management terms
  • Basic bookkeeping (using Microsoft Excel)
  • Cash flows and budgeting
  • Financial reporting
  • Designated funds
  • Ethical considerations of financial management
  • Security, privacy, accountability, and internal controls
  • Working through contingencies and establishing reserves
  • Establishing financial procedures and policies
  • Financial accountability and transparency
  • American expectations and cross-cultural dynamics in financial management
  • Fiscal sponsorship

Course Time Availability:
60 days

Download the Course Info Sheet Here.

How good communication can help you, and what methods are available to fundraise, raise awareness, connect with supporters, and gain a following for your work.

Key Themes:

  • Principles and best practices of communications for nonprofits and community organizations
  • Storytelling and focusing on impact
  • Donor cultivation and stewardship
  • Mailings and newsletters
    • Using MailChimp for electronic newsletters
  • Annual Reports and Publications
    • Using Canva for graphic design
  • Blogs and websites
    • Creating a free website for your program
  • Social Media – Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and LinkedIn
    • Using social media calendars and scheduling software
  • Creating a communications strategy and calendar
  • Using a Customer Management Database (or CRM) in Excel (we provide a free template to get you started)

Course Time Availability:
60 days

* This course will be available in late 2021. Click here to be notified when the course is available.

Understanding the importance of measuring your program's impact on the community, and how to measure your impact in simple yet effective ways. 

Key Themes:

  • How evaluation helps you in fundraising, program design, strategic planning, etc.
  • Cultural implications and expectations of evaluation
    • Western views of the value of data (builds trust and accountability, proof of programmatic activity)
    • Evaluation reports for foundations  (pre and post grant award)
  • Principles and best practices
    • Plan and don’t change metrics often, engage and motivate clients, minimize bias from clients, anonymity, comparison of data sets across sectors and time, separate data collectors from program managers, ethics (client safety, consent and privacy), collecting data throughout the program cycle.
  • Determining what to measure. Creating a logical framework analysis, theory of change, and logic models.
  • Understanding the difference between outputs and outcomes/impact.
  • Differentiating between client satisfaction/feelings/beliefs, client learning, client skills development and client behaviors.
  • Methods of evaluation - surveys, focus groups, interviews, large group forums, observations, case studies,  within programmatic activities,
  • Using the Most Significant Change method - what it is, its value, how to use it.
  • Understanding the difference and value of qualitative and quantitative data.
  • Timeline of data collection.
  • Analyzing data - finding averages/means, other mathematical calculations, comparing client data across time, using spreadsheets, finding trends and outliers.
  • Reporting data - formal reports, stakeholder communications (clients, wider community, staff, donors, etc), program changes, grant reports. 

Course Time Availability:
90 days

* This course will be available in 2022. Click here to be notified when the course is available.

What You Need to Thrive

Speak & write English proficiently (if you can understand most of this website, that is enough!)

Have access to a computer (courses can be read on a phone, but a computer is necessary for most activities)

Have the ability to participate in online coaching calls (we can use Zoom or WhatsApp)

Be able to pay for internet (you can expect to use about 500 mb of data per week)

Have the passion to create change in your community! The more you understand your community, the better.

Have the desire to start or grow your community program, or grow in your skills to work for a program.

 

   

  • Courses Available
  • Program Length*
  • Personal Coaching**
  • Group Coaching
  • Course Homework***
  • Homework Feedback***
  • Offline Access
  • Facebook and WhatsApp
  • Scholarships****
  • Course Certificates
  • Program Certificate

Independent Learner

$49 per course

  • Courses Available Your Choice
  • Program Length* 30, 60, or 90 days per course
  • Personal Coaching** Available for Purchase
  • Group Coaching No
  • Course Homework*** Complete on Your Own
  • Homework Feedback*** Available for Purchase
  • Offline Access Yes
  • Facebook and WhatsApp Lifetime Access
  • Scholarships**** Yes
  • Course Certificates Yes
  • Program Certificate Yes, if all courses are taken

Engaged Learner

$495

  • Courses Available All Courses
  • Program Length* 30, 60, or 90 days per course
  • Personal Coaching** 4 Calls
  • Group Coaching No
  • Course Homework*** Complete on Your Own
  • Homework Feedback*** Available for Purchase
  • Offline Access Yes
  • Facebook and WhatsApp Lifetime Access
  • Scholarships**** Yes
  • Course Certificates Yes
  • Program Certificate Yes

Organizational Learners

$1000+

  • Courses Available All Courses
  • Program Length* 30, 60, or 90 days per course
  • Personal Coaching** No
  • Group Coaching 1 Group Call or More
  • Course Homework*** Complete as a Team
  • Homework Feedback*** Yes
  • Offline Access Yes
  • Facebook and WhatsApp Lifetime Access
  • Scholarships**** No
  • Course Certificates Yes
  • Program Certificate Yes

Cohort Learners

$2495

  • Courses Available All Courses
  • Program Length* 10 months
  • Personal Coaching** 10 or More Calls
  • Group Coaching 10 Calls
  • Course Homework*** Complete on Your Own
  • Homework Feedback*** Yes (10+ hrs)
  • Offline Access Yes
  • Facebook and WhatsApp Lifetime Access
  • Scholarships**** Yes
  • Course Certificates Yes
  • Program Certificate Yes

Still deciding which program to enroll in?

Independent Learner

  • For anyone, at anytime. Choose the courses you want to take and start immediately.

    This option is ideal for people who are motivated to work independently or want to try out our program. 

  • Cost:

    $49 per course

  • What you get:

    • Access to any of our courses, including downloads, templates and activities.
    • Lifetime access to a private Facebook group and WhatsApp chat groups to network with and receive support from other trainees, and ask questions to our coaches. 
    • Access to course activities to complete on your own, so you can practice and retain the information you have learned.
    • Access to curriculum to read offline if you prefer to save data.
    • Certificates for each successfully-completed course.
    • Certificate of Accomplishment in Social Impact Leadership & Organizational Management is awarded to those who successfully complete all our courses.

  • Additional Options

    • Personalized coaching sessions on any of our topics are available for additional purchase ($50 per 60-minute session or $12.50 for a 15-minute session).
    • Personalized feedback from your coach on your choice of curriculum documents or activities you complete (such as your business plan, fundraising or communications strategy, theory of change or logical framework analysis, community assessment and needs & assets mapping). Feedback is charged at $50 per hour. 

Engaged Learner

  • For anyone, at anytime. Access all our courses and start immediately.

    This is ideal for people who are motivated to work independently, but are looking for some support from our coaches and to network with other program participants. 

  • Cost:

    $495

  • What you get:

    • Access to all of our courses, including downloads, templates, and activities.
    • Lifetime access to a private Facebook group and WhatsApp chat groups to network with and receive support from other trainees, and ask questions to our coaches. 
    • Access to course activities to complete on your own, so you can practice and retain the information you have learned.
    • Up to 4 personalized coaching sessions focused on your topic of choice.  
    • Access to curriculum to read offline if you prefer to save data.
    • Certificates for each successfully-completed course.
    • Certificate of Accomplishment in Social Impact Leadership & Organizational Management is awarded to those who successfully complete all our courses.

    Participants work through each course within the allotted course time availability, but can take as much time as needed between courses. Most participants find they gain the most from our program by devoting 4 hours or more per week.

  • Additional Options

    • Additional personalized coaching sessions are available for purchase ($50 per 60-minute session, or $12.50 for a 15-minute session).
    • Personalized feedback from your coach on your choice of curriculum documents or activities that you complete (such as your business plan, fundraising or communications strategy, theory of change or logical framework analysis, community assessment and needs & assets mapping). Feedback is charged at $50 per hour. 

Cohort Learners

  • Our most personalized training program.

    Ideal for individuals who want our full support, learn best with feedback and encouragement, who have little-to-no experience in community development or organizational management, and want to engage fully with our coaches and other program participants. 

  • Cost:

    $2495 for 10 months

  • What you get:

    • Access to all of our courses, including downloads, templates, and activities for 10 months.
    • Lifetime access to a private Facebook group and WhatsApp chat groups to network with and receive support from other trainees, and ask questions to our coaches.
    • Personalized feedback on all homework for all courses.
    • 10 monthly personalized coaching sessions covering all aspects of the training. Additional 15-minute coaching sessions available if you need them. 
    • 10 monthly group coaching sessions with other trainees. 
    • Access to curriculum to read offline if you prefer to save data.
    • Certificates for each successfully-completed course.
    • Certificate of Accomplishment in Social Impact Leadership & Organizational Management is awarded for those who successfully complete all our courses.

    Participants work through each course within suggested timeframes to successfully complete the entire program in 10 months.  Each month, we focus on a training topic in our personal and group coaching calls. Participants are expected to work on their training and homework for at least 5-10 hours each week, but may find they need more time. 

    Next cohort starts in early 2022.  Sign up below to be notified when applications are open!

Organizational Learners

  • A training program for groups who want to learn together.

    For organizations or teams that want to train and equip their staff, board members, or volunteers. This program is only available to organizations who want to offer our training to some or all of their people.

  • Cost:

    $1000 or higher, depending on team size.

  • What you get:

    • Access to all of our courses, including downloads, templates, and activities.
    • Lifetime access to a private Facebook group and WhatsApp chat groups to network with and receive support from other trainees, and ask questions to our coaches.
    • Access to course activities to complete on their own or as a team, so everyone can practice and retain the information they have learned.
    • 1 or more group coaching sessions to review the training, ask questions, and go deeper into the topics.
    • Personalized feedback from your coach on your choice of curriculum documents or activities that your team completes (such as your business plan, fundraising or communications strategy, theory of change or logical framework analysis, community assessment and needs and assets mapping). 
    • Access to curriculum to read offline if you prefer to save data.
    • Certificates for each successfully-completed course.
    • Certificate of Accomplishment in Social Impact Leadership & Organizational Management is awarded to those who successfully complete all our courses.

    Participants work through the training on their own, but are encouraged to also meet as a team to review and discuss the training topics. Most organizations find their teams gain the most from our program by devoting 4 hours or more per week to the program. Organizations who want a simpler, quicker program can choose what they offer their teams.

    Each organization must identify one or more training supervisors from your own leadership team. These are the people who will supervise and support your team's training with Cultivate.

*Trainees have 30, 60, or 90 days to complete the online course, based on which course (see the course list). Once a course closes online, a course certificate will not be issued for incomplete courses. However, you can still use the course curriculum and other documents if you downloaded them for your lifetime, offline access. If you want to earn the course certificate, you will need to re-enroll in the course.

 

** Personal coaching and feedback from trainers are $50/hour. Scholarship recipients may also receive scholarships for personal coaching calls and coach feedback based on financial need and availability of funds.

 

*** Independent, engaged and organizational leaners have suggested activities included in the course, which gives you an opportunity to create key documents for your program (such as a Business Plan, Theory of Change, Fundraising Plan, Donor Stewardship Plan, and Financial Database) and put your new knowledge to work. A Cultivate coach is available to review your documents and give you feedback, if you choose to purchase this option. Cohort members receive coach feedback on all their homework activities and documents (over 40 activities!).

 

**** We offer income-based scholarships to anyone, anywhere. Please do not let your ability to pay prevent you from working with us! Click here to learn more about your options.