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About Our Leadership Programs

Our leadership training programs provide a springboard for community leaders - providing a rock solid foundation of essential knowledge, skills, and capacity to address their communities' challenges.

Our leadership training programs are made up of 10 Core Leadership Training Topics that we've found to be crucial to the success of an up-and-coming leader or aspiring community insider with their community development programs.

Make Things Better

You have a mission.
And you see both the needs and the possibilities for improvement in your community.

Get the skills to make a positive impact.
Learn more below about enrolling in our training today.

PROGRAM PREVIEW:
10 Core Leadership Training Topics

1.  Leadership Development

2.  Community Development
3.  Programs and Organizational Planning
4. Cultural Adaptability
5.  Fundraising
6.  Financial Management
7.  Communications
8.  Technology
9.  Impact Assessment (Measurement & Evaluation)
10.  Governance, Human Resources, & Management
10 Core Leadership Training Topics
1. Leadership Development
2. Community Development
3. Programs and Organizational Planning
4. Cultural Adaptability
5. Fundraising
6. Financial Management
7. Communications
8. Technology
9. Impact Assessment (Measurement & Evaluation)
10. Governance, Human Resources, & Management
Enroll in the right program for you.

We offer four program options for anyone who wants to build their capacity for community change so their nonprofits and community organizations can thrive and grow.

Independent Learner

$49
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Engaged Learner

$495
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Full Cohort Program
$2495
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Organizational Program

$2495*
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Courses Available

Your Choice

All Courses

All Courses

All Courses

Personal Coaching

Available for Purchase

2 Calls

12 Calls

4 Calls for Trainers

Group Coaching

X

X

12 Calls

2+ Calls

Course Homework

Complete on Your Own

Complete on Your Own

Feedback & Coaching

Feedback & Coaching

Facebook and Whatsapp

Lifetime Access

Lifetime Access

Lifetime Access

Lifetime Access

Course Access

90-day Access

1-year Access

1-year Access

1-year Access

Scholarships**

X

Limited Availability

Limited Availability

X

Trainer Resources

X

X

X

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Course Certificates
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Program Certificate

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Independent Learner

$49
per course
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Courses Available

Your Choice

Personal Coaching

Available for Add-on

Group Coaching

X

Course Homework

Complete on Your Own

Facebook and Whatsapp

Lifetime Access

Course Access

90-day Access

Scholarships**

X

Trainer Resources

X

Program Certificate

X

Course Certificates
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Engaged Learner
$495
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Courses Available

All Courses
Personal Coaching
2 Calls
Group Coaching

X

Course Homework

Complete on Your Own

Facebook and Whatsapp

Lifetime Access

Course Access

1-year Access

Scholarships**

Limited Availability
Trainer Resources

X

Program Certificate
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Course Certificates
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Full Cohort Program

$2495
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Courses Available

All Courses
Personal Coaching
12 Calls
Group Coaching
12 Calls
Course Homework

Feedback & Coaching

Facebook and Whatsapp

Lifetime Access

Course Access

1-year Access

Scholarships**

Limited Availability
Trainer Resources

X

Program Certificate
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Course Certificates
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Organizational Program
$2495*
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Courses Available

All Courses
Personal Coaching

4 Calls for Trainers

Group Coaching
2+ Calls
Course Homework
Feedback & Coaching
Facebook and Whatsapp

Lifetime Access

Course Access

1-year Access

Scholarships**

X

Trainer Resources
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Program Certificate for Trainees
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Course Certificates for Trainees
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Trainer Resources
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* The Organizational Program price is based on team sizes. Please contact us to learn more.

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

Still deciding where to start?

Review more details about each of the program options or download the program guide.

Independent Learner

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

This program is ideal for people who are motivated to work independently and who want to network with other program participants. 

Cost: $49 per course

What you get:

  • Access to any of our courses, including downloads, templates, and activities for 90 days.
  • Lifetime access to a private Facebook group and WhatsApp chat groups so you can network with and receive support from other trainees. 
  • Access to course activities that you complete on your own, so you can practice and retain the things you have learned.
  • Personalized coaching sessions on any of our topics available for add-on purchase.
  • Access to curriculum to read offline if you prefer to save data.
  • Certificates for each successfully-completed course.

Courses available for immediate access:

  • Introduction to Leadership Development & Personal Growth (free with the purchase of any other courses!)
  • Introduction to Community-led Development
  • Program Design for Grassroots Community Organizations
  • Cultural Adaptivity for Cross-Cultural Work (free with the purchase of any other courses!)
  • Introduction to Fundraising
  • Introduction to Basic Financial Management & Bookkeeping 

Independent learners will also be able to purchase these courses as they are published in the coming months:

  • Grassroots Fundraising with Donors, Organizations & Foundations
  • Introduction to Communications & Marketing for Grassroots Community Organizations 
  • Introduction to Basic Technology for Community Work 
  • Introduction to Program Evaluation 
  • Basic Organizational Management, Governance, and Human Resources 
Engaged Learner

For anyone, 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 for 12 months

What you get:

  • Access to all of our courses, including downloads, templates, and activities for 1 year.
  • Lifetime access to a private Facebook group and WhatsApp chat groups so you can network with and receive support from other trainees. 
  • Access to course activities that you complete on your own, so you can practice and retain the things you have learned.
  • 2 personalized coaching sessions (focused on your topic of choice), more available for additional purchase. ($35 per session)
  • Access to curriculum to read offline if you prefer to save data.
  • Certificates for each successfully-completed course, plus a Certificate of Accomplishment in Social Impact Leadership & Organizational Management.

Participants work through the training on their own, but are encouraged to complete one to two courses per month so that the full curriculum can be finished in one year. Most participants find they gain the most from our program by devoting 4 hours or more per week. 

Courses available for immediate access:

  • Introduction to Leadership Development & Personal Growth
  • Introduction to Community-led Development
  • Program Design for Grassroots Community Organizations
  • Cultural Adaptivity for Cross-Cultural Work
  • Introduction to Fundraising
  • Introduction to Basic Financial Management & Bookkeeping 

Engaged learners will also get access to these courses as they are published in the coming months:

  • Grassroots Fundraising with Donors, Organizations & Foundations
  • Introduction to Communications & Marketing for Grassroots Community Organizations 
  • Introduction to Basic Technology for Community Work 
  • Introduction to Program Evaluation 
  • Basic Organizational Management, Governance, and Human Resources 

If you cannot afford the program fee, we may be able to offer your a full or partial scholarship based on your financial need. See the scholarship application here.

Full Cohort Program

Our most personalized training program.

This is ideal for people 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 staff, coaches, and program participants. 

Cost: $2495 for 12 months

What you get:

  • Access to all of our courses, including downloads, templates, and activities for 1 year.
  • Lifetime access to a private Facebook group and WhatsApp chat groups so you can network with and receive support from other trainees. 
  • Personalized feedback of training homework for all courses.
  • 12 monthly personalized coaching sessions covering all aspects of the training.
  • 12 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, plus a Certificate of Accomplishment in Social Impact Leadership & Organizational Management.

Participants work through the training on their own, but each month a training topic is focused on with the cohort and participants are encouraged to complete courses in the timelines provided so they can stay on track with the cohort. Participants are expected to work on their training & homework for at least 3-5 hours each week, but may find they need more time. 

If you cannot afford the program fee, we may be able to offer your a full or partial scholarship based on your financial need. This program option is limited to 15 participants per cohort, and an application is required.

Next cohort starts in early 2021. Sign up below to get notified when applications are open. 

Organizational Learners

For organizations that want to train & equip their staff. 

This program is available to organizations only, who want to offer our training to some or all of their staff members or volunteers. 

Cost: $2495 or higher, depending on team size

What your team gets:

  • Access to all of our courses, including downloads, templates, and activities for 1 year.
  • Lifetime access to a private Facebook group and WhatsApp chat groups so they can network with and receive support from other trainees. 
  • Access to course activities that they complete on their own, so everyone can practice and retain the things they have learned.
  • 2 or more group coaching sessions to review the training, ask questions, and go deeper into the topics.
  • Access to curriculum to read offline if your team prefers to save data.
  • Certificates for each successfully-completed course, plus a Certificate of Accomplishment in Social Impact Leadership & Organizational Management for each of your team members.

Participants work through the training on their own, but are encouraged to also meet as team to review and discuss the training topics. Teams are encouraged to complete one to two courses per month so that the full curriculum can be finished in one year. 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 needs to identify one or more training supervisors from your leadership team. These are people who will supervise and support your team's training with Cultivate.

What training supervisors get:

  • 4 personalized coaching sessions to equip them to support your team.
  • A training supervisor guide that offers insights, tips, and resources to help them succeed in their role.
PROGRAM PREVIEW:
10 Core Leadership Training Topics
1.

Leadership Development

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

Key Themes:

Effective & authentic leadership
Building confidence & self-awareness
Accountability
Rest and balance in leadership

2.
Community Development

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

Key Themes:
Types & stages of community development work
Principles of asset-based community-led development
Community assessments
Finding your community's needs and assets through appreciative inquiry
Community mapping
Program design
Problem and solution analysis (or problem and solution tree)

3.
Programs and Organizational Planning

Identifying the focus & activities of your nonprofit or community organization, planning & launching it successfully.

Key Themes:

Time management & action plans
Creating a business plan
 Mission & vision statements
Program descriptions
Program objectives
Target market analysis
 SWOT analysis
Program operation plans
Client marketing & communications
Human resources
Expense budgets
Complexities in planning & program execution
Program launch strategies

4.
Cultural Adaptability

Understanding the culture of your potential donors & supporters.

Key Themes:
American cultural beliefs and practices
Understanding American philanthropic history & context

*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 trainees better understand the culture of their potential donors. 

5.
Fundraising

Finding potential donors through online campaigns, crowdfunding, grants, events, and other fundraising through individuals, businesses, faith groups, and others; making the ask; donor stewardship.

Key Themes:
Fundraising best practices
Types of funders
Fundraising with individuals
Fundraising with businesses, religious organizations, and civic groups
Networking, research & finding donor prospects
Fundraising with foundations & governments, writing grants
Crowdfunding
Events
Donor stewardship & retention
Creating an income budget & plan

6.
Financial Management

How to manage and use donated funds within established best practices and the expectations of your donors.

Key Themes:
Bookkeeping (using Microsoft Excel)
Cash flows & budgeting
Financial reporting
Designated funds
Ethical considerations of financial management
Security, privacy and accountability
Establishing financial procedures & policies
Financial accountability & transparency
American expectations & cross-cultural dynamics in financial management
Fiscal sponsorship

7.
Communications

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:
Storytelling principles
Gathering stories
Donor cultivation & stewardship
Mailings
Newsletters
Annual Reports
Blogs
Websites
Social Media – Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, & LinkedIn
Creating a communications strategy & calendar
Creating a Customer Management Database (or CRM)

8.
Technology

Working with free online technology to help you advance your work.

Key Themes:
Using apps and software programs
MailChimp for e-newsletters
Hootsuite for social media
Canva for designs & publications
Microsoft Word
Microsoft Excel
Email basics, Gmail & Google
Cloud storage
Photography & Videography Basics
Editing photos & videos
Project management tools
Online security & privacy
Best practices to keep your technology up-to-date and secure

9.
Impact Assessment (Measurement & Evaluation)

How to measure & evaluate your impact.

Key Themes:
The importance of measuring impact
Most significant change technique
Creating an impact strategy & assessment tools
Interpreting your impact data
Changing programs based on data

10.
Governance, Human Resources, & Management

How to have an effective & efficient program; working with staff, volunteers & board members; and ensuring proper governance, accountability, and transparency.

Key Themes:
Ongoing program management
Creating a yearly calendar for all your organization's activities
Staff training, morale, & advancement
Working with a board of directors or leadership team
Governance policies & procedures
Recruiting volunteers
Working successfully with volunteers
Accountability & organizational transparency
Registrations, licensing & legal considerations
Strategic planning

10 Core Leadership Training Topics

1. Leadership Development

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

Key Themes:

Effective & authentic leadership
Building confidence & self-awareness
Accountability
Rest and balance in leadership

2. Community Development

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

Key Themes:
Types & stages of community development work
Principles of community-led development
Community assessments
Finding your community's needs and assets through appreciative inquiry
Community mapping
Program design
Problem and solution analysis (or problem and solution tree)

3. Programs and Organizational Planning

Identifying the focus & activities of your nonprofit or community organization, planning & launching it successfully.

Key Themes:

Time management & action plans
Creating a business plan
Mission & vision statements
Program descriptions
Program objectives
Target market analysis
SWOT analysis
Program operation plans
Client marketing & communications
Human resources
Expense budget
Complexities in planning & program execution
Program launch strategies

4. Cultural Adaptability

Understanding the culture of your potential donors & supporters.

Key Themes:
American cultural beliefs and practices
Understanding American philanthropic history & context

*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 trainees better understand the culture of their potential donors. 

5. Fundraising

Finding potential donors through online campaigns, crowdfunding, grants, events, and other fundraising through individuals, businesses, faith groups, and others; making the ask; donor stewardship.

Key Themes:
Fundraising best practices
Types of funders
Fundraising with individuals
Fundraising with businesses, religious organizations, and civic groups
Networking, research & finding donor prospects
Fundraising with foundations & governments, writing grants
Crowdfunding
Events
Donor stewardship & retention
Creating an income budget & plan

6. Financial Management

How to manage and use donated funds within established best practices and the expectations of your donors.

Key Themes:
Bookkeeping (using Microsoft Excel)
Cash flows & budgeting
Financial reporting
Designated funds
Ethical considerations of financial management
Security, privacy and accountability
Establishing financial procedures & policies
Financial accountability & transparency
American expectations & cross-cultural dynamics in financial management
Fiscal sponsorship

7. Communications

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:
Storytelling principles
Gathering stories
Donor cultivation & stewardship
Mailings
Newsletters
Annual Reports
Blogs
Websites
Social Media – Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, & LinkedIn
Creating a communications strategy & calendar
Creating a Customer Management Database (or CRM)

8. Technology

Working with free online technology to help you advance your work.

Key Themes:
Using apps and software programs
MailChimp for e-newsletters
Hootsuite for social media
Canva for designs & publications
Microsoft Word
Microsoft Excel
Email basics, Gmail & Google
Cloud storage
Photography & Videography Basics
Editing photos & videos
Project management tools
Online security & privacy
Best practices to keep your technology up-to-date and secure

9. Impact Assessment (Measurement & Evaluation)

How to measure & evaluate your impact.

Key Themes:
The importance of measuring impact
Most significant change technique
Creating an impact strategy & assessment tools
Interpreting your impact data
Changing programs based on data

10. Governance, Human Resources, & Management

How to have an effective & efficient program; working with staff, volunteers & board members; and ensuring proper governance, accountability, and transparency.

Key Themes:
Ongoing program management
Creating a yearly calendar for all your organization's activities
Staff training, morale, & advancement
Working with a board of directors or leadership team
Governance policies & procedures
Recruiting volunteers
Working successfully with volunteers
Accountability & organizational transparency
Registrations, licensing & legal considerations
Strategic planning

Enroll in the right program for you.

Independent Learner

$49
per course
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Engaged Learner

$495
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Divider Text
Full Cohort Program
$2495
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Divider Text

Org. Program

$2495*
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Courses Available

Your Choice

All Courses

All Courses

All Courses

Personal Coaching

Available for Purchase

2 Calls

2 Calls

4 Calls for Trainers

Group Coaching

X

X

12 Calls

2+ Calls

Course Homework

Complete on Your Own

Complete on Your Own

Feedback & Coaching

Feedback & Coaching

Facebook and Whatsapp

Lifetime Access

Lifetime Access

Lifetime Access

Lifetime Access

Course Access

90-day Access

1-year Access

1-year Access

1-year Access

Scholarships

X

Limited Availability

Limited Availability

X

Trainer Resources

X

X

X

check
Course Certificates
check
check
check
check
Program Certificate

X

check
check
check

Independent Learner

$49
per course
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Engaged Learner

$495
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Full Cohort Program

$2495
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Organizational Program

$2495
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