Nonprofit Learning Cohorts

NAO’s nonprofit learning cohorts are a collaborative approach to capacity building. Small groups of nonprofit leaders will convene around specific shared learning opportunities to discuss mutual issues, learn from the challenges and solutions of their peers, and problem solve together. Each series will be facilitated by a content expert who will guide the cohort, frame each session, and offer tools and resources. Series are limited to 15 individuals per cohort so register now to reserve your spot! 

Five Weekly Sessions via Zoom
$75 for NAO Members
$150 for Yet-To-Be Members

Upcoming Learning Cohorts

Fundraising Through Uncertainty

Begins March 1, 2021 ⁠– Details and registration here.

Learn tried-and-true methods for achieving your fundraising goals this year in our time of uncertainty and strengthen your development program for the future. Presented by fundraising expert Laurel McCombs, Senior Philanthropy Advisor of The Osborne Group, this cohort includes introductory presentations, facilitated discussions, participant reflection and action.

Effective Board Management for Small Nonprofits

Begins March 18, 2021 ⁠– Details and registration here.

This five-part series builds on the lessons from the Becoming a Great Board Member webinar to include tools for effective board management. Join a cohort of nonprofit leaders to learn about board management best practices while gaining insight from each other’s challenges and solutions, and problem solving together. This cohort is for new and potential board members who want to understand the fundamentals of board service, seasoned board members looking to increase their board’s effectiveness, and staff and volunteers who support the board.

Nonprofit Leader as Coach: How to Build and Support Strong Teams

Begins April 9, 2021 ⁠– Details and registration here.

This five-session interactive series will provide you with coaching tools and frameworks, while allowing you practice these with your peers, using real-life challenges that you are facing, working with an experienced executive and leadership coach. Each session will tap into some of the brain-science behind creating supportive working environments. Participants will receive tools and templates that they can use themselves as well as share with their teams.  The sessions are designed to be applicable within the remote working environment as well as translate to a return to the workplace context.

Creating a Strong Volunteer Program for Small, Rural Nonprofits

Begins April 12, 2021 ⁠– Details and registration here.

Are you a small, rural nonprofit that utilizes volunteers but doesn’t have a robust system for recruitment and retention? Are you struggling to adapt your volunteer program to meet the challenges of the virtual world we’re living in? Join a group of your peers for this five-session interactive series that will help you create a strong volunteer program that provides a framework for organizational success and benchmarks for volunteer engagement and satisfaction.

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Prior Learning Cohorts

Below are NAO nonprofit learning cohorts that have either began or completed for the year. Registration for these cohorts is now closed. To be notified of upcoming cohorts, sign up for NAO eNews.

Planning During Change

January 25 to February 22 - Registration is closed.

A five-session interactive series for creating a practical plan to guide your nonprofit through crisis response. Cohort leader Jess Hampton, NAO’s Learning Program Manager will guide participants through the use of "Planning During Change: A Toolkit for Nonprofits," a NAO toolkit specifically designed for short-term planning.

Grantwriting Fundamentals

February 3 to March 3 - Registration is closed.

This five-session interactive series embarks on a unique journey and learning experience into the world of grantwriting. Explore the big picture of writing grants in current times and discuss the detailed nuances of the proposal writing process with grant expert Allison Shirk of Spark the Fire Grantwriting.

Organizational Resilience

February 16 to March 16 - Registration is closed.

This five-session interactive series will help you to establish a more resilient organization through these challenging times. Discover, assess, and apply tools to build or enhance resilience during change that results in a stronger and more sustainable organization.  Led by Corky McReynolds, PhD, CPF. Principal, LeadTeam Consulting.