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 Non-Members

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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

Began January 25, 2021 - 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

Began February 3, 2021 - 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

Began February 16, 2021 - 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.

Fundraising Through Uncertainty

Began March 1, 2021 - Registration is closed

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

Began March 18, 2021 ⁠– Registration is closed

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

Began April 9, 2021 ⁠– Registration is closed

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

Began April 12, 2021 ⁠– Registration is closed

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.

Building a Robust Financial Strategy: Cohort Group for Nonprofit Executive Directors

Began April 29, 2021 ⁠– Registration is closed

Are you an executive director wrestling with the financial implications of a year of great uncertainty? Then this discussion-oriented cohort group is for you. Join a group of your peers for this five-session interactive series that will help you determine how to formulate a financial strategy that works for your organization. The cohort leader will guide participants through discussions on major financial challenges using a framework presented in an NAO-hosted webinar. We’ll look at how to define and gauge financial performance, address business model challenges, right-size your staff and programs, invest in the people who drive your organization’s success and enhance your financial leadership role. Participants will be encouraged to share evolving ideas and experience and can expect to further their peer networks with nonprofit leaders from around the state. 

Grantwriting Fundamentals

Began May 5, 2021 ⁠– Registration is closed

Join a group of your peers for this five-session interactive series and embark 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. Discover resources for finding grant opportunities. Develop strategies for gaining visibility and building relationships with grantmakers. And finally, discover what makes the difference between a good proposal and a great one. This webinar series is targeted to both beginning grantwriters and those who seek to advance their success, as each session begins with a basic framework and builds in complexity through discussion and discovery. The learning cohort is interactive and learner-centric with hands-on activities and resources for ongoing learning.  

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