Take this opportunity to build your nonprofit skills from the comfort of your home or office. Anyone in the nonprofit world will get great benefit from these nonprofit workshops offered on 7/31, 8/1 and 8/15 online via Zoom. If you are starting your own nonprofit or working for a nonprofit organization, you are by definition someone who cares.  Make your caring count by ensuring that you also have the best nonprofit skills. CFU supports those in the nonprofit sector with our nonprofit workshops. Lynn O’Connell’s workshops are the cornerstone of our nonprofit certification program.

Lynn is the director of Computer Core, a nonprofit in the DC area. Over the years, she has worked for several nonprofits, including a national health care grant making organization, and has been the president of the Alexandria Virginia chapter of Volunteer America. She holds a certificate in Nonprofit Management from Duke University as well as a Master’s in Philanthropy from Indiana University.

7/31/2020–The 3 R’s of Volunteers: Recruitment, Retention, & Recognition. Your nonprofit will have a hard time running without a cadre of devoted and talented volunteers. Lynn is past president of Volunteer America Alexandria and will guide you in what you need to know.

7/31/2020–How to Create a Business Plan That Works Learn how to set objectives and create a plan to achieve them. This course will help you research and write the business plan that you will need to lead you toward success.

7/31/2020–Building Your Nonprofit for the Future: Strategic Planning that Works This session will help you select a type of plan that your organization can develop and actually use. Then you will learn how to carry out your strategic planning process and see that “the plan” is implemented. Participants will go home with a completed SWOT (strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats) analysis, strategies to position their organization for long-term success, and techniques to ensure their strategic plan will stay activated.

7/31/2020–How to Start a Nonprofit Organization Walk through the steps of creating a nonprofit or converting an existing organization or business to a tax exempt organization.

8/1/2020– Become a Grant Writer. One of Lynn’s key seminars, this class has been taken by hundreds of CFU students to rave reviews. In just one day, find out how to write grants to get your nonprofit projects funded. Register early—this one may fill up.

8/15/2020–Building and Developing the Best Board.  This workshop is designed to support and enhance the board development process for nonprofits and will highlight key roles and responsibilities of board members and critical areas for skills development. Learn about assessing your current board’s performance, creating/updating your board handbook, and developing a matrix to determine board composition and plan recruitment. Get practical tools to run more productive board meetings.

In addition to helping others develop their nonprofit skills, Lynn is a passionate advocate for adult education and taught her first class 21 years ago (a 4-hour grant writing class) to help her get over a fear of public speaking. Now, she offers more than 15 courses designed for professionals in the nonprofit or small business worlds, ranging from starting a NPO to government bids and contracts.

Students from Lynn’s previous classes have had this to say about Lynn and her workshops to help nonprofits succeed:

“Lynn was well-versed in grant writing and provided a wealth of excellent information/resources.”
“Unbelievable amount of useful information!”
“Very knowledgeable about the subject. Injected stories that were relevant and kept the topic interesting.”
“Excellent, enthusiastic, empowering instructor!”
“Extremely helpful & informative.  Loved the casualness & relaxed atmosphere.”
“Lynn is FANTASTIC: engaging, knowledgeable, highly qualified, realistic.”
“Wonderful–she gave us her years of experience wrapped in a nutshell.”
“Lynn was thorough, covered so much needed information.  She encouraged group input and gave amazing examples.”

Browse all of Lynn’s nonprofit workshops or all of CFU’s nonprofit skills and strategies classes. And learn about CFU’s Certificate of Nonprofit Administration & Leadership.