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Excellence in Nonprofit Principles & Practices

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On Oct. 20, Colorado Nonprofit Association announced that starting in January 2017 it will offer year-round professional development trainings free of charge to members. This includes regional in-person trainings, as well as webinars broadcast live across the state.

Any employee or board member of a member nonprofit will have access to this benefit, as well as business members with standard membership or higher and student and individual members.

We are dedicated to strengthening the more than 20,000 public charities in Colorado because they are crucial to a better quality of life in our state,” said Renny Fagan, President and CEO of Colorado Nonprofit Association. “By offering free, high quality professional development to our members, we envision a stronger nonprofit community overall.

In what is believed to be an unprecedented effort of its kind in the U.S. for a state nonprofit association, this benefit represents a cost savings for members, as well as an increase in access to professional development for employees and board members at all career stages.

New Principles & Practices Recognition Program

In addition, Colorado Nonprofit Association will introduce a new recognition – Excellence in Nonprofit Principles & Practices – that can be earned by a nonprofit that sends employees through training in nine of the 10 tracks for nonprofit excellence. The organization will be allowed to display a badge with this honor on their website, in grant applications and other key materials.

The Excellence in Nonprofit Principles & Practices recognition will showcase that a nonprofit and its employees are well rounded in key areas of nonprofit management, and up to date on industry best practices,” said Gerry Rasel, Director of Membership Services for the Association.

All Colorado Nonprofit Association qualifying trainings will be marked as 'Qualifying for Excellence in Nonprofit Principles and Practices.' Participants who wish for any qualifying training to count toward their recognition must:

  1. Attend the training
  2. Complete the post-training evaluation within 30 of completing the training

Professional development trainings are based in the Association's Principles and Practices for Nonprofit Excellence. Training topics can be found at the bottom of every event registration page and include:

  1. Advocacy
  2. Information & Technology
  3. Governance
  4. Communications
  5. Human Resources
  6. Evaluation
  7. Financial Management
  8. Fund Development
  9. Planning
  10. Strategic Alliances*

Track the progress of your organization!

(coming soon!)

The Association will update organizations monthly on their progress via social media, emails, and mailings. If you have any questions about your organization's progress, contact Akila Copeland

*Strategic Alliances trainings do not count toward Excellence in Principles and Practices

The Fine Print

Colorado Nonprofit Association is able to offer members these free trainings, in part, because most presenters volunteer their time and expertise. They want and deserve a full audience. They also prepare based on the number of registrants.

It is important to the success of this program that registrants follow through and attend. If you sign up, show up. If you register and fail to attend more than once during a year – to protect the integrity of our program – we will charge you or your organization the nonmember fee for the missed training. So if you cannot make it, cancel no fewer than 3 business days before the training or find another employee of your organization/business to take your place!

Additionally, completion of Colorado Nonprofit Association's post-training evaluation is required for courses to count toward recognition. You will have 30 days to complete this evaluation. 

Free trainings do not include our cooperative partnerships or major events including, but not limited to: Colorado Nonprofit Week Awards Luncheon, Tech Summit, Leadership Gatherings, Fall Conference & Exhibition, C(3) Forum, Collaborative Networking and other partner events. As always, members continue receiving preferred pricing on these events.