Nonprofit Leadership Program
Professional nonprofit leadership classes and the Professional Nonprofit Leadership Certificate Program are community-based, year-round educational offerings that have been strategically designed to support the specific leadership training needs of staff and board members of nonprofit organizations throughout Coeur d’Alene, Post Falls, and all of northern Idaho and eastern Washington. Classes are designed to be interactive, fun and relevant to current and local considerations. Participants will have the option of registering in the Professional Nonprofit Leadership Certificate Program, which requires 50 hours of classroom time, or just taking classes outside of the certificate program. Upon completion of the Professional Nonprofit Leadership Certificate Program requirement, a Certificate of Achievement will be awarded. In both options, completed classes taken will be recorded on transcripts at the University of Idaho. Limited and partial scholarships may be available upon request.
With the approval of the director, up to 10 of the 50 hours of classroom time required for certification could be satisfied with other directly relevant educational workshops, seminars and events. Please discuss this with the director if you are thinking of participating in one of these alternatives.
Classes are designed to prepare nonprofit professionals and board members to lead their organizations to the highest possible level of organizational excellence. Classes will be taught by eight distinguished instructors who have a recognized expertise in the areas being taught.
Nonprofit Leadership Classes - Cost and Special Pricing
- Entire fall Session (five classes, + board seminar) $125 (limited and partial scholarships available, based on need)
- Five class series (not including the board seminar) - $80
- Board Development Seminar (full day - $75. (Includes continental breakfast and lunch)
- Organizational discounts based upon need may be available for three or more staff/board members registering from the same organization — contact Bob Over, Course Director.
See the schedule below and
Classes and Dates
Thursday, September 27
Room 260, Molstead Library
Emergent leadership is a new way to experience leadership. It is about developing authentic relationships, practicing deep listening, and looking at collaboration in a new “emerging” way. It is also about taking an honest inventory of our leadership traits and using these traits to their fullest extent.
Students will be offered new lenses in which to view their work as leaders, co-workers, servants, and human beings. Students will walk away from this class with new methods in which to work with others inside and outside of their organizations and focus areas. Students will receive assessment and practice tools that can be put to immediate use.
This class is NOT a “playbook” on how to be a leader, rather it is an opportunity to reflect, assess, identify and create new possibilities for becoming an emergent leader. This class will expand on the basic principles of Emergent Strategy as created by social activist Adrienne Maree Brown and writer Octavia Butler.
At the end of the class students will:
- Possess a clear understanding of traditional leadership styles and what styles they have been practicing.
- Have identified current leadership traits they possess and how to maximize those traits.
- Have additional tools for leading others and knowledge on how to effectively reach beyond one’s own organization to work toward achieving common goals.
- Be able to create new possibilities for becoming an emergent leader.
Instructor: Juli Stratton
In 2014, Juli became the founder of the North Idaho Pride Alliance, a non-profit organization that focuses on community organizing, LGBT education and advocacy.
In addition to volunteering with the North Idaho Pride Alliance, Juli is a Leadership Action Team member for the Pride Foundation, serves as an adjunct faculty member at Eastern Washington University, and volunteers with the Human Rights Education Institute as well as various other organizations.
As the primary LGBT educator and trainer in North Idaho, Juli has given presentations to health care and mental health providers, social workers, public health professionals, social work students, criminal justice professionals, and various community groups. Juli holds a Master’s degree in Counseling and Community Services from the University of Illinois at Springfield and is the owner of Stratton Consulting.
Friday, October 5
University of Idaho Coeur d’Alene,Harbor Center Rm. 241
8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
(cost to include continental breakfast and lunch)
This is a full-day interactive seminar that will focus on critical core elements for building a board of directors that will make a difference. We will start with accessing existing board practices and organizational maturity. The merits and substance of Vision, Mission and Strategic Master Planning will be reviewed as they relate to the development and recruitment of those current and new board members who will shape the future of your organization. What follows will be strategies, guidelines and a process for finding, selecting, cultivating and hiring the most appropriate new board members. We will also examine paradoxes in the board/staff working relationship, along with an emphasis on the separation of roles, responsibilities, norms and accompanying limits of authority. Job descriptions with responsibilities for both the board and chief executive will be compared side by side. The importance of this relationship will be highlighted through real-life problem-solving scenarios between policy makers (board) and administrators (staff). To further assure a healthy and fun relationship we will identify protocols and strategies that will not only enhance but take the board/staff relationship to a higher level of trust, need and support. Each student will take away new and enhanced skills as well as a well proven, highly effective model for Building Boards That Will Make a Difference.
Instructor: Bob Over
Bob has successfully led and grown non-profit organizations on community, state, and national levels for 35 years. During this time, he was also consulting with other non-profit organizations throughout Colorado and nationally. Bob moved from the Denver area to Durango, Colorado in 2007, and founded Partners for Dynamic Solutions, a consulting group that worked with non-profit organizations throughout Southwest Colorado. While there he also developed, directed, and taught in the first ever Professional Non-Profit Management Certificate Program through Fort Lewis College. In June of 2012 Bob relocated to North Idaho where he also developed, directed, and is teaching in the first ever Professional Non-Profit Leadership Certificate Program in Idaho through the University of Idaho, College of Letters, Arts, and Social Sciences in Coeur d’ Alene. This un-duplicated, community-based, year-around program of non-profit classes and retreats was designed to meet the unique and unmet needs of non-profit organizations throughout North Idaho. In the past 5 years well over 500 un-duplicated nonprofit professionals, board members, and others have been involved in this skill focused education. Additionally, Bob also directs and teaches advanced online classes in Nonprofit Leadership through the University of Idaho. Bob is a graduate of Northern and Western Illinois Universities, where he earned his B.S. and M.S. degrees.
Thursday, October 11
Molstead Library Room 260
6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
When idealism and good intentions end, conflicts, disagreements, and anger can lead to poor morale, an uncomfortable work environment, and sometimes even a lawsuit. Actual or perceived actions and words often are the stimulus for hard feelings, poor performance, and even organizational sabotage. Discrimination, role confusion, board/staff firing, polarization on important issues may not always lead to legal action against just your organization, it can also target individual staff and board members. On occasion this has led to closure of an organization. We will discuss proactive policies and procedures to follow, including Best Practices to have in place in order to avoid costly, time consuming, and energy draining situations. The student will take away a check list of what proactive policies, procedures and activities to have in place, in addition to what to do when an unfortunate challenge arises.
Instructor: Jay Sturgell
Jay Q. Sturgell attended the University of Idaho, College of Law and received his law degree in May of 1994. He was actively engaged in the practice of law in Idaho from 1994-2012. A past President of the Idaho State Bar, Jay is also a former Bar Commissioner for the 1st and 2nd Districts, a past President of the first District Bar, and served both as a Public Defender and Prosecutor at different times in his career. Jay has worked for the Federal Government and the State of Idaho as both a Deputy Attorney General and a Special Deputy Attorney General. He has also worked for the State of Oregon as a Special Assistant Attorney General. His work history also includes working as the City Attorney for three small Idaho cities as well as the water district. In July of 2012, Jay closed his private practice and became the Court Assistance Officer for the First Judicial district and travels to all five counties in that district.
Thursday, Oct. 18
Room 260 Molstead Library
6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Your message is what it’s all about. Your nonprofit’s message is what gets people interested in the work you do, inspires them to donate to your cause and keeps them invested. In order to effectively share this message, a communications strategy and a plan to execute it is a must! Join Kari Anderson, Principal of Incite! Consulting Group to learn about key elements of a communications strategy and come away with a communications plan for your nonprofit. We’ll discuss how public relations practices such as blogs and newsletters, social media and web strategies and marketing plans fit into your organization’s overall communications strategy. Best of all, you’ll come away with an annual communications plan for your nonprofit.
Instructor: Kari Anderson
Kari launched Incite! Consulting Group to provide organizational leadership, fundraising strategies and systems to overhaul small and medium size nonprofits. Her coaching with nonprofit leaders utilizes best practices, industry research and real-time stories from the field and the school of hard knocks. In addition to her consulting practice, Kari is President of Blacktie Northwest. Black tie empowers nonprofit organizations by providing access to online event planning and convenient, easy, one-stop web-based technology for heightening awareness, raising money, managing events, communicating with supporters and managing critical data.
Prior to launching her consulting firm, Kari spent 20+ years in key leadership roles with seven nonprofit organizations. As the Executive Director or a lead development staff member, Kari focused on leadership, organizational change and fund development for Lutheran Social Services, the Muscular Dystrophy Association, American Heart Association, The Logan School for Creative Learning, Real Colorado Soccer, the Vail Valley Foundation and Central Washington University.
Thursday, October 25
Room 260 in Molstead Library
6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
A well-managed volunteer program can offer incredible value to your organization. A piece-meal approach to volunteerism will waste time and money. This class will show you how to develop a high-impact volunteer program that will have benefits for growing your program while saving money and time. Most nonprofit leaders can’t afford to reduce their program offerings in order to have the time required to create such a strong volunteer program, but there are ways of accomplishing program growth and having a strong volunteer support system at the same time. We will address the how-to of this strategy. You will learn how to leverage your volunteer program in support of organizational program goals.
Instructor: Jacki Maker
For over 19 years Jackie has been a volunteer with Union Gospel Mission, and also the director of volunteers at the Center for Women and Children through August 2014. She brought on and managed 300 High Impact Volunteers at the Center for Women and Children. Her previous experiences managing volunteers at a church in Spokane for 11 years gives her much experience of both good and bad approaches when selecting, managing, and keeping volunteers. She lives in Coeur d’ Alene with her husband, where she works as a business consultant with JACKIEMAKER.COM working with both non-profit and for-profit entities on areas where they are experiencing challenges. Jackie’s heart and passion is to help others succeed.
Thursday, November 1
Room 260 in Molstead Library
6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
The term “human relations” refers to a business movement that started over 100 years ago, when a handful of theorists and practitioners realized that most problems in the workplace were relationship problems: Co-workers with each other; workers with supervisors and supervisors with workers; people within the organization with people outside (like customers and suppliers/contractors); and so on. The results of that movement can be found in almost any modern text or theory of organizational behavior. If you have taken ORGS/PSYC 441, we hope to offer some direction to you to so you might pursue particular areas of interest in depth. If you have not had 441, this module is excellent preparation for that class. We will touch on the human relations issues that impair or improve effective functioning in the workplace: communication, organizational and self-management, teamwork, conflict, and workload (and life balance).
Instructor: Richard Reardon
Richard Reardon received his bachelor’s degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, with majors in both Anthropology and Psychology. He completed masters and doctoral degrees in Social Psychology and Complex Processes at the University of Georgia, Athens. He worked at the University of Oklahoma, Norman, for 18 years before accepting an appointment as Professor and Chair of Psychology & Communication Studies at the University of Idaho in 1998. In 2007, he was appointed Associate Dean for Outreach in Northern Idaho for the College of Letters, Arts, and Social Sciences. Richard has a large teaching repertoire in psychology and organizational behavior, and his research in those areas (and social cognition) is widely published.
Bob has successfully led and grown non-profit organizations on community, state, and national levels for 35 years. During this time and for the past 10 years, his concentration has been on consulting with other non-profit organizations throughout Colorado and nationally. Bob moved from the Denver area to Durango, Colorado in 2007, and founded Partners for Dynamic Solutions, a consulting group that worked with non-profit organizations throughout Southwest Colorado. While there he also developed and directed the first ever Professional Non-Profit Management Certificate Program through Fort Lewis College. In June of 2012 Bob relocated to North Idaho where he developed and is directing the first ever Professional Non-Profit Management Certificate Program in Idaho, through the University of Idaho, College of Letters, Arts, and Social Sciences in Coeur d’Alene. This unduplicated, community based program of non-profit classes and retreats has been designed to meet the unique needs of non-profit organizations throughout North Idaho. Bob is a graduate of Northern and Western Illinois Universities, where he earned his B.S. and M.S. degrees.
"The spring 2017 Nonprofit Leadership Class exceeded my expectations. The quality of instruction was top notch, and diverse. I particularly enjoyed the opportunity to get involved in class discussions and interactive exercises."
— Clark Richman, Director Trinity Group Homes
"I think anyone connected with a nonprofit organization would greatly benefit from this class. The information is relevant and taught by experts."
— Cary Kelly, Bonner County Commissioner and Panhandle Animal Shelter board member
"This is a great and affordable way for people to gain the necessary information to start, run and improve their nonprofit."
— Tertza Dibble, Program Director Boys and Girls Club
For additional program information, contact Bob Over, Director, Professional Nonprofit Leadership Certificate Program, 970-764-7077 or [email protected].