Leadership & Organizational Development

Communities to Community (C2C)
Community and Economic Development Extension and Outreach

The 2-year C2C program will offer bundled design, educational, business, and leadership development services related to community development. The services will be customized to promote the positive changes and outcomes that client communities desire. Potential outcomes include stabilizing downtown environments; improving citizen participation; encouraging diversity; capitalizing on small business and tourism opportunities; meeting housing needs; or achieving quality of life goals. Selected communities will work in a partnership with ISU faculty, staff, and students.

Community Voices
Community and Economic Development Extension and Outreach

Series of educational meetings aimed to enhance civic understanding and leadership skills of newly arrived immigrants to Iowa. New residents plan the program’s content and program is delivered in participants’ native language with translation to English. Opens a dialogue between new residents and established community leaders, helps participants connect with other new residents and gain knowledge and confidence to take part in community, school and government activities.

keywords:  Latino, Hispanic, immigrant

Consulting and Facilitation services
Community and Economic Development Extension and Outreach

Field Specialists are available for consulting, technical assistance, tailored training, planning, and organizational development services.

Topics and issues include economic development, local government, community planning, tourism, grant writing, nonprofit management, Latino community and business development, Geographic Information Systems (GIS), and housing.

Products available include:

  • Strategic Planning or Organizational Goal--Setting Establish an organizational or community vision and set priorities by engaging key stakeholders in a structured process.
  • Consultation and Technical Assistance-- Specialists work directly with an organization on a problem or issue to provide advice, research, information, and assistance in developing solutions.
  • Board Development-- Training boards of directors to understand their roles and responsibilities in the governance of organizations.
  •  Training Sessions --A variety of tailored training can include professional development presentations, team-building, or one-time workshops on special topics of interest.
  • Facilitation--Group processes and tools are used to help organizations resolve conflicts, organize new community groups, develop partnerships and collaborations, enhance community participation, or strengthen existing group structures.

Customer Service and Hospitality Training
Community and Economic Development Extension and Outreach

Learn basic and advanced techniques to improve your customer service and community hospitality skill sets.

Developing Dynamic Leaders
Community and Economic Development Extension and Outreach, Department of Sociology

Features of this program include networking and a connection to local issues and opportunities, group or individual work around a real project if they choose, and a strong emphasis on personal skills development.

keywords:  leadership, community, volunteer, management

Exito en el Norte/Success in the U.S.
Community and Economic Development Extension and Outreach

ÉXITO en el Norte helps both new and established Spanish-speaking residents meet the challenges of daily life in the U.S., providing critical life skills information and tools, and promoting community involvement, self-sufficiency and overall contribution to local communities across the U.S. Foreign-born residents living in the U.S. face special challenges particular to immigrants living in a new country:

1. language barrier – many adult immigrants do not learn to speak English proficiently enough to effectively communicate while living in the U.S.

2. cultural barriers – misunderstandings may often arise from differences in cultural norms and expectations

ÉXITO en el Norte empowers Spanish-speaking residents living in the U.S. to overcome barriers with a basic understanding of how to navigate daily life in the U.S., an understanding of basic rights as well as responsibilities, and tools to access locally available sources of information on each of these topics: Finances, Healthcare, Education, Taxes, Public Assistance, the Legal System and Immigration.

Fundraising: Making Cents of It
Community and Economic Development Extension and Outreach

Instruction on practical applications of strategies that identify, prospect, acquire and retain donors for capital, annual, endowment and planned giving campaigns. Participants can learn about practices that strengthen fundraising campaigns by using the mission to attract donors and motivating techniques that retain and increase giving through time. They can learn the difference between campaigns, roles activities play during them, how to manage volunteers and staff during them, what they need to have prepared prior to a launch and practice toward an artful ask from the donors. Participants leave with templates/how to’s for campaign promotional material development and management such as: newsletters, special promotions, database design, direct mail solicitations and more.

Grantwriting Training
Community and Economic Development Extension and Outreach

A grantwriting workshop provides hands-on training in identifying relevant grant opportunities and developing successful grant applications. Workshop participants will bring their organizations increased capacity to secure funding to serve their consitutents' needs.

This workshop can be offered as a 3-hour, entry-level workshop that includes exploration of various funding sources and instruction on planning and writing effective grant applications, or as a 6-hour program that includes a follow-up second session during which participants' in-progress grant applications are reviewed and critiqued.  We recommend participants have familiarity with using an internet browser.

Introduction to Plan and Zoning workshops (on-request workshops)
College of Design, Department of Community and Regional Planning

This three-hour program will be delivered on request to cities, counties, or other groups. It is designed to introduce the basic concepts of planning and zoning to local officials. Topics include the comprehensive plan, Zoning and Subdivision Ordinances, and the roles of elected councils and boards, the Planning Commission and the Board of Adjustment in land use decision-making.

Nonprofit Management Academy
Community and Economic Development Extension and Outreach, College of Design

This ten-session series is designed to provide career-enhancing workshops to equip nonprofit professionals with skills to more effectively manage their organizations or specific programs. The classes chosen will be selected by the local staff.


Class participants will develop stronger nonprofit skills through information shared in classes and networking opportunities.