2013 Nonprofit Management Academy Offered in Linn County

management classCEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa — Iowans seeking professional development in nonprofit management can register now for the Nonprofit Management Academy offered by Iowa State University in partnership with the United Way Management Assistance Program. The next course is April 25 and classes continue monthly in Cedar Rapids through November.

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach county offices and local United Way organizations offer Nonprofit Management Academies at locations throughout Iowa. Linn County Extension is handling registration for this round of the academy, which can be made by mail or online.

The Nonprofit Management Academy is an opportunity for those in the nonprofit sector to develop their management skills, said Connie Wier, public relations assistant with Linn County Extension. Participants often serve nonprofit human services groups, hospitals, government agencies, faith based organizations, private schools, art and cultural organizations, environmental groups or other nonprofit organizations. They include staff, managers, volunteers, professional association employees, educators and private sector employees who wish to make a career change to the nonprofit sector.

The April 25 course features Quinn Pettifer, of Cedar Rapids Metro Economic Alliance, and Joe Lock, Affordable Housing Network executive director, who will discuss community outreach and internal marketing. Other monthly courses will cover leadership development, organizational culture, fundraising, organizational collaboration, board engagement, social media and inclusion and cultural competence.

All courses will be at the Greater Cedar Rapids Community Foundation, 324 3rd Street SE, Cedar Rapids, Iowa 52401. The registration fee is $70 per course. Continuing education units are available for an additional $25.

Registration information is available from the Linn County Extension website. Mail the registration form and check payable to Linn County Extension to ISU Extension and Outreach -- Linn County, 383 Collins Road NE, Suite 201, Cedar Rapids, IA 52402 or register online.

To obtain a Certificate in Nonprofit Management, program participants must complete any combination of courses totaling six CEUs, Wier said. CEUs are noncredit units awarded at a rate of one CEU for every 10 hours of classroom time. Certification is available upon completion of any 10 Nonprofit Management Academy courses.

Academy participants can expect to gain new ideas, contacts and a professional support network, as well as new information and suggestions on how to apply what they’ve learned, Wier said.

For information regarding registration or accommodations for a disability, contact Lisa Klees at 319-377-9839, extension 303 or by email at lklees@iastate.edu.