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Volunteer Management - Continuing Education Programs In Wisconsin

Working in the nonprofit sector can be as awarding as it is challenging especially with the ever changing policies, rules, funding, clients' needs, and volunteer's goals. Here is a list of universities and colleges that are offering nonprofit management trainings, workshops, and certificates.

University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire

University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire's Continuing Education department offers a nonprofit management certificate, nonprofit workshops, professional grant writing certificate, Wegner CPA's nonprofit roundtable series, and numerous other nonprofit management seminars and presentations.

Upcoming Seminars:

Supervisory Management: Maximizing Team Talent and Motivation

Does your organization properly match its people to their roles? “Talent matching” is quickly becoming a new catch phrase in supervisory circles, but often supervisors are not aware of the talent they are managing, thus individuals are never fully aware of their abilities. Managing talent is directly related to concepts of employee motivation and drive, which supervisors are also responsible for. This elective course lays out activities where participants set goals, blueprint their teams, make vision boards, and determine employee roles and tasks. Participants will also use a 7-step formula while bench-marking similar businesses and industries to address goal achievement strategies. When teams possess realistic roles and goals, they can be properly matched to their talents and tasks. This course focuses on developing individual and team talent management through goal-setting and achievement strategies. All participants will take a 109 question proprietary natural talent survey during the course and be given general interpretation of the results.

What you will learn:

  • Differences between various types of talents and skills
  • How to interpret the natural talent survey
  • How to identify talent in coworkers and team members
  • How to make colored goal vision board posters for implementation at your worksite
  • The 7-step rapid goal achievement formula
  • Best practices in talent matching, drive and individual team member roles and task assignments

When: July 19, 2017
Where: Clarion Hotel Campus Area, Eau Claire
Fees: $300.00

Grant Proposal Writing for Beginners

This full-day session will give you the insights you need to begin the grant writing process with confidence. The course will provide you with the basics of grant proposal writing, where to begin and offer tips and best practice insights that you can implement immediately. You'll leave with the tools and knowledge to immediately begin the process of seeking grant funding.

You will learn...

  • Insider tips for identifying both public and private grant sponsors
  • How to understand what grant sponsors are looking for — and how to deliver it to them
  • A 4-step process for picking sponsors with the highest likelihood of funding your projects
  • The primary elements found in most grant proposals
  • How to recognize the critical details that grant sponsors expect you to address
  • How to avoid common grant writing mistakes

When: September 28, 2017
Where: Clarion Hotel Campus Area, Eau Claire
Fees: $189.00

Advanced Grant Proposal Writing

Do you wish you knew exactly what grant reviewers were looking for? Although the grant application process varies, there are some important common elements which can give you an edge. This full-day, hands-on workshop will provide you with insights into persuasive and effective grant writing through a mock-interview process. This program is a great resource for all grant writers, whether you are writing your first grant or have years of experience.

You will learn:

  • A three-step RFP Analysis Process to identify sponsor hot buttons
  • How to integrate persuasive themes into every section of your response
  • How to create an opening summary that captures attention and sets you apart
  • The critical elements of the grant review process
  • How to interpret reviewers’ comments
  • How to anticipate and preempt reviewer objections as you write your proposal
  • Build the skills to successfully find and gain grant funding

When: September 29, 2017
Where: Clarion Hotel Campus Area, Eau Claire
Fees: $189.00

For more information about the Nonprofit Continuing Education that the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire offers, check out UW- Eau Claire's website by clicking here.

University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee's School of Continuing Education offers two certificates and numerous nonprofit courses. The two certificates they offer are an Introductory Nonprofit Certificate and a Professional Certificate in Nonprofit Management.

Upcoming courses: 

Social Media for Nonprofits

Get an introduction to the use of social media in communicating, marketing, public relations and fundraising for nonprofits. The workshop explores the major social media platforms (e.g. Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, YouTube, Pinterest) as vehicles for nonprofits to reach their members, volunteers and donors.

The workshop employs case studies, interactive exercises, and video commentary from nonprofit management experts to engage learners.

When – Register at any time
Where - ONLINE
Cost - $79
Nonprofit Marketing and Communications Strategies
Marketing is a comprehensive approach to providing services to clients including product, pricing, placement (i.e. location), and promotion. Explore a systematic framework for preparing a thorough marketing and communication plan including media, citizen and community relations.
When – Wednesday, July 12, 2017 from 8:30 am to 3 pm
Where - UW-Milwaukee School of Continuing Education
Cost - $180 if you register by Wed., June 28, 2017 and $195 if you register after Wed., June 28, 2017.
Registration Deadline – Wednesday, July 12, 2017
Ethics and Values in the Nonprofit Sector
Explore key moral issues of, and managerial approaches to, promoting ethical conduct among nonprofit employees. Learn how to promote proper conduct, how to manage ethically and how to handle potential problems in enforcing philanthropy rules.
When – Wednesday, July 26, 2017 from 8:30 am to 3 pm
Where - UW-Milwaukee School of Continuing Education
Cost - $180 if you register by Wed., July 12, 2017 and $195 if you register after Wed., July 12, 2017.
Registration Deadline – Wednesday, July 26, 2017
Valuable Volunteer Management Tools for Nonprofit Organizations
Volunteers are critical components to the operation of successful nonprofit organizations. Explore best practices for volunteer management including effective skill utilization, performance recognition, recruitment, training and liabilities.
When – Wednesday, November 29, 2017 from 8:30 am to 3 pm
Where - UW-Milwaukee School of Continuing Education
Cost - $180 if you register by Wed., November 15, 2017 and $195 if you register after Wed., November 15, 2017.
Registration Deadline – Wednesday, November 29, 2017
For more information about the School of Continuing Education Nonprofit Management program at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, check out UW-Milwaukee's website by clicking here.

University of Wisconsin-Superior

University of Wisconsin-Superior's Center for Continuing Education offers certificate programs and nonprofit and fund development workshops. The two certificate programs that UW-S offers are Fund Development Certificate program and Nonprofit Administration Certificate program.

The Fund Development Certificate program was designed to provide individuals with knowledge, understanding, and skills required to be an effective team or board member for a nonprofit organization.

The Nonprofit Administration Certificate program will provide a well-rounded foundation in administration that helps to develop skills in working with trustees, human resources, evaluation, funding, and marketing.

Upcoming Workshops:
Developing Philanthropic Support 
From research to stewardship, the first-day session, Grant Writing and Solicitation, will cover all the aspects of seeking corporate, foundation and government (CFG) grants that can be covered in a day. Discussion will include researching CFG opportunities, approaching funders, writing (based on your Case for Support in the earlier session) and submitting the proposal, reporting to your donor and stewardship or follow-up with your funder.
In the second day, The Tactics and Management of Individual Fundraising, will cover identifying prospective donors and using research data and databases.  Fundraising tactics: mail, phone, web, social media, estate and legacy gifts, capital campaigns, endowments, and fundraising and/or friend-raising events will be discussed. Managing Cost to Raise a Dollar (CRD) and other fundraising management techniques will be covered as well as the importance of Donor Stewardship.
When – Wednesday, June 7, and Thursday, June 8, 2017; 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Where - UW-Superior
Fee- Each 2-day class (12 hours) is $278.

For more information about Nonprofit and Fund Development program at UW-Superior, check out UW-Superior website by clicking here.


University of Wisconsin-Madison

The University of Wisconsin-Madison's Continuing Studies offers a nationally accredited management development program, the Certified Public Manger (CPM) Program. The CPM Program will prepare managers for the challenges and unique demands of the public management profession.

There are three ways to learn: through a self-directed program, cohort group, and to take individual classes if your end goal is not certification.

Upcoming CPM classes:

Strategies for Effective Supervision
Discover approaches to strengthen your relationship with those you supervise. Through class discussion and exercises, improve your performance of the various supervisory roles you fill: coach, counselor, performance manager, delegator, trainer, team builder, and team manager.

When- Thursday, May 18, 2017 from 8:30am-3:15pm
Where- Pyle Center, 702 Langdon St. Madison, WI

Building Effective Teams
One of the most important tasks facing an organization is building a cohesive team that empowers the organization to reach its goals. Learn proven techniques for effective team development and management that can help you strengthen participative management in your organization and promote long-term enthusiasm for team projects.

When- Tuesday, May 23, 2017 from 8:30am-3:15pm
Where- Pyle Center, 702 Langdon St. Madison, WI

Lean Times, Lean Government

Government agencies at all levels are becoming more efficient by adopting lean practices. Economic and political realities have brought about significant improvements in productivity and citizen satisfaction. Learn various strategies that government agencies of all sizes have adopted to thrive–not just survive–in these difficult times. Explore practical approaches to apply to your organization. Counts as a CPM Resource Management Class.

When- Tuesday, June 13, 2017 from 8:30am-3:15pm
Where- Pyle Center, 702 Langdon St. Madison, WI

Essential Time and Stress Management Techniques
Take an in-depth exploration into the relationship between time and stress. Discover different approaches to managing time and stress, practice stress management techniques, and develop a personal time/stress management system that reflects your values, priorities, roles, and preferences.

When- Wednesday, June 14, 2017 from 8:30am-3:15pm
Where- Pyle Center, 702 Langdon St. Madison, WI

Facilitating Cross-Cultural Groups and Global Teams

Today, organizations work increasingly with staff and partners who come from all corners of the world. As a result, we find ourselves facilitating meetings and teams with significant cultural differences. Learn insights, strategies, and techniques to improve your cross-cultural sensitivity and competence as a facilitator and leader in a culturally diverse context. Explore key causes of cross-cultural misunderstandings and how to overcome them.

When- Thursday, July 27, 2017 from 9:00am-3:30pm
Where- University Research Park, MGE Innovation Center, 510 Charmany Dr., Madison, WI
Cost-$325, includes lunch and book

Taking the Difficult Out of Difficult Conversations at Work

Giving coaching feedback to staff, peers, or your boss, is one of the most difficult communications that leaders or managers do. Receivers can become defensive, the conversation can get off track, and the goal of motivating change while preserving relationships can be lost. We explore specific skills and tools related to coaching and conflict resolution, including how to "manage the moment" if the going gets tough.

When- Thursday, August 3, 2017 from 9:00am-3:30pm
Where- University Research Park, MGE Innovation Center, 510 Charmany Dr., Madison, WI
Cost-$185 through Jul 3, $215 after; includes lunch
For more information about the Certified Public Manager Program at UW-Madison, check out UW-Madison website by clicking here.

        University of Wisconsin-Waukesha

  The University of Wisconsin-Waukesha's Continuing Studies offers a Certificate in Non Profit Administration that can be completed online. They also offer professional development courses that can be taken in person and online focused on business and leadership.

Upcoming Continuing Education classes:

Managing Generations in the Workplace
Get an understanding of managing workers in different generations in the workplace. Discover what motivates each generation at work, what incentives they respond to, and what messages they value. Generations X and Y are significantly different than the Boomer generation. Each generation has different expectations and styles of work in the workplace. Come explore the characteristics of the different generations in the workplace. Discover the current motivations of Boomers, Gen Xers and Gen Yers and what messages they value. Then Identify practical, how-to tips and techniques for managing Boomers, Gen Xers, and Gen Yers in the workplace.

When- June 5-June 30
Where- Online

Conflict Management
A recent study conducted by the American Management Association (AMA) revealed that the average manager spends more than 20 percent of their day engaged in or reacting to a conflict situation. This study also identified that out of twenty-five management skills, conflict management was the only one positively correlated to higher earnings and promotion. Discover a workable conflict management model, discuss case studies in conflict management, and then take away successful conflict management strategies to apply in your workplace.

When- June 5-June 30
Where- Online
For more information about the Certificate in Non Profit Administration at UW-Waukesha, check out the UW-Waukesha website by clicking here.

University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh

The University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh's Department of Public Administration offers a Master of Public Administration (MPA) program as well as an undergraduate Public Administration minor.
The MPA curriculum is composed of three parts for a total of 36 credits: Core Program, Professional Emphasis, and Capstone Experience.
Cost- $480.86 per credit-hour for Wisconsin residents, with no additional fees assessed.
For more information about Master of Public Administration at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh, checked out UW-Oshkosh's website by clicking here.
CVA: Certified in Volunteer Administration

Professional certification signals a commitment to excellence. It confirms that individuals have the knowledge needed to competently attract, onboard and support volunteers. Certification promotes personal confidence, and helps employers hire, verify and reward relevant expertise.

Why Certify?

Benefits for YOU, the individual practitioner:

  • clarification of personal values and professional ethics
  • identification of strengths and areas for growth
  • enhanced self-esteem through peer recognition
  • increased confidence in problem-solving skills
  • increased personal and professional credibility
  • transferable documentation of knowledge, skills, and abilities
  • reinforced commitment to professional excellence
  • may contribute to hiring and job security
  • may lead to more recognition from top management

Benefits to your ORGANIZATION or EMPLOYER:

  • demonstrates employer’s commitment to competence
  • increased confidence in employee abilities
  • quality professional development for employees
  • useful in making hiring decisions
  • relevant framework for performance appraisal
  • identifies and documents leadership potential


Individuals wishing to pursue the CVA certification must meet these requirements in order to register as a candidate:

  1. Minimum of the equivalent of three years full-time experience related to volunteer resources management. This experience can be a combination of several part-time positions, and can include both salaried and non-salaried roles.
  2. Minimum of 30 percent of current position related to volunteer resources management.
  3. Documentation of education and related experience.

For more information about the CVA , check out the Council for Certified in Volunteer Administration's website by clicking here.

Know of any other accredited universities/colleges offering nonprofit certificates or continuing education programs not listed above?  Please let us know by emailing