Nonprofit Educational Programs

Nonprofit organizations and other grant seekers on Cape Cod and the Islands looking for funding sources have access to a valuable collection of resources at the Wilkens Library. The Wilkens Library at Cape Cod Community College is a member of the Funding Information Network (FIN), part of the Foundation Center (FC). The Funding Information network provides information on potential funding from foundations, corporations, the public sector and other sources for nonprofit organizations and individuals. Materials in the collection include guides on grant seeking, proposal writing, and texts on nonprofit management/board leadership and giving, and voluntarism/volunteerism. Learn more!

Nonprofit Employee, Volunteer and Board Member Professional Development Courses:

Introduction to Finding Grants using the Foundation Directory Online (FDO) Database
Date: April 17, 2018; 10am-12pm. Register Online Today!
Date: April 18, 2018; 1-3pm. Register Online Today!
Location: Cape Cod Community College, Wilkens Library, 2240 Iyannough Road, West Barnstable
Cost: FREE

Seating is limited and advanced registration is required. Email for more information. 

Nonprofit organizations and other grant seekers on Cape Cod and the Islands looking for funding sources have access to a valuable collection of resources at the Wilkens Library.

The Foundation Directory Online is the most comprehensive and current online source on foundation grants. Access to The Foundation Directory Online database is available in the library. Remote access is not available. The Foundation Directory Online includes detailed information on foundations, with links to current foundation 990-PF tax filings, crucial facts on grants, including the purpose of the grant, and a searchable index of trustees, officers, and donors. The database also includes a tutorial on how to search the Foundation Directory Online as well as links to FAQs, and additional resources.

Foundation Grants to Individuals online is a database of programs that award grants to individuals. Foundation Grants to Individuals Online is available for in-library use only. Remote access is not available. This unique online foundation database of grant programs for individuals is searchable by foundation name, foundation city, foundation state, field of interest, type of support, geographic focus, company name, school name, and free text.

Capital Campaigns for Nonprofits (WPG132-65)

Wed. 4/11/2018; 8:30am-3pm, 1 session *cancelled due to low enrollment
Location: Hyannis Center, 540 Main Street, Hyannis
Cost: $69
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This 6-hour intensive course covers key terminology and practices surrounding running a successful capital campaign. You will learn about the phases of conducting a capital campaign—evaluation, feasibility study, organization, solicitation, and post-campaign activities—as well as how to avoid common pitfalls. Expert video commentary, a case study, and vocabulary game will ensure a solid grasp of the content for execution in your nonprofit organization.


Grant Writing Certificate Series (WPG127-65)
Wed. 2/14-3/7/2018; 3-6pm (4 sessions)
Location: Hyannis Center, 540 Main Street, Hyannis
Cost: $179
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This is an invigorating and informative course that will equip you with the skills and tools you need to enter the exciting field of grant writing! You'll learn how to raise needed funds by discovering how and where to look for potential funders who are a good match for your organization. You'll also learn how to network and develop true partnerships with a variety of funders, how to organize a successful grant writing campaign, and how to put together a complete proposal package.


How to Attract More Donors and Sponsors to Further Your Cause (WPG153-67)
Thurs. 6/7-6/14/2018; 2-5pm, 2 sessions
Location: Hyannis Center, 540 Main Street, Hyannis
Cost: $69
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Did you know there is art and science behind attracting more donors and sponsors to help you further your cause? After all, the more people who want to support your non-profit, the more money you can raise, which will help it to grow. Being mission-driven can often put the focus on the programs and services, as a result, putting marketing on the back burner. You’re so passionate about the cause – how can you make a bigger impact? Just like any business, a non-profit has to make the best use of its marketing dollars to create an integrative plan and not rely on a singular communication like an annual appeal.

So how do you build a bigger donor/sponsor base?
In this workshop you’ll learn how to use the science of connection to create a strong voice or brand and pair it with a smart, strategic marketing strategy to streamline your efforts and position you for greater success.

In this two-session hands-on workshop you’ll learn how to:

  1. Make your marketing communications work harder for you & make the most of your budget
  2. Give your cause a clear strong voice
  3. Use the science of connection to have more emotional appeal & build a more loyal donor/sponsor base
  4. Have a deeper understanding of your ideal donors/sponsors
  5. Attract more sponsors & donors for events and fundraisers
  6. Develop a strategic approach to Integrate PR, Video and Social media
  7. Stand out from similar causes
  8. Engage your community & build your ambassadors
  9. Create a more powerful annual appeal
  10. Create a short-term/long-term marketing plan

When you learn how to attract more donors and sponsors you can make a bigger difference in the lives of those you want to serve!

About the Presenter
Laura Willis is a brand positioning expert and strategist, who has created award winning web and print communications to help local, national and global companies, stand apart from the competition. With over 25 years experience working in advertising agencies and mid to large corporations in the greater Boston area, as well as in her own business, her real-world expertise spans a wide range of vertical industries. Laura has worked with several non-profit organizations from local grass-roots to regional and national and served on a local board for several years. With the launch of Encore Revolution, Laura’s speaking engagements and educational programs combine the brand development process with personal growth and awareness work to inspire business professionals to align with their deeper mission or purpose, to give it an authentic voice and position them for greater success.