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:

Budgeting in a Nonprofit Organization
Cost: $79
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Access Time: 30 days

This course covers budgets and how they are used in nonprofit organizational settings. You will gain an understanding of the uses and functions of budgets and the relationship between strategic budgeting and tactical budgeting. You will also learn about the organization-wide budget and different budget systems. The course will continue on to slightly more advanced budgeting topics such as capital budgets, cash flow budgets, and opportunity budgets. You will also learn how nonprofit organizations are using different budgeting techniques to handle operating challenges.

After completing this course, you'll be able to:

  • Explain the uses and functions of nonprofit budgeting
  • Describe the different types of budgets used by a nonprofit organization
  • Recognize the use of the organization-wide operating budget and program operating budgets
  • Explain how an operating budget is created
  • Analyze a nonprofit operating budget through variance analysis
  • Describe how a capital budget is used and created
  • Explain the importance of a cash flow budget and describe how it is created
  • Recognize how the budget process can be managed for optimal results

How to Read a Nonprofit Financial Statement
Cost: $79
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Access Time: 30 days

This course will develop your ability to appropriately interpret the major financial accounting statements that are used by nonprofit organizations. Ideally, you will gain an understanding of the types of financial statements that are used by nonprofit organizations, and how they differ from for-profit financial reporting. Also, you should gain an appreciation of both the power and limitations of accounting information in assessing financial performance and decision-making. You will also learn the uses of financial statement analysis, or ratio analysis for nonprofit organizations.

After completing this course, you'll be able to:

  • Identify and describe the documents and financial statements included in a nonprofit organization's financial report
  • Analyze the information found in nonprofit statements of financial positions
  • Analyze the information found in the statement of activities
  • Analyze the information found in the statement of cash flows
  • Describe the nature of business enterprises and nonprofit organizations, as reflected by the statement of financial position
  • Define financial (ratio) analysis and explain its objectives and limitations
  • Identify the various categories of financial ratios used in nonprofit analyses
  • Define and calculate the ratios within each category


Nonprofit Grant Writing Certificate Series (WPG127-65)
Tues. 3/21-4/11/2017; 3-6pm, 4 sessions
Location: Hyannis Center, 540 Main Street, Hyannis
Instructor: Patricia Mitrokostas
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.

Nonprofit Board and Volunteer Development
Cost: $150
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Access Time: 30 days

Volunteers are the lifeblood of most nonprofit organizations. Board members are a special type of volunteer. They help to guide the direction of a nonprofit, to promote the organization in the community, and to ensure that the nonprofit's mission is fulfilled.

After completing this course, you will be able to:

  • Explain the reasons why people volunteer and how nonprofits can make volunteer programs more successful
  • Describe the responsibilities of the nonprofit board
  • Discuss different models for organizing a nonprofit board
  • Describe the differences between a nonprofit board and a for-profit board
  • Explain different approaches for recruiting and filling a nonprofit board
  • Discuss the pros and cons of large vs. small boards
  • Describe why board evaluations are useful
  • Explain why nonprofit boards form committees
  • Discuss typical nonprofit board and staff interactions
  • Describe how nonprofits can develop and maintain a strong volunteer base

Target Audience: This course is intended for adults seeking to gain a basic understanding of board and volunteer development in a nonprofit environment.

Get Results with Your Nonprofit Newsletter (WPG140-65)
*Cancelled due to low enrollment
Instructor: Jen Vondenbrink
Location: Hyannis Center, 540 Main Street, Hyannis
Cost: $39
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Many nonprofits find themselves seeking the right strategies, tools and tactics to make their marketing efforts as effective as possible. This session will help make sense of the noise. When the session is done, you’ll have a greater understanding of marketing basics like goals and objectives. You’ll learn what a “campaign” is and what to write about and offer in that campaign. You’ll be given some simple but powerful tips for how to get your messages opened and read, shared and socially visible. And you’ll see that there are some great tools you can use to help engage with your existing customers and supporters as well as expand your reach to new prospects. Throughout the session you’ll be given opportunities to capture your own ideas and build out the framework of your own “next great campaign.” Join us and start to build a plan that will help you grow your nonprofit by eliciting the responses you want from your supporters.


Introduction to Nonprofit Management 
Cost: $99
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Access Time: 30 days

This course covers management best practices for leading a nonprofit organization. You will gain an understanding of the nonprofit sector and the issues that leaders face in this exciting and growing field. You will also be exposed to the major areas of responsibility for nonprofit leaders, including strategy, managing employees, fundraising, grant writing, board governance, and marketing and social media.

After completing this course, you'll be able to:

  • Discuss the purpose and structure of the nonprofit sector
  • Describe the governance of nonprofits, including the types of boards and the relationship between boards and executive directors
  • Explain how nonprofits establish their vision and strategic direction
  • Describe the nonprofit leadership role and what it entails
  • Discuss servant leadership
  • Outline key ethical issues faced by nonprofits
  • Discuss how nonprofits managers handle staff and volunteers
  • Outline the key financial issues facing nonprofits
  • Describe the key legal issues facing nonprofits
  • Discuss the importance of marketing and communication for a nonprofit
  • Explain the basics of nonprofit fundraising
  • Outline the grant writing process
  • Discuss the growing importance of social media for nonprofits
  • Define and explain social entrepreneurship and social innovation
  • Outline methods for assessing nonprofit performance
  • Discuss trends impacting nonprofits now and in the future

Raising Money for Your Nonprofit: Old and New School Marketing Techniques (WGB112-65)
Tues. 5/9/2017; 3-6pm, 1 session *Please note new date and location
Location: Cape Cod Community College, 2240 Iyannough Road, Maureen M. Wilkens Hall, Room 105, West Barnstable, MA.
Instructor: Erica Waasdorp
Cost: $39
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As a nonprofit you need to raise money to support your mission and programs. This involves a number of different approaches, to include grant writing, special events, major gifts and appeals. But, the number one approach aimed at generating money from individuals still involves sending appeals and emails. This workshop will help you understand the mechanics, metrics and tremendous return of investment for direct mail appeals, coupled with email messaging. 

How to Write a Nonprofit Press Release (WGB088-65)
Tues. 2/14/2017; 11:30am-1:30pm, 1 session
Location: Hyannis Center, 540 Main Street, Hyannis
Instructor: Jim Farrell, PR First
Cost: $15
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The course covers the fundamentals of writing a press release about a business or organization. Key points to be covered include:

What are the types of events within an organization that are typically the subject of a press release:

  • New hires, promotions
  • Company events (anniversaries, awards won)
  • New products/services
  • Projects completed
  • New locations, upgrades

What are the mechanics of writing a press release:

  • Follow newspaper style (Who, what, when, where, why)
  • Should be written in informative and not promotional manner
  • Should be concise

How to improve the odds of having a news release placed:

  • What is appropriate follow-up
  • Where can/should a press release be submitted
  • What are the approved formats (email versus other means, online postings)
  • Understand the receiving media’s audience/geographic reach

How to write a press release:

  • We will write an actual press release as part of the program

Introduction to Finding Grants using the Foundation Directory Online (FDO) Database
Tues. 3/15/2017; 10am-12pm, 1 session
Location: Cape Cod Community College, Wilkens Library, 2240 Iyannough Road, West Barnstable
Cost: FREE

Seating is limited and advanced registration is required. Email to reserve your spot today!

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 toThe 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.