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Building Your Nonprofit Skills  Strategies: With Lynn O’Connell

August 13, 2018 by Laura

nonprofit workshop teacher, Lynn O'Connell Anyone in the nonprofit world will get great benefit from these nonprofit workshops on  September 13, 14 and 15, 2018 . If you are building your own nonprofit or working for a nonprofit organization, you are by definition someone who cares. CFU supports those in the nonprofit sector with our nonprofit workshops. Lynn O’Connell’s workshops are the cornerstone of our nonprofit certification program.

Lynn is the director of Computer Core, a nonprofit in the DC area. Over the years, she has worked for several nonprofits, including a national health care grant making organization, and has been the president of the Alexandria Virginia chapter of Volunteer America. She holds a certificate in Nonprofit Management from Duke University as well as a Master’s in Philanthropy from Indiana University.

Lynn is also a passionate advocate for adult education and taught her first class 21 years ago (a 4-hour grant writing class) to help her get over a fear of public speaking. Now, she offers more than 15 courses designed for professionals in the nonprofit or small business worlds, ranging from starting a NPO to government bids and contracts.

How to Start a Nonprofit Organization .  Walk through the steps of creating a nonprofit or converting an existing organization or business to a tax exempt organization.

 Building & Developing the Best Board .  A strong and functional board is essential for nonprofits.  Get the inside scoop on how to attract the right people and how to ensuring they contribute. (Lynn isn’t offering this one in May, but look for it again in the fall.)

 How to Create a Business Plan that Works.   Learn to write a business plan that sets objectives and moves you and your organization forward.

 Become a Grant Writer . One of Lynn’s key seminars, this class has been taken by hundreds of CFU students to rave reviews. In just one day, find out how to write grants to get your nonprofit projects funded. Register early—this one tends to fill up.

 The 3 R’s of Volunteers:  Recruitment, Retention, Recognition .   Your nonprofit will have a hard time running without a cadre of devoted and talented volunteers. Lynn is past president of Volunteer America Alexandria and will guide you in what you need to know.

Building Your Nonprofit for the Future: Strategic Planning That Works.   Learn how to do long-range planning that your organization will actually follow. 

Students from Lynn’s previous classes have had this to say about Lynn and her nonprofit workshops:

“Lynn was well-versed in grant writing and provided a wealth of excellent information/resources.”
“Unbelievable amount of useful information!”
“Very knowledgeable about the subject. Injected stories that were relevant and kept the topic interesting.”
“Excellent, enthusiastic, empowering instructor!”
“Extremely helpful & informative.  Loved the casualness & relaxed atmosphere.”
“Lynn is FANTASTIC: engaging, knowledgeable, highly qualified, realistic.”
“Wonderful–she gave us her years of experience wrapped in a nutshell.”
“Lynn was thorough, covered so much needed information.  She encouraged group input and gave amazing examples.”

Browse all of Lynn’s nonprofit workshops or all of CFU’s nonprofit strategies and skill classes .

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