Colorado Nonprofit Association

Mindedge On-Demand Learning

MindEdge courses in nonprofit management offer a comprehensive training program in topics from volunteer development and grant writing, to fundraising and budgeting.

Why Nonprofit Management Training?

Running a nonprofit can be a challenge. To be successful, your organization needs talented grant writers, solid financial management, and committed volunteers to bring your mission to the
attention of your community so you can receive the support you need.

Fundraising, board and volunteer development, budgeting, reading financial statements, leadership, marketing, and setting strategic direction are all addressed in our collection of nonprofit
management courses.

Course List:

▸ Certificate in Nonprofit Management
▸ Nonprofit Management (ACE CREDIT®)
▸ Advanced Grant Writing
▸ Capital Campaigns

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Member Savings

Association members receive a 10% discount on MindEdge courses.

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Sample Executive Director Evaluation


Below is Colorado Nonprofit Association’s past CEO Performance Evaluation. 


Evaluating the Executive Director


Organizations exist in complex environments that include the board itself, the staff, its customers, clients, donors, and other stakeholders; the organization’s traditions, values, and history; its economic, social, competitive and regulatory environment; and so on and on. The organization’s executive serves a key role in carrying out the board’s directives while balancing these numerous – and often conflicting – interests and pressures.


Board/Executive Director Tensions


The board of director’s oversight role brings a fundamental tension to the  board/executive director relationship. Who is ultimately in charge?  There are no firm guidelines about where board oversight leaves off and executive management begins. In this grey area, struggles for power and authority often emerge.


The Board Chair- Executive Director Relationship: Dynamics that Create Value for Nonprofit Organizations


Conventional wisdom emphasizes the importance to a nonprofit organization of its core leadership: a healthy board chair-executive director relationship. Organizational effectiveness is at stake when this relationship is weak, or worse, dysfunctional. While such an assertion may seem intuitively correct, there is a lack of empirical work that explores the dynamics of this key relationship or its influence, if any, on the nonprofit organization.


Board Committees and Descriptions


This article provides detailed information on board committees.

Topics covered include:


Leading a Nonprofit Organization


No matter your title or role, there are plenty of opportunities while working at a nonprofit organization for you to serve as a leader. Whether you are directing a board, chairing a committee, managing a team, or coordinating a project, the goal is always the same — to lead effectively.


Coaching Skills for Volunteer Managers


Coaching is used to inspire and empower people and organizations. When volunteer managers utilize coaching skills, they maximize their team’s potential. Learn and practice several skills that can be put into use immediately.


Watch short clips from the presentation or view the complete session

Coaching Skill: Building Relationships

9 minutes | Learn what has to be true of your relationship in order to effectively coach somebody. Amy shows you how to find what drives a person to volunteer.

Interim Executive Management: Seven Benefits to Consider

Learn how an interim executive director or CEO may be beneficial to your organization in a time of executive transition. Dr. Jackie Eder-Van Hook also shares guidelines for selecting an interim executive. 

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Succeeding with Succession Planning


Read examples of the concerns and misunderstandings about succession planning expressed by CEOs, senior staff and board members. Then, learn how to have a conversation that addresses these issues.

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