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Nonprofit Management and Leadership Workshop Series

Stay tuned for future dates!
Interested in this course? Email Dr. Deedee Southerlin at tsoutherlin@georgiasouthern.edu.

Overview

The Nonprofit Management and Leadership Workshop Series is designed to meet the needs of today’s nonprofit professional by addressing the most relevant topics necessary to successfully establish, manage and grow your organization. With the aim of providing practical, skills-based training, this five-day program covers a range of management principles.

  • management and board governance
  • budgeting and finance
  • grant writing and resource development
  • strategic planning and marketing
  • human resource and volunteer management
Department of Public and Nonprofit Studies

This program is offered in partnership with the Georgia Southern University Department of Public and Nonprofit Studies. The department offers a range of undergraduate coursework in public administration, nonprofit management and public policy, as well as our nationally accredited Master of Public Administration (MPA).

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Course Information

While certificates can only be awarded to those who take the program in full, the Nonprofit Management and Leadership Workshop Series is designed so that you can still boost your skillset by taking individual, drop-in classes.

Like many across the world, nonprofits have been hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic. Our instructors are working hard to develop new content to address these issues and more during our fall Nonprofit Management and Leadership Workshop series. Please stay tuned for updates.

Nonprofit Organization Nuts and Bolts: The What, How and Why of Nonprofits

This workshop will introduce participants to the nonprofit sector, including considerations of whether to form a nonprofit organization, state and federal regulations concerning nonprofit organizations, and the steps to forming a nonprofit organization, including developing a mission statement, incorporation, IRS determination, initial bylaws, and board development and officers.

Participants will learn the roles and responsibilities of the board of directors, including its most essential legal and governance duties. The session will address how to facilitate an effective board and executive director relationship, how to recruit and select the most effective board members, and ways to support the development of commitment and engagement of board members in the nonprofit’s mission and governance.

Learning Objectives

  • Participants will gain a better understanding of how their organization fits into the nonprofit sector.
  • Participants will understand the steps of forming a nonprofit organization.
  • Participants will gain an understanding of how to build an effective board.

Instructor Information

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Dr. Kristina Patterson
Assistant Professor of Public Administration

Research Interests: Civic Engagement, Community Development, Reducing Inequality, Positive Youth Development, Program Evaluation, Quantitative Research Methods, Mixed Methods Research Methods, Education Policy

Kristina Patterson received her Ph.D. in public policy from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, with a certificate in nonprofit leadership. She also holds a Master of Arts degree in history from Virginia State University and a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology from the University of Virginia. Her primary research interests are focused on opportunities for the development of civic identity, skills and knowledge, particularly for underserved populations and members of historically marginalized groups. She also researches education policy with a focus on improving educational outcomes for economically disadvantaged students. Her research has been presented at the American Education Research Association, the International Society for Quality of Life Studies, the Association for Public Policy and Management, the North Carolina Council for the Social Studies, and to the University of North Carolina Deans Council and the North Carolina General Assembly. Her work appears in the Journal of Teacher Education. In addition, she has co-authored a number of policy reports and policy briefs on teacher preparation through her affiliation with the Education Policy Institute at Carolina (EPIC).

Strategic Management and Marketing for Nonprofit Organizations

Strategic management and marketing are a blend of managerial practices that can be used by nonprofit organizations to improve organizational effectiveness and increase their likelihood of achieving sustained success in increasingly competitive environments. This workshop will teach nonprofit leaders how to best articulate their organization’s position in the external environment and highlight valuable organization competencies that may afford them a comparative advantage.

Strategic management strategies created from this information can provide guidance on internal practices that capitalize on opportunities and overcome challenges. Based on these strategies nonprofit leaders apply marketing practices to best position the nonprofit in the appropriate market with appropriately priced goods and services, delivered in a way that meets the needs of stakeholders and branded to build trust and separate themselves from their competitors.

Learning Objectives

  • Participants will gain an understanding of how strategic management and marketing practices are interrelated and synergistic.
  • Participants will learn how to apply strategic management and marketing practices in the nonprofit context.

Instructor Information

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Dr. Jayce Sudweeks
Assistant Professor of Public Administratio
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Research Interests: Nonprofit Management, International Nongovernmental Organizations, Nonprofit Strategic Management, Govern and Regulation of Biotechnology

Jayce Sudweeks received his Ph.D. in public administration from North Carolina State University in August 2019. His dissertation entitled, Should We Let Them Go: A Narrative Policy Framework Analysis of the Policy Narratives Surrounding the Release of Genetically Modified Mosquitoes in Brazil and the Florida Keys, examines the role of policy narratives on the decisions to release genetically modified mosquitoes in Brazil while releases in Florida were delayed. He is also interested in the management challenges faced by nonprofit organizations. Sudweeks holds both Master of Science and Bachelor of Science degrees in molecular biology from Brigham Young University. He has presented his research at and is a member of the Association for Research on Nonprofits Organizations and Voluntary Action (ARNOVA), the Midwest Political Science Association (MPSA), and the Southeastern Conference of Public Administration (SECOPA). Sudweeks’s research is interdisciplinary by nature and has publications in natural science and social science journals.

Budgeting and Financial Management for Nonprofit Organizations

This workshop introduces important concepts in budgeting and financial management specific to nonprofit organizations. It is designed to help non-financial employees of nonprofit organizations better understand budgeting for grants and general operations, how to read and interpret the financial statements of nonprofit organizations, the audit process, and tax issues related to nonprofit operations.

Learning Objectives

  • Participants will learn basic accounting practices for nonprofit organizations.
  • Participants will learn how to allocate costs to specific grants to maximize funding.
  • Participants will learn how to read and interpret a nonprofit financial statement.

Instructor Information

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Dr. P. Cary Christian
Associate Professor of Public Administratio
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Research Interests: Public Budgeting, Public Finance, Information Technology in the Public Sector, Public Policy, Public Administration, Tax Evasion, Trade-Based Money Laundering, Artificial Intelligence Use in Compliance Enforcement Regimes

P. Cary Christian received his Ph.D. in public affairs with a specialization in public finance from Florida International University in December 2010. He also holds a Master of Public Administration (MPA) from Florida International University and a Bachelor of Science in business administration with a specialization in accounting from Concord University. His research primarily focuses on tax evasion, trade-based money laundering, terrorist financing and artificial intelligence use in compliance enforcement efforts. Christian has research appearing in the Journal of Public Budgeting, Accounting, and Financial Management; the eJournal of Tax Research; the Journal of Public Affairs Education; the Encyclopedia of Public Administration, Public Policy, and Governance; and in an edited book on information technology in the public sector. He has been the principal investigator in a number of applied research projects for governmental entities in the areas of sales tax enforcement, phantomware and zapper utilization in tax evasion, and digital forensics utilization by government. Christian is on the board of directors for a local nonprofit organization, is the chairman of the Statesboro Works Commission, and is on the advisory board of G2Lytics, LLC, a firm based in Nashville, Tennessee specializing in AI-based compliance enforcement solutions for federal, state and local governments.

Part 1: Board Development and Governance for Nonprofit Organizations

This workshop will focus on best practices and trends for effective nonprofit board governance and leadership, as well as board recruitment and retention. The premise is that governing well is essential for strong nonprofits working efficiently for mission achievement and effectively to address critical needs in our communities.

Learning Objectives:

  • Participants will learn the ABCs of board recruitment, including duties, sample forms for board roles and contracts, strategies for developing an inclusive and representative, as well as fund and friend-raising board.
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Dr. Jayce Sudweeks
Assistant Professor of Public Administratio
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Research Interests: Nonprofit Management, International Nongovernmental Organizations, Nonprofit Strategic Management, Govern and Regulation of Biotechnology


Part 2: Resource Development and Grant Writing for Nonprofit Organizations

This workshop will focus on best practices and trends for developing strategic donor and solicitation lists for donor development, as well as learning about grantor-grantee funding fit and match, application, management and compliance.

Learning Objectives:

  • Participants will determine the most effective writing strategies and styles for various grant applications.
  • Participants will ensure compliance and report on a grant’s progress and impact.
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Dr. Kristina Patterson
Assistant Professor of Public Administration

Research Interests: Civic Engagement, Community Development, Reducing Inequality, Positive Youth Development, Program Evaluation, Quantitative Research Methods, Mixed Methods Research Methods, Education Policy


HR and Volunteer Management for Nonprofit Organizations

Strategic human resource (HR) practices are essential for successful nonprofit leadership. This workshop will provide best practices for recruiting, developing, motivating and retaining a highly-skilled and diverse workforce.

Participants will also learn practical strategies to handle day-to-day operations and plan strategically for future workforce needs. Issues of legal rights and responsibilities related to HR will also be discussed. Additionally, the 4 R’s of nonprofit volunteer management and effective strategies for volunteer recruitment, training and retention, and best practices for a successful volunteer management program will be covered.

Learning Objectives:

  • Participants will understand the legal rights and responsibilities of HR.
  • Participants will understand motivation and the role it plays in employee performance.

Closing Session and Graduation for Full Program Participants


Instructor Information

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Dr. Candice Bodkin
Assistant Professor of Public Administration

Research Interests: Local Government Management, Gender and Diversity, Human Resource Management, Public and Nonprofit Management

Candice Bodkin received her Ph.D. in public administration from North Carolina State University in August 2016. Her dissertation entitled, Public Sector Mentoring: An Analysis of Mentor-Protégé Relationships and Their Effects on Outcomes, examines both formal and informal mentoring relationships in local government organizations to determine what attitudinal, organizational and demographic characteristics lead to better outcomes for individuals and their organizations. She also holds a Master of Public Administration degree from North Carolina State University as well as a Master of Education degree in secondary social studies education and Bachelor of Arts degrees in political science and anthropology from the University of Florida.

Bodkin has presented her research at and is a member of the Academy of Management, the Association for Research on Nonprofits Organizations and Voluntary Action, the Public Management Research Conference, American Society for Public Administration, and the Southeastern Conference of Public Administration. Her research on redundant systems in wildfire response systems is published in the Journal of Crisis and Contingency Management. She joined the faculty of Georgia Southern University in Fall 2016 as an assistant professor in the Department of Public and Nonprofit Studies.


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Dr. Trent Davis
Chair and Professor of Public Administration

Research Interests: Public Administration, Human Resource Management, Organization Development and Behavior, Local Government Management, Leadership

Trent Davis received his Ph.D. in political science (with fields in public administration and american government-public law) from Northern Illinois University in May 2007. He also holds a Master of Public Administration (MPA) and a Bachelor of Science in public administration from Missouri State University. His research primarily focuses on organizational change, small group behavior, public service motivation, compensation practices, innovation management and leadership within public organizations. Davis has research appearing in the Review of Public Personnel AdministrationJournal of Public Affairs EducationState and Local Government ReviewNonprofit Management and LeadershipThe Social Science Journal, and Human Resource Management: Problems and Prospects (5th and 6th editions). He joined the faculty at Georgia Southern University in August 2007. Professor Davis has served as the MPA program director since January 2009. He is also the founding director of the Institute for Public and Nonprofit Studies (now the Department of Public and Nonprofit Studies).


Registration

Regular Registration

$695

Drop-In Registration

$200

Stay tuned for future dates!

Interested in this course? Email Dr. Deedee Southerlin at tsoutherlin@georgiasouthern.edu.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, a hardship registration rate is available by request only. Please complete this form to apply. For more information, please contact program manager, Deedee Southerlin, at tsoutherlin@georgiasouthern.edu or at (912) 478-6005.

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Last updated: 9/29/2020