Our mission is to provide affordable and efficient capacity building trainings to grassroots organizations, nonprofits, and startup business. We hold training seminars for staff and volunteers.
One-hour Training Rate: $10 per person
Three-hour Training Rate: $20 per person
Upcoming Monthly Membership: $35 per person
We currently hold workshops on Monday evenings from 6:00 to 7:00 pm at The Fledge -1300 Eureka St, Lansing, MI 48912. Each workshop is on a different topic each week or follow a specific them and costs $10 per person.
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Our hiring workshops help our clients develop and strengthen our clients hiring practices by introducing a number of online hiring tools, helping them draft a template for outreach and communications, find resources on hiring practices, and practicing how to hold interviews and knowing which questions to ask prospective employees and volunteers.
Nonprofit Human Resources 101
Our nonprofit human resources workshops help our clients understand the basic concepts and methods in human resource management, including strategic planning, tracking staff/volunteer movements, policy and planning, and develop a HR-to-do list around their organizational goals. 2-Hour sessions includes a job structure and a draft of the hierarchical structure and methods to measure performance.
Nonprofit Marketing 101
Our nonprofit marketing workshops help our clients develop a marketing strategy that best meets their short and long term goals. Whether it’s sales or fundraising, our workshop will help you build a portfolio, find avenues for free and affordable advertising, and create a template with their logo design.
Our fundraising 101 workshops help participants develop the foundational knowledge in individual giving, foundation grants, corporate sponsorship, earned income, and online and peer-to-peer campaigns. We provide you with the resources that you need to get started and begin to outline donors and map funding to impact strategies.
Our fundraising 102 workshops builds off the foundational knowledge gained in our fundraising 101 course. We explore several online platforms that will help you further develop and map funding to impact strategies, manage donor relations and grant applications, and receive donations.
Strategic Planning 101
Our Strategic Planning 101 workshops help participants develop strategic management skills to get from Point A to Point B more effectively and learn how to document these processes so that others can work from their strategic frameworks. Participants will be able to conduct a SWOT Analysis to determine organizational readiness and develop a team and schedule for an upcoming event or campaign.
Strategic Planning 102
Our Strategic Planning 102 workshops help participants develop strategic management skills to get from Point A to Point B more effectively and learn how to document these processes so that others can work from their strategic frameworks. Participants will understand how a SWOT analysis informs the planning process, be able to use the OT Strategic Planning Template, and begin to develop a framework for proposal writing.
Grant Writing 101
Our Grant Writing 101 workshops prepare participants for the grant application process and understand the difference between project, capacity, operating fund, research, and in-kind grants. Participants will understand how and where to search for grants and begin using the OT Grant Management Database templates so that they may begin to the outreach process.
Grant Writing 102
Our Grant Writing 102 workshops help to prepare participants for the grant application process by developing a letter of inquiry template for their organization. Participants will work towards drafting an official letter of inquiry and further develop a workflow for managing and tracking grants through using the OT Grant Management Database templates.
Grant Writing 103
Our Grant Writing 103 workshops further prepare participants for the grant application process by developing a generic and grant specific proposal format. Participants will begin to draft a proposal around a specific campaign or long-term goal to be submitted to a foundation or other donor.
Grant Writing 104
Our Grant Writing 104 workshops help participants develop a draft of budget and monitoring and evaluation plan for their proposal. Participants will learn how to use the OT Budget Manager and Invoice Templates as well as begin strategies in monitoring and evaluation that are tailored to their organizational needs.
Our OT-Starters Workshop is a specialized course in how to start and successfully manage an organization. Whether it’s a nonprofit or small business, it’s important that founders understand how to create a strong foundation that will withstand rapid growth and the tests of time. In this workshop, our instructors go over the various types of organizational structures, general tax information, where to find assistance for registration, how to draft bylaws, organizational management content, use Google Drive as a coordination tool, set up MailChimp, and social media, including Buffer.
OT-Logo Design and Branding 101
Our Logo Design and Branding 101 workshop focuses on logo and brand creation. Our consultants go over your logo design, reviews standard branding practices, color theory, and provides instruction on how to best maintain branding procedures across your organization. Our 101 section focuses specifically on logo design, color theory, and standard branding practices.
OT-Logo Design and Branding 102
Our Logo Design and Branding 102 workshop focuses on logo and brand creation. Our consultants go over your logo design, reviews standard branding practices, color theory, and provides instruction on how to best maintain branding procedures across your organization. Our 102 section focuses specifically on creating standard branding procedures and going over the template for a branding guidebook for your organization.
Our Bylaws workshops help participants develop bylaws for nonprofits and small businesses (Personal LLC). Bylaws are the rules that direct the operations of any organization. One of the first actions of the board of directors of a new corporation is to adopt the bylaws. Our course helps participants understand the drafting process. You’re welcome to bring bylaws and articles of incorporation to discuss and review with our consultants.
OT-Strategic Nonviolence 101
Our strategic nonviolence 101 workshop provides participants with a foundational understanding of civil disobedience, conflict resolution, and nonviolence. Nonviolence has “active” or “activist” elements. This workshop focuses on the use of nonviolence as a means to achieve political and social change. Participants will leave the workshop with a greater knowledge of critical forms of education and persuasion, mass noncooperation, civil disobedience, nonviolent direct action, and social, political, cultural and economic forms of intervention.
OT-Policy Advocacy 101
Our Policy Advocacy 101 provides participants with the foundational knowledge of policy advocacy to make change in their communities. Advocacy encompasses a wide range of activities that influence decision makers. This workshop focuses on both traditional activities such as litigation, lobbying, and public education, and on capacity building, relationship building, forming networks, and leadership development.
Canvassing is the systematic initiation of direct contact with individuals and is used for political campaigning, grassroots fundraising, community awareness, membership drives, and more. Campaigners knock on doors to contact people personally.Our Canvassing 101 workshop helps participants create a plan of action, learn about GIS and remote sensing for canvassing, and how to create easy to use inspirational scripts for volunteers to use and garner support from the community around any topic.
OT-Managing Difficult Conversations
All leaders have difficult conversations at some point in time. Having difficult conversations may never be easy, but there are ways to make those conversations both productive and as painless as possible. Our Managing Difficult Conversations workshop provides participants with steps for any conflict conversations by focusing on four easy methods, inquiry, acknowledgement, advocacy and problem solving.
OT-Monitoring and Evaluation 101
Our Monitoring and Evaluation 101 workshop helps participants make sense of the complex research methods used in M&E, including survey methods, logic frameworks, impact assessments, and rapid appraisal approach. As a result, participants will be able to determine exactly when a program is on track, when changes need to be made, and to prove an organization’s theory of change.
Our MailChimp workshop helps participants effectively manage communications with customers, members, and/or volunteers through the use of the web-based software called MailChimp. MailChimp helps make it easy to build, launch, and measure campaigns across channels with helpful analytics for smarter marketing.
A SWOT analysis is a compilation of your organization’s strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats. The primary objective of a SWOT analysis is to help organizations develop a full awareness of all the factors involved in making a business decision. Our SWOT Analysis Workshop is designed to help participants understand the environment around them, prepare for changes and threats, while also developing a strategic plan for the future.
OT-Public Speaking 101
Public speaking is a part of the art of persuasion. Our Public Speaking 101 workshop helps participants with building confidence around public speaking with a focus on the purposes of informing, persuading, and entertaining. Participants will better understand the methods, structures, and rules utilized in public speaking situations.
Workshops Under Development
OT-History and Theory of Nonprofits
OT-Mission Statements 101
OT-Political Campaigning 101
OT-Political Campaigning 102
OT-Mediation and Negotiation 101
OT-Mediation and Negotiation 102
OT-Theory of Change 101