“The actual organization, Georgia Center for Nonprofits, has been around [for] years and has been a wonderful support for both small and large nonprofits across the state,” said Tina Grubbs, executive director for Bartow Collaborative. “I have been involved with their training courses almost 15 years. ... I consider them to be professionals of the professionals in the nonprofit sector. So I feel like that they have everything to offer to help an individual grow, to help board members develop and to really help your organization kind of understand where they are and where they need to be.
“... Personally, I was involved in a program called Access365, which is a part of their Nonprofit University. A couple of us in Cartersville took trips to Atlanta on a monthly basis for different courses. They offered a wide variety of certification courses as well as professional development. So when I got there — I hadn’t been there in a couple of years — I was taking in what they offered and realized we needed to have that in Cartersville. We needed to see what we could do to offer our folks in Cartersville that opportunity at a low cost . ... We started the conversation and they were excited. They have done some of this in the south Georgia area with taking their courses on the road. So they felt like this would be a great opportunity.”
The first satellite course will be Diagnosing Your Business Aug. 22 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Cartersville-Bartow County Chamber of Commerce’s AB Community Room, 122 W. Main St.
According to http://www.gcn.org, “To ensure that your car stays in good shape, you have periodic tune-ups and someone to take a look at its parts to see what needs adjusting or replacing. The same should be done with any business/nonprofit. Don’t wait until a crisis erupts to address areas that need attention. Learn how to analyze and diagnose your business and the environment it operates in, to identify areas of excellence while recognizing and addressing potential problems. In this educational session, you will discover the best practices for successful fundraising by tapping into the expertise of Firespring — a company that has completed more than 10 years of focus group research with nonprofit constituents and donors.
“At the end of this course participants will be able to:
• Identify key parts of your organization that can accelerate or hinder your growth.
• Evaluate current operations and create a roadmap for maximizing organizational operations performance.
• Diagnose business challenges and areas for development. Participants will evaluate current operations and create a roadmap for maximizing organizational operations performance.”
Since the course is limited to 50 people, those interested are encouraged to register early by visiting http://www.gcn.org/events/nonprofit-university/Diagnosing-Your-Business. The registration charge, which will cover lunch and course materials, will be $10 for people serving the Bartow community and $25 for those working outside the county.
“We met a couple of consultants while we were doing Access365, and I just really realized this was the right time for Bartow County,” Grubbs said. “I’ve had a lot of individuals to request classes. They want to know where to go, where to find them. ... So we began a conversation with Georgia Center [for Nonprofits], and we took a look at how much it’s going to cost. And it does cost for us to provide this.
“... So we felt like we could look at the Northwest Georgia Community Foundation for some support and the [Cartersville] Service League for some support. So we wrote grants and that’s how we are going to be able to do this. We’re going to be able to bring it to Cartersville with those funds.”
Following Diagnosing Your Business, three courses will be conducted, with financial sponsors needed for the last two: Accounting for Your Mission in October, Building Community Capacity Through Grant Collaboration in February and Using Social Media for Funder Relationship Building in May. The first course is sponsored by Cartersville-Bartow County Chamber of Commerce, the Not for Profit Executive Roundtable, The Cartersville-Bartow Community Foundation — an affiliate of The Community Foundation of Northwest Georgia — and the Cartersville Service League.
“The Georgia Center for Nonprofits, it’s known as the premier training center for nonprofit executives,” said Cheryl Hyde, government and community development for the chamber and its liaison to the Not for Profit Executive Roundtable. “We run the [Not for Profit] Executive Roundtable out of the chamber and it just seems like an obvious fit. Tina Grubbs brought the idea to us and it was a no-brainer. This was amazing that she can even make this happen in this county.
“... What we hear all the time is that the training is so far away and expensive. Most of the nonprofits that are in our community are smaller and have a small staff. So when they have to take a whole day or two or three to go to a class far, far away, that’s just not an option for them. So I just think it’s going to boost the education for the executives in this region.”
For more information about the upcoming courses or to inquire about sponsorship opportunities, contact Grubbs at firstname.lastname@example.org.