Serving the Organizational and Infrastructure Capacity Building Needs
of the Nonprofit Community in Lackawanna County

Training Programs

Through generous contributions from the Scranton Area Community Foundation and the Moses Taylor Foundation, the Center for Community Leadership and Nonprofit Excellence is able to offer a number of free training programs to 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations servicing Lackawanna County.

Since some of the training programs have a limited number of seats and since the Center aims to ensure that as many nonprofit organizations in our area can benefit as possible, there may be an application process for particular trainings. Each individual from a nonprofit organization must separately apply for the training programs, so an organization cannot apply for multiple individuals under a single application.

2019 Schedule

Type of Training Name of Training Program Provided by Date Time Location Application/RSVP
Major Gifts Development

The Major Gifts Challenge: How to Start and Grow Major Gift Fundraising at Your Nonprofit


Amy Eisenstein Monday, March 4, 2019 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. The SPACE at Olive CLOSED
Communications ALOUD: A Workshop for Live Storytelling (FOR 2019 NEPA MATCH DAY PARTICIPANTS ONLY)


The Goodman Center Friday, March 8, 2019 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Hilton Scranton CLOSED
Board Strategic Board Recruitment and Development


BoardSource Friday, April 5, 2019 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. PNC Field CLOSED
Finance Beyond the Fundamentals of Financial Management: What the Numbers Really Say about your Organization


The Nonprofit Center at LaSalle University Thursday, Wednesday, April 11, 2019 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. The SPACE at Olive CLOSED
Grant Essential Grant Skills The Grantsmanship Center Tuesday, May 14, 2019, and Wednesday, May 15, 2019 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Hilton Scranton – Electric City Ballroom CLOSED
Networking The 2nd Annual Networking with the Funders Event N/A Thursday, June 6, 2019 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Constantino’s REGISTER TO ATTEND
Learning Conference The 2019 NEPA Learning Conference TBA Thursday, September 19, 2019, and Friday, September 20, 2019 TBA Hilton Scranton Application coming soon


Training Program Descriptions

The Major Gifts Challenge: How to Start and Grow Major Gift Fundraising at Your Nonprofit
Facilitated by Amy Eisenstein

Facilitated by Amy Eisenstein, The Major Gifts Challenge: How to Start and Grow Major Gift Fundraising at Your Nonprofit workshop will help you determine how much a major gift is for your organization, identify the best prospective donors for your cause, create cultivation plans for your prospects, learn how to ask for major gifts, develop a stewardship plan for properly thanking your donors, and more.

Please note: In the event of inclement weather on March 4, 2019, this event will reschedule for the following day, March 5, 2019.

ALOUD: A Workshop for Live Storytelling (For 2019 NEPA MATCH DAY participants)
Training provided by The Goodman Center

ALOUD is a highly interactive workshop that teaches participants how to be effective storytellers. The curriculum will cover the structure and qualities of effective stories; why beginnings and endings matter most; how to be specific, concrete and visual; and the importance of moments. This is a special workshop for 2019 NEPA Match Day participants.

Strategic Board Recruitment and Development
Facilitated by BoardSource

Facilitated by BoardSource, the Strategic Board Recruitment and Development workshop is ideal for any strategic board looking to be more intentional about the way it identifies, recruits cultivates and prepares potential members. As a result of attending this training, you will learn how to embrace the central role that strategic board recruitment plays in building an effective board, cultivate an appreciation for the role that diversity and inclusion play in strategic board recruitment, understand how to engage new potential board members, and appreciate the role of the governance committee in supporting and strengthening overall board performance.

Beyond the Fundamentals of Financial Management
Facilitated by The Nonprofit Center at La Salle University

Facilitated by The Nonprofit Center at La Salle University, the Beyond the Fundamentals of Financial Management workshop takes a “deeper dive” into the process of understanding, analyzing, interpreting and communicating information contained in audited financial reports. Through in-depth dissection and analysis of a financial case study, this class will take participants through the process of determining the health and headaches that financial statements reveal. You will learn to look beyond the surface to reveal the truth behind the numbers and how to frame the story for readers of your organization’s financial reports.

Essential Grant Skills (two-day training) 
Facilitated by The Grantsmanship Center

Whether you’re new to grant proposal writing or you’re looking for a professional grant development tune-up, this two-day workshop will give you a thorough overview of the entire grant proposal development process and will help you update your skills to sharpen your competitive edge. PLEASE NOTE: The Essential Grant Skills workshop is valued at $495 per person. Because this workshop is a two-day commitment and there is a maximum of 40 seats, a $50 deposit is required at the time of applying, refunded to you after attending the full workshop. We ask that only one individual per organization attend this workshop in order to allow a maximum number of organizations to attend. Thank you for your cooperation.

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