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CLACivic leadership in the 21st Century is complex and requires individuals to identify, analyze, collaborate, and solve pressing societal issues through the efforts of broadly engaged public organizations. NIU's Civic Leadership Academy (CLA) recognizes this and has adapted its programing to cross the boundaries of private, public, and nonprofit sectors. The CLA seminars allow for in-person interactions with fellow participants and instructors using experiential learning techniques. The training program offers a series of workshops across an array of topics central to being an effective leader in the 21st century. Participants who have successfully attended 20 hours in workshops, with 10 hours fulfilled through attendance in two core courses, are eligible to earn a Certificate of Completion. Those wishing to build upon their CLA Certificate may partake in an additional 10 hours of focused workshops to earn the new CLA Specialization in Community and Economic Development, Human Resources, Government, or Nonprofits. Discounts are provided to members of the DeKalb County Nonprofit Partnership (DCNP) for specific workshops within the Nonprofit Specialization Track.Those workshops are noted below.

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Members of DeKalb County Nonprofit Partnership and Giving DuPage Register Here

Standard Registration Here

Rates

Rates are noted below. Special pricing is offered to CLA partner members of the DeKalb County Nonprofit Partnership (DCNP) and Giving DuPage (GD).

Early Bird Registration (14 Days Before Event):
Full-Day Workshop - Regular Registration $200
Full-Day Workshop - *Nonprofit Partner Registion $66
Half-Day Workshop - Regular Registration $100
Half-Day Workshop - *Nonprofit Partner Registration $45

13 Days Before Event Registration:
Full-Day Workshop - Regular Registration $250
Full-Day Workshop - *Nonprofit Partner Registion $75
Half-Day Workshop - Regular Registration $125
Half-Day Workshop - *Nonprofit Partner Registration $56

* Discounts are provided for specific workshops within the Nonprofits Specialization Track to members of the DeKalb County Nonprofit Partnership and Giving DuPage. These discounts are only available to members associated with these agencies.  We reserve the right to retro-actively charge a registrant for the balance of the regular registration fee should their affiliation not be verified by the partner agencies.

Members of DeKalb County Nonprofit Partnership and Giving DuPage Register Here

Standard Registration Here

Program Descriptions

NEW This Year!
Nonprofit Checkup #2 Know Your Numbers: Financial Efficiency

May 2, 2016
Giving DuPage/DuPage County Family Center
1:00 PM – 4:00 PM (check-in time begins at 12:30 PM)

All organizations are concerned with keeping expenses down while growing revenue.  What are the tradeoffs?  Is your organization disciplined when it comes to sticking to realistic budgets?  Are you able to decrease costs by introducing more cost effective processes?  What are your financial numbers (ratios) that indicate financial health to your external audiences? This workshop provides answers to these questions and more.

Objectives

  • To determine your organization’s fiscal discipline
  • To calculate financial ratios related to operational and capital needs
  • To review your processes for potential financial efficiencies

Presented by Alicia Schatteman, PhD, Northern Illinois University Assistant Professor with joint appointments to the Division of Public Administration and the Center for NGO Leadership and Development (bio)

Civic Leadership Specialization Tracks:
Community/Economic Development
Nonprofits

Addresses ICMA Practice Areas:
10. Budgeting
11. Financial Analysis

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NEW This Year!
Strategic Planning - Issue Based and Directed.

May 10, 2016
Giving DuPage/DuPage County Family Center
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM (check-in time begins at 8:30 AM)

This workshop will be hosted in two parts with the morning session focused on the impact of strategic planning on local government, nonprofits, and corporate industry, and local businesses.  Strategic planning is participatory and necessary for organizations as a means of determining their path ahead. The strategic and focused use of a plan can result in success in executing operational plans to drive economic and community development. Organizations engaged in planning are considered to be forward thinking, identifying future challenges while creatively solving problems when looking at the organization as a whole.

Afternoon discussion will center on the differences between sectors' strategic plans and how an individual's role and job plays a crucial part in making a functional and successful plan.  Individuals will learn how to be an effective participant in the planning process.  Register for this workshop and participate in hands-on activities with scenario planning and a sector-driven exercise.

Objectives

  • Understand different strategic planning approaches and techniques and their attendant advantages and disadvantages
  • Gain understanding of the importance of strategic plan implementation and follow-up through best practice applications
  • Learn how strategic planning fits into other organizational functions, such as budgeting and accountability

Presented by Stacy French Reynolds, Anchor Advisors, Ltd. and Tracy Rogers-Tryba, Center for P-20 Engagement, Northern Illinois University (bio)

Civic Leadership Specialization Tracks:
Community/Economic Development
Governmental
Human Resources
Nonprofits

Addresses ICMA Practice Areas:
13.  Strategic Planning

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NEW This Year!
Nonprofit Checkup #3 Know Your Numbers: Program Effectiveness

May 16, 2016
Giving DuPage/DuPage County Family Center
1:00 PM – 4:00 PM (check-in time begins at 12:30 PM)

The need in the community is great and nonprofit organizations help to solve some of the greatest social problems. How do you know you are meeting those challenges? Can you show the impact your organization is having?  It’s not measuring for measuring sake, but instead measuring what matters.  Learn where to start with implementing a performance measurement system. Evaluate your organization’s culture and capacity to make evidence-based decisions.

Objectives

  • To articulate the impact you want to be able to show in the community
  • To evaluate your organization’s culture and readiness to be results-focused

Presented by Alicia Schatteman, PhD, Northern Illinois University Assistant Professor with joint appointments to the Division of Public Administration and the Center for NGO Leadership and Development (bio)

Civic Leadership Specialization Tracks:
Community/Economic Development
Nonprofits

Addresses ICMA Practice Areas
4. Citizen Service
5. Performance Measurement/Management and Quality Assurance

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NEW This Year!
Founders Syndrome: An Analysis of Passion in The Non-Profit Community

May 17, 2016
DeKalb County Community Foundation
9:00 AM - 12:00 pm (check-in time begins at 8:30 AM)

A disease found in nonprofits has its genesis in the inspiration and personality that created the organization.  The ailment is called ‘Founders Syndrome.’ Founders have a vision and it is highly personal. Dealing with Founder’s Syndrome is a typical problem among start-up or small organizations. It is also often a natural part of an organization’s life cycle. The start-up or growth phase of any initiative requires a strong, passionate personality—someone who can make fast decisions and motivate people to action.  

Once this period is over, however, the decision-making needs of the organization or team change. This requires mechanisms for shared responsibility and authority. It is when those decision-making mechanisms don’t change that Founder’s Syndrome becomes an issue.  Ultimately, there is an unbalance of power and unresolved issues can drag an organization down quickly (whether the founder is still involved or not).  In order for an organization to be effective – with the founder still in place or transitioning out – there must be a continued focus on the mission of the organization and the opportunity for the Board to be intimately involved in direction, priority setting and fundraising, among other things.  Other key components of transitioning out of the ‘founder era’ include a focus on Board Development and strategic planning.

Objectives

  • Identify the roots of Founders Syndrome
  • Understand the need to honor organizational history and tradition while managing change
  • Learn the right way to recruit Board members and volunteers for organizational growth
  • Gain perspective on the need for strategic planning as a tool to counter Founders Syndrome

Presented by Kristin C. Miller, Principal, Clark Miller Consulting and Tracy Rogers-Tryba, Center for P-20 Engagement, Northern Illinois University (bio)

Civic Leadership Specialization Tracks:
Community/Economic Development
Nonprofits

Addresses ICMA Practice Areas:
1.  Staff Effectiveness
2.  Policy Facilitation
3.  Functional and Operational Expertise and Planning

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NEW This Year!
Nonprofit Checkup #4 Know Your Numbers:  Communicate Your Numbers

June 15, 2016
Giving DuPage/DuPage County Family Center
9:00 AM - 12:00 pm (check-in time begins at 8:30 AM)

If you are managing your human resources, your financial efficiency and showing significant impact, how do you communicate those messages?  Are you utilizing print and digital forms of communications effectively?  Are you reaching yours?  Do you have a communications plan to deliver those messages? Are you improving transparency and accountability through publicly available documents, the media and online? This workshop provides answers to these questions and more.

Objectives

  • To examine your current communications practices
  • To determine areas of opportunity to improve your communications practices
  • To explore the potential of technology to improve your communications practices

Presented by Alicia Schatteman, PhD, Northern Illinois University Assistant Professor with joint appointments to the Division of Public Administration and the Center for NGO Leadership and Development (bio)

Civic Leadership Specialization Tracks:
Community/Economic Development
Governmental
Nonprofits

Addresses ICMA Practice Areas:
7. Technological Literacy
16. Media Relations

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