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Civic Leadership Academy

2014-2015 Brochure 

CLANIU's Civic Leadership Academy (CLA) will be entering its 10th year of programing during the 2014-2015 season. This year marks the inauguration of four new specialization tracks in Community/Economic Development, Human Resources, Government, or Nonprofits. Civic 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. The Academy recognizes this and has adapted its programing to cross the boundaries of private, public, and nonprofit sectors.

The Academy's 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.

For complete descriptions of the workshops, download the 2014/2015 CLA Program Brochure here. Workshop hours are accumulated over the course of 3-years, and earned as follows: a full day workshop is 5 hours, a half day workshop is 2.5 hours.

Registration:

Standard Registration

First Time Attendees Registration

DeKalb County Nonprofit Partnership Member Registration

 

Date | Specialization | Location

Thursday, May 7, 2015 

Understanding your Government's Finances and Financial Position 
Presented by Brian Caputo, M.P.A., CPA, Chief Financial Officer/City Treasurer, City of Aurora (bio)

NIU Naperville
Full Day 8:30 AM - 3:30 PM 

Civic Leadership Specialization Tracks
• Governmental

Target Audience
• Leaders of Government Organizations
• Management, Key Positions of Government Organizations
• Finance and Accounting Personnel

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Thursday, May 7, 2015 

Understanding Zoning and Code Enforcement: What You Need to Know
Presented by Lance C. Malina, Kathie T. Henn, and Michael A. Marrs, Klein, Thorpe and Jenkins, Ltd. (bios)

NIU Naperville
Half Day 8:30 AM - 12:00 PM 

Civic Leadership Specialization Tracks
• Community Development
• Governmental

Target Audience
• Leaders of Government Organizations
• Management, Key Positions of Government Organizations
• Community Development Officials
• Planning Officials

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Thursday, May 14, 2015 

Nonprofit-Government Partnerships and Contracts: Challenges and Opportunities of Working Together - NEW This Year!
Presented by Alicia Schatteman, PhD, Department of Public Administration, Northern Illinois University (bio)

NIU Naperville 
Half Day 8:30 AM - 12:00 PM 

Civic Leadership Specialization Tracks
• Community Development
• Governmental
• Nonprofit

Target Audience
• Leaders of Government and Nonprofit Organizations
• Management, Key Positions of Government and Nonprofit Organizations

DCNP discount eligible workshop

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Saturday, May 16 and May 30, 2015
NEW THIS YEAR! 

Fundraising - 2 Day Special Boot Camp
Presented by Alicia Schatteman, PhD, Assistant Professor at NIU in the Division of Public Administration and the Center for NGO Leadership and Development

NIU Naperville  
Full Day 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Objectives

  • Learn the preparation required to ask a prospective donor for support
  • Discover what information and materials are needed to make an “ask”
  • Learn the materials that donors want in order to make a good decision
  • Learn what to say and what to never say

 Description

This special 2- full day course will address specialized and applied instruction in fundraising, including solicitation techniques, donor recruitment, and customer relationship management technologies.  Find the donors who are right under your nose and increase your donor base.  This is a good “first step” session for those who want to establish or expand a fundraising program.  The lifeblood of every fundraising program is systematically and continuously finding prospects and persuading them to become donors.  Learn how to find prospects and determine if they are interested in funding your cause.  Learn the process that prepares your prospect for a funding “ask”.

Note: This workshop does not have an early bird registration rate.

Pricing for the 2 Day Special Boot Camps:
Regular Registration   $250.00
First Time Attendee    $200.00
DCNP Members          $100.00

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Monday, May 18, 2015
NEW THIS YEAR!  

Leadership for Elected Officials
Presented by Greg Smith & Thomas Melody, Klein, Thorpe, & Jenkins, Ltd.

Prairie State College, Chicago Heights
Half Day 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM 

Objectives

  • Learn which laws have a major impact on the administration of local government operations
  • Discern the differing roles and responsibilities of elected officials and staff

Description

Public administration involves the application of many different legal principles. From the Freedom of Information Act, to the Open Meetings Act, to the roles and responsibilities of elected officials and staff, to mandates from the State and Federal governments, there are a multitude of considerations to be made when approaching your role in local government.

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Thursday, May 21, 2015

New Civics and the Impact of Globalization
* This is a required CLA Certificate Workshop
Presented by Greg Kuhn, Sikich (bio)

NIU Naperville 
Full Day 8:30 AM - 3:30 PM
(This event is also offered on November 19, 2014 at the NIU Hoffman Estates Campus.)

Target Audience
• Leaders of Government and Nonprofit Organizations
• Management, Key Positions of Government and Nonprofit Organizations

DCNP discount eligible workshop

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Saturday, May 23 and June 13, 2015
NEW THIS YEAR! 

Advocacy for Nonprofit Organizations – 2 Day Special Boot Camp
Presented by Alicia Schatteman, PhD, Assistant Professor at NIU in the Division of Public Administration and the Center for NGO Leadership and Development

NIU Naperville  
Full Day 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM

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

Description
Specialized and applied instruction to advocate on behalf of a nonprofit organization in the public policy process, including the formation and evaluation of policies.

Note: This workshop does not have an early bird registration rate.

Pricing for the 2 Day Special Boot Camps:
Regular Registration   $250.00
First Time Attendee    $200.00
DCNP Members          $100.00

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Tuesday, May 26, 2015 

Sex, Guns, Marijuana & God - Issues that Local Government Tangle with Today - NEW This Year!
Presented by Adam Simon and Daniel Bolin, Ancel, Glink, Diamond, Bush, DiCianni & Krafthefer, P.C. (bios)

NIU Hoffman Estates Special Evening Workshop
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Civic Leadership Specialization Tracks
• Community Development
• Governmental
• Human Resources

Target Audience
• Leaders of Government and Nonprofit Organizations
• Management, Key Positions of Government and Nonprofit Organizations
• Frontline Personnel
• Human Resource Personnel

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Saturday, June 6 and June 20, 2015  
NEW This Year!

Grant Writing – 2 Day Special Boot Camp
Presented by Alicia Schatteman, PhD, Assistant Professor at NIU in the Division of Public Administration and the Center for NGO Leadership and Development and Tracy Rogers-Tryba, Center for Governmental Studies

NIU Naperville
Full Day 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Objectives

  • Learn the value of a mission statement and goals
  • Create an organizational chart and identify the contributions of each individual or group
  • Identify a project, and a related list of potential stakeholders, for which they want to seek grant funding
  • Develop an outline for a grant proposal
  • Understand the benefits and challenges of external funding and the role that internal and external grants play in meeting fiscal needs
  • Identify the range of grant opportunities for your organization 

Description

Specialized and applied instruction in grant writing, including identifying potential grants, drafting proposals, administering awarded funds, and understanding legal obligations.  Examine the strategies for creating effective grant applications. Participants will be challenged to identify their organization’s goals, experiences/skills, limitations, resources, and commitments and to consider how to create the components generally required throughout the application process.

Note: This workshop does not have an early bird registration rate.

Pricing for the 2 Day Special Boot Camps:
Regular Registration   $250.00
First Time Attendee    $200.00
DCNP Members          $100.00

 

Tuesday June 9, 2015 
NEW This Year!

Fundraising and Financial Management for Nonprofits

Presented by Alicia Schatteman, PhD, is an Assistant Professor at NIU in the Division of Public Administration and the Center for NGO Leadership and Development     

Prairie State College, Chicago Heights  
Half Day 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

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

Description

Nonprofit financial management is all about discipline to build a solid revenue base, a well-supported budget, clear financial objectives and policies and the discipline to keep to the plan. Evaluate where your organization is today. Please bring copies of your budget and most recent 990 to evaluate during the workshop. What are the financial signals you are sending to potential donors?