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Target Audience

Directors, CEOs and key people including senior management in non-profit organisations.

Outline

A Chief Executive Officer (CEO) is the leader and public face of many non-profit organisations. They are the highest position of authority in the chain of command but are held accountable by the Board of Directors. The role of a CEO in a non-profit is varied and differs from the CEO of a “for profit” company, The aim of this course is to outline the specific roles and responsibilities of the CEO in a non-profit organisation.

This course will provide interactive training on the role and key responsibilities of the CEO. As the link between the governance and operational elements of the organisation, it will explore the relationships within the role such as the CEO/Board, CEO/Staff and other stakeholder relationships. It will highlight the expectations of the various stakeholders from the CEO.

It will describe the skills and characteristics required to be a successful CEO in a non-profit organisation and recognise when things can go wrong. Finally, the organisational risks and internal policy and procedures required to maintain a compliant and effective CEO position in the organisation will be outlined.

Methodology

Delivered virtually via Zoom.

Target Audience

Charity Trustees and key people including senior management, employees and volunteers in the non-profit sector.

Outline

Charity Trustees and key people including senior management, employees and volunteers in the non-profit sector should be familiar with the law relating to Anti-Money Laundering (AML) and Counter Terrorist Financing (CTF) and how this relates to non-profit organisations. This requires training on identifying suspicious activities and how to proceed, as well as training in relation to organisational risks and internal policy and procedures required to combat AML and CTF in the organisation.

This is an introductory course on the topic of AML & CTF obligations and responsibilities in the Republic of Ireland.  The aim of this course is to outline the roles, obligations and responsibilities in relation to vigilance and prevention in the area of AML and CTF legislation.  The course will outline the requirements of the legislation and present them in a non-profit organisational context to demonstrate the practical impact on organisational activities.

Methodology

Delivered virtually via Zoom.

Target Audience:

This 2 hours’ session is aimed at people who have little to no experience of using Canva, or graphic design.

What is Canva?

Canva is a free-to-use online graphic design tool. Use it to create social media posts, presentations, posters, videos, logos and more.

Course Outline:

  • Opening and creating a Canva account ​
  • Canva for Non-Profits​
  • Creating a design; using templates or creating from scratch ​
  • Searching and editing elements ​
  • Using template photos from Canva or uploading ​
  • Adding text and using different fonts ​
  • Saving and downloading designs ​
  • Sharing and collaborating designs ​
  • Design for Print​
  • Managing your Brand

Methodology

Delivered virtually via Zoom.

Target Audience

Individuals or organisations interested/involved in setting up and running a small non-profit organisation, or supporting others doing the same.

Outline

  • Recognising Abuse
  • Reporting Concerns
  • Responding to Allegations
  • Safeguarding Culture

 This course aims to enable to learner to understand:

  • The principles of safeguarding
  • The indicators of abuse
  • The roles, responsibilities, and actions a person should take in safeguarding vulnerable adults at risk of abuse.

 As the learner progresses through the course, they will become aware of how to:

  • Respond appropriately and accurately to reports and allegations of abuse
  • Recognise safeguarding needs and potential indicators of abuse with vulnerable adults
  • Recognise Responsibilities and understand their responsibilities as a care provider
  • Record important and relevant material accurately and promptly
  • Report any abuse allegations to the appropriate manager & where criminal activity is suspected contact the Gardai.

Methodology

Delivered virtually via Zoom.

Target Audience

CEOs, Senior Leaders and Managers. Upper and middle management is central to effectively communicating with internal and external stakeholders and ensuring transparent communication between the board and the rest of the organisation.

Outline

CEOs, Senior Leaders and Managers play a primary role in ensuring the non-profit organisation operates within effective governance practices. Recognising the myriad responsibilities these people have, this workshop will help build awareness of the current governance culture and what is needed to close the gaps to establish a best practice governance environment. Siobhán will introduce a coaching framework, the GOVERN™ framework, which CEOs, Senior Leaders & Managers will be empowered to use in formal and   informal conversations with teams, peers, and the board. It will help support developing a culture of more evenly shared responsibilities throughout the organisation though empowering others.

Methodology

An interactive workshop delivered virtually via Zoom.

Target Audience

All people working in the non-profit sector.

Outline

How do you move from launching your strategic plan to ensuring effective implementation? This workshop will bring a mix of theory, best practice and practical steps on how to implement. You don’t have to have a shiny strategic plan to attend – this workshop will support people interested in how to turn words into positive outcomes.

This workshop will break down the steps to implement your organisation’s strategic plan effectively. Participants will be given best practice examples to illustrate how each implementation step can be approached. Participants can, if they wish, bring their Strategic Plan with them to use for group work.

This workshop introduces essential internal planning and reporting framework that will help align your work and your organisation’s work with its strategic goals. Applicable to all levels in an organisation i.e., anyone who is passionate about maximising their productivity and focusing their work will have something to gain by coming along.

Methodology

In person.

Target Audience

Anyone involved in advocacy or looking to influence policy or legislation in an area of work relevant to their non-profit organisation.

Outline

Ever wondered how can our organisation secure a legislative or policy win? This workshop has been developed to share an insider-outsider perspective on how to succeed in influencing policy or legislative change for your organisation. The workshop will inform and provide a practical roadmap.

The workshop is led by Jillian van Turnhout who is a former independent Senator who, in her five years, was successful and recognised by both TV3 and the Irish Times as ‘Senator of the Year’. In addition, Jillian is a former Chief Executive of the Children’s Rights Alliance and, in this role, spent seven years successfully advocating for policy and legislative change. Before her time in the Seanad, Jillian worked and volunteered on many successful campaigns. Since her time in the Seanad, Jillian has successfully influenced legislative changes in the Scottish Parliament and Welsh Assembly.

Overview of workshop 

Part 1: Understanding – knowledge building

  • The Oireachtas
  • The legislative calendar and process
  • Seanad Commencement Matters and Dáil Topical Issues
  • Parliamentary Questions
  • Tips on how to inform and influence TDs and Senators 

Part 2: Influencing – how to effect change

  • Defining your issue and policy/legislative solution
  • Setting goals and objectives
  • Identify the target audience and who to influence
  • Stakeholder mapping and building partnerships/alliances
  • Creating effective communications

Ending: Questions and Answers – draw on Jillian’s expertise for your organisations’ campaign

Methodology

Delivered virtually via Zoom.

Target Audience

People responsible for branding and marketing or creating presentations within an organisation. Basic PowerPoint skills are essential for this course.

Outline

Learn how to create a branded template for your non-profit organisation. Learn how to use the Slide Master to enable you to create a professional template quickly.

Methodology

Delivered virtually via Zoom.

Target Audience

Prior experience of using Microsoft PowerPoint is essential.

Outline

In this short course you will learn how to create infographics in PowerPoint.

Story – we’ll start by considering your data and how best to display it for maximum impact.

Colour – you’ll understand the importance of colour and how to choose additional colours that complement each other and apply this in themes.

Design – you’ll learn the fundamental basics to arrange shapes to create infographics. Shapes – you’ll learn advanced tools to allow you to create any shape imaginable.

Icons – you’ll learn how to use icons, change the colours and edit the icons. You’ll discover where to find additional icons if you cannot find the right one in PowerPoint.

Format – you’ll learn how to use special effects with both shapes and text. You’ll learn time- saving tips and tricks to make your infographic looks professional.

Methodology

Delivered virtually via Zoom.

Target Audience

Anyone needing to develop an understanding of the basics of Project Management.

Outline

The activities of organisations typically fall into two categories – operations and projects. Operations are ongoing – they are predictable, necessary functions – and they give a charity a solid base. Projects on the other hand are disruptive – they’re time-bound and unique – and when managed correctly, they bring about transformative change.

This short workshop is designed for anyone who leads or contributes to change projects within their organisation. It will help you distinguish projects from operations, it will increase your understanding of the project life cycle, and it will provide you with the basic tools and processes for designing and managing projects effectively.

  • Project Management Basics
  • Project v Operational Management
  • The Project Plan
  • Integrated Project Management
  • Budget, costs and cash flow
  • Change management.

Methodology

Delivered virtually via Zoom.