Colorado State Partners with United Way and Pbs to Offer New Certificate in Nonprofit Leadership and Management

In a unique partnership, Colorado State University and the United Ways of Loveland-Berthoud-Estes Park, Fort Collins and Weld County are collaborating with the Public Broadcasting System to offer a special intermediate-level course for those in the non-profit field.

The Nonprofit Leadership and Management Certificate is designed to increase professional skills for staff, board members and volunteers. The course consists of an orientation and networking meeting, followed by eight classes, on the third Thursday of each month from 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m. on Colorado State’s campus. Each class will be highlighted by a live, satellite-fed PBS broadcast featuring a nationally recognized expert. The course earns two academic credits–either graduate or undergraduate–which may be applied toward earning or completing a degree.

"There are numerous advantages for participants in taking this course," says Gailmarie Kimmel, manager for credit programs in the Division of Educational Outreach. "They have the chance to participate in eight, live PBS broadcasts and to receive clear, useful information from nationally recognized experts as well as being able to network with peers here in Northern Colorado."

Additionally, onsite instruction will be conducted by Colorado State’s director of Planned Giving, Art Bavoso. Bavoso, a nonprofit professional with more than 30 years of experience, has taught nonprofit administration since 1985 through Colorado State’s department of social work.

Topics will include planning, fundraising techniques, ways to work with governing boards, marketing tips, volunteer recruitment and retainment and how to develop strategic alliances. Throughout the program, there will be ongoing discussions how to manage the day-to-day running a nonprofit operation.

Registration is open now through Aug. 25 through the Division of Educational Outreach at Colorado State. The first class is scheduled for Aug. 31 from 1-3 p.m. and will focus on orientation and networking.

For more information, call (970) 491-5288.