The Nonprofit Microcredential program is a 4-week, intensive training program that will take place over J-term 2022 (Jan 3-28). Students will attend a rigorous slate of nonprofit trainings, including, (but not limited to) grant-writing, fundraising, nonprofit board governance, evaluation, policy and advocacy, and others. Program participants will be led by St. Olaf alumna and nonprofit expert Steph Jacobs, ’03, while applying newly developed skills to one or more real-world, non-profit projects. Technical workshops are facilitated by experts from the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits.
- The program will have a similar time commitment to a course and be supplemented with a variety of scholarly reading.
- Students should plan to engage in the program 5 days/week with the following tentative schedule:
- Mondays + Wednesdays: workshops and information sessions hosted by MNCN
- Tuesdays + Thursdays: independent work time on assigned nonprofit projects
- Fridays: alumni panels and 1:1 time with nonprofit project supervisor
- Optional networking and social events throughout the month
|Introduction to Nonprofits||Sector Research|
|Funding||Advocacy and Public Policy|
|Financial Models||Responsive Program Development|
|Storytelling||Building a Social Media Campaign|
|Strategic Planning and Navigating Change||Minnesota Budget Project 101|
|Governance and Leadership||Finance 101|
|Racial Equity and Disability Inclusion||Board Responsibilities|
Engagement Strategies and Building Coalitions
|Program Evaluation||Principles and Practices|
Students should be prepared to focus full time during the month of January to earning this nonprofit microcredential. The experience combines technical skill development with an application to a real world nonprofit problem. Students will also have the opportunity to network with practitioners in the field, address issues surrounding equity and inclusion in the industry, and build their innovation mindset. This program is open to current sophomores, juniors, and seniors.
Throughout the interim, students will attend ten 2.5-hour workshops led by Minnesota Council of Nonprofits experts. They will also have access to ten 1-hour information sessions on relevant topics.
The Piper Center for Vocation and Career will cover all training fees and expenses for this program. This will be a full time co-curricular experience, and no academic credit will be offered. In order to create a robust, cohort-based community, students will be expected to on campus for the experience (exceptions could be made on a case-by-case basis may be considered).
Steph Jacobs, ’03
Minnesota Council of Nonprofits
The Minnesota Council of Nonprofits (MCN) was founded in 1987 to meet the increasing information needs of nonprofits and to convene nonprofits to address issues facing the sector. Through MCN, nonprofits join together across interest areas to work on issues of common concern to all. Learn more about the resources and tools offered by the experts at Minnesota Council of Nonprofits: https://www.minnesotanonprofits.org/resources-tools