ATTENTION – CNM is pleased to announce we are offering our public seminars online via Zoom. We look forward to serving you and meeting your needs for professional development in new, innovative ways. 

Due to current CDC recommendations regarding COVID-19, CNM has put our in-person public seminars and certificate programs on hold. 

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Get Hands-On With Outcomes: Design-Your-Own Survey Workshop

CNM Fort Worth Westbend I, 1701 River Run, Suite 1002, Fort Worth

Surveys often play an integral role in data collection and analysis, and proper survey design is key to ensuring you are getting answers to the questions you have about your program and its results.  Question creation is one of the most important aspects of an evaluation--the types of questions asked and the way they are […]

Effective Fundraising Leadership

CNM Dallas (Suite 1025) 6688 N. Central Expressway, Suite 1025, Dallas

Leadership is the number one success factor in any fundraising endeavor.  In this session, participants explore: Board and staff leadership in fundraising Ethical practice in fundraising How diversity and inclusion impact fundraising The issues of “overhead” and “full costs” Measuring Fundraising Effectiveness Discussions will draw on pre-reads and participants’ experiences in fundraising to clarify roles […]

Needs Assessment

CNM Dallas (Suite 1025) 6688 N. Central Expressway, Suite 1025, Dallas

The process of planning or developing new programs is complex for many nonprofit organizations, as they need to negotiate with limited resources, challenging field realities, and expectations from stakeholders. Needs and Resource Assessment is a useful approach that can help organizations make better decisions about their interventions and justify their programs based on hard evidence. […]

First Things First: Positioning Your Organization for Fundraising Success–SOLD OUT!

CNM Dallas (Suite 1025) 6688 N. Central Expressway, Suite 1025, Dallas

Is your organization positioned for fundraising success?  Even an effective fundraising program will be limited in what it can achieve if it is operating in isolation.  A truly successful fundraising program with unlimited potential requires that other organizational systems operate successfully and synergistically with fundraising.  This session explores nine organizational elements successful fundraising depends on […]

ABCs of Grant Seeking

CNM Dallas (Suite 1025) 6688 N. Central Expressway, Suite 1025, Dallas

Grant proposal writing should be an integral part of your overall fundraising program. Do you have essential knowledge and skills needed to develop effective foundation proposals? Do you know the three types of proposals?  Do you know the 11 parts of a proposal? Do you know the five stages of grant seeking? This session will […]

Developing the Most Powerful Tool in Fund Development: The Case Statement

CNM Fort Worth Westbend I, 1701 River Run, Suite 1002, Fort Worth

Vision, mission and values statements are essential, but are not substantive enough to compel a prospect to give.  Strategic plans are vital as well, but not compelling to read.  How, then, do we talk about our organization to prospects and donors?  How are we describing the problem our organization addresses and the impact our work […]

Managing the Development Office

CNM Dallas (Suite 1025) 6688 N. Central Expressway, Suite 1025, Dallas

Have you wondered how to build an effective development program and juggle all the infrastructure responsibilities at the same time? There are many roles and competing demands that development staff must be attentive to in the course of raising funds. Staying focused on fundraising goals, while cultivating and stewarding donors and planning, forecasting and reporting […]

Survey Says: Master the Art of Effective Survey Design

CNM Fort Worth Westbend I, 1701 River Run, Suite 1002, Fort Worth

A well-designed survey can serve as a powerful tool to capture client feedback and measure program outcomes. Although some aspects of survey design may seem like common sense, there are research-based practices that are effective in addressing issues related to low response rates, bias, survey fatigue and data quality. In this workshop, we will share […]

Making Anniversaries Work For You

CNM Dallas (Suite 250) 6688 N. Central Expressway, Suite 250, Dallas

Anniversaries arrive with alarming regularity along with many suggestions – some helpful, others not so much - about what they mean and how to celebrate them. While people do not give specifically to anniversaries, these milestones can be strategically maximized to boost fundraising results, deepen relationships with existing donors, rekindle old relationships and raise mission […]

Taking the FEAR out of Feedback

CNM Fort Worth Westbend I, 1701 River Run, Suite 1002, Fort Worth

Feedback is a necessary part of supervision. While most organizations perform the mandatory yearly performance appraisal, many companies are moving towards a more on-going feedback approach with shortened reviews or project status meetings every 90 days. Have you ever struggled to deliver feedback to employees? How about the struggle to receive feedback without being defensive? […]

Understanding Personalities in the Workplace

CNM Dallas (Suite 250) 6688 N. Central Expressway, Suite 250, Dallas

Used by 70% of Fortune 500 companies, DiSC Workplace helps to build more effective relationships with everyone in your organization, regardless of title or role. By appreciating the motivators, actions, and reactions of others, it is a powerful tool in resolving conflict for greater harmony in the workplace. Participants will look clearly at different elements […]

Creating Compelling Messages that Engage Donors and Raise Money SOLD OUT!

CNM Dallas (Suite 250) 6688 N. Central Expressway, Suite 250, Dallas

Successful fundraising depends on compelling messages.  Vision, mission and values statements are essential, but are not substantive enough to compel a prospect to give.  Strategic plans are vital, but not compelling to read.  How, then, do we talk compellingly to prospects and donors?  How can we ensure the messages communicated by board and staff members […]

Managing Organizational Culture

CNM Fort Worth Westbend I, 1701 River Run, Suite 1002, Fort Worth

Cultivating a positive culture in any organization is often a huge challenge if you don’t have the right skills and tools to initiate that change. This course will provide leaders with specific ideas about what they can do, and what they can influence colleagues and subordinates to do in order to enable the day-to-day practices […]

Effective Fundraising Leadership

CNM Dallas (Suite 1025) 6688 N. Central Expressway, Suite 1025, Dallas

Leadership is the number one success factor in any fundraising endeavor.  In this session, participants explore: Board and staff leadership in fundraising Ethical practice in fundraising How diversity and inclusion impact fundraising The issues of “overhead” and “full costs” Measuring fundraising effectiveness Discussions will draw on pre-reads and participants’ experiences in fundraising to clarify roles […]

Social Media Bootcamp: SOLD OUT

CNM Dallas (Suite 250) 6688 N. Central Expressway, Suite 250, Dallas

Social Media Marketing has become a fantastic method of promoting your nonprofit and telling your stories.  Are you overwhelmed at the thought of planning, strategy, writing content and scheduling? Join us for this “Hands On” training experience.  Learning Objectives:  Students who attend this workshop will be able to: Review the current platforms for their nonprofit […]

Strategic Planning 101

CNM Dallas (Suite 250) 6688 N. Central Expressway, Suite 250, Dallas

Strategic planning is an essential process to examine your organization’s mission, vision and values as well as long term goals, strategies and action plans to reach them. In this seminar, we will detail the steps towards a successful strategic plan, what a good strategic plan is (and is not) and best practices to both build […]

Take Your Fundraising to the Top

CNM Fort Worth Westbend I, 1701 River Run, Suite 1002, Fort Worth

You are needed daily. Every moment you spend balancing the demands of fundraising employs your unique gifts, skills and knowledge. This session considers the success factors concerning leadership self-awareness, management style that influence you. Bringing your own self to the art of fundraising is a measure of your success. Learning Objectives: Lead with strength and by example Examine real life examples of inspired […]

ABCs of Grant Seeking

CNM Fort Worth Westbend I, 1701 River Run, Suite 1002, Fort Worth

Grant proposal writing should be an integral part of your overall fundraising program. Do you have essential knowledge and skills needed to develop effective foundation proposals? Do you know the three types of proposals?  Do you know the 11 parts of a proposal? Do you know the five stages of grant seeking? This session will […]

Nonprofit Financials – Understanding Reality and Ensuring a Future–SOLD OUT!

CNM Dallas (Suite 250) 6688 N. Central Expressway, Suite 250, Dallas

Often, the quietest part of a staff or board meeting is the financial portion of the agenda. Financials can be overwhelming and confusing if you don’t understand what you are looking at or aren’t comfortable asking questions. However, it is important for nonprofit professionals and board members alike to be able to understand financial statements […]

Planned Giving–SOLD OUT!

CNM Fort Worth Westbend I, 1701 River Run, Suite 1002, Fort Worth

Would you like to raise more money for your nonprofit…now?  For many of us, starting a planned giving program is something we will do “someday.”  Well, together, let’s make “someday” today! This interactive course introduces the concept of planned giving, as well as an overview of strategies and technical requirements needed to create a successful […]

Non-Profit Budgeting

CNM Dallas (Suite 1025) 6688 N. Central Expressway, Suite 1025, Dallas

Budgeting has its challenges but the result is a valuable tool for your not-for-profit. This course will provide you with an understanding of what a budget is, how a budget is prepared, the methods available to be utilized to compile a budget, and the roles individuals within your organization will play in the budget process. […]

Creating Compelling Messages that Engage Donors and Raise Money

CNM Dallas (Suite 1025) 6688 N. Central Expressway, Suite 1025, Dallas

Successful fundraising depends on compelling messages.  Vision, mission and values statements are essential, but are not substantive enough to compel a prospect to give.  Strategic plans are vital, but not compelling to read.  How, then, do we talk compellingly to prospects and donors?  How can we ensure the messages communicated by board and staff members […]

What’s the Secret Sauce to Donor Retention?

CNM Fort Worth Westbend I, 1701 River Run, Suite 1002, Fort Worth

Nationally donor retention rates are in the tank and the development office is at its highest turnover in nonprofit history. Let’s explore the varied elements that impact your retention story and discuss who is responsible for it anyway. Learning Objectives:  Understand your numbers and how to track and report them for benchmarking Learn how to build a unique matrix […]

Effective Fundraising Leadership

CNM Fort Worth Westbend I, 1701 River Run, Suite 1002, Fort Worth

Leadership is the number one success factor in any fundraising endeavor.  In this session, participants explore: Board and staff leadership in fundraising Ethical practice in fundraising How diversity and inclusion impact fundraising The issues of “overhead” and “full costs” Measuring fundraising effectiveness Discussions will draw on pre-reads and participants’ experiences in fundraising to clarify roles […]

Public Speaking–SOLD OUT!

CNM Dallas (Suite 1025) 6688 N. Central Expressway, Suite 1025, Dallas

Sales pitches, department updates, board meetings, keynote addresses, toasts, or interviews— every public speaking platform is a place to create connections and activate new opportunities. There are many ways to become a great public speaker; this course will provide tools that help you identify your speaking strengths and polish the areas that need improvement. The […]

Successful Small Shop Fundraising

CNM Fort Worth Westbend I, 1701 River Run, Suite 1002, Fort Worth

When you’re part of a small organization and hold responsibility for everything in development from annual giving to planned giving, it can be a challenge to keep all the plates spinning at once. Things inevitably get put on the back burner from time to time. This session will help you discover ways to manage the myriad tasks […]

What’s Next: Reorienting Expectations and Finding Solid Ground

As the country transitions through several new phases over the upcoming months, it is time to rethink our 2020 and 2021 fundraising plans, make needed revisions, develop strategies to take action where possible and to be positioned for success.  Join Dini Spheris consultant Michelle Buchanan who will share lessons learned through the pandemic, offer ideas […]

Planning and Implementing a Major Campaign

Understanding when and how to enter into a major campaign requires careful planning, leadership, and resources. In this session, we will look at all of the variables for planning and implementing a successful campaign. Learning Objectives: Describe the steps in a campaign feasibility study Understand how to objectively stratify your organization's donor base in preparation […]

Building an Annual Development Plan

As the development professional charged with the responsibility of fundraising strategy, how does one build an annual development plan? Whether starting from scratch or expanding an existing annual fundraising operation, there are essential components, people and processes necessary to being successful. This session offers practical advice to create an annual fundraising plan. Course Outline: Components, […]

Planned Giving: Raise More Money Now

Would you like to raise more money for your nonprofit…now?  For many of us, starting a planned giving program is something we will do “someday.”  Well, together, let’s make “someday” today! This interactive course introduces the concept of planned giving, as well as an overview of strategies and technical requirements needed to create a successful […]

Ten Fundraising “Must-Do’s” in This Time of Crisis

The pandemic has made our normal person-to-person and event fundraising strategies unsafe and caused many of us to question both how to and whether we can raise money right now.  So what can we do during this unprecedented time?  Join Carole Rylander, CFRE, to hear about “Ten Fundraising ‘Must-Dos' in This Time of Crisis.”  Taking […]

Career Development: Building a Digital Network and Personal Brand

Building relationships online is just as important as it is in person. Investing in our digital networks and professional brands is a productive way to make connections and cultivate career opportunities. Our professional brands are the "marketing tools" we use to attract those opportunities. In all the places we tell our career stories, we can […]

How to Motivate and Engage Your Board in Fundraising

Engaging and motivating your board is important work that's worth your thought and time. However, working with board members can be intimidating or overwhelming, leaving you unsure of how to relate or where to start. This session will help you understand the board's responsibility for fundraising and discover new ways to engage them in the […]

Making the Ask: Major Gift Discovery, Cultivation and Solicitation

How do major donors think about philanthropy? Understanding their motivations – or philanthropic “faces” – is crucial to making a successful ask. This course will examine the “Seven Faces of Philanthropy” for an in-depth understanding of major donor motivations and then explore asking for a gift using donor-centric discovery, cultivation and asking processes. This session […]

Leading Organizational Change from the Driver’s Seat

Even when we can’t control the world around us, there are ways we can put ourselves in the driver’s seat to lead change in our organizations. There are change management strategies and practical tools to use for evolving and thriving to meet today’s realities. Learning Objectives: Explore successful change management strategies Experience practical tools to […]

Volunteer Management Certificate Program – SOLD OUT!

Develop and strengthen your volunteer program with CNM’s signature Volunteer Management Certificate.  This program is ideal for individuals new to the field or for those wanting to formalize their knowledge in volunteer management.  Over three days of intensive instruction on the essential elements of an effective volunteer program, the Volunteer Management Certificate is designed for […]

First Things First: Positioning Your Organization for Fundraising Success

Is your organization positioned for fundraising success?  Even an effective fundraising program will be limited in what it can achieve if it is operating in isolation.  A truly successful fundraising program with unlimited potential requires that other organizational systems operate successfully and synergistically with fundraising.  This session explores nine organizational elements successful fundraising depends on […]

Major Gifts: Anatomy of a Prospect Call

What is your pipeline to cultivating and requesting major gifts for your organization. How do you begin to secure a plan and move a donor forward to making a major gift? Learning Objectives:  Fill your pipeline with the right people Identify and develop your cultivation plan and keep it on track Establish a purpose and goals Engage and […]

Introduction to Program Evaluation

Program evaluation is a systematic, data-driven review of a program within an organization designed to: (1) answer questions about program effectiveness and efficiency, (2) ensure program activities are connected to the organization’s strategic goals, and (3) provide information that helps increase an organization’s ability to fulfill its mission. Program evaluation allows program staff, and other […]

Philanthropy 101

One of the most intangible yet integral characteristics of a nonprofit is its culture of philanthropy. Along with a comprehensive strategic plan, it is the bedrock on which a great fundraising program is built. Organizations that understand this will have established the foundation that drives successful fundraising. In this first session, learn about the core […]

Nonprofit Budgeting

Budgeting has its challenges but the result is a valuable tool for your not-for-profit. This course will provide you with an understanding of what a budget is, how a budget is prepared, the methods available to be utilized to compile a budget, and the roles individuals within your organization will play in the budget process. […]

Strategic Planning 101

Strategic planning is an essential process to examine your organization’s mission, vision and values as well as long term goals, strategies and action plans to reach them. In this seminar, we will detail the steps towards a successful strategic plan, what a good strategic plan is (and is not) and best practices to both build […]

Resilience at Work

Resilience -- the ability to spring back after tough challenges -- is needed now more than ever in the nonprofit world. Learn ways individuals, teams and organizations can intentionally build their resilience without large investments of additional time or money.  Learning Objectives: Explore successful strategies for people, teams and organizations to build resilience Experience practical […]

Nonprofit Management Certificate Program – Thursdays

The Nonprofit Management Certificate Program is a cohort of seven full-day sessions that provide in-depth instruction on the key components of the operations of a nonprofit. As a cohort, students learn together what it takes to operate a nonprofit organization in a rapidly changing environment. A mix of theory and practice, the certificate program covers […]

Giving USA 2020: Trends in Philanthropy

With an ongoing pandemic and downturn in the economy, fund development professionals are concerned about their fundraising efforts going forward.  This session will provide an in-depth overview of the 2019 Giving USA data and offer insights about the current environment and how to address real emerging concerns. Practitioners will leave with the most current philanthropic data, […]

Social Media, Crowd Funding, and Giving Days

Social media is a tool used by billions daily to connect, to share, and to discover what is happening in their backyard and worldwide. As communication tools change rapidly and crowd funding campaigns grow more and more popular, how can you maximize your organization’s presence to achieve the greatest return? How have events such as […]

Building a Culture of Philanthropy in Your Organization

A culture of philanthropy is an organizational culture where everyone in an organization understands the importance of philanthropy and has a role in encouraging it. From the receptionist to direct service providers (insert teachers, docents or another appropriate word within the context of your nonprofit) to the executive leader and board members, everyone has a […]

State of the Sector Forum – Morning Forum

You're invited to our State of the Sector Forum on August 4th! Your experience and work in the nonprofit sector is significant and your thoughts and feedback should be heard. Sam Hamann, Senior Consultant for our Leadership Consulting Services, will present data from United Ways of Texas' report, Built for Texas: The Impact and Opportunity of Our Nonprofit Sector and from […]

State of the Sector Forum – Afternoon Forum

You're invited to our State of the Sector Forum on August 4th! Your experience and work in the nonprofit sector is significant and your thoughts and feedback should be heard. Sam Hamann, Senior Consultant for our Leadership Consulting Services, will present data from United Ways of Texas' report, Built for Texas: The Impact and Opportunity of Our Nonprofit Sector and from […]

Creating Compelling Messages that Engage Donors and Raise Money

Successful fundraising depends on compelling messages.  Vision, mission and values statements are essential, but are not substantive enough to compel a prospect to give.  Strategic plans are vital, but not compelling to read.  How, then, do we talk compellingly to prospects and donors?  How can we ensure the messages communicated by board and staff members […]