Nonprofit Strength Builder Workshop Series

Tone up your nonprofit leadership skills and help your organization flex its muscles.

Building on the Community Foundation’s 15-year history of strengthening nonprofits, this interactive and engaging six-session workshop series is designed to help you become a more effective leader, enhance your organization’s capacity for driving change, deepen your impact and make your organization more resilient.

Click below to register for individual sessions.


A Collaborative Experience

Any nonprofit staff member, regardless of career stage, can become a more impactful leader. That’s why we’ve built the Strength Builder series with professionals of all experience levels, as well as nonprofit board members, in mind.

The series is presented in partnership with Dr. Beth Triplett (left), a Dubuque-based nonprofit coach and consultant and founder of Leadership Dots. Workshops will be led by experts in the field, and each will include time for sharing of resources and ideas as we intentionally develop a peer cohort to serve as a network of advisers after the series has concluded.


"The Community Foundation of Dubuque is in a unique position to offer this course. Because the foundation has its finger on the organizational and philanthropic pulse of our area, it is well qualified to lead strategic learning opportunities that prepare local up-and-coming professionals with tools to successfully guide them, their business and the community at large into the future."

John B. Donovan
Director (retired)
Mercy Medical Foundation


Digging Deeper

In each of the six workshops, you will focus on building your leadership capacity in a different, essential area of nonprofit operations.

  • Leadership (February 26, 2019)

    Strong leadership begins with knowing yourself and how you can empower others. Enhance your supervision skills, including employee and volunteer onboarding and accountability, and strengthen your change management muscles.

  • Governance (March 19, 2019)

    An effective relationship between your staff and board is essential for organizational health. Develop tools to clarify board roles and responsibilities and ways to maximize board effectiveness. Learn skills in meeting management, reporting and board development.

  • Vision & Strategic Planning (April 2, 2019)

    Strong organizations have a clear goal and specific path to reach it. Develop tools to create an actionable strategic plan and tactics to communicate progress; learn how to effectively tell the story of your organization’s history and future.

  • Operations & Data (April 30, 2019)

    Learn and share best practices in operational systems and how to effectively manage the daily operations and develop operational resiliency at a nonprofit organization. Get tips on available resources, data collection and reporting methodology and how to prioritize time and efforts to achieve organizational goals.

  • Finances & Budgeting (May 14, 2019)

    From budgeting to audits to completing a 990, there are numerous tasks that help achieve financial stability and compliance. Strengthen your fiscal know-how and become adept at communicating your financial story to board members and funders.

  • Revenue & Fundraising (June 4, 2019)

    Every organization wants to strengthen its presence in the community. Learn how to cultivate partners, sponsors, friends and donors to help your organization achieve your vision and goals.

As you move through the series, you will have the opportunity to apply the knowledge you gain from each session to new discussions, activities and assignments, helping you becoming a well-rounded leader who can, in turn, drive your organization to be more effective and impactful.

Those who complete five of six workshops will receive a digital credential to be used on social media, certifying completion of the Nonprofit Strength Builder leadership training.


“Kudos to the Community Foundation for making this commitment to capacity-building for local nonprofits. This series is a wonderful opportunity for all of us in the nonprofit community to learn new skills, build on existing knowledge and make connections with our peers.”

Miki Robinson
Operations and Marketing Manager 
Bell Tower Theater


Ready to get to work?

Click the links above to register for individual sessions.

Questions? Email Wendy Sweeney

Nonprofit Strength Builder
workshops will run February 26 through June 4, 2019

All sessions will be from 8:30 to 11:00 a.m.
McCarthy Center for Nonprofit Learning
700 Locust St.
Dubuque, IA
Cost: $60 (individual sessions)

Click the links to the left to register for individual sessions.

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