READY Nonprofits is a learning track offered by READY Appalachia, the Appalachian Regional Commission’s new community capacity-building initiative offering free training and flexible funding to Appalachian nonprofits, community foundations, local governments, and Local Development Districts.

READY Nonprofits, formerly the Appalachian Nonprofit Resource Center (ANRC), builds off ANRC’s well-established curriculum to help nonprofit executives and board members increase their own capacity, strengthen their organizations, and better serve their communities.

The Fall 2022 term begins the week of September 12 and concludes the week of November 14. Cohorts (groups of three-four organizations) will work with content specialists on one of six topics via online training and coaching during the 10-week period. At the end of the course, participants will have specific takeaways along with access to relevant resources. Six topics are available for nonprofit instruction:

  • Board Development
  • Financial Management
  • Fundraising
  • Human Capital: Recruitment & Retention (New!)
  • Marketing Communications (New!)
  • Programs & Operations

For more information about the nonprofit instruction for Fall 2022, please review the Application Information Packet.

Nonprofits based in the Appalachian Region who complete the Fall 2022 term will have the opportunity to apply for a grant of up to $25,000 for use in a capacity-building project.

Application deadline for the Fall 2022 term is Friday, August 19, 2022, at 5:00 pm EDT.

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Nonprofit Resources

Board Development Resources

  • Nonprofit Board Responsibilities
  • Board Member Job Description
  • Board Self-Evaluation Mechanisms
  • Committee Structure & Responsibilities

Financial Management Resources

  • Talking Finance
  • Financial Policies & Tools
  • Cash Flow Management
  • Decision Framework
  • Balance Sheet Approach
  • Financial Leadership

Fundraising Resources

  • Philanthropic Trends
  • Measuring Fundraising Effectiveness
  • Virtual Fundraising
  • Fundraising Techniques and ROI
  • Development Plans
  • The Board’s Role in Fundraising

Human Capital Resources

  • Staff Recruitment and Retention
  • Remote Work Options
  • Performance Evaluation
  • Salary Policies
  • Professional Development
  • Volunteer Recruitment, Engagement, and Recognition

Marketing Communications Resources

  • Market Research
  • Advertising & Promotions
  • Public Relations & Advocacy
  • Branding
  • Social and Digital Media
  • Crisis Communications

Programs & Operations Resources

  • Scenario, Paradigm, & Strategic Planning
  • Program Evaluation
  • Operations Refresh
  • Strategic Alliances & Mergers
  • Mission Alignment & Values
  • Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

Below are recent examples of resources for the above topics.

Nonprofit Brand Communications Guide: Five Ways to . . . Make Your Brand Messaging More Effective

Description: This downloadable guide includes the five areas that are part of all successful messaging strategies; two guided activities to use to refine your organizations messaging; and an self-assessment tool to help you identify. . .

Your Most Important Asset: Recruiting and . . . Retaining Nonprofit Talent

Description: Are staffing issues keeping you awake at night? Check out the PPT from the ANRC’s May 2022 webinar entitled, Your Most Important Asset: Recruiting and Retaining Nonprofit Talent. Tom Hooper of Jobs for the Future. . .

Red Flags, Yellow Flags – Are Your Financial . . . Statements Trying to Tell You Something?

Description: This resource, available as a download from BoardSource, details those “warning signs” that nonprofits should be aware of when reviewing their financial statements, such as the opinion letter, balance sheet, and income. . .

“Find Me the Money” Webinar

Description: This webinar is the third hosted as part of the ARNC Alumni Professional Development Series. Set as a conversational format facilitated by ARC’s Bettina Jones, two experts – Tracey Rowan from the Economic Development . . . Administration and Courtney Spearman representing the National Endowment for the Arts – explain the types of grants available from their respective federal agencies and the process/schedule for various funding programs. Cheryl Hargrove, the ANRC administrator with a long history of applying for and managing grants, discusses the advantages and disadvantages of federal funding – and how to evaluate opportunities that are right for your organization. ARC’s Antonella Salmeron instructs users on how to access the grants.gov portal.

Your Most Important Asset: Recruiting and . . . Retaining Nonprofit Talent

Description: Are staffing issues keeping you awake at night? Check out the PPT from the ANRC’s May 2022 webinar entitled, Your Most Important Asset: Recruiting and Retaining Nonprofit Talent. Tom Hooper of Jobs for the Future. . .

Leading with Intent

Description: This report is the tenth in a series launched in 1994, and is organized around four categories: 1) The Work – What Boards Do & How Well They Do It; 2) The People – Who Boards Are & How They Are Structured; 3) The. . .

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