Area professionals complete Minot’s nonprofit certificate program

Tyler Neether with Town & Country Credit Union provides instruction on how to understand a balance sheet. Submitted Photo

The third cohort of professionals completed Strengthen ND’s Nonprofit Certificate Program March 6.

The Nonprofit Certificate Program was created in 2016 when Strengthen ND and Minot State University’s Center for Extended Learning worked together to create an educational track to meet the capacity building needs of area nonprofit professionals and volunteers.

“The intent of the Nonprofit Certificate Program is to provide an opportunity for nonprofit professionals and volunteers to learn the basics of nonprofit management,” said Megan Laudenschlager, executive director of Strengthen ND. “We’re so appreciative to have Minot State’s Center for Extended Learning as a community partner to bring this accessible and quality program to Minot’s nonprofit sector.”

Strengthen ND and Minot State leveraged the expertise of professionals within the area to facilitate program sessions featuring topics of nonprofit management, including board governance, finance, human resources, grantseeking and grant writing, marketing and public relations, fundraising, strategic planning and action planning.

The participants receiving their certificates were Greg Vettel (Northwest Arts Center), Connie Wilson (Souris Basin Planning Council), Lexi Bahl (ND State Fair Foundation), Brandi Jude (Invisible Innocence), Shelly Bohl (Community Grant Writer), Tim Knutson (Dakota Hope Clinic), Tammy Hammer (New Town) and Paul Stroklund (Minot State University).