That’s a Wrap! Our Top Nonprofit Professional Development Resources of 2021

Nonprofit professional development has seen a surge as the sector adapted to on-demand learning and opportunities due to the pandemic. We did our best to keep up! We hope you enjoyed all 50 webinars, 104 articles, and 36 podcasts that were published by Nonprofit Hub this year…But, in case you missed any, here’s our wrap of 2021!


The Best in Nonprofit Professional Development Resources:



Overcoming the Overhead Myth with Kiersten Hill

Honorable Mention: Secrets of Year-End Giving Success with Rod Arnold

Have you ever had a donor ask to fund something you have no capacity to provide? We thought so. You’re not alone. The myth that overhead expenses like salaries and benefits don’t equal impact is a bogus and outdated assumption. Kiersten reveals to viewers how this myth originated and how to combat it in the boardroom and donor calls. 

We’re also giving an honorable mention to Rod Arnold’s presentation, The Secrets of Year-End Giving Success.” This powerhouse webinar provided an in-depth look at how leading charities tackle their fundraising. Rod’s templates alone are worth the view!



*Formally known as the Good to Growth Podcast

Flipping the Narrative on Strategic Planning with Joel Kessel

Joel Kessel Good to Growth PodcastDoes your nonprofit have a beautiful and well-articulated strategic plan? Has it sat in a file drawer or hard drive since it was formed? You’re not alone! Over 40% of nonprofits are operating without a strategic plan. Joel shares practical insights on how to keep your long-term vision at the forefront of your nonprofit’s operations. 

BTW…We were so impressed with Joel following this podcast recording that we’ve invited him to be the moderator of our Executive Peer Coaching Groups! 



What is a Vision Statement? Why Nonprofits Need Them. 

Mission, vision, values…how many statements does one organization need? This top-performing blog article breaks down the value and purpose of each. You’ll also get some guidance on how to craft a vision statement that fits and forwards your organization’s mission. 

If you want to go a step further, check out these resources related to mission statements:

Nonprofit Mission Statements: Good and Bad Examples

Creating a Mission Statement Guide



Tammy Charles | How to Create Winning Corporate Partnerships

Tammy, a self-proclaimed “social change geek,” dazzled the audience with her step-by-step guidance on how to approach corporate partnerships. When partnerships focus on addressing social change rather than simply monetizing events and creating PR buzz, the impact is phenomenal. Tammy’s session – in fact, all past Cause Camp sessions – are available to members of the Cause Network.


Robert’s Rules Guide

Honorable Mention: Nonprofit Startup Guide

We thought maybe this was a need in the sector, and WOW, we were right! The number of downloads of this guide after only a few months is astounding. If you’re a regular in the boardroom but need help with the lingo or the governance process, download this free guide!

Also, an honorable mention goes to the Starting a Nonprofit Guide from our partners at BryteBridge Nonprofit Solutions. This guide debuted only a month ago, and we can already tell it’s helping many future nonprofit organizations get their start. 



Board Basics

Board Basics Course GraphicThe Board Basics Course was born out of the realization that many boards wanted to pursue training, but their schedules and limited time during meetings prevented it. The Board Basics series uses 15-minute sessions taught by expert instructors on core areas of governance that board members need to understand and be proficient in. The twelfth and final session of this course will be posted in January! 






Harbor Compliance Nonprofit Compliance Checklist

There are many boxes to check and reports to file in the nonprofit world in order to be compliant with state and federal regulations. Thankfully, our friends at Harbor Compliance prepared an easy-to-follow checklist for nonprofit compliance to help guide the way. This list was one of our most appreciated items sent through the partner dedicated learning series in 2021! View the message here.



Easy Board

The board governance structure of nonprofits can be complicated and burdensome. Our friends at EasyBoard, however, have literally made the work of board governance much easier. No more lost in translation emails, meeting reminders, or re-sending of board documents. This easy-to-use portal helps nonprofit leaders to easily communicate and manage boards of any size. Our team was so impressed with this product that we began using it in 2021 as well. 



Big Things Ahead in 2022

You have big plans for your nonprofit and your career in 2022, and we’ll be there to help! Watch out for new professional development programming and even more free nonprofit resources. Here are a few of the highlights:

Cause Camp 2022

The biggest Cause Camp to date will happen this May in a new city and a new venue. Join us in person in Grand Rapids, Michigan, or sign up to watch virtually. Either way, we’ve built in some great ways to network with your peers, access conference-related resources, and engage with some of the top thought leaders in the nonprofit sector. Tickets are selling faster than they ever have before. Reserve yours!

Peer Growth Groups

You asked for it! If you’re looking for a way to grow professionally as well as your network, consider joining a peer growth group. These are not your typical networking groups. Peer Growth Groups are expertly-moderated and highly structured avenues to grow professionally as well as inspire new ideas. Registrations are open now!

More Free Guides + Webinars

Watch out for a new free guide on a trending nonprofit topic each week! Each guide is a downloadable resource written by our in-house team of experts or a subject matter expert. Also, in partnership with Firespring, we’ll be bringing you at least two webinars each week. Can’t make it on Wednesday? Register and watch on-demand or check out other offerings throughout the week.


That's a Wrap: Nonprofit Professional Development Recap 2021

Katie Appold

Katie’s nonprofit career includes a variety of leadership roles for human service, foundation, and publishing-related nonprofits as well as many volunteer roles. Under Katie’s leadership, nonprofit organizations have developed new programs related to free healthcare, affordable and accessible housing and literacy programs for K-12 students. In her first Executive Director role, Katie increased the annual revenue of the organization she led by 300% and received the top grant prize in the nation for affordable housing through the Federal Home Loan Bank of Indianapolis. Today, she leads Nonprofit Hub and Cause Camp, which collectively serve more than 50,000 nonprofits throughout North America. Her educational background includes an undergraduate degree in business administration and a masters degree in nonprofit leadership. Katie serves as the board president of Gracious Grounds, a housing organization serving individuals with disabilities. She is an active member of the Grand Rapids Young Nonprofit Professionals, the Grand Rapids Chamber of Commerce, Cause Network, and the Association of Fundraising Professionals.

December 26, 2021

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