Trainings

Nonprofit

Successful nonprofit organizations remove employment barriers, enhance local economic development, provide critical safety-net services and increase civic participation. The Foundation’s nonprofit programming aims to improve the fiscal health and management of nonprofit organizations; increase the quantity and quality of nonprofit services; and strengthen board members’ abilities to contribute to the organizations they serve.

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Business

The Initiative Foundation’s business trainings are shaped by your feedback. From building basic business credit to bookkeeping to marketing your venture, we’ve taken your feedback and have enlisted experts in the field to offer free or small-fee workshops. Review our offerings and consider signing up, because when your business is humming, the local economy is humming right along with you.

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Upcoming Trainings

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2024 Executive Roundtable

As a nonprofit executive director with a range of responsibilities, it can be a challenge to build leadership skills and network with others. We get…

Subject
Nonprofit
Start Date
February 21, 2024

Invite the Conversation–Earning Social Media Engagement

If you’re just getting started with social media for your business and aren’t sure what all the fuss is about, this workshop is for you.

Subject
Business
Location
St. Cloud
Start Date
February 22, 2024

Starting a Cottage Food Production Business

Learn how to sell food products right from your home. Join us for a workshop on becoming a cottage food producer—an exciting way to enter…

Subject
Business
Location
St. Cloud
Start Date
March 6, 2024

Enterprise Academy

Enterprise Academy is a 12-week business course that provides training and individualized advising to help underserved entrepreneurs start and grow small businesses. The expertly taught…

Subject
Business
Location
St. Cloud
Start Date
March 7, 2024

Enterprise Academy

Enterprise Academy is a 12-week business course that provides training and individualized advising to help underserved entrepreneurs start and grow small businesses. The expertly taught…

Subject
Business
Location
St. Cloud
Start Date
March 9, 2024

Marketing With Artificial Intelligence

Will artificial intelligence (AI) replace marketers? With Bard and ChatGPT, it’s starting to feel like all our creative endeavors are the next sacrifice the AI…

Subject
Business
Location
St. Cloud
Start Date
March 19, 2024

Grant Writing 101

This beginner-level workshop is intended to help build new capacity for nonprofit organizations and local units of government. This intensive, hands-on training will help aspiring…

Subject
Nonprofit
Location
Princeton
Start Date
March 20, 2024

Understanding Nonprofit Financial Statements

Julie Anderholm will present three FREE financial sessions in 2024 at Central Minnesota Jobs & Training in Monticello. The second session on Tuesday, March 26,…

Subject
Nonprofit
Location
Monticello
Start Date
March 26, 2024

2024 Continuous Improvement Cohort Program

The Initiative Foundation and Sourcewell are excited to bring the Performance Excellence Network back to Central Minnesota for a Continuous Improvement cohort. Join…

Subject
Nonprofit
Location
Little Falls
Start Date
March 28, 2024

Spring 2024 Fundraising Summit Day 1

Spring 2024 Fundraising Summit Day 1 – Unlock the Power of Profitable Events for Your Nonprofit! Attend one, two, or all three days of engaging,…

Subject
Nonprofit
Location
Staples
Start Date
April 16, 2024

Business Plan Starter

Do you have a business idea but aren’t sure how to start? Join business consultant Jeff Wig for an interactive two-hour seminar to help you…

Subject
Business
Location
St. Cloud
Start Date
April 16, 2024

Spring 2024 Fundraising Summit Day 2

Spring 2024 Fundraising Summit Day 2 – Spring into Success: Crafting Your Nonprofit Fundraising Calendar Workshop! Attend one, two, or all three days of engaging,…

Subject
Nonprofit
Location
Staples
Start Date
April 17, 2024

Fruits, Veggies & Cottage Food Compliance

Are you a local grower or food entrepreneur? Do you want to offer unique and creative products that feature locally sourced fruits or vegetables? This…

Subject
Business
Location
St. Cloud
Start Date
April 17, 2024

Spring 2024 Fundraising Summit Day 3

Spring 2024 Fundraising Summit Day 3 – Let’s Get Social! Attend one, two, or all three days of engaging, hands-on fundraising training to propel you…

Subject
Nonprofit
Location
Staples
Start Date
April 18, 2024

Website Design

Most people think the work of building a website is all about the technology. The hard part is done after picking a developer and a…

Subject
Business
Location
St. Cloud
Start Date
April 20, 2024

Grant Writing 101

This beginner-level workshop is intended to help build new capacity for nonprofit organizations and local units of government. This intensive, hands-on training will help aspiring…

Subject
Nonprofit
Location
Baxter
Start Date
April 30, 2024

Nonprofit Boards for the Real World

Back by popular demand: Unlike typical businesses, nonprofits are not owned. They are overseen by boards of directors who represent the best interests of an…

Subject
Nonprofit
Location
Braham
Start Date
May 7, 2024

Succession Planning for Nonprofit Leadership

Executive directors of nonprofit organizations wear many hats as part of overseeing the organization and advancing the mission: fiscal oversight, board relations, strategic planning, organizational…

Subject
Nonprofit
Location
Little Falls
Start Date
May 15, 2024

Grant Writing 201

This intermediate-level intensive workshop is geared toward nonprofit staff or long-term volunteers with grant writing experience who are ready to take the next step in…

Subject
Nonprofit
Location
Sartell
Start Date
August 8, 2024

Fall 2024 Fundraising Summit Day 1

Fall 2024 Fundraising Summit Day 2: Tis the Season to Create Your Content Save the date for one, two, or all three days of exceptional,…

Subject
Nonprofit
Location
Sartell
Start Date
October 1, 2024

Fall 2024 Fundraising Summit Day 2

Fall 2024 Fundraising Summit Day 2: Get Ready for Year-End Save the date for one, two, or all three days of exceptional, practical fundraising training…

Subject
Nonprofit
Location
Sartell
Start Date
October 2, 2024

Fall 2024 Fundraising Summit Day 3

Fall 2024 Fundraising Summit Day 3: Not Enough Hours in the Day Save the date for one, two, or all three days of exceptional, practical…

Subject
Nonprofit
Location
Sartell
Start Date
October 3, 2024

Your 2025 Financial Roadmap

Julie Anderholm will present three FREE financial sessions in 2024. The last of the three sessions is on Tuesday, Oct. 22 in Monticello. Lunch is…

Subject
Nonprofit
Location
Monticello
Start Date
October 22, 2024

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