When you talk with anyone involved in a nonprofit there are a lot of stories to share. Many of these are filled with stories of success, some frustration but mostly all have passion. As a member of the Center for Nonprofit Management the past three years I have enjoyed hearing stories of all kinds from a number of different nonprofits. My personal story starts with transitioning a magazine to help parents of children with learning differences to a nonprofit organization that offers online resources. After discovering the Center for Nonprofit Management in Dallas and meeting many leaders of nonprofits in the city, CNM has been a great source of information and has taught me three valuable lessons.
Lesson 1: You can’t do it alone. There is so much more that lies ahead after you receive the 501c3 documentation. What does being a nonprofit really mean? How do you market the organization? What are the fundamentals of fundraising? I learned all this and more while completing the Nonprofit Management Certificate program. The program gave me invaluable insight into what it takes to run a nonprofit organization. CNM is there to help all nonprofits take those steps whether you go through the certificate program or just need information and advice to move forward.
Lesson 2: Educate yourself and gather as much information as you can. While I am no longer executive director of the nonprofit I started, I turned my energies toward joining the board of a national nonprofit organization and took on the task of chairing the Marketing and Advertising Committee. I immediately enrolled in several marketing classes at CNM to make sure I was on the right track. The experienced, seasoned nonprofit sector professionals that led the classes at CNM equipped me with the practical tools that are hard to learn elsewhere. I thank CNM for these continued learning opportunities.
Lesson 3: Network with others. I have been equally impressed with CNM and the work they do to support all nonprofits in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, large and small. CNM offers several networking opportunities throughout the year. But the A Night of Light event in November is a testimony to the many nonprofit organizations and corporations come together to support the Center for Nonprofit Management. I was privileged to co-chair this high-energy night in 2012 that honors the best of the best but also gives the CNM community a chance to network with peers and learn more about the many nonprofits that do such great work in Dallas-Ft. Worth. This year I co-lead the committee to select of the A Night of Light award winners. I look forward to hearing the results at this year’s A Night of Light and hopefully see you there!
CNM offers opportunities for nonprofits to strengthen themselves through the classes that they offer allowing them to lead with confidence using the innovative ideas they have gained in the process. So, whether you are a nonprofit organization, a business or an individual who supports nonprofits you can rest assure every dollar that you donate to CNM will go a long way. Donate to CNM today or on North Texas Giving Day to help nonprofits in Dallas-Fort Worth continue to share their success stories well into the future.
CNM Member & Friend