In this two-day workshop, nonprofit executives and professionals will have the opportunity to explore essential skills and best practices for all aspects of their role. We’ll cover the major elements of: business operations, including personnel and volunteer management; developing reports for funders and for legal compliance; fundraising and financial development; board development and governance; and program evaluation. An emphasis will be placed on increasing your effectiveness as an organizational leader.

Master Key Concepts

  • Steps in the program evaluation process
  • Whys and hows of developing a written fundraising plan
  • Essentials of impactful strategic planning


Susan Clade
Instructor | University of New Orleans

Ms. Clade is an Instructor in the Department of Management & Marketing, teaching law-related courses, including Legal Environment of Business, Business Law, and Employment Law for Human Resource Managers.  For Ms. Clade’s full bio, please see this page.


Nora Ellertsen
Founder and CEO | The Funding Seed

Nora Ellertsen is Founder and CEO of The Funding Seed, a New Orleans-based company that helps people learn how to raise money for their nonprofits.  As a fundraising professional, she raised money for environmental, human rights, and civil liberties causes through grassroots fundraising, major donor development, grant writing, fundraising events, and other fundraising activities.  Since founding The Funding Seed, she has worked with more than 80 nonprofits to help them develop the resources they need to thrive.


Leroy Divinity, Jr.
President and Founder | Paraclete Consulting Group Inc.

Leroy Divinity, Jr. is President and founder of the Paraclete Consulting Group Inc. (PCG).  PCG is a consulting firm serving nonprofit organizations.  Mr. Divinity demonstrates a particular expertise with faith-based and emerging organizations in the social and community development arena.  He has assisted nonprofits of various sizes in developing strategic plans, accessing funds through grant writing, assessing organizational structure, and evaluating programs.  He has also provided training to boards in key roles and responsibilities.   Mr. Divinity previously served as Director of Programs for the Mirabeau Family Learning Center and played a major role in its development from a startup nonprofit.  Mr. Divinity also pastors Midway Church of Christ (Holiness) USA in Folsom, LA.   Mr. Divinity’s academic background includes a Master’s degree in Public Policy from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government and doctoral coursework at the University of New Orleans.


Steve Mumford, PhD
Assistant Professor | University of New Orleans

Steve is an Assistant Professor at the University of New Orleans, where he helps lead the Master of Public Administration (MPA) program and teaches courses in public management, program evaluation, and the Nonprofit Leadership concentration.  He has over ten years’ experience conducting evaluations and related trainings to enhance the effectiveness of foundations and nonprofits throughout the United States, including with clients like the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.  Most recently, he’s worked with the Greater New Orleans Foundation to provide capacity-building workshops in program evaluation and study the economic impact and capacity needs of nonprofits in the region.