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Effective Program Development for Startup Organizations (Part 4 of The Foundation Center's Webinar Series for Nonprofit Startup Organizations)

Feb 08, 2008

Are you considering starting a nonprofit organization, or do you already run or work for a nonprofit startup? The Foundation Center held a special five-part webinar series just for you, and now you can view all the recorded webinars. A strong nonprofit needs a vital mission, clear lines of accountability, reliable and diverse revenue streams, and high-quality programs and services. This webinar series guides you through these issues to help you start off on solid footing and learn to build an effective organization.

Part 4: Effective Program Development for Startup Organizations

Increasingly donors and funders want to know that a nonprofit organization has a sound plan to use its human, financial, and programmatic resources most effectively. A business plan is a thoughtful, systematic projection of the financial, marketing, personnel, and real costs and effort of a program that helps accomplish a nonprofit's mission. In this session you will learn how to create a business plan and to structure a program plan to enhance your organization's effectiveness.

John F. O'Kane is senior vice president and campaign director at Coxe Curry & Associates. In over 35 years of work with the nonprofit sector, he has had experience with personnel management, organizational development, training, consulting, and fundraising. At Coxe Curry, Mr. O'Kane works with a variety of fundraising clients: churches, health and human service organizations, schools, and groups representing civic concerns. He is a frequent lecturer, trainer, consultant, and writer on topics related to nonprofit management and fundraising. Prior to joining Coxe Curry in 1988, Mr. O'Kane served as vice president of human resources with the United Way of Metropolitan Atlanta. He has served for 17 years as a part-time instructor in the Department of Public Administration and Urban Studies with the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies at Georgia State University, where he is a distinguished professor of practice and a member of the Non Profit Program Advisory Committee. Mr. O'Kane has served as a volunteer on numerous boards of directors and advisory councils. He earned a master's degree in social work from Washington University, and a BA from Marian College.

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