Finding Professional Development Opportunities in Your Community

11-03-2013-YNPN-50.jpgStarting your career in the nonprofit sector can be challenging, between finding the right networking connections  to affordable training that will fit your organization’s budget. There are professional development resources for nonprofit workers around every corner, and the key is finding them all.

Here is a list of organizations in the Colorado area that offer great opportunities for nonprofit professionals to explore. If you are looking to network, get some training, or just speak to some like-minded professionals on how to advance in the sector, I encourage you to take a look at these resources:

  • Colorado Nonprofit Association: The CNA provides a plethora of resources for nonprofits and those seeking employment within the sector. Looking for a job or internship? Colorado Nonprofit Association has one of the most active nonprofit job boards in the Colorado area, where there are new opportunities posted by organizations every day. Their website also highlights upcoming trainings, conferences, and skill-building events hosted by other local nonprofits.
  • Colorado University School of Public Affairs: University of Colorado Denver has a wide range of degree programs and classes on social policy.Regardless if you are considering furthering your education, Colorado University hosts forums and educational series open to the public and features valuable updates and studies on how policy is impacting the sector on their website that are worth perusing . The School of Public Affairs also awards over $500,000 annually financial aid and scholarships to their students.
  • Colorado Collaborative for Nonprofits: This collaborative launched in 2010 when local organizations,Colorado Nonprofit AssociationColorado Nonprofit Development CenterCommunity Resource CenterCommunity Shares of Colorado, and Metro Volunteers began meeting regularly for two consecutive years identifying shared space needs and opportunities for collaboration. The Colorado Collaborative now hosts quarterly networking happy hours with guest speakers for nonprofit professionals, and encourages any interested community members in the sector to attend.
  • Community Resource Center: CRC provides tools and strategies for nonprofits, including a selection of training series available on a multitude of topics from grant writing to nonprofit board governance. For organizations in rural areas, CRC’s statewide interactive tools on rural philanthropy allows professionals to explore what grants nonprofits can pursue in rural Colorado. Also, if you are interested in starting your own nonprofit, CRC has a thorough workbook which guides you through the process of planning, founding and initiating a new nonprofit.
  • YNPN Denver: Since you are browsing our website right now we hope you are aware of what YNPN Denver has to offer, but to make sure you don’t miss any opportunities to network we encourage you to join our mailing list to be notified on upcoming events and goodies for young professionals in the greater Denver area. We also offer lots of personal growth and professional development training session. If you’re looking to get some governance experience, consider applying to be a board member of YNPN Denver or join our one-year nonprofit leadership program, Elevate Denver.
  • Tech4Good Denver: Technology professionals in the nonprofit sector should keep an eye on Tech4Good Denver’s forums and trainings. The group is affiliated with NTEN and TechSoup and offers complimentary learning opportunities in the Denver area including sessions on social media, online donating, email marketing, mobile web development and more in the technology field.

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