2019 Civic Leadership Academy
Program Descriptions



Registration Information

2018-2019 CLA Program Brochure

CLA Schedule at a Glance (dates, topics)

CLA Schedule by Location

Special Non-Profit Workshops at Volunteer Center McHenry County


2019 Civic Leadership Academy Workshops & Webinars

CLA Workshops

For onsite CLA workshops, check-in time is 8:30 am, for full-day and morning workshops and 12:30 pm, for afternoon workshops. Refreshments will be provided.


Executive Director 101 - Nuts & Bolts

June 20, 2019, 8 a.m.-1 p.m.; Giving DuPage
Presented by Associate Professor Alicia Schatteman, PhD, with joint appointments to the NIU Department of Public Administration and the Center for Nonprofit and NGO Studies (bio). Refer to the 2018-2019 CLA Brochure (PDF) for Objectives, Civic Leadership Specialization Tracks, and ICMA Practice Areas.

Description: This workshop will cover the basics of running a nonprofit organization from mission to roles of the Executive Director, board, staff and volunteers, to best practices in nonprofit strategic leadership and management.  In this interactive session, the presenter will lead you in an exploration of “best practices” and case studies in the Nonprofit Executive Director’s role and expectations of performance by key stakeholders.  Whether you have been promoted internally to the top staff position or you are switching sectors to manage your first nonprofit, this is the workshop for you.  For practiced professionals this workshop is a great way to refresh and update your skills in compliance with current best practices.


Budgeting and Understanding Financial Statements

June 24, 2019, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.; Giving DuPage
Presented by Timothy J. Gavin, CPA, Auditor and Consultant at Lauterbach & Amen, LLP, and Betsy Hull, CPA, MPA, Finance Director, DeKalb County Community Foundation (bio). Refer to the 2018-2019 CLA Brochure (PDF) for Objectives, Civic Leadership Specialization Tracks, and ICMA Practice Areas.

Description: Financial statements can be confusing and hard to read, and yet they provide some of the most valuable information in assessing the financial health of an organization. With so much information that is presented, it can be hard to separate what matters to you from what doesn’t. This session will demonstrate how to interpret the numbers and notes in a standard financial report and show how to best use the information to understand an organization. Whether you’re a manager, board member, or other stakeholder, making sense of a financial report is key in making informed decisions. Non-profit budgeting is essential to the success of an organization.  This session will focus on why, when and how nonprofits should approach the budgeting process and expected outcomes.  We will examine budget documents from sample organizations and practice building and evaluating our own budgets. We encourage attendees to bring their organization’s budget to the session as a frame of reference.



Save the Date:
Thursday, Nov. 7, 2019


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