STEPS Institute for Management & Learning. provides educational content that is specific to the growth and development of nonprofit leaders as well as their organizations. While each course session may draw from the same curriculum, the dynamic of each of those sessions is unique to the registrants. A great part of the learning experience is the Question and Answer component between the students and teacher, but equally valuable are the experiences shared by the students with the group overall.

All of our courses are provided online. Students have an option of participating within a live online learning experience or purchase pre-recorded content. Certificate are provided to students who complete the courses as well as discounts on consulting services and product purchases.

Social Change

OSocial Change is a course that explores the work of nonprofit organizations as change agents. The student will learn the value of social media, networks, and the power of a compelling cause as tools to effect change within the mind and actions of groups, communities, and regions. Additional focus upon exploiting the social responsibility of for-profit organizations to advance social change initiatives.

Fundraising for Nonprofit Leaders

OFundraising for Nonprofit Leaders is designed to provide an overview of fundraising processes, funding sources, fundraising best practices, and actions and mindsets that are specific to leaders of nonprofit organizations.  STEPS Institute for Management & Learning students are encouraged to challenge traditional processes with the aim of improving upon initiatives that are purposed to advance their organizations.  This course addresses fundraising from the perspective of the board, Executive Director, and other director-level positions within the organization to demonstrate how effective leadership rolls out initiatives that result in an organization-wide approach to funds acquisition.

Board Leadership & Development

OThis course explores the function and purpose of the nonprofit Board. The student will learn the importance of a working Board, with emphasis on recruitment of Board members from the standpoint of meeting the organizational and strategic needs of the nonprofit.

Leadership Strategies of Successful Nonprofits

OThe student will learn the importance of “the story” and the importance of being able to communicate it. Practical steps are covered, specific to shaping the vision, sharpening one’s theory of change, mapping out a winning strategy, and being positioned to adapt and innovate continuously.

Developing Your Personal Leadership Potential

OThe Developing Your Personal Leadership course explores how one person with vision, action, and conviction can impact communities and nations. The student is walked through a process of self-discovery regarding strengths, weaknesses, leadership style, and overall capacity to lead. STEPS Institute for Management & Learning encourages its students to challenge traditional teachings and processes.  This course sets the foundation for students to begin to plot their personal path toward social entrepreneurship and professional growth.

Program Evaluation & Strategic Planning

OThis course examines methods of program evaluation, the compilation of data for decision making, and strategic planning. The student will learn strategic planning from the standpoint of traditional SWOT analysis as well as bottom-up (Prometheus) planning for continued growth and maturation of organizational programs and initiatives.

Governance, Finance & Accounting

OThis course covers the financial responsibilities of a nonprofit organization.  Students will be exposed to the pitfalls encountered by many nonprofit leaders as well as the repercussions experienced by organizations who fail to operate per their bylaws and/or Internal Revenue Service guidelines.  The Governance, Finance & Accounting course is designed for nonprofit leaders who are not finance and accounting professionals, providing instruction that is specific to the financial reporting that is needed to effectively govern and strategically plan.

The Business of Ministry


This course exposes the student to the administrative aspects of churches and ministries. Governance, recordkeeping, accounting, marketing and cultivating a supportive follower are covered, as well as policies and emerging issues impacting the faith-based nonprofit.

Recruiting and Retaining Talent


This course exposes the student to practical methods of recruiting qualified talent, working with budget constraints, using social causes, implementing cost effective strategies, and embracing the role of technology.

Enhancing the Manager


The student will come to understand sources of revenue, foundation and government grants, revenue generation through services and products, the role of social media in fundraising, and recognizing the different stages of growth within a nonprofit’s lifecycle.

Creating a Volunteer Program


The student will learn how to identify goals for a volunteer program as well as how to build and evaluate the program. Also covered is how to develop and implement a volunteer handbook, recruitment, retention, and recognition best practices, and the art of engaging pro bono and skilled volunteers to your organization.

Governance, Finance, and Accounting


This course covers the financial responsibilities of a nonprofit organization. Students will be exposed to the pitfalls encountered by many nonprofit leaders as well as the repercussions experienced by organizations who fail to operate per their bylaws and/or Internal Revenue Service guidelines.

Expanding Your Impact Beyond the Nonprofit’s Walls


This course explores strategies for scaling the organization as well as its impact, changing public policy, changing business models, motivating others to join the cause, working with peers and foundations, and realizing the organization’s collective impact.

Effective Fundraising and Marketing


This course is designed for the experienced manager who is looking to become more efficient and effective in their present and future roles. The subject is presented as a blend of general managerial best practices and nonprofit-focused materials.