Custom Programs

Custom Program Offerings

Create a Custom Program

Notre Dame’s custom programs are a proven way to help nonprofit leaders strengthen business and management skills. The Notre Dame approach is highly adaptable, with a proven record of success. We will work with your leadership team to create effective and efficient programs, drawing from many topics including:

To learn more about our custom programs, please contact our Director of Nonprofit Certificate Education, Marc Hardy, at (574) 631-1087 or, or download our brochure.

Business Communications

  • Building Support for a Vision
  • Managing from the Middle
  • Federal Personnel Regulations
  • Team Building
  • Visual Communications and Body Language
  • Email Etiquette
  • Communicating with Your Board
  • Selling the Mission
  • Contracting Management
  • Negotiation Skills
  • Inter-agency Cooperation


  • Creating a Marketing Plan
  • Organizational Branding
  • Personal Branding 

Social Media Marketing

  • Developing Social Media Platforms
  • Creating Websites and Blogs
  • Uploading Content and Media
  • Developing an Ethics Policy
  • Counteracting Negative Social Media
  • Branding Your Organization 

Public Relations and Media Training

  • Selling Your Organization’s Vision and Values
  • Conducting Television, Radio and Print Media Interviews
  • Defining Discussion Parameters
  • Creating a Press Packet
  • Preparing for Crisis Communication
  • Mitigating Fallout from Negative Events 

Creating and Managing a Diverse Workforce

“Diversity” can relate to differences in race or ethnic background, culture, religion, gender, abilities/disabilities, generation, or values/beliefs. Sessions would be customized to the organization’s needs. 

Budgeting and Accounting

  • Budgeting and Values
  • Accounting
  • Fund Management
  • Creating a Budget
  • Creating Plan B or a Fallback Budget
  • Monitoring Your Budget
  • Creating and Understanding Financial Statements
  • Budgeting for Non-financial Personnel
  • Current Requirements of Form 990
  • New IRS Regulations 

Fund Development

  • Creating an Annual Fund
  • Capital Campaigns
  • Endowment or Planned Giving
  • Grant Writing for the Private Sector or Local/State/Federal Governments
  • Proposal Writing
  • Donor Development 

Volunteer Recruitment and Management

  • Identifying Your Organization’s Needs
  • Creating Volunteer Policies and Procedures
  • Assessing Talents
  • Recruitment and Retention
  • Tactful Dismissal
  • The Importance of a Volunteer Manager 

Political Advocacy and Public Education

  • Developing Your Organization’s Agenda
  • Defining Your Public Education Mission
  • Advocacy vs. Lobbying at Local/State/Federal Levels
  • How to Influence Government
  • Rule Making After the Law Is Passed
  • How to Become a Government Vendor 

Social Entrepreneurship

  • Creating a Business Plan
  • How a Nonprofit Develops Proprietary Products
  • Growing New Corporate Structures (L3Cs, B Corps)
  • Creating For-profit Entities That Fund a Nonprofit Mission
  • Using Current Resources or Programs to Create Additional Revenue Streams 


  • Styles of Leadership
  • Strength Assessment
  • Situational Leadership
  • Ethics
  • Personal Branding
  • The 360° Evaluation
  • Succession Planning
  • Executive Time Management Through Align Thinking
  • Crisis Prevention and Crisis Management 

Organizational and Program Evaluation

  • Creating a Logic Model
  • Identifying a Measurement Dashboard (includes discussion of relevant software)
  • Using Evaluation as a Management Tool for Continuous Improvement
  • Assessing Social Impact and Social Return on Investment (SRI) 

Creating an Innovative Culture

  • How to Brainstorm
  • Product and Service Development
  • New Solutions to Long-Standing Problems 

Strategic Planning and Implementation

  • From Mission to Vision
  • Environmental Scanning, Planning and Accountability
  • Implementation and Accountability
  • How to Engage Your Entire Organization 

Collaboration and Mergers

  • The Pros and Cons of Each Without Giving Away Your Organization’s Mission
  • Determination of Assets
  • Assessing the Benefits of a Merger
  • Merging Staffs and Responsibilities
  • Negotiating the Win-Win for All Stakeholders 

Organizational Memberships

  • Growing Your Organization
  • How to Identify, Recruit and Retain Members 

Board Governance and Board Development

  • The Difference Between Governing and Advisory Boards
  • Assessing Your Board’s Needs
  • Identifying Potential Board Members
  • Recruitment and Retention
  • Creating a Feeding System for New Board Members
  • Board Orientation and Training
  • Best Practices in Board Leadership