Cohort Resource Development Institute
CRDI is a yearlong training collaboration to assist and equip executive directors, staff and board members in the practice of effective resource development and fund raising. CRDI offers world class resource development and fundraising training facilitated by leading national experts with proven results. A key for any organization is the identification and procurement of resources. CRDI is designed to provide a high level of equipping that is truly collaborative and hands-on. Through participation in CRDI, participants can earn credits with the Christian Leadership Alliance for the CCNL (Certified Christian Nonprofit Leader) designation. The credits apply both in the areas of resource development and fundamental Christian Steward Leadership. (Read More about CCNL).
Each cohort typically consists of 12 to 16 participants who meet in-person for two consecutive days every other month. Their learning experiences continue through online support and interaction between these sessions. The cohort operates on a “practice as you go” approach, so that you can take the information and apply the lessons immediately to meet challenges in your organization.
The cohort group receives Christian stewardship training and equipping in fund raising as well as in fundamental leadership concepts – all grounded in a biblical foundation of helping to grow those donors that are in relationship with member institutions. The curriculum runs six sessions over twelve months and can be extended to a second season based on the needs of the specific group. The program typically operates four modules over each two-and a half day gathering (see Curriculum).
The participants gather over at least one night to provide an opportunity to deepen this new peer-to-peer network, in large part because a primary goal of the program is the cultivation of peer relationships. The opportunity is to develop a peer network that is sustainable long beyond the completion of the program allows each peer a place to go when the going gets tough. These independent “advisors” lend an empathetic ear and become a “multitude of counselors” beyond measure.
Note that currently CRDI is being offered in specific associations. Soon it is anticipated that regional resource development institutes will be offered and open to all qualified nonprofit leaders. For further information on how to ENGAGE with ARTIOS, click here.