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Educational Projects

Cause Collective organizes many educational opportunities throughout the year. We hope there is something for all members at every staff level. 


The Cause Collective Board 101 Training is a free 1 to 1.5 hour training that reviews basic roles & responsibilities of a nonprofit board.  This is a free training for Cause Collective members' board of directors.
To request a training, click the link below to complete the request form.  

If you have any questions you can email us at director@causecollectivelincoln.org



The Cause Collective Skill Share program connects member agency staff with a specialist to discuss a nonprofit topic or would just like a bit of mentoring in a confidential 'one to one' setting, for one hour.  

Once we receive the form, you will be matched with one of our specialists within 2 weeks to set up a meeting.    If none are available for a particular topic at that time, we will reach out directly to discuss any other options we may have.

This is a new program, and we welcome feedback in the process.



Through a partnership with Ingrid Kirst Consulting and generous local funders, Cause Collective offers the Successful Transitions program. This highly-recommended program covers all aspects of succession planning including both emergency planning and long-range leadership development. A small cohort of organizations participates in interactive, virtual learning sessions. They also each receive individual coaching to address their organization's situation.  


Alec Gorynski, Lincoln Community Foundation says, 'Successful Transitions helped me think about how we structure our team now so that our staffing model can continue to effectively run our organization well beyond any one member of the team.  I learned so much, and highly recommend the program for anyone, especially if you have no succession planning in place.'

Lynne Lange, past executive director at the Nebraska Coalition to End Sexual and Domestic Violence, said "The Successful Transitions program is an opportunity that every organization should embrace. It allows for planning that embraces our ever-changing times, including Executive Director transitions; shift in staff member roles, responsibilities and growth; and solidifying a path for the Board of Directors to be mindful regarding their tasks and future leadership plans."


Unless otherwise indicated, trainings are $15 for any staff/board member of a member agency and $45 for all others

Nonprofit Board Member Training: Understanding the Financials and Your Role as a Board Member


Board Members serving nonprofit entities have unique fiduciary roles of overseeing programs and efforts that are often near and dear to many heartstrings in a community. Part of that role includes having a degree of understanding over the financial activities of an organization, which can be a struggle if a board member doesn't have a finance or accounting background. This training is designed to provide a basic foundation of nonprofit financials so that board members who may not be well versed in financial statements can better understand how the financial pieces fit together.  The training will cover typical financial statements that nonprofits generate and how to spot key metrics, as well as review financial tools that many nonprofits use to make financial information more digestible. The training will include some Q&A time, so attendees are encouraged to bring questions.


Mikaela Davis, CPA Consultan

Mikaela is a CPA with over 13 years of experience working with a variety of clients in the public accounting arena and currently provides consulting services to nonprofit and for-profit entities, as well as to CPA firms. Primarily specializing in nonprofit entities, she holds a high level of expertise in grant accounting and compliance, including the Single Audit process, as well as a depth of experience with a variety of accounting basis, accounting standards research and implementation, and preparation of full-disclosure financial statements. Mikaela enjoys working alongside a variety of clients to help bring clarity and understandability to finance and accounting challenges.


June 18th, 9:00 - 10:30am
The Foundry - 211 N 14 St.


Cybersecurity with Limited Resources: What To Look For


This is a practical training session designed for nonprofit leaders. This workshop will walk you through a multi-point review based on key recommendations from the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), focusing on cost-effective actions such as Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA), account management, and optimizing security settings in your existing platforms.  We’ve taken the CISA report and translated it into clear, actionable steps so you can return to your organization and know what to look for.


Tracy French, VP of Technology Services


June 19th, 9:00 - 10:00 am
The Foundry - 211 N 14 St.


Ethical Principles to Guide Human Services Professionals 


Professionals in the field of human services face a wide range of concerns and situations, related to the populations we treat and support, which can be complex and require decision making based on a guiding and supportive code of ethics.  The use of a developed code of ethics not only supports thoughtful and protective decision making but also the integration of supportive and effective treatment strategies, it also protects all individuals involved in human services relationships.  This two-hour presentation will offer an opportunity to better understand counseling principles of ethical practice as defined by the American Counseling Association and include the interactive experience to apply these principles to presented case studies.  This presentation will promote the implementation of these principles in the daily work of human services professionals to best support those we serve and to better protect professionals from ethical pitfalls.  


Crayton C. Jirovsky, MS.Ed., LIMHP. LADC

I am Crayton Jirovsky and I am a Licensed Independent Mental Health Practitioner and Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor in the State of Nebraska. I completed my graduate counseling work at The University of Nebraska at Kearney and have been licensed and practicing the treatment of co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders on an outpatient basis in the State of Nebraska since 2011. I have worked diligently to utilize evidenced based practice and the development of the therapeutic alliance to promote client growth and movement toward positive outcomes. I have now been in private practice for 9 years.


July 11th, 8:30 - 10:30am
Vital Services - 6400 Cornhusker Hwy.



The better we all know each other, the better we work together.Cause Collective facilitate partnerships, collaborates with its members and is a central information sharing center for nonprofits in Lincoln.


By providing nonprofits individual and group trainings throughout the year they become better and more efficient at running their business, and in turn their services to the community improve.


One of the most important things a nonprofit can do to help those they serve is advocate for them. We help nonprofits understand how to advocate and lobby to improve public policy, making a more supportive and stronger community.