In these difficult times, even nonprofit directors, their staff and boards need to be proactive in guiding their organizations and leveraging their dollars and resources to their best advantage.

The University of Maine Hutchinson Center’s Nonprofit Management Certificate program is offering the workshop, “Survival Skills in an Age of Declining Resources,” on Friday, Sept. 14. This day-long course begins at 8:30 a.m. and ends at 4 p.m. The workshop will focus on strategies to keep the nonprofit organization alive and well during this time of declining federal, state and local resources. Participants will look at ways to operate on a lean basis, consider how and when to collaborate with similar organizations and to search for non-traditional means of generating income and reducing expenses.

The presenters bring a wealth of experience and knowledge from a variety of perspectives. Carole Martin has more than 20 years’ leadership experience in the for-profit and nonprofit arenas. Her areas of deep subject matter knowledge include mergers and acquisitions, the creation of sustainable partnerships, senior executive coaching, leadership development and organization turnarounds.

Lori Roming is research and program officer at the Unity Foundation. She has been with the foundation since January 2001 and currently oversees the capacity-building, grantmaking and youth philanthropy programs. Roming is a graduate of the first class of the Midcoast Leadership Academy, and currently serves as a co-coordinator of the program. She also is a graduate of the Hutchinson Center’s Nonprofit Management Certificate Program.

The University of Maine Hutchinson Center, Route 3, Belfast, has designed the certificate program in nonprofit organizational management for nonprofit organization executives, staff members and leaders to deal with contemporary issues and problems using realistic, hands-on strategies. The various workshops will encourage interactive discussion of “real world” situations and actively engage participants in quality planning, effective program/service development, creative problem-solving, and issue resolution. This certificate represents another of the offerings that the University of Maine Hutchinson Center has created to be responsive to the educational needs of the community.

The nonprofit workshops are designed to appeal to those involved in a variety of organizational roles, including executive directors, board/trustee members, business managers, development officers, program officers and those holding similar positions. Those not currently engaged in nonprofit organizational roles, but seeking to move into these career areas, are also welcome to participate in these workshops.

Register for any one workshop or for the series by contacting Nancy Boyington at the Hutchinson Center at 338-8002 (toll -ree 800-753-9044) or nancyb@maine.edu. The cost for each one-day workshop is $150, and $255 for the two-day grant-writing workshop. Each workshop fee will include continental breakfast, lunch and all workshop materials.