The BEST Pathway








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Community Heroes Pathways Overview

“BEST” is an acronym for “Business Enhancement through Support and Training.”

The BEST Pathway combines the best of the NEO and P2P Pathways, infusing lessons for starting a nonprofit; managing and leading a nonprofit; and finally, sustaining a nonprofit with funding.

All Community Heroes Pathways (“Pathways”) offer a range of e-learning webinars and activities, which allow you to build knowledge progressively. Each Pathway is structured with connected e-learning webinars and activities that will enable you to discover new ideas, pursue your interests, and develop your skills as a nonprofit leader.  

Each pathway lesson is designed to prepare you for the next level of understanding. The BEST Pathway includes a sequence of webinars and workbook activities that will help you master concepts in attainable and incremental steps leading you towards higher levels of understanding. 

Pathways are wonderful because they also provide new and emerging nonprofit leaders with more clarity and structure in specific areas of the nonprofit sector.  This is critical information that is finally available in one centralized place!

  1. Pathways are designed to help you increase your knowledge and understanding of a topic over the course of 12 weeks. During this time, you’ll engage in Pathway lessons at your own pace.
  2. It will take approximately 14 hours to complete a Pathway.
  3. The BEST Pathway has 12 webinars that are instructive and informational videos lessons.  
  4. Instructive videos include a downloadable powerpoint deck to help you take notes and expand your understanding of the topic(s) covered.
  5. We encourage you to attend Community Cafes on Wednesdays. The Café is where you will receive most or all of your Q&A coaching.  Community Cafes are LIVE coaching sessions where our experts answer questions regarding any of our lessons.  You’re likely to also receive feedback from fellow nonprofit leaders in our private Facebook group to

What you'll learn...

Who is the "BEST" Pathway for?

This “BEST” Pathway is recommended for nonprofit leaders of small to mid-sized nonprofits that are interested in preparing for long-term growth, compliance, and sustainability.

Learning Path

You’ll learn the 5 categories that the greatest nonprofits have mastered and how to master them for your organization too.

Video 1 hour 13 minutes

You’ll learn the 16 critical activities that should happen within your first 12 months of becoming a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization.

Video 1 hour 18 minutes

You’ll learn the 7 steps needed to form a nonprofit and what to do right after you have obtained your IRS Determination Letter.

Video 1 hour 51 minutes

We’ll use the actual IRS 1023-EZ application to walk you step-by-step on how to complete the application.  Includes tons of examples and extra information that many people will not typically share!

Video 1 hour 17 minutes

You’ll learn what each board role is responsible for, how the nonprofit organization chart should be organized, what the nonprofit legal duties are called, how to embrace these duties, and much more!

Video 1 hour 10 minutes

You’ll learn what funders look for when reviewing your funding request and which productive activities produce positive results over a 90-day period.

Video 51 minutes

In this “Zero-Fluff” lesson, you’ll receive very specific guidance for completing a solid grant proposal, including how to complete the Statement of Need, Project Description, SMART Goals, Evaluation and Sustainability section, and the Budget.  Your proposal serves as your template for grant-applications. EVERY nonprofit should develop one!

Video 1 hour 17 minutes

You’ll learn the true purpose of your nonprofit budget, who develops it, and when.  You’ll also learn the difference between a budget and financial statements, the difference between direct and indirect costs, and how to organize and use of your budget.  Budget examples provided!

Video 45 minutes

You’ll learn about 21 unique methods for funding your nonprofit including grants, social enterprise, bartering, bequests, government funding and more!

Video 1 hour 23 minutes

You’ll learn how to use the 80/20 principle and the 15/15/30 strategy to develop a fundraising plan designed to generate unrestricted income – quickly!

Video 35 minutes

You’ll learn what internal controls are, why they are needed, and which internal controls are commonly used to protect nonprofits from fraud. Developing internal controls will also be of benefit to organizations considering government funding.

Video 1 hour 31 minutes

You’ll learn how to plan an effective volunteer recruitment strategy and where to find volunteers. You’ll become familiar with voluntarism laws, and how to establish policies of practice that protect the volunteer and the organization.

Video 1 hour 7 minutes

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