How to Build Your Nonprofit Startup 1

Learn R.A.T.E.S. Response-ability for planning your nonprofit foundation. Prepare for R.A.T.E.S. Nonprofit Certification
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  • Length 1.5 hours
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Published 5/2015 English

Course Description

R.A.T.E.S is an acronym for five essential areas of development which are Response-ability, Account- ability, Technical-ability, Evaluation-ability and Sustain-ability. Each of these five categories represent standard operational practices that are essential for results oriented, nonprofit, Human Service delivery. Students learn strategies for planning and developing effective Human Service delivery and sustainability.

There are 4 levels in R.A.T.E.S. Principles Development. 1) Foundational Development, 2) Organizational Profile; 3) Collaborative Resource Development; 4) Donor Development. Each level offers a certification upon successful completion of student participation including assignments. R.A.T.E.S. Certification also helps attract favor with donors and other resource support. The Level 1 (Foundational Development) R.A.T.E.S. Series content and assignments meet requirements for a total of 10 Continuing Educational Units in Human Services and Nonprofit Development. Student assignments for the entire series include developing contents for a Problem and Needs Statement, Preparing a Client Profile, Developing a Corporate Budget Summary, Planning Organizational Goals and Objectives; Identifying and describing the 8 standard elements of a government grant proposal. There are 5 courses in the Level 1 Series.

R.A.T.E.S. Principles Level 1 courses are intended for Nonprofit startups and Human Services seeking to restructure and build cohesion among staff, partners, board members and supporters. Each course covers one of the 5 areas and are intended to be completed in sequence beginning with “Response-ability." These courses is based on the book R.A.T.E.S. Principles – Timeless Principles for Successful Nonprofit and Human Services. It is delivered using Multi-media that integrates audio and visual presentations. The course includes supplemental materials such as fillable PDF forms that can be downloaded to allow easy application of the skills learned.

All Level 1 R.A.T.E.S. Principles course can be completed in 10 hours (2 hours per Principle) including assignments. However the time needed to complete assignments vary according to individual students. ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS: Students need to be able to download save and retrieve downloaded files to successfully complete course assignments.

What are the requirements?

  • Students need to be able to type info in Adobe PDF files in order to complete assignments within the system. They have the option to download and print those documents as well for manual completion. Students should be able to download, save and retrieve downloaded files to successfully complete course assignments.

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Apply a technique for gaining focus and prioritizing using an online fillable form. Plan and prepare contents for Problem and Needs statements including planning a Target Population, Client Profiles. These skills can be applied to organizational and board development, fund raising strategies and grant writing development.

Who is the target audience?

  • This R.A.T.E.S. Nonprofit development Training Course is intended for Nonprofit start-ups and those seeking to build a Human Services project. This course can also benefit those seeking to restructure and build connectivity and synergy among leadership, staff, partners, board members and supporters. The information, case examples and exercises are especially useful for those intending to apply for grants or seek funding.

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Section 1: Start Here

This lecture provides an overview about the Course series.


This is a brief overview explaining each term represented in the R.A.T.E.S. acronym.

Understanding R.A.T.E.S. Quiz
5 questions
Section 2: R.A.T.E.S. Response-ability: Techniques for Identifying the Problem

This lecture describes characteristics and challenges of social entrepreneurs. It also describes how social entrepreneurs are identified as social service providers.


This segment includes a case study that demonstrates what can happen when the focus of an established nonprofit organization is challenged.

8 pages

This document describes how a disadvantaged community project was forced to shut down. It also offers suggestions for what could have been done to save it.. This document includes questions to reflect upon what was read.

Mother Snow Review Questions
3 questions

This segment teaches students a technique for identifying and planning specific problems to eliminate.

5 pages

These are the automated, fill-able PDF worksheets for Determine the Problem and Focus on the Problem that can be completed online. The results can be printed.


This lecture describes a case where the challenge to connect the problem to expressed needs almost prevented an organization from getting funded. You will learn how they were able to ultimately acquire the funding that was requested.

Section 3: RATES Response-ability: Target Populations and Client Profiles

This lecture explains the mindset for developing a Target Population.


This lecture introduces the mindset for incorporating Client Profiles with Program Development.


This lecture explains the connection between Target Populations and Clients.


This lecture explains why and how you will use the “Who's Your Client” fill-able PDF worksheet.

4 pages

This is the fill-able PDF "Who's Your Client?" Worksheet that can be completed online. You may need to contact other information resources such as (community services, libraries, schools, colleges, police station, politicians, etc.) to help you to complete some of the categories. The results can be printed.


Students successfully completing this lesson will be able to complete a form that can be used to develop effective and functional Needs Assessments.

Planning a Needs Assessment Practice Assignment
7 pages
Section 4: R.A.T.E.S. Response-ability Human Resource Needs

This lecture describes teaches about why a board of directors is needed and how to plan for soliciting members. You will also have an assignment to help plan for a board of directors according to your needs.

3 pages

This is an interactive book to allow you to plan members of your board of directors. You must be able to interact with Adobe documents to use fields. You may also download the form to complete this assignment if you are not able to use interactive Adobe PDF forms.


This briefly describes the type of staffing that you might consider to operate your nonprofit. It includes access to a summary of job descriptions. Your assignment will be to use the table included to plan your own staffing needs.

11 pages

This material includes a summary of job descriptions for common positions in nonprofits. The assignments will guide you in developing a preliminary staffing plan for your program.

11 questions

This quiz will assess your understanding about the concepts that were taught in the Response-ability Course for the R.A.T.E.S. Principles Training series.


This brings everything together and lets you know what you should do next.

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Instructor Biography

Dr. Margaret Jamal, Nonprofit and Human Services Developer/Instructor

Margaret Jamal, PhD, CPhD, Author, Instructor: Doctorate Human Services and Spiritual Caregiving; Certified in Pastoral Care Giving; Certified Philanthropic Development Officer, Youth Development Practitioner; Founder of the R.A.T.E.S Foundation.

When (R.A.T.E.S.™) emerged out of a community outreach project to help unite businesses, churches and community organizations to meet the needs of the homeless, hungry and neglected children. R.A.T.E.S is an acronym, which stands for Response-ability, Account-ability, Evaluation-ability, and Sustain-ability. R.A.T.E.S.™ principles help to establish a mutually accepted platform of skills and resource development that each participant would commit to learning. This platform allows for an effective synergistic, ane integrated collaboration environment.

Dr. Jamal has extensive Adult Training and Instructional Development experience including providing software and technical training & consulting; Curriculum development for companies including AT&T, Children's World Learning Center; Contract Database & web development for Charles Schwab;

Among her published works, Dr. Jamal has authored guide books for organizational development and resource development. Her titles include: R.A.T.E.S. Principles (Timeless Principles for Successful Nonprofits and Human Services), Faith Legacies-Guide for Faith-based Non-Profits, My Grant Writing Secrets, National Treasures- Foundation Grants, Beware of Wolves- The Rise of Psycho-Spiritual Terrorism in the Church, When Girls Don't Tell.

Dr. Margaret considers her most important responsibilities (privileges) as follows: Ordained Minister, Wife, Mother, Partner (Social service partner with husband). Other Skills include: Curriculum Design, E-Learning Software (Adope Captivate, Audition, Flash,Articulate Storyline, Lectora SNAP); Microsoft Office Suite, Photoshop; Grant Writing; Organizational Development and Management, copywriter, talk show host musician/vocalist.

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