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minnesota chapter of the project management institute pmi

Minnesota Chapterof theProject Management Institute (PMI)

The Value of Project Management

for Nonprofit Organizations

“PMI” is a federally registered trade and service mark; “PMP” and the PMP logo are federally registered certification marks; and the PMI logo, “PMBOK” and “Building professionalism in project management.” are trademarks of Project Management Institute, Inc.

today s questions
Today’s Questions
  • What is project management?
  • What are its benefits for nonprofit organizations?
  • What is the Project Management Institute?
  • What is the Community Project Coaching Program?
  • How can we work collaboratively?
what is a project
What is a Project?

A temporary endeavor undertaken to create a unique product or service.

Source: A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge, 2000

what is project management
What is Project Management?

The application of knowledge, skills, tools and techniques to project activities in order to meet or exceed stakeholders’ needs and expectations for the project.

Source: A Guide to the Project Management

Body of Knowledge, 2000

why is project management important
Why is project management important?
  • Up to 80% of projects fail to deliver expected results!
    • Impacts cost, schedule and service quality
    • Delays resources for other initiatives
    • Negatively affects employee morale
  • Source: “Knowing right from wrong – What research tells us about ways to increase project success”
  • Marv Goldstein, Project Management Institute, 2001 proceedings
project management gets results
Project Management Gets Results

Planning Stage









Proposal Stage






benefits of project management
Benefits of Project Management

Better utilize limited resources

Focus efforts for greater impact

Improve organizational communication

Plan and execute more consistently

Define what “done” really means

Q: This is all great, but how can we leverage project management in the foundation setting?

A: You and your grant recipients are doing projects. The question is whether you are requiring, funding and applying the appropriate amount of discipline to projects to ensure successful outcomes.

project management institute pmi
Project Management Institute (PMI®)
  • Nonprofit professional association
  • Established in 1969
  • Over 150,000 members world-wide
  • Minnesota is one of the largest chapters with over 2,500 members
what is the pmi vision
What is the PMI vision?

“To be respected throughout the world for advancing project management excellence through professionalism.”

community project coaching program
Community Project Coaching Program

A program designed to provide PMI-MN members with opportunities to serve the community by using their project management skills to coach nonprofit project managers.

coaching not leading
Coaching, not Leading
  • Volunteers assist the project manager(s) for the nonprofit community organization
  • Project managers of the non-profit community organization lead and manage the project
key roles on an engagement
Key Roles on an Engagement

Community Organization(s)

PMI-MN Organization

Project Sponsor

Project Manager

Project Coach

Project Assistant Coach

Project Team

project management coaching
Project Management Coaching
  • project plan development
  • schedule development
  • risk management
  • budgeting
  • project communication

Coaching may mean assisting with...

community organizations served
United Way Agencies

Boy Scouts

Children’s Home Society

CommonBond Communities

Family Pathways

Interfaith Outreach & Community Partners

Minnesota Indian Women’s Resource Center

Saint Paul Area Council of Churches

Southside Family Nurturing Center

Pilot Agencies

AppleTree Dental

Management Assistance Program for Nonprofits (MAP)

Model Cities


Riverton Community Housing

Southeast Asian Ministry

TSE, Inc.

Community Organizations Served*
  • since program began in 2002 (partial list)
coaching program results
Coaching Program Results

“Project management is a valuable tool for us to estimate staff time, equipment, material and project costs which enables us to more accurately forecast what it will take to expand our program.”

  • Jim Uden, Director of Development

Apple Tree Dental

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Coaching Program Results

“The Community Project Coaching Program has been an invaluable resource to the projects United Way has funded through its Service Through Technology program. We have seen an increase in project success, thanks to the involvement and support of PMI’s volunteer coaches.”

  • Kathy O’Connor, Director

Technology Capacity Building

Greater Twin Cities United Way

  • How can the coaching program help the foundation meets its objectives?
  • How can this program assist foundation grantees accomplish their project objectives?
to contact pmi mn
To Contact PMI-MN
  • Phone: 651.917.6246 • Fax: 651.917.1835
  • Email: coachcoordinator@pmi-mn.org
  • Internet: www.pmi-mn.org (Chapter That Cares)
  • Office address:

1821 University Ave W, Suite S256

St. Paul, MN 55104

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Minnesota Chapterof theProject Management Institute (PMI)

Thanks for your time and interest!

“PMI” is a federally registered trade and service mark; “PMP” and the PMP logo are federally registered certification marks; and the PMI logo, “PMBOK” and “Building professionalism in project management.” are trademarks of Project Management Institute, Inc.