Cornerstone OnDemand Foundation Launches

September 17, 2014

Cornerstone OnDemand Foundation Launches

New no-cost open online learning site addresses the critical need for high-quality, accessible professional development customized for the nonprofit sector

SANTA MONICA, Calif., Sept. 17, 2014 –The Cornerstone OnDemand Foundation, a nonprofit organization formed by cloud-based talent management software provider Cornerstone OnDemand (NASDAQ:CSOD), today announced the launch of, an open online learning and social networking platform that provides more than 200 professional development courses and training to any nonprofit professional anywhere, anytime, at no cost. builds on the Foundation’s successful Gift of Learning program, which provided select nonprofit organizations with three months of complimentary access to a library of online training and development resources. A recent Bridgespan survey of nonprofit leaders revealed that the majority of nonprofits feel they have skilled and effective staff members, but 70 percent consider their lack of professional development opportunities to be an organizational weakness.1 is specifically designed to provide free, easily accessible professional development and training courses to nonprofit employees and volunteers around the world.

In response to the overwhelming demand for the Gift of Learning, the Foundation is introducing with a host of new enhancements, including:

  • More than 200 learning titles. All learners have unlimited access to the entire training library of e-learning courses, videos, abstracts and webinars from leading organizations and experts in the nonprofit sector.

  • Structured curriculum. Tailored training plans are available to help individual development needs for common nonprofit job functions, including Fundraising and development, leadership, accounting and finance, operations, marketing and communications, volunteer engagement and program management.

  • Community-based learning. also features collaborative learning groups facilitated by experts in the field. These communities of learning provide users with the opportunity to learn and share insights with colleagues on the most timely, relevant topics facing the sector.

  • Social networking. Nonprofit professionals can connect with peer groups and mentors to share organizational best practices and enhance their professional development.

Comments on the News

  • “Access to training and capacity building is an essential ingredient for nonprofit success, and we have seen firsthand the transformative impact Gift of Learning has had on nonprofits of all sizes,” said Greg Baldwin, president, VolunteerMatch. “Every time we offer this resource to our nonprofit network, we are overwhelmed with the number of organizations that sign up. With all the new features and course content in, we know it will help even more of our organizations do their work and make a difference.”

  • “ has helped tremendously with my ability to ‘tune up’ my professional development skills,” said Patricia Taylor, executive director, Eastside Neighborhood Association. “It has also been incredibly beneficial to share some of what I have learned with others.”

  • “Training is a critical component to any successful organization, and providing efficient, effective and impactful training is especially important in the nonprofit community where budgets are tight and employees’ schedules are full,” said Mandy Luety, HR manager, Project Hope. “An online training resource like helps reduce expenses and allows employees the flexibility to participate in professional development when and where it works best for them.”

  • “Finding the budget and time to offer meaningful professional development opportunities is a significant hurdle for almost all nonprofits,” said Julie Brandt, executive director, Cornerstone OnDemand Foundation. “ will bring significant personal value to nonprofit professionals at all stages of their careers, ultimately increasing the effectiveness and impact of the entire nonprofit sector and the communities they serve.”

Additional Details

  • Learn more about Read additional commentary about from Justin Wedell, Cornerstone OnDemand Foundation’s nonprofit empowerment program manager, on the Cornerstone OnDemand Foundation blog.

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