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Successful Grant Writing

May 22, 2019

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Successful Grant Writing

May 22, 2019

Authored by: Keith Kehrer

Thursday, June 20, 2019 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in #410 Social Science and Business (SSB) building (located on the UMSL north campus)

In the highly competitive world of grants, learn the art and science of creating excellent grant applications. Share perspectives and embrace practical examples that will give you an edge in writing proposals and obtaining funding. You will leave this interactive session with tools and techniques you can put to immediate use as you seek funds from the private sector. Hands-on activities will be more meaningful if you come to class with a project in mind – it can be for any project at any amount.  From the initial research to thanking the donor, this comprehensive session is good for beginners and seasoned grantwriters alike. The class will also explore the growing area of Donor Advised Funds and their potential impact on foundation giving. Lunch included (in

Moving Toward Higher Performing, Energized Boards, Committees and Board-Executive Relations

April 22, 2019

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Thursday, May 9 from 1-5 p.m. in # 402 J.C. Penney Conference Center (on the UMSL north campus)

Do you want to strengthen your board and committees’ effectiveness and contribution to organizational success, while forging a more satisfying, effective board-executive relationship?

Do you wish you could organize your board, executive, and staff responsibilities and relationships to best suit your organization’s size and resources?

Does each of these parties’ roles, work and relations need to change to align with a transition or a changing stage in your organization’s development?

Do you wish board and committee work, for both their members and the staff supporting them, could be more productive and fulfilling?

This workshop is designed for staff executives, board leaders and members, or people aspiring to such roles who want to find answers to these questions.  To enable them to successfully address these questions , participants will take away a practical

Upcoming professional development class offered by the NPML Program at UMSL: “Managing Meaningful Group Volunteer Experiences”

March 8, 2019

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Friday, March 29, 2019 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in #410 SSB/Social Science and Business building (on the UMSL north campus. Note different building than where most of our classes take place)

Do you frequently have groups contacting your organization for volunteer projects? Maybe you have a big project or special event that requires a group of volunteers? Or you would like to engage a group of skills-based volunteers at your organization? This interactive class will guide you through the important steps of planning and organizing a volunteer group to ensure that everyone has a meaningful volunteer experience. It will highlight best practices in developing a group volunteer project, working with a group volunteer leader as well as coordinating a project’s day of logistics.

Instructor Alexandra Brownfield applies her volunteer management expertise, industry experience, and steadfast energy to advise organizations on building effective volunteer programs. A graduate of Saint

Upcoming professional development class offered by the NPML Program at UMSL: “How Do We Know We Are Doing Good Work?”

February 11, 2019

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Thursday, March 7, 2019 from 1-5 p.m. in #402 J.C. Penney Conference Center (on the UMSL north campus)

You go to work each day hoping that what you do is making a difference. But how do you know the hard work you and the staff of your nonprofit organization are doing is having a positive impact and achieving your mission? This class is oriented toward program staff and leadership as they seek to implement and manage successful programs. It will provide an overview of approaches to assess program impact including logic models, and questions to think about when considering whether programs are effective. Class activities will include small group and hands-on exercises.

Instructor Jama Dodson has spent much of her career in non-profit program and executive management roles with a particular interest in services for children and youth.  She came to St. Louis from Rochester, NY in 2000 to establish

Upcoming professional development class offered by the NPML Program at UMSL: “Grants Research: An Introduction to Data Resources and Grant Prospect Research”

December 11, 2018

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Grants Research: An Introduction to Data Resources and Grant Prospect Research

Thursday, Jan. 24, 2019 from 1- 4 p.m. in # 202 J.C. Penney Conference Center (on the UMSL north campus)

Successful grant research includes a review of various kinds of data like giving statistics, reports, and databases. But learning to identify, evaluate, and select data resources used in grants research can be a challenge. This course will provide participants with (a) an introduction to the process of information evaluation, (b) data resources commonly available in grant development, and (c) how to use the “Foundation Database Online Professional” database to identify and evaluate funding prospects.

Brad Smith is the Nonprofit Information Resource Manager for the St. Charles City-County Library District. In that capacity, he oversees the delivery of the Library District’s specialty services to the nonprofit community. As a representative of the Library District, he regularly provides consultation services

Focus on Fraud: Prevention and Detection Measures for Nonprofit Organizations

November 5, 2018

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Thursday, Dec. 6, 2018 from 2-5 p.m. in # 202 of the J.C. Penney Conference Center (on the UMSL north campus)

News stories about fraud and embezzlement at nonprofit organizations abound. Too many organizations find themselves dealing with these kinds of problems when an understanding of common schemes, and the implementation of relatively simple, yet important processes, procedures, and policies could protect them from many of these issues.

Join us for a discussion on how nonprofits can prevent and detect fraud within their organizations. Topics to be covered include:

  • Prevalence of Fraud and Recent Examples of Fraud
  • Common Types of Fraud Schemes
  • Red Flags
  • Preventive and Detective Internal Controls
  • Investigating Potential Frauds

Instructor Christina Solomon is a Partner in Rubin Brown’s Business Advisory Services Group. As a financial forensics expert, she performs forensic accounting analysis and fraud investigations. She has provided financial consultation to businesses in a variety

IRS Tax Reform Webinars for Practitioners & Industry

October 16, 2018

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October 18th

Tax Reform Basics for Individual Taxpayers 2 p.m. Eastern Click here to Register

October 25th

Tax Reform Basics for Employers 2 p.m. Eastern Click here to Register

November 1st

Tax Reform Basics for Small Business and Pass-Through Entities 3 p.m. Eastern Click here to Register

Each session is 60-minutes, including Q & A. Closed Captioning is available for each session.

Continuing Education:

  • All participants who qualify will receive a Certificate of Completion
  • Tax Professionals will earn 1 CE Credit – Category: Federal Tax Update
  • Have enough Federal Tax Update credit? No worries…excess Federal Tax Update credit can be counted towards Federal Tax/Tax Related Matters instead.

For information on future Tax Reform Webinars visit the Upcoming Webinars page on IRS.gov.

Basic Financial Oversight and Management for Nonprofit Organizations

August 9, 2018

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Thursday, Sept. 13, 2018 from 1-5 p.m. in #202 JC Penney Conference Center (on the UMSL north campus)

Every organization should have board or staff members that possess financial credentials and/or experience and are charged with the primary responsibility of reporting or managing the financial matters of the nonprofit. However, board and staff members whose expertise is other than financial still need the ability to monitor and manage the financial condition of the organization. This is an introductory, basic course covering important financial management and oversight principles and activities in every nonprofit organization.

Attendees will learn:

  • How to manage a range of budget and financial matters in relation to your fiscal year
  • Indicators of financial health as well as how to detect potential trouble spots
  • A basic understanding of nonprofit financial statements
  • Plain-language (non-accountant-speak) financial concepts, activities and procedures that anyone can understand

The primary instructor for this

Diversity & Inclusion in Your Volunteer Program

June 6, 2018

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Friday, June 29, 2018, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Social Science and Business – SSB #335 (on the UMSL north campus, note different building than most of our classes take place).

Diversity and inclusion initiatives have been proven to not only make organizations more accessible, but more successful. Intentional diversity and inclusion leads to more innovation in thinking, greater productivity, and a more engaged team. So how can we work to make our volunteer programs accessible to a wide range of people, in order to create an engaged, effective team of diverse volunteers? This interactive workshop will explore the concepts of diversity, inclusion, and implicit bias, in order to help us understand these concepts and their effect on our current practices around volunteer recruitment, engagement, and retention. Attendees will have the opportunity to evaluate their existing volunteer program through the lens of diversity and inclusion, brainstorm and share

Upcoming professional development class offered by the NPML Program at UMSL – Search Engine Optimization and Search Marketing 101 for Nonprofits

May 22, 2018

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Thursday, June 14, 2018 from 3-5 p.m. in # 202 JC Penney Conference Center (on the UMSL north campus)

This interactive and data-driven workshop covers a range of SEO (Search Engine Optimization) and on-line search marketing issues.  Some of the topics to be covered will include:

  • Increasing organic search visibility
  • On-page optimization
  • Keyword discovery
  • Tracking and reporting
  • Link building
  • Search marketing, including Google Grants
  • Content marketing

Showing up in search engine results (organic search) is a key way to reach your most important audiences. But improving your website’s visibility in Google can be daunting. Designed specifically for nonprofit organizations, this expert-led workshop will teach you how to implement SEO best practices that will improve your organization’s online visibility, boost fundraising efforts, drive qualified web traffic, and bring increased awareness to your cause.

Key Takeaways:

  • How search engines work
  • The 3 most important SEO considerations
  • How SEO fits