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Please note -- All NPML courses are now taking place in the Social Sciences and Business building, located on the UM-St. Louis north campus.



Legal Issues for Nonprofit Board Members

Thursday, Aug. 13, 2015 from 3-5 p.m. in the Social Sciences and Business Building SSB # 218, (on the UMSL north campus).

Given the vital role of volunteer nonprofit corporate board members in our region, and in the entire nonprofit sector, it is of utmost importance that more people fully understand the responsibilities that go with joining the board of a nonprofit corporation. This class will help individuals and organizations better understand the duties, obligations, and liabilities that apply to the members of the board of directors of a nonprofit corporation, regardless of its size or programs. In addition to covering both Missouri law and general legal principles that relate to nonprofit board membership, this class will also discuss board member protections in the form of insurance, indemnification, and statutory protection from some forms of liability. 

Instructor Dan Sise, JD, joined the Nonprofit Management and Leadership Program (NPML Program) at U.M. – St. Louis in October, 2008, and serves as the program’s Academic Coordinator and Community Engagement Manager. Dan is also an instructor for the NPML Program, and teaches a class on “Legal Issues for Nonprofit Organizations” that is a required course for the NPML Certificate. 

A 1997 graduate of the University of Illinois College of Law, Dan is currently licensed to practice law in Missouri and Illinois. In the course of his legal career, Dan has dealt with a wide range of issues, including regulatory compliance, insurance coverage and defense, community redevelopment, and nonprofit governance and oversight. He serves on the board of directors of a number of nonprofit organizations, including the St. Louis-Jefferson Solid Waste Management District and the Daughters of Charity Foundation of St. Louis. Prior to joining the faculty of the NPML program, Dan worked at Habitat for Humanity St. Louis where he was director of operations.

Tuition: $20

To register for Legal Issues for Nonprofit Board Members, Click Here.



Fundraising Institute 2015

Tuesday, Sept. 15 to Friday, Sept. 18, 2015 at various rooms in the Social Sciences and Business building, on the north campus of UM-St. Louis

At the NPML Fundraising Institute 2015, learn the most up-to-date information on current fundraising practices and ideas. You may register for all courses for $350, or you may register for individual sessions.

To register for all five sessions at a cost of $350, click here.

Or you may register for individual sessions at the per session prices, below.  

Session 1: Successful Grant Writing -- 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 15. $99 to enroll individually. Includes lunch. Social Sciences and Business building, SSB 411. To register individually for Session 1, click here. 

Class Description: Grant writing is both an art and science and is ever evolving. Hear informative perspectives and the latest practical examples that will give you an edge in writing proposals and obtaining funding. Learn tools and techniques to make your grants more successful in the increasingly competitive private sector market. Hands-on activities provide real-world take-aways that you can use now.  From research to thanking the donor, this comprehensive session is good for beginners and seasoned grantwriters. 

Instructor Wendy Dyer has been a fundraiser and a fundraising consultant for more than 24 years. Her fund development career began at Saint Louis University, where she worked in donor research and prospect management, then major gifts and corporate/foundation relations.  In consultation with nonprofit organizations, she provides coaching, grant strategies, major giving programs including annual fund and capital campaigns, board design and engagement. Wendy provides training programs from Minnesota to Mississippi on a variety of fundraising topics.


Session 2: Planning and Managing Successful Special Events -- Wednesday, Sept. 16, 1-4 p.m. $49 to enroll individually. Course meets in Social Sciences and Business building, SSB 132. To register individually for Session 2, click here.

Course Description: Events pose unique challenges, but they can also yield significant rewards, including opportunities to raise both friends and funds. This class will cover topics ranging from expanding events, to developing an annual event plan that includes donor and board cultivation, creating and following timelines, budgets and revenue goals. The class also will help you establish and manage your team of staff, chairs and volunteers.

Instructor Jan Rasmussen is the associate executive director for St. Patrick Center, the largest provider of homeless services in Missouri. She served as their chief development officer for 13 years, developing and implementing plans to generate financial resources to fund and expand programs to support the agency’s $14+ million dollar operating budget. As associate executive director Jan works on major projects, board development, advocacy within the community and works with major donors. She advises nonprofit agencies on strategic planning, fundraising programs and board development, mentors development professionals and teaches marketing and direct mail seminars. Jan is a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals and the St. Louis Planned Giving Council, serving on their Board 2005 - 2009 as Vice President of Outreach. She was also selected as the AFP 2005 Outstanding Fundraising Executive of the Year.


Session 3: Strategic Fundraising: a Road Map for Fundraising Success -- Thursday, Sept. 17 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. $99 to enroll individually. Lunch included. Course meets in the Social Sciences and Business building, SSB 411. To register individually for Session 3, click here.

Course Description: The pace of change has made it increasingly difficult for nonprofit organizations to remain proactive in their fundraising approach. Yet it is change itself that creates unique and exciting opportunities for finding new funding sources and maximizing current support. Join us for this full-day session that will allow you to step back from the day-to-day chaos and focus on creating a road map for fundraising success. This engaging session will be taught in multiple styles, including short topical lectures, workshop activities, and small group discussions. At the conclusion, participants will be able to: define ambitious, yet feasible S.M.A.R.T. goals for their fundraising program; explore and analyze fundraising strategies for effectiveness and efficiency; identify and overcome barriers to success; communicate with internal and external stakeholders to gain buy-in on ideas and plans; understand the importance of balance - individually and organizationally - in sustaining momentum and avoiding burnout; seek out additional tools utilizing the latest technology and resources available.

Instructor Jason Huff has spent his entire professional career working in the non-profit sector. He spent more than a decade as a professional fundraiser working for organizations with annual budgets ranging from less than $500,000 to more than $1 billion within health care, higher education, and social services. He is experienced in fundraising operations, major gifts, annual giving, corporate and foundation relations, and capital campaigns. Jason founded Angler Leadership Advisors in 2014 with a passion to help others achieve their individual and organizational goals. He is an adjunct faculty member at Washington University in St. Louis, where he teaches the graduate-level course, Resource Development for Non-profit Organizations. He is also an active member and immediate past president of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) -- St. Louis Regional Chapter. Jason has given numerous presentations on a variety of fundraising and leadership topics, as well as career development and effective communications. He earned his CFRE certification in 2010 and distinction as an AFP Master Trainer in 2014.



Session 4: Grants Research: An Introduction to Data Resources and Grant Prospect Research. Friday, Sept. 18 from 9 a.m. to noon. $49 to enroll individually. Course meets in the Social Sciences and Business building, SSB 410.
To register individually for Session 4, click here

Course Description: Successful grant research includes a review of various kinds of data like giving statistic, 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.

Instructor 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 and assistance to public, private, and nonprofit initiatives that are aimed toward enhancing community resources and services throughout the St. Louis Metropolitan Area.  Brad is active among nonprofits in the community and has served on a variety of community boards, committees, and panels in the metropolitan area including: Community Council of St. Charles County; Vision Leadership Program St. Charles County; Sts. Joachim & Ann Care Service; United Way of Greater St. Louis; and most recently as a member of the data team for the St. Louis Ready by 21 Initiative.


Session 5: Pursuing Significant Fundraising Opportunities Through a Planned Giving Program. Friday, Sept. 18 from 1-4 p.m. $49 to enroll individually. Course meets in the Social Sciences and Business building, SSB 410. To register individually for Session 5, click here.

Course Description: There is a wide array of flexible planned giving vehicles that can be used to achieve a prospective donor’s philanthropic goals and objectives while also helping to address many of the donor’s concerns about financial security and thoughtful estate planning. This session will explore various types of planned gifts, including bequests, charitable gift annuities, charitable remainder trusts, and a number of other planned giving arrangements, as well as the possible benefits of each to a prospective donor. We will learn that a good planned giving prospect does not always have a particular profile. Depending upon the prospective donor’s unique personal family circumstances and concerns, financial and other resources, and philanthropic interests, there may be a planned giving vehicle that is ideal to meet the donor’s goals and objectives, while providing a nonprofit organization a meaningful gift. This session will also address some of the challenges for a nonprofit in successfully launching, marketing, staffing, and professionally administering a planned giving effort. There are substantive accounting and compliance requirements associated with planned gifts and a nonprofit must be prepared to educate its staff and maintain operational discipline in administering its planned giving program. It also must be committed to a sustained effort to promote and secure planned gifts which often require significant lead time to close and mature, but ultimately can generate transformational benefits to the organization.   

 Instructor Lyle Brizendine joined the University of Missouri-St. Louis as Senior Director of Development-Planned Giving in 2012 after concluding a career of over 35 years in the trust and investment industry as Senior Vice President and Director of the Philanthropic Management Group at Bank of America Merrill Lynch. Prior to joining the Bank of America, he managed the nationwide delivery of foundation, endowment, and institutional planned giving services for TIAA-CREF Trust Company. Earlier in his career, Lyle managed the pension and institutional trust businesses, including endowments and foundations, for predecessor organizations of Bank of America for over 20 years. He received his B.S.B.A. from the University of Missouri-Columbia, J.D. from the University of Missouri-Kansas City, and LL.M. in Taxation from Washington University in St. Louis.




Techniques for Designing and Leading Better Meetings for Volunteer Managers

Friday, Sept. 25, 2015 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Social Sciences and Business building SSB 410 (on the UMSL north campus).

Working with volunteers means planning and attending a lot of meetings, so why not become a pro at designing and leading them? In this half-day workshop, we'll get hands-on with techniques to learn ways to:
• Plan and prep agendas for fewer, better meetings
• Overcome common challenges of different personalities and meeting pitfalls
• Get every participant involved in idea creation and exploration
• Make action plans and decisions as a group

Instructor James Macanufo is the co-author of “Gamestorming: A Playbook for Innovators, Rule-Breakers and Changemakers.” Over the past 10 years he has helped a diverse group of clients such as the US Marine Corps, UPS, HP and Lowe's to develop and run large transformation programs, which means he has facilitated a lot of meetings!

Tuition: $65 ($50 for MVMA members. MVMA members may email Dan Sise at sised@umsl.edu if they need the promo code).

This course qualifies for credit toward the Chancellor's Certificate in Volunteer Management. In order to obtain this noncredit chancellor’s certificate, individuals enroll in, and complete, 16 or more hours of training in classes and/or events that are produced as part of the collaboration between Nonprofit Management & Leadership (NPML) program, and the Metropolitan Volunteer Management Association (MVMA). MVMA logo

To register for Techniques for Designing and Leading Better Meetings for Volunteer Managers, Click Here.



Starting and Governing a Nonprofit 501(c)(3) Organization in Missouri

Thursday, Oct. 22, 2015 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Social Sciences and Business building, Room # SSB 411 (on the UMSL north campus).

Starting a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and governing a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization are flip sides of the same coin.  Steps you take in forming a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation affect how your organization must operate in the future.  Steps you take in the governance and operation of your 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation affect your ability to maintain your 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status with the IRS on an ongoing basis. 

Come to this class to learn how to start a Missouri nonprofit corporation that will seek to obtain 501(c)(3) tax exempt status from the IRS. In addition, this class will also cover good governance policies, strategies, and requirements that will allow your organization to maintain its 501(c)(3) tax exempt status on an ongoing basis once you are up and running. 

This is an intensive 8-hour class that will focus on practical information and resources like forms to use, web sites to access, governmental offices to contact or be aware of, and a checklist of steps to take.  

Instructor Dan Sise, JD, joined the Nonprofit Management and Leadership Program (NPML Program) at U.M. – St. Louis in October, 2008, and serves as the NPML Program’s Academic Coordinator and Community Engagement Manager. A 1997 graduate of the University of Illinois College of Law, Dan is currently licensed to practice law in Missouri and Illinois.  In the course of his legal career, Dan has dealt with a wide range of issues, including regulatory compliance, insurance coverage and defense, community redevelopment, and nonprofit governance and oversight. He serves on the board of directors of a number of nonprofit organizations, including the St. Louis-Jefferson Solid Waste Management District and Mission: St. Louis. Prior to joining the faculty of the NPML program, Dan worked at Habitat for Humanity St. Louis where he was director of operations.

Tuition: $89 (includes lunch)

To register for Starting and Governing a Nonprofit 501(c)(3) Organization in Missouri, please click here.



Creating Successful Group Dynamics: How to Build Better Teams, Committees, and Collaborations

Thursday, Nov. 19, 2015 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. in the Social Sciences and Business building, Room SSB 411 (on the UMSL north campus). 

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed, citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”   Margaret Mead

Groups, committees and collaborative efforts are essential parts of the work in a nonprofit organization.  What is the essence of “group process” and what is the role of the professional in creating successful group dynamics?  How does a staff person know when to lead and when to step back to ensure others feel empowered? This class highlights the stages and elements of  collective impact, including the professional skills required to simultaneously meet the needs and expectations of participants, while staying focused on the organization’s mission.  Come to this class to learn how to create and foster successful group dynamics within your nonprofit organization. 

Instructor Marci Mayer Eisen has worked in the St. Louis nonprofit community for 30+ years with an emphasis on community building.  She is the Director of the Millstone Institute, a leadership development initiative of the Jewish Federation of St. Louis. She previously coordinated interfaith social justice programs at the Jewish Community Relations Council and ran parenting programs and family events at the Jewish Community Center. Marci has a BS in Health & Human Development from Penn State, a MSW in Group Work from Wurzweiler School of Social Work and received a Certificate in Nonprofit Management and Leadership from University of Missouri, St. Louis in 2009.  She is a graduate of both CORO Women in Leadership and Leadership St. Louis.  Marci has received recognition for her work both locally and nationally.

Tuition: $25

To register for Creating Successful Group Dynamics: How to Build Better Teams, Committees, and Collaborations, please click here.



For more information about these workshops or to find out about upcoming workshops, or about the NPML Program, contact Dan Sise at sised@umsl.edu, or at (314) 516-6378. 


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