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Picking Winners: How to Identify, Qualify and Hire Top Performers

Thursday, Jan. 15, 2015, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. in 402 J.C. Penney Conference Center at UMSL

High-performance organizations know the power of having the right individuals in the right positions with the right responsibilities. People who are a match help propel organizations beyond the performance levels of competitors. Likewise, people who are not well aligned hinder the realization of strategic goals. This course will share best practices on how to find, select, recruit and orientate the right people who will take your organization to the next level.

Instructor ANGELA COBB joined Collaborative Strategies as a consultant in 2001 to manage search engagements within client organizations. Since then, she has completed more than 200 searches for executive, management, sales, human resources, information technology, financial, engineering, and administrative functions for a wide range of clients. She also provides human resources consultation to clients, focused on recruitment and retention strategies, policies and procedures, performance management, and compensation and bonus systems. Angela previously served as a legal search consultant, recruiting and placing more than 50 attorneys and legal professionals in both contract and permanent positions at St. Louis law firms. Angela holds a BA in Psychology and Communications from St. Louis University and Master of Arts degree in Human Resources Management from Washington University.

Instructor SARAH KRUEGER is a Consultant for Collaborative Strategies. Sarah has been identifying, assessing, recruiting and placing talent since 1999. Her executive experience with a regional staffing and recruiting firm honed her ability to quickly grasp, communicate and fulfill the personnel requirements for both for-profit and not-for-profit organizations. Her staffing background, direct human resource experience and education equip her with the skills to orchestrate targeted, cost-effective candidate searches and to develop and negotiate win/win employment and compensation agreements. Since joining CSI in April 2012, Sarah has led over 35 executive search processes. She has established a track record of recruiting success in a wide range of disciplines, including human resources, finance engineering, fundraising and development, construction, sales, communications, operations, and non-profit leadership. Sarah earned her BA degree in English and Philosophy from Marquette University and her Juris Doctorate degree from St. Louis University School of Law.

Tuition: $30

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The Relentless Pursuit of Major Gifts

Friday, Feb. 6, 2015 from 7:30 a.m. to noon at KWMU Public Radio in Grand Center, 3651 Olive Street, St. Louis, MO 63108. (For directions, click here.)

Successful nonprofit organizations have the capacity and ability to find and cultivate major gifts as part of their fundraising and development plan. Come to this class to learn successful strategies and tactics for bringing in major gifts. Instructor Martin Leifeld, Vice Chancellor for University Advancement at the University of Missouri St. Louis will share how he approaches his work and how he’s achieved the successes he’s had in securing major gifts. Class topics will include: attitudes and traits of successful major gift fundraisers, concepts to increase your effectiveness and confidence, and facets of leadership in major gift fundraising. 
Instructor MARTIN LEIFELD has served as vice chancellor for university advancement at the University of Missouri–St. Louis since August 2008. Since his arrival he has led a dramatic increase in fundraising. University Advancement at UMSL has more than 140 employees and an operating budget in excess of $12 million. Its primary units include alumni and community relations, fundraising, marketing and communication, university events and St. Louis Public Radio 90.7 KWMU.

Prior to joining UMSL, Leifeld was associate vice president for university development at Saint Louis University. He also has served as director of development for the Diocese of Belleville in Belleville, Ill., as well as a consultant and outreach executive in Ohio and Wisconsin.

Tuition: $40

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Social Media Strategy and Tactics for Nonprofit Communications

Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2015, from 2-5 p.m. in J.C. Penney Conference Center at UMSL

Is your social media presence reaching its potential? In the past 10 years, social media sites have joined the communications world. In the same way that email and websites have become crucial parts of an organization's communication strategy in the past 20-25 years, social media is now considered a basic necessity for effectively communicating an organization's mission, needs and efforts. Instructor Justine Craig-Meyer will teach you how to use social media to properly convey the social good an organization needs to address, so your nonprofit will reach the donors and volunteers who will provide the resources needed to effectively further your goals.

Instructor JUSTINE CRAIG-MEYER is the Chief Development and Communications Officer for Doorways, a 25-year-old nonprofit organization that provides housing and related services for more than 2,300 people a year who are affected by HIV/AIDS. Craig-Meyer is responsible for internal and external communications - including corporate communications, media relations, consumer affairs, marketing communications and digital media. She also leads a communications strategies team advancing Doorways commitment to sustainable growth.

Craig-Meyer has 17 years of nonprofit experience. Prior to joining Doorways in 2013, she served as the Executive Director for Lemay Housing Partnership, Inc. (LHP) and CEO for @FundedMission, a nonprofit consulting business catering to nonprofits in Missouri and Nebraska with budgets less than $2 million. Craig-Meyer has several certifications from NeighborWorks, a certification in Economic Development from the St. Louis Economic Partnership, and a BA in Political Science from Stephens College.

gslcf logoThis class is sponsored by, and offered in partnership with, the Greater St. Louis Community Foundation. The Greater St. Louis Community Foundation is providing a $100 door prize to be awarded to an organization represented by one of the attendees.

Tuition: $25

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Understanding Basic Financial Statement Information for Non-Accountants in Nonprofit Organizations

Thursday, March 26, 2015 from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. in the J.C. Penney Conference Center at UMSL

Every organization has 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 the financial condition of the organization and be in a position to ask questions and determine if the organization has the resources to carry out its program goals and strategies.  This is an introductory course in how to read Financial Statements for those who are not finance or accounting professionals.
Attendees will learn:
  • What to look for when reading financial statements
  • Indicators of financial health as well as how to detect potential trouble spots
  • What is different about nonprofit financial statements
  • How to confidently ask questions of your accounting or finance professionals

Instructor KIM ABEL became Deputy Director of The Scholarship Foundation in February 2011 after joining the staff in 2001 as Associate Director. Prior to 13 years in nonprofit financial and business management, Kim held a variety of management roles in small and large for-profit companies.  She was Chief Financial Officer at Propper International and prior to that, at Frank Spielberg Sales. She also worked for 18 years for Edison Brothers Stores, rising to the position of Director of Account­ing Information and Control/Manager of Internal Financial Reporting (Assistant Vice President). Kim’s bachelor’s degree is from William Woods University, where she majored in accounting.

Tuition: $25

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Focus on Fraud: Prevention and Detection Measures for Nonprofit Organizations

Wednesday, April 29, 2015 2-5 p.m. on the UMSL 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 


CHRISTINA M. SOLOMON, CPA, CFE, CFF is a Partner in RubinBrown’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 of industries, including manufacturing and distribution, professional service firms, healthcare, environmental, and not-for-profit organizations. Christina’s consulting services include developing financial analyses, quantifying damages, writing reports and providing deposition and trial testimonies. In addition, she has internal audit, financial modeling and data analysis experience.

AMY ALTHOLZ, CPA is a Partner in RubinBrown’s Not-for-Profit and Assurance Services Groups. Amy also serves as the Vice Chair of the Not-For-Profit Services Group. Her experience with a variety of not-for-profit clients provides her valuable insight into the industry’s best practices.

Registration for this informative class will begin shortly. Check back soon!

IRS Conference for Small and Medium-Sized 501 (c)(3) Organizations

Tuesday, May 12, 2015 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the J.C. Penney Conference Center at UMSL

As every 501(c)(3) organization knows, IRS rules and regulations are stringent and require compliance on an ongoing basis if a nonprofit organization intends to maintain its 501 (c)(3) tax-exempt status. Attend this special, low-cost workshop to hear directly from the IRS about the benefits and responsibilities of tax exemption under 501 (c)(3), and actions that may jeopardize the exempt status of an organization.
Topics will include:
  • The definition of unrelated business income, including common examples and exceptions, filing requirements and charitable gaming.
  • Classification of workers and filing requirements for employees and independent contractors.
  • An overview of the Forms 990, 990-EZ, and 990-N (e-Postcard), including tips on recordkeeping and answers to frequently asked questions. Includes a presentation of resources and tools available to exempt organizations to help them file accurate, error-free returns.
  • An overview of disclosures tax-exempt organizations are required to make.
In addition, during the lunch hour, the Missouri Attorney General’s Office will present an overview of state law regarding nonprofit, tax-exempt organizations.

$45 before May 1, 2015
$55 after May 1, 2015
$70 at the door – day of the event

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