If you are unable to attend a course, we ask that you notify us as soon as possible. Cancellations received in writing five business days prior to the date of the program will be refunded, less a $25 processing fee. You may send a substitute, but we ask that you notify us in writing of this change at email@example.com. If you do not attend or send a substitute, you or your employer will be billed the full registration fee.
Thursday, Jan. 18, 2018 from 1-5 p.m. in #202 JC Penney Conference Center
Do you want to strengthen your board’s effectiveness? Do you want your board and members to be vitally engaged and forge the best possible working partnership with your executive and other staff in order to achieve more fully the organization’s mission? This workshop is for current and aspiring nonprofit staff executives and board leaders, including incoming board members, who want to learn and apply promising practices based on the latest research for making their boards even more effective and their staff-board relationships more productive and satisfying. It will also provide an opportunity to share with peers the greatest challenges and successful strategies for strengthening boards. The learning activities will mix plenary presentation, exercises and discussion,a panel with a diverse set of nonprofit and philanthropic leaders, and small, break out group discussions. Takeaways include tools and exercises designed to increase board performance.
The workshop will address topics such as:
(1) the nonprofit board’s purpose, primary roles and responsibilities;
(2) promising, evidence based practices from the latest research on board development, including recruitment, on-boarding, engagement, leadership development, evaluation and renewal; and
(3) a new model with methods and tools to organize board action and determine the best working relationship for board and staff.
Instructor John McClusky will be the primary presenter. He will be joined by three panelists who are all nonprofit staff and board leaders, and professional facilitators of break-out discussion groups. John is a consultant, educator, and author in the field of nonprofit leadership who has trained thousands of leaders and consulted with hundreds of nonprofit organizations. He was the founding director of academic programs in nonprofit leadership at two universities, the most recent being NPML here at UM-SL from 1993-2008. John was a nonprofit organization executive for more than 20 years, including program executive at the Danforth Foundation, regional chief executive and national president of the Coro Foundation, vice chancellor for external relations at UM-St. Louis, and academic vice president of The Washington (D.C.) Center, a national higher education institution. He has designed and directed board development programs as large as United Way of America's for most of its chapters across the country to numerous small, community based organizations in the St.Louis metro area.
Panelists are: Mary McMurtrey, Kimberly McKinney, and Jessica Eiland.
Mary McMurtrey has extensive experience as a nonprofit and philanthropic leader. Mary is currently the President of Awakened Giving, a consulting firm that is dedicated to helping nonprofits and foundations deepen their strategic commitments to diversity, equity and inclusion.Previously she served as CEO of Gateway Center for Giving and other nonprofit organizations. Kimberly McKinney is the Chief Executive Officer of Habitat for Humanity St. Louis, where she is responsible for the overall operation of the St. Louis affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International. Jessica Eiland has experience in nonprofit executive leadership, housing development, and community programs & partnerships. She is currently a project manager at Rise St. LouisRegistration fee: $60
Thursday, Jan. 25, 2018 from 1:30-3 p.m.
This web-based class is managed and offered by our partner, the Missouri Institute of Mental Health. This is an online class and does not meet in person. It takes place on your computer, at the designated course time.
Nonprofit organizations deal with confidentiality and ethical issues on a regular basis. With respect to confidentiality, nonprofits must be concerned with client confidentiality, personnel confidentiality, possible trade secrets or proprietary information, and donor confidentiality. Balanced against all that, nonprofits are expected to operate with a high level of transparency and accountability. With respect to ethical concerns, nonprofit staff and board members must continuously work to spot and avoid possible conflicts of interest while also balancing ethical concerns with profitable, efficient operations. Attend this class to learn about the laws, standards, and best practices nonprofits need to know as they navigate issues of confidentiality and ethics.
Instructor Dan Sise, JD, is currently the Interim Director of the Public Policy Administration (PPA) program at the University of Missouri – St. Louis. Dan initially joined the PPA staff as a part of the Nonprofit Management and Leadership program (NPML) in 2008. In his roles with the PPA and NPML programs, Dan has been an instructor on legal issues for nonprofits, the NPML program’s academic coordinator, the NPML program’s Community Engagement Manager, and now is the PPA program’s acting director. In addition, Dan still directs the NPML program’s non-credit, continuing education classes and training.
A 1997 graduate of the University of Illinois College of Law, Dan is currently licensed to practice law in Missouri and Illinois. Dan has served on multiple nonprofit organization boards, and he currently serves on the board of directors of the Daughters of Charity Foundation of St. Louis, and the Camp Rainbow Foundation. Prior to joining the faculty of the PPA/NPML program, Dan worked at Habitat for Humanity St. Louis where he was director of operations.
Registration fee: $39
Thursday, Feb. 22, 2018 from 1-4 p.m. in #402 J.C. Penney Conference Center on the UMSL north campus. (Note, members of the Community Builders Network (CBN) will have an additional discussion/meeting from 4-5 p.m.)
Is your organization currently participating in partnerships with other organizations and/or groups? Are you planning to do so? Do you want the existing partnerships to be even more successful, or want to optimize the chances that future partnerships and collaborations will be so? This workshop is for current and aspiring nonprofit executives, managers, and board members who want to learn the most promising principles and practices to form and sustain successful partnerships and collaborations. It will also provide an opportunity to learn and share obstacles to, and strategies for success. The workshop will mix plenary presentation and discussion, a panel of nonprofit and philanthropic leaders with ample Q&A, and small, break-out group discussions with peers. Takeaways include methods and tools to increase success at partnerships.
The objectives for participants include:
- understanding the wide array of types of partnerships, their benefits and limitations, so that you can better choose which are most suitable for your organization's purposes;
- learning the primary obstacles to successful partnerships;
- learning the factors which contribute to success;
- understanding about the stages of partnerships or collaborations and promising methods and tools for co-leading organizations through them;
- sharing with your peers about what does and doesn't work in partnerships.
John McClusky will be the primary presenter. John is a consultant, educator, and author in the field of nonprofit leadership who has trained thousands of leaders and consulted with hundreds of nonprofit organizations. He was the founding director of academic programs in nonprofit leadership and management at two universities, the most recent being NPML here at UM-St. Louis. John was a nonprofit organization executive for more than 20 years, including program executive at the Danforth Foundation, regional chief executive and national president of the Coro Foundation, vice chancellor for external relations at UM-St. Louis, and academic vice president of The Washington (D.C.) Center, a national higher education institution.
John has been a speaker and trainer on collaboration and partnerships nationally and regionally and a senior adviser to numerous partnerships, coalitions, and large scale collective initiatives (including CBN) here in our region. Finally, he has initiated or co-led at least 30 formal partnerships among nonprofit and other organizations, and co-led several larger collaborations.
Felicia Shaw – Executive Director, Regional Arts Commission (RAC)
Rikki Takeyama Menn – Vice President of Strategic Engagement, St. Louis Regional Health Commission
Dara Eskridge – Senior Project Manager, Urban Strategies
Registration fee: $35 (Members of CBN can enroll for this class at the discounted rate of $15. Contact a CBN representative to obtain the discount promo code).
Thursday, April 12, 2018 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in #402 J.C. Penney Conference Center (on our 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.
Instructor Wendy Dyer has enjoyed working with hundreds of nonprofits over the last 23 years as a consultant, from north to south and throughout the Midwest. She has helped pump millions of dollars into the economy – expanding programs and building schools, health centers and cultural places - bringing opportunity to thousands of people. A frequent presenter and trainer, Wendy encourages agencies to find their “sizzle” and embrace her mantra that “People are giving money away, anyway, might as well be to you.”
Registration fee: $99 (includes lunch in the form of a voucher for use in the Millennium Student Center food court)
Thursday, April 26, 2018 from 1-4 p.m. in #202 J.C. Penney Conference Center (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, teams and collaborations 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 ongoing decision making experiences? How does a staff person know when to lead and when to step back to ensure that staff members and volunteer leaders are engaged, empowered and motivated? This seminar highlights the stages and elements of collective impact, including building trust, managing participants needs and expectations, responding to conflict and staying focused on the organization’s impact.
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 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 in New York 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 attended the College of Executive Coaching and became an ICF (International Coaching Federation) certified coach in April, 2017.
Registration fee: $25
Thursday, May 17, 2018, from 1-4 p.m. in #202 J.C. Penney Conference Center (on the UMSL north campus)
Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI) is a philosophy of management that focuses on process improvement, to improve an organization’s efficiency and effectiveness. In this workshop, participants will be introduced to common CQI models and processes that can be readily applied to social service work. We will identify the capacities and practice behaviors that characterize cultures of learning and improvement. Lastly, we will introduce, demonstrate, and practice several key quality improvement tools and exercises.
Instructor Sarah Buek is the Founder and CEO of Insight Partners Consulting and has worked for the past 13 years in the non-profit sector first as a clinical social worker and later in program management, evaluation, and quality improvement. As a funder and consultant, she’s led dozens of non-profits in the development of Theories of Change and Logic Models, the design of data collection tools and processes, the creation of quality improvement systems, and the use of performance management to create cultures of learning and continuous improvement. Her passion is equipping human service professionals and organizations with the thought processes and tools necessary to articulate, measure, and increase their effectiveness and efficiency.
Registration fee: $30
For more information about these workshops or to find out about upcoming workshops, or about the NPML Program, contact Dan Sise at firstname.lastname@example.org, or at (314) 516-6378.
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