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Here is a list of current upcoming noncredit workshops being offered by the Nonprofit Management and Leadership program. Click the name of the class to see more information. We hope to see you at a workshop soon!



Issues of Confidentiality and Ethics to Consider in Nonprofit Organizations
This is a web training course. The course takes about 1 1/2 hours to complete.

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.

Objectives:

  • Understand nonprofit information that should be kept confidential

  • Understand the balance between (a) expectations for transparency in nonprofit operations and (b) need for some decisions and information to remain confidential

  • Learn the elements of a good conflict of interest policy for a nonprofit organization

  • Learn how to identify and handle conflict of interest situations in nonprofit operations

  • Explore professional code of ethics guidelines on confidentiality including NASW Code of Ethics and NBCC Code of 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, including the boards of three different foundations/funders. He currently serves on the board of directors of 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: $29. This is a web training course. Once you purchase and open the course, it will be available to you for 30 days. During that time, you may start and stop as needed, or watch it multiple times. If for some reason you purchase the course but never open it, it will expire in one year.

Click here to register for the web training course Issues of Confidentiality and Ethics to Consider in Nonprofit Organizations!

Diversity & Inclusion in Your Volunteer Program

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 knowledge with colleagues through interactive discussions and activities, and develop concrete, measurable action steps toward creating a more diverse volunteer team for their organization.

Instructor Kenneth Pruitt - Diversity Awareness Partnership: As Director of Diversity Training, Kenneth is responsible for the Diversity Awareness Partnership’s training and consultation for a variety of organizations on topics of diversity and inclusion. Additionally, he oversees DAP’s education efforts via its interfaith work, as well as an assortment of panels, forums, and discussions. After receiving his master’s in education from St. John’s University, Kenneth became a classroom teacher for several years before taking this passion into nonprofit settings. Just previous to his work with DAP, he developed a model for contextualizing the group volunteer experience with education and advocacy on issues of poverty, diversity, and religion.

With the exception of a four-year stint in New York City, Kenneth has spent the last 20 years in St. Louis, having grown up in Nashville, Tennessee. He loves asking hard questions about the intersection of social justice and religion, and can frequently be found jogging a few miles on the sidewalks of South City.

Instructor Denise DeCou - Anti-Defamation League: Denise DeCou is Director, Diversity & Inclusion, Content Development and Program Delivery for Washington University School of Medicine.  Since September 2013, Ms. DeCou has developed a four-part diversity training curriculum and has trained more than 7,300 employees (faculty and staff) across the medical school campus.  Ms. DeCou has also been instrumental in providing national and local speakers for various events on campus.  Her work has generated a change in the culture of the institution. Ms. DeCou has an extensive background in the not-for-profit sector, with more than 25 years in organizational development, curriculum design, and adult/youth programming.  As a nationally certified Diversity Trainer, Ms. DeCou has facilitated anti-bias/anti-oppression trainings for children, youth, community-based organizations, community leaders, the workplace, law enforcement, and institutions of higher education here in the United States and abroad.  Collectively, DeCou has trained thousands of adults and youth and has managed more than 100 employees and 200 volunteers over the last fifteen years.

Instructor Julie Strassman - MVMA Facilitator: Julie Strassman is an experienced volunteer engagement professional and social justice educator, dedicated to helping organizations build mutually beneficial relationships with volunteers while working toward justice.  She currently works as the Volunteer Coordinator with Bethesda Hospice Care. Previously, she worked with Kingdom House, where she helped develop and facilitate a program for contextualizing the group volunteer experience with education and advocacy on issues of poverty, diversity, and religion. Julie currently serves on the Board of MVMA as the VP of Programming, and has served on the Certification Committee for the United Way of Greater St. Louis’  Volunteer Center.  She regularly presents on volunteer engagement best practices for local and national nonprofit organizations, including Network for Strong Communities (previously Network for Nonprofit Services), Send Me St. Louis, We Raise Foundation (previously Wheat Ridge Ministries), and the Episcopal Service Corps. Julie holds a Master’s in Divinity from Eden Theological Seminary and is currently working toward her Doctorate of Ministry.

Registration fee: $75 ($60 for MVMA members with promo code. Members who need the code can contact secretary@mvma-stl.org for the promo code).

This class qualifies for six hours toward the noncredit Chancellor's Certificate in Volunteer Management. This certificate is a partnership between the UMSL NPML program, and the Metropolitan Volunteer Management Association (MVMA). In order to obtain this noncredit chancellor’s certificate, individuals must enroll in, and complete, 16 or more hours of training in classes and/or events that are produced as part of the collaboration between MVMA and the NPML program.

Click here to register for Diversity & Inclusion in Your Volunteer Program!

Starting and Governing a Nonprofit 501(c)(3) Organization – a Primer

2-4 p.m. Thursday, July 19, 2018

ONLINE WEBINAR - Meets on your computer, at the specified time.

Participate in this web-based class for a primer on 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 the basics of 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. 

Note that this class is meant to provide a basic introduction, and broad overview, on how to start a Missouri nonprofit corporation that goes on to apply for 501(c)(3) tax exempt status.  Further, to be clear, this class will focus on applicable Missouri law, requirements, and standards that come into play in the process (vs. state laws and processes that might be different in other states). 

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, including the boards of three different foundations/funders. He currently serves on the board of directors of 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: $49

Click here to register for the Online webinar Starting and Governing a Nonprofit 501(c)(3) Organization – a Primer!

The FLSA and Overtime Pay: What Nonprofit Organizations Need to Know

Thursday, Aug. 2, 2018 from 2-5 p.m. in #202 JC Penney Conference Center (on the UMSL north campus)

Nonprofit organizations are not exempt from the laws that cover proper classification and compensation for employees, including the Fair Labor Standards Act (or “FLSA”), which governs the salaries, minimum wages, and overtime requirements for most workers in the U.S.

Nonprofits are often unclear about how the rules apply to various categories of workers such as: independent contractors, exempt or non-exempt employees, unpaid interns, and volunteers. The Department of Labor finds violations in more than 73 percent of its investigations, and the costs for non-compliance can be highly detrimental to the operation of your non-profit organization. 

However, recent guidance from the Department of Labor, and a recent decision from the U.S. Supreme Court regarding the classification of employees and the exemptions from overtime, suggest that nonprofit employers may have more flexibility in classifying workers as exempt, and that the rules may not be construed quite as narrowly against the employer, as in the past.

Come to this class to learn about (1) the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), (2) classification of independent contractors and employees; (3) identifying “exempt” vs. “nonexempt” employees, interns, and volunteers, and (4) how all of this is handled by the U.S. Department of Labor.

Instructor Shane Jones practices in the areas of labor law, employment law and education law in Missouri and Illinois. He assists employers with all aspects of labor and employment, including designing and improving employee handbooks and personnel manuals; proactively complying with wage-hour and overtime regulations; drafting and enforcing no compete agreements; and effectively investigating, discipling, and terminating problem employees. Shane has also successfully defended employers against discrimination, First Amendment, and Due Process claims, as well as other labor and employment actions in state and federal courts. Shane has been with Tueth Keeney since its founding and is a member of the Firm’s management committee.

Instructor Adam C. Henningsen practices primarily in the areas of labor and employment law, education law, and civil litigation. He has successfully represented school districts, charter schools, and other employers in State and Federal Court, as well as administrative agencies including the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Missouri Commission on Human Rights, the Missouri Administrative Hearing Commission, and the United States Department of Education Office for Civil Rights. Adam regularly works with employers, school districts and individual administrators on matters including labor and employment, contracting, student discipline, special education, and state and federal regulation compliance. Prior to joining the firm, Adam practiced school law at a firm in Kansas City, Mo.

Registration fee: $30

Click here to register for The FLSA and Overtime Pay: What Nonprofit Organizations Need to Know

Basic Financial Oversight and Management for Nonprofit Organizations

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 class will be Dan Sise of the UMSL Nonprofit Management & Leadership Program, but Dan will be joined by Mary Kay Lofgren and Becky Knezevich of Rubin Brown, who will provide more specific details on accounting concepts and financial statements. 

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, including the boards of three different foundations/funders. He currently serves on the board of directors of 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.

Instructor Mary Kay Lofgren is a Partner in RubinBrown’s Assurance Services Group. She also serves as a Vice Chair of the Not-For-Profit Services Group. She primarily serves clients in the nonprofit and public sector industries. Mary Kay has more than 21 years of experience working on assurance engagements in these industries, as well as Uniform Guidance (A-133) single audits. Mary Kay also chairs the Not-For-Profit Services Group Private Schools segment. Mary Kay teaches the Financial Issues in Managing NPOs course of the Nonprofit Management Leadership Program at the University of Missouri – St. Louis. She also speaks about a variety of not-for-profit organization topics.

Instructor Rebecca Knezevich is a Manager in Rubin Brown’s Not-For-Profit and Assurance Services Groups. She serves as the leader of the Team Member Development Committee of Rubin Brown’s Not-For-Profit Group. In addition to not-for-profits, Becky has experience working in the real estate, manufacturing and distribution industries. She specializes in audit, attest services, and internal controls and operations.

 Registration fee: $30

Click here to register for Basic Financial Oversight and Management for Nonprofit Organizations!

Crafting Meaningful & Measureable Outcomes

Thursday, Oct. 18, 2018 from 2-4 p.m. in #202 JC Penney Conference Center (on the UMSL north campus)

Outcomes measurement is another tool, another language, for capturing and sharing your organization’s story. Unfortunately, in too many organizations, this work focuses on counting what’s easy to count instead of measuring what’s meaningful. In this workshop, we explore the purpose and types of outcomes, what makes an outcome meaningful and measurable, how to craft outcome statements, and strategies for measuring the more elusive outcomes.

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. 

Registration fee: $30

Click here to register for Crafting Meaningful & Measurable Outcomes.

Successful Grant Writing

Thursday, Nov. 15, 2018 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in #202 J.C. Penney Conference Center (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. 

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

Lunch is included (in the form of a voucher for use in the student center).

To register for Successful Grant Writing, 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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Cancellation policy: 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 conferences@mimh.edu. If you do not attend or send a substitute, you or your employer will be billed the full registration fee.