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Doing Good and Knowing it

Friday, Oct. 6, 2017, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in #202 JC 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?

Volunteers are an essential part of carrying out your agency’s mission.  But how can you clearly articulate their impact to your management team and Board of Directors?

This class is oriented toward program staff, volunteer managers, and leadership as they seek to implement and manage successful programs, including volunteer management 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 individual and small group exercises to apply concepts presented.

Instructor Melinda McAliney brings deep expertise across corporate, individual, and foundation philanthropy. Her skill is fueled by a lifelong passion to make a difference and to equip others to do the same. She has spent more than 20 years helping to make philanthropy more meaningful and effective. Over the years, Melinda has worked with foundations and corporations to develop holistic giving strategies that lead to changed communities and lives. She’s consulted with countless nonprofits to help them identify and measure their impact, and then share their story with donors. She has also helped empower individuals to serve their communities in new, more fulfilling ways. Her previous roles in philanthropy for the St. Louis Blues, United Way, EDS, Send Me St. Louis, and Lutheran Foundation of St. Louis have given her a strong base for equipping foundations and philanthropists to increase both the joy and impact of their giving.
She now works for Vario Philanthropy helping individuals, families, and foundations achieve greater philanthropic impact and experience the joy that comes when giving is aligned with who you are and the impact you want to make. She has seen time and time again that when you intentionally apply your whole self – your time and your finances – amazing things will happen. One of her greatest joys currently is helping her children identify their passions so they can be the next generation of change-makers.
Melinda has a Bachelor of Science in psychology and sociology from Illinois Wesleyan University and a Master of Social Work from Washington University.  She has a passion for volunteerism and the effective use of volunteers. She currently volunteers with Gateway Center for Giving, St. Louis Alliance for Reentry, Community Council of St. Charles County, and Messiah Lutheran School. She is a past President of the Junior League of St. Louis.

Registration fee: $55 ($40 for MVMA members with promo code. MVMA members may contact for the promo code).

This course qualifies for four hours of 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, the UMSL School of Professional & Continuing Studies (UMSL PCS), and the Metropolitan Volunteer Management Association (MVMA).

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Cybersecurity: A Strategic Priority for Nonprofits

Thursday, Oct. 19, 2017, 1-4 p.m. in #204 Express Scripts Hall (on the UMSL north campus - please note different location than most of our classes)

This class provides an overview of core cybersecurity concepts and an appreciation of the variety of threats to cybersecurity. Attendees will consider why a focus on cybersecurity is important, what is at stake, and how cybersecurity must become a strategic priority for nonprofits. The class will conclude with a survey of immediate steps nonprofits could take to better manage cybersecurity risks. Attendees are encouraged to bring their own laptops.

About the Cybersecurity Program at UMSL: The University of Missouri-St. Louis holds the prestigious National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education (CAE-CDE) designation granted by the National Security Agency and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. We are currently one of only two institutions that hold such a designation in the state of Missouri and the only CAE-CDE in the Saint Louis region. (

Instructor Dr. Shaji Khan is an Assistant Professor of Information Systems, in the College of Business, University of Missouri-St. Louis. He has published in prestigious academic journals, presented research at national academic conferences, authored book chapters, and produced practitioner oriented research and industry reports. His research interests include offshoring of business services, innovation and entrepreneurship, and management of Information Technology and Information Security (InfoSec) in high-reliability environments.

Dr. Khan helped create the graduate and undergraduate certificate programs in Cybersecurity at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. He also created the Cybersecurity and Information Technology Innovation Lab (CITIL, which acts as a hub of InfoSec research and teaching for the entire campus. He currently teaches courses on Information Security, Data Networking and Security, and Management of Information Systems.

Enrollment fee: $40

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Successful Grant Writing

Thursday, Nov. 2, 2017 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Century Room C of the Millennium Student Center (on our UMSL north campus - please note different building than most of our workshops).

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 form of voucher for use in the MSC food court).

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.”

Fee: $99

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This course will be a part of a new Chancellor's Certificate in Fundraising and Development that we are creating. Check back soon for more information about the new Chancellor's Certificate!

We will no longer offer the Fundraising Institute. The new Chancellor's Certificate in Fundraising and Development will take the Fundraising Institute's place. 

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

Thursday, Dec. 7, 2017 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 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.

Registration fee: $49

This class will count toward the new NPML Chancellor's Certificate in Fundraising and Development.

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How to Develop and Sustain an Effective, Engaged, Nonprofit Board

Thursday, Jan. 18, 2017 from 1-5 p.m. in #202 JC Penney Conference Center

Do you want to strengthen your board’s effectiveness and the relationship between your board and staff executive? Do you want your board and members to be vitally engaged and forge the best possible working partnership with staff 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 their peers the greatest challenges and successful strategies for strengthening board effectiveness. The learning activities will mix plenary presentation and discussion, panel presentation and question and answer with a diverse set of nonprofit leaders, and small, break out group discussions. Takeaways include tools and exercises designed to enhance and strengthen  board effectiveness. 

The workshop will address topics such as:

(1) the nonprofit board’s primary roles and responsibilities;

(2) promising practices and tips from the latest academic research on board development and effectiveness, from board composition, recruitment and on-boarding through engagement and leadership development to evaluation and renewal; and

(3) a new model containing successful methods and tools to determine the best working relationship for board and staff at the full board, committee, and individual member levels.


John McClusky will be the primary presenter. He will be joined by three panelists who will help him on select topics, and will also help him work with break-out discussion groups. 

John McClusky is a consultant, educator, and author of nonprofit leadership and has worked locally, nationally, and internationally with hundreds of NPOs and thousands of nonprofit leaders. In particular, he has trained and consulted with a vast range of nonprofit organizations on governance and boards, from redesigning United Way of America’s board training program for most of its chapters around the country to small neighborhood organizations across all mission domains ( social services, education, health, arts and culture, community development , the environment, civic and community leadership, etc.). He was the founding director of  academic programs in nonprofit  leadership at two universities, the most recent being  the Nonprofit Management and Leadership Program (NPML) at the University of Missouri-St. Louis 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. Additionally, John has held extensive board leadership roles locally and nationally, including United Way of Greater St. Louis Volunteer Center, Blackburn College, Illinois, St. Patrick Center, St. Louis, Missouri School for the Blind, the St. Louis Nonprofit Services Consortium, and the Nonprofit Academic Centers Council (the international association of academic programs in nonprofit studies).

John acquired his B.A. from Cornell University and his M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of California-Berkeley.  He is the recipient of numerous academic and professional awards, and an author of numerous publications on nonprofit organizational leadership, governance, effectiveness and capacity building.

Information about the three panelists will be updated in the near future. 

Registration fee: $60

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

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