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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!

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

When purchasing this web training, you will have 30 days to complete it once you have started the course.

This program is 2 hours in length.

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 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.

While there is much more to know about starting and governing a nonprofit than is covered in this class, this webinar is meant to provide basic, 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.


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. He is also the Interim Director of the Public Policy Administration Program at UMSL.

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 has served on the board of directors of three different foundations and funding organizations. He is currently on the board of directors of the Camp Rainbow Foundation. Prior to joining the faculty of the NPML program, Dan worked at Habitat for Humanity St. Louis where he was director of operations.

Registration fee: $39

Click here to register for A Primer on Starting and Governing a Nonprofit 501(c)(3) Organization in Missouri

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.


  • 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!

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

Thursday, Jan. 24, 2019 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 statistics, 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.

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, and United Way of Greater St. Louis.

Registration fee: $49

Click here to register for Grants Research: An Introduction to Data Resources and Grant Prospect Research

Employment Handbook Must Haves

Thursday, Feb. 7, 2019 from 2-5 p.m. in #202 J.C. Penney Conference Center (on the UMSL north campus)

This engaging class will cover key HR topics, with a focus on the essential employment policies a non-profit needs to include in its handbook.  Topics will include discrimination/retaliation policies and reporting procedures, leave policies, copyright and trademark issues, and policies related to performance evaluations and employee discipline.

Instructor Mollie G. Mohan practices law with the law firm of Tueth Keeney Cooper Mohan and Jackstadt.  Her practice focuses primarily on the areas of labor & employment and higher education, with an emphasis on litigation and appeals. Mollie represents colleges, universities, and private employers in labor and employment matters at the administrative, trial, and appellate level. Prior to joining the firm, Mollie worked at a large-sized litigation firm in Saint Louis. While in law school, Mollie was a student law clerk to the Honorable Jean C. Hamilton of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri.

Instructor Kylie S. Piatt also practices law with the law firm of Tueth Keeney Cooper Mohan and Jackstadt. Her practice focuses primarily on the areas of education, school litigation, and labor and employment law. She represents school districts throughout Missouri with respect to employment and termination matters, special education, Section 504, student rights, the Missouri Open Meetings Act, and civil rights. Kylie also assists school districts with managing various intellectual property law matters, such as enforcement of copyright and trademark rights and infringement defense. Prior to joining the firm, Kylie worked for a small firm in St. Louis practicing community association law, representing condominium and homeowners association boards. Before attending law school, Kylie taught 7th and 8th grade Communication Arts at Ethel Hedgeman Lyle Academy as a corps members with Teach for America – St. Louis.

Registration fee: $25

To register for Employment Handbook Must Haves, click here.

How Do We Know We Are Doing Good Work?

Thursday, March 7, 2019 from 1-5 p.m. in #202 J.C. 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? This class is oriented toward program staff and leadership as they seek to implement and manage successful 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 small group and hands-on exercises.

Instructor Jama Dodson has spent much of her career in non-profit program and executive management roles with a particular interest in services for children and youth.  She came to St. Louis from Rochester, NY in 2000 to establish an organization focused on strengthening the region’s youth services sector, known as St. Louis for Kids—now a part of United 4 Children.  Much of that work involved developing and promulgating systems of quality standards, professional development and capacity-building for youth serving organizations. After nine years, Jama moved on to become Executive Director of the Family Support Network, a non-profit organization providing in-home services to families at risk of child abuse/neglect, where she served for three years.

In January 2012, Jama was appointed Executive Director of the Saint Louis Mental Health Board (MHB).  MHB is an independent taxing authority distributing tax funds to non-profits that provide direct services addressing substance use disorders, mental health conditions and children’s services for City residents.  MHB makes funding decisions and agreements based on each agency’s proposed successful outcomes—a method of grantmaking that is intended to reward performance in addition to activities.

Jama holds a Masters in Public Administration from State University of New York, College at Brockport and a BS in Education from Missouri State University.

Instructor Elizabeth George is the Director of Philanthropic Advising at the St. Louis Community Foundation.  She has over 21 years of strategic planning, organizational development, facilitation, and program assessment experience with non-profit organizations.  Elizabeth currently works with donors to help strategize their giving while also overseeing the grant administration for family and private foundations – including grantmaking due diligence, monitoring and evaluation, and reporting.

Immediately prior to this, Elizabeth was the Managing Director at The Rome Group, where she led planning projects for organizations ranging from the Daughters of Charity Foundation of St. Louis to Queen of Peace Center and Diversity Awareness Partnership.  She assisted Jewish Family & Children’s Services with the structuring of a four-year business plan, including recommendations regarding increasing marketing, and Casa de Salud with development assessment and recommendations.

Prior to The Rome Group, Elizabeth spent 10 years as a Vice President with Deaconess Foundation, directing the Impact Partnership, Deaconess’ multi-year capacity building initiative.  In this role, Elizabeth oversaw both the evaluation of the Impact Partnership and trained several Impact Partners on developing programmatic logic models.  Elizabeth has taught Developing Programs for Children and Youth at Washington University’s Brown School of Social Work and presented workshops on performance management for University of Missouri – St. Louis and Nonprofit Services Center.  Elizabeth earned an MSW from Washington University and an MBA from Harvard University.

Instructor Melinda McAliney brings deep expertise across corporate, individual, and foundation philanthropy to the Vario team. Her skill is fueled by a lifelong passion to make a difference and to equip others to do the same.

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 NHL hockey team, 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 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.

Registration fee: $35

Click here to register for How Do We Know We Are Doing Good Work?

Moving Toward Higher Performing, Energized Boards, Committees and Board-Executive Relations

Thursday, April 25, 2019, from 1-5 p.m. in # 202 J.C. Penney Conference Center (on the UMSL north campus)

Do you want to strengthen your board and committees’ effectiveness and contribution to organizational success, while forging a more satisfying, effective board-executive relationship?

Do you wish you could organize your board, executive, and staff responsibilities and relationships to best suit your organization’s size and resources?

Does each of these parties’ roles, work and relations need to change to align with a transition or a changing stage in your organization’s development?

Do you wish board and committee work, for both their members and the staff supporting them, could be more productive and fulfilling?

This workshop is designed for staff executives, board leaders and members, or people aspiring to such roles who want to find answers to these questions.  To enable them to successfully address these questions , participants will take away a practical framework, methods, and tools that the workshop leader has created and are utilized nationally by board development trainers and consultants. It will be a participatory learning experience, mixing exercises, small and full group discussion, presentations, and panel discussion.

The workshop will be led by John McClusky, PhD., who has worked with several hundred boards and executives across all mission domains (arts and culture, health, social services, education, community development, religion, civic leadership, etc.) and sizes (from United Way of America to all volunteer community organizations). Board-executive development programs he has designed or co-designed and directed have received national recognition. He has served on numerous boards regionally and nationally and been a nonprofit executive at both levels.

Additionally, a group of exemplary local nonprofit board and executive leaders will serve as panelists or small group facilitators.

 Workshop Objectives for Participants:

  • To understand the roles and responsibilities of your board and chief staff officer (CSO)/executive best suited to achieving a highly effective, satisfying board and CSO relationship
  • To learn and practice using methods and tools for strengthening how board, committee, and individual board members can act with greater motivation and productivity
  • To learn a variety of perspectives from highly effective, local board and staff leaders about how to achieve these objectives
  • To share with peers both challenges and successes in strengthening your board and committee performance and engagement

Instructor 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.

Panelist information will be updated in the near future. 

Registration fee: $65

To register for Moving Toward Higher Performing, Energized Boards, Committees and Board-Executive Relations, click here!

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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