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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!


Coaching and Leading Successful Teams

Thursday, Sept. 27, 2018 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Millennium Student Center (MSC) Century Room C (on the UMSL north campus, but note different location than most of our classes)

Building a strong team and coaching that team is essential to fulfilling an important mission.  In this interactive, entertaining seminar, you will learn the six habits of highly effective teams.  You will also learn tips and techniques for building, motivating, and inspiring a strong team through conflict, success and chaos.  And, when your team is not as communicative as you’d like, learn how to read their body language to find out what they are REALLY thinking.  Also, through your own body language you’ll learn how to have a powerful presence with your volunteer team, clients and co-workers.

Instructor Erin Cox
is an award-winning public speaker, trainer and on-air radio personality with over 17 years of training and development experience. She has facilitated thousands of seminars in 48 US States as well as throughout Great Britain, Canada, Mexico, the Bahamas and the Dominican Republic. She is a graduate of Missouri State University.   

Erin's unique presentation style and captivating storytelling ability make her a sought-after speaker and trainer both nationally and internationally. Her engaging and motivating presentations will arm your staff with the skills and knowledge necessary to create a more efficient and team-oriented workplace.

Registration fee: $75 ($60 for MVMA members with promo code. MVMA members may contact to obtain the code).

Registration includes lunch in the form of a voucher for use in the campus student center.


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 classes and/or events that are produced as part of the collaboration between MVMA and the NPML program.


Click here to register for Coaching and Leading Successful Teams.

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!

Focus on Fraud: Prevention and Detection Measures for Nonprofit Organizations

Dec. 6, 2018 from 2-5 p.m. in # 202 of the J.C. Penney Conference Center (on the UMSL north 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 

Instructor Christina Solomon is a Partner in Rubin Brown’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.

Instructor Amy Altholz is the Partner-in-Charge of RubinBrown’s Not-For-Profit Services Group. She is also a Partner in the Assurance Services Group. Her experience with a variety of not-for-profit clients provides her valuable insight into the industry’s best practices.

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Registration Fee: $30

Click here to register for Focus on Fraud: Prevention and Detection Measures for Nonprofit Organizations.

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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