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Issues of Confidentiality and Ethics to Consider in Nonprofit Organizations

This is a web training course. Once purchased, you will have 30 days to complete it once you have started the course.

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.


  1. Understand nonprofit information that should be kept confidential
  2. Understand the balance between (a) expectations for transparency in nonprofit operations and (b) need for some decisions and information to remain confidential
  3. Learn the elements of a good conflict of interest policy for a nonprofit organization
  4. Learn how to identify and handle conflict of interest situations in nonprofit operations
  5. Explore professional code of ethics guidelines on confidentiality including NASW Code of Ethics and NBCC Code of Ethics.

Instructor DAN SISE, JD, is Interim Director of the Public Policy Administration (PPA) program at the University of Missouri – St. Louis. 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 noncredit, continuing education classes and training. Dan is currently licensed to practice law in Missouri and Illinois. Dan has served on multiple nonprofit organization boards, and  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 was Director of Operations at Habitat for Humanity St. Louis.

Registration fee: $29. This is a web training course. Once purchased, you will have 30 days to complete it once you have started the course.

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



Engaging Boards, Committees and Elected Officials in Advancing Your Mission

Friday, March 23, 2018 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in #202 J.C. Penney Conference Center (on the UMSL north campus)

Nonprofits and government entities rely on volunteer power to advance their mission. Professionals who oversee and coordinate boards, committees, or work closely with elected officials will benefit from the wisdom of our workshop presenters.  This half-day workshop will provide you with best practices for recruiting for boards or committees, setting expectations and standards for operation, and re-energizing existing members. Additionally, we'll get a peek into what it is like to work with elected officials as you pursue success in volunteer engagement. 

Instructor Carol Weisman is the president of Board Builders. She is an internationally known speaker, author, trainer and consultant who specializes in volunteerism, and fundraising. She works primarily in the US, UK, Canada, Bermuda and Australia. She has served on 39 boards and has been president of 8.
Carol was a medical social worker for many years in pediatrics. She worked at St. Louis Children’s Hospital and Children’s Hospital National Medical Center in Washington, DC.  She is also the author of 11 books. “Raising Charitable Children was featured in The New York Times, Parade Magazine, Money Magazine and Scholastic Parent and Child. She is just finishing, Becoming one of the Grateful Dead: Where there’s a Will, There’s a Way. 

Instructor Rick Skinner joined the United Way of Greater St. Louis in 1999 and is the Vice President of the Volunteer Center.  In addition, Rick also provides consultation and training to organizations and to Fortune 500 corporations to help strengthen their volunteer management programs and is a national and international speaker and leader in the volunteer management field.   Rick has more than 30 years of experience in the field and serves nationally as a member of the Points of Light Affiliate Assembly and on United Way WorldWide’s Employee Engagement Council. Locally, Rick serves a member of the Saint Louis University Chafitz School of Business Service Leadership Advisory Board.   Rick received a Bachelor of Journalism Degree from the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Journalism, he is a graduate of the Leadership St. Louis Program through FOCUS St. Louis, and he is also a professional disk jockey.

Instructor Megan Taylor is the Volunteer Services Coordinator for the City of O’Fallon, MO.  She’s held the position for more than 2 years, working closely with event-focused volunteers, department volunteers, program volunteers, city staff, and elected officials.  She oversees an inclusion program at the Renaud Spirit Center, partners with the Leadership classes at (6) local high schools, and places and supervises 2500 volunteers annually at more than 60 city events.  Before her work with the City, Megan managed the Boys & Girls Clubs of St. Charles County and oversaw its volunteer program for 8 years.

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

This class qualifies for four 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 for more information about the certificate.

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Successful Grant Writing

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)

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Creating Successful Group Dynamics: How to Build Better Teams, Committees, and Collaborations

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

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From Cost Savings to Improved Outcomes: Continuous Quality Improvement in Action

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

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Search Engine Optimization and Search Marketing 101 for Nonprofits

Thursday, June 14, 2018 from 3-5 p.m. in # 202 JC Penney Conference Center (on the UMSL north campus)

This interactive and data-driven workshop covers a range of SEO (Search Engine Optimization) and on-line search marketing issues.  Some of the topics to be covered will include:

Showing up in search engine results (organic search) is a key way to reach your most important audiences. But improving your website’s visibility in Google can be daunting. Designed specifically for nonprofit organizations, this expert-led workshop will teach you how to implement SEO best practices that will improve your organization’s online visibility, boost fundraising efforts, drive qualified web traffic, and bring increased awareness to your cause.

Key Takeaways:

Instructor Rosie Siemer is Founder and CEO of FIVESEED, a digital marketing agency and strategic consulting firm serving nonprofits, arts and culture, education, and conservation organizations. As a recognized expert in digital strategy, Rosie is frequently invited to facilitate workshops and speak on the topics of mobile marketing, social media, and online advertising. Rosie brings an international perspective to her clients, having served on the Board of Directors at the World Trade Center Denver and as an instructor at the Rocky Mountain World Trade Center Institute. She is co-author of Membership Marketing in the Digital Age: A Handbook for Museums and Libraries. She has consulted internationally for leading organizations including the Louvre Abu Dhabi, Museum of Science, Boston, Saint Louis Art Museum, History Colorado, Desert Botanical Garden, Space Center Houston, and the Murphy Arts District. 

Registration fee: $30

Click here to register for Search Engine Optimization and Search Marketing 101 for Nonprofits.



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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