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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!

Hot Topics in Volunteer Management

Friday, Sept. 27, 2019 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Room #004 Anheuser-Busch Hall/ABH (on the UMSL north campus)

Ask any volunteer coordinator what their biggest challenges are, and these topics will inevitably come up! From recruiting volunteers to managing challenging volunteers, our roster of local volunteer management experts will provide best practices to help tackle your top concerns. Facilitated by Katelind Hosie, MVMA President and Lead Volunteer Center Manager for the United Way of Greater St. Louis, this fast-paced day of speakers will give attendees practical strategies that they can apply to their own volunteer programs.

Topics and speakers:

  • Dealing with “problem” volunteers - Karen Englert, Boys & Girls of St. Charles County
  • Volunteer training best strategies - Stephanie Moreland, Circle of Concern
  • Volunteer Recruitment - Stephanie McCreary, Oasis
  • Special population volunteers - Curtis Parsons, Missouri Botanical Garden
  • Creative ways to engage volunteers – Jessa Glick, Easter Seals


Karen Englert is the Director of Resource Development at Boys & Girls Clubs of St. Charles County.

Stephanie Moreland is the Director of Volunteers & Special Events at Circle of Concern and an active member of MVMA.

Stephanie McCreary is the RSVP Grant Manager at Oasis and serves as Secretary on the MVMA Board of Directors.

Curtis Parsons is the Manager of Visitor Operations and Volunteers at MOBOT’s Sophia M. Sachs Butterfly House and an active member of MVMA.

Jessa Glick is the Director of Government Relations & Community Engagement at Easter Seals Midwest and serves as Strategic Vice President on the MVMA Board of Directors.

Registration fee: $80 ($60 for MVMA members with the promo code. Members who need the code may contact 

Attendance at this class will count as six hours of credit toward the Nonprofit Management & Leadership Program’s Chancellor’s Certificate in Volunteer Management. 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 Metropolitan Volunteer Management Association (MVMA) and the NPML program.

To register for Hot Topics in Volunteer Management, click here!

Focus on Fraud: Prevention and Detection Measures for Nonprofit Organizations

Oct. 10, 2019 from 2-5 p.m. in #402 J.C. Penney Conference Center

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 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 22 years of experience working on assurance engagements in these industries, as well as Uniform Guidance (A-133) single audits.

For more about these presenters, visit:

Registration fee: $30

To register for Focus on Fraud: Prevention and Detection Measures for Nonprofit Organizations, click here. 


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

Thursday, Nov. 7, 2019, from 1-5 p.m., Room #402 of the J.C. Penney Conference Center

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. Each of these local leaders will be highly successful, exemplary nonprofit executives and/or board leaders who have extensive experience relating to this subject. 

 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

John McClusky will be the primary presenter. He will be joined by three local panelists who will help him on select topics and work with break-out discussion groups. The panelists are highly successful, exemplary nonprofit executives and board leaders who have extensive experience about this subject.

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. 


Chris Krehmeyer is the President and CEO of Beyond Housing, a nationally-recognized organization in St. Louis, Missouri, that works to make communities better places to live. Chris has been an adjunct faculty member at Washington University, taught at Webster University and has been recognized by the Ethical Society of St. Louis, the NAACP, and the St. Louis Business Journal. 

Kimberly McKinney is the Chief Executive Officer of Habitat for Humanity St. Louis. She is responsible for the overall operation of the organization. Kimberly’s primary duties include board recruitment and development, strategic planning, fundraising, community relations, and advocacy.

One additional panelist is yet to be named.

Registration fee: $75

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

Employment Handbook Must Haves

Friday, Dec. 12, 2019 from 2-5 p.m. in # 410 of the Social Science and Business/SSB building 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.

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.

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: $30

To register for Employment Handbook Must-Haves, 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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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 If you do not attend or send a substitute, you or your employer will be billed the full registration fee.