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The Midwest Center for Nonprofit Leadership creates opportunities for leaders in the nonprofit community to learn with and from one another. Our programs and conferences will help strengthen your professional and organizational capacity and effectiveness.

 


  • Specialized Nonprofit Financial Topics: Grants Management, Allocations, Audits, Form 990, Communicating Progress and Social Enterprise

    Instructor: Lisa A. Gioia, CPA/MPA, MCNL Senior Fellow and nonprofit accounting and tax consultant at Lisa A. Gioia, CPA

    Wednesday, June 19, 2019 — 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

    This seminar is full. To get on the Wait List contact us at culverm@umkc.edu / (816) 235-5720.

    This seminar covers grants management, auditing, Form 990, diversifying revenue, and managing financial health.

    Key Topics

    • Planning, accounting, and reporting for grants
    • Audit requirements
    • Hiring and managing auditors
    • Form 990 requirements
    • Communicating financial information
    • Techniques to diversity revenue, including social enterprise
    • Managing long-term financial health

    Program Details

    Location and Parking:
    This session is being held in the Brush Creek Room at the Kauffman Foundation Conference Center at 4801 Rockhill Road in Kansas City, Missouri. There is free parking available.

    Meals:
    reakfast and lunch will be provided.

    Photo and Video Release:
    By attending the event, you are giving MCNL permission to use photos and videos from the workshop in future promotional materials.

    Cancellation and Transfer Policy:
    Full refunds will be given when cancellations are made at least five working days before the first session. A $50 cancellation fee will be deducted from refunds when notification occurs fewer than five working days before class begins. No refunds will be made after the first session has begun. You may transfer your registration by contacting MCNL at (816) 235-5720 or culverm@umkc.edu.

    Scholarships:
    MCNL has a limited number of partial scholarships that can be applied to the registration fee for most of our programs. Apply for a scholarship using our online form.

  • Planning a New Nonprofit: Essential Planning Steps and Legal Requirements

    Tuesday, August 27, 2019 — 4-6 p.m.

    Instructor: Cindy Laufer, Program Coordinator at MCNL and Judith Sharp, JD/LLM, Director of Entrepreneurial Legal Services Clinic at UMKC School of Law

    Starting a new nonprofit can be confusing and overwhelming. This free two-hour informational session covers basic planning steps and legal requirements to become a nonprofit organization.

    Upcoming dates:

    August 27, 2019, 4-6 p.m.
    October 9, 2019, 4-6 p.m.
    December 10, 2019, 4-6 p.m.

    Key Topics

    • Nature and structure of nonprofit organizations
    • Determining sufficient need to establish a new organization
    • Legal issues and processes involved in establishing a nonprofit
    • Alternatives to incorporation
    • Governance and management challenges

    Program Details

    Location and Parking:
    The workshop is held at 4747 Troost Avenue, Kansas City, MO 64110 in Room 210. Visitor parking is available behind the building in the gravel lot on the corner of E. 47th Terrace and Forest Avenue. Disabled parking and accessibility are available. Please contact us to arrange accommodations. You may also park across the street at the Anita B. Gorman Discovery Center. Please only park in the back row of the lot along Troost Avenue. Enter the building through the public entrance on the corner of E. 48th Street and Troost Avenue.

    Photo and Video Release:
    By attending the event, you are giving MCNL permission to use photos and videos from the workshop in future promotional materials.

    Resources:
    Access the collection of resources referenced in the workshop.

    Scholarships:
    MCNL has a limited number of partial scholarships that can be applied to the registration fee for most of our programs. Apply for a scholarship using our online form.

     

  • Contemporary Trends in the Nonprofit Sector: The Impact on Fundraising

    Friday, September 06, 2019 — 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 a.m.

    Instructor: Cindy Laufer, Program Coordinator at MCNL and Jennifer Wampler, MBA/CFRE, MCNL Senior Fellow and Chief Development Officer at the Kansas City Ballet

    Social, environmental, economic, political, and generational changes create paradigm shifts in philanthropy. This two-day course explores current trends, how they impact fundraising, and new ethical concerns arising from these changes.

    Dates for this two-day course:

    Friday, September 6, 2019 – 8:30am-4:30pm
    Saturday, October 5, 2019 – 8:30am-4:30pm

    Program Details

    Required Textbook:
    There are no required textbooks for this course.

    Location and Parking:
    All sessions are held in Room 4 of Bloch Heritage Hall at 5110 Cherry Street on the UMKC Volker Campus. Parking passes will be mailed to participants upon registration.

    Photo and Video Release:
    By attending the event, you are giving MCNL permission to use photos and videos from the workshop in future promotional materials.

    Cancellation and Transfer Policy:
    Full refunds will be given when cancellations are made at least five working days before the first session. A $50 cancellation fee will be deducted from refunds when notification occurs fewer than five working days before class begins. No refunds will be made after the first session has begun. You may transfer your registration by contacting MCNL at (816) 235-5720 or culverm@umkc.edu.

    Scholarships:
    MCNL has a limited number of partial scholarships that can be applied to the registration fee for most of our programs. Apply for a scholarship using our online form.

    Graduate Credit:
    If you would like to earn graduate credit for the fundraising courses but are not currently a UMKC student, learn more about becoming UMKC as a visiting/community student.

  • Prospect Research and Proposal Writing

    Friday, September 13, 2019 — 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

    Instructor: Tom Vansaghi, MCNL Senior Fellow and Assistant Professor at William Jewell College

    The most effective proposal writers have “done their homework.” They know the most likely funding sources for their organization and its programs, and they know what the grantmaker wants to see in a proposal. In this two-day course, participants will examine the relationship between comprehensive, systematic prospect research and proposal writing.

    This course is an elective in the Professional Fundraising Series.

    Dates for this two-day course:

    Friday, September 13, 2019 – 8:30am-4:30pm
    Friday, October 4, 2019 – 8:30am-4:30pm

    Key Topics

    • Finding funding sources
    • Proposal writing techniques
    • Review funded proposals

    Applied Project:

    • Potential funders list
    • Written proposal

    Program Details

    Required Textbook:
    Required textbooks can be purchased at the UMKC Bookstore or through most major bookstores.

    • Title: Proposal Planning and Writing (5th edition)
    • Author: Lynn E. Miner
    • Publisher: Greenwood
    • ISBN: 9781440829697

    Location and Parking:
    All sessions are held in Room 4 of Bloch Heritage Hall at 5110 Cherry Street on the UMKC Volker Campus. Parking passes will be mailed to participants upon registration.

    Photo and Video Release:
    By attending the event, you are giving MCNL permission to use photos and videos from the workshop in future promotional materials.

    Cancellation and Transfer Policy:
    Full refunds will be given when cancellations are made at least five working days before the first session. A $50 cancellation fee will be deducted from refunds when notification occurs fewer than five working days before class begins. No refunds will be made after the first session has begun. You may transfer your registration by contacting MCNL at (816) 235-5720 or culverm@umkc.edu.

    Scholarships:
    MCNL has a limited number of partial scholarships that can be applied to the registration fee for most of our programs. Apply for a scholarship using our online form.

    Graduate Credit:
    If you would like to earn graduate credit for the fundraising courses but are not currently a UMKC student, learn more about becoming UMKC as a visiting/community student.

  • Organizing for Successful Fundraising

    Thursday, September 19, 2019 — 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

    Instructor: Tom Vansaghi, MCNL Senior Fellow and Assistant Professor at William Jewell College

    Most organizations are unsuccessful with their fundraising efforts, not because their cause isn’t worthy of support, but because they simply are not organized to raise funds. This four-day course prepares your organization to fundraise effectively. It provides an overview of fundraising, national and local trends, models of fundraising, and more.

    This is a core course in the Professional Fundraising Series.

    Dates for this four-day course:

    Thursday, September 19, 2019 – 8:30am-4:30pm
    Friday, September 20, 2019 – 8:30am-4:30pm
    Thursday, October 10, 2019 – 8:30am-4:30pm
    Friday, October 11, 2019 – 8:30am-4:30pm

    Key Topics

    • Basic elements of a mission statement
    • Prepare your case for support
    • Role of staff and board
    • Various legal issues involved
    • What donors look for in a proposal
    • Computerize agency fundraising records

    Applied Project:

    • Agency mission statement
    • Case statement for support

    Program Details

    Textbook:

    • Title: Achieving Excellence in Fundraising (4th edition)
    • Editors: Eugene R. Tempel, Timothy L. Seiler, and Dwight F. Burlingame
    • Publisher: Wiley
    • ISBN: 9781118853825

    Location and Parking:
    All sessions are held in Room 4 of Bloch Heritage Hall at 5110 Cherry Street on the UMKC Volker Campus. Parking passes will be mailed to participants upon registration.

    Meals:
    Breakfast and lunch will be provided.

    Photo and Video Release:
    By attending the event, you are giving MCNL permission to use photos and videos from the workshop in future promotional materials.

    Cancellation and Transfer Policy:
    Full refunds will be given when cancellations are made at least five working days before the first session. A $50 cancellation fee will be deducted from refunds when notification occurs fewer than five working days before class begins. No refunds will be made after the first session has begun. You may transfer your registration by contacting MCNL at (816) 235-5720 or culverm@umkc.edu.

    Scholarships:
    MCNL has a limited number of partial scholarships that can be applied to the registration fee for most of our programs. Apply for a scholarship using our online form.

    Graduate Credit:
    If you would like to earn graduate credit for the fundraising courses but are not currently a UMKC student, learn more about becoming UMKC as a visiting/community student.

  • Planned Giving and Major Gifts Solicitation

    Friday, January 31, 2020 — 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

    Instructor: Jane Lampo, EdD/CFRE, MCNL Senior Fellow and vice President of Institutional Advancement at the Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences

    Few areas in the nonprofit community have received more attention than these two fundraising techniques, yet most professionals are still confused about how to use them. This two-day course offers specific insights into major gifts and planned giving and how to use them in your development plan.

    This course is an elective in the Professional Fundraising Series.

    Dates for this two-day course:

    Friday, January 31, 2019 – 8:30am-4:30pm
    Saturday, February 29, 2019 – 8:30am-4:30pm

    Program Details

    Location and Parking:
    All sessions are held in Room 4 of Bloch Heritage Hall at 5110 Cherry Street on the UMKC Volker Campus. Parking passes will be mailed to participants upon registration.

    Photo and Video Release:
    By attending the event, you are giving MCNL permission to use photos and videos from the workshop in future promotional materials.

    Cancellation and Transfer Policy:
    Full refunds will be given when cancellations are made at least five working days before the first session. A $50 cancellation fee will be deducted from refunds when notification occurs fewer than five working days before class begins. No refunds will be made after the first session has begun. You may transfer your registration by contacting MCNL at (816) 235-5720 or culverm@umkc.edu.

    Scholarships:
    MCNL has a limited number of partial scholarships that can be applied to the registration fee for most of our programs. Apply for a scholarship using our online form.

    Graduate Credit:
    If you would like to earn graduate credit for the fundraising courses but are not currently a UMKC student, learn more about becoming UMKC as a visiting/community student.

  • Creating and Implementing the Annual Development Plan

    Friday, March 06, 2020 — 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

    Instructor: Tom Vansaghi, MCNL Senior Fellow and Assistant Professor at William Jewell College and Diane Marty, MALS/CFRE, MCNL Senior Fellow and Founder and Principal at Faire Consulting LLC

    The key to a successful fundraising effort is the annual development plan, which uses a variety of fundraising techniques spread over an entire year to provide the funds needed to carry out the organization’s mission. This four-day course details each fundraising technique and how to blend them into an annual development plan. For people new to fundraising, we recommend taking the Organizing for Successful Fundraising course prior to this course.

    This is a core course in the Professional Fundraising Series.

    Dates for this four-day course:

    Friday, March 6, 2020 – 8:30am-4:30pm
    Saturday, March 7, 2020 – 8:30am-4:30pm
    Friday, April 3, 2020 – 8:30am-4:30pm
    Saturday, April 4, 2020 – 8:30am-4:30pm

    Key Topics

    • Overview of philanthropy and fundraising
    • Fundraising cycle
    • Theories of fundraising and development
    • Fundraising techniques
    • Measuring social impact
    • Earned revenue strategies

    Program Details

    Required Textbooks:
    Required textbooks can be purchased at the UMKC Bookstore or through most major bookstores.

    The Go-Giver: A Little Story about a Powerful Business Idea

    • Author: Bob Burg and John David Mann
    • Publisher: Portfolio/Penguin
    • ISBN: 9781591848288

    Nonprofit Sustainability: Making Strategic Decisions for Financial Viability

    • Authors: Jeanne Bell, Jan Masaoka, and Steve Zimmerman
    • Publisher: Jossey-Bass
    • ISBN: 9780470598290

    Location and Parking:
    The Thursday sessions (March 7 and April 4) are held in Room 413 of Bloch Executive Hall 5108 Cherry Street and the Friday sessions (March 8 and April 5) are held in Room 4 of Bloch Heritage Hall at 5110 Cherry Street on the UMKC Volker Campus. Parking passes will be mailed to participants upon registration.

    Photo and Video Release:
    By attending the event, you are giving MCNL permission to use photos and videos from the workshop in future promotional materials.

    Cancellation and Transfer Policy:
    Full refunds will be given when cancellations are made at least five working days before the first session. A $50 cancellation fee will be deducted from refunds when notification occurs fewer than five working days before class begins. No refunds will be made after the first session has begun. You may transfer your registration by contacting MCNL at (816) 235-5720 or culverm@umkc.edu.

    Scholarships:
    MCNL has a limited number of partial scholarships that can be applied to the registration fee for most of our programs. Apply for a scholarship using our online form.

    Graduate Credit:
    If you would like to earn graduate credit for the fundraising courses but are not currently a UMKC student, learn more about becoming UMKC as a visiting/community student.

     

  • Prospect Research and Proposal Writing

    Friday, March 13, 2020 — 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

    Instructor: Tom Vansaghi, MCNL Senior Fellow and Assistant Professor at William Jewell College

    The most effective proposal writers have “done their homework.” They know the most likely funding sources for their organization and its programs, and they know what the grantmaker wants to see in a proposal. In this two-day course, participants will examine the relationship between comprehensive, systematic prospect research and proposal writing.

    This course is an elective in the Professional Fundraising Series.

    Dates for this two-day course:

    Friday, March 13, 2020 – 8:30am-4:30pm
    Saturday, April 11, 2020 – 8:30am-4:30pm

    Key Topics

    • Finding funding sources
    • Proposal writing techniques
    • Review funded proposals

    Applied Project:

    • Potential funders list
    • Written proposal

    Program Details

    Required Textbook:
    Required textbooks can be purchased at the UMKC Bookstore or through most major bookstores.

    • Title: Proposal Planning and Writing (5th edition)
    • Author: Lynn E. Miner
    • Publisher: Greenwood
    • ISBN: 9781440829697

    Location and Parking:
    All sessions are held in Room 4 of Bloch Heritage Hall at 5110 Cherry Street on the UMKC Volker Campus. Parking passes will be mailed to participants upon registration.

    Photo and Video Release:
    By attending the event, you are giving MCNL permission to use photos and videos from the workshop in future promotional materials.

    Cancellation and Transfer Policy:
    Full refunds will be given when cancellations are made at least five working days before the first session. A $50 cancellation fee will be deducted from refunds when notification occurs fewer than five working days before class begins. No refunds will be made after the first session has begun. You may transfer your registration by contacting MCNL at (816) 235-5720 or culverm@umkc.edu.

    Scholarships:
    MCNL has a limited number of partial scholarships that can be applied to the registration fee for most of our programs. Apply for a scholarship using our online form.

    Graduate Credit:
    If you would like to earn graduate credit for the fundraising courses but are not currently a UMKC student, learn more about becoming UMKC as a visiting/community student.

  • Direct Marketing and Direct Mail in Fundraising

    Friday, March 20, 2020 — 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

    Instructor: Cindy Laufer, Program Coordinator at MCNL and J. Stuart Hoffman, CFRE, Executive Director at Charlie's House

    Each organization has a unique place in the nonprofit community, but is your organization positioned correctly with the constituencies you desire? Direct mail can be a valuable fundraising technique, but are you getting the most from your direct mail efforts? This two-day course looks at both of these issues and provides valuable insights into these two key areas of fundraising.

    This course is an elective in the Professional Fundraising Series.

    Dates for this two-day course:

    Friday, March 20, 2020 – 8:30am-4:30pm
    Friday, April 24, 2020 – 8:30am-4:30pm

    Key Topics

    • Direct marketing, direct mail, and raising dollars
    • Direct marketing and direct mail processes
    • Mission-based marketing
    • Social media marketing

    Applied Project:

    • Direct mail solicitation packet

    Program Details

    Location and Parking:
    All sessions are held in Room 4 of Bloch Heritage Hall at 5110 Cherry Street on the UMKC campus. Parking passes will be mailed to participants upon registration.

    Meals:
    Breakfast and lunch will be provided.

    Photo and Video Release:
    By attending the event, you are giving MCNL permission to use photos and videos from the workshop in future promotional materials.

    Cancellation and Transfer Policy:
    Full refunds will be given when cancellations are made at least five working days before the first session. A $50 cancellation fee will be deducted from refunds when notification occurs fewer than five working days before class begins. No refunds will be made after the first session has begun. You may transfer your registration by contacting MCNL at (816) 235-5720 or culverm@umkc.edu.

    Scholarships:
    MCNL has a limited number of partial scholarships that can be applied to the registration fee for most of our programs. Apply for a scholarship using our online form.

    Graduate Credit:
    If you would like to earn graduate credit for the fundraising courses but are not currently a UMKC student, learn more about becoming UMKC as a visiting/community student.