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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.

 


  • Financial Leadership for Medium and Large Organizations: Using Financial Information Systems to Access Organizational Financial Health

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

    Tuesday, April 30, 2019 — 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

    In this seminar, you will cultivate financial leadership and accountability, explore financial information systems, identify short- and long-term financial strengths and weaknesses, and evaluate the financial health of your nonprofit organizations. This offering is designed for organizations with medium to large budgets or individuals with more advanced knowledge of the financial topics listed below.

     

    Key Topics

    • Balancing mission and money
    • Cultivating financial leadership
    • Establishing financial accountability and transparency
    • Evaluating financial leadership
    • Staffing
    • Accounting practices and systems
    • Reading financial statements

    Program Details

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

    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.

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

    Wednesday, May 08, 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:

    May 8, 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.

     

  • The 2019 Midwest Symposium on Social Entrepreneurship, a unique one-day symposium on social entrepreneurship that will convene in Kansas City on May 13, 2019. The Symposium is a joint program of the UMKC School of Law, the Midwest Center for Nonprofit Leadership, the Bloch School of Management at UMKC, and the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation. It is designed to bring together those who are interested in engaging in social entrepreneurship. This Symposium brings together in Kansas City a great team of national and local experts on social entrepreneurship. They will present a set of workshops designed to facilitate an exchange of knowledge and experience among nonprofit and business practitioners, educators, funders, and others interested in sharing and shaping the practice of social entrepreneurship.

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  • Financial Planning Tools for Small Organizations: Budgeting and Cash Flow

    Wednesday, May 22, 2019 — 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

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

    In this seminar you will learn about strategic financial planning and how to evaluate your organization’s financial planning process. This offering is designed for organizations with smaller budgets or individuals with little knowledge of the financial topics listed below.

    Key Topics

    • Strategic planning and budgeting
    • Planning the budgeting process
    • Estimating costs and forecasting income
    • Planning for contingencies and budget revisions
    • Cash flow projections and cash management tools
    • Evaluating the organization’s financial planning process

    Program Details

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

    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.

  • Financial Planning Tools for Medium and Large Organizations: Budgeting and Cash Flow

    Thursday, May 30, 2019 — 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

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

    In this seminar you will learn about strategic financial planning and how to evaluate your organization’s financial planning process. This offering is designed for organizations with medium to large budgets or individuals with more advanced knowledge of the financial topics listed below.

    Key Topics

    • Strategic planning and budgeting
    • Planning the budgeting process
    • Estimating costs and forecasting income
    • Planning for contingencies and budget revisions
    • Cash flow projections and cash management tools
    • Evaluating the organization’s financial planning process

    Program Details

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

    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.

  • Measurement and Evaluation for Fundraising Success and Social Impact

    Tuesday, June 04, 2019 — 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

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

    Nonprofit leaders can spend an enormous amount of time and effort creating evaluation models and reporting relevant data to funders to demonstrate positive social impact. Demonstrating success of a program or initiative is the basis for ensuring that a nonprofit has been a good steward of its mission and donated funds. However, the investment in building and fulfilling evaluation models must be commensurate with the funds awarded. This two-day course will provide an overview of the planning and development of evaluation approaches that align well with the organization’s and funder’s needs. The course will introduce participants to the development and use of theories of change, logic models, dashboards, and similar methods for measuring social impact. The course will feature insights from program evaluators, funders and grant writers on the evaluation process. Students will prepare a basic evaluation model for a program or initiative and present it to their peers. They will also gain an understanding of how their evaluation tools fit into a broader context.

    This course is an elective in the Professional Fundraising Series.

    Program sessions:

    Tuesday, June 4, 2019 – 8:30am-4:30pm
    Tuesday, June 25, 2019 – 8:30am-4:30pm

    Program Details

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

    “The ABCs of Evaluation: Timeless Techniques for Program and Project Management” (3rd Edition) by John Boulmetis and Phyllis Dutwin ISBN: 9780470873540

    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.

  • Capital Campaign Workshop

    Thursday, June 06, 2019 — 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

    Instructor: Timothy J. Sweeny, MPA, MCNL Senior Fellow and founding partner in Praxis Nonprofit Strategies

    Big Vision, Big Plans, and Big Money: Organizing and Executing a Capital Campaign.

    Big dreamers and doers populate the nonprofit sector. For better or worse, their visions and plans often require substantial capital investments. This two-day course will explore the fundamental steps necessary to organize and execute a capital campaign. Campaign steps will include: articulating the need and rationale, assessing the likelihood of success, identifying prospect donors, organizing staff and volunteers, cultivating and soliciting prospects, communicating and marketing, celebrating success, and planning for the future.

    This course is an elective in the Professional Fundraising Series.

    Program sessions:
    Thursday, June 6, 2019 – 8:30am-4:30pm
    Thursday, June 27, 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.

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

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

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

    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 Brookside Room at the Kauffman Foundation Conference Center at 4801 Rockhill Road in Kansas City, Missouri. There is free parking available.

    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.