Professional Fundraising Series

The fundraising series is designed to help equip development officers, executive directors, and others responsible for resource development with the skills needed to bring in funds. During each course, you complete projects applying what you learn to your own nonprofit organization or an organization you want to learn about.

Courses in the Professional Fundraising Series

  • Organizing for Successful Fundraising (Core Course)
  • Creating and Implementing the Annual Development Plan (Core Course)
  • Contemporary Trends in the Nonprofit Sector: The Impact on Fundraising (Elective Course)
  • Capital Campaign Workshop (Elective Course)
  • Direct Marketing and Direct Mail in Fundraising (Elective Course)
  • Measurement and Evaluation for Fundraising Success and Social Impact (Elective Course)
  • Planned Giving and Major Gift Solicitation (Elective Course)
  • Prospect Research and Proposal Writing (Elective Course)
  • Strategic Boards with Impact: New Work and Challenges (Elective Course)

You can take individual courses or complete the entire series. To receive a document of completion, you must complete the two core courses and two electives. The fundraising courses can also be taken for graduate credit.

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Financial Leadership of Nonprofit Organizations Series

The financial leadership series is designed to strengthen your organizational leadership, including financial health assessment, financial planning, budgeting, grants management and more.

Courses in the Financial Leadership of Nonprofit Organizations Series:

  • Financial Leadership: Using Financial Information Systems to Access Organizational Financial Health (two seminars offered: Small and Medium &Large Organizations)
  • Financial Planning Tools: Budgeting and Cash Flow (two seminars offered: Small and Medium &Large Organizations)
  • Specialized Nonprofit Financial Topics: Grants Management, Allocations, Audits, Form 990, Communicating Progress and Social Enterprise

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Planning a New Nonprofit

This two-hour informational session addresses the basic planning steps and legal requirements to start a new nonprofit organization.

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General Nonprofit Programs

We offer a variety of one-time courses on situational supervision, strategic planning, mission-driven marketing and advocacy communications.

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Nonprofit Leadership Conference

The annual Nonprofit Leadership Conference brings together nonprofit leaders from across the region for a day of learning and networking on the UMKC campus. This conference is held in November each year.

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Governance Conference

The Midwest Center for Nonprofit Leadership and The Nonprofit Quarterly co-host the biennial governance conference in Kansas City, and partner with the Governance Section of ARNOVA and the Alliance for Nonprofit Management. This unique two-day conference offers an engaging and highly participative venue for attendees to expand their perspectives on nonprofit boards and governance and explore avenues for a new generation of research and practice. The conference affords exceptional opportunities for formal and informal dialogue among the consultants, executives, and academics who are most engaged in addressing nonprofit governance issues and challenges.

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Aaron L. Levitt Social Entrepreneurship Challenge

The Social Entrepreneurship Challenge is a six-month program for social entrepreneurs to plan and develop their social venture. The challenge culminates in a competition, and those elevated to Changemaker receive support to implement their plan.

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Midwest Symposium on Social Entrepreneurship

We co-host the annual symposium, along with UMKC School of Law and Bloch School of Management, for practitioners, educators, funders, and those interested in engaging in the practice of social entrepreneurship.

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