Boards and Governance

RESOURCES

Read and download some of our nonprofit board and governance resources on Box.

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SCHOLARLY ARTICLES

Find academic articles on Box by David Renz and Robert Herman on boards and nonprofit effectiveness.

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BOARD BANK

The Board Bank is a service for connecting nonprofit boards and qualified candidates to serve in specific board positions.

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WEBSITES

BoardSource is dedicated to increasing the effectiveness of nonprofit organizations by strengthening their boards of directors.


 
Conference Archives

GOVERNANCE CONFERENCE ARCHIVE

The Midwest Center for Nonprofit Leadership and The Nonprofit Quarterly co-host the Governance Conference in Kansas City, and partner with the Governance Section of ARNOVA and the Alliance for Nonprofit Management. This biennial 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. Search our archive on Box for papers and presentations from previous speakers.

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NONPROFIT LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE ARCHIVE

We hold an annual Nonprofit Leadership Conference that brings together nonprofit leaders from across the Midwest for a day of learning and networking on the UMKC campus. The link below will direct you to Box where you can explore presentation resources from previous conferences.

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Design Thinking for Nonprofits

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Learn about the human-centered design process and how nonprofits can use it for marketing and communications, program development and board design.

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Fundraising Resources

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American Fundraising Professionals: For 50 years, AFP has been the standard-bearer for professionalism in fundraising. Learn more about AFP, its activities and people, and how you can be involved. Mid-America Chapter.
Council on Foundations: Membership organization serving the public good by promoting and enhancing responsible and effective philanthropy.
The Foundation Center: Supports and improves institutional philanthropy by promoting public understanding of the field and helping grantseekers succeed.
Grant Professionals Association: Professional membership organization of grant professionals. GPA serves as a leading authority and resource for the practice of grantsmanship in all sectors of the field; advances the field by promoting professional growth and development; enhances the public image and recognition of the profession within the greater philanthropic, public, and private funding communities; and promotes positive relationships between grant professionals and their stakeholders. You can also find additional information on Heart of American GPA Chapter.
Greater Kansas City Community Foundation and DonorEdge: The mission of the foundation is to improve the quality of life in Greater Kansas City by increasing charitable giving, connecting donors to community needs they care about, and providing leadership on critical community issues.
GuideStar: Online national database of nonprofit organizations.
The Independent Sector: National forum that brings together foundations, corporate giving programs and nonprofit organizations to strengthen the nonprofit sector.
The James Irvine Foundation: Insightful resource for those looking to achieve greater organizational impact, promote accountability, and gauge effectiveness through program evaluation.


 
Nonprofit Management Resources

SCHOLARLY ARTICLES

Find academic articles on Box by David Renz and Robert Herman on boards and nonprofit effectiveness.

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WEBSITES

The Alliance for Nonprofit Management: Professional association of individuals and organizations devoted to improving the management and governance capacity of nonprofits.
The Management Assistance Program for Nonprofits: Contains a useful online library covering a variety of topics that nonprofit managers face as well as general information about MAP’s programs and services.
Nonprofit Connect: Nonprofit Connect is a regional association for nonprofit organizations, their employees and board members. They provide education, resources and networking so that Kansas City organizations can more effectively achieve their missions. The Nonprofit Connect website offers a nonprofit job board, calendar of educational programs, and other resources for nonprofits.
Nonprofit Genie: Source of answers to FAQs about nonprofit management. Topics include strategic planning, financial management, board development and fund raising.
Nonprofit Risk Management Center: Nonprofit resource center dedicated to helping nonprofit organizations cope with uncertainty – provides assistance and resources on a wide range of risk management, liability and insurance issues.
Support Kansas City: The mission of Support Kansas City is to provide nonprofit organizations with business and development expertise, empowering them to focus on their missions. Their vision is a high performing, sustainable nonprofit community. Their website provides resources for nonprofits to maximize their capacity for growth and development, stay up-to-date on important issues for nonprofits, and promote their upcoming events.


 
Planning a New Nonprofit

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Starting a new nonprofit organization? We have a collection of resources on Box to help you get started. We hold a free two-hour informational session that covers basic planning steps and legal requirements to become a nonprofit organization, click here for more information.

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Social Entrepreneurship Resources

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Aaron L. Levitt Social Entrepreneurship Challenge Workshops
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.

WORKSHOP MATERIALS

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KCSourceLink: Connects 240+ business-building organizations across the 18-county bistate metro. Through KCSourceLink, thousands of entrepreneurs and business owners are able to gain access to the right resource at the right time to start, grow and accelerate their businesses.


 
Volunteer Management

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Explore our resources on Volunteer Management on Box.

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MCNL is a valuable asset to the nonprofit community. On numerous occasions I have had trainings, interactions, and discussions that have made a positive difference to my work and the work of the organizations that I have been associated with or worked for.