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  • Basics of Effective Board Service: Preparing to Make a Difference

    Instructor: David Renz, PhD, Director of Midwest Center for Nonprofit Leadership and Faculty in the Department of Public Affairs in the Bloch School of Management at UMKC

    Dates for this three-session program:
    Saturday, February, 22, 2020 (8:30am-12:30pm)
    Saturday, March, 7, 2020 (8:30am-12:30pm)
    Saturday, March, 21, 2020 (8:30am-12:30pm)

    Program Details

    Our three-day introductory board member development program draws upon the nationally-noted expertise of MCNL and a diverse group of experienced board leaders from across the Kansas City community to help prepare current and emerging leaders to serve effectively as members of nonprofit and public service boards, commissions, and task forces. 

    Session 1: The Basics of Board Work
    Date: Saturday, February, 22, 2020 (8:30am-12:30pm)
    Location: UMKC Bloch Executive Hall Room 413

    • Introduction to Nonprofit and Government Boards
    • Governance, Policy, and Strategy
    • The Legal Dimensions of Board Work
    • The Core Responsibilities of Boards
    • Voices From the Boardroom 

    Session 2: Show Us the Money! Getting and Using It Wisely
    Date: Saturday, March, 7, 2020 (8:30am-12:30pm)
    Location: UMKC Bloch Executive Hall Room 413

    • Board Roles in Fund Raising and Development
    • Financial Leadership and Accountability
    • Reading and Using Financial Reports
    • Voices From the Boardroom 

    Session 3: Organizing for Successful Board Work
    Date: Saturday, March, 21, 2020 (8:30am-12:30pm)
    Location: UMKC Bloch Executive Hall Room 413

    • Boards and How They Are Organized
    • Boards as Teams
    • What It Takes to be an Effective Board Member
    • Developing an Effective Board-Staff Partnership
    • The Passion to Serve: Finding the Right Match
    • Voices From the Boardroom

    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. 

    Location and Parking:
    All sessions are held in Room 413 of Bloch Executive Hall at 5108 Cherry Street on the UMKC Volker Campus.  We will email you more detailed logistical information upon registration. 

    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. 

    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.

  • Capital Campaign Workshop

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

    Dates for this two-day course:
    The next time this course will be held is in summer 2020. Please let us know at mcnl@umkc.edu / (816) 235-5720 if you would like to be notified when the date is set.

    Program Details

    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. Applied Project: Participants will develop a basic capital campaign plan that assesses the need for and likely success of a campaign, defines the guiding campaign concept, and outlines the campaign’s implementation steps. 

    This course is an elective in the Professional Fundraising Series.

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

    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 a UMKC visiting/community student. 

    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. 

    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. 

    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.

    tending the event, you are giving MCNL permission to use photos and videos from the workshop in future promotional materials.

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

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

    Dates for this two-day course:
    The next time this course will be held is in fall 2020. Please let us know at mcnl@umkc.edu / (816) 235-5720 if you would like to be notified when the date is set.

    Program Details

    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. Applied project: Participants will develop a storytelling video.

    This course is an elective in the Professional Fundraising Series.

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

    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 a UMKC visiting/community student. 

    Location and Parking:
    All sessions are held in Room 014 of Bloch Executive Hall at 5108 Cherry Street on the UMKC Volker Campus. Parking passes will be mailed to participants upon registration. 

    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. 

    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

  • Creating and Implementing the Annual Development Plan

    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

    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

    Program Details

    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. Applied Project: Annual development plan for agency’s next fiscal year. 

    Key Topics

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

    Prerequisite – Must take the Organizing for Successful Fundraising course prior to the Creating and Implementing the Annual Development Plan course. For special consideration to take this course prior to the Organizing for Successful Fundraising course contact us at (816) 235-5720/mcnl@umkc.edu.

    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

    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 a UMKC visiting/community student. 

    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. 

    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. 

    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.

  • Direct Marketing and Direct Mail in Fundraising

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

    Dates for this two-day course:
    Friday, March 20, 2020 – 8:30am-4:30pm
    Friday, April 24, 2020 – 8:30am-4:30pm

    Program Details

    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. Applied Project: Participants will design a direct mail solicitation packet. 

    Key Topics

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

    This course is an elective in the Professional Fundraising Series. 

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

    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 a UMKC visiting/community student. 

    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. 

    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. 

    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.

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

    Dates for this one-day seminar:
    The next time this one-day seminar will be held is in summer/fall 2020. Please let us know at mcnl@umkc.edu / (816) 235-5720 if you would like to be notified when the date is set.

    Program Details

    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

    This seminar is a part of the Financial Leadership of Nonprofit Organizations Series.

    Location and Parking:
    TBA 

    Meals:
    Breakfast and lunch will be provided. 

    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. 

    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. 

    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.

  • Financial Leadership for Small 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

    Date for this one-day seminar:
    The next time this seminar will be offered has not been determined yet. Please let us know at mcnl@umkc.edu / (816) 235-5720 if you would like to be notified when the date is set.

    Program Details

    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 smaller budgets or individuals with little 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

     

    This seminar is a part of the Financial Leadership of Nonprofit Organizations Series.

    Location and Parking:
    All sessions are held in Room 413 of Bloch Executive Hall at 5108 Cherry Street on the UMKC Volker Campus. Parking passes will be mailed to participants upon registration. 

    Meals:
    Breakfast and lunch will be provided. 

    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. 

    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. 

    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.

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

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

    Dates for this one-day seminar:
    The next time this one-day seminar will be held is in summer/fall 2020. Please let us know at mcnl@umkc.edu / (816) 235-5720 if you would like to be notified when the date is set.

    Program Details

    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 

    This seminar is a part of the Financial Leadership of Nonprofit Organizations Series.

    Location and Parking:
    TBA 

    Meals:
    Breakfast and lunch will be provided. 

    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. 

    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. 

    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.

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

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

    Date for this one-day seminar:
    The next time this seminar will be offered has not been determined yet. Please let us know at mcnl@umkc.edu / (816) 235-5720 if you would like to be notified when the date is set.

    Program Details

    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

    This seminar is a part of the Financial Leadership of Nonprofit Organizations Series.

    Location and Parking:
    All sessions are held in Room 414 of Bloch Executive Hall at 5108 Cherry Street on the UMKC Volker Campus. Parking passes will be mailed to participants upon registration. 

    Meals:
    Breakfast and lunch will be provided. 

    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. 

    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. 

    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.

  • Measurement and Evaluation for Fundraising Success and Social Impact

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

    Dates for this two-day course:
    The next time this course will be held is in summer 2020. Please let us know at mcnl@umkc.edu / (816) 235-5720 if you would like to be notified when the date is set.

    Program Details

    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. Applied Project: Participants will develop a basic program evaluation design. 

    This is a core course in the Professional Fundraising Series.

    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

    This course is an elective in the Professional Fundraising Series. 

    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 a UMKC visiting/community student. 

    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. 

    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. 

    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.

  • The eighth annual Midwest Symposium on Social Entrepreneurship is a unique one-day event that will convene in Kansas City, Missouri in Spring 2020.

    Program Details

    Please let us know at mcnl@umkc.edu / (816) 235-5720 if you would like to be notified when more details on the 2020 Midwest Symposium on Social Entrepreneurship are posted.

    Click on the Learn More button to get information about the last Midwest Symposium on Social Entrepreneurship held on May 13, 2019.

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  • Organizing for Successful Fundraising

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

    Dates for this four-day course:
    The next time this course will be held is in fall 2020. Please let us know at mcnl@umkc.edu / (816) 235-5720 if you would like to be notified when the date is set.

    Program Details

    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. Applied Project: Agency mission statement and case statement. 

    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

    This is a core course in the Professional Fundraising Series.

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

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

    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. 

    Location and Parking:
    All sessions are held in Room 14 of Bloch Heritage Hall at 5110 Cherry Street on the UMKC Volker Campus. Parking passes will be mailed to participants upon registration. 

    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. 

    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.

  • Planned Giving and Major Gifts Solicitation

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

    Dates for this two-day course:
    Friday, January 31, 2019 – 8:30am-4:30pm
    Saturday, February 29, 2019 – 8:30am-4:30pm

    Program Details

    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. Applied Project: Preparation of cultivation and solicitation plan for major and planned gift prospect.

    This course is an elective in the Professional Fundraising Series. 

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

    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. 

    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. 

    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. 

    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.

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

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

    Dates for this two-day course:
    December 10, 2019, 4-6 p.m.
    February 4, 2020, 4-6 p.m.
    April 7, 2020, 4-6 p.m.
    June 3, 2020, 4-6 p.m.

    Program Details

    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.

    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

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

    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.

  • Prospect Research and Proposal Writing

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

    Dates for this two-day course:
    Friday, March 13, 2020 – 8:30am-4:30pm
    Saturday, April 11, 2020 – 8:30am-4:30pm

    Program Details

    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. Applied Project: Develop a list of five potential funders and write a proposal. 

    Key Topics

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

    This course is an elective in the Professional Fundraising Series.

    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

    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. 

    Location and Parking:
    All sessions are held in Room 014 of Bloch Heritage Hall at 5110 Cherry Street on the UMKC Volker Campus. Parking passes will be mailed to participants upon registration. 

    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. 

    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.

  • Date for this one-day seminar:
    Friday, December 13, 2019 – 8:30am-3:30pm

    Program Details

    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

    This seminar apart of the Financial Leadership of Nonprofit Organizations Series.

    Location and Parking:
    All sessions are held in Room 413 of Bloch Executive Hall at 5108 Cherry Street on the UMKC Volker Campus. Parking passes will be mailed to participants upon registration. 

    Meals:
    Breakfast and lunch will be provided. 

    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. 

    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. 

    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.