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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 four-day program:
    Please let us know at culverm@umkc.edu / (816) 235-5720 if you would like to be notified the next time this program is scheduled.

    Program Details

    Our four-session introductory board member development program draws upon the nationally-noted expertise of Dr. David Renz, director of the Midwest Center for Nonprofit Leadership at UMKC, with presentations from a diverse group of experienced board leaders from across the Kansas City community. The goal of the series is to prepare current and emerging community leaders to serve effectively as members of the governing boards of nonprofit and other public service organizations.

    Session 1: Boards, Governance, and Public Service Leadership: The Roles and Responsibilities of the Board
    Date: TBD

    • Introduction to Nonprofit (and Governmental) Boards
    • Making Sense of the Work of a Governing Board
    • The Legal and Ethical Dimensions of Board Work
    • The Core Responsibilities of Boards

    Session 2: Show Us the Money! The Board’s Role in Fundraising and Development
    Date: TBD

    • Overview of Financial Leadership and Accountability
    • Board Roles in Fund Raising and Development
    • The Basics of Philanthropy and Raising Money
    • Insights from the Boardroom

    Session 3: Show Us the Money! The Board’s Role in Using It Wisely
    Date: TBD

    • Understanding the Organization as a Financial Creature
    • Financial Leadership and Accountability
    • Making Sense of Financial Reports
    • Insights from the Boardroom

    Session 4: Organizing for Successful Board Work
    Date: TBD

    • The Various Ways Boards and Related Structures Are Organized
    • Developing an Effective Board-Staff Partnership
    • What It Takes to be an Effective Board Member
    • The Passion to Serve: Finding the Right Match
    • Insights 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:
    TBD

    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:

    Thursday, October 14, 2021 (8:30am – 3:30pm)

    Program Details

    In this workshop, 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. Following this workshop you will be able to:

    • Understand the financial leadership model and complete a Financial Leadership Self-Assessment
    • Define accounting practices required for accurate financial information
    • Complete Accurate Financial Data Assessment
    • Recognize the financial leader’s key assessment questions and the information needed to answer these questions
    • Assess Financial Health Assessment

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

    Current Masking Policy
    Due to the rising incidence of COVID-19 infections in our community, and based on the latest guidance from local health experts and the city of Kansas City, the face-coverings policy is to require staff and visitors to wear masks in the conference facility.

    Location and Parking:
    This seminar will be held at the Kauffman Foundation Conference Center (4801 Rockhill Road, Kansas City, Missouri 64110) – Brookside Room.

    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:
    Please let us know at culverm@umkc.edu / (816) 235-5720 if you would like to be notified the next time this program is scheduled.

    Program Details

    In this workshop, 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. Following this workshop you will be able to:

    • Understand the financial leadership model and complete a Financial Leadership Self-Assessment
    • Define accounting practices required for accurate financial information
    • Complete Accurate Financial Data Assessment
    • Recognize the financial leader’s key assessment questions and the information needed to answer these questions
    • Assess Financial Health Assessment

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

    Current Masking Policy
    Due to the rising incidence of COVID-19 infections in our community, and based on the latest guidance from local health experts and the city of Kansas City, the face-coverings policy is to require staff and visitors to wear masks in the conference facility.

    Location and Parking:
    This seminar will be held at the Kauffman Foundation Conference Center (4801 Rockhill Road, Kansas City, Missouri 64110) – Brookside Room.

    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:
    Wednesday, September 29, 2021 – 8:30am-3:30pm

    Program Details

    In this workshop, you will learn about strategic financial planning and how to evaluate your organization’s financial planning process. Following this workshop you will be able to:

    • Outline the stages in the budgeting process
    • Complete a Financial Planning Assessment
    • Relate cash flow projections to strategic financial management
    • Outline the cash flow budgeting processing
    • Monitor and manage cash flow
    • Develop internal controls and policies and procedures for cash flow management

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

    Current Masking Policy
    Due to the rising incidence of COVID-19 infections in our community, and based on the latest guidance from local health experts and the city of Kansas City, the face-coverings policy is to require staff and visitors to wear masks in the conference facility.

    Location and Parking:
    This seminar will be held at the Kauffman Foundation Conference Center (4801 Rockhill Road, Kansas City, Missouri 64110) – Brookside Room.

    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:
    Wednesday, September 22, 2021 – 8:30am-3:30pm

    Program Details

    In this workshop, you will learn about strategic financial planning and how to evaluate your organization’s financial planning process. Following this workshop you will be able to:

    • Outline the stages in the budgeting process
    • Complete a Financial Planning Assessment
    • Relate cash flow projections to strategic financial management
    • Outline the cash flow budgeting processing
    • Monitor and manage cash flow
    • Develop internal controls and policies and procedures for cash flow management

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

    Current Masking Policy
    Due to the rising incidence of COVID-19 infections in our community, and based on the latest guidance from local health experts and the city of Kansas City, the face-coverings policy is to require staff and visitors to wear masks in the conference facility.

    Location and Parking:
    This seminar will be held at the Kauffman Foundation Conference Center (4801 Rockhill Road, Kansas City, Missouri 64110) – Brookside Room.

    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.

  • Fundraising Leadership Series

    Instructor: Thomas Vansaghi, Ph.D., Senior Fellow of the Midwest Center for Nonprofit Leadership, UMKC adjunct instructor, and assistant professor of nonprofit leadership at William Jewell College

    The Fundraising Leadership Series provides development professionals with essential leadership skills to be a strategic leader in their organization. The unique design of this certificate series, co-created with nonprofit leaders, recognizes the central role of development in a nonprofit’s culture, strategy, and communications. Over the course of 8 weeks, participants will engage with other development professionals in an interactive program that builds their capacity as organizational leaders and changemakers.

    Beginning October 15, development professionals will embark on a 6 session, 8-week journey. Each session utilizes proven management tools and applied development scenarios to build leadership expertise through empathetic reasoning, problem solving, and the ability to manage disruption. The Fundraising Leadership Series equips participants with essential leadership tools like:

    – GEMBA Walks
    – Data Decision-making
    – Prototyping
    – Storytelling

    Upon completion, development professionals will have applied experience in their organization’s context with critical leadership tools. Additionally, they will exhibit the capacity to better lead strategic development operations in nonprofit organizations.

    Program Details

    Module 1 – Building a Culture of Philanthropy (October 15, 2021)
    Often development responsibility falls on a small segment of people siloed from the organization’s operations. Building a culture of philanthropy assists and supports participants to lead and manage development activity to and for all within the organization.

    Module 2 – Designing the Long Game (October 22, 2021)
    A hallmark of a nonprofit’s success lies in its ability to design an inclusive strategic planning process. This is equally true for a successful development operation. Designing the long game equips participants with the tools to develop, articulate and assess a strategic plan for the fund development operation that works within the organizations larger strategic plan.

    Module 3 – Building a Sustainable Development Model (October 29, 2021)
    Making strategic development choices demands understanding the financial situation of the organization. In building a sustainable development model, participants will be given the tools to consume financial information and build development strategies that pave the way to organizational sustainability.

    Module 4 – Developing & Strengthening Talent (November 12, 2021)
    Developing & strengthening talent provides participants with tools to assess talent, build a culture that maximizes talent, and cultivate leadership within the development function of your organization.

    Module 5 – Strategic Communications (November 19, 2021)
    When we say development, how many people think of the ask? Well, the ask is the part of the iceberg above water that you see, building audience accounts for the 90% of the iceberg that goes unseen. In strategic communications, participants will be equipped with the tools essential for building a bigger, better audience.

    Module 6 – Into Action (December 10, 2021)
    Leadership programs are often long on content and short on action. In the final session of the Fundraising Leadership Series participants will build strategies and plans for implementing learning in their organizations.

    In addition to the six modules, participants will also receive 2-hours of coaching, ensuring they are making progress towards program completion.

    Program Logistics:
    Each module is delivered from 8 am to 4 pm. Built with the busy nonprofit leader in mind, participants will be able to participate virtually or in-person with the Bloch School’s RooFlex technology. Virtual participants are able to have an immersive experience, engaging seamlessly with participants and faculty in the classroom. The sessions will be held at the UMKC Bloch Executive Hall (5108 Cherry Street, Kansas City, Missouri 64110) – Room 414.

    Current Masking Policy:
    Due to the rising incidence of COVID-19 infections in our community, and based on the latest guidance from local health experts and the city of Kansas City, the face-coverings policy is to require staff and visitors to wear masks on campus.

    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.

  • In these turbulent times it is critical to embrace change. Every Tuesday the MCNL team will present tools nonprofits can utilize to innovate and excel in today’s environment – building the foundation for a promising future. MCNL’s Navigation Series creates an interactive virtual community to learn and share the ideas nonprofits need to be successful.

    Program Details

    Click on the Learn More button for details on upcoming sessions.

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  • The Midwest Center director emeritus Dr. David Renz is holding “open office hours” via UMKC’s Zoom system on most Tuesdays. This is an open session, and everyone is welcome.

    During the times listed below click on this link and “drop in” (digitally) to talk with Dave:
    https://umsystem.zoom.us/j/95907552448

    Tuesday, September 14 and 21, 2021 (10 to 11:30am).
    Note: No Office Hours will be held on Tuesday, September 28, 2021.
    Tuesday, October 5, 12, 19 and 26 (1:30 to 3pm)

  • 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-hour informational session:
    Thursday, November 11, 2021 (10am – Noon)

    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:
    The session will be held online as a webinar. When you register we will send you instructions on how to take part in the session via computer or phone.

    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.

  • Dates for this one-day seminar:
    Thursday, October 21, 2021 – 8:30am-3:30pm

    This session is FULL. If you would like to get on the waiting list, please contact Mark Culver at culverm@umkc.edu/(816) 235-5720.

    Program Details

    In this workshop, you will learn about specialized nonprofit financial topics. Following this workshop you will be able to:

    • Account for and report on grants
    • Understand audit requirements
    • Outline a process for hiring and managing auditors
    • Communicate financial information to stakeholders
    • Complete Financial Monitoring Assessment
    • Identify strategies for managing long-term financial health

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

    Current Masking Policy
    Due to the rising incidence of COVID-19 infections in our community, and based on the latest guidance from local health experts and the city of Kansas City, the face-coverings policy is to require staff and visitors to wear masks in the conference facility.

    Location and Parking:
    This seminar will be held at the Kauffman Foundation Conference Center (4801 Rockhill Road, Kansas City, Missouri 64110) – Brookside Room.

    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.