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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:
    This program has already started (Tuesday evenings, January 26, February 9, February 23 and March 9, 2021 – 6:30pm – 8:30pm). Please let us know at mcnl@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, August 26, 2021 – 8:30am-3:30pm

    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:
    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:
    Thursday, August 19, 2021 – 8:30am-3:30pm

    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:
    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 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:
    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 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:
    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.

  • We will be launching our new and enhanced fundraising series in Fall 2021!  If you would like to participate in the new series, and/or you are interested in the development and design of the new sessions by taking part in prototyping activities in early to mid-2021, please let us know at mcnl@umkc.edu.

  • 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

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  • The Midwest Center director Dr. David Renz is holding weekly “open office hours” via UMKC’s Zoom system on Tuesdays from 10 to 11:30am. 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

  • 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:
    Tuesday, June 22, 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

    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:
    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.