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The Nonprofit Management & Leadership (NPML) Program offers noncredit courses and workshops through the School of Professional & Continuing Studies, in addition to the credit courses they offer through the academic units. The Fundraising Institute is offered every summer, and additional programs are offered throughout the year.
Filling a vital need for nonprofit education and training in the St. Louis metropolitan region and beyond, the NPML Program offers comprehensive education and training for individuals with varied instructional needs:
- Students and others pursuing careers in the nonprofit sector
- Professional nonprofit staff
- Board members
- Community leaders
- Public sector administrators
Managers and leaders in a wide array of nonprofit fields have gained essential skills and knowledge through NPML programs. Participants join our programs from many fields, including human and social services, health and mental health, the arts and culture, education, public issues advocacy, the environment, religion, and community associations.
Society calls upon nonprofit organizations and voluntary initiatives to address its most critical challenges...revitalizing cities; transforming educational, health, and social service systems; strengthening civic, arts, and cultural life; and sustaining our environment. Therefore, it is vitally important that nonprofit organizations and voluntary initiatives improve the effectiveness of managers and leaders. NPML’s mission is to foster the growth and effectiveness of professionals already working in the nonprofit sector and of others who aspire to such work. — John McClusky, NPML founder and director emeritus
For more information on the NPML Program, please visit their website at umsl.edu/npml. See below for the upcoming Professional Development opportunities.
- How Do We Know We Are Doing Good Work – December 5, 2013
1–5 PM | Fee: $25 | J.C. Penney Conference Center, UMSL
You go to work each day hoping that what you do is making a difference. But how do you know the hard work you and the staff of your nonprofit organization are doing is having a positive impact and achieving your mission? This class is oriented toward program staff and leadership as they seek to implement and manage successful programs. It will provide an overview of approaches to assess program impact, including logic models, and questions to think about when considering whether programs are effective. Class activities will include small group and hands-on exercises. Click here to register!
- Jama Dodson, Executive Director, St. Louis Mental Health Board
- Elizabeth George, Vice President, Deaconess Foundation
- Melinda McAliney, Program Director, Lutheran Foundation of St. Louis & Send Me St. Louis
- Overtime Pay and the Fair Labor Standards Act: What Nonprofit Organizations Need to Know – January 16, 2014
3–5 PM | Fee: $25 | J.C. Penney Conference Center, UMSL
Nonprofit organizations are not exempt from the laws that cover fair wages and compensation for employees. In particular, nonprofits need to be aware of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and its regulations relating to "exempt" versus "nonexempt" employees, and the requirement for overtime pay. This class will provide an overview of the FLSA and will examine some of the cases, problems, and typical pitfalls that relate to nonprofit organizations. This class also will present information on how to prevent and cure FLSA liabilities and violations.
Presenter: Dennis Donnelly, JD, Senior Counsel, Bryan Cave, LLP
Dennis Donnelly has a trial practice representing employers in federal and state courts, exclusively the defense of employers in litigation dealing with employment discrimination (race, sex, age, national origin, disability and religion), workforce reduction, wrongful discharge and ERISA claims. His practice includes arbitration, negotiating collective bargaining agreements and representing employers before the NLRB, the EEOC, and state and local agencies. Mr. Donnelly also has published articles in the field of employment law.
- Volunteers, Interns, and Employment Law Issues: What Nonprofits Need to Know – February 13, 2014
3–5 PM | Fee: $20 | 403 J.C. Penney Conference Center, UMSL
Volunteers and interns can be important resources for nonprofit organizations, but nonprofits also need to know that employment laws could govern at least some of those relationships and impose obligations on the nonprofit. For example, nonprofits need to be wary of the situation where the use of an intern or volunteer starts to look more like the replacement of a paid staff member, and need to know what to consider when paying interns a stipend. This class will cover the employment laws that relate to the use of volunteers and interns in the operation of a nonprofit organization.
- How to Develop an Effective Board for Your Nonprofit Organization – March 27, 2014
1–5 PM | Fee: $50 | 403 J.C. Penney Conference Center, UMSL
Do you want to improve your Board's effectiveness and strengthen the leadership relationship between your board and staff executive? This workshop is for nonprofit staff executives and board leaders, including incoming board officers, who want to learn promising practices based on the latest research for making their boards even more effective and their staff-board relationships more productive and satisfying. It also will provide an opportunity for workshop participants to share with their peers the greatest challenges and successful strategies for strengthening board effectiveness. The learning activities will mix presentation, discussion, and ample time for applying learning directly to your board performance and executive-board relationships.
The workshop will address topics such as: the board's primary responsibilities, including the principles and legal framework for them; promising practices from the latest academic research on nonprofit boards; and, successful methods for boards and executives to determine which of their leadership roles are best kept distinct and which are best performed through their partnership.
The three presenters, John McClusky, Peter Ruger, and Faith Sandler, bring a wealth of academic and practical knowledge to this topic from many decades as educators, trainers, consultants, and board and staff leaders of nonprofit organizations.
- NPML Fundraising Institute
Each year in June, the Nonprofit Management & Leadership Program offers a Fundraising Institute that provides a wide variety of workshops on the most important fundraising topics, including grant writing, planned giving, and ethical fundraising. The institute is flexible and affordable. For more information and to stay tuned for next year's Institute, please click here.
- Chancellor's Certificate in Volunteer Management
Volunteers are an essential resource for every nonprofit organization, regardless of mission or purpose. Recognizing the need for professional development in the critical field of volunteer management, the Metropolitan Volunteer Management Association (MVMA), the NPML program, and UMSL PCS will offer classes and events that individuals can use to qualify for a noncredit “Chancellor’s Certificate in Volunteer Management” from UMSL. For more information, and to register, please click here.