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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.


  • Corporate Engagement: Where Does My Nonprofit Fit?
    Friday, Sept. 19, 2014 | 9 AM–4 PM | J.C. Penney Conference Center, UMSL

    Do you want to gain more volunteers, by working with corporations? Learn the ins and outs to effectively engage corporations in your agency’s mission specifically through volunteerism. You will discover the latest trends in engaging industries, such as skills-based and remote volunteerism, and you will learn firsthand from corporate insiders. During this class, a panel of corporate social responsibility officers from a variety of businesses will join the United Way of Greater St. Louis Volunteer Center. You will gain a deeper understanding of how the for-profit and non-profit sectors intersect. The workshop qualifies for six hours toward the Chancellor's Certificate in Volunteer Management. For more information and to register, please click here

  • Starting and Governing a Nonprofit 501(c)3 Organization in Missouri
    Wednesday, October 29, 2014 | 9 AM–5 PM | 202 J.C. Penney Conference Center, UMSL

    Starting a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and governing a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization are flip sides of the same coin. Instructor Dan Sise knows that the steps you take in forming a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation affect how your organization must operate in the future. And the steps you take in the governance and operation of your 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation affect your ability to maintain your 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status with the IRS on an ongoing basis.

    Come to this class to learn how to start a Missouri nonprofit corporation that will seek to obtain 501(c)(3) tax exempt status from the IRS. In addition, this class will also cover good governance policies, strategies, and requirements that will allow your organization to maintain its 501(c)(3) tax exempt status on an ongoing basis once you are up and running.

    This is an intensive 8 hour class that will focus on practical information and resources like forms to use, web sites to access, governmental offices to contact or be aware of, and a checklist of steps to take. Includes lunch. For more information and to register, 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.

  • NPML Fundraising Institute – June 2015
    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