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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 – February 21, 2014
1–5 PM | Fee: $25 | J.C. Penney Conference Center, UMSL | Click here to register
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.
- 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
- Focus on Fraud: Prevention and Detection Measures for Nonprofit Organizations – March 6, 2014
3–5 PM | Fee: $25 | 402 J.C. Penney Conference Center, UMSL | Click here to register
News stories about fraud and embezzlement at nonprofit organizations abound recently. Too many organizations find themselves dealing with these kinds of problems when an understanding of common schemes, and the implementation of relatively simple, yet important processes, procedures, and policies could protect them from many of these issues. Join us for a discussion on how nonprofits can prevent and detect fraud within their organizations.
Topics to be covered include:
- Prevalence of Fraud and Recent Examples of Fraud
- Common Types of Fraud Schemes
- Red Flags
- Preventive and Detective Internal Controls
- Investigating Potential Frauds
- Lead Positive: How Volunteer Managers Can See, Say, and Do Their Way to Success – March 21, 2014
9 AM–1 PM | Fee: $60; MVMA Members: $50 | 202 J.C. Penney Conference Center, UMSL | Click here to register
While conventional approaches to leadership development focus on showing leaders how to acquire industry expertise, strategic capability, and operational savvy, LEAD POSITIVE is an internal development process that zeros in on transforming what the leader sees, says and does. In short, this approach helps leaders to shift internally so they can excel externally. Each leader in this session will learn how to quickly advance toward important goals by adopting the See-Say-Do Model. Come to this class to learn how to lead your volunteers with your own unwavering optimism, personal magnetism, and unshakable sense of self-confidence to make remarkable results happen. This workshop is part of the Chancellor's Certificate in Volunteer Management.
Instructor: Kathryn D. Cramer, PhD, is passionate about possibilities and potential. She created and has dedicated her life to Asset-Based Thinking (ABT), a way of looking at the world that helps leaders, influencers, and their teams make small shifts in thinking to produce extraordinary impact. As a business consultant, she has worked with clients such as DuPont, Prudential Real Estate, Starbucks, and Microsoft, as well as many educational and nonprofit organizations. Dr. Cramer, a psychologist, has written nine books, including the best-selling Change the Way You See Everything, which started the ABT global movement. Her latest book, Lead Positive: What Highly Effective Leaders See, Say and Do, shows leaders how to increase their effectiveness through her revolutionary yet refreshing simple mindset management process, Asset-Based Thinking. She won an Emmy for her film Stress: A Personal Challenge, and was twice featured on The Oprah Winfrey Show. She believes in big thinking, the power of presence, and laughter as the great elixir.
- 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 | Click here to register
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.