Fundraising Leadership and Tools Series

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

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.

The new Fundraising Tools Series sessions will utilize pre-recorded content presentations along with an interactive live Zoom session so participants can learn and build their fundraising development skills. Some of the topics currently being developed (prospect research, grant writing, capital campaigns, introduction to fundraising, annual campaigns,):

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Financial Leadership of Nonprofit Organizations Series

The financial leadership series is designed to strengthen your organizational leadership, including financial health assessment, financial planning, budgeting, grants management and more.

Courses in the Financial Leadership of Nonprofit Organizations Series:

  • Financial Leadership for Nonprofit Organizations: Using Financial Information Systems to Access Organizational Financial Health
  • Financial Planning Tools for Nonprofit Organizations: Budgeting and Cash Flow
  • Specialized Nonprofit Financial Topics: Grants Management, Allocations, Audits, Form 990, Communicating Progress and Social Enterprise

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Planning a New Nonprofit

This two-hour informational session addresses the basic planning steps and legal requirements to start a new nonprofit organization.

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General Nonprofit Programs

We offer a variety of one-time courses on situational supervision, strategic planning, mission-driven marketing and advocacy communications.

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Nonprofit Leadership Conference

The annual Nonprofit Leadership Conference brings together nonprofit leaders from across the region for a day of learning and networking on the UMKC campus. This conference is held in November each year.

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Governance Conference

The Midwest Center for Nonprofit Leadership and The Nonprofit Quarterly co-host the biennial governance conference in Kansas City, and partner with the Governance Section of ARNOVA and the Alliance for Nonprofit Management. This unique two-day conference offers an engaging and highly participative venue for attendees to expand their perspectives on nonprofit boards and governance and explore avenues for a new generation of research and practice. The conference affords exceptional opportunities for formal and informal dialogue among the consultants, executives, and academics who are most engaged in addressing nonprofit governance issues and challenges.

The leadership training was outstanding. The MCNL Director, Brent, and his team would go the extra mile to support our learning and growth as leaders.