Our mission is to strengthen the capacity of nonprofits to serve the people and communities of Mississippi. For the thousands of nonprofit organizations across the state, the Center is the primary source of management training, technical information, advice, answers, coaching and connection to vital resources.
Findings from a survey of nonprofit organizations and philanthropies in the state of Mississippi.
Mississippi State Filing changes that takes effect for nonprofits and other tax filings. New due dates are effective for years starting on or after January 1, 2016, which would be filed in 2017.
Helping Leaders Take Their Organizations to the Next Level: This checklist is a guide for individuals looking to start a nonprofit in Mississippi. Listed are over 20 activities that best encourages successful establishment of a 501c3 nonprofit.
This class is designed for beginners, as well as practiced grant writers who need to understand the elements of a proposal and how to successfully integrate each into a successful proposal, as well as the process for successful grant research. This workshop will cover basic grant writing objectives, the seven elements of almost every proposal, customizing proposals, locating grants and funding opportunities, developing relationships with funders, and grant management. This workshop is will also help you learn how to conduct successful grant research. You will hear real stories and the do’s and don’ts of grant writing. Our trainer, Jan Eastman is an at-large board member of the Center and has worked with nonprofit organizations across Mississippi and Louisiana. She has over 30 years in grant development and research and has garnered millions of dollars for nonprofits. Some of what you will learn: Conduct research Develop a needs statement Create a budget
Excellence in Action (EIA) Nonprofit Management Designation Program is the Center’s signature professional development and management training program for nonprofit executives and board members based on 10 best practices of nonprofit management excellence. The curriculum is taught in a 2-day accelerated classroom style environment, with interactive group exchange, self-guided learning and post class assignments. The EIA program is best suited to nonprofit leaders with 3-5 years of nonprofit management experience. We encourage you to take advantage of the special rate offered through support from the Mississippi Gulf Coast Community Foundation for this particular EIA class. EIA provides instruction on the following topics: Board Governance Financial Management Fundraising and Development Human Resources and Professional Development Information Technology Planning and Purpose Programmatic Effectiveness Public Policy and Advocacy Strategic Alliances Transparency and Accountability
Staying out of Jail: Legal Compliance 101 Challenges presented by legal and financial missteps can quickly derail an organization. Knowing and understanding the regulatory requirements for nonprofit organizations can help you avoid unnecessary troubles. The following topics will be discussed: Complying with legal reporting and filing requirements Understanding the fiduciary obligations of nonprofit boards and staff leaders Establishing evaluations and organizational practices Human Resources and Avoiding Sexual Harassment Smart nonprofits recognize that continually fostering the skills and capabilities of their employees is critical to building a motivated, engaged, high-performing workforce. In this workshop nonprofits and associations will learn to design strategic learning & development programs and opportunities for individuals, teams and entire organizations. Our training solutions focus on developing the competencies and behaviors your employees need to advance your mission and accomplish the goals laid out in your strategic plan. One of the main focuses of this workshop is workplace behavior, including sexual harassment prevention. We've all seen the headlines over the past several months. Sexual harassment in the workplace starts and ends with workplace behavior. Although some workplace behavior is easy to identify as inappropriate, many actions that may appear innocent on the surface can be viewed as incidents of sexual harassment. The most effective way to create a workplace free from sexual harassment is to empower your supervisors and give them the tools they need to identify warning signs and follow proper protocols for prevention.