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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.

2018 July - December Training Calendar

Check out our entire training calendar for July to December 2018.  We are offering a variety of workshops and webinars with an emphasis on fundraising.  To register for any of our training’s, simply go to the “Education” tab on our front page and click on the...

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New Partnership with Volunteer Mississippi

The Mississippi Center for Nonprofits is partnering with Volunteer Mississippi. This partnership can save participants in our training’s a few dollars.  We are helping Volunteer Mississippi collect data by offering participants in our workshops to take and complete pre and...

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Two Sides of the Same Coin [Report]

Findings from a survey of nonprofit organizations and philanthropies in the state of Mississippi.

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Board Boot Camp - Meridian

Thursday, June 21

“A nonprofit board of directors is responsible for defining the organization’s mission and for providing overall leadership and strategic direction to the organization. A nonprofit board actively sets policy and ensures that the organization has adequate resources to carry out its mission. The board provides direct oversight and direction for the executive director and is responsible for evaluating his/her performance. A nonprofit board also has a responsibility to evaluate its own effectiveness, in upholding the public interest(s) served by the organization.” - Guidelines & Principles for Nonprofit Excellence Nonprofit boards need to strengthen their skills, engagement and leadership to adapt to increasing demands of this rapidly evolving environment. The Board Bootcamp workshop offers essential training for new and experienced board members, providing them with practical information, resources, and tools that they can use right away to further their organizations’ missions. Goals: Knowing what hat you are wearing Adhering to the duties of Care, Loyalty and Obedience Understanding the relationship between the executive director and the board Framework: Determining the mission Establishing the vision and strategic direction Monitoring programs and service delivery Assuring legal and bylaws compliance Overseeing the organization’s finances and protecting its assets Community relations Selecting, supporting and evaluating the executive director Building the competency of the board

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Secrets to Finding New Donors - Webinar

Tuesday, July 10

Tuesday, July 10 - Webinar “I don’t want a gift, I want a giver.” -Kim Klein, (Founder, Grassroots Fundraising Journal) Did you know that the most generous people are statistically those who make under $100,000 per year? You already know people in your community who could donate to your nonprofit. And this course shows you how to find them. Are you worried that most of your donors are inactive? This webinar shows you how to find new donors and cultivate your existing donors. You’ll learn how to communicate more effectively to your donors, build your email list and more. The webinar is led by Mazarine Treyz is the author of The Wild Woman’s Guide to Fundraising. She is the author of The Wild Woman’s Guide to Social Media, published 2012, given a 5 star rating by Nonprofit.About.com. Her latest book, Get the Job! Your Fundraising Career Empowerment Guide, was also given a 5 star review by Nonprofit.About.com. Fundraising background: In 2000 she was an intern for Planned Parenthood Federation of America. In 2003 she wrote her first grants for Indonesian nonprofit Yayasan Emmanuel. In 2005 she co-founded a nonprofit called “The Moon Balloon Project” on the south shore of Boston, MA.

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Executive Director 101 - Jackson

Thursday, July 19

Executive Director 101 offers an executive-level curriculum of management practices to give new and seasoned executive directors the skills to deal with key challenges that face nonprofits. The Executive Mindset: Systems Leader Vision/Information Communicator Decision Maker Manager of the Managers Board Developer Participants chose one or more case studies to identify the key challenges for each of these parts of the executive mindset. In the 3 hour session there is no case study. “Cannot Fail” Components: Board Program and Service Delivery Financial, Tax, Risk, and Facilities Human Resources Community Relations Development Participants rotate to another case study to identify that agency’s key “cannot fail” components and develop ways to track them in real time. They identify ways to to respond to failures. In the 3 hour session the participants chose 2 components, and the presenter provides the other information. Essential Relationships: Board Staff Funders Professional Support Regulators Organizational Partners Suppliers Participants rotate to another case study to identify that agency’s essential relationships and develop relationship building and development strategies for each one. The facilitator for this training is Warren Yoder, former executive director for Operation Shoestring, the Public Policy Center of Mississippi and formerly a faculty member at Jackson State University. Mr. Yoder has over twenty-five years as a consultant coaching executives for nonprofits all across Mississippi.

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