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Mission

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.

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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MS State Filing Due Date Changes MEMBER CONTENT

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.

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Governance - Board Leadership

Tuesday, May 22, 2018 Jackson, MS

Every day, nonprofit boards are charting the future for their nonprofit organizations. They are the driving force in the governance, sustainability and the direction of the organization. Effective boards can provide a strong foundation and framework for success. Without a strong board, however, most nonprofits face unnecessary challenges and can show limited success in meeting their mission and community need. Boards need to hold themselves accountable, but without clear information, leadership and skill development, it is almost impossible to do so. This workshop will cover two key areas that board leaders should master to lead their organization: Achieving Board Excellence: Best Practices and resources Board assessment and tools to monitor performance Current and emerging trends in the nonprofit sector Action Planning Board Chair Leadership Development: Identify the Key roles of the Board Chair Enhance strategic thinking and planning Address leadership and governance challenges Building and strengthening the board: recruitment and work structures The facilitator for this workshop is Michael Dozier of Carrington, Holland, & Leigh, a full service nonprofit firm specializing in helping nonprofit, community-based and faith-based leaders move their organization forward through effective fundraising, planning, management and governance.

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Basic Grant Proposal Writing

Wednesday, June 6, 2018 Hernando, MS

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 she works with.

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Board Bootcamp

Thursday, June 21, 2018 Meridian, MS

“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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