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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.

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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Starting a Nonprofit -  The Essential Checklist

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.

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Basic Grant Proposal Writing

Wednesday, January 31st

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. Some of what you will learn: Conduct research Develop a needs statement Create a budget

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Excellence in Action Nonprofit Management Certification Program

Wednesday & THursday, February 7th & 8th

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

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The Right Way to Start a 501(c)3 Nonprofit

Thursday, January 25, 2018

This one-day workshop provides the legal and practical steps to successfully organize and secure state and federal approval to operate as a tax-exempt organization. The class includes a guidebook developed by the MS Center for Nonprofits (valued at $49). This workshop will cover: Completing IRS Form 1023-EZ Creating by-laws and setting up a board of directors Creating a funding plan Mississippi Secretary of State requirements

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