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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 Nonprofit Leadership Forums

2018 Nonprofit Leadership Forums - Connecting Communities and Leaders to Resources

The Center is partnering with Volunteer Mississippi to present three regional forums.

September 25th - Tupelo

October 11th - Hattiesburg

October 31st - Jackson

Each Forum...

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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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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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Basic Grant Proposal Strategies - Tupelo

Thursday, August 23rd

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.

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Fundraising 101 - Jackson

Monday, September 10th

If it is like the majority of them, your nonprofit organization cannot achieve its mission without fundraising. This comprehensive, fast-paced presentation will: Describe the most common fundraising strategies Illustrate how fundraising strategies can work together in concert to secure the overall fundraising goal Show how to choose fundraising strategies that best fit best your organization This workshop is led by Derek Alley, CFRE and Co-founder and President of Arthur Alley Associated in Jackson. With more than 25 year’s experience in development/fundraising, Derek’s work in this arena has afforded him significant experience in planning, implementation, and management of the strategies to bolster your organization’s mission, programs and services.

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Executive Director 101 - Hattiesburg

Tuesday, September 18th

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. Participants chose one or more case studies to identify the key challenges for each of these parts of the executive mindset and will 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. 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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