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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.

MS Center for Nonprofits + MS Association of Grantmakers Merger FAQ’s

How can I learn more about The Mississippi Alliance of Nonprofits and Philanthropy (The Alliance)?

We will be providing details regarding the current and future status of The Alliance and what it means for you in a series of forthcoming emails and blogs.

What’s will become...

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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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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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Getting Government Grants - Gulfport

Thursday, July 11, 2019

Billions of federal grant dollars are awarded to worthy causes each year, but winning grants isn’t easy. Tip the odds in your favor with our government grants seminar, Competing for Federal Grants. During this workshop, you will: Find federal grants opportunities that match your organization’s mission and priorities Examine recent application guidelines and funded proposals to see what works, what doesn’t, and why Develop a work-plan for proposal development and write key proposal sections Write and review concept papers Learn to get a head start on competitions before the funding guidelines are released

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The Right Way to Start a 501C 3 Nonprofit - Jackson

Thursday, August 1, 2019

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 Setting your board of directors Creating a funding plan Mississippi Secretary of State requirements Plus much more

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Strategic Planning 101 - Jackson

Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Good strategic planning helps nonprofits clarify where their organization is going, how it’s going to get there, and how it will know when it’s arrived. It creates the framework for board and staff to focus their energy and resources toward common goals. This half-day workshop is a practical introduction to the key concepts and techniques of strategic planning and will help participants understand how to design an effective planning process that meets their organization’s needs. Learn the Four Essential Steps in Strategic Planning: Environmental Scan: Is the process of gathering, organizing and analyzing information. In addition, it’s a process that surveys and analyzes relevant data to identify opportunities and threats. Strategy Formulation: Based on the information gathered during environmental scanning, you should hopefully have a clear picture of what needs to be addressed in order to accomplish your business goals. Strategy Implementation: The most important part of implementing a strategy may be communicating it clearly to begin with. The entire organization should be engaged and made aware of the organization's long-term vision. Strategy Evaluation: Every organization should strive for continuous improvement, and so part of the strategic planning process is taking a moment to monitor and adjust as needed. The facilitator for this training in Derek Alley, CFRE, co-founder and president of Arthur Alley Associated. With more than 25 years 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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