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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.

Our 2019 January - March Training Calendar

Our 2019 training calendar is out and we have some new and exciting things in store for the Mississippi nonprofit leaders, staff and volunteers.  First, we are hosting 5 Executive Director Roundtables all across our state that we hope help engage nonprofit regional leaders and foster...

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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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Completing IRS Form 990 - Jackson

Tuesday, December 11th

Completing and filing the annual Form 990 with the IRS is a requirement for tax-exempt organizations. It provides important information to both the IRS and the public. The Form 990, Form 990 EZ or Form 990 N provides the IRS with information about your nonprofit's activities and financial status to demonstrate that it continues to meet the qualifications for tax-exemption. It is also reviewed by potential donors and grantors to learn about an organization's mission, programs and finances. This workshop will teach participants how to complete all versions of the IRS Form 990 by detailing the following: Which revenues and expenses to report Fundraising costs to be included Statement of accomplishments Which members of the organization to list How to conduct a board review of your Form 990

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Basic Grant Proposal Strategies - Jackson

Thursday, December 13th

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

Wednesday, January 16th

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 Plus much more

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