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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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Board Boot Camp -Hernando

Wednesday, February 27th

“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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The Executive Director/CEO Performance Review Online Course

Tuesday, February 28th

The Mississippi Center for Nonprofits in cooperation with Washington Nonprofits is presenting The Executive Director/CEO Performance Review online course. The way in which the employee and employer relationship is demonstrated between the board chair and the executive director serves as the model by which the rest of the employees and the board understand and reinforce the work culture of a nonprofit organization. How governance and management view the Executive Performance Review process clearly portrays how a nonprofit, its board and its management, regard developing talent within their organization, rewarding good work, attracting and retaining vital human resources to advance the mission, respecting positional boundaries in a political and diverse work construct, and advancing an accountable environment for all. WHO SHOULD ATTEND: Board Members, incoming Board Chairs, other committee chairs, and Executive Directors are encouraged to attend LEARNING OUTCOMES: As a result of this online presentation and conversation, participants will have the tools to: Advocate for a year-round executive performance development and review process as the desired work culture for everyone in the organization; Complete the vital steps to launch an accountable executive performance development and review process Employ best practices in completing an nonprofit executive's performance development and review process; and Apply these basic elements of talent development in other work relationships that exist in the organization. This online course will be recorded and the recording will be made available to all registered participants. Participants who are unable to attend the live webinar will still have access to all course materials. ABOUT THE PRESENTER: Jeffrey Wilcox is former Senior Vice President of United Way of Greater Los Angeles and Valley of the Sun United Way (Phoenix). He is the nonprofit columnist of the “The Third Sector Report” which appears in the Long Beach Business Journal. He is past Chair, Executive Transitions Affinity Group for The Alliance For Nonprofit Management, Past President of the Orange County (CA) Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals and a member of the board of directors of Advancement Northwest in Seattle. Named Alumnus of the Year in 2015 by Seattle Pacific University, he chairs the Executive Advisory Board of the School of Business, Government & Economics at SPU. Jeffrey is also a partner of Social Venture Partners in Los Angeles and Seattle and is an advisor to the Encore Fellows Program in Los Angeles.

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Coffee & Conversation: How to Create a Funding Message that Works - Jackson

Wednesday, March 6th

Persuading donors to give amid an increasingly competitive landscape a nonprofit organization must move its messaging away from organizational needs and towards making a greater social impact. To raise significant money nonprofits must focus on how they translate money into social change. The fundraising message of social impact takes your argument much further and demonstrates how a nonprofit translates funds raised into social change through a three steps process: Donors want to invest in a nonprofit organization The investment is translated by the nonprofit's theory of change into social impact A change occurs in the community This workshop is led by Holly Lange. Holly is a professional event planner, fundraiser, and community volunteer. Some of her past projects include the opening of the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum and the Museum of Mississippi History, the B.B. King Museum in Indianola, Jubilee!JAM, Trustmark's Red Beans and Rice Celebration, the Crossroads Film Festival, and the Mississippi Museum of Art Centennial. She is a native of Austin, Texas, Holly graduated from Millsaps College with a Bachelor of Art degree in Political Science.

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