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How to Develop and Sustain an Effective, Engaged, Nonprofit Board

December 14, 2017

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Do you want to strengthen your board’s effectiveness? Do you want your board and members to be vitally engaged and forge the best possible working partnership with your executive and other staff in order to achieve more fully the organization’s mission? This workshop is for current and aspiring nonprofit staff executives and board leaders, including incoming board members, who want to learn and apply promising practices based on the latest research for making their boards even more effective and their staff-board relationships more productive and satisfying. It will also provide an opportunity to share with peers the greatest challenges and successful strategies for strengthening boards. The learning activities will mix plenary presentation, exercises and discussion,a  panel with a diverse set of nonprofit and philanthropic leaders, and small, break out group discussions. Takeaways include tools and exercises designed to increase board performance.

The workshop will address topics such as:

(1) the

Grants Research: An Introduction to Data Resources and Grant Prospect Research

November 7, 2017

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Thursday, Dec. 7, 2017 from 1-4 p.m. in #202 J.C. Penney Conference Center (on the UMSL north campus)

Successful grant research includes a review of various kinds of data like giving statistic, reports, and databases. But learning to identify, evaluate, and select data resources used in grants research can be a challenge. This course will provide participants with (a) an introduction to the process of information evaluation, (b) data resources commonly available in grant development, and (c) how to use the “Foundation Database Online Professional” database to identify and evaluate funding prospects.

Instructor Brad Smith is the Nonprofit Information Resource Manager for the St. Charles City-County Library District. In that capacity, he oversees the delivery of the Library District’s specialty services to the nonprofit community.  As a representative of the Library District, he regularly provides consultation services and assistance to public, private, and nonprofit initiatives that are aimed toward enhancing community

Successful Grant Writing

October 16, 2017

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Successful Grant Writing

October 16, 2017

Authored by: Keith Kehrer

Thursday, Nov. 2, 2017 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Century Room C of the Millennium Student Center (on our UMSL north campus – please note different building than most of our workshops).

In the highly competitive world of grants, learn the art and science of creating excellent grant applications. Share perspectives and embrace practical examples that will give you an edge in writing proposals and obtaining funding. You will leave this interactive session with tools and techniques you can put to immediate use as you seek funds from the private sector. Hands-on activities will be more meaningful if you come to class with a project in mind – it can be for any project at any amount. From the initial research to thanking the donor, this comprehensive session is good for beginners and seasoned grantwriters alike. The class will also explore the growing area of Donor Advised Funds

Cybersecurity: A Strategic Priority for Nonprofits

October 3, 2017

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Thursday, Oct. 19, 2017, 1-4 p.m. in #204 Express Scripts Hall (on the UMSL north campus – please note different location than most of our classes)

This class provides an overview of core cybersecurity concepts and an appreciation of the variety of threats to cybersecurity. Attendees will consider why a focus on cybersecurity is important, what is at stake, and how cybersecurity must become a strategic priority for nonprofits. The class will conclude with a survey of immediate steps nonprofits could take to better manage cybersecurity risks. Attendees are encouraged to bring their own laptops.

About the Cybersecurity Program at UMSL: The University of Missouri-St. Louis holds the prestigious National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education (CAE-CDE) designation granted by the National Security Agency and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. We are currently one of only two institutions that hold such a designation in the state of Missouri and the only

Understanding Effective Grant Management

February 9, 2017

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When: Thursday, Feb. 23, 2017, 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Where: # 202 J.C. Penney Conference Center on the UM-St. Louis North Campus

Fee: $ 25

Program Description: Come to this class to learn the basics of effective grant management and implementation, and to learn the proper accounting procedures and practices you will need to employ as you put your grant funds into action.

Instructor Dan Sise, JD, joined the Nonprofit Management and Leadership Program (NPML Program) at UM-St. Louis in October, 2008, and serves as the NPML Program’s Academic Coordinator and Community Engagement Manager. A 1997 graduate of the University of Illinois College of Law, Dan is currently licensed to practice law in Missouri and Illinois. In the course of his legal career, Dan has dealt with a wide range of issues, including regulatory compliance, insurance coverage and defense, community redevelopment, and nonprofit governance and oversight. He serves on

Doug Stanley of Bryan Cave to Give Estate Planning Presentation to Artists at the Regional Arts Commission

January 5, 2017

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On February 13, 2016, Doug Stanley, partner in the Private Client Services group at Bryan Cave, and Justin Flach of The Commerce Trust Company (an alumnus of the Bryan Cave Private Client Services group), will present “Creating A Living Legacy”, addressing estate planning basics to a group of artists.  The presentation is hosted by the Volunteer Lawyers and Accountants for the Arts and will be held at the Regional Arts Commission, 6128 Delmar, St. Louis, Missouri.

Select Nonprofit Accounting Issues and Updates

January 3, 2017

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When: Thursday, Jan. 26, 2017, 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Where: # 202 J.C. Penney Conference Center on the UM-St. Louis North Campus Fee: $ 25

Program Description: Changes are coming for nonprofit financial statements. This class will cover some specific, technical topics that nonprofits need to know as they prepare for future changes in their financial management and reporting. Topics include:

  • Changes to net asset classifications
  • Disclosure of allocation methods
  • Functional expense information
  • Reporting of investment returns
  • Reporting of leases
  • And more…

Some of these are fairly technical topics that nonprofits should start hearing about and planning for now so they can address them more proactively, prior to audit time.

Instructor Linda Howdeshell founded her firm to serve nonprofits in May 2015 after almost 30 years of working with nonprofits. Linda works with clients to improve efficiency of systems and internal controls. She serves on the Not-for-Profit Committee of the

Private Foundations and Impact Investing

November 30, 2016

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Bryan Cave recently organized a half-day symposium examining the opportunities and legal considerations related to responsible and impact investing strategies. The Responsible and Impact Investing Symposium, held on November 10, was co-presented by Fordham University’s Gabelli School of Business and featured leaders in this growing field who discussed opportunities and legal considerations for investors, private foundations, financial advisers and for-profit entities, from start-ups to established ventures. More than 135 guests attended the event.  With respect to private foundations, we focused our discussion on the use of program related investments and what we hope is a growing trend to use these tax-advantaged tools to make a difference in our communities.   Below are the foundation slides from the event.  Special thanks to my co-speakers, John Oddy from Foundation Source and Dana Bezerra from the Heron Foundation.

For a complete list of speakers and the program agenda, please click here

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Don’t forget to register for the free webcast about Clarifying the Universal Availability and Other 403(b) Retirement Plan Requirements

October 25, 2016

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When: October 27, 2016; 2 p.m. (Eastern)

How: Register for this event. You will use the same link to attend the event.

Learn about:

  • Hours of service
  • Changes in employee status
  • Student participation
  • Other 403(b) rules

This hour long webcast will provide answers to many of the questions we received for the May 19, 2016, Understanding the Universal Availability Rules in a 403(b) Retirement Plan webcast. We encourage you to review the prior webcast before attending this one.

Continuing education (CE) certificates of attendance will not be offered for this program.

Register for IRS webinar: ACA Outreach for State and Local Governmental Employer Community

October 10, 2016

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October 20 at 2 p.m. (Eastern)

Register for this event

This is a live webinar presented by the ACA Office and TE/GE Counsel to address governmental entities’ concerns and needs as they relate to ACA information reporting requirements.

Learn about:

  • Determining Applicable Large Employer (ALE) status
  • Identifying full-time employees
  • Defining hours of service
  • What is Minimum Essential Coverage?
  • E-Filing of information returns
  • 2016 filing season corrections and replacements
  • Penalties and relief
  • TIN solicitation
  • Changes to forms & instructions for Tax Year 2016
  • Questions and answers

We will not be offering Continuing Education Credit for this event.

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