The following list includes conferences and workshops discussing a variety of topics that could benefit our partners! Get an Overview of the Freedom's Frontier National Heritage Area Professional Development Program. If you find a workshop or conference that you would like to attend under this program, apply for funding with our Professional Development Scholarship Application. Know of any opportunities that are not listed but should be? Let us know! Contact Youth and Education Coordinator Lexi Ray.


FEBRUARY 2019

Workshop
Planned Giving and Major Gift Solicitation
UMKC Midwest Center for Non- Profit Leadership 
Feb. 1 & Mar. 2, 2019
8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Few areas in the not-for-profit community have received more attention than these two fund raising techniques, yet most professionals are still confused about how to use them. This course offers specific “how to” insights into major gifts and planned giving and how to utilize them in your development plan

Workshop
Historic Tax Credit Seminar      
Kansas Historical Society 
February 4th
8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Kansas Museum of History
6425 SW Sixth, Topeka, KS 66615 US

Sessions include application basics, tips for a successful project review, a Kansas Department of Revenue panel discussion,
individual sessions for various property types, and time for one-on-one questions with staff members.

Workshop
Marketing Learning Cohort
UMKC Midwest Center for Non- Profit Leadership

Successful nonprofit organizations understand the essence of their brand: how brand clarity motivates board members and staff; how it engages funders and other key stakeholders, and; the increase in positive impact for those they serve. Marketing cohort participants will learn practical applications of marketing theory and practices in the nonprofit environment, which will be applied to creating an actionable marketing plan for your organization.

Cohort Session Schedule:
Session 1: Marketing Process Overview - Brand Promise
February 8, 2019 (8:00 a.m. - Noon)
Location: Kauffman Foundation Conference Center (4801 Rockhill Road, Kansas City, Missouri - Paseo Room)

Session 2: Market Positioning - Marketing Research & Measures
March 1, 2019 (8:00 a.m. - Noon)
Location: UMKC 4747 Troost Building - Conference Room 210

Session 3: Service Lines (life cycle, distribution channels, pricing)
March 29, 2019 (12:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.)
Location: Kauffman Foundation Conference Center (4801 Rockhill Road, Kansas City, Missouri - Kansas City Room)

Session 4: Consultations
April 2019 (In mid-April there will be an individual consultation session with each cohort participating organization).

Session 5: Storytelling With Purpose
May 3, 2019 (8:00 a.m. - Noon)
Location: Kauffman Foundation Conference Center (4801 Rockhill Road, Kansas City, Missouri - Paseo Room)

Session 6: Putting It All Together - Lessons Learned
June 7, 2019 (12:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.)
Location: Kauffman Foundation Conference Center (4801 Rockhill Road, Kansas City, Missouri - Brush Creek Room)

*Because learning circles rely on the value of participant interaction it is critical for participants to commit to the full schedule.

The cost for this cohort is $1,500 per organization. Note: As part of your registration, an organization has the option to bring a second person to the sessions if they choose. When you go online to register just put down the main contact and we will follow up with you to see if you want to include a second person.

MARCH 2019


Workshop 
Creating and Implementing the Annual Development Plan 
UMKC Midwest Center for Non- Profit Leadership
Mar. 7-8 & Apr. 4-5, 2019
8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
The key to a successful fund raising effort is the annual development plan, which uses a variety of fund raising techniques spread over an entire year to provide the funds needed to carry out the organization’s mission. This course details each fund raising technique then teaches the student how to blend them into an annual development plan.

Workshop
The Basics of Effective Board Service: Preparing to Make a Difference
UMKC Midwest Center for Non- Profit Leadership
The Basics of Effective Board Service is a 3-session introductory board member development program of the Midwest Center for Nonprofit Leadership at the University of Missouri - Kansas City. This distinctive program draws upon the nationally-noted expertise of the faculty of the Midwest Center and a diverse group of experienced board leaders from across the Greater Kansas City community to help prepare current and emerging leaders to serve effectively as members of nonprofit and public service boards, commissions, and task forces. Note: we are also giving participants the option to attend our Pre-Governance Conference Local Workshop for no extra fee.

Session 1: The Basics of Board Work
Saturday, March 9, 2019 (8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.)
Location: UMKC 4747 Troost Building - Conference Room 210

Introduction to Nonprofit and Government Boards
Governance, Policy, and Strategy
The Legal Dimensions of Board Work
The Core Responsibilities of Boards
Voices From the Boardroom

Session 2: Show Us the Money! Getting and Using It Wisely
Saturday, March 16, 2019 (8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.)
Location: UMKC 4747 Troost Building - Conference Room 210

Board Roles in Fund Raising and Development
Financial Leadership and Accountability
Reading and Using Financial Reports
Voices From the Boardroom
Session 3: Organizing for Successful Board Work
Saturday, March 23, 2019 (8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.)
Location: UMKC 4747 Troost Building - Conference Room 210

Boards and How They Are Organized
Boards as Teams
What It Takes to be an Effective Board Member
Developing an Effective Board-Staff Partnership
The Passion to Serve: Finding the Right Match
Voices From the Boardroom
Optional Session: Local Governance Workshop
Wednesday, April 10, 2019 (1:30 to 5:00 p.m.)
Location: Kauffman Foundation Conference Center - Town Square Room

Fee Information: $75 per participant (the series fee includes an extensive set of reference and resource materials).


Workshop
Evaluation Learning Cohort: Making Sense of Your Programs Impact
UMKC Midwest Center for Non- Profit Leadership


Nonprofit organizations are asked to demonstrate their impact by funders, boards, and the communities they serve. As nonprofits pursue more evidence-based strategies to assessing their impact, the magnitude and expense of program evaluation becomes clear. In order to alleviate the burden on nonprofits, the Midwest Center for Nonprofit Leadership is excited to announce its next offering of the learning cohort on program evaluation. In this learning cohort, participants will evaluate one of their programs, from evaluation design to data collection, from data analysis to reporting.

Cohort Session Schedule
Session 1: Introduction to evaluation. Determine the question you wish to study for your organization's needs. Conduct a literature review of your topic of study.
March 14, 2019 (8:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.)
Location: Kauffman Foundation Conference Center (4801 Rockhill Road, Kansas City, Missouri - Troost Room)

Session 2: Design your study. Based on knowledge gained in your literature review determine what data you will collect. Determine how you will collect data and design your collection instrument(s) mindful of analysis requirements. Determine who you will collect the data.
April 25, 2019 (8:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.)
Location: Kauffman Foundation Conference Center (4801 Rockhill Road, Kansas City, Missouri - Troost Room)

Session 3: Consultation
May 2019 (In mid-May there we will be an individual consultation session with each cohort participating organization.)

Session 4: After data has been collected, learn how to analyze, interpret and report your findings.
June 13, 2019 (8:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.)
Location: Kauffman Foundation Conference Center (4801 Rockhill Road, Kansas City, Missouri - Brush Creek Room)

Session 5: Understand how to extend your evaluation design to other programs. Share your results. Celebrate.
July 12, 2019 (8:30 a.m. - Noon)
Location: Kauffman Foundation Conference Center (4801 Rockhill Road, Kansas City, Missouri - Troost Room)

*Because learning circles rely on the value of participant interaction it is critical for participants to commit to the full schedule.

The cost for this cohort is $1,500 per organization.

Workshop 
Prospect Research and Proposal Writing

UMKC Midwest Center for Non- Profit Leadership
Mar. 15 & Apr. 13, 2019 
8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
The most effective proposal writers have “done their homework.” They know the most likely funding sources for their agency and its programs, and they know what the grantmaker wants to see in a proposal. In this course, students will examine the relationship between comprehensive systematic prospect research and proposal writing. They will explore printed materials and databases that can help them find likely funding sources; study proposal writing techniques; and review samples of proposals that were actually funded.

Workshop
Direct Marketing and Direct Mail in Fundraising
UMKC Midwest Center for Non- Profit Leadership
 Mar. 22 & Apr. 26, 2019
8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Each organization has a unique place in the not-for-profit community, but is your organization positioned correctly with the constituencies you desire? Direct mail can be a valuable fundraising technique, but are you getting the most from your direct mail efforts? This course looks at both of these issues and provides valuable insights into these two key areas.

Workshop
Board Building and Preservation Planning Workshop for African American historic sites and museums
National Trust for Historic Preservation
Mar. 28 - Mar. 30, 2019
Application due February 1.
This two-day workshop is designed to address the specific needs of executive directors, trustees, and board managing African American historic sites and museums. Topic areas will include non-profit management, preservation planning, board development and fundraising strategies. Workshop facilitators will use highly interactive exercises, case studies, small group work, and assignments focused on the specific needs of participant organizations.

 

APRIL 2019


Workshop 
Collections Camp: Textiles 
American Association for State and Local History 
 
April 1-2

Do you have costumes and/or textiles in your museum collection? This two day workshop will focus on the care and conservation of textiles in museum collections. Spend time working with an expert to learn how to be a better steward of your textile collection.

Workshop 
Financial Leadership for Small Organizations: Using Financial Information Systems to Assess Organizational Financial Health
UMKC Midwest Center for Non- Profit Leadership
Date: April 23, 2019 (8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.)

Note: this offering is designed for organization with smaller budgets and/or for individual with little knowledge of the financial topics in the seminar's description listed below.
This seminar is a part of our Financial Leadership Program that consists of three seminars designed to strengthen your organizational leadership. This seminar's topics focuses on effectively using financial information to assess your organization's financial health.

Workshop 
Exhibit Makeovers
American Association for State and Local History 
April 29-30
Denver, CO 
Interpretive exhibits bring objects, images, and ideas to life for visitors through storytelling, diverse presentation media, and learning opportunities that engage multiple types of intelligence. In this workshop, you’ll learn the basics of exhibit planning, organization, text writing, and design. Drawing on resources of the host institution, working hands-on in small groups, you’ll experiment with ways to make exhibit content meaningful and memorable for visitors.

Workshop 
Financial Leadership for Medium to Large Organizations: Using Financial Information Systems to Assess Organizational Financial Health
UMKC Midwest Center for Non- Profit Leadership

April 30
8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

This seminar is a part of our Financial Leadership Program that consists of three seminars designed to strengthen your organizational leadership. This seminar's topics focuses on effectively using financial information to assess your organization's financial health.

 

MAY 2018


Workshop 
Project Management for History Professionals
American Association for State and Local History 

May 20-21
Moline, IL
Project Management provides valuable instruction in planning, managing and successfully completing projects of all types. In this workshop, you will learn how to implement internationally recognized project management principles in a history context. Instruction will cover all of the details in the four steps to successful project management:
Define (creating a project charter, setting initial objectives, identifying risks and constraints, and more)
Plan (developing a schedule, budget, etc.)
Manage (providing feedback, negotiating for resources and resolving differences)
Review (turning over deliverables, documentation and more)

Workshop 
Financial Planning Tools for Small Organizations: Budgeting and Cash Flow
UMKC Midwest Center for Non- Profit Leadership
May 22, 2019
8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
This seminar is a part of our Financial Leadership Program that consists of three seminars designed to strengthen your organizational leadership. This seminar's topics focuses on utilizing financial planning tools for budgeting and cash flow purposes.

Workshop 
Financial Planning Tools for Medium to Large Organizations: Budgeting and Cash Flow
UMKC Midwest Center for Non- Profit Leadership

May 30, 2019
8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
This seminar is a part of our Financial Leadership Program that consists of three seminars designed to strengthen your organizational leadership. This seminar's topics focuses on utilizing financial planning tools for budgeting and cash flow purposes.


JUNE 2019




Workshop
Collections Management and Practices
American Association for State and Local History

June 3-4 
Charleston, SC
Learn about your institution’s responsibility toward its collection, necessary policies and procedures, and the best practices of collection management. Through lively group discussions and hands-on activities, you will become familiar with current issues and trends to better understand how collections fit within the context of history organizations. The workshop will also explore the role of collections in exhibition and interpretation, the basic steps of collections management from acquisition to disposal, professional standards and ethics, conservation on a shoe-string budget, and the many resources available for collections preservation.

Workshop
Measurement and Evaluation for Fundraising Success and Social Impact
UMKC Midwest Center for Non- Profit Leadership
June 4 & June 25, 2019 
8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Nonprofit leaders can spend an enormous amount of time and effort creating evaluation models and reporting relevant data to funders to demonstrate positive social impact. Demonstrating success of a program or initiative is the basis for ensuring that a nonprofit has been a good steward of its mission and donated funds. However, the investment in building and fulfilling evaluation models must be commensurate with the funds awarded. This course will provide an overview of the planning and development of evaluation approaches that align well with the organization's and funder's needs. The course will introduce participants to the development and use of theories of change, logic models, dashboards, and similar methods for measuring social impact. The course will feature insights from program evaluators, funders and grant writers on the evaluation process. Students will prepare a basic evaluation model for a program or initiative and present it to their peers. They will also gain an understanding of how their evaluation tools fit into a broader context.

Workshop 
Specialized Nonprofit Financial Topics: Grants Management, Allocations, Audits, Form 990, Communicating Progress, Social Enterprise
UMKC Midwest Center for Non- Profit Leadership

June 19, 2019
8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

This seminar is a part of our Financial Leadership Program that consists of three seminars designed to strengthen your organizational leadership. This seminar's topics focuses on grants management, allocations, audits, the IRS form 990, communicating financial information to stakeholders, social enterprise and managing long-term financial health.

Workshop
Creating Programs for Teachers and Students
American Association for State and Local History

June 24-25
Austin, TX
Through a combination of presentations, discussion, hands-on activities, and take-home materials, this workshop addresses the elements of museum education and programming needed to create engaging, educational, and successful educational programming for students and teachers. Learn how to craft on site and outreach programming that is meaningful to the education community.




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