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 Communications and Marketing Manager Sonia Smith.


Planned Giving and Major Gifts Solicitation
UMKC Midwest Center for Non- Profit Leadership

January 31, 2019 – 8:30am-4:30pm
February 29, 2019 – 8:30am-4:30pm
Few areas in the nonprofit community have received more attention than these two fundraising techniques, yet most professionals are still confused about how to use them. This two-day course offers specific insights into major gifts and planned giving and how to use them in your development plan.

MARCH 2020

Creating and Implementing the Annual Development Plan
UMKC Midwest Center for Non- Profit Leadership

March 6, 2020 – 8:30am-4:30pm
March 7, 2020 – 8:30am-4:30pm
April 3, 2020 – 8:30am-4:30pm
April 4, 2020 – 8:30am-4:30pm

The key to a successful fundraising effort is the annual development plan, which uses a variety of fundraising techniques spread over an entire year to provide the funds needed to carry out the organization’s mission. This four-day course details each fundraising technique and how to blend them into an annual development plan. For people new to fundraising, we recommend taking the Organizing for Successful Fundraising course prior to this course.

Prospect Research and Proposal Writing
UMKC Midwest Center for Non- Profit Leadership

March 13, 2020 – 8:30am-4:30pm
April 11, 2020 – 8:30am-4:30pm

The most effective proposal writers have “done their homework.” They know the most likely funding sources for their organization and its programs, and they know what the grantmaker wants to see in a proposal. In this two-day course, participants will examine the relationship between comprehensive, systematic prospect research and proposal writing.

Direct Marketing and Direct Mail in Fundraising
UMKC Midwest Center for Non- Profit Leadership

March 20, 2020 – 8:30am-4:30pm
April 24, 2020 – 8:30am-4:30pm

Each organization has a unique place in the nonprofit 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 two-day course looks at both of these issues and provides valuable insights into these two key areas of fundraising.

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