Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Nonprofit Essentials at St. Louis Community College - Fall 2016

In addition to the FREE courses on offer at St. Louis Public Library (have you signed up yet? see our prior blog post for more info...), here is what St. Louis Community College has for nonprofit professionals this fall (not quite free, but still very reasonably priced) - click here for their website & more info.

Thursday, August 4, 2016

Summer vacation is winding down - here are our Fall 2016 GFC course offerings:

Back by Popular Demand:
August 23, 2016, 3:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Tuesday, September 6, 4:00 - 5:30 p.m.
    • Nuts & Bolts for Success and Sustainability
Tuesday, September 13, 4:00 - 5:30 p.m.
NEW Programs:
  • Nonprofit Capacity-building through Partnering with Universities: Discuss ways to interface with universities and graduate students to support capacity-building in your organization.  Christine Berg and Peggy Neufeld, Washington University School of Medicine faculty, describe a service-learning model that supports non-profits in programming, evaluating, building community partnerships, using research literature and evidence when writing grants, and training staff and volunteers. 
Wednesday, October 26, 4:00 - 5:00 p.m.
  • Had Enough of Campaigns? Don’t worry – we'll be talking about fundraising campaigns. Dan Reynolds,  Managing Partner of Holmes, Radford & Avalon, Inc., a St. Louis-based campaign consulting firm, will present the following 2 courses:
    • The Importance of a Pre-Campaign Feasibility and Planning Study: In this session, you will learn about the purpose and benefits of conducting a feasibility study for your organization.  We will discuss how this tool helps to clarify how you need to position your campaign for success, who will help to lead it, and opportunities for leadership gifts.
      Tuesday, November 29, 4:00-5:30 p.m.
    • Hallmarks of a Successful Campaign: Now that you’ve developed your roadmap for your campaign, Dan will walk you through the elements and factors that define campaign success.  He will guide a discussion about the stages of a campaign and lessons learned from the field.
      Tuesday, December 13, 4:00-5:30 p.m.
To register, call, email, or go to the SLPL calendar – hope you can join us!

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

FREE Courses Online at St. Louis Public Library


Did you know that the library offers FREE interactive, instructor-led online courses on a variety of topics, including several related to nonprofits? Offered through Gale Courses, new sessions start monthly (a new one starts next week on July 13!) and run for six weeks.

For info about the courses generally, click here. To navigate there yourself, go to slpl.org, then select "Online Learning & Reference", then "Online Learning", then "Gale Courses @SLPL" (if you don't get distracted by "Mango Languages" - 71 to choose from!)

Searching for the word "nonprofit" yields this list of 6 courses (click on link to get more information): 
  • "Starting a Nonprofit"
  • "Nonprofit Fundraising Essentials"
  • "Introduction to Nonprofit Management"
  • "Marketing Your Nonprofit"
  • "Get Grants!"
  • "A to Z Grant Writing"
If you take one (or more) of the courses, we'd love to hear what you thought. Happy learning!

Friday, July 1, 2016

From NSC: July training opportunities & a fall conference with early bird pricing through 7/15

Sharing some info from our friends at Network for Strong Communities about 2 July trainings and a conference in the fall (reduced pricing through July 15!)



Social Media for Nonprofits

 Date: July 13, 2016

Time: 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Location: Network for Strong Communities

Price: $40


About the Workshop:


Take your social media marketing to the next level! 

The rules of getting the word out about your nonprofit and the work you do are changing as fast as the social media platforms available. Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, LinkedIn, Snapchat...which ones are right for your organization and how can you maximize the time and effort invested in using them? Join PR professional Amanda Galloway as she covers the basics of communicating with your most important audiences through social media. You will learn:

  • The strengths and weaknesses of top social media platforms
  • How to select the right platforms for your message
  • Tips for social media messaging
  • Setting budgets for social media promotion


Join us for a workshop that will provide you with the basics of social media!

About the Presenter:

 Amanda Galloway

Amanda Galloway is a public relations and marketing professional with over 20 years of experience working with nonprofit clients such as the Missouri Association for Community Action, the Community Foundation of Greater Saint Louis, Kids Count, Hoyleton Children and Family Services, and the Deaconess Foundation. She is a graduate of the University of Missouri School of Journalism and has owned her own PR firm, Amanda Cook Public Relations, since 2010.


Maximizing Outcomes and Program 

Learning Through Process Evaluation


Date: July 20, 2016

Time: 9:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Location: Network for Strong Communities

Price: $50

About the Workshop:

Take your outcome evaluation to the next level! 

We all know how important it is to measure our outcomes in today's nonprofit environment. And nothing is more disappointing than carefully planning our outcome measurement strategies, then learning at the end of our evaluation that we fell well short of where we wanted to be. This workshop is intended for people who have a good foundation in outcome evaluation but who are interested in exploring/going deeper into aspects of process evaluation in order to better understand results for program improvement. A good process evaluation (carefully tracking and reflecting upon activities/outputs in real time) will help you analyze your outcomes more effectively, and help address program challenges before they lead to disappointing outcomes.

Join us for a workshop that will provide you with an advanced understanding of outcome evaluation!

About the Presenter:

Leslie Scheuler, PhD

Leslie has more than 20 years' experience in organizational consulting with specialties in assessment, strategic planning, program design, data-based decision making, and collective impact. She is a top-tier professional, working with clients such as the US Department of State, the Missouri Foundation for Health, Monsanto, and the Cardinals Care Foundation. She has a PhD in Social Science Research and a Masters in Social Work from Washington University and is the author of more than 120 published reports and articles.




October 17 & 18, 2016

Join NSC, top presenters in the nonprofit industry, funders, and over 300 attendees from the nonprofit and private sectors for the Momentum Conference, a two-day, multi-state event that will highlight innovative thinking on community collaboration and build the capacity of leaders.

Early Bird Pricing available through July 15.

Register now and save!

NSC's 2016 Momentum Conference is a first-of-its-kind event that will draw nonprofits, funders, community leaders and volunteers from the multi-state area. This can't-miss event provides a space for attendees to network, learn and walk away with valuable information to increase their capacity for community work. Highlights include:

  • Nationally-known keynote speaker Vu Le is an executive director, blogger and humorist who will share his thoughts on the power of networking.
  • NSC will present the first-ever Paulie Awards, recognizing four nonprofits from different regions of Missouri who have impacted positive change through collaboration. *Application details to be announced soon!
  • A panel of experts will energize the room with expert commentary on topics surrounding the theme of a connected community network.
  • Vendor Village will showcase the latest products and knowledge in the nonprofit industry.
  • Break-out sessions will be led by knowledgeable professionals from the nonprofit community and the private sector.

Visit NSCnow.org for full details and registration links.