Tuesday, June 30, 2015

7/15/15 Financial Basics for NPOs Session Open

Do you help determine or  your nonprofit organization's spending for programs and operations? If you are new to a nonprofit business organization, or especially to its board of directors, OR if you'd just like a refresher class on 1) reading financial statements, 2) best budgeting and cash management practices, or 3) current public financial accountability requirements, we hope you'll try to attend Nonprofit Financial Basics, Weds. July 15, 2-4 pm to be offered free, here in the Training Rm. at Central Library. 
Mary Kay Lofgren
Stacy Peter
CPAs Mary Kay Lofgren and Stacy Peter, both managers in the nonprofit division at RubinBrown LLC, will guide participants through the informal class, which is sponsored at the G&FC annually  by UMSL's NPML program. 
Hope you'll let your non-accountant friends know about it and come or send a proxy if you can.
Register here.

Monday, June 15, 2015

NPO Pro Award Open

CSPRC is seeking nominations for 2015 Nonprofit Professional-of-the-Year through June 26. Anyone working in the nonprofit communications, marketing, development or management in the St. Louis region is eligible.
Find out more and place your nomination HERE. Recent honorees include Mary McMurtry (2014) of the Greater St. Louis Community Foundation and Carol Weisman (2013) of Board Builders. The award, includes a complimentary 1-yr. membership in CSPRC.

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Missouri Common Grant Application 6/17/15 Orientation

Nonprofits considering submitting grant applications to foundations that accept the Missouri Common Grant Application (CGA) are invited to a free 90-minute orientation to the CGA process June 17 at the Nonprofit Services Center office. Gateway Center for Giving coordinated development of the Missouri CGA will also explain how to use it most effectively. The  CGA allows grantmakers and grantseekers to work from a common set of questions and definitions that reinforce solid nonprofit and philanthropic practices. 
Register for this event here

The common grant application format has been adopted by groups of grantmakers in various locations. to allow grant applicants to produce a single proposal for a specific community of funders. Note: CGA's do not represent separate pools of grant money, just a more efficient way of applying to the participating funders. Click Here for  Foundation Center links to some 17 CGA's around the country.

Monday, June 8, 2015

Finding a "Grant Writer" for your NPO

The G&FC can help you find lots of  information in books or at local or online classes about how to write grant proposals, but if your nonprofit is not in a position undertake grantwriting yourselves,  we highly recommend this June 23 class: How to Hire a Grant Writer offered by NSC and taught by Kent Hornberger. Kent will provide answers to such questions as:

  • Should you outsource grant writing or keep it in-house?  
  • Do you need just a "writer" or are you looking for a grant professional to find opportunities, work with staff to prepare proposals and manage grants? 
  • What qualifications, experience and expertise should a grant consultant/writer have? 

  • How much should you pay? 
  • What are the compensation models you can use to negotiate an offer?   
Kent Hornberger is immediate past-president of the St. Louis Regional Chapter of the St. Louis Regional Chapter of the Grant Professionals Assn. E-Mail Karen Cassidy or call  (314) 308-7823 for information about this group's informative monthly programs which are open to nonmembers.