Friday, September 27, 2013

"Data-Driven Decision-Making" Program Followup

Thanks to ARCHS Wendell Kimbrough and Steven Brawley for their excellent and helpful presentation about collecting and managing data for nonprofits last Wednesday. For attendees or others interested in more information about some of the topics they covered, we recommend the following books from SLPL:
  • Balanced Scorecard, Step-by-Step for Government and Nonprofit Agencies by Paul R. Niven
  • Nonprofit Dashboard, A Tool for Tracking Progress by Lawrence M.Butler
  • Benchmarking in the Public and Nonprofit Sectors by Patricia Keehley & eil Abercrombie
  • Benchmarking for Nonprofits How to Measure, Manage, and Improve Performance by Jason Saul
  • Nonprofit Organizational Culture Guide by Paige Teegarden, Denice Hinden & Paul Sturm
  • Developing a Learning Culture in Nonprofit Organizations by Stephen J. Gill.
    +++ For anyone who missed our session, The Foundation Center will offer a webinar on Using Data for Improvement (Otherwise There's No Point in Collecting It!) Oct. 29,  from 1- 2:30 pm (CST), $95 per enrollee. It's the last of a 4-part October webinar series: Outcome Thinking and Management.  Go to for more info and to sign up.   

Monday, September 9, 2013

Learn about NPO Data-Driven Decision Making Here 9/25

Weds. Sept. 25,  Data-Driven Decision Making. 1-3pm, Central Library's 2nd floor training room. Nonprofits are challenged to find ways to manage hundreds, if not thousands, of pieces of program data each year, data that drives important decisions about program design, management, and evaluation.  If your  job includes finding and/or managing data for a nonprofit, come find out how ARCHS’ “Collective Impact” model is used to collect and analyze data to support your mission. ARCHS  will share best practices, give advice for making course corrections, discuss how to foster a culture that embraces data and suggest how data can  be best presented to tell your stories. Cosponsored by ARCHS Area Resources for Community & Human Services. This program is free but prerigistration (by emailing or calling 314-539-0357) is strongly recommended since the class is filling fast. 

Friday, September 6, 2013

September 2013 Classes at NPML at UMSL

Two really helpful classes coming up this month:
  • Thurs. 9-19, 3-5 pm, Accounting for Non-Accountants: Understanding Financial Information in a Nonprofit Organization, J. C. Penny Conference Center at UMSL, $30.  Taught by Emily McLean of The Mission Center L3C. Call Mattie at 314-516-5655 to register.
  • Fri. 9-20, 9-4, How Effective Evaluation Techniques Can Refresh Your Volunteer Program, JC Penny Conference Center,  in conjunction with MVMA, $70 for nonMVMAmembers, (lunch included), call 314-516-6590 or go to

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Lead with Your Strenths: AFP PreConferences, Conference, Classes

Get comprehensive fundraising training at Lead With Your Strengths, AFP St. Louis' annual regional conference,  Sept. 25,  8-5 at the Renaissance St. Louis Airport Hotel. Cost for the daylong event, including luncheon keynoter Joanne Smikle of Smikle Training Services  and attendance at 4 expert-led break-out sessions in 5 possible  Training Tracks (individual giving, executive strategies, communications, Grants and New Trends) is $195 for nonmembers.

+ Be sure to come by the Central Library- Grants & Foundation Center booth at the Conference to say hello and find out about specific helps for fundraisers available here!

  •  Take  the 2-day-long CFRE Exam Review Course on 9/24 & 9/24, 8-5-- $500 for NonAFP members
  • Fundraising 101 & 102 classes on 9/24, 8:30 - 3, $109 for non-members
Scholarships are available for the conference, the review course and the 9/24 classes, if you apply by Friday, 9-13. Register at

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

September 2013 --Opportunities for STL NPO Pros

  • 9/10 -- CSPRC lunch meeting: Content Management with Ed Mayuga, 11:30 - 1:15, $40 for nonmembers, Sheraton Clayton Plaza,
  • 9/10 -- GPA Regional Chapter lunch meeting: Program Evaluation with Julie Kapp, 11:30 - 1:30, Central Reform Congregation, e-mail for details
  • 9/24 -- CSPRC Speed Networking with YNPNSTL -- 5:30 - 7:30 pm, SqWires Restaurant,$5 for members, $10 for guests, rsvp at