Training

Training Catalog

Tuesday

9:30 - 11:30 AM

Trainer

Mary Ellen Calvert

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Course Description

This webinar presents an overview of The Alliance EIA-Excellence in Action © Certification Program.  Based on The MS Alliance Principles & Standards for Nonprofit & Philanthropy Excellence©, this signature training program helps nonprofit and philanthropy leaders, staff, board members, and volunteers evaluate and improve their operations, governance, organizational culture, human resources, advocacy, financial management, fundraising, and program delivery.

Participants hone their leadership, governance, and management skills through a unique cohort experience, working closely with faculty and their peers to identify concrete strategies to improve the performance of their organizations. Core topics are:

  • The Value of Good Governance, Accountability, and Advocacy
  • Nonprofit Finances, Fundraising, and Evaluation
  • People Who Serve: Nonprofit Human Resources, Volunteer Management, and Strategic Alliances

Key Learning Objectives

  1. See an overview of The MS Alliance Principles and Standards for Nonprofit & Philanthropy Excellence©
  2. Learn about the components and outcomes of the Excellence In Action© (EIA) Certification Program.
  3. Understand how and why EIA is built upon The Alliance Principles & Standards.
  4. Develop an understanding of the benefits of EIA Certification.

Wednesday

9:30 - 10:30 AM

Trainer

Christie Lawrence

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Course Description

All organizations go through a “rough patch,” or crisis one time or another. It is just a normal part of business – even for a nonprofit organization. According to John Maxwell, international leadership guru, “Bad leadership during a crisis precipitates a faster fall while good leadership offers steadiness and perseverance.” This course is based on John Maxwell’s “Leading Through Crisis” course and offers core principles of managing a crisis situation, a visual of what real crisis leadership looks like, and identifies the importance of successful thinking habits.

Key Learning Objectives

  1. State practical ways to maneuver through times of difficulty and adversity.
  2. Identify the steps to effectively battle distractions during times of crisis and stress.
  3. Describe at least two characteristics of what real leadership looks like in a crisis.
  4. Identify three of the six stages of crisis management.
  5. describe three of the seven tips or guiding principles for leading through a crisis.
  6. Understand the impact of adopting successful thinking habits to think their way through any crisis.

Friday

12:15 - 12:45 PM

Trainer

Nancy Perret

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Course Description

Already have your GuideStar profile updated and want to make it sizzle? During this session, we’ll talk about “Getting to Gold” and “Getting to Platinum” – and how to make your online profile on GuideStar stand out to funders and donors. Adding program and outcomes information will tell them how you are making a difference. Videos and still shots can show your impact. And information about your board and staff, strategic plan, and approaches to diversity and inclusion demonstrate leadership in your field.

Key Learning Objectives

  1. Participants will understand the information needed to attain and retain Gold and Platinum seals of transparency.
  2. Participants will have a working knowledge of how to update their profiles to reach these levels.
  3. Participants will know how to add video and photographic content and other supplemental content to their profile.

Monday

2:00 - 3:30 PM

Trainer

Christie Lawrence

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Course Description

Are you frustrated because you are not getting the results you or your organization need?  Are you spending time and money communicating externally about your organization, but you realize your staff or board members do not correctly communicate what your programs and services are? Or are you just tired of applying for grants and never getting them?

If you answered YES to any of the questions above, this course is for you!

This is a basic course to help you understand what effective communication is, common mistakes organizations make in their communication efforts, and some best practices you should implement to improve your communication for greater impact.

Key Learning Objectives

  1. Define what is effective communication.
  2. Highlight the various communication mediums.
  3. List five to eight common communication mistakes they should avoid.
  4. Describe examples of bad communication.
  5. Name three to five communication best practices.

Wednesday

2:00 - 3:30 PM

Trainer

Mazarine Treyz

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Course Description

Coming so0n.

Key Learning Objectives

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Friday

12:15 - 12:45 PM

Trainer

Pam Confer

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Course Description

Our cultural experiences determine how we see the world we live in (and how we use the crayons in the box). This seminar is an introduction to the many faces that contribute to our world— dispelling myths, clarifying truths, and fostering a sincere, winning spirit.

Key Learning Objectives

  1. Understand the subtle ways that bias occurs.
  2. Identify instances of devaluing others through small, subconscious behaviors and micro-inequities.
  3. Establish a framework to increase inclusion at the organizational level.
  4. Recognize different ways of conveying respect.

Tuesday

9:00 - 10:30 AM

Trainer

Billy Wear

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Course Description

As the challenges continue to arise, grow, and intersect, business as usual will no longer suffice. Philanthropy is being called upon to respond in unprecedented ways to a world wracked by a pandemic, economic instability, and racism.

According to Candid, Mississippi was home to 302 foundations with assets of $1.6 Billion
and giving of $102.3 Million in 2017. Although impressive, this amount of giving will need coordination to ensure it is used most equitably and effectively considering these new pressures.

How you organize your responses to issues like food insecurity or the housing crisis without continuing to disproportionally affect people of color in Mississippi requires coordination that must rely on concrete data about who else is working on these issues, where are there gaps, and what more is needed.

Join the Mississippi Alliance and Candid for a grantmaker session that will showcase important tools for your organizations to grapple with your role within this increasingly complex ecosystem, and how to contribute your data to see the full picture.

Key Learning Objectives

  1. Learn about important tools like Candid’s Covid-19 Response Map that is tracking philanthropy’s response to the Corona Virus in Mississippi
  2. Understand the role of contributed data in informing important decisions and conversations across the sector
  3. Learn how to share your grants data to ensure that the sector has the most current, complete, and accurate data from which to coordinate responses.

Thursday

1:00 - 2:30 PM

Trainer

Jan Eastman

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Course Description

Many board members struggle with understanding their responsibilities and performing their jobs for the nonprofit they serve. This webinar covers what the board members need to do, how to do it, and how the Executive Director can help them.

Key Learning Objectives

  1. Understand the concept of stewardship of a nonprofit organization.
  2. Learn the ethical, legal, and fiduciary responsibilities of board members overarching the operations of the organization.
  3. Understand the six main jobs of the board while applying the National Principles and Standards of Nonprofit and Philanthropy Excellence©.

Friday

12:15 - 12:45 PM

Trainer

Pam Confer

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Key Learning Objectives

  1. Identify the elements of cultural competence in the workplace
  2. Increase your understanding of your own cultural background and how it affects your perceptions and interpretations of other cultures
  3. Recognize the three dimensions of cultural awareness when interacting with other cultures
  4. Develop the skills needed to practice respectful and caring behavior toward culturally diverse individuals and groups

Course Description

Inclusion is the key to effectively activating diversity within organizations. Participants will demonstrate an understanding of the principles of diversity, and leave with strategies for deploying them throughout the decision-making process.

Monday

1:00 - 2:30 PM

Trainer

Donna Marcum

 

Key Learning Objectives

  1. Learn what you need to do before you set up a nonprofit organization
  2. Taxes – which ones are NPOs exempt from
  3. Federal payroll taxes must be paid timely and correctly

Course Description

Nonprofit organizations are subject to all of the same regulations as for-profit businesses, plus others that are specific to the nonprofit world. There can be requirements for general operations, payroll and staffing, programs, and governance. You may be liable for reports, taxes, and fees to State, Federal, and other regulators.

Thursday

1:00 - 2:30 PM

Trainer

Pearl Shaw

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Key Learning Objectives

  1. Learn the organization-wide questions you need to ask so your organization is best positioned to operate, thrive, and raise funds in changing times
  2. Learn what to include in the case for support.

Course Description

Fundraising during times of change means you must ask meaningful questions of your organization, its mission, work, and the community you serve. Whether it is COVID-19 or the Black Lives Matter Movement, you cannot continue with “business as usual.” Learn the questions you need to ask as you prepare to fundraise during times of change. And learn how to create a compelling case for support.

Knowing how much money your organization needs to raise is not enough–a case for support is a must for any campaign. A well-written case is an externally focused document that should be clear, concise, and compelling, and communicates your organization’s role, vision, and what it seeks to achieve.

Friday

12:15 - 12:45 PM

Trainer

Rachel Glazer

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Key Learning Objectives

  1. Participants will be able to take compelling photos and related media using a cell phone.
  2. Participants will be able to develop a plan for capturing high-interest moments during their volunteer events.
  3. Participants will be aware of best practices for gaining volunteers’ consent for using their images.

Course Description

This training will equip participants with basic photography tips for taking photos on the ground during volunteering events, specifying on how to take high quality, compelling photos using cell phones. We will also cover strategies for being proactive about capturing moments that can be used for future promotion or grant applications, empowering volunteers to take on the role of photographer, and best practices for obtaining consent for using people’s images.

Monday

1:00 - 2:30 PM

Trainer

Jan Eastman

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Course Description

Your budget shows expected revenues, support, and expenses for one year. In these challenging times, modifying and using your budgets for cashflow management and fundraising is critical.

Key Learning Objectives

  1. Modify a budget in response to changes in revenue streams and expenses.
  2. Use the budget to manage cashflow.
  3. Use the budget for grant writing and fund development.

Wednesday

10:00 - 11:30 AM

Trainer

Portia Espy

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Key Learning Objectives

  1. Participants will be able to identify challenges facing ED women of color.
  2. Participants will be able to state ways they can meaningfully advocate on behalf of more women of color in ED roles.
  3. Participants will be able to identify core leadership skills that they can employ in their workplace.

Course Description

The Executive Director Roundtable series is an opportunity for leaders of all levels to come together and learn and reflect on what it takes to create sustainable organizations that will be able to have a long term impact. Participants will have the opportunity to hear wisdom and insight from some of the most influential and veteran leaders in the nonprofit sector as well as new leaders who are working as hard as they can to set themselves and organizations up for success.

This month’s ED Roundtable will focus on ED women of color. We are living in a time when new voices need to reach leadership roles, particularly from communities that have long been marginalized and fight against systemic racism and sexism. While some growth has been made in recent years, it is not enough. Join us as we examine what barriers to success still exist, what pitfalls to avoid, and what keeps these amazing women fighting and succeeding in the face of systemic barriers (on top of those that face any ED).

Friday

12:15 - 12:45 PM

Trainer

Pam Confer

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Key Learning Objectives

  1. Establish a company culture that encourages employees to create an outstanding customer experience.
  2. Identify ways to show customers you care and to make every customer interaction memorable.
  3. Explore techniques for de-escalating issues and developing loyal customers through effective problem resolution.

Course Description

This seminar reviews the principles of good customer service and examines the role of the service provider. Participants will leave armed with strategies to create value-added experiences for internal and external customers.

Cost Structure

1 Training = $25

2 Trainings = $40 Total

3+ Trainings = $15 Each

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