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    2018 Nonprofit Leadership Forums

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    Connecting Communities and Leaders to Resources

    Volunteer Mississippi, the Mississippi Center for Nonprofits, and the Mississippi Association of Grantmakers have joined forces to present three regional forums filled with valuable knowledge, tools, and resources for nonprofit organizations. The forums will be held in Tupelo, Hattiesburg, and Jackson, and each forum will consist of breakout sessions on topics such as marketing & communications, social media, fundraising, and volunteer management. 


    BOOST your fundraising and grant-seeking success from veteran fundraisers who have helped nonprofits raise millions of dollars. 

    CREATE an active social media identity for a proven and cost-effective way to tell your story, engage with supporters, and get results. 

    MAXIMIZE your impact with a powerful volunteer workforce.

    MEET key foundation and corporate funders from your region and learn how to best approach them for support.

    NETWORK with professionals from nonprofit organizations, government, business, foundations and more. 


    Dates & Locations:

    Tupelo - September 25 - Bancorp South Conference Center

    Hattiesburg - October 11 - Lake Terrace Convention Center

    Jackson - October 31 - Hilton Hotel County Line Road

    Forums are 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Breakfast and lunch will be provided.

    Registration is $45 per person (2nd person from same organization can attend for only $25). 

    Please click your desired city from the list above to be redirected to the registration page. Note: some sessions and presenters will vary at each location.


    Tupelo Breakout Sessions to Include:

    Where to Find the Money and How to Get It!
    Jan Eastman (MindShare of NEMS)

    Gifts to nonprofits from individuals, corporations and foundations in the U.S. total more than $400 billion per year. How do you secure more of these funds for your nonprofit and your programs?  Learn proven keys to boost your grant-seeking success. Take home key secrets for grant research and writing.

    Jan Eastman, owner and CEO of consulting firm MindShare of Northeast Mississippi, has more than thirty years’ experience working with nonprofits in Louisiana and Mississippi assisting with fund development, financial management and leadership development.

    Hidden Treasures and Land Mines in Your Financial Statement
    Jan Eastman (MindShare of NEMS)

    Audited or not, prepared by you or by a bookkeeper or accountant, your nonprofit organization needs to produce financial statements, and it’s critically important for you and your board members to understand how to interpret them and avoid the land mines and take advantage of the treasures.

    Storytelling for Impact – A Two-Part Workshop for Nonprofit Leaders
    Alison Fast & Chandler Griffin of Blue Magnolia Films

    1. Visual Storytelling Using Your IPhone or IPad
    2. Framing Stories for Impact


    What are the building blocks of effective storytelling? How do we engage new technologies such as iPhones with social media to broadcast our impact? Join filmmakers Alison Fast and Chandler Griffin of Blue Magnolia Films for a two-part workshop to hone your message and learn new ways to share it. 

    Since 2005, Chandler Griffin, a fifth-generation Mississippian and Founder of Barefoot Workshops and Alison Fast, a Peabody-winning producer, Founder of Blue Magnolia Films, have hosted international documentary film and photography workshops in Mississippi with participants from twenty-four countries. Together they have played a seminal role in the development of Mississippi as a unique destination, surfacing new assets and making visible the rich character of people and communities. They have brought their unique storytelling approach to diverse communities as well as state agencies, including Mississippi Main Street, Mississippi Arts Commission, Mississippi Humanities Council, Mississippi Office of Creative Economy, Mississippi Arts Commission, Mississippi Film Office, Mississippi Heritage Trust and Visit Mississippi.

    Making an AmeriCorps Workforce Work for You
    Judy Stein (Volunteer Mississippi), Gwen Woodson (Grenada School District AmeriCorps program), Olivia Morgan (Mississippi College Corps)

    Nonprofit organizations across Mississippi are helping to solve more serious social problems by engaging local citizens in AmeriCorps service. Hundreds of AmeriCorps members are improving academic success for thousands of Mississippi’s pre-K through high school students, restoring parks and public land, promoting healthy eating in elementary schools, educating youth and adults about opioid abuse prevention, providing youth sports programming, helping adults develop job skills and find employment, and teaching children with disabilities how to live healthy, active lives.

    Judy Stein, Volunteer Mississippi’s Senior AmeriCorps Program Officer, will provide in-depth knowledge on how AmeriCorps members can enhance the work of your organization. Experienced program staff from Grenada School District and Mississippi College Corps will share how their AmeriCorps programs have impacted their communities, and how they successfully manage the process of obtaining funding and operating an AmeriCorps program.

    Meet the Funders Panel
    Featuring Melinda Tidwell (President of United Way of Northeast Mississippi), Mike Clayborne (President of the CREATE Foundation), and Kathryn Ragsdale (Toyota Motor North America Corporate Communications), plus Diane Williams and Sondra Lee-Bell (Mississippi Arts Commission)

    Our "Meet the Funders” panel will give you the unique opportunity to meet key funders from your region and get their coaching on how best to approach them for support.  You’ll have the opportunity to network with these individuals and learn what they fund and how to make your “ask”.

    Download informational flyer.