• 1 Day Event


    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.


    Jackson Breakout Sessions to Include:

    Storytelling for Impact: A Two-Part Workshop for Nonprofit Leaders
    Part 1 - Visual Storytelling Using iPhones
    & Part 2 - Framing Stories for Impact
    Alison Fast and Chandler Griffin (Co-founders of Blue Magnolia Films)

    What are the building blocks of effective storytelling? How do we engage new technologies such as iPhones with social media to broadcast our impact? As nonprofits enter a new era of technology you will be challenged to articulate your mission and values within a competitive media landscape. There is a need to educate and empower your nonprofit to share your stories in compelling ways, using the latest tools and technology to make your impacts more visible to those within and beyond your current networks. Join filmmakers Alison Fast and Chandler Griffin of Blue Magnolia Films for this two-part workshop where you will learn how to hone your message and discover 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. Explore their latest films on Facebook @bluemagnoliagilms, and Vimeo https://vimeo.com/bluemagnoliafilms. Follow them on Facebook @BlueMagnoliaFilms.


    How to Get Major Gifts
    Derek Alley (Arthur Alley)

    Large or major contributions can have a very positive effect on your organization's mission and programs. In this session with Derek Alley, we will learn how to plan a major gifts program to include necessary phases; identify prospective major gift contributors; rank prospective major gift contributors to maximize fundraising effort and effect; and create donor-specific strategies.


    Design with Data: Using Research to Design Effective Programs & Increase Your Funding Base
    Dr. John Green, Lynn Woo, Annie Cafer (Center for Population Studies at the University of Mississippi)

    Grant proposals that get funded are those that clearly describe a critical community need and back it up with verifiable data. In Design with Data, experts from the University of Mississippi Center for Population Studies will discuss and provide information about online sources that have the most relevant, up-to-date data to help you describe and document your local community needs. Speakers will focus on a variety of sources and strategies, with particular emphasis on Vital Records and Statistics, American Community Survey, and the Mississippi Health and Hunger Atlas; all sources that provide county-level statistics relevant to your community and your program.


    Making an AmeriCorps Workforce Work for You
    Judy Stein (Volunteer Mississippi), Dorlisa Hutton (SR1 AmeriCorps program), Ronjanett Taylor (America Reads - Mississippi AmeriCorps program)

    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.

    For the Jackson Nonprofit Leadership Forum session, 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, Ronjanett Taylor (America Reads - Mississippi AmeriCorps program) and Dorlisa Hutton (SR1), will also 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 representatives from Blue Cross & Blue Shield Foundation, 
    Community Foundation for Mississippi, Entergy, Junior League of Jackson, Trustmark National Bank, and W.K. Kellogg Foundation.

    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.


  • Friday


    May '19

    3:00 pm

    1 Day Event


    Opportunity Fair at Celebration of Service

    Hilton Jackson

    Friday, May 31 '19. Starting at 3:00 pm


    On May 31, 2019, Volunteer Mississippi will host our annual Celebration of Service event honoring over 300 AmeriCorps Mississippi members of all ages and backgrounds who will complete their terms of service this year. These members engage and support Mississippians all over the state in service to their communities.


    Upon successful completion of their service, full time AmeriCorps members are eligible to earn the Segal AmeriCorps Education Award which may be used to pay for higher education expenses or applied towards qualified student loans.


    You can help these members prepare for their "Life After AmeriCorps" by participating in our Opportunity Fair during the Celebration of Service event on May 31, 2019. This is the perfect time to share information about your business or education opportunities.


    Please register by MAY 10. A prompt response will ensure you a booth reservation with one table, two chairs, and lunch for up to two people. The fair will be 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

    Click here to register to be an exhibitor.