• 1 Day Event


    2018 Nonprofit Leadership Forums

    , . Starting at

    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.


    Hattiesburg Breakout Sessions to Include:

    Raise Awareness & Build Your Online Community Through Social Media
    Brook Jones (Red Door Marketing Agency)


    Topics of discussion:

    • Building your BOLD online Brand and Community.
    • Choosing the best social media platform to connect and engage with your supporters/advocates.
    • Creating a strategic social media schedule with compelling content, images, and posts.
    • Measuring the impact of social media for your organization.


    Brook Jones is a seasoned marketing expert and the CEO/founder of Red Door Marketing Agency with 18 years of experience in marketing, public relations, healthcare, real estate, non-profit, entrepreneurship and start-ups. She has spearheaded international marketing campaigns, educated local businesses on the importance of brand and marketing strategies, and helped companies increase their customer engagement and brand awareness through social media.

    Fired Up Fundraising
    Jo G. Prichard (Mississippi Center for Nonprofits)

    This workshop delivers proven tips and tools for doing just that—motivating your team to share your vision and secure the support you need. Learn how to approach, ask, thank and build ongoing partnerships with your donors and how to get your Board more involved in cultivating key donors.


    Jo G Prichard helped found the Mississippi Center for Nonprofits in 1992 to provide our state’s nonprofit with the training and resources they need to succeed and today serves as Executive Director of the Center.  Over the last three decades Prichard has worked with hundreds of Mississippi nonprofits to improve their fundraising, boards of directors, leadership and program success. Prichard is a graduate of Mississippi State University and the Harvard Business School and has held leadership roles in Mississippi corporations, foundations, United Ways and nonprofits.


    Board Boot Camp
    Michael Dozier

    Nonprofit boards need to strengthen their skills, engagement and leadership to adapt to increasing demands of this rapidly evolving environment. The Board Boot Camp workshop offers essential training for new and experienced board members, providing them with practical information, resources, and tools that they can use immediately to further their organizations’ missions. 


    Michael Dozier’s professional expertise consists of serving as a former President & CEO of several community-based nonprofits throughout the State of Mississippi. He has managed over 287 employees and has managed budgets of over 14 million dollars per year. Currently, Dozier is Chariman and CEO of Carrington, Holland  & Leigh, a full service nonprofit firm specializing in helping nonprofit, community-based and faith-based leaders move their organization forward through effective fundraising, planning, management and governance. He has previously worked in state government as a Project Grant Administrator and currently serve as a workshop facilitator and presenter in grant writing, fundraising, board development, strategic planning and nonprofit start-up.  Dozier is a certified grant reviewer and writer and was selected in 2005 by the Mississippi Business Journal as Outstanding Nonprofit CEO.


    Making an AmeriCorps Workforce Work for You
    Judy Stein (Volunteer Mississippi), Devin Bellman (TRIAD AmeriCorps program), Sylvester Crosby (TRIAD AmeriCorps program), Maribeth Lee (Campus Link 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.


    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 the Training, Resource, and Information for Advancement of Disability (TRIAD) AmeriCorps program at the Institute for Disability Studies at The University of Southern Mississippi, SR1 (Scientific Research), and Campus Link 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 Michael Dixon (Greater Pine Belt Community Foundation), Tracie Fowler (United Way of Southeast Mississippi), Lloyd Gray (Phil Hardin Foundation), Rodger Wilder (Gulf Coast Community 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.