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Fundraising Leadership Series

Friday, October 15 @ 8:00 am - 4:00 pm • Organized By Midwest Center for Nonprofit Leadership - University of Missouri-Kansas City
5108 Cherry Street, Kansas City, MO 64110


The Fundraising Leadership Series provides development professionals with essential leadership skills to be a strategic leader in their organization. The unique design of this certificate series, co-created with nonprofit leaders, recognizes the central role of development in a nonprofit’s culture, strategy, and communications. Over the course of 8 weeks, participants will engage with other development professionals in an interactive program that builds their capacity as organizational leaders and changemakers.

Beginning October 15, development professionals will embark on a 6 session, 8-week journey. Each session utilizes proven management tools and applied development scenarios to build leadership expertise through empathetic reasoning, problem solving, and the ability to manage disruption. The Fundraising Leadership Series equips participants with essential leadership tools like:

– GEMBA Walks
– Data Decision-making
– Prototyping
– Storytelling

Upon completion, development professionals will have applied experience in their organization’s context with critical leadership tools. Additionally, they will exhibit the capacity to better lead strategic development operations in nonprofit organizations.

Program Details

Module 1 – Building a Culture of Philanthropy (October 15, 2021)
Often development responsibility falls on a small segment of people siloed from the organization’s operations. Building a culture of philanthropy assists and supports participants to lead and manage development activity to and for all within the organization.

Module 2 – Designing the Long Game (October 22, 2021)
A hallmark of a nonprofit’s success lies in its ability to design an inclusive strategic planning process. This is equally true for a successful development operation. Designing the long game equips participants with the tools to develop, articulate and assess a strategic plan for the fund development operation that works within the organizations larger strategic plan.

Module 3 – Building a Sustainable Development Model (October 29, 2021)
Making strategic development choices demands understanding the financial situation of the organization. In building a sustainable development model, participants will be given the tools to consume financial information and build development strategies that pave the way to organizational sustainability.

Module 4 – Developing & Strengthening Talent (November 12, 2021)
Developing & strengthening talent provides participants with tools to assess talent, build a culture that maximizes talent, and cultivate leadership within the development function of your organization.

Module 5 – Strategic Communications (November 19, 2021)
When we say development, how many people think of the ask? Well, the ask is the part of the iceberg above water that you see, building audience accounts for the 90% of the iceberg that goes unseen. In strategic communications, participants will be equipped with the tools essential for building a bigger, better audience.

Module 6 – Into Action (December 10, 2021)
Leadership programs are often long on content and short on action. In the final session of the Fundraising Leadership Series participants will build strategies and plans for implementing learning in their organizations.

In addition to the six modules, participants will also receive 2-hours of coaching, ensuring they are making progress towards program completion.

Program Logistics:
Each module is delivered from 8 am to 4 pm. Built with the busy nonprofit leader in mind, participants will be able to participate virtually or in-person with the Bloch School’s RooFlex technology. Virtual participants are able to have an immersive experience, engaging seamlessly with participants and faculty in the classroom. The sessions will be held at the UMKC Bloch Executive Hall (5108 Cherry Street, Kansas City, Missouri 64110) – Room 414.

Current Masking Policy:
Due to the rising incidence of COVID-19 infections in our community, and based on the latest guidance from local health experts and the city of Kansas City, the face-coverings policy is to require staff and visitors to wear masks on campus.

MCNL has a limited number of partial scholarships that can be applied to the registration fee for most of our programs. Apply for a scholarship using our online form.

Cancellation and Transfer Policy:
Full refunds will be given when cancellations are made at least five working days before the first session. A $50 cancellation fee will be deducted from refunds when notification occurs fewer than five working days before class begins. No refunds will be made after the first session has begun. You may transfer your registration by contacting MCNL at (816) 235-5720 or

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By attending the event, you are giving MCNL permission to use photos and videos from the workshop in future promotional materials.


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5108 Cherry Street
Kansas City, MO 64110
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