The grant renews a 2-year-old effort to help the center reach more Kansas City-area nonprofits, particularly with assistance for data analysis and research.
The grant renewal comes in the center’s 25th year of operation. The University of Missouri Board of Curators established the center in 1991 to focus on improving education and operations of not-for-profit organizations. The center operates as a unit of the Henry W. Bloch School of Management.
Since its founding, more than 1,000 nonprofit and government agencies or their boards have used the center’s services, and more than 60,000 people have participated in its educational classes on such subjects as nonprofit financial management, program evaluation and fundraising.
“The grant reflects the Kauffman Foundation’s renewed interest in supporting the nonprofit community in Kansas City,” said center director David Renz. “We were fortunate to have the foundation’s support in our early days, then for several years the foundation hadn’t been funding this kind of work in Kansas City, so we’re delighted to have their commitments again.”
Renz said the center focuses on helping nonprofits improve their ability to evaluate the effectiveness of their programs, something that is especially hard for small and midsized organizations to have the time or tools to do.
The new two-year grant will be used to add a “learning circle” course structure to help nonprofit managers evaluate program effectiveness. The course is designed to provide up to 20 nonprofits with a four-hour class each month for six months, with monitored work activities in between classes.
The classes will cover market analysis, employee and customer satisfaction information, performance evaluations, board assessments, and overall program evaluation.
For information about the nonprofit classes, call 816-235-2305 or go to mcnl.org.