ECC Announces Establishment of Nonprofit Leadership Institute

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Pictured above: (in no particular order), are Colleen Himmelberg - Nonprofit Leadership Institute facilitator; Anne Lieber - Developmental Services of Franklin County; Eileen Chalk and Donna Grahl - St. Francis Borgia Regional High School; Paula Obermark - Franklin County United Way; Glenda Volmert and Janice Weatherly - Franklin County Court Appointed Special Advocates; Lisa Bell - Buddies not Bullies; Jennifer Slay - Foundation for Franklin County; Patricia Schuba - Franklin County LEO; Teresa Connelly - Foundations for Franklin County; Deb Giffin - Community Success Initiative; Annie Schulte - Franklin County Community Resource Board; Deborah Cooper - Nonprofit Services Center; and Debby Breeden, David Hood, Gretchen Pettet and David Ruggeri - ECC.

First training session set for Feb. 27

Union, Mo - East Central College’s Center for Workforce Development, working with the Nonprofit Services Center of St. Louis, has established the Nonprofit Leadership Institute.  The Institute is a support program to enhance and strengthen nonprofit organizations throughout the college service region.

“The College and Nonprofit Services Center believe that nonprofit organizations are an integral piece in the development of communities that sustain and enrich the lives of the people within them,” said Gretchen Pettet, executive director of ECC’s Center for Workforce Development.  “With the establishment of the Institute we plan to provide workshops, roundtable sessions, community forums, networking and other activities to help nonprofit professionals and board members enhance their individual and organizational performance.”

Pettet noted that one of the goals in establishing the NPLI is to help build sustainable organizations that can navigate through economically turbulent and technologically challenging times.

Membership for an organization is $600.  That fee includes six preregistrations for any of the three-hour training sessions, a single preregistration in the three day grant writing workshop, an organizational advisement/coaching session, participation in the quarterly Executive Director Roundtables, participation in the semi-annual board member forums and a reduced price for additional attendees in NPLI coursework available through East Central's CWD.

“Nonmember organizations can participate in a pay as you go model and build their own ala carte training and networking plan,” Pettet said.  “Individual pricing for nonmembers will be $60 per training session, $325 for the three-day grant writing workshop, $150 to participate in the Executive Director Roundtables and $150 to participate in the board member forums.”

“We are grateful to the entities that have partnered with us to launch this initiative,” stated Pettet.  “The Franklin County Area United Way and Nonprofit Services Center have been invaluable resources, as have the Economic Development Center based out of ECC’s Business Department.”  Pettet noted that financial assistance has been provided by the Rotary Club of Washington and the ECC Foundation.

First Training Session to Deal with Development of Fund Raising Strategies

The first training session is set for Monday, February 27.  That event will focus on developing fundraising strategies.  Colleen Himmelberg will lead that workshop which will take place from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the ECC campus in Union.

Organizations that survive solely on grants or special events will find the session useful as they look to diversify their overall fundraising plan.   Participants will have Himmelberg’s guidance and support as they develop vital planning documents, and will leave the workshop with an understanding of the components involved in a written plan.  They can then begin personalizing their resource development objectives, which can be implemented immediately.

Himmelberg brings more than 20 years of professional experience in the nonprofit sectors of higher education and health care. She has devoted time as a volunteer leader serving on community boards including the Washington Area Chamber of Commerce, Rotary and religious institutions. She also brings volunteer knowledge from organizations such as United Way, Habitat for Humanity, Humane Society and a variety of other nonprofit organizations.

Upcoming workshop topics will focus on project development and evaluation, social media, volunteer program management, employee performance management and board engagement.  For more details on NPLI membership or to register for the February 27 training, contact Pettet at 636-239-0598, ext. 2955 or email