Nonprofit Workshop Series

The UCA Division of Outreach and Community Engagement and United Way of Central Arkansas are offering a series of workshops geared specifically toward the needs of our local nonprofit agencies.

All workshops are FREE and open to nonprofit professionals. All workshops will be held in the Brewer-Hegeman Conference Center on the UCA campus. If you have questions about the series, please contact Lesley Graybeal, Service-Learning Program Coordinator, at 501-852-7416 or email her at

Save the Dates for 2015-2016!


October 6, 2015
– UCA Service-Learning Community Partner Breakfast 8:00 am – 12:00 pm

Phillip FletcherPlease join us for a breakfast workshop on the theme of poverty, featuring insights from keynote speaker Phillip Fletcher of City of Hope Outreach and a panel of UCA service-learning faculty members. Be inspired in the work that you do, collaborate with other local nonprofits, contribute your voice to UCA’s service-learning initiatives, and meet the new faces in Outreach!

Keynote Speaker Bio | Registration Closed

November 3, 2015 – Poverty Awareness Institute 8:30 am – 11:00 am

Michelle FordMichelle Ford, Program Director of Arkansas Preschool Plus, will lead an interactive workshop focused on the theme of poverty. The Poverty Awareness Institute will open your eyes to your perceptions of poverty and provide you with tools to impact your community to strengthen families living in poverty through a series of simulations, activities, and discussions.

Registration and refreshments from 8:30-9:00 am; Program will begin promptly at 9:00.

Facilitator Bio | Registration Closed

February 2, 2016 – Avoiding Burnout 8:30 am – 11:00 am

Do you have a hard time separating your professional and personal lives? With professional identities, goals, and responsibilities that overlap with their lives outside of work, many nonprofit professionals experience burnout at some point in their career. In this interactive workshop, presenters Shelley Mehl, Nicole Burk, Ashley Mann, and Susan Webb and will walk participants through several different strategies for avoiding burnout, from exercise to meditation to project management. Come find a strategy that works for you!

Facilitator Bios | Registration Closed

March 1, 2016 – Fundraising for Nonprofits 8:30 am – 11:00 am

Kelly FlemingKelly (Ford) Fleming, Director of Development at the Arkansas Arts Center, will share insights on fundraising for nonprofits based on her extensive experience and lead a workshop tailored to participants’ fundraising needs. Be sure to register early for this enlightening event!

Facilitator Bio | Registration Closed

April 5, 2016
– Using Social Media to Promote Your Nonprofit 8:30 am – 11:00 am

Drew SpurgersSocial media outlets like Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram are increasingly important for capturing the attention of millennial volunteers, interacting with the community, and providing timely information to all web users. Come learn from Drew Spurgers of Kangabloo Creative and try out best practices for how your nonprofit can get started with social media or sharpen your social media plan.

Facilitator Bio | Registration Closed