Nonprofit Support

2018-2019 Events

The UCA Division of Outreach and Community Engagement partners with United Way of Central Arkansas and Arkansas Community Foundation / Faulkner County to offer a series of professional development workshops for nonprofits and board members. All workshops are FREE and open to government and nonprofit professionals. If you have questions about the series, please contact Lesley Graybeal, Service-Learning Program Director, at 501-852-7416 or email her at

Marketing on a Dime
THURS; FEB 7 | 9:00-11:00 AM | UCA Downtown
Shelby Fiegel (Managing Director, UCA Center for Community and Economic Development)
You don’t need a mass marketing budget to maximize your organization’s communication power! With a little elbow grease and creativity, there are many free to low-cost tools you can utilize to effectively share your story with your internal and external stakeholders. 

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Board Development Workshop: New and Prospective Board Member Training
THURS; FEB 28 | 1:30-3:30 PM | UCA Downtown
Shelley Mehl (Executive Director, Arkansas Community Foundation / Faulkner County) and Lesley Graybeal (Director, UCA Service-Learning Program)
Are you interested in serving on a nonprofit board, or have you recently begin serving on a nonprofit board? The Arkansas Community Foundation / Faulkner County and UCA Service-Learning Program will offer a training for new and prospective nonprofit board members. Participants will learn about the impact of volunteer boards, the roles and responsibilities of board members, and principles of nonprofit governance. A panel of nonprofit leaders and board members will provide insights into the successes and challenges they have experienced, and participants will leave with a better understanding of how to maximize their community impact as a member of a nonprofit board.

Panelists include 

  • Kristy Carter, Director of Marketing for Outreach and Community Engagement at UCA and Bethlehem House board member
  • Phillip Fletcher, executive director of City of Hope Outreach
  • Don Greenland, Vice Chair/Strategic Growth Officer for Nabholz and current Vice Chair of the Arkansas Community Foundation State Board
  • Maret Cahill Wicks, Executive Director of United Way of Central Arkansas
  • Kim Williams, Executive Director of the Conway Downtown Partnership

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Difficult Conversations: How to Discuss What Matters Most
FRI; MAR 8 | 9:00 AM-12:00 PM | UCA Downtown
Amy Hawkins (Director, UCA Center for Teaching Excellence)
Based on the book by the same name, this training explores the anatomy of difficult conversations and equips participants with a five-phase process for preparing for and navigating difficult conversations. Participants will gain high impact strategies for their conflict resolution toolkit.

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Serving Latinx Communities
THURS; APR 4 | 9:00-11:00 AM | UCA Downtown
Itzel and Nancy Velazquez (Faulkner County LULAC – League of United Latin American Citizens)
This workshop will help leaders of nonprofit organizations identify the challenges of reaching the Latinx community and equip nonprofits to find and create ways to overcome these barriers, concluding with a fun introduction to conversational Spanish.
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NWA Nonprofit Regional Training
FRI; MAR 15 | 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM |
Simmons Great Hall, JBU, Siloam Springs, AR
Nonprofit organizations in the northwest Arkansas region are invited to attend a training hosted by UCA and the Siloam Springs Chamber of Commerce. Topics covered will include grant writing with Claire Allison of the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville, fundraising with Jody Dilday of the Arkansas Community Foundation, and storytelling with Hilary Trudell of the Clinton School of Public Service.
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*Participants may purchase lunch at JBU cafeteria or bring their own lunch.

Online Professional Development for Nonprofits
Various Start Dates | Online
Cost Varies

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UCA offers six-week, instructor-facilitated online courses through Ed2Go on a variety of topics relevant to nonprofits, including

  • Introduction to Nonprofit Management
  • A to Z Grantwriting
  • Event Planning
  • Fundraising for Nonprofits
  • And more!

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