Nonprofit Support

2019-2020 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

Productive Conflict for Organizations and Communities:
Critical Thinking and Listening in Conversation about Poverty

MON; OCT 14 | 1:00-3:00 PM | UCA Downtown
Melissa Maxcy Wade, Jim Wade, Liz Lundeen, and Leslie Zorwick (The Glenn Pelham Foundation)
This workshop teaches participants how to communicate effectively, listen critically, and, most importantly, create space for disagreement.
Community and organizational leaders who embrace disagreement and regard differences of opinion as opportunities for growth and increased understanding will find their teams more resilient and prepared to meet challenges head-on. We will examine productive conflict in the context of conversations about poverty—an issue facing our community and at the center of many organizational missions. Participants will learn to think about this pressing social issue in new and complex ways. Using productive conflict, participants will consider methods of combating poverty that differ from those they have embraced previously; they will explore diverse perspectives and learn the value of weighing the advantages and disadvantages of various proposals. As participants truly engage, listen to, and learn from one another, they will come away with a more nuanced understanding of the issue at hand. They will also take away a flexible, repeatable process for engaging in productive conflict that they can use in their professional and personal lives.
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Effective Time Prioritization
WED; NOV 13 | 9:00-11:00 AM | UCA Downtown
Sharon Lanier (American Heart Association / Arkansas Flight)
Nonprofit leaders have to wear many hats; this workshop teaches the skills necessary to improve time management, prioritization and organization of tasks, better workflow, and increase productivity.
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Everyone Communicates, Few Connect
WED; FEB 5 | 9:00-11:00 AM | UCA Downtown
Fredierick Smith (Thoughts to Ink)
Connecting increases your influence in every situation. Learn how to identify with people and relate to others in a way that increases your influence with them. To be a successful leader, you need to learn to communicate in a way that connects with others. If you can connect with others—one-on-one, in groups, and with an audience—your sense of community improves, your ability to create teamwork increases, and your influence skyrockets. People who connect with others have better relationships, experience less conflict, and get more things done than those who cannot connect. Leaders who have learned the art of connection are able to communicate their ideas persuasively, establishing buy-in and attracting followers.
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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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