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

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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Managing Volunteers and Capturing Your Impact with GivePulse
TUES; MAR 3 | 9:00-11:00 AM | UCA Downtown
Lesley Graybeal (UCA Service-Learning Program)
Volunteers are essential to any nonprofit organization, not just to assist with operations and special events, but to raise awareness about your work in the community. When it comes to attracting volunteers, ease of access to opportunities and consistent communication are key. GivePulse provides a free volunteer management tool for nonprofits to create events, manage volunteers, and track the impact of volunteers with your organization. Learn how you can use this tool to more effectively engage UCA students and community members in your organization’s work. Can’t attend this training, but want to start using GivePulse? Email Lesley at to schedule an individual training!
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Board Development Workshop Series
TUES; FEB 11, 18, & 25 | 1:00-3:00 PM | UCA Downtown
Bring your board members and join the Arkansas Community Foundation / Faulkner County for one or all sessions:

  • Session 1: New & Prospective Board Member Training (Shelley Mehl, Arkansas Community Foundation / Faulkner County) – What does it take to serve on a nonprofit board, and how can you make a difference in your community as a board member? This session is idea for community members who have recently joined a board or are interested in new ways to serve the community.
  • Session 2: Are You Grant-Ready? (Josh Markham, UCA Sponsored Programs & Barrett Petty, PhD, Petty Consulting Group) – Nonprofit leaders and board members will be introduced to tips and tools for successful grant applications and capturing your impact in the community.
  • Session 3: Strategic Doing (Shelby Fiegel, UCA Center for Community and Economic Development) – Don’t just strategically plan with your board– strategically do! This session will involved nonprofit leaders and board members in an innovative approach to successfully setting a goal and achieving it with a group.

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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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