Nonprofit Support

2020-2021 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

Board Member Basics
Jan 19 | 2-3:30 pm | Online Workshop
Shelley Mehl, 
Lesley Graybeal, Charlotte Green, Don Greenland, Aaron Knight, Jackie Wright
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If you are looking for a way to serve your local community and support causes that you care about, serving on a nonprofit board is one of the best ways to make a meaningful impact. But what does board service really mean? UCA Outreach and the Faulkner County affiliate of the Arkansas Community Foundation will provide training on board member basics to walk you through the typical roles and responsibilities of a board member, the importance of nonprofits having diverse and inclusive boards, experiences and insights from a panel of current board members on how to make the most of your time on a nonprofit board. 

Equipping Nonprofit Boards for Donor Development
Feb 2 | 2:00-3:30 pm | Online Workshop
Ashley Coldiron, Jessica Crum, 
Jessica Hughes, Drew Spurgers, Pete Tanguay
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No matter what your nonprofit’s mission or daily operations look like, fundraising makes up at least some of your revenue stream, and in the current economic climate, innovative approaches to fundraising needs are more important than ever. Whether a nonprofit has a dedicated development team or an all-volunteer staff, board members can provide some of the creative energy, professional expertise, and community networks needed to expand your organization’s approach to fundraising. This workshop offered by UCA Outreach and the Faulkner County affiliate of the Arkansas Community Foundation for nonprofit leaders and board members will consider how board members can better leverage their own skills and assets to support nonprofits’ fundraising and donor stewardship, as well as how nonprofits and board members can use social media to communicate with donors year-round.

Recorded Webinars & Workshops

UCA & Hendrix Community Partner Summit
Sept 8 | 12-2:30 pm | View Recording | Agenda and Speakers
This event will begin with a big-picture overview of COVID-19 in Arkansas and the lasting impacts of the pandemic on ALICE (asset-limited, income constrained, employed) Arkansans and immigrant communities, and will conclude with information sharing from Conway nonprofit leaders and interactive breakout sessions for nonprofits and faculty to discuss opportunities to collaboratively address ongoing and anticipated local challenges. This event is a collaboration between UCA Outreach, Hendrix College, the UCA Poverty Studies Working Group, United Way of Central Arkansas, and the Arkansas Community Foundation / Faulkner County.

Fundraising During COVID-19
Sept 22 | 1:00-2:30 pm | View Recording | Ashley Coldiron, Ben Goodwin, and Sarah Riffle
Join Ashley Coldiron (Arkansas Community Foundation), Ben Goodwin (Our House), and Sarah Riffle (Arkansas Food Bank) for a panel discussion with nonprofit leaders about the unique challenges of fundraising during the COVID-19 pandemic and how organizations can adapt their fundraising strategy to sustain their operations through economic adversity.

Cross-Cultural Alliances in the Community
Oct 13 | 1:00-3:00 pm | View Recording | Dr. Candice Barnes
As communities become more diverse, it is critical to engage in a deep and continual exploration of self and others to deepen understanding of an individual’s narratives and identity perceptions. This allows one to activate thinking, behavior, and action to create an ethos to build cross-cultural alliances. These types of alliances are balanced on humility, inclusion, and equity practices. Non-profit organizations are uniquely positioned to demonstrate de-biasing, decoupling, and mindset changes—three countermeasures to foster the development of strong alliances, effective advocates, and intentional allies.  

Virtual Event Planning
Nov 11 | 1:00-2:30 pm | View Recording | Erin Wood, Julee Jaeger, and Kristy Carter
The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the way that nonprofit leaders and event planners in all sectors are able to conduct events, from fundraisers to professional development. Join Erin Wood, Julee Jaeger, and Kristy Carter for a panel discussion of how they have successfully planned a variety of virtual events, including the Women Make Arkansas Virtual Market, a Moms Demand Action virtual advocacy event, and Women’s Leadership Network virtual workshops and networking events.

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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