East Central College’s Nonprofit Leadership Institute, a partnership between ECC’s Center for Workforce Development and the Nonprofit Services Center, will offer several events in the weeks ahead to strengthen nonprofit organizations in the area.

A three-part grant writing workshop is scheduled to start Monday, April 30. It will continue May 7 and 14, meeting from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. each day at the training center on ECC’s campus in Union.

The workshop will be useful for beginners as well as moderately experienced professionals.

Participants should come with a project in mind and will finish the workshop with at least one solid, measurable outcome and other parts of a proposal.

Gwenne Hayes-Stewart will be the workshop facilitator. She has 20 years of executive experience in nonprofit management, revenue generation, fiscal management, leadership of professional staff, strategic planning tied to fund development and creation of collaborative partnerships with like-minded organizations in Iowa and St. Louis.

During her 15-year tenure as executive director of Gateway Greening, the St. Louis-based organization, it grew from a small grassroots organization to one overseeing more than 220 community and youth gardening programs on vacant lots, church- and schoolyards, homeless shelters, correctional facilities and public parks.

She started the Great Perennial Divide and created the collaboration of City Seeds Urban Farm. Hayes-Stewart owns For Granted Services, a consulting service for area nonprofits

The registration fee for the workshop series is $325 for the general public.

There is no cost to individuals from organizations that are members of the NPLI. Scholarships are available through the Franklin County Area United Way for its funded agencies.


A board member forum is set for Friday morning, May 11.

At that event, leaders of nonprofits boards in the region can meet their peers, review best practices and discuss the challenges they share.

The forum is designed for board presidents or other board members with their executive directors. The goal for the session is for leadership teams to come together to collaborate with other providers in an engaging facilitated discussion.

The forum will meet from 7:30 to 9 a.m. in the Training Center at ECC in Union. Breakfast is included. There is no charge for the forum for nonprofit organizations that are members of NLPI. The cost to nonmembers is $150 which includes attendance at the May 11 forum and another scheduled for Friday, Oct. 12.

To register for the grant writing workshop or board member forum, or to learn more about other activities coordinated by the Nonprofit Leadership Institute, call Gretchen Pettet at 636-239-0598 or email npli@eastcentral.edu.

ECC’s Center for Workforce Development has partnered with the Nonprofit Services Center, Franklin County Area United Way, Rotary Club of Washington, ECC Foundation, and the Economic Development Center at ECC to provide a variety of seminars, workshops and networking events for nonprofit professionals and board members.