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Volunteer Northwest Mississippi is proud to partner with local nonprofit experts to offer trainings and workshops at little to no cost for your organization. Some of our past training topics include:

Upcoming Training Events

Can You Hear Me Now? Creating an Effective and Impactful Communications Plan for your Nonprofit

Feb 23, 2017 12:00pm


Can You Hear Me Now?: Creating an Effective and Impactful Communications Plan

Today, given the array of communications vehicles, many not-for-profits can struggle with telling their story in a planned and effective way. Consequently, there are lost opportunities to connect with prospective donors, funders, program participants and the community at-large.  

By attending this workshop, participants will develop skills and strategies needed to successfully “tell your story” in a meaningful way. Focal learning points include messaging, impact and how to assemble a short-term and long-term communications plan+.

Participants will also be asked to bring select organizational materials to the workshop to make this a hands-on learning experience.  

Where: Hernando Gale Center, 2601 Elm Street in Hernando

When: Thursday, February 23, 2017 from 12:00PM-2:00PM

Lunch is included in the cost of your registration. You are welcome to arrive at 11:30 to participate in a networking opportunity with other nonprofits and organizations.  

Get to Know the Workshop Presenter:

Christy M.P. Gilmour, Principal, Christy Gilmour Consulting
Christy M.P. Gilmour has over 20 years of multi-faceted and multi-cultural experience in government relations, education, medical communications, and non-profit campaigns and development. Christy's expertise spans the globe as she has practiced in Washington, D.C.; Chicago; Auckland, New Zealand; and Memphis, TN. Christy's strengths include strategy, leadership, philanthropy, and communications. Her passion is developing sustainability for the not-for-profit community, with a focus on good governance, public affairs, grassroots messaging, fundraising/development management, and as a non-profit consultant.
Christy has served in numerous governmental positions on Capital Hill, as a lobbyist for the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, as a travel writer, as the Executive Director of the Kappa Delta Foundation, and as a non-profit consultant.


Record Keeping 101 For Nonprofits

Mar 23, 2017 10:00am


Record Keeping 101 for Nonprofits

Non‐profit organizations, like for‐profit ones, need to retain certain records beyond current use needs, according to regulatory, legal, financial, and operational requirements. In this seminar participants will learn which documents, files, and records must be retained, how they should be filed and stored, when and how they should be destroyed, and how to make sure procedures are in compliance with government regulations.
In this content driven seminar, participants will learn:
1. The Benefits of Record Keeping
2. How to Create an Organizational Binder containing all the Important Documents your Board needs to have at its Fingertips?
3. How to Design and Implement a Workable Filing System
4. Hard Copy versus Electronic Copy
5. Record Retention and Destruction Policies and Procedures

 You must register for this workshop by using this link: or by clicking the blue button below.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.
Training Presenters
Jimmy and Tonja Caldwell have over 25 years of accounting and leadership experience in the nonprofit sector.    Their mission is to help nonprofit organizations stay in control of their mission by providing capacity building training and technical assistance.  They provide innovative and practical solutions that nonprofit leaders can implement immediately.  Jimmy and Tonja have helped create nonprofit organizations and churches and helped nonprofit organizations raise and manage several million dollars.  They maintain a resource website for nonprofit organizations at
This training is presented by Volunteer Northwest Mississippi and the Community Foundation of Northwest Mississippi. 



Volunteer Northwest Mississippi Community Partners