Center for Non Profit Communications

Center for Nonprofit Communication to Host Free Seminar on Financial Accountability

The Drury University Center for Nonprofit Communication will host a free half-day seminar on financial transparency and accountability for nonprofit organizations on Friday, Jan. 31.

There will be three sessions conducted by CPAs from local accounting firm Elliott, Robinson & Company, LLP. They include:

  • “I’m not an Accountant!” – Clarifying the Confusion
  • Protecting Organization Assets with Internal Controls
  • Ten Things to Consider When Filing IRS Form 990

There will also be a panel discussion and Q&A session with the CPAs.

“There are hundreds of non-profit organizations in the greater Springfield area and most do a good job when it comes to fiscal accountability,” said Dan Prater, director of the CNC at Drury. “But very often the difference between right and wrong isn’t always clear. We believe going over some best practices can be of great help to non-profit leaders and boards members.”

Holding the seminar free of charge keeps the barrier to entry low for even the smallest organizations, and is in keeping with the CNC’s mission to enhance the impact of non-profits in the area.

The event is 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Friday, Jan. 31, at the Findlay Student Center on the Drury campus in Springfield. Participants can register online at The registration deadline is Jan. 25. For more information about the event, contact Dan Prater at 417-873-7443 or

More information about the CNC can be found at

Drury to host conference for nonprofit leaders

Springfield, Mo., October 7, 2013 — Hundreds of community leaders representing organizations from Missouri, Kansas, and Oklahoma will gather Thursday, October 17, at Drury University for the 2013 Nonprofit Communication Conference.

The one-day annual conference, presented by the Drury University Center for Nonprofit Communication, will feature training on a variety of sessions including public relations, technology, crisis communication and fundraising. Representatives from many of Missouri’s largest health systems, universities, charitable and civic groups will be in attendance.

According to the IRS, there are more than 1,700 registered nonprofit organizations in Springfield – including many of the region’s top employers. A recent study revealed there are more than 50,000 people employed every day in Springfield nonprofit organizations.

The 2013 Nonprofit Conference, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., will held in the Trustee Science Center on the Drury University campus. Greg Burris, Springfield city manager and Dr. David Manuel, new president of Drury University will present opening comments; session speakers include Dr. Scott Helm, University of Missouri- Kansas; Christy Maxfield, CEO of The Mission Center in St. Louis; Dr. Paul Thomlinson, vice president of Burrell Behavioral Health, and many others.

Conference cost is $35 per person, and includes lunch by Panera Bread and refreshments by Krispy Kreme. Registration is online at

Major conference sponsors include Great Southern Bank, KPM Accountants, Panera Bread, CARES magazine, and Fundraiser Software.

For more information, contact conference organizer Dan Prater by calling 417-873-7443 or by emailing