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Organizers of Go Lead say the first year of the program was a success. Go Lead provides training for people who work for non-profit organizations. As KSMU's Missy Shelton reports, the program is gearing up for its second year.
Organizers of Go Lead say the first year of the program was a success.
Go Lead provides training for people who work for non-profit organizations.
In its first year, Go Lead had 55 participants, both staff members from non-profits and people who serve on the boards of non-profits.
Gail Melgren is the program's coordinator. She says the goal is to provide practical information.
Go Lead offers two tracks. One for newcomers who want to learn the basics about non-profit management and one for more seasoned managers.
Lloyd Young is professor emeritus at Missouri State University and helped develop Go Lead. He continues to advise the program.
He says track one is a good opportunity for future community leaders.
The Go Lead track that focuses on the basic operations of non-profits includes sessions on management, strategic planning, finances, volunteer management, asset development, marketing, and human resources. Track two participants learn about the same topics but from a seasoned professional in the field who can speak about current trends. Program Coordinator Gail Melgren says the list of speakers who volunteer their time is impressive...from Jim Anderson, President of the Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce and former Springfield City Manager Tom Finnie to Greene County Commissioner Harold Bengsch to businessman Jack Stack.
Program advisor and sociologist Lloyd Young says it's critical to have well-trained leaders of non-profit organizations because they play such a key role in the community.
Go Lead classes begin in September.