The Center for Nonprofit Leadership


Drury University’s Center for Nonprofit Leadership provides public relations and integrated communications services to support area nonprofit organizations in fulfilling their missions and achieving their goals. The center serves 501(c)(3) charitable organizations.


The 2018 Nonprofit Leadership Conference brings together industry leaders for one of the largest gatherings of nonprofit professionals in the state. This year we will be focusing on Building a Strong Foundation, ensuring that every aspect of our work is supported by a healthy organization and inspired by our mission. You'll hear from industry experts on meaningful topics and issues facing all types of organizations. Engage with a diverse group of your peers from a variety of nonprofits including foundations, charities, faith-based, health care, education, museums, associations, and government agencies.

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The 2018 Volunteer Ozarks Workshop, presented by the Center for Nonprofit Leadership and GO LEAD, introduced the new Volunteer Ozarks website. Volunteer Ozarks is a collaboration between KY3, United Way of the Ozarks, Community Foundation of the Ozarks, the City of Springfield’s Give 5 program, and Drury University’s Center for Nonprofit Leadership. It seeks to connect volunteers with local nonprofits to meet the needs of our community. We know nonprofits and volunteers are an invaluable part of the Ozarks. That is why we aim to engage our community members with good causes to bring about positive change. Check it out and get your organization registered today!

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The first annual Southwest Missouri Nonprofit Excellence Awards were held on Thursday, March 1, 2018. These awards honored the passionate individuals who play an important role in improving our communities through nonprofit organizations. 

About the Awards     2018 Winners


Drury University and Missouri State University are conducting a joint research study to better understand poverty in the Springfield area. Information from the surveys will be used to produce a community report, which will be distributed in print and electronically.

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This study serves as a companion report to Drury University’s 2014 Nonprofit Impact Study and focuses on congregations as part of the nonprofit sector and their engagement in social services, volunteer activity, and other forms of civic activity. It also complements the Missouri State University studies on social capital and civic engagement by exploring how congregations foster member interaction (bonding social capital) and member engagement with the community (bridging social capital).

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Master in Nonprofit and Civic Leadership

As the nonprofit and civic sectors experience rapid growth in scope and influence, there is an increasing need for well-trained men and women who can lead with passion and strategy. The Master of Nonprofit and Civic Leadership is an interdisciplinary program that brings students together with hands-on experience.

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"Volunteerism: A Study of the Springfield Area" Available for Download

The Center for Nonprofit Leadership presents "Volunteerism: A Study of the Springfield Area," an in-depth look at the significant impact of volunteerism. The 30-page study explores who volunteers are (demographics), what they do, their motives for giving, and the importance of their contributions.
It also examines how nonprofit and civic organizations rely on volunteers.

The report is available to download at no charge.

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