About the Center for Nonprofit Leadership

Our Mission

The mission of the CNL is to enhance the quality of life in Southwest Missouri by partnering with nonprofit organizations to help maximize their impact.

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Who We Are

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 key component of our mission is to partner with nonprofits to help maximize their impact; in doing so, we increase the training and service-learning opportunities for Drury students and expand the university’s commitment of service to the community and the world.

What We Do

Under the direction of full-time faculty, student teams develop and implement research-driven communications campaign strategies and tactics for partner nonprofits. Specific needs of the nonprofit set the goals for each team’s effort.

Organizations we assist focus on issues such as children and families, early education and child welfare reform, health care, women’s equality, reproductive rights, global population, the environment, voting, civil rights, housing, poverty, and immigration.

Nonprofit Need

Nonprofit organizations work directly with underserved and impoverished communities supporting a range of fields including education, the environment, public health, the arts, and other critical areas. One of their greatest challenges is communication; telling their story to stakeholders from the general public to lawmakers. These organizations often lack resources in management, development, and personnel.

The Drury University Center for Nonprofit Leadership will assist these organizations by providing both resources and training.