Nonprofit board and staff members have another chance to get some valuable training next week in Conway.

The Arkansas Nonprofit Alliance is partnering with the University of Central Arkansas' Center for Community and Economic Development to offer training to help nonprofits weather the challenges expected in the next few years.

Susan Meier of Meier and Associates will lead the training. 

Angie Albright, director of programs for ANA, recently answered a few questions about the training for our sister publication, Arkansas Business. Here is a little bit of what she had to say.

Arkansas Business: Why is this training so important?

Angie Albright: We are trying to address the needs we hear from nonprofits across the state that want to do better work with their board of directors. Nonprofits are getting more savvy and more sophisticated. They are ready to look at in-depth issues and learn how to manage them. We've been hearing for months they want more board training.

AB: What are some of the challenges you see nonprofits facing in the next few years?

AA: One is competing for fundraising dollars and resource development. Nonprofits continue to grow. When you add more nonprofits, you cut the fundraising pie into more slices. There is a professionalization of the sector that is occurring. People understand that nonprofits are an economic driver in terms of pay and economic needs that are filled and served in communities across the state. They need the staff to meet that. They want to professionalize. If we do good training, organizations do better serving communities.

For more from Albright, check out the story at Arkansas Business.

Registration is still open to attend the training, and can be completed online here. The price to attend is $65 for ANA members and $85 for non-members. Two members of a nonprofit can attend for the price of one, if a board member attends with a staff member, or vice versa. 

The training is scheduled for 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday at the Brewer-Hegeman Conference Center on the UCA campus in Conway.

For more information, contact Angie Albright at or 375-1223.