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David Burton
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Springfield, MO 65807

August 25, 2017

Strengthen Local Nonprofits with MU Extension
Community Development Specialists

LAMAR, MO. - Community Development specialists with University of Missouri Extension are available to provide education, coaching, and training for non-profits.

"Non-profits are often are the backbone of civic life in our communities," said Dr. Kathy Macomber, a community development specialist with MU Extension. "Many small community groups and organizations are doing great work all over the state of Missouri."

These community non-profits include neighborhood organizations, community groups, faith-based organizations, charities and associations. MU Extension Community Development specialists can provide research based knowledge and innovation through board training, guidance in forming a 501(c)(3), funding strategies and strategic planning.

A recent program in Taney County provided two hours of tips, techniques, and examples to improve meetings and decision-making using parliamentary procedure. Attendees included county commissioners, civic board members, and citizens planning to serve on boards or run for elected office.

"Strong communities have engaged citizens who participate in making decisions and work to improve their communities. A local community development specialist can provide the educational support your organization needs to thrive in your community," said Macomber.

For more information, contact any of these MU Extension community development specialists working in southwest Missouri: Amy Patillo in Christian County, (417) 581-3558; Kathy Macomber in Barton County, (417) 682-3579; Michele Kroll in Camden County, (5730 346-2644 or David Burton in Greene County, (417) 881-8909.

Source: Kathy Macomber, (417) 682-3579

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