The Nonprofit Sector Guide for Faith-Based Organizations Series

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Date(s) - March 5, 2024
10:00 am - 1:00 pm


Fee: $49-249 with discount code (for up to 10 attendees)
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Common Good Vermont is delighted to announce Oklahoma Center for Nonprofits’ virtual event. Please contact [email protected] with any questions.

Course 1: Understanding the Nonprofit Sector: A Guide for Clergy and Faith Leaders

Time: 91000 AM – 1:00 PM

Description: Although churches fall under the large umbrella of 501(c)3 nonprofit organizations, there are significant differences between the religious nonprofit sub-sector and the secular nonprofit sub-sector. This course will focus on the essential differences in board governance and structure, IRS reporting, resume writing and talent acquisition, administrative and organizational culture. As part of the course, we will discuss the national landscape of the nonprofit sector along with the sector’s impact and key opportunities for sector connections.


Course 2: Starting a Nonprofit: A Guide for Churches and Faith-Based Organizations Interested in Starting and funding 501(c)3 for Missional Purposes

Time: 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Description: Many churches and faith-based organizations have begun to create separate 501(c)3 nonprofits to allow for greater access to funding missional outreach. This course will cover the essential steps necessary to file as a nonprofit at the State and Federal level, as well as best practices for nonprofit governance and necessary annual filing requirements.

Registration Instruction: Use the code OKCNP23 to register at the discounted rate.

About the Presenter: Matthew Scraper

Matthew joined the Oklahoma Center for Nonprofits as its Chief Operating Officer in 2023 after a 19 year career in Ordained Ministry with The United Methodist Church. At the Center, Matthew leads the operational and programmatic facets of our statewide association for nonprofits, with daily responsibility for all internal functions of the organization, including management and supervision of key leadership roles. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts (Literature) and Business Information Technology from Rogers State University, as well as a Master of Divinity and a Doctor of Ministry in Organizational Leadership from Asbury Seminary in Wilmore, Kentucky. Matthew is a citizen of the Cherokee Nation, former Cherokee Nation tribal council candidate, and a sixth generation Cherokee veteran. Matthew is a graduate of the Army’s Infantry, Airborne, Air Assault, Ranger Indoctrination, Jungle Operations Training, and Sniper Schools Matthew has participated in deployments to Panama and the former Yugoslavia in support of Operation Joint Forge.

Matthew’s volunteer service has focused on outreach to marginalized communities in Oklahoma and around the world. In 2018, Matthew began an outreach service to people experiencing homelessness in South Oklahoma City, eventually founding the Southern Hills Outreach Foundation; a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that exists today as one of the largest outreach services of its type in the Oklahoma City Metro area. Matthew currently serves on the Board of Directors for Skyline Urban Ministries in Oklahoma City, and has served as the past chair of the Provisional Committee for the United Methodist Board of Ordained Ministry (BoM), interview facilitator on the BoM’s Doctrine and Polity team, the Chair of the Heartland District Missional Strategy Team, member of the Wichitas District Missional Strategy Team, member of the Wichitas District Superintendency Committee, member of the (formerly) Stillwater District Council, member of the Board of Directors for Habitat for Humanity, and the Leadership Development Ministry Team, all within the governance structure of the Oklahoma Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church. Matthew has led and participated in missional outreach opportunities in Mexico, Panama and South Korea, in addition to numerous outreach opportunities throughout the United States.

Matthew and his wife, Kate, have three adult children (Robyn, Samantha, and Megan) and two tremendously spoiled dogs (Gus and Abby). In his free time, Matthew enjoys reading, running, cooking, and traveling as often as he and Kate are able.