MAGAZINE TRAINING INTERNATIONAL INC

Colorado Springs, CO   |  www.magazinetraining.com

Mission

TO STRENGTHEN AND SUPPORT THE CHRISTIAN MAGAZINE PUBLISHING INDUSTRY IN THE DEVELOPING WORLD BY PROVIDING RESOURCES AND TRAINING.

Ruling year info

2007

President

Sharon Mumper

Main address

5801 N. Union Blvd., Suite #105

Colorado Springs, CO 80918 USA

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EIN

20-5684942

NTEE code info

Education N.E.C. (B99)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Blog

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

The courageous men and women that God has called to the ministry of Christian magazine publishing often work in nearly impossible circumstances. They are determined to produce quality publications that honor God and serve their readers. However, in most Developing Countries education in magazine publishing either doesn't exist or isn't accessible or affordable. We provide training and resources to these publishers where they wouldn't be able to gain any otherwise.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Online training for Christian magazine publishers

MTI's online training program includes online instructor-led four-week courses, webinars, eBooks, and self-paced video training for staff members of Christian magazines in developing countries and remote regions.

Most Christian magazine staff members are highly-educated, passionate, over-worked volunteers who are long on vision, but short of experience and specialized training in publishing. These dedicated workers want to improve their skills, but often lack the time and money to travel to our on-site training conferences.

Online training allows publishers from around the world the same access to helpful instruction regardless of their physical location, financial situation, inability to obtain a visa, or time restraints.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Intensive courses focusing on topics related to magazine publishing include the Business of Magazine Publishing, Advanced Business of Magazine Publishing, Editing the Magazine, Design for Magazines, and Writing Effective Magazine Articles.

The courses are conducted on-site in developing countries where affordable quality training is most needed. Participants have the opportunity to interact one-on-one with the trainers who are international professionals in Christian magazine publishing.

Currently implementing a 10-year program to provide magazine publishing training in Africa.

Population(s) Served
Adults

MTI distributes training manuals and DVD courses to Christian publishing staff around the world. In addition to physical copies, 26 editions of the manuals in a variety of languages are available for free download from the website.

A new training manual has been developed to meet the needs of magazine publishers in Francophone Africa. The new manual emphasizes launching new publications and setting up strong foundations for future success. It has been published in English and French.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Each month, the MTI president and staff handle emails and social networking contacts from an average of 70 to 80 Christian publishing staff around the world asking for information, advice, or simply making friendly contact. Staff also respond to emails from many more people asking for information on resources, conferences, or other training opportunities.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of conference attendees

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults, Christians

Related Program

On-site training conferences for Christian magazine publishers

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Our conferences are multiple-day intensive training courses for Christian magazine publishers in a specific region of Asia, Africa, or Eastern Europe. No conferences were held in 2020 due to COVID.

Number of training events conducted

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Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Training events include on-site regional conferences, online workshops, and online courses.

Number of countries represented at conferences

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Totals By Year
Related Program

On-site training conferences for Christian magazine publishers

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Results depend on the accessibility of the host country for people from neighboring or near by countries. No conferences were held in 2020 due to COVID.

Number of overall donors

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Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of new donors

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Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Average online donation

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Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Average number of dollars received per donor

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Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of volunteers

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

The number of volunteers we need each year depends on the particular program developed for the region where the on-site training events are held.

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Our goal is to see Christian magazines flourish around the world and particularly in the Developing World. In many parts of the world Christians desire to publish print or online magazines to share the gospel or lead others in discipleship. However, these passionate individuals have little in the way of training or formal education in publishing. We empower them with knowledge and skills to help their magazines grow and make an impact in their societies.

We provide training both onsite and online. We use a variety of online formats in order to make it convenient for publishers to get the knowledge and answers they need. Our trainers are all volunteers who work for Christian publications. They can address the concerns publishers have and give real world solutions and best practices. We make all this available at minimal cost to the publishers because many of them could not afford a formal academic or for-profit training program.

Volunteers: Since 1989 we have grown a strong base of professional editors, publishers, designers, and writers who volunteer their time to teach and share their expertise and passion with others.

Resources: We have also developed a variety of print and online resources that are readily available to publishers who need help in specific areas as they grow their publications. The resources have been developed based on the experience of the professionals who wrote them, but uniquely geared to a multi-cultural Christian audience. The terms and examples used are chosen carefully to speak effectively to this particular audience. These resources include manuals, training videos, forms and samples from existing magazines.

Our resources and trainers together make it possible for someone without prior publishing experience or education to learn the steps needed to create and produce a successful magazine.

Since 1989 we have been able to influence and train staff members from more than 500 magazines from 60 countries at on-site conferences. Many more have taken advantage of our resources and training provided online.

Even though we were primarily focused on Eastern European countries in the beginning, our trainees now represent six of the seven continents.

Many new magazines have launched and many more improved based on the training.

Individuals, who came to us unknown, have grown in influence partly because of the training they received and the success they have been able to achieve.

Publisher associations have started to help publishers in countries such as Romania form networks that build the publishing industry in their counties.

Because of our limited staff, budgets and language barriers, we have not been able to fully explore training individuals in Spanish-speaking countries, and some Asian countries. This would require more on-site training and more of our resources translated into Spanish, Chinese, and several of the other major world languages.

As many magazines in the U.S. close and/or tighten their budgets, we have found it more difficult to gather trainers who can afford to fully cover their travel to conferences overseas. This has put extra burden on our budget as we now need to cover travel and accommodation expenses for our trainers at on-site conferences.

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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MAGAZINE TRAINING INTERNATIONAL INC

Board of directors
as of 2/25/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Kim Pettit

Viva Editing

Term: 2017 - 2020

Sharon Mumper

Magazine Training International

Kim Pettit

Viva Editing

Michael Smith

Lee University

Carla Foote

Fine Print Editorial

Tamara Welter

Biola University

Lamar Keener

Evangelical Press Association

Lara Odebiyi

Dabira Magazine

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? No
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? No
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No