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Upcoming events

    • Wednesday, June 06, 2018
    • The Susan Hirt Hagen Center for Transformational Philanthropy - 609 Walnut St., Erie, PA 16502
    • 1

    Claim your Mini Clinic time slot today!

    Join The Nonprofit Partnership and Jeff Fromknecht, Managing Attorney for Side Project Inc., on Wednesday, June 6, 2018 for a "Mini Clinic" opportunity. Jeff will be providing free legal consultations! 

    Community organizers and leaders of small nonprofits are invited to claim a clinic time. 

    To claim a time, please email Ellen Kehl, Member Services Manager with The Nonprofit Partnership, at ekehl@yournpp.org. Available times include:

    • 10:00 AM - 10:45 AM *claimed!
    • 11:00 AM - 11:45 AM *claimed!
    • 1:00 PM - 1:45 PM *claimed!
    • 2:00 PM - 2:45 PM *claimed!
    • 3:00 PM - 3:45 PM
    • 4:00 PM - 4:45 PM *claimed!

    *Please note: registration is required! These sessions are only available to NPP members. These free consultations are up to 45 minutes in length. 

    Jeff can provide guidance to nonprofits on corporate and tax legal issues including:

    1. State Corporate Requirements (articles of incorporation, bylaws, etc)
    2. IRS Requirements (Form 990, 501(c)(3) letters, Unrelated Business Income, etc)
    3. Fundraising Legal Issues (state registration, commercial co-ventures, etc)
    4. Intellectual Property (websites, patents, trademarks, service marks, copyrights)
    5. General contracts and business issues

    Many questions will be addressed during the meeting. However, if a situation requires additional legal help, Side Project will try to match the organization with an attorney who can help at no or low cost.

    This exciting opportunity is brought to you by the Legal Services Division of Side Project Inc and the The Nonprofit Partnership.

    Learn more about Jeff:

    Jeff Fromknecht is a lawyer, author, and speaker who has a passion for helping others. He is the co-founder and Managing Attorney of Side Project Inc., a nonprofit incubator with operations in Pennsylvania and Florida. Jeff is licensed to practice law in both Pennsylvania and Florida and splits his time between Erie, PA, and Boynton Beach, FL. His legal work focuses on the corporate, tax and compliance legal issues impacting tax-exempt organizations and their work. He holds graduate degrees in both social work and law and has over 15 years of experience working at nonprofit organizations in a variety of direct-service and administrative roles. He earned his Master of Social Work degree from the University of Pittsburgh School of Social Work, where his concentration was on community organizing, nonprofit administration, and disability studies. He attended Duquesne University School of Law, graduating Magna Cum Laude. During law school, Jeff worked as a community partner at Community Living and Support Services (CLASS) in Pittsburgh, where he developed and evaluated programs designed to help people with disabilities build social capital.

    • Wednesday, June 06, 2018
    • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • The Susan Hirt Hagen Center for Transformational Philanthropy - 609 Walnut St., Erie, PA 16502
    • 14
    Register

    Join The Nonprofit Partnership for "Small, But Mighty: Seven Ways Small Nonprofits Can Boost Their Performance" with GuideStar on Wednesday, June 6, 2018 from 2:00 to 4:00 PM. 

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    Webinars are a great educational tool for the workplace. You can learn from experts and industry leaders from across the country without ever having to leave the comfort of your office chair. But what’s the one drawback to a webinar? We are often alone at our desks, learning from a distant voice with little chance to actively engage with the speaker or our peers.

    The Nonprofit Partnership wants to fix that.

    Our series, Webinars on Walnut, creates an opportunity for nonprofit professionals to come together, enjoy a coffee, learn from experts around the country, and share perspectives and questions with those around the table.

    Please note - this session will take place in person at The Susan Hirt Hagen Center for Transformational Philanthropy! After the webinar, there will be moderated discussion among attendees. Please arrive a few minutes prior to the start time.

    Webinar: Small, But Mighty: Seven Ways Small Nonprofits Can Boost Their Performance with GuideStar

    From the host:

    The journey to high performance is for nonprofits of all sizes, and it’s worth the trip!

    Now more than ever, performance matters for small nonprofits. In this Small, But Mighty webinar, you’ll learn how small nonprofits can deploy seven principles of high performance to create more meaningful, measurable change.

    You’ll discover how smaller nonprofit organizations have used the Leap Ambassadors Community’s Performance Imperative (PI) framework for social-sector excellence, including:

    • What is the definition of high performance?
    • What is the Performance Imperative and how can it help you boost performance?
    • What are the seven pillars of high performance?
    • How are small nonprofits using the PI to implement specific, proven steps to help move their organizations forward?

    Speakers Debra Natenshon and Karen Walker will be leading the discussion and drawing upon examples from their framework, Small, But Mighty: The Performance Imperative for Small Nonprofits. The leaders at SHALVA, Sara Block and Carol Ruderman, will provide an insightful case study of the impact it can have on a small nonprofit.

    • Thursday, June 07, 2018
    • Thursday, August 09, 2018
    • 6 sessions
    • The Susan Hirt Hagen Center for Transformational Philanthropy - 609 Walnut St., Erie, PA 16502
    • 12
    Register


    Please join The Nonprofit Partnership and Andy Kerr of Andy Kerr Coaching for "The Journey Leadership Training: Developing the Leaders Around You." This series is comprised of 6 sessions that will take place during summer of 2018.

    The participant will...

    • Renew the leader's desire to grow their own leadership skills and abilities.
    • Understand the importance of leadership and leadership growth for the success and vitality of their organization.
    • Learn new strategies for developing the leaders around them.
    • Connect with other local leaders facing similar challenges.

    The curriculum for this course is derived from John Maxwell's Developing the Leaders Around You. The book and participant's guide are included in the registration fee, as well as light breakfast. 

    This course is wonderful for leaders at all stages. There are no prerequisites for this training opportunity. 

    Please note - if the registrant cannot attend one of the sessions, Andy will be available for individual consultation. 

    Session dates and times:

    1. Thursday, June 7, 2018
    2. Thursday, June 14, 2018
    3. Thursday, June 21, 2018
    4. Thursday, July 12, 2018
    5. Thursday, August 2, 2018
    6. Thursday, August 9, 2018
    All sessions will be from 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM.

    Please note: to receive the special discount when signing up multiple people from the same organization, please enter the additional attendees as GUESTS to receive the $50 discount. Please let us assist you if there are any questions or concerns. 

    Payment is required before the start of the event. There will be no refunds due to cancellations/no shows. 
    • Tuesday, June 19, 2018
    • 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
    • The Susan Hirt Hagen Center for Transformational Philanthropy - 609 Walnut St., Erie, PA 16502
    • 12
    Register

    Join The Nonprofit Partnership for "How to Educate and Empower Your Nonprofit Board for Fundraising Success" with Blackbaud on Tuesday, June 19, 2018 from 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM!

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    Webinars are a great educational tool for the workplace. You can learn from experts and industry leaders from across the country without ever having to leave the comfort of your office chair. But what’s the one drawback to a webinar? We are often alone at our desks, learning from a distant voice with little chance to actively engage with the speaker or our peers.

    The Nonprofit Partnership wants to fix that.

    Our series, Webinars on Walnut, creates an opportunity for nonprofit professionals to come together, enjoy a coffee, learn from experts around the country, and share perspectives and questions with those around the table.

    Please note - this session will take place in person at The Susan Hirt Hagen Center for Transformational Philanthropy! After the webinar, there will be moderated discussion among attendees. Please arrive a few minutes prior to the start time.

    Webinar: How to Educate and Empower Your Nonprofit Board for Fundraising Success with Blackbaud

    From the host:

    Every successful nonprofit organization is backed by a strong board of directors. While we realize fundraising isn’t everyone’s forte, it is an important piece of your board members’ responsibilities and should be an easy way for you both parties to team up and help your nonprofit. Join us in this webinar, where we’ll discuss the many myths and common misconceptions about fundraising that hinder a board’s ability to help and evaluate fundraising.

    Whether your board of directors could use some nudging in the fundraising direction or you already work with a dream-team board, this webinar will give you tips and tricks to empower your board members to fundraise successfully.

    • Thursday, June 21, 2018
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Gannon University - Zurn 130
    • 23
    Register

    Please join The Nonprofit Partnership and Amanda Karns of Dorado Creative for “Hands-On with Canva 2018” on Thursday, June 21, 2018 from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM at Gannon University.

    This workshop will provide a basic introduction to some principles of graphic design and various marketing techniques using a simple, free online software called Canva. We’ll focus on marketing pieces you can design yourself to get your organization ready for Erie Gives Day. Most of this session’s time will be allotted for hands-on working time.

    Need a refresher or some one-on-one assistance from Amanda? This session is for you!

    Please come prepared: sign up for a FREE “Canva for Nonprofits” account ahead of time at https://about.canva.com/canva-for-nonprofits/ and bring your log-in information to the workshop. If you wish, you might also want to bring a flash drive with your organization’s logo and any photos you want to use in your marketing efforts (though this is not necessary).

    The learning objectives for this session include:

    1. Learn the features, abilities, and functionality of Canva
    2. Discuss basic graphic design principles and how they can apply to DIY marketing pieces
    3. Practice creating your own custom designs in Canva for the upcoming Erie Gives Day event

    This workshop is geared towards staff at smaller organizations without comprehensive marketing teams – and anyone interested in having some fun with Canva!

    The level of learning for this workshop is between beginner and intermediate – time will primarily be spent on reviewing and working on designs. If you need an introduction to Canva, you may be interested in The Nonprofit Partnership’s Canva Catchall sessions. Click here to learn more about these one on one training opportunities.

    Special thank you to Gannon University for allowing us to use your computer lab for this session!

    Click here to view Gannon's map. The Zurn Science Center can be found on 7th Street between Sassafras and Peach. 

    • Wednesday, June 27, 2018
    • 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    • Gannon University - Room TBD
    Register

    Leadership Way is a new forum for CEOs and Executive Directors of NPP member organizations. This forum provides an opportunity for CEOs and EDs to come together to network and learn from experts in the sector – and one another. Our hope is that Leadership Way will help participants begin to break out of the isolation that many in CEO and ED positions often report.

    Leadership Way consists of quarterly meetings open to all CEOs and EDs of NPP member organizations. Leadership Way will also involve a number of more informal meetings in smaller groups. These groups will be divided by classifications like organizational size or cause area, which will enable participants to discuss topics specific to their organization. Stay tuned for more information regarding these opportunities.

    “Nonprofit CEO Sanity: Strategies to Deal with One of the Loneliest Jobs in the World.”

    As all nonprofit CEOs know, being the leader of a nonprofit can be a very rewarding experience. It can also be a very isolating experience. There are times when we have to be the only staff person who participates in Board decision-making. And there are best practices that limit our ability to discuss operational issues with our Board counterparts. Outside of our organizations, it can be hard to build strong professional relationships with our peers because of a widespread perception of competition. So what do we do?

    On Wednesday, June 27, 2018, Mike Batchelor will join us for the inaugural Leadership Way forum to discuss strategies to deal with the isolation of being a nonprofit CEO or Executive Director. Join us as Mike shares insights gained from his 27 years as the leader of The Erie Community Foundation. Together we can begin the process of breaking out of that isolation.

    *This is a members-only offering. Breakfast will be included. A follow up email with the exact room location (Gannon University) will be sent prior to the forum date.

    • Thursday, June 28, 2018
    • 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM
    • The Susan Hirt Hagen Center for Transformational Philanthropy - 609 Walnut St., Erie, PA 16502
    • 13
    Register

    Please join Adam C. Bratton, Executive Director of The Nonprofit Partnership, on Thursday, June 28, 2018, for "Starting a Nonprofit" from 9:00 AM to 10:30 AM.

    Are you interested in starting a nonprofit but don’t know where to begin? Join us for this session as we review concepts and information related to establishing a nonprofit, including the legal and technical requirements for starting a nonprofit at the state and federal levels.

    The learning objectives for this session include:

    1. Understanding the legal and technical requirements for starting a nonprofit, both at the state and federal level
    2. Understanding the ongoing requirements for maintaining nonprofit status
    3. Understanding the community’s expectations of a nonprofit and opportunities for pursuing a mission without forming a nonprofit

    This session is geared towards people who are interested in starting nonprofits.

    The level of learning for this workshop is beginner.


    • Wednesday, July 18, 2018
    • 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM
    • The Susan Hirt Hagen Center for Transformational Philanthropy - 609 Walnut St., Erie, PA 16502
    Register

    About the series...

    The Standards for Excellence® provide a framework for achieving a well-managed and responsibly governed organization. The Standards® build upon the legal foundations of nonprofit management, governance, and operations and provide an outstanding step-by-step guide to achieving excellence within your nonprofit. These guidelines consist of 6 principles, which are described in-depth during 6 individual sessions:

    • Session 1, January 17, 2018: Mission, Strategy and Evaluation
    • Session 2, March 21, 2018: Leadership - Board, Staff and Volunteers
    • Session 3, May 16, 2018: Legal Compliance and Ethics
    • Session 4, July 18, 2018: Finance and Operations
    • Session 5, September 19, 2018: Resource Development
    • Session 6, November 21, 2018: Public Awareness, Engagement and Advocacy

    Each session includes an overview of The Standards®; a self-assessment to determine how well your organization is performing; a list of the policies that an organization should have in place; and examples of those policies and best practices that your organization should follow related to each topic area. These sessions will be highly interactive and will offer the opportunity for participants to share information and ask questions. Attendance at all sessions is not required, but encouraged.

    About Session 4: Finance and Operations...

    Join The Nonprofit Partnership and Strategy Solutions for the fourth installment of the "Getting to Know the Standards for Excellence®” series: Finance and Operations on Wednesday, July 18, 2018 from 9:00 to 10:30 AM.

    This workshop provides an overview of the Standards for Excellence® with a specific focus on Finance and Operations.

    In order to fulfill their missions most effectively, nonprofits must have sound financial and operational systems in place and should ensure that accurate records are kept. The organization’s financial and non-financial resources must be used in furtherance of tax-exempt purposes. Organizations should conduct periodic reviews to address accuracy and transparency of financial and operational reporting, in addition to establishing safeguards to protect the integrity of the reporting systems.

    Topics covered include:

    • Financial Budgeting, Reporting, and Monitoring
    • Internal Controls and Financial Policies
    • Personnel Policies
    • Administrative Policies
    • Risk Management and Insurance

    Learning objectives for this session include:

    1. Provide an overview of the Standards for Excellence® and how they benefit nonprofits
    2. Learn best practices within specific functions (specifically regarding session 4: Finance and Operations) to educate your staff and board regarding their roles and responsibilities to achieve excellence
    3. Assess your current practice within each functional area (specifically regarding session 4: Finance and Operations) and identify practical and easily-implemented strategies to improve your operations

    Executive Directors, Board Chairs, and emerging leaders are encouraged to attend all six sessions.

    This particular session is appropriate for Executive Directors, Board Chairs, Treasurers/Finance Committee Chairs, CFOs and Finance staff.

    • Tuesday, July 24, 2018
    • 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM
    • The Susan Hirt Hagen Center for Transformational Philanthropy - 609 Walnut St., Erie, PA 16502
    • 18
    Register

    Please join The Nonprofit Partnership on Tuesday, July 24, 2018 from 9:00 AM to 10:30 AM for “Apps, Tools & Resources for Nonprofit Communications.” Ellen Kehl, Member Services Manager with NPP, will review her favorite online tools and demonstrate how your organization can make them work for you, too!

    Ellen is a self-proclaimed “accidental marketer.” This session aims to show attendees that effective marketing materials can be created on a low or nonexistent budget, even by staff who may not have previous marketing or design experience.

    The tools discussed will be for both print and digital mediums with an eye toward both time- and cost-effectiveness.

    Did you attend Ellen's “Apps, Tools & Resources” last year or her session in Corry? Many of the same favorites will be covered, but repeat offenders are more than welcome!

    The learning objectives for this workshop include:

    1. Participants will acquire an understanding of "the basics" with regard to nonprofit communications, including, but not limited to: basic file types, color codes, and typography
    2. Participants will gain a basic understanding of the underlying mechanics and purpose of Ellen's top apps and tools through live demonstrations and examples
    3. Participants will walk away with a plethora of additional tools to experiment with on their own time

    The level of learning for this workshop lies between beginner and intermediate.

    This workshop is geared towards those who deal with the communications and marketing aspects of work within their organization (and those who like to make work fun!). The workshop is not meant to be a comprehensive survey of all tools, but rather a snapshot of available resources.


    • Thursday, September 13, 2018
    • 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM
    • The Susan Hirt Hagen Center for Transformational Philanthropy - 609 Walnut St., Erie, PA 16502
    • 15
    Register

    Please join The Nonprofit Partnership for "Governance Gateway: Nonprofit Board Training" on Thursday, September 13, 2018 from 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM.

    The Governance Gateway training will provide Board members, new and established, with the opportunity to learn about foundational best practices in nonprofit governance.  The training will provide attendees with an understanding of the sector, the basic tenets of governance, and their individual roles and responsibilities as nonprofit leaders.  This training will be a powerful resource for any Board member wishing to enhance their understanding of their duty to their organization, the sector, and the community.

    Topics to be covered include:

    • Introduction to the Nonprofit Sector
    • Basics of Governance
    • Setting Strategic Direction
    • Ensuring Necessary Resources
    • Providing Oversight
    • The Board/CEO Partnership
    • Individual Board Member Roles and Responsibilities
    • Elements of a High-Functioning Board


    This interactive training will be led by Adam C. Bratton, Executive Director of The Nonprofit Partnership.  Adam has 20 years of experience in the nonprofit sector, including service on numerous Boards.  Adam regularly speaks and trains on nonprofit governance and has obtained a Certificate in Board Consulting from BoardSource, the preeminent authority on nonprofit Board governance.  

    This is a members-only training offering. Space is limited - sign up today!

    Payment is required before the start of the event. There will be no refunds due to cancellations/no shows. 

    • Wednesday, September 19, 2018
    • 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM
    • The Susan Hirt Hagen Center for Transformational Philanthropy - 609 Walnut St., Erie, PA 16502
    Register

    About the series...

    The Standards for Excellence® provide a framework for achieving a well-managed and responsibly governed organization. The Standards® build upon the legal foundations of nonprofit management, governance, and operations and provide an outstanding step-by-step guide to achieving excellence within your nonprofit. These guidelines consist of 6 principles, which are described in-depth during 6 individual sessions:

    • Session 1, January 17, 2018: Mission, Strategy and Evaluation
    • Session 2, March 21, 2018: Leadership - Board, Staff and Volunteers
    • Session 3, May 16, 2018: Legal Compliance and Ethics
    • Session 4, July 18, 2018: Finance and Operations
    • Session 5, September 19, 2018: Resource Development
    • Session 6, November 21, 2018: Public Awareness, Engagement and Advocacy

    Each session includes an overview of The Standards®; a self-assessment to determine how well your organization is performing; a list of the policies that an organization should have in place; and examples of those policies and best practices that your organization should follow related to each topic area. These sessions will be highly interactive and will offer the opportunity for participants to share information and ask questions. Attendance at all sessions is not required, but encouraged.

    About Session 5: Resource Development...

    Join The Nonprofit Partnership and Strategy Solutions for the fifth installment of the "Getting to Know the Standards for Excellence®” series: Resource Development on Wednesday, September 19, 2018 from 9:00 to 10:30 AM.

    This workshop provides an overview of the Standards for Excellence® with a specific focus on Resource Development.

    The responsibility for resource development is shared an organization’s board and staff. Nonprofit organizations depend on an array of sources of financial support. An organization’s resource development program should be maintained on a foundation of truthfulness and responsible stewardship. Its resource development policies should be consistent with its mission, compatible with its organizational capacity, and respectful of the interests of donors, prospective donors, and others providing resources to the organization.

    Topics covered include:

    • Resource Plans
    • Sources of Income
    • Fundraising Activities
    • Donor Relationships and Privacy
    • Acceptance of Gifts
    • Fundraising on Behalf of the Organization

    Learning objectives for this session include:

    1. Provide an overview of the Standards for Excellence® and how they benefit nonprofits
    2. Learn best practices within specific functions (specifically regarding session 5: Resource Development) to educate your staff and board regarding their roles and responsibilities to achieve excellence
    3. Assess your current practice within each functional area (specifically regarding session 5: Resource Development) and identify practical and easily-implemented strategies to improve your operations

    Executive Directors, Board Chairs, and emerging leaders are encouraged to attend all six sessions.

    This particular session is appropriate for Executive Directors, Board Chairs, Development Committee Chairs, Development Directors and Fund Development staff.

    • Thursday, September 27, 2018
    • 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
    • The Susan Hirt Hagen Center for Transformational Philanthropy - 609 Walnut St., Erie, PA 16502
    Register

    Please join The Nonprofit Partnership and Andy Kerr of Andy Kerr Coaching on Thursday, September 27, 2018 from 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM for “Crucial Conversations,” an intensive training that will provide attendees with tools for talking when stakes are high.

    Did you know that employees waste an average of $1,500 and an eight-hour workday for every crucial conversation they avoid?

    What is a crucial conversation?

    A crucial conversation is a discussion between two or more people where the stakes are high, opinions vary, and emotions run strong. These conversations – when handled poorly or ignored – lead to strained relationships and dismal results.

    If your team or organization struggles to deal effectively with difficult subjects, under-communicates, or fails to act with unity and conviction, “Crucial Conversations” is for you! Engage in extensive in-class practice, group participation, and personal reflection as you explore and master crucial skills.

    “Crucial Conversations” teaches skills for creating alignment and agreement by fostering open dialogue around high-stakes, emotional, or contentious topics. By learning how to speak and be heard (and encouraging others to do the same), you’ll surface the best ideas, make the highest-quality decisions, and then act on your decisions with unity and commitment.

    This training will teach participants how to:

    • Speak persuasively, not abrasively
    • Foster teamwork and better decision making
    • Build acceptance rather than resistance
    • Resolve individual and group disagreements

    “Crucial Conversations” is appropriate for professionals of all types.

    This is a members-only offering. Attendance is $350 per person. Payment is due prior to the training. Attendees will receive a certificate of completion post-training. Course materials, breakfast, and lunch are included with the registration fee. Space is limited – reserve your spot today!

    Looking for more information about this opportunity? Email Andy Kerr at andy@andykerrcoaching.com with questions.


    • Wednesday, November 21, 2018
    • 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM
    • The Susan Hirt Hagen Center for Transformational Philanthropy - 609 Walnut St., Erie, PA 16502
    Register

    About the series...

    The Standards for Excellence® provide a framework for achieving a well-managed and responsibly governed organization. The Standards® build upon the legal foundations of nonprofit management, governance, and operations and provide an outstanding step-by-step guide to achieving excellence within your nonprofit. These guidelines consist of 6 principles, which are described in-depth during 6 individual sessions:

    • Session 1, January 17, 2018: Mission, Strategy and Evaluation
    • Session 2, March 21, 2018: Leadership - Board, Staff and Volunteers
    • Session 3, May 16, 2018: Legal Compliance and Ethics
    • Session 4, July 18, 2018: Finance and Operations
    • Session 5, September 19, 2018: Resource Development
    • Session 6, November 21, 2018: Public Awareness, Engagement and Advocacy

    Each session includes an overview of The Standards®; a self-assessment to determine how well your organization is performing; a list of the policies that an organization should have in place; and examples of those policies and best practices that your organization should follow related to each topic area. These sessions will be highly interactive and will offer the opportunity for participants to share information and ask questions. Attendance at all sessions is not required, but encouraged.

    About Session 6: Public Awareness, Engagement and Advocacy...

    Join The Nonprofit Partnership and Strategy Solutions for the sixth installment of the "Getting to Know the Standards for Excellence®” series: Public Awareness, Engagement and Advocacy on Wednesday, November 21, 2018 from 9:00 to 10:30 AM.

    This workshop provides an overview of the Standards for Excellence® with a specific focus on Public Awareness, Engagement and Advocacy.

    Nonprofits should represent the interests of the people they serve through public education and public policy advocacy, as well as by encouraging board members, staff, volunteers, and stakeholders to participate in the public affairs of the community. When appropriate to advance the organization’s mission, nonprofits should engage in promoting public participation in community affairs and elections. As such, they should communicate in an effective manner to educate, inform and engage the public.

    Topics covered include:

    • Educating and Engaging the Public
    • Advancing the Mission Through Public Policy and Advocacy
    • Engaging in Lobbying and Political Activity

    Learning objectives for this session include:

    1. Provide an overview of the Standards for Excellence® and how they benefit nonprofits
    2. Learn best practices within specific functions (specifically regarding session 6: Public Awareness, Engagement and Advocacy) to educate your staff and board regarding their roles and responsibilities to achieve excellence
    3. Assess your current practice within each functional area (specifically regarding session 6: Public Awareness, Engagement and Advocacy) and identify practical and easily-implemented strategies to improve your operations

    Executive Directors, Board Chairs, and emerging leaders are encouraged to attend all six sessions.

    This particular session is appropriate for Executive Directors, Board Chairs, Marketing or Community Relations Committee Chairs, Marketing, Outreach and Advocacy staff.

    • Wednesday, December 12, 2018
    • 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM
    • The Susan Hirt Hagen Center for Transformational Philanthropy - 609 Walnut St., Erie, PA 16502
    • 18
    Register

    Please join The Nonprofit Partnership for "Governance Gateway: Nonprofit Board Training" on Wednesday, December 12, 2018 from 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM.

    The Governance Gateway training will provide Board members, new and established, with the opportunity to learn about foundational best practices in nonprofit governance.  The training will provide attendees with an understanding of the sector, the basic tenets of governance, and their individual roles and responsibilities as nonprofit leaders.  This training will be a powerful resource for any Board member wishing to enhance their understanding of their duty to their organization, the sector, and the community.

    Topics to be covered include:

    • Introduction to the Nonprofit Sector
    • Basics of Governance
    • Setting Strategic Direction
    • Ensuring Necessary Resources
    • Providing Oversight
    • The Board/CEO Partnership
    • Individual Board Member Roles and Responsibilities
    • Elements of a High-Functioning Board


    This interactive training will be led by Adam C. Bratton, Executive Director of The Nonprofit Partnership.  Adam has 20 years of experience in the nonprofit sector, including service on numerous Boards.  Adam regularly speaks and trains on nonprofit governance and has obtained a Certificate in Board Consulting from BoardSource, the preeminent authority on nonprofit Board governance.  

    This is a members-only training offering. Space is limited - sign up today!

    Payment is required before the start of the event. There will be no refunds due to cancellations/no shows. 

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