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Upcoming events

    • Wednesday, November 21, 2018
    • 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM
    • The Susan Hirt Hagen Center for Transformational Philanthropy - 609 Walnut St., Erie, PA 16502
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    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 05, 2018
    • 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
    • The Susan Hirt Hagen Center for Transformational Philanthropy - 609 Walnut St., Erie, PA 16502
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    Join The Nonprofit Partnership for a series geared towards development professionals in our region: The Fundraising Focus. The goal of The Fundraising Focus is to provide fundraisers with an opportunity to learn, network, and share experiences and ideas with each other. We understand that fundraisers often feel isolated and we hope that this time for discussion and fellowship will expand your skill set, as well as your network.

    Whether you have years under your fundraising belt or you are new to the field, don’t miss out on The Fundraising Focus!

    The Fundraising Focus: Planning and Executing Effective Donor Stewardship

    Please join The Nonprofit Partnership and David Schumacher, Development Officer with Shriners Hospitals for Children - Erie, for the next “Fundraising Focus” forum opportunity, “Planning and Executing Effective Donor Stewardship”, on Wednesday, December 5, 2018 from 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM.

    Interested in taking your donor stewardship efforts to the next level? Join us as we discuss ways to enhance or create an annual stewardship plan, share tips and tricks to being more efficient with donor stewardship and review some best practices.

    *Please be prepared to share some of your donor stewardship tips and tricks, too!

    More about David: 

    David is the Development Officer at Shriners Hospitals for Children — Erie. He specializes in non-profit fundraising and marketing with over 9 years direct experience with enhancing local and national annual donations and unrestricted giving. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and is currently studying for his CFRE certification.

    Light lunch to be provided.

    This is a members-only event. Space is limited, sign up today!

    *Please note - this round-table forum is for individuals that have fundraising as a primary function of their job. 

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

    • Tuesday, January 15, 2019
    • 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM
    • The Susan Hirt Hagen Center for Transformational Philanthropy - 609 Walnut St., Erie, PA 16502
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    Please join Adam C. Bratton, Executive Director of The Nonprofit Partnership, on Tuesday, January 15, 2019 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 appropriate for someone who is interested in learning more about the process and requirements for starting a nonprofit organization.

    The level of learning for this workshop is beginner.


    • Wednesday, February 27, 2019
    • 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    • The Susan Hirt Hagen Center for Transformational Philanthropy - 609 Walnut St., Erie, PA 16502
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    Please join The Nonprofit Partnership and Joelyn Bush, Director, Marketing & Communications with United Way of Erie County, on Wednesday, February 27, 2019 from 9:00 to 11:00 AM for "Social Media 2019."

    Social media is constantly changing and evolving. Our lives are now saturated with various social media platforms which makes it our responsibility as modern nonprofits to pay attention and adapt our communications as needed. As a nonprofit professional, there often isn’t time to sift through all of the new chatter surrounding social media - let Joelyn bring the pertinent information to you! 

    Joelyn will discuss the latest trends in social media, including tools, resources, advertising trends, and more, plus how to put them into practice effectively for your nonprofit.

    Don't miss out on this opportunity to see what's new and how you can best deliver your organization's message.

    The learning objectives for this workshop include:

    1. Participants will become aware of the latest social media trends, including practical ways to increase engagement/usage. 

    2. Participants will learn tips and tools to utilize new features of social media channels and digital resources they may not have tried before. 

    3. Participants will reflect on how they leverage social media to grow both audience and engagement. 

    This event is geared toward marketing-communication professionals managing social media accounts for their organization.

    The level of learning for this workshop is intermediate.

    Please bring a "brag piece" to this workshop. A "brag piece" is something that you have created for social media that you are proud of and that had high engagement/attention. We are looking forward to seeing you!

    *Want to dive deeper into this topic, post-workshop? Click here to sign up for the "Midday Marketing Meet-Up: Social Media 2019 Follow-Up" forum opportunity - space is limited, save your spot today!

    • Wednesday, March 13, 2019
    • 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
    • The Susan Hirt Hagen Center for Transformational Philanthropy - 609 Walnut St., Erie, PA 16502
    • 20
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    Join The Nonprofit Partnership for a series geared towards nonprofit marketing and communications professionals: Midday Marketing Meet-Up. The goal of this forum is to provide an opportunity for these professionals to come together to learn, share stories and struggles, enjoy lunch, and more!

    We’ve found that some of the best learning opportunities come from connecting with one another. Whether your title includes “marketing” or “communications” or you were just given the task of marketing and communications under “…and other duties as assigned,” this is a forum for you.

    “Social Media 2019 Follow-Up”

    Please note - attendance to the "Social Media 2019" workshop on Wednesday, February 27, 2019 is a prerequisite for this forum.

    The "Social Media 2019 Follow-Up" forum opportunity will be led by Joelyn Bush, Director, Marketing & Communications with United Way of Erie County. 

    At The Nonprofit Partnership, we take pride in paying attention to surveys completed by you! The "Social Media 2018" evaluation survey indicated a desire for a "deeper dive" and "small group discussion" regarding the workshop's content. You asked - we delivered. Join us on February 27, 2019 for "Social Media 2019" and then take your learning a step further on March 13, 2019 with our "Midday Marketing Meet-Up." 

    Please come prepared with:

    • "aha moments" from the 2/27/19 session
    • topics covered in the 2/27/19 session that you'd like to explore further
    • tips and tricks to share with the group
    • social media trends you're personally noticing in the new year
    • burning questions and "what's keeping you up at night (social media edition!)" 

    Light lunch to be provided. This is a members-only event. Space is limited – sign up today!

    *Please note – this round-table forum is for individuals that currently have marketing and communications responsibilities.

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