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Please note: The Nonprofit Partnership's offices at The Susan Hirt Hagen Center for Transformational Philanthropy are currently closed to the public due to the Coronavirus pandemic. All programming is currently being held virtually. 

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    • Wednesday, December 02, 2020
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM (EST)
    • Zoom
    Register

    About the Series:

    The Nonprofit Partnership is teaming up with OpenedEyes to start the tough conversations that we need to have. It doesn’t matter where you are on the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion spectrum. It doesn’t matter what color your skin is. It doesn’t matter your sexual orientation. It doesn’t matter if you’re a nonprofit employee starting out or the leader that has been at the helm for years. All are welcome and encouraged to join in the conversation. Tune in to this series to have important conversations, learn something new and open our minds!

    Please note – this series is for you, the attendee. Engagement via video/audio is strongly encouraged but we’d never turn someone away who’d prefer to soak up the information. Whatever your level of comfort or knowledge, we want you to find benefit. Save your spot now - there is limited space available!

    Note: recordings of these sessions will not be shared due to attendee sharing and conversation. Please plan to virtually attend on the day and time if registering. Thank you!

    Session 5: You’ve Heard it Before and You’ll Hear it Again: There Isn’t Community without Unity

    Join the OpenedEyes team as they cover servant leadership and group cohesion as it relates to the positive growth of our organizations and our community as a whole. A more inclusive environment leaders to greater productivity, which is good for all. That’s fact – so why does this continue to be a difficult hurdle? We’ll discuss:

    • Servant Leadership and why it matters
    • Barriers that exist in our organizations and in our community
    • Barriers that are placed upon us and barriers that are inherited
    • Influencing our community – positively!
    • Cohesive behaviors
    • And any questions or thoughts that you may have!
    This is the last session in this series – but the conversation will not be over. Be sure to tune in to discuss next steps and what we need to address to keep the discussion, the education and the change propelling forward. You are needed!

    Learn more about OpenedEyes at https://www.opened-eyes.com/!


    • Tuesday, December 15, 2020
    • (EST)
    • Thursday, December 17, 2020
    • (EST)
    • 2 sessions
    • Zoom
    Register

    Please join The Nonprofit Partnership and NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) of Erie County for virtual Mental Health First Aid Training!

    This two-part virtual training opportunity will take place on Tuesday, December 15, 2020 from 8:30 AM - 12:30 PM and on Thursday, December 17, 2020 from 8:30 AM - 12:30 PM via Zoom. 

    Mental Health First Aid teaches an individual how to identify, understand, and properly respond to signs of mental illnesses.

    In the evidence-based Mental Health First Aid course, you learn risk factors and warning signs for mental health, strategies for how to help someone in both crisis and non-crisis situations, and where you can turn for help.

    Topics Covered:

    • Depression and mood disorders
    • Anxiety disorders
    • Trauma
    • Psychosis
    • Substance use disorders

    Interventions Learned:

    When you take the course, you learn how to apply the Mental Health First Aid action plan in a variety of situations, including when someone is experiencing:

    • Panic attacks
    • Suicidal thoughts or behaviors
    • Nonsuicidal self-injury
    • Acute psychosis (e.g., hallucinations or delusions)
    • Overdose or withdrawal from alcohol or drug use
    • Reaction to a traumatic event

    Facts about Mental Health First Aid training:

    • Download this PDF with facts about the vision and class >> MHFA Fact Sheet

    Agenda for the class:

    Session 1, Part 1

    • What is Mental Health First Aid?
    • Mental Health Problems in the USA
    • The Mental Health First Aid Action Plan
    • Understanding Depression
    • Understanding Anxiety Disorders

    Session 1, Part 2

    • First Aid for Suicidal Behavior
    • What is Non-Suicidal Self-Injury?
    • First Aid for Depression and Anxiety

    Session 2, Part 1

    • First Aid for Panic Attacks
    • First Aid for Traumatic Events
    • Understanding Disorders in Which Psychosis May Occur
    • First Aid for Acute Psychosis

    Session 2, Part 2

    • Understanding Substance Use Disorders
    • First Aid for Overdose
    • First Aid for Withdrawal
    • Using Mental Health First Aid
    • Exam and Course Evaluation

    Please note: Zoom details will be sent prior to the virtual event. 

    • Thursday, December 17, 2020
    • 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM (EST)
    • Zoom!
    Register

    Please join The Nonprofit Partnership and Strategy Solutions, Inc. for the Standards for Excellence® series: Getting to Know the Standards for Excellence®: Best Practices for a Well-Managed and Responsibly Governed Nonprofit.

    What are the Standards for Excellence®, you ask? According to The Standards for Excellence Institute®, the Standards® were "established to promote the highest standards of ethics, effectiveness, and accountability in nonprofit governance, management, and operations."

    Accreditation and recognition can be a rigorous process, but the Strategy Solutions team will be there to guide you as you explore this important process.

    This series will provide a framework to achieve a well-managed and responsibly governed organization. Each session will be interactive -- there will be the opportunity for participants to share information and ask questions. Join Strategy Solutions for one session or for all -- whatever works best for you and your needs!

    Session 6

    Getting to Know the Standards for Excellence®: Best Practices for a Well-Managed and Responsibly Governed Nonprofit - Public Awareness, Engagement and Advocacy.

    Presented by: Strategy Solutions, Inc.

    This session will provide an overview of the Standards for Excellence® with a specific focus on Public Awareness, Engagement and Advocacy. Topics to be covered include:

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

    This session will touch on:

    1. An overview of the Standards for Excellence® and how they benefit nonprofits
    2. 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. 
    3.  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.

    Please note - attendance to all sessions is encouraged but not required. Take what you need!

      • Tuesday, January 12, 2021
      • 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM (EST)
      • Zoom
      Register

      Please virtually join The Nonprofit Partnership and Misty Burgess, WIOA Youth Program Manager with PA CareerLink®, for WIOA Youth Program + Your Nonprofit = Win-Win! on Tuesday, January 12, 2021 at 10:00 AM EST!

      Have you heard of PA CareerLink’s Out-of-School Youth Program? It truly is a win-win for nonprofit organizations and our local youth! Join Misty to learn more about all of the “wins”:

      1. Nonprofits will become aware of how the Youth Program can benefit clients that they may serve.
      2. The nonprofit will learn how their organization can become a worksite through this program. This means FREE work for the nonprofit AND helping someone in need!
      3. Youth are able to hone work-readiness skills – a win for the nonprofit with a potential pipeline of employees AND a win for our community.

      Key takeaways for this session include:

      • Details surrounding a paid work experience
      • Ways the work experience can help build valuable career and life skills of local youth
      • How the work experience benefits the non-profit by providing a paid staff member
      • Information on the PA CareerLink system and how to connect with it for any workforce-related need

      This session is geared towards Counselors, Program Managers, Case Managers, Program Directors, Human Resources professionals, etc.

      Learn more about Misty...

      Misty is the Youth Program Manager at the PA CareerLink. She leads a team of highly dedicated professionals that work with youth living in Northwestern Pennsylvania, to help them overcome barriers to employment, while seeking a successful career path.

      Misty has her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Secondary Education/English/Communications from the University of Evansville and her Masters of Arts Degree in English and Research from the University of Central Florida.

      For over 20 years, Misty has cultivated knowledge gained as a classroom teacher, a business leader, and the former owner of Point Click Learn, and has experience speaking nationally on a variety of topics.

      • Thursday, January 14, 2021
      • 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM (EST)
      • Zoom
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      Please join The Nonprofit Partnership and Janet Cobb of Janet Cobb Consulting for a virtual learning opportunity: "The 10 Commandments for Nonprofit Strategy, Communication, and Fundraising" on Thursday, January 14, 2021 at 2:00 PM EST!

      Just like the classically known 10 Commandments, The 10 Commandments for Nonprofit Strategy, Communication, and Fundraising are arranged to clearly outline a three-plan approach for nonprofits to do more good in the world.

      With her many years of experience in the nonprofit sector, Janet Cobb has learned that when an organization engages in the process of creating a strategic plan, develops a communications plan to consistently share their vision with others, and integrates a fundraising plan to empower others to embrace their vision, they set the stage for organizational growth and a clear path for reaching success.

      If you’ve been running on a wing and a prayer and you're ready to get out of the desert, don't miss this session. Discover the three-plan approach to explore budget-friendly strategic planning, develop effective communications and integrate a fundraising plan to empower others to support your vision. Walk away with tips to get and keep donors. Learn how to diversify revenue streams and create long-term sustainability. Tackle all of the important nonprofit plans with cohesion! Let Janet help.

      Key takeaways for this session include:

      • Decide on the best method to create a strategic plan and understand the key elements needed.
      • How to create a year-long communications plan with key elements.
      • Calendar a fundraising plan with clear goals, objectives, and action steps.
      • Understand the importance of integrating all three plans to move your mission forward and establish long-term sustainability.
      Bonus! Keep an eye out for Janet’s book, The 10 Commandments for Nonprofit Strategy, Communication, and Fundraising, coming Fall 2020!

      More about Janet...

      Janet has worked in the nonprofit arena her entire career, holding a wide variety of positions including Communications Manager, Director of Development and Executive Director and handling budgets from under $50K to $8m. She integrates her skills in education, non-profit management, and fundraising to offer innovative solutions to align money and mission.

      Janet is a Certified Nonprofit Professional and a Certified Fund Raising Executive.

      Janet’s passion for social justice stems from her personal experience witnessing racism and oppression growing up in a majority Black government housing project. She stood on the periphery of racism and determined to always fight against it. After living in Taiwan and Hong Kong for seven years, twenty-five years ago, Janet married an African American man and together they’ve raised three biracial children, moving her closer to the center of racism and further igniting her determination to work for justice.

      Janet’s personal and professional experience has fostered self-awareness, an understanding of cultural differences, and a passion to center the voices of those fighting for social justice.

      Janet obtained an Equity & Inclusion E-Certificate from the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance in May 2018.

      Janet has provided encouraging accountability to more than 250 small, early-stage and mid-size nonprofits (including many led by Leaders of Color) with varied missions, including but not limited to, racial equity, food and housing security, community organizing, education, the arts, and workforce development.

      Janet empowers clients to develop best practices for donor cultivation and stewardship, donor-centric messaging and effective use of software for data analysis and multi-channel communications.

      Janet offers strategic planning sessions across the country and has presented more than 20 webinars, and several on-site workshops for the Nonprofit Learning Lab and Nonprofit Leadership Alliance.

      Janet’s new book is scheduled for release in November 2020.

      • Tuesday, January 19, 2021
      • 9:00 AM (EST)
      • Zoom Meeting
      Register

      New mini series! The Virtual Board of Directors: Tactics for Success - 5 part virtual opportunity for members of The Nonprofit Partnership!

      Effectively engaging a nonprofit Board of Directors can be a challenge, even during normal times. Well... these times are far from normal! We have all been required to pivot in many areas - one being virtual Board engagement. Join The Nonprofit Partnership as we explore strategies you can use to keep your Board members engaged and make your Board meetings successful.

      All mini sessions will take place via Zoom. Sessions will be 20 minutes in length with 10 minutes allotted for Q&A. Members can take advantage of one opportunity or all 5 - whatever works for you!

      This series will be led by Adam Bratton, Executive Director with The Nonprofit Partnership. Adam has over 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.

      • Session 1: Virtual Board Meeting Best Practices Tuesday, January 19, 2021 at 9:00 AM
      • Session 2: Board Meetings 101: Meeting Minutes - Tuesday, January 26, 2021 at 9:00 AM
      • Session 3: Board Meetings 101: Agendas - Tuesday, February 2, 2021 at 9:00 AM
      • Session 4: By the Book: By-Law Must-Haves - Tuesday, February 9, 2021 at 9:00 AM
      • Session 5: Remote Roles and Responsibilities - Tuesday, February 16, 2021 at 9:00 AM

      Join us for Session 1 on Tuesday, January 19th at 9:00 AM - Virtual Board Meeting Best Practices!

      Virtual Board meetings may feel different but that doesn't mean they can't be effective. During this session, Adam will touch on a handful of tactics to utilize so you are best prepared for engaging your Board of Directors in a meaningful discussion. 

      • Tuesday, January 26, 2021
      • 9:00 AM (EST)
      • Zoom Meeting
      Register

      New mini series! The Virtual Board of Directors: Tactics for Success - 5 part virtual opportunity for members of The Nonprofit Partnership!

      Effectively engaging a nonprofit Board of Directors can be a challenge, even during normal times. Well... these times are far from normal! We have all been required to pivot in many areas - one being virtual Board engagement. Join The Nonprofit Partnership as we explore strategies you can use to keep your Board members engaged and make your Board meetings successful.

      All mini sessions will take place via Zoom. Sessions will be 20 minutes in length with 10 minutes allotted for Q&A. Members can take advantage of one opportunity or all 5 - whatever works for you!

      This series will be led by Adam Bratton, Executive Director with The Nonprofit Partnership. Adam has over 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.

      • Session 1: Virtual Board Meeting Best Practices Tuesday, January 19, 2021 at 9:00 AM
      • Session 2: Board Meetings 101: Meeting Minutes - Tuesday, January 26, 2021 at 9:00 AM
      • Session 3: Board Meetings 101: Agendas - Tuesday, February 2, 2021 at 9:00 AM
      • Session 4: By the Book: By-Law Must-Haves - Tuesday, February 9, 2021 at 9:00 AM
      • Session 5: Remote Roles and Responsibilities - Tuesday, February 16, 2021 at 9:00 AM

      Join us for Session 2 on Tuesday, January 26th at 9:00 AM - Board Meetings 101: Meeting Minutes!

      Keeping good minutes of your Board meetings isn’t the most exciting topic but certainly one of the most important elements related to the Board’s fiduciary duties. This session will look at the foundations of good minutes, what to include and not include, and how to do so virtually.
      • Thursday, January 28, 2021
      • 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM (EST)
      • Zoom
      Register

      Please join The Nonprofit Partnership and Lauren Williams, SPHR, Chief Boss Lady & Founder with Workplace Harmony, for Go BEAST MODE on Stress, the Silent Sabotager! on Thursday, January 28th at 2:00 PM EST.

      Showing up as our best selves and being leaders during stressful times is hard. What makes it even harder is when we don't know how our own stress impacts our ability to think, speak and lead.

      Leaders must learn how stress can negatively affect our bodies and minds. The release of cortisol, the stress hormone, plays a major role in how a leader shows up. It's crucial to know how to recognize the symptoms of stress in yourself and others.

      Through interactive exercises, participants will identify how they respond in stressful situations, such as an organizational change. Participants will learn the 4 keys to getting over the obstacle of stress—A.K.A. change, A.K.A. drama--together. Additionally, participants will have an opportunity to identify what they consider to be mission critical during times of stress by completing an inventory. This inventory will come in handy when it’s time to execute and problem solve.

      Learn, grow and become a BEAST at managing stress and leading through challenging times!

      Learn more about Lauren Williams, SPHR & Workplace Harmony here!

      • Tuesday, February 02, 2021
      • 9:00 AM (EST)
      • Zoom Meeting
      Register

      New mini series! The Virtual Board of Directors: Tactics for Success - 5 part virtual opportunity for members of The Nonprofit Partnership!

      Effectively engaging a nonprofit Board of Directors can be a challenge, even during normal times. Well... these times are far from normal! We have all been required to pivot in many areas - one being virtual Board engagement. Join The Nonprofit Partnership as we explore strategies you can use to keep your Board members engaged and make your Board meetings successful.

      All mini sessions will take place via Zoom. Sessions will be 20 minutes in length with 10 minutes allotted for Q&A. Members can take advantage of one opportunity or all 5 - whatever works for you!

      This series will be led by Adam Bratton, Executive Director with The Nonprofit Partnership. Adam has over 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.

      • Session 1: Virtual Board Meeting Best Practices - Tuesday, January 19, 2021 at 9:00 AM
      • Session 2: Board Meetings 101: Meeting Minutes - Tuesday, January 26, 2021 at 9:00 AM
      • Session 3: Board Meetings 101: Agendas - Tuesday, February 2, 2021 at 9:00 AM
      • Session 4: By the Book: By-Law Must-Haves - Tuesday, February 9, 2021 at 9:00 AM
      • Session 5: Remote Roles and Responsibilities - Tuesday, February 16, 2021 at 9:00 AM

      Join us for Session 3 on Tuesday, February 2nd at 9:00 AM - Board Meetings 101: Agendas!

      Agendas are often the overlooked part of a meeting, even though they are probably the most important element to a good Board meeting. During this session, we will discuss what effective meeting agendas look like, why they are important, and how to prepare for a good discussion (especially in a virtual environment).
      • Thursday, February 04, 2021
      • 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM (EST)
      • Zoom Meeting
      Register

      Please join Adam C. Bratton, Executive Director with The Nonprofit Partnership, on Thursday, February 4, 2021 for "Starting a Nonprofit" from 9:00 AM to 10:30 AM - virtually!

      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.


      • Friday, February 05, 2021
      • 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM (EST)
      • Zoom
      Register

      Please join The Nonprofit Partnership and Lydia Laythe for a new 4-part opportunity: “Interconnected: Different Experiences, Shared Understanding” a series toward understanding the intersection between trauma and cultural sensitivity.

      The goal of this series is to increase our community’s understanding of trauma & cultural sensitivity, so we can build a more resilient & inclusive community that not only welcomes diversity but embraces the diversity that is already here. And by fostering inclusion & resilience, we know we’re building a strong, productive, and vibrant community.

      All sessions will take place via Zoom. Attendees are strongly encouraged to virtually attend all 4 sessions, live. Please let us know if there is a session you cannot attend and we will do our best to make arrangements so you can get the full experience! 

      This series will be led by Lydia Laythe. Lydia is the Trauma & Addiction Program Coordinator at the US Committee for Refugees and Immigrants’ Erie Field Office, the International Institute of Erie. In this role, Lydia serves refugee and immigrant adults, children, and families. She also supports programs around trauma, victims of crime, survivors of domestic violence, and school-based supports for at-risk refugee youth. Lydia earned her Master’s degree in Social Work from Edinboro University, and a Bachelor’s degree in the same field from the University of Portland. Lydia worked as a trauma therapist prior to working at USCRI Erie, and is trained in Trauma-focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. As a trauma therapist, she worked with children and adolescents who experienced trauma as well as men convicted of sexual offenses after they were released from jail or prison.

      Lydia co-organizes a nonpartisan, civic engagement group called French Creek Indivisible, she helps run social media accounts for a California-based photography series titled “Immigrants are US,” she’s a co-host of the local podcast “Our Erie,” and she is the youngest elected official on Washington Township Council.

      Please join us for Session 1: Let's Talk About Trauma on Friday, February 5th at 10:00 AM!

      The goal of this session is to bring everyone in the community to a shared understanding of the serious mental, emotional, social, and physical impacts of trauma & how to start working with these unique needs to see those who may be suffering silently, encourage & incentivize personal and community resilience, and broaden our understanding of the experiences of others.

      Key Take-Aways:

      • Trauma can have a lifelong impact on a person’s physical, mental, emotional, and social health.
      • Understanding the impact of trauma can explain a lot of “confusing” or “problematic” behaviors.
      • Resilience to trauma can be cultivated.
      • Tuesday, February 09, 2021
      • 9:00 AM (EST)
      • Zoom Meeting
      Register

      New mini series! The Virtual Board of Directors: Tactics for Success - 5 part virtual opportunity for members of The Nonprofit Partnership!

      Effectively engaging a nonprofit Board of Directors can be a challenge, even during normal times. Well... these times are far from normal! We have all been required to pivot in many areas - one being virtual Board engagement. Join The Nonprofit Partnership as we explore strategies you can use to keep your Board members engaged and make your Board meetings successful.

      All mini sessions will take place via Zoom. Sessions will be 20 minutes in length with 10 minutes allotted for Q&A. Members can take advantage of one opportunity or all 5 - whatever works for you!

      This series will be led by Adam Bratton, Executive Director with The Nonprofit Partnership. Adam has over 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.

      • Session 1: Virtual Board Meeting Best Practices - Tuesday, January 19, 2021 at 9:00 AM
      • Session 2: Board Meetings 101: Meeting Minutes - Tuesday, January 26, 2021 at 9:00 AM
      • Session 3: Board Meetings 101: Agendas - Tuesday, February 2, 2021 at 9:00 AM
      • Session 4: By the Book: By-Law Must-Haves - Tuesday, February 9, 2021 at 9:00 AM
      • Session 5: Remote Roles and Responsibilities - Tuesday, February 16, 2021 at 9:00 AM

      Join us for Session 4 on Tuesday, February 9th at 9:00 AM - By the Book: By-Law Must-Haves!

      By-laws are the documents nonprofits should look to in order to properly govern but sometimes we don’t even know if we are in compliance. This session will outline by-law must-haves along with options for nonprofit Boards that are functioning virtually.
      • Wednesday, February 10, 2021
      • 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM (EST)
      • Zoom
      Register

      It’s that time of year! Please virtually join The Nonprofit Partnership and Joelyn Bush, Director of Marketing & Communications with United Way of Erie County, for Social Media 2021 on Wednesday, February 10, 2021 at 9:00 AM EST!

      You don’t need us to tell you that social media is always changing!

      TikTok? Uh, isn’t that banned? We can’t keep up. Oh – you’re a pro at Myspace? Think again! It’s the world of Facebook Live & Zoom now – move over, Top 8.

      As nonprofit marketing professionals (or employees fulfilling “other duties as assigned”), it is our responsibility to pay attention and adapt our communications as needed. This has been quite the task during a pandemic, racial injustice, an election, and more! Please be prepared to discuss what’s worked and what hasn’t during the last year. Do you have examples? We want them all!

      Learning objectives for this session include:

      • Participants will become aware of the latest social media trends, including practical ways to increase engagement.
      • Participants will learn tips and tools to utilize new features of social media channels and digital resources they may not have tried before.
      • Participants will reflect on how social media has changed over the past year.

      This event is geared towards: marketing-communication professionals managing social media accounts for their organizations.

      The level of learning for this workshop is: intermediate.


      Connect with Joelyn on LinkedIn!

      • Friday, February 12, 2021
      • 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM (EST)
      • Zoom
      Register

      Please join The Nonprofit Partnership and Lydia Laythe for a new 4-part opportunity: “Interconnected: Different Experiences, Shared Understanding” a series toward understanding the intersection between trauma and cultural sensitivity.

      The goal of this series is to increase our community’s understanding of trauma & cultural sensitivity, so we can build a more resilient & inclusive community that not only welcomes diversity but embraces the diversity that is already here. And by fostering inclusion & resilience, we know we’re building a strong, productive, and vibrant community.

      All sessions will take place via Zoom. Attendees are strongly encouraged to virtually attend all 4 sessions, live. Please let us know if there is a session you cannot attend and we will do our best to make arrangements so you can get the full experience! 

      This series will be led by Lydia Laythe. Lydia is the Trauma & Addiction Program Coordinator at the US Committee for Refugees and Immigrants’ Erie Field Office, the International Institute of Erie. In this role, Lydia serves refugee and immigrant adults, children, and families. She also supports programs around trauma, victims of crime, survivors of domestic violence, and school-based supports for at-risk refugee youth. Lydia earned her Master’s degree in Social Work from Edinboro University, and a Bachelor’s degree in the same field from the University of Portland. Lydia worked as a trauma therapist prior to working at USCRI Erie, and is trained in Trauma-focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. As a trauma therapist, she worked with children and adolescents who experienced trauma as well as men convicted of sexual offenses after they were released from jail or prison.

      Lydia co-organizes a nonpartisan, civic engagement group called French Creek Indivisible, she helps run social media accounts for a California-based photography series titled “Immigrants are US,” she’s a co-host of the local podcast “Our Erie,” and she is the youngest elected official on Washington Township Council.

      • Session 1: Let’s Talk About Trauma - Friday, February 5, 2021 at 10:00 AM
      • Session 2: Cultural Sensitivity – What & How? - Friday, February 12, 2021 at 10:00 AM
      • Session 3: Prepare Your Toolbox - Friday, February 19, 2021 at 10:00 AM
      • Session 4: Make it Happen: Action Planning - Friday, February 26, 2021 at 10:00 AM

      Please join us for Session 2: Cultural Sensitivity – What & How? on Friday, February 12th at 10:00 AM!

      The goal of this session is to establish shared understanding around the concept “cultural sensitivity” as opposed to “cultural competence” – why that distinction is important, how we put that into practice, and what that looks like for an individual on a daily basis and for policies and systems-level change.

      Key Take-Aways:

      • Culture is complex, diverse, fluid, and evolving.
      • Working with diverse populations requires an ongoing commitment to cultural sensitivity.
      • Cultural sensitivity involves self-reflection, curiosity, & humility.
      • Tuesday, February 16, 2021
      • 9:00 AM (EST)
      • Zoom Meeting
      Register

      New mini series! The Virtual Board of Directors: Tactics for Success - 5 part virtual opportunity for members of The Nonprofit Partnership!

      Effectively engaging a nonprofit Board of Directors can be a challenge, even during normal times. Well... these times are far from normal! We have all been required to pivot in many areas - one being virtual Board engagement. Join The Nonprofit Partnership as we explore strategies you can use to keep your Board members engaged and make your Board meetings successful.

      All mini sessions will take place via Zoom. Sessions will be 20 minutes in length with 10 minutes allotted for Q&A. Members can take advantage of one opportunity or all 5 - whatever works for you!

      This series will be led by Adam Bratton, Executive Director with The Nonprofit Partnership. Adam has over 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.

      • Session 1: Virtual Board Meeting Best Practices - Tuesday, January 19, 2021 at 9:00 AM
      • Session 2: Board Meetings 101: Meeting Minutes - Tuesday, January 26, 2021 at 9:00 AM
      • Session 3: Board Meetings 101: Agendas - Tuesday, February 2, 2021 at 9:00 AM
      • Session 4: By the Book: By-Law Must-Haves - Tuesday, February 9, 2021 at 9:00 AM
      • Session 5: Remote Roles and Responsibilities - Tuesday, February 16, 2021 at 9:00 AM

      Join us for the final session of the series on Tuesday, February 16th at 9:00 AM - Remote Roles and Responsibilities!

      In a virtual environment, staff and leaders have to change and adapt to new and different roles and responsibilities. The Board is no different. This session will look at the challenges presented to Board members in fulfilling their responsibilities and how they can be most effective in adapting to the “new norm” of virtual governance.
      • Friday, February 19, 2021
      • 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM (EST)
      • Zoom
      Register

      Please join The Nonprofit Partnership and Lydia Laythe for a new 4-part opportunity: “Interconnected: Different Experiences, Shared Understanding” a series toward understanding the intersection between trauma and cultural sensitivity.

      The goal of this series is to increase our community’s understanding of trauma & cultural sensitivity, so we can build a more resilient & inclusive community that not only welcomes diversity but embraces the diversity that is already here. And by fostering inclusion & resilience, we know we’re building a strong, productive, and vibrant community.

      All sessions will take place via Zoom. Attendees are strongly encouraged to virtually attend all 4 sessions, live. Please let us know if there is a session you cannot attend and we will do our best to make arrangements so you can get the full experience! 

      This series will be led by Lydia Laythe. Lydia is the Trauma & Addiction Program Coordinator at the US Committee for Refugees and Immigrants’ Erie Field Office, the International Institute of Erie. In this role, Lydia serves refugee and immigrant adults, children, and families. She also supports programs around trauma, victims of crime, survivors of domestic violence, and school-based supports for at-risk refugee youth. Lydia earned her Master’s degree in Social Work from Edinboro University, and a Bachelor’s degree in the same field from the University of Portland. Lydia worked as a trauma therapist prior to working at USCRI Erie, and is trained in Trauma-focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. As a trauma therapist, she worked with children and adolescents who experienced trauma as well as men convicted of sexual offenses after they were released from jail or prison.

      Lydia co-organizes a nonpartisan, civic engagement group called French Creek Indivisible, she helps run social media accounts for a California-based photography series titled “Immigrants are US,” she’s a co-host of the local podcast “Our Erie,” and she is the youngest elected official on Washington Township Council.

      • Session 1: Let’s Talk About Trauma - Friday, February 5, 2021 at 10:00 AM
      • Session 2: Cultural Sensitivity – What & How? - Friday, February 12, 2021 at 10:00 AM
      • Session 3: Prepare Your Toolbox - Friday, February 19, 2021 at 10:00 AM
      • Session 4: Make it Happen: Action Planning - Friday, February 26, 2021 at 10:00 AM

      Please join us for Session 3: Prepare Your Toolbox on Friday, February 19th at 10:00 AM!

      The goal of this session is to help identify the intersections of the two previous topics: Trauma & Cultural Sensitivity, which identifying specific tools and frameworks that can help any individual, group or organization to begin incorporating these ideas into their life & work.

      Key Take-Aways:

      • The tools we use to support a trauma-informed space can be applied to culturally diverse populations, and vice versa.
      • The strategies and resources applied to survivors of trauma and/or people from diverse cultural backgrounds are beneficial to non-traumatized or people from “US-dominant” backgrounds.
      • These frameworks and concepts work best when we internalize them and adjust them for our specific life/work/context.
      • Tuesday, February 23, 2021
      • 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM (EST)
      • Zoom
      Register

      Please virtually join The Nonprofit Partnership and Chimi Boyd-Keyes, CEO & Founder with CBK Enterprises, for Power and Privilege: How I Can Use Mine for Good on Tuesday, February 23, 2021 at 10:00 AM EST!

      This session will begin with a foundational understanding of intersectionality. Additionally, Chimi will talk about how getting feedback from the community we serve is of utmost importance. We will honor a mix of learning styles by doing silent write and think activities, small group discussion, and large group sharing. We will end with concrete tools and suggestions to take back to your organization.

      Participants will identify:

      1. How do power and privilege show up in their communities
      2. What they can do in their communities to interrupt cultural norms and/or institutional practices that are oppressive and/or actively create explicitly anti-oppressive norms or practices
      3. Partnerships and support they can connect to

      Learn more about Chimi Boyd-Keyes...

      Chimi’s mission is to help people realize their highest potential by connecting to their Purpose. As a successful entrepreneur and much sought after consultant, speaker, trainer and grant writer, she is passionate about creating programs and initiatives that develop leaders and promote an equitable, inclusive environment.

      As a seasoned Higher Education professional for 18 years, Chimi has worked extensively on women’s and gender issues and topics relating to other marginalized populations. She has directed two university Women’s Centers, one at a historically black university (HBCU) and one at a predominantly white university (PWI). She also was at the helm of a volunteerism/social justice organization, and has led a program designed to help at-risk youth pursue higher education. A native of Durham, NC, Chimi is proud to have received both her BA and MA in psychology from UNC-Chapel Hill and North Carolina Central University, respectively.

      • Thursday, February 25, 2021
      • 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM (EST)
      • Zoom
      Register

      Please join The Nonprofit Partnership with Heather Lenz and Catherine Smith of Sangfroid Strategy for [Zoom Meeting] 8 Steps to Redefine How Data & Evaluation Can Improve Your Nonprofit on Thursday, February 25, 2021 at 10:00 AM EST! 

      As an industry, nonprofits aren’t used to understanding, measuring, and communicating the value of their program to their clients, donors, and funders. In part, this is because historically we’ve tied data collection to accountability, leading to the separation of running a program from evaluating a program. This concept is so embedded in our culture, it’s hard to think about using data for anything else!

      As we see the future of the funding landscape shift right before our eyes, it is evident that ‘just doing good’ isn’t good enough. Funders are interested in how to leverage their dollars to address root causes - and nonprofits will have to stand out to their funders in new ways if they want to survive. By connecting the day-to-day work of their programming to the long-term outcomes they are trying to achieve, getting clear about their commitment to equity (and how to measure it) , and building the internal capacity for continuous improvement - nonprofits can reframe how they collect and use their data to be in service of their organizations and their clients first - setting them up to stand out from their peers.

      In this workshop, Heather and Catherine will make what many see as daunting and out-of-reach - fun, interactive, and meaningful.  They will guide participants through an 8-step process to redefine how data and evaluation can improve an organization, and integrate it into the delivery of its programs.

      Join us to break through the complexity of program evaluation and learn easily accessible, manageable, and actionable steps, in a way that prioritizes consideration for the capacity, time, and budget constraints of the nonprofit sector.

      Key takeaways:

      1. Understand what makes your organization stand out from your peers.
      2. Get tangible, accessible, tools to go from the status quo to the #1 place to go to for the services you provide and the #1 place to support for the type of work you do.
      3. Learn how to build a culture of continuous improvement and learning, invigorate your staff, and set your organization up for fundraising success.
      4. Learn how to understand, measure, and communicate the value of your programming to clients, donors, and funders.
      5. Learn how to stand out to your funders in just 8-weeks.

      More about Heather:

      Heather Lenz is a social entrepreneur, strategist, and catalyst for community change. After working across government, nonprofits, and foundations for over a decade, Heather learned nonprofits need help building infrastructure around planning, tracking, evaluation, and technology, four key areas where innovation is traditionally reserved for large organizations with more money.

      Heather Lenz is the Founder of the nonprofit consulting firm, Sangfroid Strategy, an evaluation and strategy planning firm that specializes in helping nonprofits learn from where they’ve been, determine where they want to go, and figure out how to get there.

      During the past 12 years, she’s helped hundreds of nonprofit leaders and agencies work through their frustrations with the lack of accessible, affordable, and effective ways to understand and measure the value of their programs, and in turn, stand out to funders. Small and medium-sized nonprofits can’t afford the professional program evaluation services that larger organizations do, and as a result struggle to define what data is important to collect, collect it, and use it to communicate the value of their work through both numbers and stories to their funders. Through Sangfroid Strategy, Heather creates accessible and affordable solutions for nonprofits to solve these problems. Heather developed the program e-Value8, an 8-week program that helps nonprofits actually build the infrastructure and leverage technology to measure their outcomes, regardless of size or capacity.

      Heather holds a Bachelor’s in Sociology, a dual-Master’s in Human-Environmental Studies and Nonprofit Administration and Leadership, and is an Adjunct Professor for Evaluation and Needs Assessment at Case Western Reserve University.

      More about Catherine:

      Catherine Smith brings her passion for partnership cultivation, program evaluation and nonprofit capacity building to lead Sangfroid Strategy’s e-Value8 Program . Prior to joining Sangfroid Strategy, LLC,

      Catherine worked in program management for various community-based social service organizations in

      Cleveland, OH. As Director of Learning and Innovation, she aims to transform the way social service agencies function to create sustainable solutions for the problems they try to solve.

      Catherine earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology from Case Western Reserve University and her Master of Science in Social Administration from the Jack, Joseph, and Morton Mandel School of

      Applied Social Sciences. She was drawn to nonprofit systems work after creating a food-recovery program between the campus dining halls and the local community centers. Her course work in

      Community Practice for Social Change and Nonprofit Management and Leadership led her to pursue this work professionally while being an active volunteer in the community.

      After completing her degree program, she joined the 2015 Teach for America Greater Cleveland Corps, where she taught Common Core Mathematics and served on the Family and Community Engagement

      (FACE) committee. After her time in the classroom, she realized the importance of utilizing partnerships to support the education sector and moved into a role as Program Manager for the Cleveland

      Transformation Alliance, where she led the efforts related to community-facing engagement around the district’s Plan for Transforming Schools. Catherine has strategically and intentionally cultivated partners to support program goals through her work in the education sector. She has expanded support for organizations that address social issues such as disability services, education, housing, and child welfare needs. In addition, Catherine is a Licensed Social Worker (LSW) in the state of Ohio, a Court Appointed

      Special Advocate (CASA), True2U Mentor, and has served on various volunteer committees and boards.

      Catherine is excited by the ability to catalyze change across the nonprofit sector by helping small- and medium- sized nonprofits measure their impact and stand out to funders.

      Visit Sangfroid Strategy online!

      • Friday, February 26, 2021
      • 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM (EST)
      • Zoom
      Register

      Please join The Nonprofit Partnership and Lydia Laythe for a new 4-part opportunity: “Interconnected: Different Experiences, Shared Understanding” a series toward understanding the intersection between trauma and cultural sensitivity.

      The goal of this series is to increase our community’s understanding of trauma & cultural sensitivity, so we can build a more resilient & inclusive community that not only welcomes diversity but embraces the diversity that is already here. And by fostering inclusion & resilience, we know we’re building a strong, productive, and vibrant community.

      All sessions will take place via Zoom. Attendees are strongly encouraged to virtually attend all 4 sessions, live. Please let us know if there is a session you cannot attend and we will do our best to make arrangements so you can get the full experience! 

      This series will be led by Lydia Laythe. Lydia is the Trauma & Addiction Program Coordinator at the US Committee for Refugees and Immigrants’ Erie Field Office, the International Institute of Erie. In this role, Lydia serves refugee and immigrant adults, children, and families. She also supports programs around trauma, victims of crime, survivors of domestic violence, and school-based supports for at-risk refugee youth. Lydia earned her Master’s degree in Social Work from Edinboro University, and a Bachelor’s degree in the same field from the University of Portland. Lydia worked as a trauma therapist prior to working at USCRI Erie, and is trained in Trauma-focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. As a trauma therapist, she worked with children and adolescents who experienced trauma as well as men convicted of sexual offenses after they were released from jail or prison.

      Lydia co-organizes a nonpartisan, civic engagement group called French Creek Indivisible, she helps run social media accounts for a California-based photography series titled “Immigrants are US,” she’s a co-host of the local podcast “Our Erie,” and she is the youngest elected official on Washington Township Council.

      • Session 1: Let’s Talk About Trauma - Friday, February 5, 2021 at 10:00 AM
      • Session 2: Cultural Sensitivity – What & How? - Friday, February 12, 2021 at 10:00 AM
      • Session 3: Prepare Your Toolbox - Friday, February 19, 2021 at 10:00 AM
      • Session 4: Make it Happen: Action Planning - Friday, February 26, 2021 at 10:00 AM

      Please join us for Session 4: Make It Happen - Action Planning on Friday, February 26th at 10:00 AM!

      The goal of this session is to provide the much-needed space for individuals to apply the new information they’ve gathered in their own sphere of influence – be it personal or professional. We know every individual brings their own wealth of knowledge to these sessions, but oftentimes the series ends before giving participants the space to process and actively apply this information to themselves, their life, or their work. This session will create the space for application, practical questions, brainstorming, and discussion.

      Key Take-Aways:

      • The trainer/facilitator in this session is not the expert in your life/field/work/organization – you are.
      • Most people have the information and resources they need to be trauma-informed and culturally sensitive, but sometimes are not given the time/space to plan their implementation and so this information can get lost in the shuffle.
      • Creating intentional space and time to plan implementation increases your likelihood of follow-through and success!

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