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Upcoming workshops, forums, and training opportunities:

    • Monday, March 25, 2019
    • 12:45 PM - 2:30 PM
    • The Susan Hirt Hagen Center for Transformational Philanthropy - 609 Walnut St., Erie, PA 16502
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    Join The Nonprofit Partnership for "Everything We Know About Fundraising Is (Mostly) Wrong" with Blackbaud on Monday, March 25, 2019 from 12:45 PM - 2:30 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.

    Webinar: "Everything We Know About Fundraising Is (Mostly) Wrong" with Blackbaud

    From the host:

    We often hear about concepts like the fundraising pyramid, donor prospecting, or the funnel approach to donor cultivation. But do these philosophical beliefs match up with reality? Join Steve MacLaughlin, vice president of data and analytics at Blackbaud and bestselling author of Data Driven Nonprofits, as he explores if what we think we know about fundraising is really true. This session will explore some of the most common myths about fundraising and how nonprofits can adjust to the new normal in giving.

    • Wednesday, April 03, 2019
    • 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM
    • The Susan Hirt Hagen Center for Transformational Philanthropy - 609 Walnut St., Erie, PA 16502
    • 26
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    Please join The Nonprofit Partnership and TechWorx, LLC on Wednesday, April 3, 2019 from 9:00 to 10:30 AM for "Don't Get Hacked: How to Protect Your Nonprofit from Cyber Attacks." 

    Presented by Andrew Simmons and Mike Estrich - TechWorx. 

    Protect your organization, your donors, your clients and yourself.

    Today’s nonprofits rely on technology to increase their efficiency and fulfill their missions. However, technology can also be a point of vulnerability, and threats to a nonprofit’s information systems can come from both external and internal sources.

    Does your nonprofit have the policies and infrastructure in place to protect your IT systems and data? Are you properly protecting sensitive data? What will you say to stakeholders when asked what you’ve done to protect your organization against possible breaches?

    In this presentation, Andrew and Mike will help you identify and understand the risks your nonprofit faces from both technical and social engineering perspectives. They will also discuss cybersecurity strategies and tools that can be leveraged to protect your nonprofit’s critical data and mitigate threats.

    The learning objectives for this workshop include:

    1. Educate attendees on the importance of cybersecurity in their organization
    2. Introduce attendees to the threat of social engineering to help them better protect themselves
    3. Educate attendees on best practices for software, hardware, and processes they should be integrating to protect their organizations

    This event is geared towards:

    • CEO/Executive Directors
    • Operations VPs/Managers
    • Human Resources personnel
    • Any individuals responsible for their organization’s technology

    The level of learning for this workshop is beginner / intermediate.

    Special note for non-member registrations: payment is due at least one day prior to the date of the event. If your invoice is not paid in advance, your registration will be cancelled.

    In order to receive registration reimbursement, notice must be received no less than 48 hours prior to the event. 


    • Thursday, April 04, 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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    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: During the Ask

    *Please note - this is the second forum in a special three-part series, "Making the Ask." Attendance at all three forum opportunities is encouraged, but not required. 

    Please join The Nonprofit Partnership with Jonathan Rilling, Vice President of Marketing, Advancement & Communications with Erie Homes for Children and Adults, Inc. (EHCA) and Ted Wood, President with Ted Wood & Associates on Thursday, April 4, 2019 from 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM. 

    You finally have to opportunity to solicit the prospect. Now what? Learn what really happens during gift solicitations. What do you say? What does the prospect say? Where do you sit? What do you take along with you? Who do you take along with you? Get answers to these questions and more!

    More about the duo - Jonathan & Ted: 

    Jonathan Rilling started with Erie Homes for Children and Adults, Inc. (EHCA) in 2013. Jonathan has served on the Board of Directors for AFP, PRSA, and currently serves on the Erie Rotary Club Board of Directors as well as The Nonprofit Partnership Board. Prior to EHCA, Jonathan was the Marketing & Development Specialist for the Erie Highmark Caring Place. Prior to moving into the nonprofit sector, he worked for Verizon Wireless in both Erie and Crawford Counties. Shortly after Jonathan began, EHCA signed on with Ted Wood & Associates, a fundraising consulting firm based in Allison Park, PA. Ted Wood has been in the field of fundraising for over thirty five years and is well known in and around Erie County. Ted and Jonathan collaborated on a development department audit for EHCA, transitioning into a major gifts program for the agency, and ultimately embarking on a capital campaign together. This was the first major campaign for EHCA since the early 1990s. Ted and Jonathan have presented numerous times on their shared experiences. (Watch out, Ted might even tell you the origin of your last name!)

    Light breakfast 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. 

    Want to snag your spot for the remaining forum opportunity associated with this series? Click below!

    3. Role-playing the Ask - Wednesday, May 8, 2019


    • Wednesday, April 10, 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 with The Nonprofit Partnership, on Wednesday, April 10, 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.Special registration note: payment is due at least one day prior to the date of the event. If your invoice is not paid in advance, your registration will be cancelled.


    • Tuesday, April 16, 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 Debra Thompson, Founder & CEO with Strategy Solutions, on Tuesday, April 16, 2019 from 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM for "Strategic Planning for Sustainability."

    Leading sustainable organizations in today’s environment requires courage, skill, and the ability to make a compelling case for support that will resonate with donors and funders. This requires a shift away from “the way we have always done it” toward a more strategic approach to program development and fundraising, led by the board. An effective strategic planning process is critical to sustainability. Deb Thompson will guide you through the process of developing and implementing a strategic plan for your organization. Join us and learn the elements that make up an effective plan along with strategies to engage your board and staff to ensure implementation of your plan.

    After this workshop, the participant should feel be able to:

    • Assess the effectiveness of your organization’s current strategic planning efforts
    • Facilitate the critical elements of the strategic planning process
    • Identify the barriers to effective planning and implementation as well as strategies to engage board and staff to ensure plan success

    The intended level of learning of this workshop is intermediate.

    This workshop is classified as Leadership & Management and Governance.

    Special note for non-member registrations: payment is due at least one day prior to the date of the event. If your invoice is not paid in advance, your registration will be cancelled.

    In order to receive registration reimbursement, notice must be received no less than 48 hours prior to the event.


    • Wednesday, April 17, 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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    We hear it time and time again – nonprofits are strapped for time and for cash. Well, we can’t add another day to the week, but we can attempt to provide resources to help operate your nonprofit at a high level (even on a low budget!).

    That’s why we developed our new “… on a Shoestring Budget” workshop series. According to Merriam Webster, a shoestring budget involves “a relatively small amount of money for planned spending.” But just because your nonprofit’s budget may be modest, it doesn’t mean your mission has to be small, too!


    Please join The Nonprofit Partnership (NPP) for the first offering in our new “… on a Shoestring Budget” series, “A Wowing Web Presence on a Shoestring Budget” on Wednesday, April 17, 2019 from 9:00 AM to 10:30 AM.

    NPP’s Member Services Manager, Ellen, will walk attendees through her professional experience with a nonprofit website builder, Firespring, and her experiences using Wix, a drag-and-drop website editor. Additionally, Ellen will provide a list of low- and no-cost tools that enhance website effectiveness, she will highlight website must-haves, and illustrate how to use Wix in real time.

    Covering your basics on a budget doesn’t mean your web presence needs to look cheap. Let Ellen show you how!

    Learning objectives:

    1. Gain an understanding of the features and pricing plans for both Firespring and Wix.
    2. Discover new tools and learn how they can inform website design and enhance website effectiveness.
    3. Learn which pages are must-haves for a strong nonprofit website.

    This workshop is appropriate for the nonprofit professional that “wears many hats,” is responsible for the marketing and communications for their organization, or is just looking to better showcase their nonprofit (on a budget!).

    Special note for non-member registrations: payment is due at least one day prior to the date of the event. If your invoice is not paid in advance, your registration will be cancelled. 

    In order to receive registration reimbursement, notice must be received no less than 48 hours prior to the event. 

    • Thursday, April 18, 2019
    • 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 Thursday, April 18, 2019 from 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM.

    The Governance Gateway training will offer 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 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.  

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

    Payment is required at least one day prior to the event date. Your registration will be cancelled if payment is not received in advance.

    There will be no refunds due to cancellations/no shows. 

    • Tuesday, April 23, 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 Jane Ann Regan, Principal with Regan Management Consulting, LLC, for “Unlocking Your Data for IMPACT” on Tuesday, April 23, 2019 from 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM.

    Does just the word “data” send shivers down your spine? What data should I collect? How do I organize it, analyze it, and use it? Come equipped with the data you have at your fingertips and find answers to those questions while gaining confidence in understanding the value of “the numbers.”
    In this session, you will identify sources of free data, both from within your organization and from public sources; review ways in which to organize and track data using presenter-provided templates; identify key metrics that drive your organization’s performance; and use data to gain insights into your organization’s impact, thereby better informing your decision-making process. You will leave this interactive session with a data toolkit that you can use to track impact and outcomes at your organization.

    The learning objectives for this workshop include:

    1. Identify 3 pertinent data sources that your organization is not yet tracking
    2. Select 3-5 key data points that drive your nonprofit’s outcomes
    3. Identify 3-5 key external data points that impact your nonprofit’s work
    4. Identify 2-3 insights from your data that can support your decision making

    The level of learning for this workshop is beginner. The session is appropriate for small to medium-sized nonprofits across all sectors, who collect data but are having difficulty organizing and/or analyzing their data.

    More About Jane Ann Regan

    Jane Ann Regan has more than 25 years of experience in marketing and strategy development, holding positions of increasing responsibility at H.J.Heinz, AT&T Wireless and Giant Eagle. These years of expertise in marketing, strategy and communication development led to the establishment of Regan Management Consulting, LLC in 2012. She serves as a resource for various nonprofits and for-profit companies requiring support to manage their strategic marketing needs including analysis, research, branding, messaging and project management, through a practical and hands-on approach. Driven by a passion for learning, Jane Ann is able to quickly grasp a business challenge, and translate that challenge into a set of realistic prioritized objectives with targeted plans to drive successful results. Jane Ann currently volunteers on the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank Mission Advancement Committee, the Strong Women Strong Girls Strategic Initiative Development Committee and the North Hills Regional Catholic School Board. Clients include RTI International Metals, teli – The Early Learning Institute, United Way of Allegheny County, The Watson Institute, Adelphoi Village and the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank.

    Special note for non-member registrations: payment is due at least one day prior to the date of the event. If your invoice is not paid in advance, your registration will be cancelled.

    In order to receive registration reimbursement, notice must be received no less than 48 hours prior to the event. 


    • Wednesday, May 08, 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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    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: Role-playing the Ask

    *Please note - this is the third forum in a special three-part series, "Making the Ask." Attendance at all three forum opportunities is encouraged, but not required. 

    Please join The Nonprofit Partnership with Jonathan Rilling, Vice President of Marketing, Advancement & Communications with Erie Homes for Children and Adults, Inc. (EHCA) and Ted Wood, President with Ted Wood & Associates on Wednesday, May 8, 2019 from 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM. 

    There is no better way to rehearse but to role-play. This session allows you to implement everything you’ve learned. Will you be able to ask for the gift? Will the donor say yes, no, or maybe? Please come prepared to test your skills in various scenarios! 

    More about the duo - Jonathan & Ted: 

    Jonathan Rilling started with Erie Homes for Children and Adults, Inc. (EHCA) in 2013. Jonathan has served on the Board of Directors for AFP, PRSA, and currently serves on the Erie Rotary Club Board of Directors as well as The Nonprofit Partnership Board. Prior to EHCA, Jonathan was the Marketing & Development Specialist for the Erie Highmark Caring Place. Prior to moving into the nonprofit sector, he worked for Verizon Wireless in both Erie and Crawford Counties. Shortly after Jonathan began, EHCA signed on with Ted Wood & Associates, a fundraising consulting firm based in Allison Park, PA. Ted Wood has been in the field of fundraising for over thirty five years and is well known in and around Erie County. Ted and Jonathan collaborated on a development department audit for EHCA, transitioning into a major gifts program for the agency, and ultimately embarking on a capital campaign together. This was the first major campaign for EHCA since the early 1990s. Ted and Jonathan have presented numerous times on their shared experiences. (Watch out, Ted might even tell you the origin of your last name!)

    Light breakfast 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. 

    • Tuesday, May 14, 2019
    • 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 nonprofit marketing and communications professionals: Midday Marketing Meet-Up. The goal of the 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.

    “Why Digital Marketing is Failing (And What You Can Do About It)”

    Please join The Nonprofit Partnership and Lesley Ridge Allen, Business Outreach Specialist with the Erie Regional Chamber & Growth Partnership, on Tuesday, May 14, 2019 from 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM for our next Midday Marketing Meet-Up!

    How many of you have created a digital strategy only to feel like your organization was already “behind the times” by its launch date? Digital marketing evolves at a rapid pace, one that often leaves marketing managers exhausted, confused, and overwhelmed. During this session, Lesley Ridge Allen will share the three mistakes nonprofits make when marketing online and the one remedy to get your strategy back on track. The first thirty minutes of the forum will cover the learning objectives listed below, followed by an open Q&A to tackle specific hurdles attendees are currently experiencing when marketing their organizations online.

    Forum objectives include:

    • Understand the three compelling pillars of a digital media strategy
    • Develop a framework for agile marketing
    • Gain macro strategic perspective to identify and execute micro tactics
    Participants will leave with specific tactics for immediate implementation to improve their online marketing. This session is appropriate for any nonprofit professional with an integral role in marketing decisions for their organization.

    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.

    More about Lesley...

    Lesley Ridge Allen is passionate about helping local businesses thrive. Through her role at the Erie Regional Chamber, she connects businesses to the larger economic development ecosystem so that they can continue growing and expanding in Erie County. She is a writer at heart and digital devotee with a penchant for storytelling. Ridge-Allen fused her love of the two to launch Socialution Media, a digital marketing agency, in 2013. She’s worked with small businesses in the tri-state area to create stellar online engagement programs in several industries including non-profit, retail, personal branding, and business services. Prior to starting Socialution, Ridge-Allen worked for a consumer marketing agency in Boston, building online communities for brands like Nasoya, Trendy Top, Safety 1st, and VO5. She was also the digital services manager for a strategic communications startup in Washington, D.C. after graduating from Carnegie Mellon University. She and her husband, Chris, enjoy spending time at Presque Isle and UPMC Park with their two sons.


    • Wednesday, May 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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    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 16, 2019: Mission, Strategy and Evaluation
    • Session 2, March 20, 2019: Leadership - Board, Staff and Volunteers
    • Session 3, May 15, 2019: Legal Compliance and Ethics
    • Session 4, July 17, 2019: Finance and Operations
    • Session 5, September 18, 2019: Resource Development
    • Session 6, November 20, 2019: 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 3: Legal Compliance and Ethics...

    Join The Nonprofit Partnership and Strategy Solutions for the third installment of the "Getting to Know the Standards for Excellence®” series: Legal Compliance and Ethics on Wednesday, May 15, 2019 from 9:00 to 10:30 AM.

    This workshop provides an overview of the Standards for Excellence® with a specific focus on Legal Compliance and Ethics.

    Nonprofits enjoy the public’s trust, and therefore must comply with a diverse array of legal and regulatory requirements. One of the leadership’s fundamental responsibilities is to ensure that the organization governs and operates itself in an ethical and legal manner. Fostering a culture of exemplary conduct is one of the most effective means of developing internal and external trust as well as preventing misconduct. Moreover, to honor the trust that the public has given them, nonprofits have an obligation to go beyond legal requirements and embrace the highest ethical practices. Nonprofit board, staff, and volunteers must act in the best interest of the organization, rather than in furtherance of personal interests or the interests of third parties. A nonprofit should have policies in place, and should routinely and systematically implement those policies, to prevent actual, or perceived, conflicts of interest.

    Topics covered include:

    1. Maintaining Legal Compliance
    2. Required Public Disclosures
    3. Reporting Misconduct and Whistleblower Protection
    4. Conflicts of Interest
    5. Ethics

    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 3: Legal Compliance and Ethics) 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 3: Legal Compliance and Ethics) 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, Audit or Compliance Committee Chairs and Quality or Compliance staff.

    Special note for non-member registrations: payment is due at least one day prior to the date of the event. If your invoice is not paid in advance, your registration will be cancelled.

    In order to receive registration reimbursement, notice must be received no less than 48 hours prior to the event. 

    • Tuesday, May 21, 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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    We hear it time and time again – nonprofits are strapped for time and for cash. Well, we can’t add another day to the week, but we can attempt to provide resources to help operate your nonprofit at a high level (even on a low budget!).

    That’s why we developed our new “… on a Shoestring Budget” workshop series. According to Merriam Webster, a shoestring budget involves “a relatively small amount of money for planned spending.” But just because your nonprofit’s budget may be modest, it doesn’t mean your mission has to be small, too!


    Please join Erin Yates, Operations & Special Projects Manager with The Nonprofit Partnership (NPP) for the second offering in our new “… on a Shoestring Budget” series, “Creating a Stellar Sponsorship Prospectus... on a Shoestring Budget” on Tuesday, May 21, 2019 from 9:00 AM to 10:30 AM.

    Does your organization host events? Do you sell sponsorships of those events? (Or if you don’t currently sell sponsorships, do you aspire to?) If so, this workshop is for you!

    In this workshop, Erin will cover both substance and style as they relate to a sponsorship prospectus.

    She will discuss what a prospectus is (and how it’s different from other collateral), why you should create a prospectus, what the key elements of a successful prospectus are, and how the prospectus fits into the sales/fundraising funnel.

    Erin will also cover the hands-on aspects of creating a prospectus on a shoestring budget. She will show attendees how to use Microsoft Word to create a sophisticated-looking document and provide a brief overview of some design basics to consider when creating your own prospectus.

    Learning objectives:

    1. Gain an understanding of what a prospectus is, how it’s used, and why it’s important to your sponsorship strategy
    2. Learn how to use Microsoft Word to create a professional, well-designed prospectus
    3. Learn the basics of good prospectus design

    This workshop is appropriate for early-career development or marketing professionals, accidental (or reluctant) graphic designers, and any other staff with a responsibility for or interest in sponsor acquisition.

    The level of learning for this workshop is beginner.

    Special note for non-member registrations: payment is due at least one day prior to the date of the event. If your invoice is not paid in advance, your registration will be cancelled. 

    In order to receive registration reimbursement, notice must be received no less than 48 hours prior to the event. 

    • Thursday, May 30, 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 The Erie Community Foundation's Community Impact Team on Thursday, May 30, 2019 from 9:00 to 11:00 AM for, "Grant [RIGHT]ing: Strategies for Success with The Erie Community Foundation."

    The Erie Community Foundation's Community Impact Team will briefly introduce ECF’s various grant programs and guidelines, the grant application and review process, and the post-grant evaluation report. The bulk of this workshop will be focused on crafting the best request and examining key components of the application, including:

    • A Pulitzer-prize worthy Executive Summary
    • Making the Case – providing evidence for your program and/or intervention
    • Decoding the proposal budget

    And don’t just take our word for it – hear from a panel of past grantees whose stories of funded projects provide a blueprint for success, attainable for any nonprofit organization.

    The learning objectives for this workshop include:

    • Understand the Foundation’s grant programs and guidelines
    • Understand how to craft a strong, needs-focused request and how to strengthen your application by using evidence of your program and/or intervention’s success
    • Learn how to write a clear, concise executive summary (in 1,000 characters or less)
    • Understand how to have your community impact clearly described such that the outcomes are measured and inspiring
    • Understand the VALU in self-eVALUation reports

    This event is geared towards any nonprofit professional that wants to learn more about the Foundation's grant programs and process. This could include administrators, fundraisers/development staff, program staff or communications/marketing staff.

    *New this year:

    Short on time? Interested and prepared to move forward with a grant proposal with The Erie Community Foundation? We have the opportunity for you!

    Claim a Pre-Application meeting today! These meetings will be 20 minutes in length and will take place post-workshop. 

    Options:

    • 2 spaces 1 space remaining from 11:00 AM - 11:20 AM
    • 2 spaces remaining from 11:20 AM - 11:40 AM
    • 2 spaces remaining from 11:40 AM - 12:00 PM

    *You must email The Nonprofit Partnership's Member Services Manager at ekehl@yournpp.org to claim a Pre-Application meeting. The time limit will be strictly enforced. Pre-Application meetings are required prior to moving forward with a Helping Today grant with The Erie Community Foundation. Attendance to the workshop is a prerequisite for these meeting options. 

    Special note for non-member registrations: payment is due at least one day prior to the date of the event. If your invoice is not paid in advance, your registration will be cancelled.

    In order to receive registration reimbursement, notice must be received no less than 48 hours prior to the event. 

    • Tuesday, June 04, 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 The Nonprofit Partnership's Executive Director, Adam Bratton, for “Meetings That Make Sense” on Tuesday, June 4, 2019 from 9:00 AM to 10:30 AM.

    The nonprofit sector is made up of people helping people. Whether those people are Board members, volunteers, or staff, their time is valuable. Too often, we waste the most valuable asset of the nonprofit sector—people’s time. In this session, Adam will provide some ideas, agendas, and tips that will help you guide better Board and staff meetings in order to get the most out of the people who serve our missions.

    The learning objectives for this workshop include:

    1. To gain an understanding of why and how certain meeting formats and habits can impede progress.
    2. To review, understand and receive examples of the most highly utilized agenda formats.
    3. To learn the steps that you can start implementing at your organization to have more efficient meetings.

    The level of learning for this workshop is beginner but is a great fit for anyone who wants to make their organization's meetings more efficient! 

    Special note for non-member registrations: payment is due at least one day prior to the date of the event. If your invoice is not paid in advance, your registration will be cancelled.

    In order to receive registration reimbursement, notice must be received no less than 48 hours prior to the event. 


    • Wednesday, July 17, 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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    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 16, 2019: Mission, Strategy and Evaluation
    • Session 2, March 20, 2019: Leadership - Board, Staff and Volunteers
    • Session 3, May 15, 2019: Legal Compliance and Ethics
    • Session 4, July 17, 2019: Finance and Operations
    • Session 5, September 18, 2019: Resource Development
    • Session 6, November 20, 2019: 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 17, 2019 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.

    Special note for non-member registrations: payment is due at least one day prior to the date of the event. If your invoice is not paid in advance, your registration will be cancelled.

    In order to receive registration reimbursement, notice must be received no less than 48 hours prior to the event. 

    • Thursday, August 08, 2019
    • 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 Thursday, August 8, 2019 from 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM.

    The Governance Gateway training will offer 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 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.  

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

    Payment is required at least one day prior to the event date. Your registration will be cancelled if payment is not received in advance.

    There will be no refunds due to cancellations/no shows. 

    • Thursday, September 05, 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 The Erie Community Foundation's Community Impact Team on Thursday, September 5, 2019 from 9:00 to 11:00 AM for, "Grant [RIGHT]ing: Strategies for Success with The Erie Community Foundation."

    The Erie Community Foundation's Community Impact Team will briefly introduce ECF’s various grant programs and guidelines, the grant application and review process, and the post-grant evaluation report. The bulk of this workshop will be focused on crafting the best request and examining key components of the application, including:

    • A Pulitzer-prize worthy Executive Summary
    • Making the Case – providing evidence for your program and/or intervention
    • Decoding the proposal budget

    And don’t just take our word for it – hear from a panel of past grantees whose stories of funded projects provide a blueprint for success, attainable for any nonprofit organization.

    The learning objectives for this workshop include:

    • Understand the Foundation’s grant programs and guidelines
    • Understand how to craft a strong, needs-focused request and how to strengthen your application by using evidence of your program and/or intervention’s success
    • Learn how to write a clear, concise executive summary (in 1,000 characters or less)
    • Understand how to have your community impact clearly described such that the outcomes are measured and inspiring
    • Understand the VALU in self-eVALUation reports

    This event is geared towards any nonprofit professional that wants to learn more about the Foundation's grant programs and process. This could include administrators, fundraisers/development staff, program staff or communications/marketing staff.

    *New this year:

    Short on time? Interested and prepared to move forward with a grant proposal with The Erie Community Foundation? We have the opportunity for you!

    Claim a Pre-Application meeting today! These meetings will be 20 minutes in length and will take place post-workshop. 

    Options:

    • 2 spaces from 11:00 AM - 11:20 AM
    • 2 spaces from 11:20 AM - 11:40 AM
    • 2 spaces from 11:40 AM - 12:00 PM

    *You must email The Nonprofit Partnership's Member Services Manager at ekehl@yournpp.org to claim a Pre-Application meeting. The time limit will be strictly enforced. Pre-Application meetings are required prior to moving forward with a Helping Today grant with The Erie Community Foundation. Attendance to the workshop is a prerequisite for these meeting options. 

    Special note for non-member registrations: payment is due at least one day prior to the date of the event. If your invoice is not paid in advance, your registration will be cancelled.

    In order to receive registration reimbursement, notice must be received no less than 48 hours prior to the event. 

    • Tuesday, September 10, 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 with The Nonprofit Partnership, on Tuesday, September 10, 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.Special registration note: payment is due at least one day prior to the date of the event. If your invoice is not paid in advance, your registration will be cancelled.


    • Wednesday, September 18, 2019
    • 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 16, 2019: Mission, Strategy and Evaluation
    • Session 2, March 20, 2019: Leadership - Board, Staff and Volunteers
    • Session 3, May 15, 2019: Legal Compliance and Ethics
    • Session 4, July 17, 2019: Finance and Operations
    • Session 5, September 18, 2019: Resource Development
    • Session 6, November 20, 2019: 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 18, 2019 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.

    Special note for non-member registrations: payment is due at least one day prior to the date of the event. If your invoice is not paid in advance, your registration will be cancelled.

    In order to receive registration reimbursement, notice must be received no less than 48 hours prior to the event. 

    • Wednesday, November 20, 2019
    • 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 16, 2019: Mission, Strategy and Evaluation
    • Session 2, March 20, 2019: Leadership - Board, Staff and Volunteers
    • Session 3, May 15, 2019: Legal Compliance and Ethics
    • Session 4, July 17, 2019: Finance and Operations
    • Session 5, September 18, 2019: Resource Development
    • Session 6, November 20, 2019: 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 20, 2019 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.

    Special note for non-member registrations: payment is due at least one day prior to the date of the event. If your invoice is not paid in advance, your registration will be cancelled.

    In order to receive registration reimbursement, notice must be received no less than 48 hours prior to the event. 

    • Thursday, December 12, 2019
    • 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 Thursday, December 12, 2019 from 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM.

    The Governance Gateway training will offer 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 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.  

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

    Payment is required at least one day prior to the event date. Your registration will be cancelled if payment is not received in advance.

    There will be no refunds due to cancellations/no shows. 


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