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Upcoming events

    • Tuesday, February 27, 2018
    • 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    • The Susan Hirt Hagen Center for Transformational Philanthropy - 609 Walnut St., Erie, PA 16502
    • 11
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    Please join The Nonprofit Partnership and Joelyn Bush, Director, Marketing & Communications with United Way of Erie County, on Tuesday, February 27, 2018 from 9:00 to 11:00 AM for "Social Media 2018."

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

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

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

    The learning objectives for this workshop include:

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

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

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

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

    The level of learning for this workshop is intermediate.

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


    • Tuesday, March 06, 2018
    • 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM
    • The Susan Hirt Hagen Center for Transformational Philanthropy - 609 Walnut St., Erie, PA 16502
    • 38
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    Join The Nonprofit Partnership and Ashley Wilczynski of United Way of Erie County for "Get Connected: Get Refreshed!," a basic overview workshop focused on one of our community's greatest assets for promoting volunteerism, Get Connected Erie, on Tuesday, March 6, 2018 from 9:00 AM to 10:30 AM. 

    Join Ashley to learn or refresh your knowledge of how to use Get Connected to promote volunteer opportunities and recruit volunteers.

    The participant will learn:

    1. How to create and update volunteer opportunities.
    2. How to update their organization's profile.
    3. How to respond to volunteer responses.
    This workshop is geared towards Volunteer Coordinators or anyone who has their hand in managing the volunteerism aspect of their organization.

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

    Please come with any questions you may have regarding the Get Connected platform!


    • Thursday, March 08, 2018
    • 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
    • The Susan Hirt Hagen Center for Transformational Philanthropy - 609 Walnut St., Erie, PA 16502
    • 4
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    Join The Nonprofit Partnership for "The 5 Donor Love Languages" with Bloomerang on Thursday, March 8, 2018 from 1:00 to 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: "The 5 Donor Love Languages"

    From the host:

    Tammy Zonker will teach you about the five donor love languages and how to speak the love language your donor prefers; radically improving your donor retention rates. Participants will learn how to create your annual donor love plan and engage executive leadership and board members in sharing the love.

    Learning objectives:

    • What research says about what donors want
    • How to determine your donor's preferred love language
    • How to create an annual donor love plan to retain donors
    • How to empower your board to share the love with Gratitude Kits

    About the presenter, Tammy Zonker:

    Recognized as one of America's Top 25 Fundraising Experts, Tammy is an inspiring international speaker and trainer in the discipline of transformational philanthropy and an innovative fundraising practitioner. She has trained, coached and led nonprofit teams to raise more than $450M including a single gift of $27.1M. She moved to Detroit in 2008 determined to fundraise in the most challenging economy in the U.S. and has turned those experiences into strategies, tools and processes for skyrocketing fundraising results in any economy. When she's not speaking at conferences or fundraising, she's leading webinars, e-courses, trainings or hosting an episode of ZTV on her fundraising video channel.
    • Wednesday, March 14, 2018
    • 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
    • The Susan Hirt Hagen Center for Transformational Philanthropy - 609 Walnut St., Erie, PA 16502
    • 6
    Register
    Join The Nonprofit Partnership for a new series for 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 first forum of the series will take place on Wednesday, March 14, 2018 from 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM with Emma Kieran of Pilot Peak Consulting

    The title of Emma’s talk is "Top Fundraising Trends for 2018." Do the recent changes to tax incentives make you nervous? Have you experienced an influx of support because you work for a progressive organization? Are you up to speed on all of the new digital fundraising trends? Every year fundraisers ask themselves which strategies to use to enhance their work and raise funds. Fundraising is constantly evolving, so knowing how to adapt is essential. Join us for a preview of the trends for 2018 and how you can implement them in your 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 have fundraising as a primary function of their job. 


    • Thursday, March 15, 2018
    • 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM
    • The Susan Hirt Hagen Center for Transformational Philanthropy - 609 Walnut St., Erie, PA 16502
    • 6
    Register

    Please join Adam C. Bratton, Executive Director of The Nonprofit Partnership, on Thursday, March 15, 2018, for "Starting a Nonprofit" from 9:00 AM to 10:30 AM.

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

    The learning objectives for this session include:

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

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

    The level of learning for this workshop is beginner.


    • Wednesday, March 21, 2018
    • 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    • The Susan Hirt Hagen Center for Transformational Philanthropy - 609 Walnut St., Erie, PA 16502
    Register

    About the series...

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

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

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

    About Session 2: Leadership - Board, Staff and Volunteers...

    Join The Nonprofit Partnership and Strategy Solutions for the second installment of the "Getting to Know the Standards for Excellence®” series: Leadership – Board, Staff and Volunteers on Wednesday, March 21, 2018 from 9:00 to 11:00 AM.

    This workshop provides an overview of the Standards for Excellence® with a specific focus on Leadership: Board, Staff and Volunteers.

    Nonprofits depend on effective leadership to successfully fulfill their missions and reach their program goals. Effective leadership consists of a partnership between the board and management, each of which plays an essential role. Understanding and negotiating these shared, complex elements of leadership are essential to the organization’s success.

    Board members are entrusted with the responsibility to make sure resources are used wisely to carry out the mission of the organization. An effective nonprofit board should determine the mission of the organization, establish management policies and procedures, assure that adequate human and financial resources are available, and actively monitor the organization’s allocation of resources to effectively and efficiently fulfill its mission.

    Nonprofits should have executive leadership which carries out the day to day operations of the organization, ensures financial and organizational sustainability, and provides adequate information to the board of directors.

    Topics covered include:

    • Leadership and Governance
    • Leadership and Operational Management
    • Cultural Competency/Diversity/Inclusion

    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 2: Leadership – Board, Staff and Volunteers) 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 2: Leadership – Board, Staff and Volunteers) 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, Personnel Committee Chairs, Human Resource staff and Volunteer Coordinators.

    • Thursday, March 22, 2018
    • Thursday, June 07, 2018
    • 6 sessions
    • The Susan Hirt Hagen Center for Transformational Philanthropy - 609 Walnut St., Erie, PA 16502
    • 16
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    New series!

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

    The participant will...

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

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

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

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

    Session dates and times:

    1. Thursday, March 22, 2018 - 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM
    2. Thursday, April 19, 2018 - 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM
    3. Thursday, April 26, 2018 - 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM
    4. Thursday, May 10, 2018 - 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM
    5. Thursday, May 24, 2018 - 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM
    6. Thursday, June 7, 2018 - 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM
    Please note: to receive the special discount when signing up multiple people from the same organization, please enter the additional attendees as GUESTS to receive the $50 discount. Please let us assist you if there are any questions or concerns. 

    Payment is required before the start of the event. There will be no refunds due to cancellations/no shows. 
    • Tuesday, March 27, 2018
    • 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    • The Susan Hirt Hagen Center for Transformational Philanthropy - 609 Walnut St., Erie, PA 16502
    • 30
    Register

    The Nonprofit Partnership welcomes Guy McUmber, Regional Director with Green Building Alliance, Brittany Prischak, Sustainability Coordinator with the County of Erie, and Marlene Trambley, Chairwoman with the Committee for Alternative Resource Energy (CARE)/Erie Benedictine Nuns for "Energy Efficiency Assistance and Opportunities for Nonprofits" on Tuesday, March 27, 2018 from 9:00 to 11:00 AM.

    This session will provide an overview of energy efficiency basics and resources and best practices for nonprofits, including a primer on benchmarking with Energy Star software. Funding options will also be discussed with local recipients and success stories highlighted. In addition, an overview of recent developments in smart building design will be provided, including net zero and passive house technologies. Attendees will also be introduced to the Erie 2030 initiative, which aims to reduce energy use (and carbon generation) in the city by 50% within 12 years through advocacy, education and support.

    Learning objectives

    Attendees will learn:

    1. Why buildings are major energy users and should be a focus of any organization’s efficiency program
    2. How energy efficiency can be particularly important to nonprofits and their clients, the latter in terms of “energy burden”
    3. How to identify local resources, including financial, to support energy efficiency and alternative energy efforts

    This workshop will be geared towards nonprofit administrative and operations staff and also board members. All groups will benefit from understanding the value of energy efficiency in organizational financial sustainability, especially in terms of obtaining, designing and operating cost-effective (and healthy) buildings.

    The level of learning for this session is beginner.

    • Wednesday, March 28, 2018
    • 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM
    • The Susan Hirt Hagen Center for Transformational Philanthropy - 609 Walnut St., Erie, PA 16502
    • 36
    Register

    Please join The Nonprofit Partnership and representatives from The Erie Community Foundation for “Give Your Attention to Erie Gives: An Orientation” on Wednesday, March 28, 2018 from 9:00 AM to 10:30 AM.

    Did your organization join the Erie Gives movement within the last year or two? Feeling unsure if you’ve checked all the necessary "to-do" boxes? We have the session for you!

    Join NPP and ECF as we walk you through the top ten checklist items for pre-Erie Gives, during Erie Gives, and post-Erie Gives. The items on the list may appear obvious to Erie Gives veterans, but to newbies - they are essentials!

    Remember, Erie Gives is what you make of it. Do all that you can for a successful day of giving!

    After this session, participants will…

    • Be knowledgeable of the Erie Gives Day process
    • Be familiarized with the ten-point Erie Gives checklist and have questions answered
    • Feel prepared to tackle Erie Gives

    This session is fitting for organizations that are new to Erie Gives or employees that are new to organizations that participate in Erie Gives.

    The level of learning for this session is beginner.


    • Tuesday, April 10, 2018
    • Tuesday, June 26, 2018
    • 6 sessions
    • The Susan Hirt Hagen Center for Transformational Philanthropy - 609 Walnut St., Erie, PA 16502
    • 15
    Register

    Please join The Nonprofit Partnership for "The Art & Science of Fundraising," an intensive fundraising course opportunity that will take place between April and June of 2018.

    The participant will...

    • Understand the history, trends, and ethics of the fundraising profession
    • Learn how to create, implement, and advance a fundraising program
    • Understand the importance and traits of the relationship building process in fundraising
    • Learn how to create a culture of philanthropy within an organization
    • Implement practical, hands-on learning including mock asks, case studies, and plan development
    • Develop a network of peers in the fundraising and nonprofit profession
    • And more!

    Session 1: Introduction to Fundraising- Tuesday, April 10, 2018

    Session 2: Creating a Fundraising Program- Tuesday, April 24, 2018

    Session 3: Building Relationships- Tuesday, May 8, 2018

    Session 4: Making the Ask- Tuesday, May 22, 2018

    Session 5: Developing a Major Gifts and Planned Giving Program- Tuesday, June 12, 2018

    Session 6: Creating a Culture of Philanthropy- Tuesday, June 26, 2018

    All sessions will run from 8:30 AM to 11:30 AM.

    This course will be led by Adam C. Bratton, Executive Director with The Nonprofit Partnership and longtime fundraising professional. Guest speakers include: Linda Hackshaw, CEO with The Sight Center of NWPA; Jonathan Rilling, VP of Marketing, Advancement, & Communications with Erie Homes for Children and Adults; Ted Wood, President of Ted Wood & Associates; Nicole Reitzell, Development Director with the Erie Zoo; and Margaret Taylor, CFRE, Consultant.

    Cost is $250 per member registration. Additional attendees from the same organization will receive a $50 discount. Non-Members are able to participate at a cost of $325 per registration. Cost includes text book, course materials and light breakfast. Act now - space is limited for this event.

    Make-up opportunities will be available for missed sessions. This course is wonderful for fundraising professionals of all sorts, especially those new to the development field and Executive Directors with a responsibility to fundraising.

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

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

    • Wednesday, April 11, 2018
    • 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
    • The Susan Hirt Hagen Center for Transformational Philanthropy - 609 Walnut St., Erie, PA 16502
    • 16
    Register

    Join The Nonprofit Partnership for "How Nonprofits Can Get $10,000 Per Month In Free Google Advertising" with CharityHowTo on Wednesday, April 11, 2018 from 1:00 to 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: How Nonprofits Can Get $10,000 Per Month In Free Google Advertising

    From the host:

    Google Grants gives eligible nonprofits $10,000 per month in free online advertising to promote their organizations and causes on Google.com. During this webinar Simon Choy, who currently manages over $2 million in annual Google Grants funding, will tell you everything you need to know about the program, how it can benefit your nonprofit, and the process of applying for the grant. He will also highlight what is required to succeed when using Google Grants and tell you about a paid service that will get you more than your money's worth.

    Attendees can expect to learn:

    • What is Google Grants?
    • What is pay-per-click advertising?
    • Why is Google Grants an essential nonprofit marketing tool?
    • Case studies: How other nonprofits have benefitted.
    • Step-by-step details of the application process.
    • What is required to succeed with Google Grants?
    • Details about a professional service that manages Google Grants to save you time and get you more than what you paid for.

    Nonprofits big and small have much to gain from Google Grants. Donors, volunteers, and supporters who use Google to search online can now be reached and engaged using your online ads. Google Grants can be used to tackle marketing problems such as raising awareness, growing online donations, building email lists, increasing volunteer registration, and more.

    About the presenter, Simon Choy:

    Simon Choy, founder of ConnectAd, helps charities obtain and manage free advertising through Google Grants. His expertise in the program has led to a 100% application success rate and he currently manages over $2 million in annual grant funding that generate more than 35 million ad views each year. He is also certified by Google as an online advertising expert and regularly blogs as a thought leader on Google Grants.

    • Wednesday, April 25, 2018
    • 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM
    • The Susan Hirt Hagen Center for Transformational Philanthropy - 609 Walnut St., Erie, PA 16502
    Register

    Please join Adam C. Bratton, Executive Director of The Nonprofit Partnership, on Wednesday, April 25, 2018 for “Effective Board Meetings: The Key to a Strategic Board.”

    Being on a Board of Directors entails more than just attending meetings. One of the biggest complaints about nonprofit Boards is that they think and act operationally rather than strategically. The heart of the problem is that meetings are led by CEOs and Board Chairs in a way that encourages Board members to focus on operational discussions.

    Join Adam to learn how to craft effective Board and committee meetings that lead to better discussions and a better culture. He will discuss how Boards and CEOs prepare for meetings; the importance of great agendas, with examples; the leadership necessary to guide strategic dialogue; the value of effective follow-through and implementation; and more.

    The participant will learn…

    1. Various methods and tools for preparing for Board and committee meetings
    2. The importance of meeting structure and examples of great meeting agendas
    3. Specific leadership skills necessary to encourage strategic dialogue
    4. How to make Board meetings more than merely an attendance fulfillment!

    This session is appropriate for anyone involved in their organization’s Board meetings – especially CEOs and Board Chairs.

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


    • Wednesday, May 16, 2018
    • 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM
    • The Susan Hirt Hagen Center for Transformational Philanthropy - 609 Walnut St., Erie, PA 16502
    Register

    About the series...

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

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

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

    About Session 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 16, 2018 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.

    • Thursday, May 17, 2018
    • 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM
    • The Susan Hirt Hagen Center for Transformational Philanthropy - 609 Walnut St., Erie, PA 16502
    • 17
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    Please join The Nonprofit Partnership for "Governance Gateway: Nonprofit Board Training" on Thursday, May 17, 2018 from 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM.

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

    Topics to be covered include:

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


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

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

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

    • Wednesday, May 30, 2018
    • 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM
    • The Susan Hirt Hagen Center for Transformational Philanthropy - 609 Walnut St., Erie, PA 16502
    • 48
    Register

    Join The Nonprofit Partnership and Jonathan Rilling, Vice President of Marketing, Advancement, & Communications with Erie Homes for Children and Adults and Board Vice President with The Nonprofit Partnership, on Wednesday, May 30, 2018 from 9:00 to 10:30 AM for "Creating Your Professional Persona."

    Have you ever given serious thought to your professional persona? Jonathan will help attendees to consider and refine elements of their professional personas, including first impressions, core values, attitude, perceived personal brand, and others.

    This is a highly interactive workshop in which attendees will be asked to consider questions such as, “Do you care what others think of you?" and, "Describe the most likable people you know or have worked with.”

    Jonathan will also provide tips and tricks to combat common professional social fears like remembering names, introducing yourself to a group, and small talk.

    The learning objectives for this session include:

    1. To understand how best to hone and establish your professional persona; topics include first impressions, core values, attitude, perceived brand, and more
    2. To understand the elements and importance of being professionally “liked” by others
    3. To garner tips regarding common social interactions in your professional life
    The presentation is intended for those that may be just starting out or those who may want to brush up on their techniques.

    The level of learning for this session is beginner - intermediate


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

    About the series...

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

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

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

    About Session 4: Finance and Operations...

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

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

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

    Topics covered include:

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

    Learning objectives for this session include:

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

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

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

    • Wednesday, July 25, 2018
    • 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
    • The Susan Hirt Hagen Center for Transformational Philanthropy - 609 Walnut St., Erie, PA 16502
    Register

    Please join The Nonprofit Partnership and Andy Kerr of Andy Kerr Coaching on Wednesday, July 25, 2018 from 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM for “Crucial Conversations,” an intensive training that will provide attendees with tools for talking when stakes are high.

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

    What is a crucial conversation?

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

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

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

    This training will teach participants how to:

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

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

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

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


    • Thursday, September 13, 2018
    • 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM
    • The Susan Hirt Hagen Center for Transformational Philanthropy - 609 Walnut St., Erie, PA 16502
    • 18
    Register

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

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

    Topics to be covered include:

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


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

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

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

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

    About the series...

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

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

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

    About Session 5: Resource Development...

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

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

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

    Topics covered include:

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

    Learning objectives for this session include:

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

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

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

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

    About the series...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Topics covered include:

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

    Learning objectives for this session include:

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

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

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

    • Thursday, December 13, 2018
    • 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM
    • The Susan Hirt Hagen Center for Transformational Philanthropy - 609 Walnut St., Erie, PA 16502
    • 18
    Register

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

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

    Topics to be covered include:

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


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

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

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

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