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Featured Classes

Straight Talk About Diversity and Inclusion   Register online!
Friday, Dec. 1 from 9 – 10:30 a.m.

Join us for a candid conversation with two seasoned community leaders with deep experience in human services and education as we take a look at some non-traditional ways to address the issues that surround race in the workplace. We’ll discuss strategies and tactics to most effectively create a productive workplace across many dimensions of diversity.

Instructors: Ellen Estomin, ESC Volunteer and Trish Gadson, Macedonia Family & Community Enrichment Center
Fee: FREE, but RSVP is required

Nonprofit Management

HR Roundtables   Register online!
The HR job can be a lonely one – thank goodness there’s strength in numbers. You need peers to challenge, listen, develop and encourage you. The HR Roundtable is just that. Every meeting the group discusses a topic with some insights brought from the trainer. Afterward, a good chunk of the meeting is dedicated to helping each other work through issues your organization is facing.

Wednesday, Nov. 15 from 8:30 – 10 a.m.
Topic: TBA

Fee: FREE, but registration is required
Location: Urban Impact Foundation, 801 Union Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15212

BCNM Board Governance After-Hours Four-Part Series: Bring a board member for FREE!

Improving the ROI of Board-Driven Fundraising  -  Register online!
Wednesday, Oct. 18 from 4 – 6 p.m.

Nonprofits depend on their boards as policy-makers, community ambassadors, legal and fiscally responsible community leaders, but they hope for their board members to be outstanding fundraisers! Yet all too many successful board members dread that part of their job. This class taught by two tenured and experienced nonprofit professionals will explore how best to change the culture of fundraising from guilt and dread to engagement. We’ll unpack the roles and practices of the board in fundraising with recommendations for tools and conversations to improve the quality of board engagement in fundraising where board members have an irreplaceable voice and power. We’ll tell some stories and share some tactics. Come ready to engage with us.

Instructors: Peggy Outon, Bayer Center and Don Block, Greater Pittsburgh Literacy Council

The Well-Composed Board  -  Register online!
Wednesday, Nov. 1 from 4 – 6 p.m.

The most successful boards are thoughtfully composed with respect to skill sets, leadership styles, and diversity of thought and background. They understand their organization’s leadership needs and attract board leaders who bring the expertise, passion, and external leadership needed, now and into the future. This workshop will draw on real-life examples and insights as we explore questions such as, “What are the three most important things for our board to accomplish this year?” and “Do we have the right people on the board to make that happen?”

Instructors: Evie Gardner, Bayer Center and Fred Massey, FamilyLinks, Inc.

You’re a Board Leader. Now What? - Register online!
Wednesday, Nov. 8 from 4 – 6 p.m.

Have you stepped up to serve as a committee chair, officer or board chair on a nonprofit board of directors, or do you have ambition to do so? Leaders with the right skillsets and approaches can have a tremendous positive impact on both their board and organization. Join us for this interactive workshop where we’ll explore what it takes to make the most of your service as a board leader.

Instructors: Evie Gardner, Bayer Center and Bill Stein, Consultant
Fee: $40 ($30 if paid online OR $75 for the whole series)

Volunteers: Enhance, Empower, Engage  -  Register online!
Wednesday, Oct. 25 from 9 a.m. – noon

For most nonprofits, the real challenge lies not in finding volunteers, but in keeping them. Volunteer engagement can be the key to making this link! In this session, we’ll explore how to enhance the volunteer experience so that your volunteers; enjoy their time with you and feel it is well spent; empower your volunteers so they can take on important tasks that you need done and their time makes a real difference; engage your volunteers in ways that speak to them and that help them feel appreciated, vested, and connected to your mission. Learn different strategies and techniques for achieving these goals, including focusing on why people choose to volunteer with you, storytelling, personalization, social media tools, and well thought-out systems.

Instructors: Stacy Bodow and Julie Strickland-Gilliard, Global Links
Fee: $65 ($55 if paid online)

Process Improvement: What Results are Your System Designed to Produce?  -  Register online!
Wednesday, Oct. 25 from 1 – 4 p.m.

Seeking to meet elusive needs with constrained resources, nonprofit organizations often function on sheer will rather than deliberate design, due to their complex, evolutionary nature. In this course, we will explore methodology for looking through the daily grind to see the component parts of your system. By framing each element of the system and its relationship to the others, you will be better equipped to stop getting the results you get and start getting the results you desire.

Instructor: Annette Mich, ESC Volunteer
Fee: $65 ($55 if paid online)

Five Practices of an Exemplary Supervisor  -  Register online!
Thursday, Oct. 26 from 1 – 4 p.m.

We will review five proven practices that will help supervisors get better results with their team. We will also discuss how and when to hold others accountable, delegating effectively and giving and receiving feedback. This session is designed to provide a clear, concise and practical guide on how exhibiting specific behaviors will help improve both you and your team.

Instructor: Len Petrancosta, Peak Performance Management
Fee: $65 ($55 if paid online)

Succession Planning:Don’t Get Caught Unprepared   - CANCELED
Friday, Oct. 27 from 9 – 11 a.m.

Succession planning is an integral part to all nonprofit strategic thinking. However, data from the 2017 Wage and Benefit Survey for Southwestern PA Nonprofit Organizations shows that only 28 percent of surveyed organizations have a completed and updated emergency succession plan in place for the Executive Director/CEO position, and even fewer (26 percent) have a formal, nonemergency transition plan. Don’t let an unexpected transition derail your important work with the community! Join us for an important conversation with nonprofit leaders who will share stories of some exemplary transitions, as well as a few cautionary tales.

Panelists: Fred Thieman, Buhl Foundation; Sharon McDaniel, A Second Chance, Inc., Peggy Outon, Bayer Center (moderator)
Fee: $40 ($30 if paid online)

Your Shot at Networking   - SOLD OUT
Monday, Oct. 30 from 6 – 8 p.m.

Put your networking skills into practice at Wigle Whiskey Distillery and Bottle Shop in the Strip. Get your handshake and business cards ready with top tips and tactics to make new connections and renew professional contacts. This fun workshop will be followed by time to put those learnings into practice. Bring your coworkers and friends. Topics include approaching new contacts; active listening; tips for shy people, your personal elevator speech; remembering names; handshake etiquette and graceful exits.

Instructors: Lynette Asson and Yvonne Hudson, New Place Collaborations
Fee: FREE, but RSVP is required
Location: Wigle Whiskey Distillery, 2401 Smallman St, Pittsburgh, PA 15222


#1 - Building a Grant Writing and Fundraising System   Register online!
Wednesday, Nov. 1 from 9 a.m. – noon

Are you tired of chasing funding opportunities? Learn how to build a consistent, well-rounded portfolio of funders and investors to help grow your organization. This course will focus on developing and implementing a grant writing and fundraising system built on strong foundational principles such as funding research, evaluation, grant funding preparation, grant writing and application assembly, communication and metrics, and corporate governance.

Instructor: Doug Campbell, Chinwag, Inc.
Fee: $65 ($55 if paid online) OR $150 for all three sessions $100 for both sessions

#2 -  Grant Writing for Technology   CANCELED
Wednesday, Nov. 15 from 9 a.m. – noon

This session is for anyone who is serving in nonprofit roles with responsibility for technology infrastructure, educational programs and grants/fundraising. Both new and experienced grant writers will find helpful information and action-oriented tools to identify funders, and develop and improve grant proposals for technology grant requests. Topics to be covered include grant seeking process; identifying best fit funders (BFF’s); ten issues to address in grant proposals to foundations; preparing online grant submissions; grant strategies for technology. 

Instructor: Katherine F.H. Heart, Heart Resources, LLC
Fee: $65 ($55 if paid online) OR $150 for all three grant writing sessions

#3 - Grant Writing for Operation Expenses   Register online!
Wednesday, Nov. 29 from 9 a.m. – noon

Nonprofits can’t run without operating expenses. Gifts that cover operating expenses can be some of the most important funds your agency receives. However, it is not always obvious how to incorporate operating needs in a grant proposal. In this class you will learn how to craft grant proposals to incorporate your operating needs.

Instructor: Dave Tinker, ACHIEVA
Fee: $65 ($55 if paid online) OR $150 for all three sessions $100 for both sessions

Avoiding Legal Errors with Employees, Interns and Volunteers   Register online!
Thursday, Nov. 2 from 1 – 4 p.m.

The issues surrounding classification and handling of employees, interns, and volunteers can be confusing, and nonprofits face some different scenarios than other types of employers. Participants will learn how to categorize their workers, keep internships within legal limits, and maintain appropriate volunteer boundaries, as well as the ways in which workers can create potential legal liability for organizations. This session will include a wide variety of examples and interaction with the presenter.

Instructor: Abigail Salisbury, J.D., Salisbury Legal, LLC
Fee: $65 ($55 if paid online)

Volunteering as Social Networking   Register online!
Friday, Nov. 3 from 9 a.m. – noon

Everyone is looking for new and innovative approaches to make their need for volunteers fun and interesting. Learn how to craft your volunteer opportunities in way that will allow potential participants the opportunity to not only do good and make an impact, but meet and make new friends as well. We will learn some fresh new approaches to volunteering as a social experience, as well as how to help build cohesive bonds between your volunteers, so that they can form a community within your organization.

Instructor: Riley Baker, Pittsburgh Cares
Fee: $65 ($55 if paid online)

Get the Agility Edge: Five Methods for Developing HR Competencies   Register online!
Tuesday, Nov. 7 from 1 – 4 p.m.

Agility involves more than just knowing about HR; it includes the ability to effectively adapt knowledge to respond to constant change. Competencies are the key to this agility. HR managers are often aware of the competencies they need for a great HR function, but not sure how to best use available (and often limited) resources to grow their reports and themselves. We’ll provide strategies, tools and tips for building the competencies to help current and future human resources leaders create an agile HR function.

Instructor: Phyllis Hartman, ESC Volunteer
Fee: $65 ($55 if paid online)

Conversation Work-Out   Register online!
Wednesday, Nov. 8 from 9 a.m. – noon

Does the thought of an upcoming necessary (but hard) conversation make you break out in a sweat? Whether you’re a board member, a supervisor, or the member of a work team, this class will provide the training and the in-room practice to build the “muscle strength” to conduct those conversations in a way that builds understanding and maximizes opportunities for productive resolutions.

Instructor: Susan Loucks, Bayer Center
Fee: $65 ($55 if paid online)

Crowdfunding + Nonprofits   Register online!
Tuesday, Nov. 14 from 9 a.m. – noon

Asking for help can be hard! Asking for financial help to reach specific goals using a crowdfunding platform is a new way to raise funds, particularly in nonprofit organizations. Crowdfunding is typically a process of collecting small amounts of money for a single project from a large number of people. How can you best use networks, both virtual and person-to-person, to reach your nonprofit’s goals? How do you develop a strategy and pitch a succinct online campaign? Join us, and gain confidence in rolling out your own crowdfunding campaign through practicing skills that can be used first-hand with your organization.

Instructor: Katie Koffler, Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh
Fee: $65 ($55 if paid online)

Finding Cross-Sector Solutions to Civic Challenges   CANCELED
Tuesday, Nov. 14 from 1 – 4 p.m.

Nonprofits are always trying to find solutions to long-standing, intractable problems. This interactive workshop will explore new ways of collaborating using a cross-sector lens. Unlocking new and non-traditional partners brings new energy, possibilities, and perspectives to our work. We’ll provide you with an overview of cross-sector collaboration, a clear statement of intent regarding your civic challenge, and a process to develop new partnerships.

Instructor: Seth Hufford, The People Group
Fee: $65 ($55 if paid online)

Ask! The Essential Fundraising Skill   Register online!
Thursday, Nov. 16 from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

“The ask”… why are we so afraid of it? Here’s your chance to practice the art of the ask with a master fundraiser. In this day-long class, you’ll have the opportunity to practice face-to-face asking a real person for a gift, and get invaluable, constructive feedback in a safe setting, featuring friendly competition. The emphasis is on asking individuals, but the skills are effective for foundation officers and corporate representatives as well.

Instructor: David Brewton, DRB Community Development Consulting
Fee: $125 ($115 if paid online)

Telling Your Story: The Power of Video Production for Nonprofits  Register online!
Friday, Nov. 17 from 9 a.m. – noon

Learn the foundational knowledge of multimedia management and video production, including how to create a video, manage your content, and be the best marketable nonprofit for video production companies. This class will also show you how to be the perfect client for video production companies, create and manage media on a budget and how having multimedia components will take your nonprofit to the next level.

Instructor: Dave Onomastico, Steeltown Entertainment Project
Fee: $65 ($55 if paid online)

Straight Talk About Diversity and Inclusion -   Register online!
Friday, Dec. 1 from 9 – 10:30 a.m.

Join us for a candid conversation with two seasoned community leaders with deep experience in human services and education as we take a look at some non-traditional ways to address the issues that surround race in the workplace. We’ll discuss strategies and tactics to most effectively create a productive workplace across many dimensions of diversity.

Instructors: Ellen Estomin, ESC Volunteer and Trish Gadson, Macedonia Family & Community Enrichment Center
Fee: FREE, but RSVP is required

Getting to Know Your Elected Officials  Register online!
Tuesday, Dec. 5 from 1 – 4 p.m.

Nonprofit organizations are uniquely positioned to communicate their community’s needs to the politicians who write public policy and appropriate funds. Getting to know your legislator and local elected officials is an important aspect in advocating for the missions of your organization. We are offering an opportunity to learn how to identify who to visit and when, how to make the most of these visits and meetings with elected officials at all levels of government.

Instructor: Samantha Balbier, Greater Pittsburgh Nonprofit Partnership
Fee: $65 ($55 if paid online)

Performance Management: A Year-Round Pursuit  Register online!
Wednesday, Dec. 6 from 1 – 4 p.m.

Employees, supervisors and managers all seem to hate the performance management process equally. It is often time consuming for supervisors and doesn’t get the expected results. Employees may feel judged or not appreciated. Since feedback and documentation are critical to organizations, how do we make the process work better? Join us for this session on the good, bad and ugly of performance management as we discuss best practices and some of the key components to better systems. We will also discuss the importance of continuous communication and feedback between employees and their bosses.

Instructor: Phyllis Hartman, ESC Volunteer
Fee: $65 ($55 if paid online)

Size Matters: Best Practices for Small Boards -   Register online!
Thursday, Dec. 7 from 9 a.m. – noon

What are the benefits and challenges of a small board of directors? How do you determine what size fits your unique mission and goals? How can you make the best of what you have and when should you start to plan for something bigger? We’ll talk about “best practices” and oh so much more at this workshop prepared specifically for small nonprofit organizations and their boards.

Instructor: Luci Dabney, Program to Aid Citizen Enterprise
Fee: $65 ($55 if paid online)


Getting Started:Financial Policies and Procedures Manual   Register online!
Monday, Oct. 30 from 1 – 4 p.m.

The financial policy and procedures manual is the foundation of a strong financial management system. It is the guide for determining how your organization uses and manages money and establishes internal controls and ensures compliance with regulatory standards, donor restrictions, and grantor guidelines. It is important for clarifying roles and responsibilities and ultimately for ensuring that the organization’s financial data is an accurate and reliable basis for organizational decision making. During this interactive session, you will learn the major components of the financial policy and procedure manual and how to set policies and procedures that match your organization’s needs, as there is no one-size-fits-all manual.

Instructor: Denise Henning, Stewardship Matters
Fee: $65 ($55 if paid online)

Projecting Operating Cash Flow   Register online!
Thursday, Nov. 2 from 9 a.m. – noon

Not all months are the same. Budgeting and projecting the timing of cash receipts and disbursements are critical for all nonprofits. We will focus on the importance of integrating the timing of cash receipts and disbursements into your annual budgeting process. We will also discuss the need for planning for operating cash shortfalls at the most important time – when you don’t need them – to protect you and your board from having to make rushed decisions. You will leave with some easy-to-use tools to project and manage your unrestricted cash.

Instructor: Jay Sukernek, Riverlife
Fee: $65 ($55 if paid online)

QuickBooks for Nonprofits   Register online!
Tuesday, Nov. 7 from 9 a.m. –4 p.m.

QuickBooks has a large share of the accounting software market and it is used frequently by nonprofit entities. In this class you will be instructed on how to design and set up a QuickBooks file for a nonprofit entity. We will then have each of you open a sample QuickBooks file and be provided with hands-on experience. This will include: how to enter and pay bills, track expenses, enter deposits and track all income. Upon finishing this, we will review the procedures for a successful month-end close and then apply it in the sample nonprofit QuickBooks file. This will be followed up by learning the features of the QuickBooks reporting system and how to extract the information from it. This training will be specially tailored to nonprofits, with hands-on computer training being taught by instructors who understand QuickBooks, nonprofit organizations and nonprofit accounting.

Instructor: Melanie Rutan, Bookminders
Fee: $125 ($115 if paid online)

Thoughtful Budgeting and Forecasting   Register online!
Tuesday, Nov. 28 from 9 a.m. – noon

Learn how to move beyond a simple approach to budgeting to more deliberate and effective planning for future challenges and opportunities faced by your organization. Participants will learn how to use financial data from prior years to anticipate shifts in revenues and expenses and make informed decisions for future forecasts and strategic planning. In addition to basic budgeting considerations, the class will address budgeting of cash timing and funding; estimating future year events and performance; and identifying areas of specific risk that may be encountered during the budgeting process.

Instructors: Jason Hardy, Roberta Ryan, and Steven Heere, Grossman Yanak & Ford LLP
Fee: $65 ($55 if paid online)


Bagels and Bytes 

Join your nonprofit techie colleagues for informal learning and networking in this popular monthly convening. If you’re officially (or unofficially) responsible for your nonprofit’s technology challenges, join us!

Sign up to receive a monthly reminder email about upcoming B&B meetups!


Bagels and Bytes – Allegheny  Register online!
FREE, but you must R.S.V.P. to Shelby Gracey at  or

Wednesday, November 1 from 8:30 – 10 a.m. 
at ACHIEVA, 711 Bingham Street, 15203

Friday, December 8 from 1 - 4 p.m.
at Dave & Buster’s, 180 E. Waterfront Drive, 15120

Bagels and Bytes – Westmoreland
Breakfast cost is individual responsibility. RSVP to Gina McGrath at or 724-834-9390 x107. 

Tuesday, September 19 from 8 – 9:30 a.m.
at Location is at King’s Restaurant, Hempfield Pointe, 6297 Route 30, Greensburg, PA.

Excel Day: Introduction to Excel 2010   Register online!
DATE CHANGE - Friday, November 10 from 9 a.m. – noon

Learn Excel basics in the morning session including worksheet creation, formula creation, cell formatting using “mouse pointers,” absolute cell references, and printing your worksheet.

Excel Day: Intermediate Excel 2010 Register online!
DATE CHANGE - Friday, November 10 from 1 – 4 p.m.

Learn more about Excel in the afternoon including worksheet templates creation and use, using functions, creating links between worksheets, database features, and chart creation and formatting.

Instructor: Cindy Leonard, Bayer Center
Fee: $65 ($55 if paid online) per session OR $100 for the whole day

DIY Websites with WordPress   Register online!
Tuesday, Oct. 31 from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Are you a website novice who needs to know how to design a basic website that is easy to update and has room for future expansion? WordPress is a website content management system that is great for building and managing websites, even for beginners. Nonprofit staff without previous web design experience and experienced web designers who want to learn WordPress are welcome.

Instructor: Cindy Leonard, Bayer Center
Fee: $125 ($115 if paid online)

How to Create a Press Kit for Your Website   Register online!
Monday, Nov. 13 from 1 – 4 p.m.

Having a press kit on your website is a smart way to attract media coverage and attention that doesn’t take a lot of time or cost a lot of money. In this half-day workshop, you’ll learn a you step-by-step process to create a complete press kit, including the five components of a press kit; how to write a bio that stands out; common mistakes made with press photos; what to include in your fact sheet; how to write a press release that gets attention; wow to invite media to your special event.

Instructor: Beth Caldwell, author, columnist and publicity expert
Fee: $65 ($55 if paid online)

Organizing and Using Your Data   Register online!
Thursday, Dec. 7 from 1 – 4 p.m.

Discuss different data metrics, what they mean, and how to decide which metrics matter for your organization. You’ll learn how to use data to tell your story and we’ll cover data visualization as well – what it means and how to do it.

Instructor: Connie Capiotis, Digital Bridges Pittsburgh
Fee: $65 ($55 if paid online)

Social Media Strategy for Nonprofits   Register online!
Tuesday, Nov. 28 from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Using social media for your organization requires planning, strategy and management. Learn what you should consider before getting your nonprofit started in the social media realm, what to expect afterwards and how to keep the ball rolling. You will have the opportunity to work on a draft strategic plan for your organization’s social media that you can take back to your office and refine. Basic social media concepts and terminology are recommended but not necessary for attending this class. We will focus on planning and strategy rather than on “how to” use the social media tools.

Instructor: Cindy Leonard, Bayer Center
Fee: $125 ($115 if paid online)

120,000 Reasons to Learn About Google AdWords Grants   Register online!
Wednesday, Nov. 29 from 1 – 4 p.m.

Google offers free advertising to nonprofits through AdWords, a tool that powers 3 billion search queries per day. This course helps nonprofit organizations with 501(c)3 status and an active website qualify for $120,000 of annual ad spend, and explores how to use AdWords to drive more website traffic and donations. Unfortunately, government programs, hospitals and schools are excluded from the program.

Instructor: Andy Garberson, LunaMetrics
Fee: $65 ($55 if paid online)

Essentials of Adobe InDesign   Register online!
Tuesday, Dec. 5 from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Adobe InDesign has so many features; it can be overwhelming for beginners. In this introductory class, we’ll explain the InDesign interface and tool sets, and cover the features most often used when creating publications with this software. We will create a variety of sample publications during the class so that you’ll walk away with actual hands-on experience with the software.

Instructor: Cindy Leonard, Bayer Center
Fee: $125 ($115 if paid online)