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Featured Classes

Leadership Briefing - Register online!
Friday, Feb. 10 from 7:30 – 9 a.m.

The results are in! Because of your good work, the 2017 Wage and Benefits Survey for Southwestern PA 501(c)3Nonprofit Organizations is ready to be unveiled, and we would like you to be among the first to hear and discuss the results. Please join us!

Location: Heinz 57 Conference Center
Fee: $25 (Free for participants of the Wage and Benefit Survey)

CIE Presents:We’re Jazzed: A Mock Board Meeting - Register online!
Thursday, March 23 from 5 – 7 p.m.

The Covestro Institute for Engagement presents a One Act Play in which a nonprofit board addresses potential failure with heated words, inert threats and a screaming saxophone. Deaf from discordant overtures to save the day, the newest player hears a note of hope. But is it an A-major or a B-flat?

Location: TBA
Fee: $25 (Free for CIE Members)

Nonprofit Management

BoardsWork! Board Member Training  -  Register online!
Tuesday, Jan. 10 from 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Wednesday, March 1 from 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Tueseday, May 2 from 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. 

Whether you’re a seasoned board member or looking for your first board experience, you’ll learn effective nonprofit governance that will prepare you to be matched with a local nonprofit, or enhance your current board service. In this full day session, we’ll cover the full gamut of nonprofit governance including boardsmanship, fundraising, financial oversight, planning and technology.

Instructors: Peggy Morrison Outon, Evie Gardner, and Carrie Richards Bayer Center
Fee: $425 and includes lunch ($325 for those not requiring matching services)

Getting It Done Through Skills-Based Volunteer Projects - Register online!
Wednesday, Feb. 1 from 9 a.m. – noon

In a recent survey of nonprofit organizations, two of the greatest barriers to organizational sustainability are access to expertise and budgetary constraints. Skills-based volunteering can help by providing expertise and volunteer hours for a low cost. The success of the project depends on the design of the project, the skills of the volunteers and the management of the project. After a project is completed, new supporters and allies need to continue to be engaged.

Instructors: Selena Schmidt, PBS Kids and Yvonne Van Haitsma, Bayer Center
Fee: $65 ($55 if paid online)

Mid-Level Donors: Bridging the Gap Between Annual and Major Gifts - Register online!
Tuesday, Feb. 7 from 9 a.m. – noon

Are you looking to improve donor retention? Does your organization want to increase the revenue given per donor? Do you have a direct mail and major gifts programs, but lack a clear plan for the donors in between and need a balanced way to do more with this group? Creating a midlevel donor program might be the right option for you. This session will be an interactive way to help you develop your mid-level donors and access the money left on the table by your most dedicated donors. Join us to find out how to love your mid-level donors!

Instructor: Emma Gilmore Kieran, Pilot Peak Consulting
Fee: $65 ($55 if paid online)

Hot Topics in Wage and Hour Litigation Register online!
Thursday, Feb. 9 from 9 a.m. – noon

FLSA cases are the fastest growing segment of employment litigation far exceeding the number of all other employment class actions. Join us as we discuss the recent hot topics in wage and hour law, which includes the anticipated changes to the weekly salary basis for exempt employees, the proposed changes to the duties tests for the executive exemption under the FLSA, as well as FLSA background and basics, FLSA trends and hot areas of FLSA litigation, including independent contractor designations and litigation avoidance.

Instructor: Katherine Koop, Tucker Arensberg
Fee: $65 ($55 if paid online)

Conflict Toolbox! - Register online!
Tuesday, Feb. 14 from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

It’s inevitable that your staff, your consumers and your board (maybe even you!) will get irritated from time to time. It may feel easiest just to move on. However, it’s possible not only to understand and manage conflict, but to get to the root of it, resulting in fewer and less severe problems and an atmosphere of improved trust and openness. This class will focus on understanding dynamics of conflict and building a kit of specific skills. Wherever you experience conflict, this can help! This class will not only illustrate new ways to engage that conflict productively, it will provide lots of hands-on practice in a safe and experimental laboratory setting. Bring your toughest questions, and we’ll see what gets the wheels turning once again.

Instructor: Susan Loucks, Bayer Center
Fee: $125 ($115 if paid online)

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, Feb. 15 from 8:30 – 10 a.m. - New Overtime Laws: Implementation Challenges
Wednesday, April 19 from 8:30 – 10 a.m. - The New I-9: Hiring Immigrants

Fee: FREE, but registration is required
Location: Urban Impact Foundation, 801 Union Avenue, 15212

Theory of Change: Honing Your Logic Model - Register online!
Tuesday, Feb. 21 from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Logic models have been around a long time, 30+ years. Are they passé? Come to this class and see how a solid logic model based on a goal with strong links between activities and outcomes can be the foundation for a Theory of Change for your organization. Hone your logic model based on strong expectations about what will create impact for your program’s consumers. Then, develop indicators based on your expectations and supported by knowledge of best practices and research. Leave the class in a better position to measure your program’s impact and be able to understand when things work and why and when they don’t turn out as expected, how to make them better. All participants must identify and share one long term outcome or overall program goal they will be working with in the training ahead of time.

Instructor: Maria Zeglen Townsend, Townsend Associates LLC and Sheila Bell, Allegheny County Department of Human Services
Fee: $125 ($115 if paid online)

Finding and Getting the Best People Register online!
Wednesday, Feb. 22 from 1 – 4 p.m.

With overall unemployment at a low level, nonprofits and small businesses are struggling to recruit and hire the employees they need as they compete with larger companies and organizations. This program will cover some strategies for identifying organization strengths that can be used to recruit talented individuals. Also covered will be developing “rewards” that go beyond high pay that candidates may want and how to connect with the candidate audience. Finally, the program will review selection techniques including the use of assessment tools, effective interviews and background and reference checking.

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

Advocacy 2.0: New Approaches for the 21st Century Register online!
Thursday, Feb. 23 from 9 a.m. – noon

Few nonprofits have the time, capacity or money to play the old “get a lobbyist to schmooze for you,” approach ... and they shouldn’t do it anyway. With today’s technology, political environment, and the strengths of many nonprofits’ causes, there are other more efficient and effective ways to move an issue or advance a cause with elected leaders. Learn how nonprofits can leverage their work, consumers, donors, board members and the public at large to be their own “lobbyist.”

Instructor: John Denny, Denny Civic Solutions
Fee: $65 ($55 if paid online)

Conversation, Camaraderie and Coffee! - Register online!
March and April are all about panel discussions! Join us on Friday mornings as we talk about how to better be fundraisers, advocates, corporate partners and more! Sessions are $40 each ($30 if payment is received online) or $100 for all four sessions. What a great way to end each work week with conversation, camaraderie and coffee!

Working with Our Corporate Allies - Register online!
Friday, March 10 from 9 – 11 a.m.

With an increased focus on Corporate Social Responsibility, corporations and businesses are more enthusiastic than ever to find nonprofit partners to create mutually beneficial volunteer opportunities for their employees. Let’s talk about the prospects for corporate volunteerism and how to make your organization a likely recipient.

Moderator: Lulu Orr, Bayer Center
Panelists: Vernee Smith, FedEx Ground; Sharon Cercone, PNC Bank

Engaging Mission-Minded Millennials - Register online!
Friday, March 17 from 9 – 11 a.m.

The millennial generation, which now represents about one fourth of the US population, is reshaping the ways in which our communities operate. With millennials’ widespread renewed interest in service and community, as well as an “always on” and media-rich lifestyle, many nonprofits see opportunities to further their missions by engaging the time, talent and treasures of this well-educated and diverse generation. Join our panel as they explore innovative, Pittsburgh-tested strategies to activate millennials as nonprofit employees, volunteers, donors, and supporters.

Moderator: Evie Gardner, Bayer Center
Panelists: Meredith Grelli, Wigle Whiskey; Andrea Stanford, PNC

Working with Our Foundation Allies Register online!
Friday, March 24 from 9 – 11 a.m.

Generous gifts from foundations have often secured the future for regional nonprofits. But there are close to 8,500 nonprofits in southwestern Pennsylvania alone, and foundation leaders have to make hard choices and are challenged to make every dollar count. Come reflect with a few of our region’s most thoughtful foundation leaders about how they make those decisions.

Moderator: Peggy Morrison Outon, Bayer Center
Panelists: Carmen Anderson, The Heinz Endowments; Sam Reiman, RK Mellon Foundation; Jenny Kelly, Roy A. Hunt Foundation

Working with Our Policy Allies - Register online!
Friday, March 31 from 9 – 11 a.m.

Many times, as work is done in the community, it becomes clear that public policy needs to change. Learn how to determine who can help, how they can help and how to make them want to help your organization in its effort to create lasting policy or legislative change. Join this dynamic panel of experts as we discuss advocacy efforts that work.

Moderator: Peggy Morrison Outon, Bayer Center
Panelists: Al Condeluci, CLASS; John Lydon, Auberle; and David Streeter, GPNP

Creative Solutions - Register online!
Friday, April 7 from 9 – 11 a.m.

Creative arrangements using barter and cooperative structures are seeing great success in our sector, and the opportunity for growth is ripe! Come hear from nonprofits that have come up with some unique solutions to everyday problems through partnerships that have had a lasting impact.

Moderator: Peggy Morrison Outon, Bayer Center
Panelists: Angela Garcia, Global Links; Jeffrey Dorsey, Union Project; Mike Gable, Construction Junction

Praises Without Raises Register online!
Thursday, March 2 from 9 – 11 a.m.

If you are not in a position to provide salary increases, what are some ways to reward employees with no cost? Spend the morning with us and learn different ways to say “thank you” to your top-notch employees through creative incentives and rewards.

Instructor: Ray Frankoski, ESC Volunteer
Fee: $40 ($30 if paid online)

Telling the Right Story at the Right Time to the Right People - Register online!
Wednesday, March 8 from 1 – 4 p.m.

The Internet, particularly social media, makes it easier than ever to get your story out to the public, without having to worry about relying on the news media as an intermediary. But how do you know if you are reaching the right audience, and how do you know that you have a good story to tell? We’ll talk about matching your strategic goals to your communications objectives and picking the right tactics to reach your audience.

Instructor: Jonathan Potts, Robert Morris University
Fee: $65 ($55 if paid online)

Understanding and Developing Critical Leadership Skills - Register online!
Tuesday, March 14 from 9 a.m. – noon

This action-based workshop will allow you to not only gain an understanding of your own mission-critical leadership skills but to also walk away with a targeted plan to leverage your skills to address a real-time business challenge. By the end of the session you will:

  • Understand the crucial knowledge, skills and abilities (competencies) required to address any leadership challenge
  • Identify the skills that are critical to their own leadership success
  • Understand a basic formula for leveraging or developing your leadership skills
  • Create an Impact Map that clearly aligns your skills to a key organization or department outcome
  • Create a customized Intentional Development Plan linked to an existing leadership challenge

Instructor: Michael Couch, Michael Couch and Associates, Inc.
Fee: $65 ($55 if paid online)

An Introduction to Planned Giving - Register online!
Wednesday, March 15 from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Bequests and other types of planned gifts are the lowest cost, highest value gifts nonprofits can generate. If planned giving isn’t part of your fundraising program, now is the time to start! In this session participants will learn why planned giving is important for every development program, how to identify planned giving prospects (they may not be who you think they are!) and the simple techniques of a basic, easy to implement planned giving program that will work in any sized organization. Dive more deeply into the world of planned giving in the afternoon session where we’ll explore more complex types of gift vehicles, best practice for gift acceptance policies and effective marketing and outreach tactics. The session will include an opportunity to discuss your prospects and discover the best strategies for cultivation and solicitation. All participants will learn and practice talking to their donors about planned gifts. Leave this session ready to improve your relationships with your donors and increase your dollars raised with planned giving.

Instructor: Maureen Mahoney Hill, CFRE
Fee: $125 ($115 if paid online)

The Accidental Marketer - Register online!
Wednesday, March 22 from 9 a.m. – noon

Social media, websites, email campaigns, publicity… all important marketing elements often assigned to nonprofit employees who find themselves “accidental marketers.” Often organizations with no assigned marketing or PR staffer distribute those tasks among others who encounter new projects that required new skills. Designed for new marketers, this workshop provides tips and tactics for prioritizing tasks, creating content, developing volunteer support, and creating a plan that’s not an accident, but strategic.

Instructors: Yvonne Hudson and Lynette Asson, New Place Collaborations
Fee: $65 ($55 if paid online)

Igniting Change - Register online!
Thursday, March 23 from 9 a.m. – noon

We often know what we would like to change in our organization, but actually implementing that change is another story! Join us to gain a deeper understanding of how change occurs within an organizational system. You will practice skills that generate buy-in to change processes and be better positioned to leverage your own power for transformation.

Instructors: Seth Hufford, The People Group and Susan Loucks, Bayer Center
Fee: $65 ($55 if paid online)

Strategic Planning: A Must in Turbulent Times - Register online!
Wednesday, March 29 from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Today’s nonprofit environment overflows with challenge, opportunity and change. Strategic thinking, an inspiring vision and carrying out a solid plan are vital signs for any nonprofit, large or small. With everyone’s time at a premium, creating the right strategic planning process for your organization makes all the difference. This full-day workshop provides an in-depth introduction to strategic planning and the opportunity to delve deeply into stakeholder engagement: a critical success factor in shaping and implementing successful strategic plans. A fast-paced introductory overview sets the stage for understanding effective strategic planning. Content includes: 

  • “Strategic Planning 101” – the key components for a great process and effective plan
  • Guided discussion to zero in on your organization’s aims for strategic planning
  • Options for choosing the right approach for your organization
  • A helpful checklist that clarifies important roles for board members, staff and consultants
  • An experiential strategic plan “launch” that produces energy and open minds
  • Tips for keeping a plan real and alive over time

The workshop continues with a deeper dive into stakeholder engagement, including:

  • Meaningful roles for internal stakeholders that build understanding and ownership for the plan
  • How to segment priority external stakeholders to be reached for input
  • How to balance the right mix of affordable research techniques to build relationships and gain critical input
  • Creating a draft core questionnaire for your organization to gain input across all stakeholder groups
  • Case study examples of analysis, reporting and how stakeholder input directly translates a completed strategic plan

Instructor: Gary Stern, Stern Consulting International
Fee: $125 ($115 if paid online)

Boards: Don’t Check Your Passion at the Door! - Register online!
Thursday, March 30 from 9 a.m. – noon

Passionate, respectful dialogue is a necessity of our times. Join us to learn how to create a board culture that makes engaged and robust discussions the norm, even with many diverse and strongly held opinions. We will spend a dynamic morning exploring specific tools and techniques for boards and their executive directors to expand perspectives, honor differences, make wise decisions and deal with conflict should it arise.

Instructors: Gary Stern, Stern Consulting International and Susan Loucks, Bayer Center
Fee: $65 ($55 if paid online)

Prepping for Evaluation: Getting Your Ducks in a Row - Register online!
Tuesday, April 11 from 1 – 4 p.m.

It can be overwhelming to consider undertaking a program evaluation. But, once it’s done it can be a catalyst for improving program outcomes. We’ll break it down. First we’ll consider the goal of an evaluation activity, then identify stakeholders, discuss why it’s important to start by defining the program logic. These initial preparations inform the development of evaluation questions. We’ll scout  out the existing program data and consider its organization and discuss the methods to obtain additional information. Different audiences require different reports. Finally, we’ll reflect on ways that findings can be used to improve program outcomes.

Instructor: Rekha Shukla, consultant
Fee: $65 ($55 if paid online)

BCNM After Hours: Evening Board Development Series – bring a board member for free!

Boards and Fundraising - Register online!
Wednesday, April 5 from 4 – 6 p.m.

This interactive seminar will explore the inherent tension in any nonprofit between board and staff roles and offer thoughtful insights about why each stakeholder must understand and accept his or her defined role. We’ll provide practical tips on how to communicate clearly between board and staff about this central and challenging issue. Open to staff or board members, but most effective when an agency can send both! 

Instructor: David Brewton, The Hazelwood Initiative
Fee: $40 ($30 if paid online) or $100 for the entire series

Committees: Engaging Talent - Register online!
Wednesday, April 12 from 4 – 6 p.m.

Many nonprofit boards of directors use committees to actively engage their members’ best thinking and to more deeply address specialized governance issues. However, many boards also admit that their committees may be outdated or less active than desired. In this class we’ll review committee meeting best-practices as well as the range of potential standing and ad-hoc committee structures used by many nonprofits. We’ll re-visit your current committee structure and explore interactive tools for committee planning and activation – all with the goal of making the most of your board.

Instructor: Evie Gardner, Bayer Center
Fee: $40 ($30 if paid online) or $100 for the entire series

The High-Functioning Board of Directors - Register online!
Wednesday, April 19 from 4 – 6 p.m.

How do you ensure that board members understand their responsibilities and are committed to fulfilling them? Join this session to discuss ways to ensure that you have an engaged and passionate board. Topics will include (but not be limited to) recruitment, orientation and evaluation of board members. This session is appropriate for both staff and board members.

Instructor: Don Block, Greater Pittsburgh Literacy Council
Fee: $40 ($30 if paid online) or $100 for the entire series

Supporting and Evaluating the ED Register online!
Wednesday, April 26 from 4 – 6 p.m.

A board member functions as an advisor, fundraiser, advocate, monitor and constructive critic as the situation requires. While it is the board’s job to support the executive director, it is also their job to provide them with an evaluation. In this class, we will focus on role of advisor, advocate, monitor and constructive critic by talking about how we can honor an ED’s work and seek to improve even the most high-performing executive directors.

Instructor: Peggy Outon, Bayer Center
Fee: $40 ($30 if paid online) or $100 for the entire series

Nonprofit Storytelling Register online!
Tuesday, April 18 from 1 – 4 p.m.

Effectively telling your organization’s stories is as important as showing the data-backed outcomes. Stories motivate donors, capture volunteers and influence public officials. In this workshop we will talk about what kinds of stories to tell, how to craft your stories for the most impact and how to use media to get your stories out there.

Instructor: Wendy Burtner-Owens, Steeltown Entertainment Project
Fee: $65 ($55 if paid online)

Measuring the Impact of Your Volunteers Register online!
Tuesday, April 25 from 1 – 4 p.m.

Today’s volunteers and funders want to support agencies that use resources efficiently, including volunteer resources. While volunteer numbers are still important, the focus has shifted to the impact those hours have for the clients you serve. This workshop will explore ways to track and report outcomes, and how that information can be used to further engage volunteers and share your story.

Instructors: Deb Hopkins and Riley Baker, Pittsburgh Cares
Fee: $65 ($55 if paid online)


Demystifying Nonprofit Financials - Register online!
Wednesday, Jan. 25 from 1 – 4 p.m.

Nonprofits’ financial statements are one key tool for monitoring organizational performance and health –especially if we can understand what they’re telling us! In this class, we’ll start with the basics, walking through two central reports: the Statement of Activities and the Statement of Financial Position. We’ll show how these reports reflect your organization’s activities in words, not just numbers, including where your money comes from and where it’s spent. Participants will leave understanding their organization’s core business model as well as a few key trends, ratios or metrics to monitor financial wellbeing. Sample reports will be available, but we encourage participants to bring copies of their organization’s audited financial statements and/or most recent financial reports.

Instructor: Evie Gardner, Bayer Center
Fee: $65 ($55 if paid online)

Accounting and Auditing Update - Register online!
Thursday, Feb. 2 from 9 a.m. – noon

This course provides a comprehensive review of the new and recent pronouncements issued by the FASB, GASB, ASB and ARSC. We will focus on the latest FASB standards as well as exposure drafts including revenue recognition, leases, changes to nonprofit financial and related notes to the financial statements and guidance focusing on issues applicable to accountants and auditors in public accounting and private industry.

Instructors: Joseph C. Zovko and Rich Fischer, Louis Plung and Company, LLP
Fee: $65 ($55 if paid online)

QuickBooks for Nonprofits Register online!
Tuesday, March 28 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 setup a QuickBooks file for a nonprofit entity and be provided with hands-on experience. This will include: how to enter and pay bills, track expenses, enter deposits and track all income. We will review the procedures for a successful month-end close, and learn the features of the QuickBooks reporting system and how to extract the information from it.

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

Sound and Strategic Nonprofit Investment: Risks and Rewards Register online!
Tuesday, April 4 from 4 – 6 p.m.

Many of our region’s nonprofits oversee the investment of significant community assets. Other nonprofits are exploring using strategic investments to grow and diversify their annual revenues. Boards and executives may be thinking about their readiness to successfully balance risk and reward, or prudently act as effective financial stewards and fiduciaries – all while staying focused on their nonprofit’s mission. This class will identify the key leadership and governance practices to help nonprofits proactively meet the demands of:

  • Drafting, adopting and adhering to prudent investment policies
  • Understanding structure, risks and rewards of portfolios
  • Determining appropriate and sustainable spending policies and allocations
  • Developing structures and practices to address fiduciary risks
  • Managing ethical considerations in investing

Instructors: Joseph R. Lantz, Federated Investors and Evie Gardner, Bayer Center
Fee: $65 ($55 if paid online)

Your Pathway to Retirement Register online!
Thursday, April 20 from 9 – 11:30 a.m.

Financial sustainability isn’t just for nonprofits… it’s also for you! Hear from financial advisors from the Farrell Group at Pittsburgh-based Hefren-Tillotson as they describe pathways to your retirement and raise your awareness of financial detours that could derail your future. With advice tailored to a variety of age groups, this presentation is designed to help the “newly hired” to “just retired” and everybody in between.

Instructors: Greg Farrell and Randee Baer, Hefren-Tillotson
Fee: FREE, but R.S.V.P. is required


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, Feb. 1 from 8:30 – 10 a.m.
at Grow Pittsburgh, 6587 Hamilton Ave #2W

Wednesday, March 1 from 8:30 – 10 a.m. at at Grow Pittsburgh

Wednesday, April 5 from 8:30 – 10 a.m. at Grow Pittsburgh

Wednesday, May 3 from 8:30 – 10 a.m. at Frick Art and Historical Center, 7227 Reynolds Street

Introduction to Excel   Register online!
Tuesday, Feb. 28 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
  • Printing your worksheet

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

Intermediate Excel  Register online!
Tuesday, Feb. 28 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
  • Chart creation and formatting

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

Advanced Excel   Register online!
Tuesday, March 7 from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

The deeper you go into Excel, the more directions you can pursue. In this full-day class, we’ll have plenty of time to go beyond the typical functions and into more magic, timesaving techniques you may not have used before. We’ll cover creating links between sheets, text manipulation, pivot tables, advanced formulas and customizing charts beyond the wizard. This session will combine context for techniques, guided practice and ample time for questions.

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

Conquering Your Donor Database Dragon   Register online!
Thursday, March 9 from 9 a.m. – noon

Having a database with information in it is one thing. Being able to get the reports and information you need back out is another. Learn how to make your database work for you and how to utilize it in your various fundraising efforts. This session is designed to help you clean up your database and create a strategy to leverage the database so you can make more data-driven decisions and spend more time raising money for your mission.

Instructor: Dave Tinker, ACHIEVA
Fee: $65 ($55 if paid online)

Essentials of Adobe InDesign Register online!
Thursday, March 16 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)

Writing for the Web and Social Media Register online!
Thursday, April 6 from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Writing content for your website or social media is very different from writing for other types of communications because of the way people read and use the Web. Learn how to improve your written website and social media content, increase your site’s usability as well as readability and improve the effectiveness of your online communication channels.

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

DIY Websites with WordPress   Register online!
Thursday, April 13 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)

Social Media Strategy for Nonprofits
 Register online!
Thursday, April 27 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)

Project Management: Techniques, Tips and Tricks Register online!
Thursday, May 4 from 9 a.m. – noon

Are your projects out of control? Do you procrastinate or drop the ball on tasks? Learn essential project management skills that will help you get and keep your projects under control. This class is designed for people who are new to formal project management concepts.

Instructor: Cindy Leonard, Bayer Center
Fee: $65 ($55 if paid online)