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Current Classes

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Through the generosity of the Arconic Foundation, partial scholarships will be offered to organizations demonstrating significant budget restraints. Please complete and submit an
Arconic Foundation Scholarship Application  for consideration.

Featured Classes

TechNow 2017 Conference  Register online!
Thursday, October 19, 2017 from 9 a.m. - noon

Join us on Thursday, October 19, 2017, for the 14th annual TechNow Conference, organized by The Bayer Center for Nonprofit Management at Robert Morris University. TechNow is a one-day regional conference that connects nonprofits with the technology resources, information and people it needs to succeed!

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Fee: $125 early bird (Aug. 1-Sept. 30); $150 regular registration (Oct. 1-12); $175 late bird registration (Oct. 13-18)
Location: DoubleTree by Hilton Monroeville, 101 Mall Blvd., Monroeville, PA 15146

Nonprofit Management

Critical Strategies for Fundraising Success  Register online!
Friday, June 16 from 9 a.m. - noon

This interactive and intensive session will explore four mainstays of fundraising success: leadership, systems, case, and donors. Participants will learn how to develop a fundraising board, manage top donors, identify new donors, prepare a poignant one-page case for support, and build relationships that will lead to longterm fundraising success. Along with stepby-step instruction for implementing each strategy, you’ll get tips, tricks and templates that can be used each year to set up your fundraising program for success. 

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

Telling an Impactful Story with Data   -  Register online!
Friday, June 30 from 9 a.m. - noon

Finding stories in data can be a challenge. Where should you turn for sources? How can you confidently report them? This workshop will introduce the typical kinds of stories that can be found in data, provide an introduction to economic impact and the types of data used in an analysis, and give you practice in finding your own data stories. You’ll feel more confident “reading” datasets to uncover the stories they contain. A great resource for grant writers, project evaluators, strategic planning, or anyone interested in learning more about the communities you serve. Come and learn how to access and extract community data, hone your data-storytelling skills, and understand how economic impact reporting can benefit your organization!
Instructor: David Primm, IMPLAN
Fee: $65 ($55 if paid online)

Strengthening Your Team’s Accountability  - Register online!
Friday, July 14 from 9 a.m. - noon

All nonprofits are feeling pressure to meet ever-increasing expectations with less time and money than ever before, and stress, burnout and disengagement are common. Yet nonprofits that embrace accountability, results, retention and morale flourish. Why? Because accountable team members negotiate clear agreements, build strong partnerships, and feel more control in outcomes, resulting in more productivity and less stress. Discover the powerful personal benefits of accountability and the strategies to make it happen.

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

BoardsWork! Board Member Training  -  Register online!
Tuesday, August 8 from 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Thursday, October 12 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)



There are no finance classes available at this time. Please check back in September


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!

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

Wednesday, June 7 from 8:30 – 10 a.m.
at Computer Reach, 214 North Lexington Street, Pittsburgh, PA

Wednesday, August 2 from 8:30 – 10 a.m. at
at Jewish Residential Services, 4905 Fifth Avenue, Suite 3, Pittsburgh, PA

Writing for the Web and Social Media
Wednesday, June 28 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)