SkillShare teams create a more connected community

Photo: The SkillShare team (CIE Director Yvonne Van Haitsma, ​Covestro’s Community Affairs partner Ange Loiseau, CIE Program Specialist Jennifer Pease) celebrates another successful program launch

On Friday, September 29, approximately 20 Covestro employees came together to become five teams of SkillShare participants, learning everything from the nuances of the nonprofit sector to the role of a consultant to the intricacies of municipalities. They are now actively collaborating with local nonprofits and municipalities to create a more connected community. Here’s a glimpse at how their work in the next four months will use their specific talents to solve organizational challenges.

  • The Neighborhood Learning Alliance will improve STEM programs by implementing a Tech Warrior initiative.
  • 412 Food Rescue needs help analyzing their ever-growing data set and gathering recommendations on improving business logistics.
  • Global Links will update their human resources job descriptions for better organizational direction.
  • The Wilkinsburg Borough will team up with Covestro to implement a sustainability assessment for its municipal buildings.
  • The Borough of Baldwin is excited to develop a comprehensive safety and wellness program for its employees.
To learn more about SkillShare, visit the CIE website or contact Yvonne Van Haitsma, director, at (412) 397-6002 or

Performance Management: A Year-Round Pursuit

Wednesday, Dec. 6 from 1 – 4 p.m. with Phyllis Hartman, ESC Volunteer

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.

Fee: $65 ($55 if paid online).
Register online or call Shelby at 412-397-6000 to register over the phone.

Getting to Know Your Elected Officials: Special Price for Members of YNPN

“Getting to Know Your  Elected Officials”
on  Tuesday, December 5 from 1 – 4 p.m.

with Samantha Balbier, Executive Director, Greater Pittsburgh Nonprofit Partnership

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, and how to make the most of these visits and meetings with elected officials at all levels of government.

Fee: $65 ($55 if payment is made online) or SPECIAL RATE: $25 for YNPN Members!

Or call 412-397-6000 to register over the phone.

Learn the Top Ten Tips for Nonprofits in the 2017-18 Fiscal Year

ThursdayOct. 26 from 9 a.m. – noon

This two-credit CPE workshop will help you be in compliance with the latest changes in financial reporting requirements for nonprofits including compliance with the new lease accounting standard, ASU 2016-14, Uniform Guidance regulations, and IRS Form 990 updates. You’ll also learn best practices to implement for various nonprofit risk areas including cyber security, employee benefit plans, fraud, employer tax reporting, and donor relations. Lastly, the workshop will cover considerations for multi-state filing compliance and mergers and acquisitions.

Instructors: Amy Lewis and Michelle Hoke, Maher Duessel
Fee: $65 ($55 if paid online) Register online or call 412-397-6000 to register over the phone.


The Nonprofit Holiday Catalog: Submit your items now!

This “Giving Tuesday” (Tuesday, November 28) The Bayer Center will release the 2017 Nonprofit Holiday Catalog , featuring dozens of local nonprofits selling t-shirts, holiday cards, jewelry, calendars, pottery, theater tickets and more…and each time you make a purchase, you help a nonprofit!  We’ll be posting the Holiday Catalog on the Bayer Center website when it’s ready, and posting to Facebook and Twitter too.  Take a peek at last year’s holiday catalog.

To participate, nonprofits need to submit a 50-word blurb for your entry and your logo to Allison Harnsberger at  There is no cost associated with submissions…it’s our holiday gift to the nonprofit sector!  The deadline for submission is Friday, November 17!!

Don’t miss out! Questions?  Email Carrie Richards at

Skill Share Pairs Passion with Purpose

How it all comes together

The Allegheny Intermediate Unit (AIU), a PNC Grow up Great partner, saw a need to strengthen their job descriptions to recruit new staff, interview potential candidates, set organizational goals, and enhance performance management.  Through the Skill Share skills-based volunteering program at the Covestro Institute for Engagement, 3 professionals from PNC worked with the AIU Early Education program, conducting individual interviews to update 10 Head Start and Pre-K Counts position descriptions.

How did it all come together? With the help of our staff and volunteer project advisor, the team reviewed the existing job descriptions, spent hours collaborating with the AIU staff, analyzed the documents, and recommended a set of core skills for all positions, including job-specific competencies. With these recommendations, they sought the feedback of the bargaining unit, the policy council, and supervisors and then developed a professional and standardized format for the descriptions.

Here’s what the AIU director said about the program and their experience in skills-based volunteering…

This program was a grand slam. We have already implemented the PNC team’s recommendations to add competencies and behaviors to our job descriptions. In less than a month, we are already using their high-quality work to recruit, interview, and coach our staff. Their process was so professional and timely. They first listened to what we were already doing, asked good questions, took our ideas, applied their corporate skills, and did the work. Then they presented us with a prototype, and, after our feedback, replicated this with the next nine job positions in the group.

Because of this inclusive process and the guidance of the Bayer Center’s project advisor, their work gained the approval of the bargaining unit, our administration, HR, and our policy council easily. We now have a very professional-looking and implantable job description with measurable competencies. I can’t recommend this program highly enough. 

Chris Rodgick, Director, AIU3 Head Start

If you would like to participate in an upcoming Skill Share event, contact Jennifer Pease, program specialist, at (412) 397-6013 or