Looking for a few good Executive Directors

Executive Director Boot Camp – Register online!
Wednesday, Jan. 31 from 9 am – 4 pm with Wendy Burtner-Owens, Steeltown Entertainment Project 
ED Boot Camp is a day-long, entry-level workshop for new Executive Directors. We’ll cover the basics of nonprofit management including: tools and tips for effective leadership, organizational stability, fundraising, financial management, regulatory compliance, external relations and governance. The day will be interactive and will draw on the experience of the participants to support and share creativity, learn new strategies and identify action steps for both and organizational growth.
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The Frigid Bitch is a ladies-only event like no other!

The 5th Annual Frigid Bitch is a ladies-only alley cat that happens mid-February each year in cold and challenging conditions. Bike around Pittsburgh on Saturday, February 17 from 1 – 5 p.m. in the bitter weather with other women who share your love for biking. The cost is $5 to race, and all skills/fitness levels and bikes are welcome. Check out last year’s recap…

Grab your crew, or stay solo. Swag runs steep!
For more information, visit the event’s Facebook Page.

Benchmarking for a bargain price!

The Wage and Benefit Survey of Southwestern Pennsylvania Nonprofit Organizations has been a trusted resource since 2000, providing the most current data about regional salary and benefits needed both for setting competitive nonprofit salaries and for 990 compliance.

As we prepare to gather data for the 2019 edition, the cost of the 2017 survey will be reduced from $200 to $100. Take advantage of this significant discount today! Register and pay for the survey online (located in the HR section) and the full study will be emailed to you in a zipped file, permissible for use by anyone within your organization, including both board and staff. To see an example of the full range of data included in this extensive study, take a look at the 2015 version.

Additionally, we will need your help to gather the new data this coming September. Once again, the survey report will be distributed to participants at no charge. Contact Carrie Tancraitor at 412-397-6003 or tancraitor@rmu.edu to find out how to participate.

Thinc30 Explores Environmental, Social and Economic Sustainability

THINC30 was a full-day conference hosted by Covestro LLC focusing the community’s attention on The 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UNSDGs).  These are global bold goals like “no poverty,” “zero hunger,” and “quality education.”  They focus on the three intertwined areas of sustainability– environmental, social and economic. Each goal has its own set of actionable steps that can help to achieve that goal if enough partners come on board.

Rebecca Lucore, Chief Sustainability Officer of Covestro LLC wanted to host the conference here to encourage local companies to learn about what is going on locally, nationally, and globally to achieve these goals.  Presenters included national leader Aaron Hurst to discuss The Purpose Economy – in which he posits that greater success results when companies help their employees and customers find purpose through growing personally, meaningful relationships, and making a difference.

Ginny Volponi, an Executive Service Corps member served on a panel with Peggy Outon to discuss the work of the Covestro Institute for Engagement connecting nonprofits and companies for mutual benefit.

THINC 30 highlighted what is already going on in Pittsburgh: collaborative ventures by public, private, and social entrepreneurs.  It was satisfying to see how our nonprofit sector has made a huge difference locally and how some companies are already making strides to keep corporate social responsibility a priority.

Introducing Duke Sterling Tancraitor!

This past Monday we welcomed back Carrie Tancraitor after her maternity leave, and we’d like to introduce you to the newest addition to the Bayer Center family, Duke Sterling!

Duke was born on October 1 weighing in at 8 pounds and has been melting hearts ever since. Baby boy Tancraitor #3 loves to be held…constantly…much to the delight of his parents as well as his two big brothers Otto and Max…and Santa. Congratulations, Carrie T!

 

 

 

 

Calling all new Executive Directors!

If you’re a new Executive Director, we’ve got your back this spring! Join ESC volunteer Wendy Burtner-Owens for ED “Huddles” this spring, as well as another round of ED Boot Camp. Registration is open!

Executive Director Huddles
Thursdays, Jan. 11, Feb. 8; March 8, April 12, May 10 from noon – 1 p.m.

Break down the isolation barrier! This exclusive affinity group for nonprofit EDs and CEOs is a
unique monthly forum in which nonprofit chief executives come together for a brown bag lunch to share experiences, challenges, solutions, and best practices. Join us as we launch this new group to deepen connections and build a community of support among participants.

Instructor: Wendy Burtner-Owens, Steeltown Entertainment Project
Fee: Free, but R.S.V.P. is required (bring a lunch)

Executive Director Boot Camp
Wednesday, Jan. 31 from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

ED Boot Camp is a day-long, entry-level workshop for new Executive Directors. Topics covered will include the basics of nonprofit management including: tools and tips for effective leadership, organizational stability, fundraising, financial management, regulatory compliance, external relations and governance. The day will be interactive and will draw on the experience of the participants to support and share creativity, learn new strategies and identify action steps for personal, as well as organizational growth.

Instructor: Wendy Burtner-Owens, Steeltown Entertainment Project
Fee: $125 ($115 if paid online)

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 vanhaitsma@rmu.edu.