Join PACE and BCNM for our free “Daring to Lead” series

The “Daring to Lead” research conducted by Building Movement Project and introduced to Pittsburgh by the Program to Aid Citizen Enterprise (PACE) asks provocative questions about equity access and justice in our social justice sector. Join PACE and The Bayer Center for Nonprofit Management as we explore this research further in this series and seek to bring greater opportunities to Pittsburgh nonprofits by insisting on practices that promote fairness.  Both sessions are FREE, but RSVP is required and space is limited. Register online today!

Picking Up the Gauntlet: The Board’s Role in Achieving Greater Racial Equity in Leadership
Tuesday, March 5 from 4 – 7 p.m. at Co-Lab 18
In 2018, the Nonprofit Quarterly magazine challenged Pittsburgh’s nonprofit sector to use the impending retirement of nonprofit executives (who are primarily white) to increase the numbers of leaders of color. In this hands-on workshop, we will examine the cause as well as the effect and craft a Pittsburgh response to the challenge.
Instructor: Luci Dabney, Program to Aid Citizen Enterprise  

Working with Our Foundation Allies: Equity in Grantmaking
Friday, April 12 from 9 – 11 a.m. at The Bayer Center for Nonprofit Management
The pursuit of equity in grantmaking is crucial in our community. Many generous gifts from foundations have often secured the future for nonprofits in our region, but how do they ensure that they are using a racial equity lens to determine their grantmaking? In this discussion, we’ll talk to foundation leaders who pay disciplined attention to race and ethnicity while still analyzing problems, looking for solutions, and defining success for an excellent return on investment.
Conversationalists: Peggy Outon, Bayer Center; Carmen Anderson, the Heinz Endowments and Michele Cooper, McAuley Ministries

 

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Applications are OPEN for “Ready to Compete” cohort two!

February 12 launched the BNY Mellon “Ready to Compete” project, with 11 nonprofits making up the inaugural cohort. Our second cohort will launch in April, and we’re looking for 14 more nonprofits who are looking to address two key areas of nonprofit management: finance and human resource (HR) management.  Applications are currently being accepted! The deadline to apply is March 15.

Like all work at the Bayer Center, this program will employ best practices and be custom to each organization. Thanks to the generosity of BNY Mellon, the cost of these engagements valued at $6,500 are just $500 per organization.

This thoughtful application and selection process will ensure selection of organizations to create a cohort ready to make full use of the expertise offered.  Consultants will work carefully to identify the most significant challenges and put the right tools and team to work to resolve them. Each agency in the cohort will begin by completing a comprehensive assessment and be provided consulting support to analyze the findings. One or two urgent issues will be identified and resolved by our consulting team. The product of each engagement will be a roadmap of the particular issues facing the agency, ordered in priority, and a concrete solution to one or two of the most urgent.

Since we also believe in peer learning to lessen the isolation endemic to small organizations, each cohort will convene twice to share their lessons learned and to forge relationships.

Possible issues in finance may include

  • Developing a cost-centered budget
  • Better management of cash flow
  • Creating necessary internal controls
  • Assessing financial risks and equipping the board to provide proper oversight
  • Working with board and staff to review annual audits and 990s

Possible issues in HR may include:

  • Developing a performance management system that fosters values and culture
  • Writing job descriptions, screening and interview guidelines
  • Compensation studies or help with total employee rewards systems
  • HR’s role and ensuring appropriate functions in supporting the board facing

The outcome of this investment will be twenty-five more capable, stable organizations that are equipped to deliver high quality services because their internal house is in better order. In short, this program will help to insure that these agencies are Ready to Compete!  Apply today!

Volunteers: Enhance, Empower, Engage

Thursday, Nov. 29 from 9 am–noon with Stacy Bodow and Julie Strickland-Gilliard, Global Links

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.

Fee: $65 Register online today!

Why does my nonprofit’s website need terms of use and a privacy policy?

By guest author, Larry Silverman

You have just created your website. The work took longer than expected so you are anxious to get the site up and running, but a friend of a friend urges you to prepare Terms of Use and a Privacy Policy before going online. Is he right? The short answer is YES. In this article, I will highlight just some of the reasons why.

TERMS OF USE

Terms of Use (“Terms”) tell users the rules that govern their use of the site. All nonprofits should post these Terms on each page of the site. Below are just some of the reasons why:

  • Even if a user does not purchase products or services on your site, a contract is formed each time they use your site. As such, unless the site contains language in the posted Terms that clearly disclaims liability, your nonprofit could face liability from a user who claims an injury based on his/her alleged reliance on information contained on the site
  • If your site allows users to post User Generated Content (“UGC”) such as photos, videos and writings and that UGC infringes on a third-party’s copyright, your nonprofit may be liable to that copyright owner UNLESS your site contains takedown procedure language in the Term’s that comply with the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA)
  • Particularly if users can purchase products or services thru your nonprofit’s site, the site should require affirmative acceptance of the Terms via the “click thru” acceptance method. Otherwise, the various restrictions in your Term’s, including resolution of claims thru binding arbitration, the requirement that claims be filed in your locale and language limiting damages to the cost of the product or service, are likely to be deemed invalid and unenforceable by the court

PRIVACY POLICY

Your Privacy Policy tells the user what personal and aggregate information is collected thru the site, how that information and data is used and secured and whether the information is shared with third-parties. A link to your Privacy Policy should be contained in the Terms so the user knows he/she is bound by both policies. The policy should be separate from the Terms, since many states require that your Privacy Policy be posted on the site. It is imperative that the policy fully and accurately disclose your site’s data collection activities. Only then can you minimize the chances of liability from a user who claims they were unaware how their personal data was being used, shared and secured. While the rules in the U.S. differ from state to state, if any users are located in the European Union, your nonprofit may be subject to the General Data Protection Rules (“GDPR”) that became effective in May of 2018. The GDPR broadly defines “personal information” and grants users sweeping protections, including requirements that your Privacy Policy contain rules protecting the user from unwanted electronic communications, advise the user of their rights to access their data, detail their rights to erase their personal information and describe how their data is secured. Since the GDPR’s penalties are substantial, complying with this law is a must.

HOW CAN I PROTECT MYSELF?

Now that we agree that the friend of a friend is correct, that is, you should post Terms and a Privacy Policy when the site goes online, how can your nonprofit minimize its liability? Because
each nonprofit’s website activities are different, the Terms and Privacy Policy must be tailored to fit those particular activities. “Off the Shelf” policies found online often fail to fully and accurately disclose your particular nonprofit’s activities and data collection practices. Experienced counsel can usually prepare both of these policies for a modest cost. Considering the risks your nonprofit faces if it fails to post Terms and a Privacy Policy or if those posted policies fail to include the necessary language or fail to accurately describe the site’s operations, that cost is a small price to pay. Don’t be “penny wise and pound foolish”.

LARRY A. SILVERMAN, ESQ
4719 Bayard Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
412-600-4319
http://www.lsilvermanlaw.com

TechNow 2018

The 15th anniversary of the TechNow Conference took place on Wednesday, October 3 and was a great success! We are extremely grateful for all of our sponsors, especially our headline sponsor, Microsoft, which allowed us to offer tiered pricing for TechNow starting as low as $25.  We also want to thank our keynote speaker, Lucy Bernholz, Senior Research Scholar at the Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society at Stanford University.

If you missed the conference and would like to hear Lucy’s dynamic keynote presentation, you’re in luck! The keynote is available via video on the TechNow website, as well as conference materials from many of the breakout sessions, with more being added every day. It’s the next best thing to being there!

BCNM proudly introduces the BNY Mellon “Ready to Compete” project

The BNY Mellon Ready to Compete project helps build a stronger future for our regional nonprofit community. Ready to Compete will address two key areas of nonprofit management – finance and human resource (HR) management – with the goal of equipping participant organizations with specific solutions to their most urgent challenges in these areas.

Like all work at the Bayer Center, this program will employ best practices and be custom to each organization. Thanks to the generosity of BNY Mellon, the cost of these engagements valued at $6,500 are just $500 per organization.

Applications to participate will be available on November 26. If you would like to receive an application, please email Carrie Richards at richardsc@rmu.edu.

A thoughtful application and selection process will ensure selection of organizations to create a cohort ready to make full use of the expertise offered.  Consultants will work carefully to identify the most significant challenges and put the right tools and team to work to resolve it. Each agency in the cohort will begin by completing a comprehensive assessment and be provided consulting support to analyze the findings of the assessment. One or two urgent issues will be identified and resolved by our consulting team. The product of each engagement will be a roadmap of the particular issues facing the agency, ordered in priority, and a concrete solution to one or two of the most urgent.

Since we also believe in peer learning to lessen the isolation endemic to small organizations, each cohort will convene twice to share their lessons learned and to forge relationships.

Possible issues in finance may include

  • Developing a cost-centered budget
  • Better management of cash flow
  • Creating necessary internal controls
  • Assessing financial risks and equipping the board to provide proper oversight
  • Working with board and staff to review annual audits and 990s

Possible issues in HR may include:

  • Developing a performance management system that fosters values and culture
  • Writing job descriptions, screening and interview guidelines
  • Compensation studies
  • Guidance to boards facing executive transition

The outcome of this investment will be twenty-five more capable, stable organizations that are equipped to deliver high quality services because their internal house is in better order. In short, this program will help to insure that these agencies are Ready to Compete!

The 2019 Wage and Benefit Survey needs your participation!

Since 2002, The Wage & Benefit Survey of Southwestern Pennsylvania Nonprofit Organizations has provided the most current data about regional salary and benefits, needed both for valid decision-making and 990 compliance. Additionally, it sparked the “74%” and “What Now?” conversations which have helped to improve equity for the nonprofit workforce.

Your willingness to provide information makes this sector-wide resource possible. The survey will be available for purchase in January 2019, OR you can receive a copy for FREE if you take part! Start the survey now!

The submission deadline is Friday, November 9. All information is held in the strictest confidence, viewed only by our independent consultants. Questions? Contact Dr. Carrie Tancraitor at tancraitor@rmu.edu or 412-397-6003. If you are NOT the party who should complete the Wage & Benefit survey, please forward to the appropriate person in your organization.

Thank you in advance for your commitment to the nonprofit sector and your participation in this important survey.

The link to the questionnaire supplies the following information on the first page:
1.  An Excel file for the compensation portion
2.  A PDF list of jobs
3.  A PDF list of job descriptions
4.  A PDF survey glossary