Grab some coffee and join the discussion with foundation heads, corporate partners and more!

Coffee and Conversation on Friday mornings in April at the Bayer Center
Learn how to ally with foundations, corporations, and the media, and how to crate a vibrant, inclusive workforce. Cost: $100 for all 4 sessions! ($40 à la cart)   Register today!
Meet just a few of our panelists:
Working with Our Foundation Allies  – Friday, April 6 from 9 – 11 a.m. – Register! 
Come reflect with a few of our region’s most thoughtful foundation leaders. Learn how they
help secure regional nonprofits by making every dollar count. Panelists: Laurel Randi, McCune Foundation; Karris Jackson, POISE Foundation; Cathy Lewis-Long, Sprout Fund

Working with Our Corporate Allies –  Friday, April 13 from 9 – 11 a.m. – Register! 
Let’s talk about the prospects for corporate volunteerism and how to make your nonprofit a likely recipient. Panelists: Vernee Smith, FedEx Ground; Ange Loiseau, Covestro

Working with Our Media Allies –  Friday, April 20 from 9 – 11 a.m. – Register! 
Join three Pittsburgh media writers and nonprofit allies as they discuss their role in telling a nonprofit’s story through different media channels to our region.  Panelists: Tracy Certo, NEXTpittsburgh; Joyce Gannon, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and Terry O’Reily, WESA

Working with Unexpected Allies –  Friday, April 27 from 9 – 11 a.m. – Register! 
Learn from community leaders dedicated to seeing possibility and opportunity in working across differences including employees with disabilities, those who have been incarcerated, or those new to our country. We’ll explore how to best crate a vibrant, inclusive workforce.
Panelists: James Bennett, Easterseals Western and Central Pennsylvania; Nikki Heckman, Bistro To Go; Sarah Welch, Jewish Family & Children’s Service Career Development Center; Melanie Harrington, Vibrant Pittsburgh


The Nonprofit Times Fresh Research Podcast features What Now?

Listen to Peggy Outon and Carrie Taincraitor discuss their “What Now” research in Episode 2 of The Nonprofit Times Fresh Research Podcast, “Nonprofit digital teams and Baby Boomer retirements.”

Ten thousand Baby Boomers a day are turning 65. What’s that mean for the leadership of the nonprofit sector? Peggy Morrison Outon and Carrie Tancraitor of the Bayer Center for Nonprofit Management at Robert Morris University discuss the implications for the Pittsburgh region and beyond and what the nonprofits can do to brace for the future through their study, “What Now? How will the impending retirement of nonprofit leaders change the sector?”



What Now? research hitting both local and national media

We are delighted that since the Leadership Breakfast on January 26, our “What Now” research has seen a good bit of media coverage. Print media includes stories in Independent Sector, The Nonprofit Quarterly, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Pittsburgh Business Times, the Tribune-Review as well as a linked article in the Chronicle of Philanthropy. Additionally, Peggy Outon was featured in a live interview with KDKA’s Stoney Richards on January 25, and she, along with Dr. Carrie Tancraitor, are recording a podcast at 11:00 today (February 16) with The Nonprofit Times.

We’ll send out the podcast once its completed, but in the meantime, here are the featured stories that have already been released:

Independent Sector
Research Round Robin: February 2018

Nonprofit Quarterly
Whither the Nonprofit Retirement Account?

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Nonprofits face crisis as baby-boomer leaders prepare to retire

Pittsburgh Business Times
Study: HR problems mount for Pittsburgh nonprofits

The Tribune-Review
Nonprofits unprepared for exodus of baby boomers, Robert Morris University report warns


Strategies for Setting Effective Performance Goals

Are your performance goals helpful tools to ensure focus and good communication or do they do more harm than good? Join us on Tuesday, March 6 from 1– 4 p.m. and we will discuss how to set effective goals using collaboration and engagement while building in flexibility and empowerment. The SMART approach will be covered along with the critical importance of regular two-way dialogue.

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

Register online or call Shelby at 412-397-6000 to register over the phone.


What Now? How will the impending retirement of nonprofit leaders change the sector?

Retirement. The nonprofit sector stands at a precipice. The response of the community will shape the future of nonprofits. Are we ready to discuss hard questions of retirement and the treatment of the nonprofit community workforce? This pioneering BCNM project brings vital research, conversations and experts together to explore:

  • The ramifications of these retirements on the organizations that serve our communities.
  • The need for better preparation of the next generation of nonprofit leaders.
  • Ideas to improve the prospects for all nonprofit employees.

Take the journey through our research and follow nonprofit stories as the most seasoned leaders and staff members of our communities’ vital nonprofits move into retirement.


PDF iconRead our findings in a downloadable report  with portraits of six nonprofit leaders by Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer Martha Rial. Our research was presented on Friday, January 26 at a morning Leadership Briefing for nonprofit leaders.

White Paper: What funders are saying about retirements in the nonprofit sector

We asked 11 representatives of the funding community of greater Pittsburgh about this looming question–one of real significance to their core mission of investment in strong communities led by effective leaders. Together, these funders steward assets in excess of $7 billion. Read our downloadable PDF white paper on what these regional leaders had to say.

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.

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.