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.
Gabriel threw Jennifer and Michael for a loop by being born a bit ahead of schedule on April 15, but came home on May 8 just in time for Mother’s Day! Welcome to the Bayer Center family, Gabriel!
Next week is Volunteer Appreciation Week, and in the spirit of the cross-sector collaboration celebrated by CIE, we are feeling extremely grateful for all of our volunteers, from all three sectors. From our ESC Volunteers, to our class instructors and panelists to our Nonprofit Leadership Association students, we thank each and every one of you for giving your time and talent to us here at the Bayer Center for Nonprofit Management at Robert Morris University. We’re a lucky bunch!
CIE Presents: “Sounds Like a Lot of Work” an original one act mock board meeting created just for YOU – nonprofit staff and board members! A fun learning event for all. We are almost sold out, so register online today and reserve your seat!
Start the new year fully engaged and ready with resources by becoming a nonprofit member of the Covestro Institute for Engagement (CIE) and participating in the following program(s):
- BoardsWork! increases your board’s knowledge, skills, networks, and number
- Skills-Based Volunteering expands your organization’s capacity to tackle a technical or operational challenge
CIE is a collaboration between the Bayer Center for Nonprofit Management and Covestro LLC, connecting the purpose and mission of nonprofit organizations with the skills and talents of business professionals. Its programs like BoardsWork! and Skills-Based Volunteering provide nonprofits with opportunities to effectively focus on challenges and implement sound solutions, while businesses exercise active social responsibility through employee engagement and development.
BoardsWork! is more active than ever! In the past few months, cohorts of PNC, Bayer and several other local business have been trained in effective nonprofit governance and are ready to be matched with local nonprofits. An additional cohort of veterans will be trained this summer through a partnership with Leadership Pittsburgh’s Community Leadership Course for Veterans, aimed at leveraging the skills and experience of post 9/11 veterans for the betterment of the broader Pittsburgh region.
All of these newly trained board members (over 100!) will soon be matched with local nonprofits who are BoardsWork! Award Agencies, which means NOW is the time for you to become one! And if that were not incentive enough, there are currently two new scholarships available for nonprofits to become new Award Agencies.
The first is a unique opportunity exclusively for nonprofits serving children and youth that has been made possible through the generosity of the Grable Foundation. In order to be considered for this award, please complete the Grable Foundation Scholarship Application Form online and submit for review. A limited number of scholarships are available.
The second is for nonprofits who focus on mental and behavioral health thanks to The Staunton Farm Foundation. Nonprofits who fit in this category should apply by filling out Staunton Farm Foundation Scholarship Application Form online and submit for review.
For questions about BW! or this opportunity, please contact BoardsWork! Program Director Lulu Orr at 412-397-6012 or firstname.lastname@example.org.