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

Your Shot at Networking: A Fun, Free Bayer Center Event

Your Shot at Networking   –  Register online! 
Monday, Oct. 30 from 6 – 8 p.m.

Put your networking skills into practice at Wigle Whiskey Distillery and Bottle Shop in the Strip. Get your handshake and business cards ready with top tips and tactics to make new connections and renew professional contacts. This fun workshop will be followed by time to put those learnings into practice. Bring your coworkers and friends. Topics include approaching new contacts; active listening; tips for shy people, your personal elevator speech; remembering names; handshake etiquette and graceful exits.

Instructors: Lynette Asson and Yvonne Hudson, New Place Collaborations

Fee: FREE, but RSVP is required

Location: Wigle Whiskey Distillery, 2401 Smallman St, Pittsburgh, PA 15222

2017 Annual Capacity Builders Conference

Alliance for Nonprofit ManagementThe Bayer Center is an active member of the Alliance for Nonprofit Management and registration is open for its annual Capacity Builders Conference.

Our own Peggy Outon is on the planning committee, and Cindy Leonard will be presenting at the conference. We would like to share information about this fantastic event!

The 2017 Capacity Builders Conference takes place November 15-18 right in the heart of downtown Grand Rapids, MI in conjunction with ARNOVA’s national conference. It’s a two for one deal with over 600 researchers, academics and capacity builders from across the country who collectively impact thousands of organizations across the country each year.

2017 Conference Program:

This year’s program includes breakouts and presentations with the following great organizations:

  • Bayer Center for Nonprofit Management at Robert Morris University (PA)
  • Brighter Strategies, LLC (VA)
  • BWB Solutions (CT)
  • Capbuilders (CA)
  • ClearWays Consulting and Coaching (MA)
  • Community Resource Exchange (NY)
  • Danville Regional Foundation (VA)
  • Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy (MI)
  • Fio Partners, LLC (RI)
  • Foraker Group (AK)
  • Foundation Center (NY)
  • Molnar Consulting (SC)
  • Nonprofit Elements (TX)
  • Nonprofit Solutions Associates (MA)
  • North Carolina State University (NC)
  • Penn Flood Consulting (CT/NY)
  • Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PA)
  • RAFFA (MD)
  • SCG Nonprofits (MO)
  • Sequoia Consulting Associates, LLC (CA)
  • Support Center (NY/NJ)
  • TCC Group (NY)
  • The Association of Junior Leagues International, Grand Rapids (MI)
  • TM Public Relations (SC)
  • Western North Carolina Nonprofit Pathways (NC)
  • WorkXO (MD)

With over 20 interactive Alliance-developed workshops along with over 100 sessions led by ARNOVA, the conference provides both variety and depth for consultants, academics, funders and nonprofit leaders interested in increasing the capacity of nonprofit organizations and other actors working toward sustainable social change. More detail on this year’s program and registration information can be found on our website.

Location, Logistics and Schedule:

This year’s conference starts on Wednesday, November 15th at 8:00AM and ends at 4:00PM on Saturday, November 18th. Conference sessions and keynotes will be held at the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel and right in the heart of downtown Grand Rapids. The Alliance has secured a block of rooms (along with ARNOVA) at the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel. If you would prefer to stay at a different hotel, there are several options within a half mile of the conference venue. The special conference rate, starting at $170/night, applies only at the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel.