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.

Strengthening Your Team’s Accountability

Friday, July 14 from 9 a.m. – noon with
Len Petrancosta, Peak Performance Management

All nonprofits are feeling pressure to meet ever-increasing expectations with less time and money than ever before, and stress, burnout and disengagement are common. Yet nonprofits that embrace accountability, results, retention and morale flourish. Why? Because accountable team members negotiate clear agreements, build strong partnerships, and feel more control in outcomes, resulting in more productivity and less stress. Discover the powerful personal benefits of accountability and the strategies to make it happen. Register today!

Fee: $65 ($55 if paid online)

Win Two Free Tickets to “Beers for Babes: Not Your Typical Baby Shower”

Enjoy beer and burgers (veggie or meat) on  Sunday, May 21st from 2:00pm to 4:30pm in the courtyard of Mr Smalls Funhouse in Millvale. Learn about Global Links’ mission and help support women’s health initiatives. Pack a bag of much-needed items for a soon-to-be mom. Participate in interactive games and activities focusing on access to health care. Spend your Sunday afternoon eating, drinking, and doing good!

Through our Welcome Baby Project, Global Links has partnered with clinics in resource-poor communities throughout Latin America and right here in Pittsburgh, to provide an incentive for women to make the often difficult choices required to seek prenatal care.

What can you do?
Buy your $15 ticket today and have fun with us while supporting this initiative.
Note: This is a 21+ event. Please bring your photo ID. Questions? Call 412-361-3424

Be the first to email Carrie Richards at and you get two tickets to this event!

Critical Strategies for Fundraising Success

Friday, June 16 from 9 a.m. – noon

This interactive and intensive session will explore four mainstays of fundraising success: leadership, systems, case, and donors. Participants will learn how to develop a fundraising board, manage top donors, identify new donors, prepare a poignant one-page case for support, and build relationships that will lead to long-term fundraising success. Along with step-by-step instruction for implementing each strategy, you’ll get tips, tricks and templates that can be used each year to set up your fundraising program for success.

Instructor: Emma Gilmore Kieran, Pilot Peak Consulting Fee: $65 ($55 if paid online)