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)

Op-ed: Nonprofits Need to Up Their HR Game

Women working in nonprofits in southwestern Pennsylvania in 2017 are making 81 cents on the dollar to men doing the same job, but there is reason to feel hopeful. In 2015, the figure was 75 cents on the dollar. Still, we have 19 cents to go, and according to statistics from the Institute for Women’s Policy Research, as a white woman I will be 106 before pay equity is achieved. If I was Latina, I would be 298 years old before seeing equity.

Why does this matter? Read the full article at NextPittsburgh!

Measuring the Impact of Your Volunteers 

Today’s volunteers and funders want to support agencies that use resources efficiently, including volunteer resources. While volunteer numbers are still important, the focus has shifted to the impact those hours have for the clients you serve. This workshop will explore ways to track and report outcomes, and how that information can be used to further engage volunteers and share your story.

Instructors: Deb Hopkins and Riley Baker, Pittsburgh Cares
Fee: $65 ($55 if paid online)

To register, visit or call Shelby at 412-397-6000.


BCNM After Hours – An Evening Board Development Series. 

Classes are $40 each ($30 if paid online) or $100 for the entire series. Registrants can bring a board member for free!

Boards and Fundraising – Wednesday, April 5 from 4 – 6 p.m.
This interactive seminar will explore the inherent tension in any nonprofit between board and staff roles and offer thoughtful insights about why each stakeholder must understand and accept his or her defined role. We’ll provide practical tips on how to communicate clearly between board and staff about this central and challenging issue. Open to staff or board members, but most effective when an agency can send both! Instructor: David Brewton, The Hazelwood Initiative

Committees: Engaging Talent
Wednesday, April 12 from 4 – 6 p.m.
Many nonprofit boards of directors use committees to actively engage their members’ best thinking and to more deeply address specialized governance issues. However, many boards also admit that their committees may be outdated or less active than desired. In this class we’ll review committee meeting best-practices as well as the range of potential standing and ad-hoc committee structures used by many nonprofits. We’ll re-visit your current committee structure and explore interactive tools for committee planning and activation – all with the goal of making the most of your board. Instructor: Evie Gardner, Bayer Center 

The High-Functioning Board of Directors – Wednesday, April 19 from 4 – 6 p.m.
How do you ensure the board understands their responsibilities and is committed to fulfilling them? Join this session to discuss ways to ensure that you have an engaged and passionate board. Topics will include (but not be limited to) recruitment, orientation and evaluation of board members. This session is appropriate for both staff and board members. Instructor: Don Block, Greater Pittsburgh Literacy Council 


Supporting and Evaluating the EDWednesday, April 26 from 4 – 6 p.m.
A board member functions as an advisor, fundraiser, advocate, monitor and constructive critic as the situation requires. While it is the board’s job to support the executive director, it is also their job to provide them with an evaluation. In this class, we will focus on role of advisor, advocate, monitor and constructive critic by talking about how we can honor an ED’s work and seek to improve even the most high-performing executive director. Instructor: Peggy Outon, Bayer Center