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 However, many boards also admit that their committees may be outdated or less active than desired.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 

Nonprofit Leadership Association Students wrap up another Nonprofit Boot Camp

BCNM is proud to partner with Robert Morris University’s Nonprofit Leadership Alliance (NLA) Program – a national nonprofit organization established in the 1940s which partners with universities and colleges to prepare the next generation of nonprofit leaders. Established at RMU in 2007, NLA is coordinated by the Office of Student Civic Engagement in the Division of Student Life. BCNM offers an eight-week class series in the fall and spring, and a week-long boot camp in the spring designed for NLA students to address the unique leadership opportunities and challenges faced by nonprofit professionals. The March 6 – 9 boot camp was great fun for both students and staff!
Thanks so much to all of the nonprofits who served as hosts during boot camp including:

Greater Pittsburgh Literacy Council                                   City of Asylum
Program to Aid Citizen Enterprise                                      POISE Foundation
Allegheny County Parks Department                                 The Salvation Army – Carnegie Corps
Easter Seals Western and Central Pennsylvania              Global Links
Pittsburgh Bike Share/Healthy Ride                                   East Liberty Family Health Care Center
Animal Rescue League Shelter and Wildlife Center         Everyday Cafe/Bible Center Church  

Strategic Planning: A Must in Turbulent Times

Strategic Planning: A Must in Turbulent Times 
Wednesday, March 29 from 9am – 4pm
with Gary Stern, Stern Consulting Int’l, Portland, ME
Cost: $125 ($115 if paid online)MiRan Surh, Director of Development at The Emmaus Community of Pittsburgh said, “It was one of the best classes I’ve ever had at the Bayer Center!”
Karen Scuilli, Executive Director of Face2Face Healing said, “I learned a lot! Gary made it interactive and engaging the entire time.”

Come and see for yourself. Register today!
An inspiring vision and carrying out a solid plan is vital for any nonprofit, large or small. With everyone’s time at a premium, creating the right strategic planning process makes all the difference. This full-day workshop provides an in-depth introduction to strategic planning and a deep delve into stakeholder engagement: a critical success factor in shaping and implementing successful strategic plans. A fast-paced introductory overview sets the stage for understanding effective strategic planning. Content includes:
  • The key components for a great process and effective plan
  • Guided discussion to zero in on your organization’s aims for strategic planning
  • Options for choosing the right approach for your organization
  • Clarification of roles for board members, staff and consultants
  • An experiential strategic plan “launch” that produces energy and open minds
  • Tips for keeping a plan real and alive over time
Then a deeper dive into stakeholder engagement, including:
  • Meaningful roles for internal stakeholders that build knowledge & ownership for the plan
  • How to segment priority external stakeholders to be reached for input
  • The right mix of affordable research techniques to build relationships and gain critical input
  • Creating a draft core questionnaire  to gain input across all stakeholder groups
  • Case study examples of analysis, reporting and how stakeholder input directly translates a completed strategic plan
Register online now, or call Shelby at 412-397-6000 to register over the phone.

We salute you, Ray!

unnamedRay Frankoski joined the Executive Service Corps in 2001.  At that time he was recently retired from Westinghouse as a senior HR professional. He has worked tirelessly to stay current with HR trends and issues to be able to offer extremely high quality services to the nonprofits in our region.

Ray has completed over 50 consulting engagements, over 40 clinics, and dozens of trainings as an ESC volunteer at the Bayer Center—including four projects he is working on right now. He has assisted the Carnegie Libraries, Rodef Shalom and the A Philip Randolph Institute, the Community at Holy Family Manor. His clients – to a person – love him and benefit greatly from his expertise and wisdom.

Here are some of their testimonials:

“The consulting from Ray was high level in expertise but approachable in delivery.  And extremely valuable for the many small libraries who do not have paid HR expertise.” ~ Marilyn Jenkins, Allegheny County Library Association

“Ray was instrumental in getting buy-in to the process with our executive leadership team. Ray was 100% on with this project.  He consistently gave excellent feedback & suggestions that really helped us. Ray helped us to think out the implementation process step by step.  He is very knowledgeable and we thoroughly enjoyed working with him.  Choosing ESC was definitely the right decision – the results were very much worth the cost in money and time.”  ~ Kim Radler, Holy Family Institute

We salute you Ray!

Conversation, Camaraderie and Coffee – panel discussions in March and April!

Conversation, Camaraderie and Coffee! Register online!
March and April are all about panel discussions! Join us on Friday mornings as we talk about how to better be fundraisers, advocates, corporate partners and more! Sessions are $40 each ($30 if payment is received online) or $100 for all four sessions. Our fifth and final session, “Creative Solutions” is FREE! What a great way to end each work week with conversation, camaraderie and coffee!

Working with Our Corporate Allies
Friday, March 10 from 9 – 11 a.m.

With an increased focus on Corporate Social Responsibility, corporations and businesses are more enthusiastic than ever to find nonprofit partners to create mutually beneficial volunteer opportunities for their employees. Let’s talk about the prospects for corporate volunteerism and how to make your organization a likely recipient.

Moderator: Lulu Orr, Bayer Center
Panelists: Vernee Smith, FedEx Ground; Sharon Cercone, PNC Bank

Engaging Mission-Minded Millennials
Friday, March 17 from 9 – 11 a.m.

The millennial generation, which now represents about one fourth of the US population, is reshaping the ways in which our communities operate. With millennials’ widespread renewed interest in service and community, as well as an “always on” and media-rich lifestyle, many nonprofits see opportunities to further their missions by engaging the time, talent and treasures of this well-educated and diverse generation. Join our panel as they explore innovative, Pittsburgh-tested strategies to activate millennials as nonprofit employees, volunteers, donors, and supporters.

Moderator: Evie Gardner, Bayer Center
Panelists: Meredith Grelli, Wigle Whiskey; Andrea Stanford, PNC

Working with Our Foundation Allies
Friday, March 24 from 9 – 11 a.m.

Generous gifts from foundations have often secured the future for regional nonprofits. But there are close to 8,500 nonprofits in southwestern Pennsylvania alone, and foundation leaders have to make hard choices and are challenged to make every dollar count. Come reflect with a few of our region’s most thoughtful foundation leaders about how they make those decisions.

Moderator: Peggy Morrison Outon, Bayer Center
Panelists: Carmen Anderson, The Heinz Endowments; Sam Reiman, RK Mellon Foundation; Jenny Kelly, Roy A. Hunt Foundation

Working with Our Policy Allies
Friday, March 31 from 9 – 11 a.m.

Many times, as work is done in the community, it becomes clear that public policy needs to change. Learn how to determine who can help, how they can help and how to make them want to help your organization in its effort to create lasting policy or legislative change. Join this dynamic panel of experts as we discuss advocacy efforts that work.

Moderator: Peggy Morrison Outon, Bayer Center
Panelists: Al Condeluci, CLASS; and John Lydon, Auberle

Creative Solutions (FREE SESSION!)
Friday, April 7 from 9 – 11 a.m.

Creative arrangements using barter and cooperative structures are seeing great success in our sector, and the opportunity for growth is ripe! Come hear from nonprofits that have come up with some unique solutions to everyday problems through partnerships that have had a lasting impact.

Moderator: Peggy Morrison Outon, Bayer Center
Panelists: Angela Garcia, Global Links; Jeffrey Dorsey, Union Project; Mike Gable, Construction Junction

The 2017 Wage and Benefit Study is ready to be put to good use!

When you’re setting salaries, the Wage & Benefit Survey for Southwestern PA Nonprofit Organizations can give you all the comparables you need.  We are deeply grateful for the 186 nonprofit organizations who took the time to fill out the 2017 survey and made it possible for us to report on over 11,000 local nonprofit employees.  Thank you!

“This is a beautiful job of research and presentation!  It’s loaded with detailed information, well organized and easy to follow. My compliments to you and your team.  Thank you for giving us a tool for better, more effective management.”
~Joseph W. Dornbrock, Executive Director, Keystone Chapter, Paralyzed Veterans of America

The 2017 survey is currently available for purchase! Those who participated will receive the 2017 survey for FREE. The cost for non-participants is $200.

This bi-annual survey adds depth to our collective nonprofit management knowledge base and is especially useful for:

  • The IRS 990 form for nonprofits to benchmark executive compensation against the market
  • Boards hiring new executive directors or seeking to fairly compensate the current staff leader
  • Staff leaders seeking to bring equity to their salary administration

Lots of media coverage for The 2017 Wage and Benefit Study

We’ve generated quite a buzz this week!

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Report: Gender pay gap shrinks, but remains, among Pittsburgh-area nonprofits
February 10, 2017 by Joyce Gannon

Robert Morris University
Study Finds Narrowing Gender Gap: Gender Pay Gap Is Closing in Pittsburgh Area Nonprofits
February 10, 2017

Pittsburgh Business Times
Five Things to Know for Monday, February 13
February 13, 2017 by Lydia Nuzum and Patty Tascarella

The Nonprofit Quarterly
The New Math for Women Leaders is Better but Not Equal at Pittsburgh Nonprofits
February 14, 2017 by Louis Altman