Upcoming Technology Classes at the Bayer Center

LearnTaking a tech class at the Bayer Center is an affordable way to sharpen your skills in a user-friendly, comfortable environment!

To register for any of these classes:


Social Media Strategy for Nonprofits
Tuesday, Nov. 28 from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Using social media for your organization requires planning, strategy and management. Learn what you should consider before getting your nonprofit started in the social media realm, what to expect afterwards and how to keep the ball rolling. You will have the opportunity to work on a draft strategic plan for your organization’s social media that you can take back to your office and refine. Basic social media concepts and terminology are recommended but not necessary for attending this class. We will focus on planning and strategy rather than on “how to” use the social media tools.

Instructor: Cindy Leonard, Bayer Center
Fee: $125 ($115 if paid online)


120,000 Reasons to Learn About Google AdWords Grants
Wednesday, Nov. 29 from 1 – 4 p.m.

Google offers free advertising to nonprofits through AdWords, a tool that powers 3 billion search queries per day. This course helps nonprofit organizations with 501(c)3 status and an active website qualify for $120,000 of annual ad spend, and explores how to use AdWords to drive more website traffic and donations. Unfortunately, government programs, hospitals and schools are excluded from the program.

Instructor: Andy Garberson, LunaMetrics
Fee: $65 ($55 if paid online)


Organizing and Using Your Data
Thursday, Dec. 7 from 1 – 4 p.m.

Discuss different data metrics, what they mean, and how to decide which metrics matter for your organization. You’ll learn how to use data to tell your story and we’ll cover data visualization as well – what it means and how to do it.

Instructor: Connie Capiotis, Digital Bridges Pittsburgh
Fee: $65 ($55 if paid online)

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March Technology Classes at the Bayer Center

Technology is the new magicMarch features a variety of tech classes, including advanced Excel, donor database management and Adobe InDesign! Register online or email bcnm@rmu.edu if you have questions (or want to register 3 or more people for a discount).

Advanced Excel
Tuesday, March 7 from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

The deeper you go into Excel, the more directions you can pursue. In this full-day class, we’ll have plenty of time to go beyond the typical functions and into more magic, timesaving techniques you may not have used before. We’ll cover creating links between sheets, text manipulation, pivot tables, advanced formulas and customizing charts beyond the wizard. This session will combine context for techniques, guided practice and ample time for questions.

Instructor: Cindy Leonard
Fee: $125 ($115 if paid online)


Conquering Your Donor Database Dragon
Thursday, March 9 from 9 a.m. – noon

Having a database with information in it is one thing. Being able to get the reports and information you need back out is another. Learn how to make your database work for you and how to utilize it in your various fundraising efforts. This session is designed to help you clean up your database and create a strategy to leverage the database so you can make more data-driven decisions and spend more time raising money for your mission.

Instructor: Dave Tinker, ACHIEVA
Fee: $65 ($55 if paid online)


Essentials of Adobe InDesign
Thursday, March 16 from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Adobe InDesign has so many features it can be overwhelming for beginners. In this introductory class, we’ll explain the InDesign interface and tool sets, and cover the features most often used when creating publications with this software. We will create a variety of sample publications during the class so that you’ll walk away with actual hands-on experience with the software.

Instructor: Cindy Leonard, Bayer Center
Fee: $125 ($115 if paid online)