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Measuring Impact and Progress with Metrics

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

8:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m., Pre-registration at 8:15 a.m.

How can you present information to your board and supporters in a meaningful way? Businesses usually use net profit as a key measure of success but for nonprofits, it is more difficult. Too often, nonprofits think first about strategies or programs and then try to measure what they achieve. The point is not just to “account for” or track what you’re already doing but to determine its value. This workshop will help you zone in on what matters and also how to present it in easy to understand metrics that show trends that are affecting your organization.

  • Why measurements and metrics are important
  • The difference between outputs and outcomes
    What’s worth tracking? Developing your Key Performance Indicators (KPIs)
  • How to measure the important stuff
  • Metric reporting – showing trends vs. monthly or seasonable changes
  • Creating your dashboard
    Sharing your metrics and trends in easy to understand formats

This is an interactive learning opportunity and you will work in groups to identify your key metrics. We will provide each participant with a digital work file with a variety of templates for reporting your metrics and showing them in chart formats.

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Grant Research and Grant Givers


Wednesday, March 8, 2017

8:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m., Pre-registration at 8:15 a.m.

Program Overview

This will be a 2-part seminar.

Part I
Overview of the grants research process, which will cover the major types of grantmakers, including government, private and community foundations, and direct corporate grantmakers. You will also learn resources for finding a funder whose pattern of grantmaking suggests it is a good match for your organization’s needs. There will be a live demonstration of the Foundation Directory Online database, available to the public at the library, which is an excellent tool for researching grantmakers.

Part II
A panel of foundation representatives will give an overview of their funds, processes and tips for making your grant application stand out, followed by time for Q&A.

The Presenters:

Phoebe Acheson, Grants Resource Librarian at the Public Library of Cincinnati & Hamilton County
Ruth Klette, Elsa Heisel Sule Foundation
Mary Alice Koch, PNC Charitable Trusts
Molly Robertshaw, Greater Cincinnati Foundation

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The Magic of Event Planning

Full – Waiting list only

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

8:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m., Pre-registration at 8:15 a.m.

Nothing says event planning like a party!

You are INVITED to a party full of fun and learning as we share best practices and even some magic tricks that are going to make for a successful event. BE OUR GUESTS for an interactive session to discover the elements of an outstanding guest experience. The program includes all the tried and true steps for planning an event for your organization. Tools and Tricks of the trade will be in your SWAG BAG when the morning concludes.

Enjoy topics like theme development, goal setting, venue selection, invitation options, decorations, catering, sponsorships and the WOW factor. There will be plenty of time to tell us what other topics you want us to pull out of the hat!  Fill your table with your nonprofit staff and volunteers that will be helping you plan and host an event to raise funds, advance your mission or celebrate a special milestone.

Your Event Hostesses:

Amelia Crutcher, Experienced Community Volunteer and Event Planner. Bringing people together to have fun and celebrate inspires Amelia. She loves a good time and she likes to make it happen. From “Abracadabra” for the Playhouse in the Park and the “Hat’s Off Luncheon” for the Cincinnati Parks to establishing ReSource’s successful fall fundraiser, Amelia has led the efforts to plan and execute events, galas and fundraisers for as little as 100 and up to 1200 people over the past 20 years. Amelia was recognized as a Cincinnati Enquirer Woman of the Year in 2007.

Martha Steier, ReSource Development Director and Community Volunteer. Martha’s event planning experience includes fundraisers, anniversary celebrations, recognition events, and trade shows. As a Fund Development professional for over 10 years, she has led major event fundraisers as well as annual and capital campaigns. Martha is a past president of the Junior League of Cincinnati.

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Revitalizing Performance Management

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

8:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m., Pre-registration at 8:15 a.m.

Program Overview

Program Overview
Disengaged associates, turnover, and low levels of job satisfaction – all draining the life forces of performance from modern workplaces. This presentation will identify toxins lurking in Performance Management that undermine your organization’s vitality, and will provide pragmatic principles and antidotes that promote healthy, high performance.

Attendees will learn:
  • How to revitalize the Measurement, Feedback, and Reinforcement aspects of Performance Management
  • How to use 3 powerful, pragmatic principles to guide the “detoxification” of Performance Appraisals
The Presenter:

Wayne Owens, Master Trainer at HRC Consulting Services, will be returning to lead this session. Wayne’s past seminars have been well-received by participants because of his engaging and interactive presentation style. 

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ReSource on Channel 12

Recently ReSource’s Executive Director Christie Brown was invited to appear on a U.S. Bank BusinessWatch segment, presented by The Cincinnati Business Courier on Channel 12. 

Celebrating our Roots … and Future

rosie-redThe Celebration of Champions was celebrated on October 28, with recognition of our history and deep roots in the community along with a view to our exciting future in service to then nonprofit community. Our 250 guests enjoyed the evening with reception in The Handlebar followed by dinner and program in the Champions Club at Great American Ball Park. Phil Castellini was our master of ceremonies, presenting Community Partner awards to Messer Construction and Easter Seals Tristate. 

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Bob Castellini then gave moving tributes to integral partners in creating our deep roots, presenting Founder’s Awards to People Working Cooperatively and Frank Leggio. Other founding members in attendance were Chuck Hirt and Ruth Cronenberg, both part of the People Working Cooperatively team that helped bring the Neighborhood Furniture Bank (now ReSource) to life in the 1980’s.

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This short video provides the highlights:

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Organizational & Strategic Planning with Your Nonprofit

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

8:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m., Pre-registration at 8:15 a.m.

Program Overview

Is your board and staff leadership on the same page  for how to best move your organization forward? During this workshop we will:

  • Discuss the various types and level of planning that can have a major impact on your organization’s efficiencies and effectiveness
  • Explore strategic planning and how to create a process that works for your organization’s culture and budget
  • Discuss how to create an inclusive planning process that enables your key stakeholders to participate and deepen their commitment to your organization
  • Review the role of the board and staff during planning and how to create a process that is fun and energizing for everyone
  • Explore how to engage in effective board development planning and how to review and update your committee structure

This will be an interactive workshop that includes time for discussions and questions. Board presidents, executive directors, board officers, governance chairs and staff management are encouraged to attend this workshop.

The Presenter:

Jane Page-Steiner is the President of JPS Nonprofit Strategies. JPS assists nonprofits with board development, strategic planning and infrastructure development. Jane is a respected speaker, regularly presenting at national, regional and local nonprofit conferences. Jane is a BoardSource Certified Governance Trainer, having joined this select group of expert trainers after completing a rigorous application and certification process and is now certified to deliver BoardSource’s signature nonprofit governance trainings.

Before establishing JPS Nonprofit Strategies, Jane served as the Vice President of Affiliate Relations for the National Down Syndrome Society. She provided regular counsel on leadership development, capacity building and resource development for affiliates across the country. Prior to that Jane served as the executive director for the Down Syndrome Association of Greater Cincinnati for more than ten years. Jane is the owner and publisher of the Greater Cincinnati Nonprofit News an e-newsletter that reaches over 3700 readers in the Greater Cincinnati region.

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Coaching for Best Performance

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

8:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m., Pre-registration at 8:15 a.m.

Program Overview

InsideOut coaching draws on the learner’s inner-awareness and how well he or she is motivated to align behaviors with success. The essence of this coaching is unlocking a person’s potential to maximize his or her own performance. Whether you are coaching managers to achieve key organizational goals, engaging a team to take your department to the next level, or encouraging young adults to believe that their dreams are within their reach, you will learn how to help learners eliminate inner-interference.

In this highly interactive workshop you will learn:

  1. To tap into the learner’s internal strength to help him or her focus on aspiration and hope,
  2. The difference between mentoring, coaching, and performance management,
  3. InsideOut feedback conversations,
  4. The G.R.O.W. Coaching Model, by John Whitmore, Coaching for Performance
The Presenter:

With over 20 years of executive experience in organization development, Diane Jordan-Grizzard is a recognized leader in professional development, change management, employee relations, and executive coaching. She inspires individuals and teams to lead from aspiration, increase accountability and decision-making, and deliver sustainable results. Diane serves as the director of Strategic Talent Management at BHDP Architecture and is a successful non-profit professional, previously serving as COO of Beech Acres. She is CEO of her management consulting business, Thembi Speaks. Diane has more than a decade of executive and team coaching experience and has taught the G.R.O.W. Coaching Model to international users. Diane earned her M.Ed. from University of Cincinnati and she has earned multiple awards for her leadership and impact on the Cincinnati nonprofit community.

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Social Media Quickstarter

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

8:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m., Pre-registration at 8:15 a.m.

Program Overview

Baffled by Facebook or flustered with trying to figure out Twitter? Are you struggling with understanding all of the terms and charts in Google Analytics? While we’re at it, what the heck is a hashtag and why should I care? Come get help with these issues and learn the basics of using social media to market your organization effectively.

The Presenter:

Rob Bunting, Czar of the Cincinnati I-marketing Group (CIG), is an Internet marketing professional with eighteen years of industry experience who has earned a reputation as one of the most knowledgeable Internet marketers in the Cincinnati area. Rob entered the Internet marketing industry in 1998 working at online auction site and then Since 2004, Rob has run Cincinnati I-marketing Group (CIG), a Premier Google Partner agency serving firms looking to generate more sales or sales leads from their websites. CIG’s services include: online advertising campaigns including PPC (Pay-Per-Click) advertising in Google AdWords and Bing Ads, SEO (Search Engine Optimization), social media marketing, and Google Analytics consulting.

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ReSource Has Day at the Ballpark

ReSource sponsors, board members and other supporters enjoyed an afternoon Reds game on August 21 as part of our 30th anniversary festivities. In addition to enjoying the game, those attending mingled with each other and some of the Arts Wave supporters who also shared the Cincinnati Bell Technology Pavilion. 

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Our thanks for hosting this event goes to:
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