Connecting Corporate Surplus to Fill Non-Profit Needs

Past Seminars

Recruiting and Energizing Volunteers

Tuesday, October 10, 2017
8:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m., Pre-registration at 8:15 a.m.

Program Overview:

We are going to discuss the four components of a good volunteer program:

  • Strategies for Recruitment
  • How to bring people onboard successfully: training and orientation
  • Utilization: To arrange for a good fit between volunteer skills and the organizational assignment
  • Feedback and Recognition: Appreciation and communication to ensure a positive volunteer experience
We’ll also include a discussion of how to deal with volunteer challenges.

This session will be highly interactive. All participants will leave with additional tools on how they can work with volunteers in their organization.

The Presenters:

Connie Hinitz is a philanthropic sector management specialist with more than 30 years’ experience creating and implementing comprehensive nonprofit initiatives. She is ESCC’s Manager of Volunteer Services and past Director of Philanthropic Initiatives for Leadership Scholars, Inc. Prior to joining ESCC, she was Administrator of The Jewish Foundation of Cincinnati. As the Jewish Federation’s Director of Planning and Allocations, she created and supervised an interagency refugee resettlement program.

Julia Johnson is a management specialist. She retired from the City of Cincinnati Metropolitan Sewer District in 2007 as Superintendent of Administrative Services Division after more than twenty years in the position. Her other assignments with the City of Cincinnati included Personnel Analyst in the Personnel Department, Field Auditor in the Department of Finance, and Assistant Personnel Director for the Cincinnati Recreation Department. Julia is on the board of the Community Resource Center and chairs the ESCC Volunteer Engagement Committee.

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Social Media Marketing for Nonprofits

Thursday, August 17, 2017
8:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m., Pre-registration at 8:15 a.m.

Program Overview:

Thriving as a brand on social media doesn’t require a large marketing team with elaborate titles. With more than a billion daily active users on Facebook alone, getting even a small piece of that engagement will reap incredible results. If you are not taking advantage of the power of word of mouth marketing on social media, you are missing out. Not sure where to begin, or have you already started, but aren’t sure how to grow? This interactive workshop will help.


  • Defining what social media is, who’s using it and how
  • Overview of social platforms
  • Setting a social strategy
  • Defining your target audience
  • Maximizing the power of branding
  • Scheduling posts and creating a content calendar
  • Testing free engagement opportunities
  • Utilizing paid promotion
  • Tracking analytics
  • Managing your communities – interacting and responding
  • Resources and compelling campaign snapshots

The Presenter:

Dana Johnson is an experienced social media and content marketing manager at The Christ Hospital Health Network. She is skilled in content ideation and execution, social media strategy, and customer service. Dana has more than 12 years of healthcare marketing experience, as well as a Master of Education in Language Arts and Bachelor of Arts in English/Journalism. She has also worked as a patient representative in patient relations; as a customer relationship manager at a printing company; and as a high school English teacher.

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Strategic Planning – With a Little Help From Our Friends

Thursday, September 14, 2017
8:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m., Pre-registration at 8:15 a.m.

Program Overview:

Would you like to create a strategic plan that helps your organization achieve breakthrough results? A strategic plan that you actually use? This program will help you create a strategic planning process that will engage and energize your organization. During this workshop we will:

  • Discuss the WHO, WHAT, WHEN and HOW of creating and using a strong strategic plan
  • Discuss an inclusive planning process that enables your Board, Staff and key stakeholders to bring their expertise and insights to your plan
  • Review a methodology and process that have worked successfully for nonprofits, business, government and academic organizations
  • Discuss how to make strategic planning fun and energizing for all involved
  • Discuss how to engage and involve Board Members and Staff
  • Discuss how to keep your strategic plan ALIVE – by engaging stakeholders, monitoring progress, identifying and filling gaps in the plan, and renewing the plan
  • Incorporate insights from a broad range of “experts” including the Dali Lama, ELMO, Margaret Mead, Albert Einstein, Yoda, and Mark Twain

The Presenter:

Sharon Janosik Mitchell has a passion for strategic planning, innovation, leadership and driving change. In her 36-year Research & Development career at Procter & Gamble, she led a large international organization of 1500 scientists and engineers located in 10 countries. By the time she retired as Senior Vice President of R&D, she helped lead strategic plans for over 20 different product categories.

Sharon has also served the community in a number of leadership roles including Board Chair of Miami University, President of Impact 100, and Board Chair of The Children’s Home of Cincinnati. She is a member of Miami University’s Foundation Board, Social Venture Partners, the YWCA Career Women of Achievement Academy, Impact 100 Board, M.I.A.M.I. Women Steering Committee, and serves as a Leaders Circle Facilitator for Leadership Council. She has led and facilitated strategic plans for over 20 nonprofit organizations. Many of these plans have resulted in significant growth and breakthroughs for the organization.

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First-Time Managers: Evaluating, Coaching and Other Essentials

Wednesday, July 12, 2017
8:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m., Pre-registration at 8:15 a.m.

Program Overview:
Are you a first time manager with concerns surrounding your role transition? Now that you’re in the role, are you unsure what it really means to be a manager? This Building Blocks seminar is available to cover many of the essentials needed for a successful transition. Through this seminar, attendees will gain valuable insight from experienced professionals on how to effectively handle management areas such as:

  • Employment Law basics that you need to know as a manager
  • How to coach employees to improvement and foster success
  • The importance of being proactive in managing employees’ performance
  • Giving performance feedback and handling discipline
  • How the success of employees impacts managers 
This interactive session covers all the basics and provides participants a high level understanding of legal compliance responsibilities. After completion of this seminar, attendees should possess the human resource basics necessary of any front line manager.

The Presenters:

Cathleen Snyder has over 15 years’ experience in HR consulting, providing HR support for companies with 10-550 employees in a variety of industries. She has advised clients on HR complaint investigations, recruiting and selection, employee performance management, creating policy and procedures, and government compliance. Cathleen is a member of the Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM) and has her certification as Senior Professional Human Resources.

Melissa Dern is a dynamic HR Generalist with over 17 years of experience. Melissa brings a wealth of expertise with a diverse background in recruiting, staffing operations, management and sales. Melissa’s strengths are building strong customer relationships, recruiting, talent management and employee relations.

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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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Ignite Passion with a SPARK of Change

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

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

Program Overview

Too often, we stay so busy that at the end of the day we wonder when we will ever achieve the dreams and goals important to us. Too many people fail to take control of their lives to capture opportunities. When you choose to dream – you can change direction and accomplish nearly anything you set out to achieve!

This presentation will teach you the most important choices to SPARK change in order to ignite your passion:

  • How to take the lead in embracing change within your organization
  • Answering the question: Do you know your Why?
  • Why it’s important to encourage others to focus and dream
  • Make your thoughts help not hinder you from capturing opportunities
  • How to build an organization through networking and its impact
  • Identify which of your strengths help you excel in your position and how can you utilize them to achieve your goals

This workshop includes a self-assessment to learn where you are with a “Sparking Change” mindset. Once you know your score you can prioritize an action plan that will move you in the right direction.

The Presenter:

Mary Miller has gained an international following as a popular speaker advocating for everyone to change direction and focus on their dreams, both personal and professional. As author of Changing Direction, she strives to stay on a path of positivity and determination while continuing to achieve her dreams and inspire others to reach for theirs.
In addition to running a business with more than 500 full-time employees, Mary is an associate coach for Strategic Coach, where she works with fellow entrepreneurs on work-life balance, growth and enjoying the process.
Mary enjoys sharing her vision and inspiration by actively participating in many industry, business and nonprofit organizations.

Reviews of Mary Miller’s past presentations:
“Most inspiring session I have attended in my years at any conference” – KPHRA attendee

“She educated, entertained humored, but most importantly touched their hearts. She is a must hear!” – Jamie Smith, Cincinnati Business Courier

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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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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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