Connecting Corporate Surplus to Fill Non-Profit Needs


IMG_2015-1-1200pxBuilding Blocks for Nonprofits is a monthly seminar series covering topics of interest to our nonprofit members in order to build their skills in these areas. Topics have included grant-writing and other fundraising strategies, human resources topics such as team building and recruiting/retaining quality staff, marketing topics including social media and PR, and management training among many others.

Seminars are held on the 2nd Wednesday of every month from 8:30-11:30am at:

Interact for Health
Rookwood Tower, 5th Floor
3805 Edwards Road
Cincinnati, OH 45209


  • $35 ReSource members/$25 early-bird registration, deadline 10 days prior
  • $45 non-members/$35 early-bird registration, deadline 10 days prior


2018 Schedule 

Date Event Name Presenter(s)
April 3* Team Building Otis Williams, Camp Joy
May 9  Event Planning Betsy Zelek

Building Blocks for Nonprofits is sponsored by:

Interact for Health 

Descriptions and information from our past seminars.

Team Building: The Five Behaviors of A Cohesive Team

[Note the change from usual 2nd Wednesday date.]
Tuesday, April 3, 2018
8:30-11:30 a.m.
Held at Rookwood Tower
3805 Edwards Road, 5th Floor
Interact for Health ChoiceCare Room

Program Overview
What is the single most untapped competitive advantage in the workplace? In a word: Teamwork. When team members learn to work together more efficiently and effectively and become a more cohesive unit, greatness can truly be achieved. However, to gain this type of competitive advantage, teams must:

  • Trust One Another
  • Engage in Conflict Around Ideas
  • Commit to Decisions
  • Hold One Another Accountable
  • Focus on Achieving Collective Results

The Five Behaviors of A Cohesive Team has one simple goal: to create a learning experience that helps individuals and organizations reveal what it takes to build a truly cohesive and effective team in the most approachable, competent, and effective way possible.

This seminar will include about 1/3 instructional (lecture) and 2/3 experiential learning (building teamwork at the program — so bring a team if you can — and learning how to use these activities later within your agencies.)

The Presenter
Otis Williams is the Venture Out! Director at Camp Joy. Venture Out! is the regional choice for organizations, businesses, and universities that want to enhance their team and leadership development through experience-based learning. Otis has over 25-years of experience in increasing the effectiveness and efficiency of both teams and leaders. He is a highly sought-after award-winning speaker, facilitator, seminar leader, and personal growth coach.

The Art and Science of Event Planning

Wednesday, May 9, 2018
8:30-11:30 a.m.
Held at Rookwood Tower
3805 Edwards Road, 5th Floor
Interact for Health ChoiceCare Room

Join us for a full morning of content and discussion around design, planning and production of engaging and successful events. Topics include:
  • organizing and tracking event tasks and responsibilities
  • managing an event budget
  • working with committees and event volunteers
  • coordinating food/beverage, décor, and audio visuals
  • venue selection
  • tips for invitations and response gathering
  • best practices for sponsorships and fundraising
  • promoting your event
  • and much more!

The session will include a panel discussion featuring experts in key event specialties. Panelists will include:

  • Marsha Burton – Director of Sales, Cintas Center
  • Rachael Fritsch – Event Consultant, All Occasions Event Rental
  • Gail Myers – public relations professional
  • Carrie Schroder – Development Manager, Ronald McDonald House Charities of Greater Cincinnati
  • Laura Starkey, Catering Sales Director, SPECTRA Food Services and Hospitality at Sharonville Convention Center
  • Gretchen Ramstetter, Development Manager – Twin Lakes  |  Life Enriching Communities Foundation
Our keynote presenter will be Betsy Zelek, owner of BZMS Events. BZMS Events, founded in 2004, provides event planning and management services to corporations, businesses and non-profit organizations in the Greater Cincinnati region.  BZMS Events has been certified as a Women’s Business Enterprise since 2011.  And in 2017, they earned designation as a Certified Tourism Ambassador for the Greater Cincinnati region.  Visit to learn more.