Gearing Up Blog

  • Storytelling 101 Session 1 Workshop – Follow-Up
    No cost online workshops through the end of 2020! Read More
  • Free Community Leadership Series
    Leadership Toledo is proud to introduce the Community Leadership Series, a collection of free virtual interactive presentations dedicated to providing access to leadership development and community connectivity opportunities. Read More
  • Did You Hear The BIG News?!
    No cost online workshops through the end of 2020! Read More
  • Webinar – So You Want to Start a Nonprofit
    Audience: experienced directors and staff Read More
  • YIPEE- Now Accepting Proposals
    YIPEE, or Youth in Philanthropy Encouraging Excellence, is now accepting proposals for grant consideration.  Applicants must be an established 501c3 nonprofit organization. Organizations must offer services benefiting youth in the greater Toledo area. Applications are due September 2, 2020. Click … Read More
  • Expansion of Program to Support Lending to Nonprofit Organizations
    U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven T. Mnuchin issued the following statement on the expansion of the Main Street Lending Program to provide greater access to credit for nonprofit organizations: “I have sent letters to Federal Reserve Board Chairman Jerome Powell approving the … Read More
  • Senate Passes Brown, Scott, Wyden, Grassley, Legislation to Help Nonprofits
    Bipartisan Bill Would Ensure that Nonprofits Receive Federal Help for Unemployment Payments Up Front, Rather than Being Reimbursed Later WASHINGTON, D.C. – Late yesterday, the Senate unanimously passed legislation introduced by U.S. Sens. Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Tim Scott (R-SC), Ron … Read More
  • SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loans and Advance Program Re-opened
    All Eligible Small Businesses and Non-profits Impacted by COVID-19 Pandemic The Economic Impact Disaster Loan portal has re-opened and the SBA also has funding still available in the Paycheck Protection Program. Click here to learn more and apply. If you … Read More
  • Pro Bono Legal Services
    Toledo Bar Association Pro Bono Program The Toledo Bar Association Pro Bono Legal Services Program is working to identify nonprofits in the area who are in need of free legal assistance. We have a group of volunteer attorneys who are … Read More
  • Guest Blogger – Zach Huber
    Grant Writing is More Than the Proposal Read More
  • C4NPR Chat – Patrick Johnston
    GTCF Community Resilience Fund Patrick chats with The Center about the newly announced Community Resilience Fund and other grant opportunities. Time stamps and resource links below. Click here to watch this episode. 0:55 Is the COVID-19 Response Fund still available … Read More
  • Summer 2020 BGSU-TAP Program Helps Local Nonprofits Write Grants
    BGSU TAP- Training Alliance for the Public Good This is a challenging time for local nonprofits – fundraisers cancelled, quarantines, economic downturn, more people than ever in need of help and social distancing has made many activities like recruiting volunteers … Read More
  • GTCF Announces 2nd COVID-related Fund
    Community Resilience Fund Greater Toledo Community Foundation announced a second COVID-related fund – the Community Resilience Fund – to address long-term recovery efforts of individuals and organizations as a result of the COVID outbreak. GTCF will seed the fund with $100,000, and … Read More
  • Webinar – Making Crisis Decisions
    Is your nonprofit trying to determine how best to respond to our “new normal”? If you are looking for a great set of tools to help you make solid decisions you will find this 60 minute program a great use … Read More
  • Webinar – Protect Yourself in Today’s Cybersecurity Landscape
    There are threats that you and your organization may be facing as a result of the current Coronavirus pandemic and associated cybersecurity. Nonprofits are experiencing a significant uptick in fraud and ransomware. What is a nonprofit leader to do? A … Read More
  • Ohio Restaurant Employee Relief Fund
    The Relief Fund provides emergency funding for personnel in the restaurant, foodservice and hospitality industry that are affected by COVID-19.  Aid is made as a single disbursement.  Funding is restricted for the use of: Housing expenses, including mortgage or rent Living expenses, … Read More
  • OH Mental Health & Addiction Services Grant
    SOR Project Ohio Opioid Response Continuum Grant for Non-Behavioral Health Organizations OhioMHAS is pleased to announce an umbrella State Opioid Response Carry Over grant opportunity for Federal Fiscal Year 2020 – SOR Project Ohio Opiate Response Continuum Grant for Non-Behavioral … Read More
  • OH CARES Grant
    Ohio Humanities will be providing $750,000 in emergency relief grants for historical societies, museums, and other cultural organizations affected by COVID-19 health crisis. Click here to learn more. Read More
  • C4NPR Chat – Mike George
    Update – GTCF COVID-19 Response Fund Listen in as we chat with Mike George, GTCF Vice President, Philanthropic Services to discuss: the impact of COVID-19 on the needs of our community how members of our community can get involved where … Read More
  • Update – Lucas County – FEMA Grant
    Lucas County advised FEMA has announced the Emergency Food and Shelter Program allocation of funds through the CARES Act. FEMA Advisory Responsibilities and Requirements Manual All Phase 37 and CARES funding applications and supplemental materials to be submitted by 5pm … Read More
  • Updates – Lucas County – Guidelines to Re-open
    Looking for guidelines to re-open your nonprofit? The Center published a blog post on 04-28-20 with multiple resources to re-open provided by Lucas County. The Lucas County Open for Business Guidance has been updated to address questions received and to … Read More
  • Lucas County – Guidelines to Re-open
    Looking for guidelines to re-open your nonprofit? Lucas County has provided the following resources. Lucas County Open for Business Guidelines Governors Responsible Reopening – General Office Environment Governors Responsible Reopening – Consumer Retail Services  Governors Responsible Reopening –  Continued Business … Read More
  • Funding – Environmental Injustice
    The Ohio Environmental Council opportunity if your organization works with communities and individuals that have been marginalized and often excluded from Ohio’s environmental movement The Ohio Environmental Council works to remedy environmental injustice caused by oppressive practices harming Ohioans, and meaningfully … Read More
  • Business Reboot
    Need assistance to re-open your nonprofit? The Small Business Development Center (based in the Toledo Regional Chamber of Commerce) continues to offer support for local nonprofits as we move forward. Click here to access tools and connect with an SBDC … Read More
  • Funding – Food Banks
    USDA Opportunity if your organization offers a food bank as a part of its operations (as shared by Ben Pushka, Lucas County) If your organization offers a food bank as part of its operations, Shelly Okun from Sam Okun’s Produce informed … Read More
  • Nonprofit | HELLO!
    Nonprofit | HELLO! We’ve created a casual weekly Zoom event on Tuesdays from 11am to 12 noon.  Based on results from our “Four Question Survey for Nonprofits,”  nonprofit professionals are in need of an online place to connect and share information, … Read More
  • Funding Available – CDBG-CV and ESG-CV
    Important Information fromMayor Wade Kapszukiewicz Community partners, including nonprofit organizations, homeless services providers, faith-based groups and for-profit organizations, are able to apply for CARES Act 2020 supplemental Community Development Block Grant-CV and Emergency Solutions Grant-CV funding to address COVID-19 related … Read More
  • United Way Emergency Response Fund for Community Organizations
    United Way of Greater Toledo has opened an Emergency Response Fund for Community Organizations. Grant applications are now being accepted. If you are a community organization, specifically working to expand your capacity in the area of food insecurity, United Way … Read More
  • Volunteers for COVID at 2-1-1
    2-1-1 Organizes Volunteers for COVID-19 If you are an individual who wants to volunteer or if you are an organization in need of volunteer help…2-1-1 has you covered! At www.211nwo.org, volunteers can enter contact info to be called as needs … Read More
  • COVID-19 Update, OH Attorney General’s Office
    You can email your questions to CharitableLaw@OhioAttorneyGeneral.gov In this C4NPR Chat, Beth Short and Abigail Jacobs discuss the impact of the COVID-19 on nonprofits in Ohio. Is it business as usual for nonprofits? What will the charitable sector look like … Read More
  • Request for Cleaning Supplies
    UpdateToledo – Lucas County Emergency Management Center Nonprofits can submit the 213rr form, to request cleaning supplies. Depending on what and how much is being requested, we can fill the request. The organization should fill out the form and email … Read More
  • Legal Briefing, Patty Wise, Families First Coronavirus Response Act
    In this C4NPR Chat, local attorney Patty Wise discusses the legal issues for nonprofit employers related to the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA). Topics discussed include: FFCRA generally/application Examining specific employee situations Click here. Read More
  • Rep. Marcy Kaptur – COVID-19 Information and Resources (04-01-20)
    Rep. Marcy Kaptur issued COVID-19 Information & Resources (04-01-20) containing the following: CONGRESSIONAL ACTION PUBLIC HEALTH INFORMATION GENERAL RESOURCES TRAVEL RESOURCES SMALL BUSINESS RESOURCES WORKER RESOURCES HEALTH CARE PROVIDER RESOURCES STUDENT RESOURCES VETERAN RESOURCES REPRESENTATIVE KAPTUR ACTION STAY UPDATED Click … Read More
  • C4NPR Chat – CARES Act Updates for Nonprofits
    Bill Wersell joins us to explain the different loans available to nonprofits due to the COVID-19 crisis (as of 04-03-20) Bill and his team are able to do Q&A with your business or nonprofit to find out if an SBA … Read More
  • CARES Act Small Business Emergency Loans (EIDL & PPP)
    Two Loans EIDL & PPP – Understanding the Difference and How to Apply Economic Injury Disaster Laons (EIDL) Paycheck Protection Program Loans (PPP) We thank the Alliance For Nonprfits for responding to questions about the CARES Act and the provisions … Read More
  • Foundation Directory Online Now Available
    Candid and TLCPL offer anywhere access to Foundation Directory Online Essential Access FDO Essential Here Candid is providing temporary, free, public access to Foundation Directory Online (FDO) Essential to our community for the next several weeks, while the pandemic is … Read More
  • Welcoming Our New Associate Director
    Please help us give a warm welcome to our new Associate Director, Nicole Literacki. Meet Nicole in this episode of C4NPR Chats. You can connect with Nicole directly at 419-241-9513 or nicole@c4npr.org Read More
  • C4NPR E-News 03-30-20
    Important questionnaire inside In this issue of C4npr E-news we’re checking in to see how you’re doing. This a trying time for many of our nonprofit partners and we’re wondering how we can best help. And we have an exciting … Read More
  • COVID-19 Coronavirus Information and Resources for Nonprofits
    C4npr Offers a Frequently Updated List of Resources for Local Nonprofits here Please email info@c4npr.org if you are in need of other tools or information. Or if there is something that you’d like to share on our page. Read More
  • C4NPR Chat – Patrick Johnston
    GTCF COVID-19 Response Fund Listen in as we chat with Patrick Johnston, GTCF Senior Program Officer, as he discusses: – what the fund is intended to support – how to apply for funds – how to contribute to the fund … Read More
  • Free Tool – Emergency Succession Plan
    Are you ready if your leader needs to step away from the organization? While we hope it’s not the case, there may be nonprofit leaders who need to step away from their organizations to take care of themselves, their families … Read More
  • TIME SENSITIVE – Vote expected this afternoon (03-23-2020)
    UNIVERSAL CHARITABLE DEDUCTION We wanted to take the opportunity to alert you to a sign-on letter in support of the universal charitable deduction (UCD) via the Lankford amendment (UCD of $4K for individuals/$8K for married couples for all of 2020 … Read More
  • Ohio Issues Stay at Home Order
    ODH DIRECTOR ISSUES STAY AT HOME ORDER Ohio Department of Health Director Amy Acton announced an order to prevent the spread of COVID-19 that goes into effect at 11:59 p.m. tomorrow (Monday, March 23). Read the full order here: Director’s … Read More
  • TIME SENSITIVE – List of Essential Employers
    CRITICAL decisions are expected to be made Mon. Mar. 23, 2020. ESSENTIAL EMPLOYERS The State of Ohio is currently reviewing the business needs of companies and industries as the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic continues. Currently, a list of “essential employers” is … Read More
  • LEGAL BRIEFING – Don’t Panic…Plan! Evolving Employment Issues Around COVID-19
    Things are changing almost by the minute…but there’s no need to panic when we can plan! Patty is with us again to describe some of the upcoming changes defined in the newly-passed federal legislation…. Describe what systems will be put … Read More
  • Guest Blogger – Patty Wise
    Families First Coronavirus Response Act Passed March 13, 2020 by House of Representatives Approved March 18, 2020 by Senate (90-8) Signed into Law by President March 18, 2020 Free Coronavirus Testing Enhanced Unemployment Insurance (check state funds as well) Enhanced … Read More
  • Umemployment Benefits
    UpdateToledo – Lucas County Emergency Management Center On Sunday, Governor DeWine announced changes to the Ohio Unemployment Benefits will be made. The order from Governor DeWine broadens state policy to clarify that individuals who are quarantined are considered to be … Read More
  • Workforce Development Needs
    UpdateToledo – Lucas County Emergency Management Center Although the OhioMeansJobs Lucas County building is closed to the public, businesses and workers can still receive assistance from staff by phone, email or online. Companies needing aid are still able to receive … Read More
  • The Small Business Administration (SBA) Economic Injury Disaster Loan Process
    UpdateToledo – Lucas County Emergency Management Center In response to the COVID-19 outbreak, there are a number of financial resources available to small businesses and nonprofits. The Small Business Administration (SBA) Economic Injury Disaster Loan Process has been established through … Read More
  • Coronavirus (Covid 19) Resources from ServeOhio
    Learn More We are living through very challenging times. As we get through the days, weeks and months ahead, there is so much we can do as a community to support those who may be disproportionately impacted by COVID-19. These … Read More
  • Coronavirus (Covid 19) Resources from Bloomerang
    Learn More Excellent Resource Page from our Trusted Partners at Bloomerang! Click here to learn more. Read More
  • GTCF Rapid Response Fund (Covid 19)
    Learn More Financial assistance available for northwest Ohio and southeast Michigan nonprofits negatively affected by Coronavirus Click here to learn more. Read More
  • Webinar – Anatomy of a Charity
    Audience: experienced directors and staff Read More
  • NONPROFIT READINESS – Legal Considerations Related to the COVID-19 (Coronovirus)
    What do Ohio nonprofit leaders need to know about the legal considerations as a result of the coronavirus? Read More
  • Coronavirus Guidelines for Ohio Employers
    Downloadable Resource Read More
  • Where Did We Put That Crisis Communication Plan?
    Downloadable Template Read More
  • Webinar – Common Legal Issues Nonprofit Boards Experience
    Audience: experienced directors and staff Read More
  • Guest Blogger – Rachel Ramjattan
    C4NPR Chats – Spinning Plates and Winning Boards In most nonprofits the Executive Director wears many hats inside the operation.  At the same time, the ED works with the Board to grow the impact of the work.  What is an ED … Read More
  • Guest Blogger – Steven Shattuck
    Analog and Digital Fundraising: A Partnership That Works! Read More
  • 2020 Workshop Schedule
    2020 Workshop Schedule Available The 2020 Workshop Schedule includes an increased number of half day sessions and the opportunity to punch the ticket in all six tracks if you are pursuing the Nonprofit Certificate Management program. Workshop registration pages are … Read More
  • You told us you want more half-day workshops
    You told us you want more half-day sessions and here they come! Take Action: How to Use Social Media, Video and Other Digital Tools to Inspire February 11, 2020 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm Learn more about this afternoon session. Read More
  • You told us you want more half-day workshops
    You told us you want more half-day sessions and here they come! The Case for Donor Love: Why Retention Eats Acquisition for Breakfast February 11, 2020 9:00 am – 12:00 pm Learn more about this morning session. Read More
  • First Workshop of 2020
    We are excited to announce the first workshop of the year! First Steps: Getting Ready For Grants This is an introductory course.  It is geared toward individuals who have little or no grant writing experience and individuals who are seeking … Read More
  • Welcome to our new website!
    We are excited for you to check out our new website.  It was designed with you, our client, in mind. Please pardon the dust on the Job Center page.  It is still under construction and our programmers are working diligently … Read More
  • 2020 Grant Programs
    We are excited to announce the first workshop of the year!New for 2020! An expanded series offering 3 programs.We are excited to announce the first workshop of the year! Great for beginners, as a refresher for nonprofit professionals or a … Read More
  • 2020 Workshop Schedule
    The 2020 workshop schedule is almost finalized! We are excited about the speakers who are coming to The Center to help you strengthen your impact! Check back to C4NPR.org for details or sign-up here to receive The Center E-News. Click … Read More
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    Busting 13 Myths Around the #GivingTuesday Movement
    A member of the #GivingTuesday global team, Jamie McDonald, visited the Toledo nonprofit community to help bust common myths that have emerged around #GivingTuesday. Myth #1 – Fundraising Tuesday Myth #2 – Young people don’t give Myth #3 – Small … Read More
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    BONUS #GivingTuesday Training
    Ready to bust some myths about #Giving Tuesday? Join Jamie McDonald, Strategy and Communities Lead of #GivingTuesday.org for this no-cost BONUS training. ​ Seating is limited. With any successful innovation, like the #GivingTuesday movement, myths emerge over time.  What started … Read More
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    Alumni Alert
    Our colleague was awarded the Certificate in ​Nonprofit Management. Please join us in congratulating Kelly on her accomplishment. Welcome to the C4NPR alumni community! Read More
  • Legal Responsibilities
    Critical Legal Responsibilities for Your Board
    Guest Bloggers – Beth Short & Bill Sieck ​Every community has seen the sad headlines of a theft or some sort of fraudulent activity at a charitable organization. It is particularly heartbreaking if it is a charity that you are … Read More
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    Alumni Alert
    Class of 2019 Minority Executive Leadership Program Please join us in congratulating the Class of 2019 graduating from the Minority Executive Leadership program.  Pariss Coleman of The Andersons presided over certificate presentations. Read More
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    Alumni Alert
    Our colleague was awarded the Certificate in ​Nonprofit Management. Please join us in congratulating Rachel on her accomplishment. ​ Welcome to the C4NPR alumni community! Read More
  • Outputs to Outcomes
    Making the Leap from Outputs to Outcomes
    Guest Blogger – David Holmes Back when I started working in nonprofits, I was told that there is always a leap of faith necessary, no matter how perfectly designed the program.  The design of the program could be as simple … Read More
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    Alumni Alert
    Our colleague was awarded the Certificate in ​Nonprofit Management. ​ Please join us in congratulating Lexi on her accomplishment. ​​ Welcome to the C4NPR alumni community! Read More
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    The Value of Marketing for Nonprofits
    Guest Blogger – Laura Macknick There are blogs, workshops, seminars, and even full textbooks that examine how to conduct effective marketing initiatives for your nonprofit organization.  With all that information out there, something all nonprofit organizations should hone in on … Read More
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    Your Top 3 Giving Prospects
    Guest Blogger- Steven Shattuck Ask any fundraising consultant worth their salt what they think is the fundraising activity that produces the most ROI (return on investment) and they’ll all say the same thing. It’s not major gifts (though they’re a … Read More
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    Alumni Alert
    Our colleague was awarded the Certificate in ​Nonprofit Management. ​ Please join ​us in congratulating Ash on his accomplishment. ​ Welcome to the C4NPR alumni community! Read More
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    3 Common Program Evaluation Mistakes
    Guest Blogger – Al Onkka 3 Common Program Evaluation Mistakes Program evaluation is an essential nonprofit activity and competency. Good program evaluation helps nonprofits improve their work, better serve their clients, tell a compelling story of impact, and build support. … Read More
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    The Scariest Part of the 990 Tax Form
    Guest Blogger – David Holmes If you’re part of a 501(c)3 nonprofit, you can rest assured that your organization has to file some form of the IRS form 990 every year.  And if you’re not in the accounting/financial division of your … Read More
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    Setting Up a Successful Capital Campaign
    Guest Blogger – Amy Eisenstein Without the right tools and resources, you won’t be able to raise much more money than you’re raising right now – let alone all the money you’ll need to have a successful capital campaign. Without … Read More
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    Alumni Alert
    Our colleague was awarded the Certificate in ​Nonprofit Management. ​ Please join us in congratulating Shannon on her accomplishment. ​ Welcome to the C4NPR alumni community! Read More
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    Stages in a Nonprofit Board’s Life Cycle
    The Center commonly gets requests for technical assistance to help build and strengthen Boards. ​ Karl Mathiasen asserts “A board is not and cannot be static.  Instead it must change and evolve as the organization changes and grows.  The roles, … Read More
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    What is Lean Six Sigma?
    Guest Blogger – GoLeanSixSigma.com Are you tasked with solving problems at your nonprofit but struggle to accomplish fixing them? ​ What if there was a five step method that allowed you to not only solve your problems, but improve processes … Read More
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    When Is Overhead Not “Overhead”?
    Guest Blogger – Gretchen Upholt In nonprofit budgeting, some things are fairly straightforward. The salary of a member of the program delivery team is a program expense. Travel and lodging for board members coming to the annual meeting are administrative … Read More
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    Candid Conversations
    Guest Blogger – Jo DeBolt  Your nonprofit has a healthy balance sheet and has ended every year in the black.  You continue to have success recruiting highly skilled staff and board members who add value to the organization.  You deliver … Read More
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    Grant Writing in the Digital Age
    Guest Blogger – David Holmes A couple years ago, the digital library JSTOR hosted a report on a longitudinal study of student writing over the past 100 years.  The authors of the study assumed that as short communications through email and texting … Read More
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    Alumni Alert
    Our colleague was awarded the Certificate in  Nonprofit Management. ​ Please join us in congratulating Nancy on her accomplishment. Welcome to the C4NPR alumni community! Read More
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    Marketing vs. Branding
    We asked Judy McFarland, CEO of Thread Marketing Group, to help nonprofits understand the difference between marketing and branding. Marketing  is what gets the word out. Branding is how people can identify you. You can tell the best stories in … Read More
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    4 Tips to Building a Non-Profit ​Content Marketing Strategy
    Guest Blogger – Judy McFarland Non-profits tackle big challenges and have a strong purpose, which is a necessary foundation for great storytelling.  This combination of structured purpose plus meaningful stories enables non-profits to create content that matter’s to people’s lives.  … Read More
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    The Cost of Conflict
    Guest Blogger – Allen Rutter If an organization has a culture of healthy conflict resolution practices, there will be higher levels of trust, employee engagement, creativity, innovation, employee retention- and change will be seen as a good thing.  Without healthy … Read More
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    C4NPR 2019 Programming Announcement
    We are excited to announce the C4NPR 2019 Programming schedule- it feels like Christmas releasing this to you!  In this short video, Associate Director Lexi Haas provides an overview of the professional development opportunities available in 2019. Click here to download … Read More
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    Alumni Alert
    Our colleague was awarded the Certificate in  Nonprofit Management. ​Please join us in congratulating Shanna on her accomplishment. ​ Welcome to the C4NPR alumni community! Read More
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    The Blade Coverage of 2018 #GivingTuesday in Northwest Ohio
    With Thanksgiving, Black Friday and Cyber Monday behind us, the spotlight shifted to Giving Tuesday on November 27th, 2018. Originating in 2012, this day focuses on charitable contributions and gives nonprofits the opportunity to reach people and engage donors they … Read More
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    Innovation – What Is It?
    When organizations can figure out what needs to happen to foster innovation it can be a game changer.  Greater impact.  Attention and rewards from investors.  A more inclusive, collaborative workplace.  In this short video, our subject matter expert Patricia Moten … Read More
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    Resources – 2018 #GivingTuesdayNWO Mastermind Session #2
    In this second Mastermind, the groups focused on effective storytelling and selecting the most appropriate social media platform(s) to reach their target audience. Resources #GivingTuesdayNWO logo (don’t forget to include this hashtag in your posts) Mastermind Session #2 10-16-18 Slides How … Read More
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    Board Mastermind – Resources  Strategic Planning
    The Center commonly receives requests for technical assistance with strategic planning.  At our most recent Board Mastermind, the group discussed a number of questions.  What exactly is strategic planning?  How can nonprofits effectively manage the process?  Does a nonprofit need … Read More
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    Social Entrepreneurship – What Is It?
    We are excited to announce the first workshop of the year. When organizations take the time to plan and prepare, a social enterprise can create a big boost to the bottom line.  For others, however, it can drain valuable financial … Read More
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    Alumni Alert
    Our colleague was awarded the Certificate in  Nonprofit Management. ​ Please join us in congratulating Dorothy on her accomplishment. ​ Welcome  to the C4NPR alumni community! Read More
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    Alumni Alert
    We are excited to announce the first workshop of the year! It is our pleasure to present the Class of 2018 ​awarded the Minority Executive Leadership Certificate. Welcome to the C4NPR Alumni Community! We are excited to announce the first workshop … Read More
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    3 Top Ways to Increase Your Marketing ROI
    Guest Blogger  – Laura Macknick There are blogs, workshops, seminars, and even full textbooks that examine how to conduct effective marketing initiatives for your nonprofit organization.  Where do you start?  Start with these three aspects of marketing and you will … Read More
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    Are Your Ducks in a Row?
    We are excited to announce the first workshop of the year! Kate Barr of Propel Nonprofits predicts “every nonprofit will have (or already has had) a major change or organizational transition at least once in the six years between 2016 and … Read More
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    Resources – 2018 #GivingTuesdayNWO Mastermind Session #1
    The Center has proudly provided Technical Assistance support for #GivingTuesdayNWO since 2013.  Local nonprofits have come a long way since learning how to add donate buttons to their websites to accept online giving. Campaigns have become more sophisticated and more … Read More
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    Is your board asleep at the wheel?
    Guest Blogger – Beth Short, Ohio Attorney General’s Office ​​ Board members of charitable organizations often take time to evaluate the programs of their charities. They want to make sure that high quality services are being provided in an effective … Read More
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    Get Right With Project Budgets!
    One of the most common questions I get when I teach budgeting is: What IS the right way to do a budget? Well, if you’ve been waiting for the right answer to that question, let me be the first to … Read More
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    2018 #GivingTuesdayNWO Mastermind Sessions
    You won’t want to miss this!!  Not only can you and your organization benefit from #GivingTuesdayNWO mastermind sessions again this year, your organization can be eligible for a very special grant opportunity! S​ince #GivingTuesday was launched in northwest Ohio, The … Read More
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    Alumni Alert
    Our colleague was awarded the Certificate in  Nonprofit Management. ​ Please join us in congratulating Anna on her accomplishment. Welcome  to the C4NPR alumni community! Read More
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    Phase II – C4NPR Research Briefing – Continuing to Examine the Nonprofit Sector in Northwest Ohio
    The Center for Nonprofit Resources is conducting research to better understand the nonprofit sector in northwest Ohio. Building on the findings from Phase I, we are taking a deep dive into a specific nonprofit sub-sector.  In this second phase we … Read More
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    Three New On-Demand Fundraising Videos Added to the 101 Series
    We added three new on-demand training videos to the Nonprofit 101 Fundamental series.to help you in the area of grants.  This collection will give you a great knowledge base on this topic. ​​An Introduction to Grant Writing Before You Seek … Read More
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    Board Mastermind – Resources        Board Self-Evaluation
    In the most recent Leading with Intent survey, a governance survey conducted by BoardSource, only a slight majority (51%) of organizations reported they use a formal, written self-assessment to evaluate their board’s effectiveness. The bottom line is that effective boards are those … Read More
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    Applications Now Being Accepted For Fall 2018 C4NPR Nonprofit LEAN Six Sigma Green Belt Certification Program©
    This program specifically focuses on LEAN Six Sigma (LSS) work in nonprofits and enables you to complete a  LSS process improvement project from start to finish.  Green Belts carry more recognition and can deliver measurable, sustainable improvements by finding the … Read More
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    Take Control of the Wheel: Begin Your Cross-Cultural Communications Journey Today
    Guest Bloggers – Sarah Barekzai & Diego Abente  ​ Imagine you are in a car. Your vehicle is – unsurprisingly – on the right hand side of the road. Suddenly, you see an oncoming vehicle in your  lane. In the … Read More
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    Alumni Alert
    Two of our colleagues were recognized for completing the Nonprofit Management certificate program. ​Please join us in congratulating both of them on this accomplishment. ​ Welcome  to the C4NPR alumni community! Read More
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    Managing up, Managing Down
    Guest Blogger – Sarah Cohn  When friction is reduced between the Board of Directors and the Executive Director, nonprofits honor their mission and deepen the impact. ​ Nonprofits produce their most effective work when leaders on the board, within the … Read More
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    Alumni Alert
    Our colleague was awarded the Certificate in Nonprofit Management. ​ Please join us in congratulating Ashley on her accomplishment. ​ Welcome  to the C4NPR alumni community! Read More
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    Understanding Your Stakeholders
    Guest Blogger – Sarah Cohn  ​ Nonprofits are, at their core, champions for the best in their communities. To best assess how well they are advancing their missions, reaching target audiences, or enacting social and community change efforts, nonprofits need … Read More
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    Board Mastermind – Resources  Executive Director Performance Management
    Because the executive director is so central to the success or failure of the agency, evaluation of the executive director by the board is an important component of the board’s responsibilities. At the Board Mastermind session on 04-24-18, participants worked … Read More
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    Guest Blogger – Amy Eisenstein
    What is a Major Gift? A major gift  is different at every organization and to every donor.  My career in fundraising illustrates this point.I started my career in fundraising at the battered women’s shelter. We rarely received gifts over $1,000. Our … Read More
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    Alumni Alert
    Our colleague was awarded the Certificate in  Nonprofit Management. ​Please join us in congratulating LuCynthia on her accomplishment. ​Welcome  to the C4NPR alumni community! Read More
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    Alumni Alert
    Our colleague was awarded the Certificate in  Nonprofit Management. ​ Please join us in congratulating Gary on his accomplishment. ​ Welcome  to the C4NPR alumni community! Read More
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    Guest Blogger – Katena Cain
    Embracing the Power of a Diverse and Inclusive Workplace Research suggests organizations supportive of diversity and inclusion tend to have higher levels of engagement and retention.  For nonprofits, this results in a greater impact for their communities. Building an Inclusive … Read More
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    Nonprofit 2018 Top 5 Nonprofit Board Governance Challenges
    Board Effect published the top 5 challenges nonprofit boards face in 2018 Implementing Best Practices Building Board Diversity Leveraging Social Media “Refreshing” the Board Using Tech Effectively Click here for the study guide to help nonprofit leaders address these challenges. Read More
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    Two Killer Tools to Help You Start a Sustainable Nonprofit
    At The Center, we LOVE these tools.  It won’t take much of your time to use them but the future success of your new nonprofit depends on using them. Tool #1 – A Short Video This 3 minute 52 minute … Read More
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    13 Leadership Skills You Didn’t Need A Decade Ago
    Leadership skills aren’t stagnant. Different generations moving in and out of the workforce dictate changes to the ways people lead.  If you’re wondering what skills have come into play lately for the modern leader, click here for insights from 13 professional coaches of Forbes … Read More
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    Blogger – Tana M. Schiewer
    Ditch the 30-second Commercial. Build a Messaging Platform. Nonprofit leaders and key stakeholders will spend days, weeks, even months discussing the precise wording to capture the mission and vision of an organization. They then place the mission statement carefully on … Read More
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    Internal Control Checklist
    In her recent workshop, titled Operational Excellence, Gretchen Upholt from FMA shared with us a variety of resources. An organizational assessment of internal controls was one of these resources. We thought it was too good not to share! ​ Click here to … Read More
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    StrongNonprofits.org
    In addition to all of the ​information Gretchen Upholt, from FMA, shared with us in her recent workshop, she also provided us with some incredible resources. One of these resources is a website map of a website connected to the … Read More
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    Financial Management Self Reflection Tool
    How confident are you in your organization’s financial management practices? In her recent workshop, Gretchen Upholt shared a resource with us to reflect on the financial management practices of organizations. To access this tool click here.​ Read More
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    Tool – The Alliance Continuum
    In her recent workshop, Karen Ray shared The Alliance Continuum.   It’s an important tool as we commonly use the terms collaboration and alliance without checking to see if potential partners are using them the same way. This handy one page … Read More
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    Tool – Types of LEAN Six Sigma Projects
    It’s important to know what kind of Lean Six Sigma project you’re considering. These are 5 classic project types to help you decide. If you’re looking to conduct a Green Belt project, then you should be working on a Process Improvement Project. … Read More
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    Case Study – LEAN Six Sigma in the Nonprofit Sector
    Featured below is a success story from the nonprofit sector demonstrating how the LSS approach helped one organizations increase services to the Homeless. Click here  to watch the short video.  A transcript of the video and the slides are also … Read More
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    2018 Board Mastermind Series
    In 2018, we are extending the opportunity to non-profit board members to tap into support from your peers in our community and The Center.  Our next series is the Nonprofit Board Mastermind, to help you and your organization deepen your … Read More
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    2017 Nonprofit Thought Leadership
    VALUABLE NEW RESOURCE Download The Center for Nonprofit Resources has a rich history of providing access to experts on a wide variety of topics to support excellence in the nonprofit sector. In 2017 our partnership with these experts evolved to include the … Read More
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    Applications Now Being Accepted For 2018 C4NPR Nonprofit LEAN Six Sigma Green Belt  Certification Program©
    This program specifically focuses on LSS work in nonprofits and enables you to complete a  LEAN Six Sigma process improvement project from start to finish.  Green Belts carry more recognition and can deliver measurable, sustainable improvements by finding the root … Read More
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    Guest Blogger – Gretchen Uphol
    Myth Busting – Your Path to Financial Sustainability ​If your organization believes any of the three myths below, you may be struggling financially but you don’t know why. Myth One: Endowments are the best route to financial sustainability. Endowments are … Read More
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    Alumni Alert
    Our colleague was awarded the Certificate in  Nonprofit Management. ​ Please join us in congratulating Erin on her accomplishment. ​ Welcome  to the C4NPR alumni community! Read More
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    Guest Blogger – Karen Ray
    C4NPR Chat -Collaboration We recently sat down with Karen Ray to talk about collaboration. During our conversation she shared with us some best practices and things to consider when setting expectations for collaborations. To tap into her vast collaboration experience … Read More
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    HR Metrics
    How important is increased productivity, employee engagement, and overall team satisfaction to the successful delivery of your mission? The right HR metrics to collect and assess vary by organization, and for some, it may be intimidating to assign numerical values … Read More
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    Nonprofit Fundamentals 101 Series
    On-demand Digital Resources Training on core concepts available when you need it. In its entirety, the 101 Series provides an essential body of knowledge for nonprofit professionals who want to strengthen core competencies. Benefits no-cost training on-demand 24/7 great refresher for … Read More
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    #GivingTuesdayNWO Resources  (Follow-Up Session)
    The following #GivingTuesday resources were shared at the Follow-up Mastermind Session:  The Afterglow: 6 Steps to Follow After #GivingTuesdayClick here ​ Sample Six-Month Giving Day calendar Click here ​ 2018 Annual Fundraising Planning calendar Click here ​ To learn more … Read More
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    C4NPR Announcement – 2018 Programming Schedule
    We are excited to announce the C4NPR 2018 Programming schedule.  In this short video, Associate Director Toni Shoola provides an overview of the opportunities. Click here to download the schedule one-pager and/or the full course catalog. Questions about professional development opportunities? … Read More
  • Guest Blogger – Al Onkka
    Strategic Planning  We welcome Al Onkka back to Toledo as a Thought Leader in the 2018 C4NPR Workshop Series.  Al opens the series with two workshops: Understanding Strategic Planning for Nonprofits (Jan 16) and Facilitative Leadership (Jan. 17). Our Associate … Read More
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    Nonprofit Glossary
    Nonprofits have a language all their own. This glossary, perfect for new board and staff members or those contemplating board service, will help you navigate nonprofit language and your responsibilities. Click here to download the nonprofit glossary provided by BoardSource. There … Read More
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    C4NPR Online Nonprofit Job Center
    Did you know the C4NPR Nonprofit Job Center has become known as THE go to place to list or search for nonprofit job opportunities in our region? The Job Center is operated as a courtesy for area nonprofits and job … Read More
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    2018 Enhanced LEAN Six Sigma Training
    Have you noticed increasing pressure for nonprofit organizations to demonstrate their continuous improvement?  In 2016, eight nonprofit professionals were awarded Nonprofit LSS Green Belt Certification to respond to the need for local training to strengthen these competencies. In 2018, LEAN … Read More
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    IssueLab: Staying on Top of Trends in the Nonprofit Sector
    IssueLab is a free Foundation Center product that gives you full access to studies and papers generated by foundation-funded research.  It has nearly 21,000 items on social issues of worldwide interest from nearly 6000 organizations.  Once you put in your search … Read More
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    Budgeting Resources
    A recent Technical Assistance client was seeking tools to help with the budgeting process, Below are two helpful resources if you need help in this area. Create a Budget that Works for You Click here Strengthening Your Grant Application with … Read More
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    Q&A with Regina Russell (MEL Alumna)
    Q: Why did you choose to participate in The Center’s Certificate of Minority Executive Leadership? A: “The CEO of the Area Office on Aging, Northwest Ohio strongly recommended  and supported me for the certificate.Two other colleagues have participated and at … Read More
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    Alumni Alert
    Two of our colleagues were recognized for completing the Minority Executive Leadership Program. Please join us in congratulating them on their accomplishment. ​Welcome  to the C4NPR alumni community! Read More
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    Q&A with Mary Price (MEL Mentor)
    Q: Why did you want to be a mentor with the Certificate of Minority Executive Leadership program? A: “Sharing knowledge supports the pathway for advancement. For over 20 years, mentors have assisted with my personal growth in the various roles … Read More
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    Guide for Charity Board Members
    This helpful guide published by the Ohio Attorney General is the resource we distribute the most when we meet with clients for Technical Assistance. Charities are required by law to have board members to ensure integrity and accountability in their … Read More
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    Strengthening Your Grant Application with a Strong Project Budget
    C4NPR recently partnered with the Toledo Lucas County Library to host a session focused on creating a strong project budget to support your grant application. Click on the titles below to download the valuable worksheets provided by David Holmes of … Read More
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    30th Annual Philanthropy Awards Luncheon – November 9, 2017
    The ​ Greater Toledo Community Foundation, Inc.  is proud to be the Presenting Sponsor of the 30th Annual Philanthropy Day  Awards luncheon. Today is the last day to reserve your seat to help celebrate our local winners. Visit the AFP Northwest … Read More
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    Text-To-Give Capability
    We recently received a technical assistance request from a client who wants to learn what is involved in creating the capability to accept donations via text. An organization needs to answer two key questions to use text-to-give successfully. How will … Read More
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    #GivingTuesdayNWO Resources (30 Days)
    The following #GivingTuesday resources were shared at the 30 Day Mastermind Session: Nonprofit Notes   #GivingTuesdayNWO   30 Day Checklist Click here Giving Tuesday Infographic (MobileCause) Click here To learn more about technical assistance or to schedule an individual technical … Read More
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    Alumni Alert
    Two of our colleagues were recognized for completing the Nonprofit Management certificate program. ​ Please join us in congratulating both of them on this accomplishment. ​Welcome  to the C4NPR alumni community! Read More
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    Oxygen Masks and Capacity Building?
    In her post on the BoardSource blog, Emily Brush makes the case for nonprofit organizations putting on their oxygen masks before helping others.  Translation?  Focus on sustainability first then increase impact. ​In recent years, says Emily, nonprofit boards have made … Read More
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    Guest Blogger – Melissa Brown
    The Future of Philanthropy Melissa Brown is our expert speaker at our workshop on October 12, 2017.  Melissa will share her insight on the future of philanthropy. Charitable giving in the United States is about 2% of GDP.Giving USA reports … Read More
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    #GivingTuesdayNWO Resources  (90 Days)
    The following #GivingTuesday resources were shared at the 90 Day Mastermind Session: Start a Giving Day – C4NPR Nonprofit Notes Click here 3 Steps to Plan Your #GivingTuesday Campaign   C4NPR Nonprofit Notes   ​Click here GivingTuesday Campaign Planner   … Read More
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    #GivingTuesdayNWO Resources (60 Days)
    The following #GivingTuesday resources were shared at the 60 Day Mastermind Session: The Ultimate #GivingTuesday Checklist  Click here 3 Ways To Pitch A Corporate Partnership For #GivingTuesday  Click here #GivingTuesday Ideas: 15 Resources to Plan Your Best Campaign Yet   … Read More
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    Guest Blogger – Debbie Wilde
    The Impact of an Outcome-Based Culture What is possible for an organization with a culture that values outcomes over activity? In this short video, our subject matter expert Debbie Wilde shares the value of creating an outcome-based culture. If you want … Read More
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    Guest Blogger – Curt Klotz
    A Graphic Re-Visioning of Nonprofit Overhead A Blog in Pictures ​(and some words, too) Most nonprofit leaders agree that we need a new way to communicate about the true costs of our programs and the vital importance of strong organizational … Read More
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    2017 #GTNWOMastermind Kicked Off
    What happens when a group convenes with a common purpose?  They share ideas.  They share goals.  They discuss challenges and brainstorm solutions.  Most importantly, they know they are not alone. Area nonprofit professionals came together to strengthen their efforts in … Read More
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    Call Your Lawyer!
    Guest Blogger – Patty Wise Patty Wise of Niehaus, Wise & Kolas LTD is the expert speaker at our workshop on August 31, 2017.  Patty will provide practical information regarding compliance with employment law, and avoiding potential litigation. Call Your … Read More
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    Visual Literacy and Color
    An important element of visual literacy is the use of color.  What if changing the color of a call to action button on your website significantly increased the conversion rate?  What if you knew just the right color to use … Read More
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    Enhanced Technical Assistance #GivingTuesdayNWO
    Whether you are an early adopter or new to #GivingTuesdayNWO, you won’t want to miss this exciting opportunity to prepare for the upcoming day of giving. Since the first #GivingTuesdayNWO, The Center has provided technical support for area nonprofits. Nonprofits’ … Read More
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    Introducing Nonprofit Notes
    We are always on the look out for resources, tools and concepts to share with you, our nonprofit colleagues.  It is with excitement we announce the launch of a new series, Nonprofit Notes (NP). NPs are one-pagers designed to give … Read More
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    Alumni Community Launches
    Laughter rang out as alumni connected at the Kick-off event on July 12, 2017.  One of the things they have in common is they have all been awarded at least one certificate from C4NPR. Professional development is one of the … Read More
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    Nonprofit Overhead – A New Perspective
    ​A Graphic Re-visioning of Nonprofit Overhead ​​​A Blog in Pictures (and some words, too) Most nonprofit leaders agree that we need a new way to communicate about the true costs of our programs and the vital importance of strong organizational … Read More
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    Visual Literacy – A Look Back
    Every day, we are bombarded with so much information that our senses – our vision in particular – exist in a state of constant overload. Being able to identify, interpret, and act upon visual information – a skill-set known in the art … Read More
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    Alumni Alert
    Two of our colleagues were recognized for completing the Nonprofit Management certificate program. Please join us in congratulating both of them on this accomplishment.  We now welcome both to the new C4NPR alumni community. Read More
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    Common Mistakes Made By Grant Seekers
    Check out this excerpt from our C4NPR Chat with Mary Sobecki.  Mary shares common mistakes made by grant seekers. To learn more, register for our free workshop First Steps: Getting Ready for Grants on June 13, 2017. Read More
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    Daring Leadership…..what is it?
    In this short video (50 sec.), expert Janet Frood of Horizon Leadership explains “Daring Leadership” and why it is critical for success. How can you learn to become more creative and resilient in your leadership?  Plan to join the Daring … Read More
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    Recommended Resources – Fundraising Events
    At his recent workshop focused on successful fundraising events, Jay Love highlighted the importance of a high degree of donor centricity. Are your events focused on your donors or your organization? Below are books on Jay’s personal bookshelf on the … Read More
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    Alumni Alert
    Congratulations to Jordan Wolf (The Ability Center of Greater Toledo) who was awarded her Certificate in Nonprofit Management. We now welcome Jordan to our alumni community. Read More
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    Alumni Alert
    Congratulations to Toni Shoola (The Center for Nonprofit Resources) who was a warded her Certificate in Nonprofit Management. We now welcome Toni to our alumni community. Read More
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    Alumni Alert
    Congratulations to Kristal Barham (Mental Health and Recovery Service Board​) who was awarded her Certificate in Nonprofit Management. We now welcome Kristal to our alumni community. Read More
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    What is Theory of Change?
    What is Theory of Change?  Why should your organization understand the benefits? In this short video, our subject matter expert Al Onka introduces the concept of The Theory of Change. If you want to learn more, register for Al’s workshop … Read More
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    Data Visualization 04-11-17
    LOCATION CHANGE – MAIN BRANCH LIBRARY Certificate of Nonprofit Management, Organizational Management track 3.0 hours CFRE 3.0 hours Read More
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    Alumni Alert
    Congratulations to MIchelle Kravetsky (Catholic Foundation Diocese of Toledo​) who was awarded her Certificate in Nonprofit Management.  We now welcome MIchelle to our alumni community. Read More
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    Alumni Alert
    ​Congratulations to Tonya Scherf (Camp Courageous & The Arc of NW Ohio, Inc.) who was awarded her Certificate in Nonprofit Management.  We now welcome Tonya to our alumni community. Read More