What do you get when you mix PANO’s regional programming with Elk County’s Nonprofit Academy? You get…Courageous Conversations!
PANO is excited to be partnering with the Elk County Community and the Community Education Center of Elk and Cameron County to bring together nonprofit professionals and board members in Northern PA. This half-day event will offer several opportunities to learn from PA-based leaders and from each other, educational resources, space to practice engaging in difficult exchanges, time to network with your peers in your local communities, and a celebration of Standards for Excellence in Northern PA.
Choose from 3 breakout sessions to attend and then come back together for a panel discussion, lunch, networking and the Standards for Excellence Celebration. We hope you’ll be part of the conversation!
Session 1: Courageously Advocating for Our Cause: Nonprofits as Lobbyists
Presented by: Anne Gingerich, Executive Director, PANO
Yes, nonprofits can lobby! Before heading to any visit with any elected official, we should take a few minutes to connect to the “why” we do what we do. Identifying with where our values overlap (or not) with those we are meeting with can be helpful. Because relationships matter. This discussion covers current state and federal issues, provides reminders about what constitutes advocacy, what constitutes lobbying and how nonprofit leaders can get involved. This session will include some time to courageously practice bridging the political divide.
Session 2: The Courage to Rethink Mission & Programs
Presented by: Dave Hyde, Executive Director, A Way Out
Do you feel your mission statement is stagnant and does not signify the function of the organization? Is your mission statement a summary of the vision, values, purpose, and behaviors of the organization, or does it need modified? Does your mission statement embrace the culture of the organization? With frequent changes in society causing concerns, confusion, and confrontations among generations, does your organization need to conduct a strategic assessment to determine if programs and services being offered should be expanded, modified, or terminated to meet the demands of all the generations in the communities it serves?
Session 3: The Courage to Make the Case (for Support): Calculated Risk-Taking for Sustainability
Presented by: Debbie Thompson, President, Strategy Solutions
Leading sustainable organizations in today’s environment requires courage, skill, and the ability to make a stronger case for support that will resonate with donors and funders. This often requires a shift from “the way we’ve always done it” toward a more strategic approach to program development and fundraising. In this highly interactive workshop, featuring an audience response polling system, participants will identify trends and opportunities in the current environment – despite funding cuts and other challenges, and learn how to quantify community needs, articulate how your mission and program(s) address those needs, determine the true costs of running your program(s), get past your “immunity to change”, and identify the return on investment to drive your case for support. Participants will also walk through a self-assessment of how well internal systems support the fundraising process, thus setting the stage for a practical, candid discussion regarding role clarification and improving organizational effectiveness.
Panel Discussion: The Courage to Collaborate
When does it make sense to collaborate? At what level? With whom or what? And why? Or why not? Moderated by Debbie Thompson of Strategy Solutions, hear about real, courageous, collaborative partnerships from local organizations during this panel discussion featuring representatives from Dickinson Center, Inc., Stackpole Hall Foundation, Penn Highlands Elk and McKean County Community Foundation.