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November 2014

Advocacy Training: Turning Words into Action

Lakeland Community College
Nov 05, 2014 2:30 - 4:30 PM | Holden University Center - Room 119 | Community, Build Your Business
Public policy is the action taken by government to address a particular public issue. Local, state, federal, and international government organizations all craft and implement public policy to protect and benefit their populations. But where and how do citizens and nonprofit organizations fit into the process? How do they influence public policy? The Center for Community Solutions will provide answers to those questions through Advocacy: Turning Words into Action.

Participants will learn:
The definition of advocacy and its value to their organizations
A brief overview of the public policy making process
The difference between advocacy and lobbying
Effective advocacy strategies, including advocacy in the digital world
How the process is experienced from the perspective of elected officials

Participants will also receive an advocacy training manual.

This program, a professional development opportunity of NEO ACTS (NORTHEAST OHIO ADVOCACY, COLLABORATION AND TRANSFORMATION FOR THE SOCIAL SERVICES), will provide an outstanding learning experience for board and staff of all types of nonprofit organizations.


Verna Riffe Biemel - Policy and Planning Associate and Community Liaison, The Center for Community Solutions
Jon Honeck, Ph.D. - Edward D. and Dorothy E. Lynde Fellow and Director of Public Policy and Advocacy, The Center for Community Solutions
The Honorable Robert F. Spada - Former Ohio State Senator; Past President, National Alliance on Mental Illness of Ohio

The event is free, but pre-registration is required due to limited seating.

To register:
or call 440-525-7116

Registration Code: 15FNPC140.01

Succession Success: Estate Planning for your Collection

Shaker Historical Society
Nov 16, 2014 3pm | Shaker Historical Society; 16740 South Park Blvd, Shaker Heights, 44120 | Community
The Shaker Historical Society invites you to another workshop in our ongoing series Caring for Your Collections. Join us on Sunday, November 16, 2014 at 3pm to hear William Anderson of Carnegie Investment Counsel and Dr. Ware Petznick, SHS Executive Director present Succession Success: Estate Planning for your Collection

The workshop will focus on creating a succession plan for the ownership of your collections. Even though over 25% of the typical collector’s net worth is made up of the value of their collections, little financial planning involving collectibles is ever done. Without a thoughtful plan, typically 60% or more of the dollar value of a collection evaporates in an estate. The workshop will provide you with some simple and not so simple ideas on how to improve the legacy that your collecting has created.

Presenters at the workshop will include Dr. Ware Petznick of the Shaker Historical Society and William Anderson of Carnegie Investment Counsel. Ware holds a B.A. in Art History from Wellesley College and a PhD in Furniture History from the University of St. Andrews. She worked at a number of museums before coming to Cleveland. William is an investment adviser and avid collector. One of his practice specialties is providing counsel for families dealing with collections.

$5 general admission/FREE for SHS Members

RSVP 216-921-1201 or

Introduction to Fundraising Planning

Lakeland Community College
Nov 18, 2014 - Nov 18, 2014 8:30 AM - 10:30 AM | Lakeland Community College - Holden University Center Room 119, 4242 SR 306, Kirtland, Ohio | Community
Does your organization have a fundraising plan?
Does the plan encompass a variety of revenue sources?

A successful nonprofit organization needs to cultivate multiple revenue streams through sound financial planning.

Introduction to Fundraising Planning will show you how to analyze your organization's financial situation and develop a fundraising plan that includes a variety of revenue sources. You will also have an
opportunity to discuss the fundraising process with a diverse group of experienced professionals and hear their recommendations for success. This seminar is designed for all nonprofit leaders and managers,
including not only executive directors, development directors, and other staff, but also interested board members.  


Carrie Miller, Regional Training Specialist, Foundation Center - Cleveland


Deena Epstein, Senior Program Officer, The George Gund
Charles (Charlie) Lawrence, President and CEO, The Music
Timothy McCue, Senior Program Officer, The William J. and
Dorothy K. O’Neill Foundation
LaTida Smith, Vice President for Programs, Outcomes and
Learning, Saint Luke’s Foundation

To register, visit or call (440) 525-7116
Registration Code: 15FNPC105.01

Fee: $45 (Includes continental breakfast)

Networking, sign-in, and continental breakfast begin at 8:00 a.m.

Proven Models Of Music For Educational Growth

The City Club of Cleveland
Nov 19, 2014 12:00 PM | The City Club of Cleveland | Community
Music education, as well as education in other arts, has engaged a myriad of students, enhancing their educational achievement - including in the “3Rs.” It has also improved behavioral and social engagement to the benefit of their overall educational environment. Proven Models of Music For Educational Growth will explore four Cleveland-area programs that strive to achieve these goals.
Tickets: $15 members/$25 nonmembers

Arts and Culture Roundtable: Forming Cleveland

Community Partnership for Arts and Culture
Nov 20, 2014 3 p.m. | Sculpture Center; 1834 E 123rd St, Cleveland, OH 44106 | Community, Build Your Business, Employment
The Arts and Culture Roundtable is a forum for representatives from the arts and culture community to come together and discuss common concerns and solutions. This Arts and Culture Roundtable will include a presentation on Forming Cleveland by Kristin Puch, director of research and advancement, CPAC and a panel discussion moderated by Greg Peckham, managing director, LAND Studio.

Discussion and networking to follow at the Happy Dog at the Euclid Tavern.

Seating will be limited!

Cuyahoga Arts & Culture Board of Trustees Regular Meeting

Cuyahoga Arts & Culture
Nov 24, 2014 4 p.m. | Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum | Community
Cuyahoga Arts & Culture is a public entity and therefore is subject to Ohio Sunshine Law. Once approved, Minutes of the Meetings of the CAC Board of Trustees and Board Resolutions are posted on their website and available for download. All meetings of the CAC Board of Trustees are open to the public.