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Free Nonprofit Checkups Give Insight

Did you know OneSource Center offers FREE Nonprofit Check-ups, helping organizations assess the health of their nonprofit? The process is simple – usually involving the CEO and board chair providing some key information from materials they already have on hand. For most nonprofits who already have more to do than they can handle – this tool helps leaders prioritize where they should focus their efforts – something that is often difficult when organization leaders are in the “thick of things.” Why does OneSource Center offer this complimentary service? The answer is simple: OneSource Center wants nonprofits to succeed!

UpSpring, a nonprofit whose mission is to empower children experiencing homelessness in Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky through education and enrichment opportunities, took advantage of the free OneSource Center Nonprofit Check-up process after hearing about it at the Social Venture Partner “Fast Pitch” competition. The process sounded interesting to Executive Director Alex Kuhns and the price was right!

“The free Nonprofit Check-up process we went through with OneSource Center was a time for our organization to pause and quickly reflect on what we were doing well, and where we needed to make some adjustments,” said Kuhns.  “As it turned out, some of the things our team was concerned about were things we could eliminate to better focus on things that had more impact. The process began some great conversations with our staff and board, and set the stage for a strategic planning initiative that ultimately helped us pivot easier with the pandemic response we are implementing now.”  (more…)

NLIGC Leadership Development — Applications Being Accepted

Training leaders to be creative and knowledgeable has never been more important as nonprofits adapt to current times and anticipate unexpected changes ahead. The Nonprofit Leadership Institute of Cincinnati (NLIGC) has highly respected leadership development programs tailored to the skill level of employees: entrylevel, middle management and CEO level. OneSource Center consultants provide the leadership and teaching for two of the NLIGC programs (ADVANCE and EXCEL.) The programs are lauded as “transformational” with attendees reporting they utilize skills learned every day in the operation of their organizations and in team management.

Program details:

  • LEARN “Everybody Leads” is a foundational leadership and skills development program for entry-level managers or for employees interested in improving general leadership skills. New sessions occur quarterly. The Spring Session of LEARN is accepting applications now! Classes are held on Thursdays, April 8 – June 17, 2021.
  • ADVANCE focuses on strengthening and developing the management and leadership skills of middle managers or nonprofit supervisors. New sessions occur quarterly. The Spring Session of ADVANCE is currently accepting applications. Sessions are on Tuesdays March 30 – June 8, 2021. Fall sessions will be held on Thursdays, September 16 – December 2, 2021.
  • EXCEL is a flagship, nine-month leadership development and skills training program for nonprofit executive directors and C-suite executives. EXCEL was designed to enrich the management capabilities of those individuals inspired to lead nonprofit organizations in the Greater Cincinnati region. The program integrates the use of a coaches to personally mentor each class attendee in implementing best practices in their organizational leadership. The program begins every fall, with applications accepted the previous summer.

Questions? Please visit the NLIGC website or contact John Hauck.

Pandemic Legal Brief: What Nonprofit Employers Need to Know

Pro Bono Partnership of Ohio recently published an excellent legal brief relating to the pandemic titled “The Covid 19 Vaccine — What Nonprofit Employers Need to Know.” The article highlights that as the COVID-19 vaccine continues to roll out, there are subjects nonprofit leaders need to be knowledgeable about including vaccine accommodations, mandates and best practices.  Pro Bono Partnership of Ohio wants to help nonprofits succeed.  Nonprofit leaders — contact PBPO to see how they can be of assistance to your organization today!  

Free Microsoft Excel Training for Nonprofits through June 30

TechSoup is waiving the fee for its “Excel for Nonprofits – Data Management and Reporting with Pivot Tables and More” until June 30, 2021. This 11-hour, eight-track training program is part of the Microsoft Digital Skills Center, a joint partnership that combines Microsoft’s product expertise with TechSoup’s knowledge of how nonprofits use technology. The information-packed sessions are designed to help nonprofit leaders increase the impact of data with Excel. Click here for more information.

Community Tax Assistance Programs

Multiple tax preparation services are available to nonprofit clients in the region. Spread the  word!

  • Free Tax Assistance is available from the Community Action Agency through April for individuals who qualify for the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC). All tax preparation is virtual this tax season. More info here.
  • The Cincinnati Public Library and the United Way have partnered to offer numerous locations for free tax assistance. Call the Library’s Virtual Information Center at 513-369-6900, or fill outa brief online survey online to register for tax prep assistance. More info on all available CPL options here.
  • Free Tax Prep, an initiative of United Way of Greater Cincinnati, provides free income tax  preparation and filing services to individuals in need. Funded by the IRS and powered by volunteers, the program offers services including preparing and filing taxes on an individual’s behalf or supporting people in preparing and filing their taxes. All in-person services have been modified to limit contact and ensure safe distancing. To determine the best free tax prep option, complete a short survey or call 2-1-1- for assistance. More info here.
  • Brighton Center in Northern Kentucky offers the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) service in partnership with the Internal Revenue Service and the United Way of Greater Cincinnati, through April 10. The free volunteer income tax assistance is available on Saturdays in Newport, Florence and Grant County. Appointments need to be made due to pandemic restrictions. More information available here.

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