Bridges Out of Poverty offers a new way to view the issue of poverty through the Triple Lens approach: 1) Individual, 2) Community, and 3) Structural/Policy.  This framework offers tools and resources that equip you to

  • Redesign programs to better serve people you work with 
  • Build skill sets for management to help guide employees 
  • Upgrade training for front-line staff like receptionists, case workers, and managers
  • Improve treatment outcomes in health care and behavioral health care
  • Increase the likelihood of moving from welfare to work.

Bridges Out of Poverty Workshops:

Upcoming Sessions

    • Thursday, July 30, 2020
    • 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM (EDT)
    • Online
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    One of the most difficult decisions to make for an Executive Director (ED), Chief Executive Officer (CEO), for a President of a Board of Directors, or for the Board of Directors itself, is whether to close a non-profit and go out of business. In some cases, shutting down permanently is not the only option. Before making any decision though it is important and prudent to have crucial conversations within your organization. As a result of this session, participants will be able to:

    • Understand what conversations are crucial in deciding whether to stay open or close
    • Understand the importance of consensus, getting to consensus and decision-making
    • Review nonprofit lifecycles and determine course of action if your organization is moving between lifecycle stages
    • Be equipped with the appropriate questions to ask to test your organization’s resiliency in a crisis


    *Part of our Critical Conversations Series;

    • When To Stay Open & When To Close July 30th
    • Merging with a Nonprofit August 12th
    • Dissolution of a Nonprofit August 25th


    Costs: Nonprofit Network Members $25
      ~Guests of Members $15

    Future Members $40.00 
    ~Additional non-member from same organization $30


    Facilitators - 

    Katena Cain, PhD

    Nonprofit Management Consultant

    Katena is a Management Consultant skilled at helping diverse groups and communities think creatively and collaboratively together. She empowers people to translate conflict and differences into creative breakthrough. Her passion is creating environments where individuals, teams, and organizations can transform and shift old ways of doing things. 

    Katena specializes in leadership and team development, board governance, strategic planning and communication. She is skilled in Cognitive Coaching, is a certified Bridges Out of Poverty trainer, and is a co-creator of a statewide Diversity, Inclusion and Equity toolkit. Her ongoing clients represent a broad range of groups, including police departments, local municipalities, schools, religious institutions, social services and human services. 

    Katena holds a Bachelor’s degree from Michigan State University, a Master’s degree in Organizational Management from Spring Arbor University, and a PhD in Organizational Leadership at Grand Canyon University.


    Laura Fuller
    Capacity Builder

    Laura began her career as an AmeriCorps VISTA member in 1999 and has worked to make the world a friendlier place ever since. During her AmeriCorps years, she learned the basics of grant writing, project management, and volunteer recruitment, skills that she has sharpened in the years since.

    Much of Laura’s career has been spent working for Extension in all programs in various states helping farmers increase the productivity of their farms and improve their living standards. She spent four years working to educate immigrants and refugees about healthy food choices and finances through SNAP programs.  She has been a 4-H Educator with a program serving more than 2000 urban youth and managing the more than 500 volunteers who mentored them. As a Community and Economic Development Educator, Laura’s projects included teaching seminars on grant writing, working with communities to determine the impacts of oil and gas drilling on their economics and schools, and with prisons to implement entrepreneur education so that prisoners would be able to create their own opportunities upon release.  Most recently, Laura was a Regional Director for Cornell Cooperative Extension’s Western Region where she managed the teams supporting finance, HR, and IT for nine counties as well as a residential 4-H Summer Camp and her own staff of 21 direct reports.

    For eight years, Laura served our country as an Ombudsman for the US Navy Reserve, supporting the Great Lakes chain of command beginning in 2003.  During this time, she oversaw the mobilization of more than 500 sailors to Iraq and lent a listening ear to their dependents, a service that led directly to her research interests.

    Laura holds a BA in Women’s Studies with an honors thesis on domestic violence in military families and a MS in Sociology with a focus on Community Development.



    What is a Virtual Workshop?

    NN will present Virtual Workshops via Zoom or GoToMeeting.  They will be a live interactive webinar presented by one or more of our facilitators. We will be replicating our in-person facilitation style and the workshop will be engaging and require dialogue. We will provide you a login link and a copy of the presentation ahead of time via email. You will also be emailed all coordinating documents in order to follow along, ask questions and provide feedback. 

    You will need access to a Computer, notebook, or tablet. If you do not have a microphone or sound on your PC or tablet  you can also dial-in by phone.

    How to join a Zoom meeting, click HERE



    • Tuesday, August 11, 2020
    • (EDT)
    • Tuesday, April 13, 2021
    • (EDT)
    • 9 sessions
    • A Virtual Academy - 9 Live Sessions
    • 8
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    The Nonprofit Network Executive Director Academy functions as a cohort of participants, with multiple presenters addressing key skills over the course of 9 sessions.  To maximize the value of this cohort model, the sessions will be highly interactive not only on the topic to be covered during that session, but also in discussing the successes and challenges of implementing the topics covered in previous sessions. Participants are encouraged to deliberately focus on skill implementation of previous sessions and to share their barriers and breakthroughs with their fellow participants within the online cohort we set-up just for your group. As described in the Academy Expectations, Consistent attendance will be necessary to appropriately support your colleagues and to gain proficiency with the skills that build on each other.

    Description

    The Nonprofit Network Executive Director Academy is a cohort of no more than 15 Executive Directors or managing directors who have been in their position for fewer than 5-7 years.  This deliberate and consistent gathering of people who have similar tenure in their positions as ED's aims to accomplish the following:

    • Ensure clear understanding of the complexities of the role and awareness of the fully developed skill sets necessary for success
    • Build relationships among peers and networks within the community
    • Problem solve and learn from one another
    Every Academy participant in the Academy will be provided with  their own copy of the Michigan Nonprofit Management Manual ($95 value). This manual will support some portions of the the sessions and will serve as a valuable ongoing reference tool for the Executive Director.


    Prerequisite to the Academy:  Each participant will be contacted by one of the facilitators to ensure the participant understands what the course entails prior to the start of the Academy.  The Academy is designed as a cohort and for the benefit of all participants, attendance is necessary for all to learn from all.  

    Schedule

    The Academy will meet online as a group each month from August 2020 through April 2021

    Session 1: August 11th, 9 am - 12 pm 

    Key Responsibilities of a Nonprofit and Managing the ED and Board Relationship -  Katena Cain

    Session 2: September 8th, 9 am - 12pm 
    Communication and Having Those Hard Conversations - Katena Cain

    Session 3: October 13th, 9 am - 12 pm
    The Role of the ED in HR - Laura Fuller

    Session 4: November 10th, 9 am - 12 pm 
    Trust, More Trust, Team and Leadership - Sharon Castle

    Session 5: December 8th, 9 am - 12 pm
    Fund Development - Katena Cain

    Session 6: January 12th, 9 am - 12 pm
    Key Roles of the ED in Financial Management - Regina Pinney

    Session 7: February 9th, 9 am - 12 pm
    Nonprofit Tech - Andy Wolber/Laura Fuller

    Session 8: March 9th, 9 am - 12 pm (New for 2020!)
    Marketing for the ED - Know Your Audience - Laura Fuller
      Session 9: April 13th, 9 am - 12 pm
      Change, Crisis Management, and Tending to Self - Sharon Castle


        Commitment

        For the benefit of all participants in the cohort, those registering for the Academy must commit to attending all nine sessions, prioritizing attendance over other commitments.

        Designed for

        Appropriate and relevant for executive directors and/or managing directors who have been in their current position for fewer than 5-7 years. 

        Want to join, but think you're not eligible?

        If you cannot attend these dates or if you're an ED with +5 years of experience, or want to talk this through let us know here and we'll contact you. Or keep your name on file for future cohorts.


        Member Cost:  $675

        Nonmember Cost:  $875

        The registration price includes enrollment in the online cohort in addition to a personal copy of the Michigan Nonprofit Management Manual ($95 value)

        Payment in full is required to secure your place in the cohort.  

        Starting at only $65 for Grass Roots Organizations, consider becoming a Member!

        Please Note: Nonprofit Network may videotape or photograph public events. Videos and photos are used solely for the promotional purposes of Nonprofit Network. Nonprofit Network will regard as confidential all non-public information obtained during the course of its professional assignments. Information given in a public setting has no expectation of confidentiality.

           

        • Wednesday, September 09, 2020
        • 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM (EDT)
        • Presented Online for Jackson MI and the surrounding area communities
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        What is Bridges Out of Poverty?

        "Bridges Out of Poverty is a powerful tool designed specifically for social, health, and legal services professionals. It reaches out to the millions of service providers and businesses whose daily work connects them with the lives of people in poverty." (Aha Process)

        Bridges is not a program. It is a research-based framework of concepts, tools, and resources that equip people to reconsider how they approach their clients, their constituents, their neighbors, and their community.

        To comprehensively address the issue of poverty, we must look at it through three lenses: Individual, Institutional, and Community. This Triple Lens approach provides a comprehensive perspective on how we as individuals, organizations, and communities can eliminate poverty.

        Session Content 

        This 4-hour overview seminar aims to help you think critically about your role to comprehensively address poverty. Its emphasis will be on the lens of the Individual and will introduce the following content:

        • Key Points and Constructs of Bridges
        • Mental Models of Economic Class
        • Hidden Rules
        • Resources

        Bridges Out of Poverty is large framework, rich with resources and an amazing depth of content.  It takes a great deal of time to fully cover all of that material through the Triple Lens approach. The greatest level of change happens with the multi-day and full-day sessions. We know, however, that it’s simply not possible for many people to spend a full day in a workshop.  We therefore offer this 4-hour session that condenses the Bridges material to an overview of its most critical elements.  

        Designed for -

        Appropriate and relevant for anyone who has a general interest in Bridges Out of Poverty. It will primarily focus on the Individual Lens and will motivate attendants to pursue Institutional and Community change as well.

        A common outcome of this session is attendants bringing their learning back to their organization and advocate for a full or multi-day training, which allows time to sufficiently explore the "Triple Lens approach". 


        Testimonials - What did you like most about this session?

        "Eye-opening awareness of what's lacking in our own community."

        "Wow, I have middle-class bias I was not even aware of even though I'm one paycheck away from poverty myself."

        "Made me think of all the ways I could help my community."

        "Katena is fabulous, she really raises awareness and created new thoughts."

        "The group-work sessions and collaboration!"

        "The passion and personal experiences of the presenter."

        "The global situations brought home using local statistics."

        "The suggestions of changes that can be made, even small one's in the work-place to better serve the community and individuals we're hoping to assist."



        Bridges Out of Poverty: Community Sessions - FREE

        Because of Funding Provided by:

        General Registration: $0.00

        Please refer to our Cancellation Policy

        Bridges Certified Facilitator

        Learn more about Katena


        Katena Cain, PhD.

        Nonprofit Management Consultant


        Katena is a professional consultant skilled at helping diverse groups and communities think creatively and collaboratively together. She empowers people to translate conflict and differences into creative breakthrough. She is a management consultant with Nonprofit Network where she is skilled in cognitive coaching, is a certified Bridges Out of Poverty trainer and is a co-creator of a statewide Diversity, Inclusion and Equity toolkit. Additionally, Katena specializes in leadership and team development, board governance, strategic planning and communication. Her passion is creating environments where individuals, teams and organizations can transform and shift old ways of doing things.

        At Nonprofit Network, Katena’s ongoing clients represent a broad range of groups, including police departments, local municipalities, schools, religious institutions, social services and human services. Her training, coaching and consulting services have been experienced with rave reviews by leaders in Michigan’s nonprofit sector.

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        Please Note: Nonprofit Network may videotape or photograph public events. Videos and photos are used solely for the promotional purposes of Nonprofit Network. Nonprofit Network will regard as confidential all non-public information obtained during the course of its professional assignments. Information given in a public setting has no expectation of confidentiality.


        • Tuesday, November 03, 2020
        • 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM (EST)
        • Online (You will need a computer, notebook or tablet)
        • 36
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        The more you understand about embezzlement, the easier it is to recognize the signs and take steps to keep your company's financial assets secure. Treasurers, Finance Committee members, Board Members, Executive Directors and Bookkeepers will all gain critical information about managing your nonprofits financial resources and futures. 

        A Board's primary responsibility is protecting the assets of the organization and the most common embezzlement is by employees or internal staff. Come learn how to spot signs of embezzlement or misuse of funds, how to protect your business, steps you should take and how to get the most out of your audit. 

        In this online session we will discuss:

        1.    Raising the awareness that embezzlement does happen

        2.    Encouraging leaders to give high priority to instituting safeguards against embezzlement 

        3.    Debunking the myth that having an audit fixes the problem

        4.    Providing some tools/structure for participants to employ back at their shop to enhance safeguards.


        Costs: Nonprofit Network Members $25

          ~Guests of Members $15

        $40.00 Future Members

        ~Additional non-member from same organization $30


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        FACILITATORS:

        Regina Pinney
        Nonprofit Network Executive Director

        Regina is well known for her ability to deliver information in a practical, down-to-earth way that makes sense. She can see past symptoms to the root cause of the issue. Having worked all of her life in the nonprofit sector, she seeks to teach organizations to be self-sufficient. Regina excels at making people feel comfortable to safely discuss hard topics.

        She has provided consultation to hundreds of nonprofits of all sizes and shapes throughout Michigan and beyond. She is an expert in nonprofit governance and management, with a special interest in bringing people with unique world views and experiences together to dialogue towards consensus on the issues that face their organizations.

        Regina has a wide range of nonprofit experience. She has worked as staff, as a volunteer, and as a board member. Prior to becoming Executive Director of Nonprofit Network, Regina was a consultant and development director. She received her BA from Bowling Green State University a very long time ago. 



        Tony Curtis - NN Board Member

        Tony joined the board in 2019 and serves on the Finance Committee.  Tony retired from The Cardinal Group as the CFO.  Prior to that he was a Rehmann Principal, and served Rehmann for 20 years. Tony also serves as on the Board of Directors as the Treasurer of Compassionate Ministries and serves on the Finance Committee of Lily Missions. 




        Please Note: Nonprofit Network may videotape or photograph public events. Videos and photos are used solely for the promotional purposes of Nonprofit Network. Nonprofit Network will regard as confidential all non-public information obtained during the course of its professional assignments. Information given in a public setting has no expectation of confidentiality.


         

         

         

         

         

         

         

         

         

         

         

         

         

         

         

         

         

         

         

         

         

         

         

         

         

         

         

         

         

         

         

         

         

         

         

         


      Interested in having your organization trained in Bridges Out of Poverty?









      Nonprofit Network is recognized as a Local Authorized Consultant agency by 

      Aha! Process, Inc., the owners of the Bridges Out of Poverty framework.  

      Our certified trainers are available to host workshops and facilitate conversations using the Bridges model and framework.  


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