March 13 Luncheon: Relationship Between Culture and Brand: How to Find Your "Why"
Tuesday, March 13 | 11:30 a.m.–1:15 p.m.
Vue 17 | 1034 South Brentwood Boulevard | 17th floor | St. Louis, MO 63117
$35 Members | $49 Nonmembers | $35 Students
Sponsored by Linda A. Howdeshell, CPA
What is your organization’s “why”? Your “why” is your brand’s grand narrative, and culture is the source of the “why.”
Join Eliot Frick and Angela Hochman of Bigwidesky to discuss the importance of having a developmental, progressive narrative. They’ll share theories and tips to align the humans at an organization with the authentic foundation that creates the culture—which creates the “why.” Learn how to humanize your brand to effectively communicate your “why.”
February 13 Breakfast with the Eggsperts: Writers Roundtable
Tuesday, February 13 | 7:30–9:15 a.m.
Vue 17 | 1034 South Brentwood Boulevard | 17th floor | St. Louis, MO 63117
Small group discussions with local "eggsperts" over hot breakfast for tips on several types of professional writing. Topics included grant writing, blogging, web content, press releases, annual reports, and other specific areas.
Sara Bell, Senior Information Specialist, University of Missouri–St. Louis: Web Content
Becky Rasmussen, Director of Marketing, Focus St. Louis: Newsletters
Laurie Water, Marketing and Communications Manager, YWCA Metro St. Louis: Public Relations/Storytelling
Kelly Howard, Saint Louis Art Museum: Grant Proposal Writing
Dave Baugher, Author and Journalist: Press Releases/ Blogging
Elaine Cha, Storyteller/Journalist, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Eastern Missouri: Storytelling/Grant Reports
Andrea Androuais, Publications Editor, Missouri Botanical Garden: Annual Reports
January 18 Special Panel – Aligning Our Work with Action: Communicating During Times of Unrest and Uncertainty
The Missouri History Museum hosted CSPRC's audience for a special panel discussion on how to communicate during times of uncertainty around topics related to social justice. Speakers included:
January 9 Breakfast – Gateway Arch Park Foundation: Achieving the CityArchRiver Vision
The Gateway Arch and its grounds have undergone a major, multi-year renovation. Tom Nagel, Communications Manager for the Gateway Arch Park Foundation, discussed the communication techniques, strategies, and challenges experienced by the Gateway Arch Park Foundation and the development of the CityArchRiver project.
December 12 Luncheon – #Fail or #BestDayEver Sharing Stories with CSPRC
On December 12, speakers shared the innovations they tried in 2017 so others could learn from their mistakes and successes. Speakers included:
Luncheon sponsored by the St. Louis Area Foodbank.
November 14 Luncheon – Level Up: Taking Your Social Presence to the Next Level
Sam Moore, Online Communications Coordinator for the Missouri History Museum, tackled social media beyond the basics, including:
- Building posts that people want to click on: You've got content and you're sharing regularly, but are you presenting that content in the most effective way possible?
- Consistency is key: What are you doing to present yourself consistently and in the best way possible, regardless of where your community finds you online?
- Some free (or almost free) tools every nonprofit social media manager should have in their digital toolbox.
October 10 Luncheon – Fear of Fundraising
Fundraising doesn't have to be frightening. Mary Kitley, Chief Development Officer at St. Patrick Center, discussed how to overcome that fear. Mary presented on why people choose to give money, how to prepare for an ask, and how to craft your “pitch.” As a communications expert, these fundraising best practices can help you, your board members, and volunteers prepare for important asks.
Luncheon sponsored by RubinBrown LLP
September 28 – Breakfast with the Eggsperts: Leadership
Local leaders answered questions and give advice on nonprofit leadership and communications. Attendees spoke with executives in small round-table discussions, networked, and shared best practices with fellow CSPRC members.
Maureen Hill, President and CEO, ALS Association, St. Louis Regional Chapter
Diane Johnson, Vice President of Institutional Advancement, Missouri Botanical Garden
Mary Kitley, Chief Development Officer, St. Patrick's Center
Matt Menietti, Executive Director, GlobalHack
Josh Wilson, Executive Director, Mission St. Louis
September 12 Luncheon – The Conversations Continue: A Roundtable Discussion From Spectrum
With featured speakers from the 2017 Spectrum Conference
Some of the most highly rated speakers from the 2017 Spectrum conference led roundtable discussions, sharing additional information in their areas of expertise and continuing the conversations they began at the May Spectrum conference.
- Maryanne Dersch, 501 Creative - Courageous Communication: how codependence is making your brand boring and what to do about it
- Matt Menietti, GlobalHack - Maximize Your Mission Through Technology and Automation
- Chris Reimer, Maryville University - Facebook Live & Livestreaming: Everything You Need To Know
- Jennifer Rigdon, Express Scripts - Communicating Out Loud!: Communication Skills for Humans
- Mary Valloni, Fundraising Coach, Trainer - Is Fundraising Freedom Possible for Your Nonprofit?
- Angie Winschel, Almanac - Secrets of the Digital Universe: Revolve Around Your Audience
August 15 – Speed Networking with YNPN St. Louis, CSPRC and AFP*
Networking can be hard, but we make it easy! We teamed up with The Young Nonprofit Professionals (YNPN), St. Louis and Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) to bring a bunch of young nonprofit professionals together for some speed networking.
Each round lasts roughly two minutes, giving you time to make a quick, meaningful connection, before you’re off to meet someone new. This is a great opportunity to grow your professional network exponentially and to connect with other large membership organizations.
August 8 Luncheon – Current Trends in Nonprofit Communications to Engage Donors
With Kathlee Freeman, Grant Writer at Junior Achievement of Greater St. Louis
Between recruiting volunteers, writing grants and board meetings, communications is often an after-thought for many nonprofit organizations. Communications and marketing, though, are the bedrock of telling your nonprofit’s story, its impact, and inspiring others to get involved. And while digital platforms are important, your social media is only a piece of the communications puzzle. This presentation covers nonprofit marketing and communications trends, focusing on how to engage donors, especially millennials.
July 27, 2017 – Breakfasts with the Eggsperts: Foundations
Representatives from local foundations answer your questions and give advice. Speak with them personally, network and learn more about their best practices from fellow CSPRC members. Bring your questions for the Eggsperts.
Michael Renner: Missouri Foundation for Health (MFH)
Rene Cope: Employees Community Foundation of The Boeing Company
Linda Aitch: St. Louis Philanthropic Organization
Deborah Dubin: Gateway Center for Giving
July 11, 2017 Luncheon – Communicating During A Crisis: Best Practices to Prepare Your Media Plan
With Lance LeComb, Manager of Public Information and Spokesman for Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District (MSD)
Do you have a plan for crisis communication? Preparing ahead can help your organization navigate a crisis when it happens—and even lessen the impact. Join Lance LeComb, Manager of Public Information and spokesperson for the Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District, as he shares some best practices, including:
- What a good crisis communication plan should include
- Why every organization should have a plan and think about a crisis before it happens
- The benefits of proactive planning versus reactive response
- Recent examples of what works—and what doesn’t—in the media