Events Archive

April 27, 2017 – Breakfast with the Eggsperts: Events

Angela Carr, Special Event Manager, Nine Network of Public Media
Laura Greenberg, Community Engagement Manager, Crown Center for Senior Living
Cassidy Johns, Assistant Director of Development, Delta Gamma Center
A.J. Kirk, Member Events Coordinator, Missouri Botanical Garden
Rachel McCalla, Event Director, Third Degree Glass Factory
Jamie Vollmer, Owner, Events by Inspire

Location and time:
The Community Foundation at 2 Oak Knoll Park, Clayton, MO 63105
Registration and Networking from 7:30 - 8:00 a.m., Program from 8–9 a.m.

Join CSPRC for the second of four roundtable discussion continental breakfasts. Each of these breakfasts will feature experts in a specialized area. For the second one, event specialists will be coming to the Community Foundation to answer your questions and give advice. Not only will you get to speak with them personally, you can network and learn more about their best practices from fellow CSPRC members. Please bring your questions for the Eggsperts.

April 11, 2017 Luncheon – Engaging Volunteers for Online Giving

With Mary McMurtrey, Director of Community Engagement, St. Louis Community Foundation 

In celebration of National Volunteer Month, April’s presentation will feature volunteer ideas and ways your nonprofit can work more with volunteers. Mary McMurtrey, Director of Community Engagement at the St. Louis Community Foundation, will talk about ways to engage volunteers for Give STL Day 2017 and other online giving events. Give STL Day is a 24-hour, online giving event organized by The St. Louis Community Foundation to grow philanthropy in the St. Louis metropolitan area. Last year, more than 913 nonprofits participated in Give STL Day, which raised $2.15 million dollars.

March 14, 2017 Luncheon – Get Your Story in the Media

With Stefene Russell, Culture Editor, St. Louis Magazine; Matthew Hathaway, Communications Manager, St. Louis Art Museum (formerly of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch); Angel James, formerly of FOX 2

Your nonprofit has a great story. You do great work. do you get the media to notice? Join us for lunch with a panel of experts in print and TV media. These professionals will share tips to help you maximize coverage for your organization, your partners and your mission. Bring your questions for our experts:

February 21, 2017 – Breakfast with the Eggsperts: Public Relations Specialists

Sarah Thompson, Founder of Sarah Thompson Productions, LLC
Dana Workes, Principle, Marketing and Communications Consultant, Dana Workes Creative, LLC
Sara McClendon, PR Manager, OSBORNBARR
Stephen Schenkenberg, Strategic Communications Director, Forest Park Forever

Location and time:
The Community Foundation at 2 Oak Knoll Park, Clayton, MO 63105
8–9 a.m.

Join CSPRC for the first of four roundtable discussion continental breakfasts. Each of these breakfasts will feature experts in a specialized area. For the first one, four PR specialists will be coming to the Community Foundation to answer your questions and give advice. Not only will you get to speak with them personally, you can network and learn more about their best practices from the fellow CSPRC members.

February 14, 2017 Luncheon – Are They Buying What You're Selling? Using Your Value Proposition to Reach Stakeholders

With Christy Maxfield, Director of Entrepreneur Development Services at CET

Rarely does one value proposition resonate with all of an organization's stakeholders. Sometimes even those closest to the organization may not be able to clearly articulate the different ways its programs and services create value for beneficiaries, volunteers, donors and the community. When people don't clearly understand the value of those services or when what they value most is not clearly communicated, the organization is less effective at achieving its mission.

Using tools like the business model and value proposition canvases, we can unpack some of our assumptions about which of our organization's value propositions resonate with its various stakeholders. By analyzing our assumptions we can more clearly communicate the most meaningful value proposition to each audience. This session will use case studies to explore how your organization can test its value propositions to find the right audience fit and help improve program outreach and fundraising goals.

January 10, 2017 – Customer Service: Get to the Heart of It

with Tommy Rhoads, Director of Guest Experience & Continuous Improvement, and E.J. Turner, Guest Experience Manager, Pinnacle Entertainment

Whether you call them clients, customers, patrons, students or members, your nonprofit’s mission is centered on meeting their needs. But oftentimes we forget about one of the most important types of customers we deal with: internal customers. Internal customers include staff members, volunteers, community partners and board members. Research shows there is a close link between how internal customers are treated and how your organization is perceived by outside supporters, including donors, media and the public.

Join Tommy Rhoads, Director of Guest Experience & Continuous Improvement at Pinnacle Entertainment (Ameristar St. Charles & River City Casino) along with E.J. Turner, Guest Experience Manager, to learn their tools for success in customer service for internal and external customers. Pinnacle Entertainment in St. Louis has been named one of the Top Workplaces by the St. Louis Post Dispatch in 2015 and 2016.

December 13, 2016 – #FAIL or #BESTDAYEVER? Share Your Story with CSPRC! 

Did you try something innovative at your organization this year? Did it work or did it fail? Join us on December 13 to hear about the innovations that others tried and learn from their mistakes and successes. There will be up to 8 speakers telling their stories in 5 minutes or less. This will be a fun, active event that we hope will get you thinking about new ideas that you can implement.

November 8, 2016 – Design Thinking: What It Is, and Ways It Can Help Solve Communication Challenges 

with Nathan Lucy, founder of XWORX.

Design thinking is a collaborative problem-solving methodology for innovating routinely.  It is a collection of creative and analytical tools and frameworks drawn from fields as wide-ranging as anthropology, business, engineering and of course design.  Learn how design thinking can inspire ideas for improving your organization and communication.

October 11, 2016 – Getting Ready for Reporters: Media Training
with Andy Likes, Vice President of the Vandiver Group

They don’t bite… especially if you have a little training under your belt. Join us for media training with Andy Likes of the Vandiver Group. Andy will give tips on working with reporters while effectively communicating the key messages you want people to remember. 

September 13, 2016 – The Importance of Print Media 
with Ray Hartmann,‎ CEO/owner St. Louis Magazine

As more people spend their days staring at screens, Ray Hartmann, CEO/Owner of St. Louis Magazine, will discuss the continued relevance of print media.  Ray will share what he has learned and tell us why people are actually preferring print again.

And ... Join Us for the Presentation of the 2016 Nonprofit Professional of the Year Award!

Please join us at the September 13th meeting to congratulate Rolanda Finch of the It’s Your Birthday, Inc. She will be awarded the 2016 CSPRC Nonprofit Professional of the Year Award! Rolanda will speak briefly on why she founded It’s Your Birthday, Inc. and the huge impact that it’s had on the families that they serve. 

August 16, 2016 – Speed Networking with CSPRC and YNPN St. Louis Young Nonprofit Professionals Network

YNPN and CSPRC are teaming up to bring young nonprofit professionals together to mix and mingle.

Each round will last roughly two minutes, giving you time to make a quick, meaningful connection, before you’ll be off to meet someone new. There will be time at the end to reconnect with those that you want to learn more about. This is a great opportunity to grow your professional network exponentially and to connect with another large membership organization.

Make sure to bring plenty of business cards and your best elevator pitch! We will provide appetizers, and there will be a cash bar.

Kirkwood Station Brewery, 105 E. Jefferson Ave, Kirkwood, MO 63122

August 9, 2016 – Lemons to Lemonade….Creative, Relatable Donor Engagement 

with Sean McCaffrey, Director of Development  & Amanda Murphy Ryman, Development and Membership Manager from Missouri History Museum

After facing serious membership and fundraising obstacles, from a change in policy for charging for exhibits and budget concerns, the development team at the Missouri History Museum has been thrown some daunting challenges.  Amanda and Sean will explore relatable existing tools and new events they put in place to overcome their roadblocks.  We hope from their challenges and eventual ideas, they will spark your imaginations as to what is possible in your situation

July 12 Luncheon 
– Round Tables! 

Summer Round Tables! Have a lively, interactive discussion with speakers on topics related to your work in the nonprofit sector. On July 12, we will do a rotation halfway through the event so you will be able to sit at not one but two Round Tables! Table seating is first come, first served. We will have food and beverage stations for convenient mobility. Here are some of the speakers and topics. Stay tuned for more.

Topic – Pinterest
Speaker – Heidi Wiechert, O’Fallon Public Library

Topic – Focus Groups
Speaker - Dorothy Carlin, Simply Strategy

Topic – Engaging Alumni and Past Board Members
Speaker – Jan Misuraca, Parkway Alumni Association

Topic – Evaluating and Assessment
Speaker – Leslie Scheuler, LS Associates 

Topic - Advocacy
Speaker – Stacy Reliford, American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network, Inc.

Topic – Collaborative Grant Development: Working with Community Partners
Speaker – Dottie Kastigar, Fragile Families Initiative Program Manager, Community Council of St. Charles County

Topic – Creating Brands People Love
Speaker – Donna Heckler, The Branding House

Topic - Plan Your Work, Work Your Plan:  Using a Content Marketing Strategy Effectively to Tell Your Story
Speaker – Beth Quick-Andrews, CAE, Q&A Business Solutions, Inc.


June 14, 2016 Luncheon – How to Do Social Media Effectively With a Small Staff  

with Lindsay Van Quaethem, ‎Marketing Manager for Downtown STL, Inc.
Social media is the place to be nowadays, but very few nonprofits have a social media staff position to make this happen. How can you be effective on Facebook, Twitter and other sites when you’re busy fundraising, planning events, grant writing and more? Join us when Lindsay Van Quaethem provides advice for busy nonprofit pros who don’t want to miss out on the power of social media.

May 10, 2016 Luncheon – CSPRC Spectrum 2016: ‘Building Success’ at Renaissance St. Louis Airport Hotel

Spectrum is St. Louis’ premier nonprofit conference featuring programs by top professionals on all facets of nonprofit communications, leadership and development. Thousands of nonprofit professionals have attended this annual conference during its 44-year history. Conference attendees serve health and human service organizations, environmental agencies, arts and cultural institutions, foundations and educational institutions. The audience for the conference includes professionals in nonprofit marketing/communications/public relations, fundraising, volunteer and program management, executive directors and board members.

April 12, 2016 Luncheon – Millennial Outreach and Fundraising Strategies for Your Organization

with Rachel D’Souza Siebert,  Principal at RDS Consulting and Jim Schallom, Director of Resource Development at Sherwood Forest

Join us for this opportunity to educate yourself and your organization with an overview of who millenials are, how they compare to preceding generations, what motivates them and ideas for how to integrate them into your organization as volunteers and/or donors.

March 8, 2016 Luncheon – Volunteers: Spring into Action!

with Rick Skinner, Vice President United Way Volunteer Center

Join us for the special opportunity to learn from the region’s expert on volunteer management. Bring your communication to the next level by telling the right stories about your volunteers – stories that help boost your volunteer program. Rick will give suggestions to change your program from good to great so that your prospects will not only want to give their time helping but then become members and future donors. Learn what are considered quality standards and gain knowledge of community resources so that your organization has a quality volunteer program that you can brag about!

February 9, 2016 Luncheon – STANDING at the Party: A No-Fail Formula for Networking Comfortably for Success

with Kelly Standing of Standing Media

Do you forget names? ... Gather business cards but never re-connect? ... Get stuck talking with people who just want to sell you something? ... Spend too much time and money on unsatisfying networking events? ... Get bored, bashful or, even worse, boastful at business gatherings? Many people mangle the mixing and mingling their jobs require.

 Join veteran speechwriter and coach Kelly Standing as she shares easy-to-remember, apply-now techniques to turn your worst networking nightmares into best practices. Based on her own conversational kerfuffles and some she has witnessed among her clients, Kelly developed a "system" for small talk. You'll learn her quick, pre-party exercise and great conversation starters and conversation builders to take you beyond "hello" and the weather ... waaay beyond. Small talk can lead to BIG things. Kelly will prove it with a little humor and a lot of great ideas.

January 12, 2016 Luncheon – Maximizing Give STL Day for Your Organization

Speaker and Moderator: Mary McMurtrey, Greater Saint Louis Community Foundation

make your organization's participation in the 2016 give stl day the most profitable one ever! you'll hear from other nonprofits that have developed successful strategies for activating current donors, attracting new donors and increasing their donations over the years. these strategies can be used for any fundraising effort. whether you'd like to grow your donations or if you're thinking of participating in give stl day for the first time, the skills you will learn and the advice you will receive can be used at any time!

Panelists include Jamie Case, Executive Director, Gateway Pet Guardians; Ryan Farmer, St. Louis Area Foodbank; and Brooke Hutson Gibson, Relationship Manager at Annie's Hope - The Bereavement Center for Kids.

December 8, 2015 Luncheon – Better Together: How Collaborations Strengthen Your Organization and Your Community

Moderator: Julie Taylor, Taylor Management Group

Megan Zimmerman, Planning Director, Crown Center for Senior Living
Sharon Hales, Community Outreach Manager, OASIS
Barrett Baebler, Associate Professor – Entrepreneurship and Nonprofit,  Webster University Walker School of Business & Technology

November 10, 2015 Luncheon – Using Your Brand to Entertain and Engage – in Surprisingly Affordable Ways

with Ron Watermon, Vice-President of Communications, STL Cardinals

The world has changed since we were young and there are many ways to spread the word about our organizations. When it comes to being fun, a little exciting and a lot engaging, we could use some fresh ideas and someone to help us think outside the box. Join us November 10 when Ron Watermon, Vice President of Communications for the St. Louis Cardinals, will share ways to use your brand to entertain and engage, while keeping affordability in mind. We’re working hard to promote our missions and gain new supporters, but we can have a little fun doing that, too, right? GO CARDS! See you in November.

October 13, 2015 Luncheon – Web Analytics: Driving Success Through Your Website  

with John Odom, Senior Coordinator, Webmaster, St. Louis Children’s Hospital

You have access to important web analytics, but are you using them to get the most out of your website?  Learn how to decide what is most important when looking at Google Analytics. Find out who is visiting your website, where they came from and if they are doing what you hope they are doing once they get there. Discover how to segment website traffic and create goals to help accomplish marketing objectives and improve campaign ROI.

September 8, 2015 Luncheon– Connecting Your Story: How to Talk About What You Do and Why You Do It

with Aimee Dunne of Navigating Networks

How well you tell your story is how you and your organization will be remembered. It often takes just moments for people to decide whether or not to get involved – people you want to convert to volunteers, donors and board members. So what makes the difference? Join us September 8 when Aimee Dunne of Navigating Networks will help you find your "why," build an effective pitch and tell your organization's story in a way that connects you to what you need.

August 11, 2015 Luncheon – Getting to Know Your Audience and Building a Fiercely Loyal Community

with Christina Schellhardt, Director of Community Outreach and Events, SSM Health Care Foundations

Volunteers, donors and board members… oh my! You deal with these supporters every day, but are they doing what you want, what’s best for your organization? Join us August 11 when Christina Schellhardt, Director of Community Outreach and Events for SSM Health Care Foundations, will get you thinking about these “audience” members: how you welcome them into your organization, how you get them engaged and even better, she’ll suggest ways to build them into a fiercely loyal group that has collective pride and passion for your mission.

July 14 Luncheon – Summer Round Tables!
Summer Round Tables! Have a lively, interactive discussion with speakers on topics related to your work in the nonprofit sector. On July 14, we will do a rotation halfway through the event so you will be able to sit at not one but two Round Tables! Table seating is first come, first served. We will have food and beverage stations for convenient mobility. Here are some of the speakers and topics. Stay tuned for more.

  • How to build the best committee for maximum fundraising at events with Kris Marino, event manager, The Foundation for Barnes-Jewish Hospital
  • How to do social media effectively with a small staff with Lindsay Van Quaethem, marketing manager, Downtown St. Louis, Inc.
  • Appy hour: a nonprofit professional’s ultimate tech tool list with Beth Quick-Andrews of Q&A Business Solutions
  • How to self-publish a book with Kelly Peach, owner/author, Piccadilly Peach Publishing, LLC
  • Direct mail trends, benefits and techniques with Jeff Jagust, direct mail manager of YP Marketing Solutions
  • Group discussion on how to organize, store and share photos – bring your ideas and experiences with Linda Behrens of School Sisters of Notre Dame
  • Mobile giving is a thing! How to be ready with your website and donor portal with Maryanne Dersch of 501 CreativE

June 9, 2015 Luncheon – How to Manage an Effective, Engaging and Memorable Nonprofit Blog

with Abby Wuellner and Dr. Kathleen Berchelmann of St. Louis Children’s Hospital, Matthew Hibbard of Metro’s blog, and nonprofit communications strategist Joe Mueller

We all know the reported benefits of content marketing – drive people to our websites, increase interaction on social media and help tell our own good stories. But what does it really take to run an engaging and effective blog for nonprofits? Is it worth the time and effort? Join us June 9 as CSPRC hosts a panel discussion that includes some of our area’s best nonprofit bloggers: Abby Wuellner, manager of media relations for St. Louis Children’s Hospital, and Dr. Kathleen Berchelmann, primary contributor and editor of St. Louis Children's Hospital blog,; Matthew Hibbard, primary contributor and editor of Metro's blog,; and Joe Mueller, former CSPRC president and nonprofit communications strategist for Mueller Communications and editor of Get valuable information on metrics, strategy, time management, engaging writing and everything you need to maintain and promote a great nonprofit blog.

April 14, 2015 Luncheon – Take Your Stories to the Next Level through Digital Storytelling

With Mike Pagano of Nine Network of Public Media

Without question, we know that digital technology consumes our daily lives and we are more connected than ever. But how do we filter through the clutter and effectively share our stories in a way that will empower people in our community to support important issues and area nonprofits? Join us on April 14 when Mike Pagano, Digital Media Specialist at the Nine Network of Public Media, will share the fundamentals of digital storytelling as well as best practices for crafting a compelling narrative that appeals to your target audience. Mike will also discuss how digital storytelling can demonstrate that your organization is making an impact in the community and lifting up the good work that is building a stronger St. Louis region.  

March 10, 2015 Luncheon – Working with the Post-Dispatch to Get Your Story in Print

With Doug Moore and Doorways, Provident, St. Louis Effort for AIDS and St. Patrick Center

We all love a good cover story, especially when it involves sharing the work of our organizations with our community. What does it take to get a Sunday cover story in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch? Join us March 10 for a panel discussion with Post diversity and demographics reporter Doug Moore and four nonprofits he has worked with – all resulting in Sunday front page stories and other stories in the paper. Doug will tell us what the Post is looking for; the organizations will share their story gathering experiences. Get valuable insight from Doug, Doorways, Provident, St. Louis Effort for AIDS and St. Patrick Center – with covers stories to back it up.

February 10, 2015 Luncheon – Social Media Strategies for Fundraising

With Mary McMurtrey of the Greater St. Louis Community Foundation and GiveSTL Day 2015
It’s time to start thinking about Give STL Day 2015 and getting your nonprofit involved. As the Greater St. Louis Community Foundation gears up, we’re going to take a look back at what the team learned from the first Give STL Day last year, when our community raised $1.1 million in one day through more than 13,000 gifts. How did the Internet and social media sites play key roles in the local fundraising blitz? Join us on February 10, 2015 when Mary McMurtrey, the Foundation’s director of community engagement, will share insights and get us revved up for another big day of donations.

January 13, 2015 Luncheon – Lessons Learned From the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge and How the ALS Association Is Converting Supporters to Donors

With Sandra Sullivan and Katie McGovern of the St. Louis Regional Chapter

It began as an awareness campaign during Summer 2014 and before long the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge was on everyone's social radar...worldwide. Adults, kids, athletes, celebrities – thousands of people were getting drenched with ice water in the name of ALS and more than $113 million was raised. So how is the ALS Association managing this outpouring of support and converting these newcomers into donors? Join us January 13 when we will hear about this incredible viral fundraiser from Sandra Sullivan and Katie McGovern with the St. Louis Regional Chapter. 


December 9,2014 Luncheon – Networking Among Peers for Nonprofit Communications and Development Ideas

If you could share one great idea that you've used in your job, what would it be? What one success would you like to learn or a challenge you would like to solve? Join us December 9 when we go fishing for ideas. We'll provide the templates and tools for this peer brainstorming event; you bring the ideas. What plans/products/services have worked for you and are there any that have not? We suggest you bring 1-3 ideas to this networking event. This is not a sales pitch but rather a forum for sharing ideas and getting to know each other better.

November 11, 2014 Luncheon – Going Local: Micro-lending Programs 

With Bridget McDermott-Flood, executive director of the Incarnate Word Foundation

What is a micro-lending program and how can nonprofits participate? What can the funds be used for? Bridget McDermott-Flood, executive director of the Incarnate Word Foundation, traveled to Mongu, Zambia to teach Lotsi tribeswomen how to begin their micro-lending program. When she returned to St. Louis, she was determined to establish a micro-lending program here. On November 11, Bridget will share with us how the Incarnate Word Foundation empowered several local charities to begin their own micro-lending program. Hear her suggestions as to how you and your organization may be able to get involved with the micro-lending concept.

October 14, 2014 Luncheon – Your Website: The Foundation of All Communications Efforts 

With Maryanne Dersch of 501 Creative

Some of us spend a lot of time on our websites and let’s be honest, some of us don’t. The fact is, in today’s cyber-driven world, your website should be the FOUNDATION of all of your communications efforts. Join us Oct. 14 to explore this topic with Maryanne Dersch of 501creative. We’ll take a look at what type of content should originate on your website and how to make it searchable and mobile friendly to gain exposure for your agency. Hear how your website can not only PUSH information to your visitors but also PULL information from them, so you can establish meaningful relationships, another valuable resource, for you and your team.

September 9, 2014 Luncheon Going Digital: Transitioning Your Communications Projects from Print to Digital

With Stephanie Perry of St. Louis Children’s Hospital Foundation and Nathan Sprehe of Almanac

Are you thinking about reaching your donors in the digital world? Statistics show it’s an important place to be. So how do you convince your boss and team that it’s time to move your annual report or other communications piece from print to digital? Join us September 9 when we’ll learn about preparation, resources and benefits of going digital from Stephanie Perry of St. Louis Children’s Hospital Foundation and Nathan Sprehe of Almanac. They’ll share their projects with you, including lessons learned, and provide tips for keeping donors at the forefront of your decisions.

August 12 Luncheon – How to speak to the media better than you thought you could

With Andy Likes, vice president of the Vandiver Group

Does your heart skip a beat when the media calls and wants to interview you? Do you have a designated spokesperson at your organization? How do you communicate the key messages you want the audience to remember? Join us Aug. 12 for media training with Andy Likes of the Vandiver Group. Andy will discuss the importance of preparing and practicing in advance, how you look and how to be simple and brief yet memorable. Get tips on working with reporters, answering questions and telling your story on Aug. 12 at the Sheraton in Clayton. If you are not the spokesperson at your organization, bring that person with you!

July 8, 2014 Luncheon – Summer Round Tables!

Have a lively, interactive discussion with speakers on a topics related to your work in the nonprofit sector. On July 8, we will do a rotation halfway through the event so you will be able to sit at not one but two Round Tables! Table seating is first come, first served. We will have food and beverage stations for convenient mobility. Choose two of these topics/speakers:
  • Connecting with pro bono professionals to help you solve nonprofit marketing challenges with Sarah Waters, president and co-founder of ready+willing.
  • How to build the best committee for maximum fundraising at events with Kris Marino, event manager, The Foundation for Barnes-Jewish Hospital.(cancelled)
  • Your true north: the integral role of your organization’s vision to a successful communications plan with Stacy Austerman, advancement communications coordinator at St. Louis College of Pharmacy.
  • Forming a communications committee on your board of directors with Karen Leverenz, St. Patrick Center Board of Directors and Communications Committee Chair.
  • Making sense of email and social media marketing “noise” to grow awareness and support for your organization with Barry Coziahr, president of Response Targeting Marketing.
  • Taking donor communications digital: emails, campaign websites, annual reports and more with Angie Winschel, principal, Almanac Inc.
    Bring your organization's social media conversations back to your own website to build stronger relationships with Abby Edwards, business development manager at Pushup Social.
  • LiveWell STL: healthy resources for organizations and  clients with Mary Jo Condon, senior director, partnerships and projects, St. Louis Business Health Coalition
  • What’s new in social media and apps, the latest cool things for nonprofits and those to avoid with Pamela Merritt, communications director, Progress Missouri
    Customized, staff-driven communications plans to keep your messages fresh with Josie McDonald, director of communications and marketing, Trailnet.

June 10, 2014 Luncheon – 'Amazing St. Louis'

with Charlie Brennan of KMOX Radio

CSPRC and the Press Club invite you to celebrate St. Louis with a special luncheon on June 10 featuring Charlie Brennan of KMOX News Radio. In honor of our city's 250th birthday, Charlie will share great tales and curiosities from his "Amazing St. Louis" book. St. Louis is home to many firsts, from gas stations to skyscrapers, as well as residents who changed the world. And how are Tom Cruise, Darth Vader and Jack the Ripper connected to St. Louis? Enjoy stories, oddities and unknown facts that are sure to instill even more hometown pride! Charlie Brennan, named “One of the Most Influential St. Louisans” five years in a row, can be heard weekdays from 8:30 a.m.-11 a.m. on KMOX 1120 AM. This "Amazing St. Louis" event is a partnership of the Community Relations Public Service Council and the Press Club of Metropolitan St. Louis.

May 27, 2014 Luncheon – Summer Social at Café Napoli

Meet and mingle with members from Community Service Public Relations Council (CSPRC), Metropolitan Volunteer Management Association (MVMA) and Young Nonprofit Professional Network St. Louis (YNPN). This is a FREE members-only event with light appetizers and a cash bar. Café Napoli is located at 7754 Forsyth Blvd., Clayton, MO 63105.

April 8, 2014 Luncheon – “What do donors really want to know?”

with Amy Rome of The Rome Group

How often do donors want to hear from you? What types of stories are best? How much detail should you share about your impact or about your finances? What’s the best way to show your appreciation? Get the answers on April 8 when Amy Rome, founder and principle of The Rome Group, a consulting practice specializing in the nonprofit sector, will help you break through the communications clutter and focus your efforts on strategies that can help yield real fundraising results.

March 11, 2014 Luncheon – Round Tables are back!

Round Tables are back! As requested by CSPRC members… the return of Round Tables for our luncheon on March 11! This will be your first opportunity of 2014 (Round Tables will return again in July) to have a lively, interactive discussion with a speaker on a topic related to your work in the nonprofit sector. In March, you will be able to sit at not one but TWO Round Tables as we plan to do a rotation! We are planning up to 10 speakers and topics, including these below:

  • Selecting, Packaging and Presenting Information for the Highest Impact and Interest to your Audience with Elizabeth Graff of Word Nerd.
  • Getting the Media’s Attention with Matt Hathaway, former STL Post-Dispatch, now St. Louis Art Museum
  • Video Production Tips with Dustin Horn of Siteman Cancer Center.
  • Fundraising on LinkedIn Made Simple with Kathy Bernard of
  • For You, About You, By You: Pitching Your Story to 1380 AM The Woman with Robin Jackson and Teresa Hessel
  • Wait Wait Do Tell Me: Giving Effective Feedback with Dr. Yemi Akande-Bartsch of FOCUS St. Louis
  • Address Stress with Connie Fisher of Mental Health America of Eastern Missouri
  • The Effectiveness of Using Direct Mail in a Cyber-Driven World with Judy Jeep of Direct Impact
  • Gathering Board, Committee and Staff Feedback without Derailing or Stalling Your Project with Maryanne Dersch of 501Creative
  • Visualizing your Cause: Getting Started with Instagram for your Nonprofit with Emily McNew of the United Way of Greater St. Louis

February 11, 2014, Luncheon – “Give me something new and different for my fundraiser"

with Susan Werremeyer of event management firm Carlton Werremeyer

Looking for ways to make your big fundraiser more exciting and buzzworthy? Join us Feb. 11 when we will hear from Susan Werremeyer, an event management pro who specializes in nonprofit galas ( Susan understands that we are trying to produce impactful, successful events on nonprofit budgets. She’ll share some of the latest and greatest ideas for small to large events, from mission-focused moments to unexpected entertainment and more, sure to get noticed by your guests!

January 14, 2014 Luncheon – "Best Practices for Building and Managing Young Professionals Groups"

with Lauren Kistner of the Center of Creative Arts (COCA)

Young professionals groups can be an essential part of your organization as you look to the future. How do you maximize the opportunities they offer and manage the challenges they present? Tapping experience with the COCA Junior Board and the Young Zoo Friends Advisory Board, Lauren Kistner will show you best practices for establishing, building and maintaining a successful nonprofit young professionals group. Discover the ins and outs of size and structure, leadership, staffing and staff liaisons, dues, membership benefits and more. We'll send you back to the office with ideas and solutions to create or improve your own young professional group!