Events Archive

November 13, 2018 Luncheon | Inside the Donor Mind: Branding and Communication Strategies that Resonate

What makes a donor engage? Why, with varying degrees of passion, do they decide to fund? How can we keep existing donors engaged amidst deteriorating tax incentives?

Lindsay Matush, CEO of Vario Marketing, will help you assess the “donor resonance” of your brand and equip you with tools for understanding your donors’ motivations. You’ll gain practical marketing ideas for year-round communication to retain and attract donors. We’ll review case studies, laugh out loud, and cover insights about the habits of funders, individual donors, and your board.

October 9, 2018 Breakfast | The New Media: Making Social Work for You

Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Snapchat, LinkedIn—long gone are the days where the only source for news was the news itself. Join Abby Samel of Storyboard Consulting to discuss these changes in our medial landscape. With more people turning to their smartphones and social feeds for the news of the day, Abby will provide tips to help you take control. Learn how to tell your story in a way that catches attention and makes you the authority in your field.

September 11, 2018 Luncheon | Rock 4 the Cause Case Study

CSPRC hosted a moderated case study discussion of Rock 4 the Cause, a new benefit concert in our community. The 2017 pilot event brought eight local charities together for a community fundraising event with plenty of challenges and successes. Panelists from Pony Bird, Best Buddies, TASK, and Medici discussed what worked, what didn’t work, and how they will adapt their approach going forward.

August 28, 2018 Speed Networking | Networking with YNPN St. Louis

Networking can be hard, but we make it easy! We teamed up with The Young Nonprofit Professionals (YNPN) of St. Louis for some speed networking. Each round of speed networking lasts roughly two minutes, giving you time to make a quick, meaningful connection. Then 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 14, 2018 Breakfast | Breakfast with the Eggsperts: New Ideas in Fundraising and Events

It's easy to feel stuck the same stale fundraising methods and events. Join us for small group discussions with local "eggsperts" over hot breakfast. These eggsperts will answer questions and give tips, advice, and new ideas to revitalize your fundraising and event planning. Breakfast and networking begins at 7:30 a.m. Presentation begins at 8:00 a.m.

Jarel Loveless, Development Director, Teach for America
Lyndsey Reichart, Development Director, Oasis Network
Jessica LaBozzetta, Director of Innovation Hall, Venture Cafe
Rachel McCalla, Event Director, Third Degree Glass Factory
Rachel D'Souza-Siebert, Founder and Principal, Gladiator Consulting
Allie Magee, Senior Manager of Development, The Nine Network of Public Media
Rachel Weis, Vice President of Client Service, Evntive

July 24, 2018 Panel | Women Trailblazers: Stories of Progress

A special panel discussion at the University of Missouri–St. Louis featuring female trailblazers who forged businesses and nonprofit organizations against all odds. These women told their stories about conquering institutional obstacles to become accomplished leaders. 

Jeri (Geralyn) Schultz, Founder at Women Who Inspire Series a Division of Jeri Schultz & Associates, LLC and adjunct at Webster University


Jessica Adams, Founder and Director, St. Louis Area Diaper Bank
Natalie DuBose, Founder and Owner, Natalie's Cake and More

Deletra Hudson, Founder and Owner, Deletra Hudson, LLC

Khalia Collier, Owner and General Manager, St. Louis Surge 

Lus R. Haberberger, Founder and President, Luzco Technologies, LLC

July 10, 2018 Breakfast | Galvanizing Your Greats: Engaging Board Members for Greater Mission Success

Wouldn’t you love an engaged board who works between meetings, attends scheduled meetings prepared and ready for action, and champions your work in the community? Who wouldn't?! “Board Engagement” can feel cliché, but with the right steps and strategies you can deepen your board’s commitment to your mission, connect them to and support them in accomplishing meaningful contributory work, and galvanize them into action. 

Ashley Holmes and Jennifer Drake Fantroy of The Rome Group discussed the best ways to leverage your leadership for greater success.

June 12, 2018 Luncheon | Benefits-Based Volunteer Recruitment

Your organization is looking for great new volunteers…but are they looking for you? Are your volunteer opportunities offering something they want?
Julie Strassman, Volunteer Coordinator for Bethesda Hospice Care, gave a fun and interactive presentation on benefits-based volunteer recruitment methods.

Julie discussed how to map your volunteer benefits, write attractive recruitment appeals, and sweeten the deal.

May 8, 2018 Spectrum Annual Conference

"Get on Track" at the 2018 Spectrum Conference. The annual conference tailored to nonprofit communication professionals takes participants "From Foundation to Innovation" in 2018. The event included 2 keynotes, breakfast and lunch, and breakout sessions in four distinct tracks. Track themes include Leadership, Development, Marketing/Communications, and Trending/Innovation.

Morning Keynote Speaker: Keisha Mabry | author; lecturer, Washington University in St. Louis; Director of Innovation at College Bound; contributor for the Huffington Post and Watch the Yard.

Afternoon Keynote Speaker: Matthew Homann | founder and CEO, Filament; founder, Invisible Girlfriend and Boyfriend

April 10, 2018 Breakfast | Breakfast with the Eggsperts: Digital Marketing

"Eggsperts" hosted small group discussions over hot breakfast for tips on upgrading your digital media. Topics included maximizing your organization's presence with Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, podcasting, and live streaming.

Sean Brady, SB Sales Enablement & Promotion Strategy | Live streaming
Clayton Clark, Co-owner, Big Rush Marketing | Facebook
Barry Hammond, Principal, Cirrus Solutinz | LinkedIn
Marjorie Moore, President & CEO, MindsEye | Podcasting
Stefani Pollack, Co-Founder, Build Digital Marketing and Cupcake Project | Instagram
Scott Thomas, Co-Founder, Build Digital Marketing and | Instagram

March 13, 2018 Luncheon | Relationship Between Culture and Brand: How to Find Your "Why"
Sponsored by Linda A. Howdeshell, CPA

What is an organization’s “why”? Their “why” is their brand’s grand narrative, and culture is the source of the “why.” Eliot Frick and Angela Hochman of Bigwidesky discussed the importance of having a developmental, progressive narrative. They shared theories and tips to align the humans at an organization with the authentic foundation that creates the culture—which creates the “why.” Attendees learned how to humanize their brand to effectively communicate their “why.”

February 13, 2018 Breakfast | Breakfast with the Eggsperts: Writers Roundtable

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, 2018 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:

Gary Parker, MSW, Washington University

Yemi Akande-Bartsch, Ph.D., FOCUS St. Louis
Ernest E. Garrett III, DEAF, Inc.
Mary Rachel Gould, Ph.D., St. Louis University
Amy Hunter, St. Louis Children's Hospital

January 9, 2018 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, 2017 Luncheon | #Fail or #BestDayEver Sharing Stories with CSPRC
Luncheon sponsored by the St. Louis Area Foodbank.

On December 12th, speakers shared the innovations they tried in 2017 so others could learn from their mistakes and successes. 

Deb Cottin, Safe Connections
Ryan Farmer, St. Louis Area Foodbank
Kristine Gruver, Missouri Botanical Garden
Sam Moore, Missouri History Museum
Emilee Morton, MADCO Modern American Dance Company

November 14, 2017 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, 2017 Luncheon | Fear of Fundraising
Luncheon sponsored by RubinBrown LLP

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.

September 28, 2017 Breakfast 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, 2017 Luncheon | The Conversations Continue: A Roundtable Discussion From Spectrum

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, 2017 Networking | 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, 2017 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 Breakfast | Breakfast with the Eggsperts: Foundation

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

June 13, 2017 Luncheon – Refreshing the Forest Park Forever Brand: A Case Study

Stephen Schenkenberg will discuss how his team developed a unified, contemporary brand identity and messaging platform for the conservancy that helps care for Forest Park. Stephen will delve into the six-month process his team went through, including working with board members and an outside design firm, and explain how the project has positioned the conservancy to earn greater visibility, awareness and support throughout the community.