Nonprofit Leadership Series

The Nonprofit Leaders Series provides free professional development opportunities to nonprofit leaders serving Columbia and Montour Counties. The series is designed by the Central Susquehanna Community Foundation in collaboration with the Berwick United Way and United Way of Columbia and Montour County to provide educational outreach.

A variety of topics are offered throughout each year. Interested nonprofit leaders are welcome to attend any and all sessions that are of interest. Nonprofit leaders are encouraged to share feedback and additional areas of interest with the Foundation for future planning.

Please note: due to current funding restrictions, this series is restricted to nonprofit leaders in Columbia and Montour counties. The Foundation is working to identify ways to expand this geographic area in the future.


2020 Schedule

RSVP Policy: The Nonprofit Leadership Series sessions are free to attend, and lunch is provided. If you need to cancel your reservation, please email notice to [email protected] at least 24 hours prior to the session date. Thank you.


How to Use the "Foundation Directory Online" Grant Database

July 9, 2020, 9:30am to 11:00am, Virtual Session

The Nonprofit & Community Assistance Center (NCAC) is presenting a virtual session demonstrating and searching for grants through the "Foundation Directory Online" grant search database. The session will allow nonprofits to:

  • Learn how to efficiently research grantmakers and quickly vet available funding opportunities
  • Prioritize funding opportunities based upon relationships, subject area, application process, etc.
  • Evaluate specific requirements and assess organizational capacity for appropriate grants
  • Gain awareness of application best practices
  • Discover best practices and policies that guide fiscal and programmatic accountability

Following the session, the first 20 interested nonprofit organizations will be provided access to the grant search engine, free, for a 2-week period.


Hands-on Tools for Stress Management and Burnout

August 21, 2020, 1:00pm to 5:00pm, at Foundation Office (Berwick) and Berwick Brewery

For nonprofit leaders the fall into the New Year can be the most stressful season. Join us for a relaxing workshop to learn how to develop your own personal stress management toolkit. This workshop will walk you through different stress management tips and tricks and invite attendees to share their own practices. The goal is to walk out of the workshop with your plan to conquer the last 90 days of the year with ease! The most effective leaders lead by taking care of themselves and modeling the behavior so your staff can do the same.



The Secret Sauce of a Credible Leader

October 28, 2020, 8:30am to 12:30pm, at Foundation Office (Berwick)
Presented by Kevin Moyer, Head of Operations, Peerbridge Health

The #1 reason why people leave their job/company is not pay or benefits - it's dissatisfaction with their immediate leader. A huge contributor to the struggle a leader has in creating employee engagement and job satisfaction, empowering employees to achieve, and leading across organizational lines is effective communication. In this session you will not only learn 5 key principles to sharpening your communication skills, but you will have the opportunity to craft realistic action plans personalized for you and enable accountability to support your success.


One-on-One Grantwriting Appointment

Jennifer Rempe, Owner, Graphite Grantworks will meet with a representative from your organization for one 2-hour meeting to discuss your grant writing challenges. Appointments are held at the CSCF office. You are required to submit a grant application that you're currently working on, or plan to submit in the future, to [email protected], at least two weeks ahead of your scheduled appointment, for review and planning.

  • March 11, 2020
  • April 29, 2020
  • May 13, 2020
  • June 17, 2020
  • August 26, 2020
  • September 16, 2020
  • October 21, 2020
  • November 4, 2020

If you are interested, contact Karri Harter, at [email protected] or 570.752.3930, ext. 6. These appointments are first come, first served.