The 2018 Guide to Community Services in Howard County is a resource guide for services in the county. 20,000 copies of the guide are widely distributed throughout the county by our member organizations and other prominent locations and is read by more than 500,000 people.
This essential guide is used year-round by government agencies, businesses, non-profits, faith-based organizations, front desk staff, crisis centers, re-location centers and Howard County Citizens in general.
2018 BEST PRACTICES SERIES
Three or more individuals from your organization can learn from experts on topics that will help you strengthen your organization and achieve your goals. Full series registration deadline is October 20. All workshops are from 9:00 am-12:00 pm at The Nonprofit Collaborative.
Planning in Turbulent TimesWednesday, October 25, 2017How can any organization, nonprofit or for-profit, plan effectively in this time of uncertainty? Changing government spending priorities and tax code tinkering will likely impact nonprofit revenues. New health care mandates, paid sick leave laws, and other changes in personnel regulations can increase expenses. The traditional three to five-year strategic plan doesn’t work in today’s environment. This workshop will help Executive Directors and Board Members turn their organization into a proactive planning machine. Key planning concepts such as “Thinking in Time” and “Acting Like a Scientist” will be explained.Presenters: Nancy Hall and Deb Jung, 501(c)Solutions Conflict Prevention and Resolution - A Communications GuideWednesday, January 24, 2018, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm(snow date: Wednesday, January 31, 2018) Stress, anxiety, and differences of opinion can all lead to conflict. In this interactive workshop, you will learn proactive techniques to diffuse these emotions, and effective communication strategies to resolve conflicts that arise with clients, volunteers and staff members. Presenters: Bunny Egerton and Lacey Tsonis, Raising Munchkin LLCShould Nonprofits Be More Like For-profits?
Wednesday, April 25, 2018, 9:00 am – 12:00 pmMost for-profit businesses are fair to mediocre. To simply copy any for-profit business is not going to ensure success. First and foremost, nonprofits need to know what success is and identify those organizations, both for-profit and nonprofit, that are the best in the breed. Using the framework from the business classic, Good to Great and the Social Sectors, participants will learn how to define and measure “Great”, get the right people on the bus, create a culture of discipline, and build a sustainable organization.Presenters: Nancy Hall and Deb Jung, 501(c)Solutions
This series is made affordable through support from:
ACS and the Horizon Foundation invite you to meet Strong Schools Maryland, a statewide coalition working to pass comprehensive education reform in Maryland so every student receives a world class education. Strong Schools Maryland is proposing a comprehensive agenda focused on supporting kids and families before they get to kindergarten through college and obtaining a career. They believe the report “9 Building Blocks for a World-Class Education System” produced by the National Center on Education and the Economy provides a framework for reform in Maryland and should inform the Kirwan Commission’s recommendations on adequate and equitable funding for Maryland State Public Education. Come learn more about this statewide, grassroots movement that touches upon health, social services, and education.
Howard County Public School System Interim Superintendent, Dr. Michael J. Martirano, will join us to discuss efforts to ensure equity and well-being for students and to close the opportunity gap. We will discuss what HCPSS is doing and how the nonprofit community can contribute to the success of those initiatives. Please come prepared with questions for Dr. Martirano and don't forget that members can bring promotional materials to put on our resource table.Members: FreeNon-members: $20We will be collecting School Supplies and Food Pantry items to be distributed to various local nonprofit organizations. Please consider bringing the following donations to the meeting.
Please plan to join the Association of Community Services for this conversation with the Maryland State Senate and the Maryland House of Delegates as they begin the 2018 General Assembly. Each year ACS offers its members this opportunity to ask questions about the policy discussions and potential legislation that delegates anticipate will impact the human services community and its capacity to deliver services.
Your attendance and participation will help demonstrate our commitment to advocating on behalf of those in need in Howard County.
Come prepared with questions and don't forget that members can bring promotional materials to put on our resource table.
Registration is requested.
ACS invites you to our Annual Conversation with the County Executive. Join us as Mr. Kittleman recaps the past year's County challenges and accomplishments and shares his FY17 and FY18 top priorities. Bring your comments and perspectives to this conversation.
8:45 a.m. Networking/Registration9:00 a.m. Conversation with the Howard County Executive
Members are welcome to bring promotional materials to put on our resource table.
Members: FreeNon-Members: $20