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Developing Community:
A Toolkit for Doing Nonprofit Work

A daylong Theological Commons workshop Friday, March 14

You want to change the world, and you think nonprofit work is a means for achieving your vision. But where do you start? What and who do you need to know? Does a faith-based structure make sense for the work you want to do? What are the pitfalls you should avoid?

The Theological Commons at MTSO presents “Developing Community: A Toolkit for Doing Nonprofit Work” to help you replace your uncertainty with a real sense of how you can embark on the rewarding work you envision. This workshop will focus on the basics of community development, with sessions on grants, networking and relationships. You’ll hear enlightening anecdotes and glean valuable nuts-and-bolts advice from successful leaders of both faith-based and non-faith-based nonprofits.

Along with the practical knowledge it offers, this day spent with others who share your passion for nonprofit work provides a great opportunity to broaden your network of friends and colleagues.

Tuition and CEUs

Tuition includes complimentary lunch and continental breakfast.

Non-student: $40
Non-student requesting 1 CEU: $75
MTSO student: Free
Student from another school: $30

Scholarships are available. Contact David Allen at or 740-362-3448 to inquire.

Register online now.

Schedule of events

8:30 a.m. Continental breakfast and gathering
9 a.m. Keynote: Community Development
John Edgar, executive director
Community Development for All People
11 a.m. Breakout sessions (time to attend two)
Multi-cultural community organizing
Unifying the religious and non-religious behind a mission
From kitchen-table ideas to effective nonprofit work
Nonprofit tax law
12:30 p.m. Lunch and networking
1:30 p.m. Keynote: Grants, Networking and Relationships
Stephanie Frank Scribner, council coordinator
Delaware County Family and Children First Council
3 p.m. Breakout sessions (time to attend two)
Grants and overall development
Care and feeding of volunteers
Crucial practices in resource development
4:30 p.m. Closing

Keynote speakers and breakout session leaders

Rev. John Edgar has built a widely recognized ministry centered on improving life for those on the margins of society. He is the founding executive director of Community Development for All People and founding pastor of the United Methodist Church for All People in Columbus.

Stephanie Frank Scribner is council coordinator of the Delaware County Family and Children First Council. Before coming to Delaware, she worked in Madison, Wisc., as a grant coordinator for the Wisconsin Department of Health.

Robert L. Caldwell Jr., executive director,

Chad Hansen, partner, Bricker &Eckler LLP

Claudine Leary, coordinator for development, Methodist Theological School in Ohio

Rev. Julia Nielsen, executive director, Greater Hilltop Area Shalom Zone

Angela Plummer, executive director, Community Refugee and Immigration Services


All “Developing Community” events are held on the campus of Methodist Theological School in Ohio, 3081 Columbus Pike in Delaware, Ohio. Here is a Google map. From Columbus, it’s easily reached by traveling 10 miles north of I-270 on U.S Route 23. Parking is free.

Register online now


Questions? Contact Kathy Dickson at or 740-362-3440.