Cause Collaborative

Thank you sponsors, speakers and attendees!

Cause Collaborative 2016 was a great success!


Our 2016 Topics were:

Crisis Communications: Prepare to Come Out Ahead

Change Management: Looking from the Outside In

Emerging Social Enterprises


Speakers and Panelists



Crisis Communications: Prepare to Come Out Ahead

Jennifer McNally, board chair of Planned Parenthood of Greater Ohio and a trustee of Planned Parenthood Advocates of Ohio, will outline steps organizations can take to prepare for the unexpected related to crisis communications and media relations. She will address decision gates, internal policies and workflows that will help your organization respond quickly with the right message. From developing talking points to having a key stakeholder contact list, participants will learn how to build an effective plan that can be tailored to any situation that arises.   


Diego Espino, vice president of community engagement, Planned Parenthood of Greater Ohio, will discuss the organization’s proactive response to the secretly recorded and highly edited videos that were released in 2015 by anti-abortion organization, the Center for Medical Progress (CMP). He will share how this incident, which received widespread attention from the media, resulted in investigations by 12 states, including one launched by Ohio’s General Attorney, Mike DeWine. 

He will detail how Planned Parenthood of Greater Ohio leveraged its relationships with the media to correct the misinformation of the staged videos and reframe the message to focus on the vital health care services that Planned Parenthood provides.



Change Management: Looking from the Outside In

George Needham, director of the Delaware County District Library, will provide insights into organizational change management. From creating a sense of urgency from within an organization to garnering support from staff and board, he will illustrate key steps to transforming into a more entrepreneurial organization to better accomplish your mission.

George will share examples of how public libraries have significantly shifted their perception by moving away from viewing their role in and value to the community from the inside out—to viewing them from the outside in, and how this change has helped libraries continue to play a vital role in communities in a “Google it” era.



Panel Discussion: Emerging Social Enterprises

Since its inception in June 2014, the Center for Social Enterprise (CSED) has become a hub for social entrepreneurs and nonprofit organizations looking to develop new business initiatives with the potential of producing new sources of revenues to support and advance their missions.

Allen Proctor, president and CEO of the Center for Social Enterprise Development, will moderate a panel of three local nonprofit leaders participating in SE Catalyst, Columbus' first social enterprise accelerator initiative. Each will share the driving forces that led them to social enterprise and they will report on the progress they are making with their new endeavors.


Our panelists are:


Bo Chilton, CEO at Impact Community Action


Teresa Trost, Executive Director at Community Shares of Mid Ohio 


Joy Chivers, CEO at Gladden Community House 


Cause Collaborative is a must-attend event for anyone working in, or close to the nonprofit space.
Natasha Wheeler, Tonic Studios

Thank you, Sponsors!








Be a sponsor for Cause Collaborative 2017

I thoroughly enjoyed Cause Collaborative 2015, and am looking forward to the next edition. Nonprofit leaders can greatly benefit from the workshops.
- Sheri Veleba, Voice Corps




Are there other ways to get involved in Cause Collaborative?

Yes. For Cause Collaborative 2017, we will form a planning committee to grow this event. If you are interested in becoming a member of this committee or have questions, feel free to contact Fulcrum Creatives.