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Town Hall Tuesdays with COCA, INIE, and UPHS

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Town Hall Tuesdays with COCA, INIE, and UPHS


Town Hall Tuesdays is a joint initiative of the Council on Culture & Arts (COCA), The Institute for Nonprofit Innovation and Excellence (INIE), and United Partners for Human Services (UPHS) – together, they have created a series of Town Hall Tuesdays. Enjoy these archived experiences!


The Capital of Non-Profits
February 9, 2021
View Recording: here

Local nonprofit leaders from the Institute for Nonprofit Innovation and Excellence (INIE), Council On Culture & Arts (COCA), and United Partners For Human Services (UPHS) will host this virtual town hall to reveal the findings of a recent local survey on the Big Bend community’s awareness of the significant role and impact that nonprofits have on our local economy.

Dr. Karen Cypers, Ph.D., partner and Vice President of Research at Sachs Media, will present the survey and its results, followed by a moderated conversation with nonprofit leaders about the sector’s role in the community, myths and misconceptions uncovered by the survey, and how nonprofits can continue to serve as engines of local vitality and economy growth.

Nigel Allen, President and Chief Advancement Officer, Tallahassee Memorial Healthcare Foundation
Sue Dick, President and CEO, Tallahassee Chamber of Commerce
Jared Ross, President and CEO, League of Southeastern Credit Unions
Moderator: Trimmel Gomes


Getting the Job Done: A Post-Election Preview
Tuesday, December 15, 2020
View Recording here; Access Passcode: O.$*HC83

In conversation with newly-elected commissioners Jacqueline “Jack” Porter (City of Tallahassee), Carolyn Cummings and Brian Welch (Leon County), learn about the priorities, plans, hopes, and aspirations of our newest public officials. This virtual event is part of “Townhall Tuesday” co-presented by UPHS, INIE and COCA.


Storytelling for Impact
Tuesday, November 11, 2020
View Recording here

Learn how to tell the mission and impact of your organization through storytelling. By using this technique, you can attract potential donors and volunteers to support your cause while also creating awareness of your organization. This webinar is free and brought to you by UPHS, COCA, and INIE.

Join Michelle Ubben, President and Partner at Sachs Media for an interactive and informative webinar to help you tell the story of your organization and those you serve. Known as the “Master of Rhetoric”, Michelle has managed Sachs Media Group to be one of Florida’s top independent public relations firms and one of the top 100 in the nation, one of Florida Trend’s Best Places to Work, and 2011 Small Agency of the Year and 2014 Best Agency for Non-Profit Communications by the Bulldog Reporter. Created award-winning campaigns to rebrand Florida’s public adoption system, connect Florida veterans to earned benefits and services, and promote child abuse reporting.


Children’s Services Council
Tuesday, October 13, 2020
View Recording: coming soon

Join UPHS, INIE, COCA and Virginia Dailey, First Lady of Tallahassee and Partner at Panza Maura & Maynard for a facilitated discussion on the ballot referendum specific to the Children’s Services Council of Leon County. Panelists will include Marcus Nicolas, Director of Operations and Administration at the FSU Alumni Association, Dr. Mimi Graham, Director of FSU Center for Prevention & Early Intervention Policy, and Michele Watson, CEO of the Florida Children’s Council for an informative discussion on Leon Children’s Services Council (CSC). CSC is a bipartisan effort to improve our community and will be put on the ballot in November. Learn how CSCs have benefited other communities across the state and how it could improve outcomes in Leon County. Find more information at:


Your Voice, Your Choice: Speak Up, Don’t Shut Up
Tuesday, August 11, 2020
View Recording: coming soon

Join us and special guest City Commissioner Dianne Williams-Cox for a participatory town hall that looks at local candidates and their position on the issues our community faces.
Are the voices of the nonprofit sector heard by political candidates? We have a choice in electing candidates who respect and recognize the value of nonprofit organizations in our community. Learn more about the candidates running for local office and how to advocate for the sector as we prepare for the August 26th and 27th candidates forum.



Mission to Action: How to Kick B*tt Through Advocacy
Tuesday, July 7, 2020

We will have guests County Commissioner Kristin Dozier along with advocacy experts, Jennifer Green with Liberty Partners, and Darrick McGhee Sr. with Johnson and Blanton.

Nonprofit organizations play a vital role in the development and implementation of public policy to promote an informed, healthy, and strong democratic society. We witness and respond to the impact of public policies on the people we serve, whether they are at-risk kids, individuals and families experiencing homelessness, or those expressing themselves through the arts. Few institutions are closer to the real problems of people than we are.

Nonprofits can be an important bridge between policymakers and their constituents. Effective advocacy builds your capacity to achieve the greatest good for the greatest number of people and communities you serve. Engaging in public policy advocacy can also raise awareness of your organization’s mission, mobilize your constituents, and attract positive media attention.




From Silos to Synergy: Getting Sh*t Done Through Collaboration
June 10, 2020

Join COCA, INIE and UPHS for this sector Town Hall Meeting for testimonies from those impacted by nonprofits, sector economic impact stats and action steps to form powerful collaborations.
We are using our collective voice to break the walls of silos that exist within our sector to SAVE OUR SECTOR! Society needs nonprofits. Whether we are fighting for justice, sheltering the homeless, feeding the hungry or enriching lives through the arts, nonprofits are the heart of any community.
Now more than ever, the nonprofit sector must work together to advocate for the needs of our organizations and those we serve. The meeting will allot time for participant Questions and Answers. But don’t wait to ask your questions in the comment section below.


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