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Cause Collective trainings and meetings will be done through Zoom for the time being.  In some cases we will need to re-schedule, so watch for emails for more information.

We will also communicate specific details directly with the registrants of each training.



The Cause Collective Skill Share program connects member agency staff with a specialist to discuss a nonprofit topic or would just like a bit of mentoring in a confidential 'one to one' setting for one hour.  

Once we receive the form, you will be contacted by one of our specialists within 2 weeks to set up a meeting.  If you do not hear anything by then please email Jason at director@causecollectivelincoln.org.
We will contact you directly if we do not currently have any specialists in your requested topic.

This is a brand new program, and we welcome feedback in the process.

CLICK HERE to request time with a specialist and see what topics are available to discuss.





Through a partnership with Ingrid Kirst Consulting and generous local funders, Cause Collective offers the Successful Transitions program. This highly-recommended program covers all aspects of succession planning including both emergency planning and long-range leadership development. A small cohort of organizations participates in interactive, virtual learning sessions. They also each receive individual coaching to address their organization's situation.  


The next Lincoln-based cohort will likely be held in early fall 2021. Click here for more information and to join the waiting list.


Lynne Lange, executive director at the Nebraska Coalition to End Sexual and Domestic Violence, said "The Successful Transitions program is an opportunity that every organization should embrace. It allows for planning that embraces our ever-changing times, including Executive Director transitions; shift in staff member roles, responsibilities and growth; and solidifying a path for the Board of Directors to be mindful regarding their tasks and future leadership plans."





Adaptive Leadership

Thursday, April 29th | 10:00 -11:30 am | Webinar

There are two types of problems that are identified by Adaptive Leadership; technical problems with ‘known’ solutions, and adaptive problems with no ‘known’ solution. In this training, we will help guide employees and leaders on how to find solutions in adaptive problems to minimize issues and/or disruptions in the workplace. Finding solutions to adaptive problems happen through organizational impartiality, emotional intelligence, and character development. Through this training, Zelle is able to help organizations adapt and thrive in challenging, changing environments.


TRAINER: Steph Vanous has a passion for developing people to enhance cultural performance. As the Vice President of Consulting, she has impacted over 15,000 people through technical and soft skill training programs. Steph spends the majority of her time working with performance management, talent management, leadership development and delivering team building solutions. Steph is skilled at not only facilitating leadership development sessions but developing evidence based custom content for each client. Steph also leads efforts to help identify ways to create a better workforce within human resource teams. This approach leads human resource teams to position themselves as a vital part of an organization versus a necessity.

Steph has her Master’s Degree from Gonzaga University. She graduated from Nebraska Wesleyan University where she earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration.





Thursday, May 13th | 9:00 -10:30 am | Webinar

Online meetings have become the commonplace and will likely continue to be important after pandemic restrictions have ended. This medium brings about a whole new set of new rules and obstacles for communicating.

Attending this webinar will help you improve your at-home meeting setup, setup/run/participate in online meetings more effectively, stay connected to co-workers while working remotely and learn the new online meeting etiquette rules. By the end, you’ll be able navigate this new paradigm, maximize your credibility and ZOOM like a BOSS.

TRAINER: Matthew Landis has a varied 25+ year career as a graphic designer, video producer, motion graphics animator and marketing manager. His guiding principles of marketing include creating content that treats your customers like the star of your show and not just your audience and using all channels of communication the way they to use them, not the way you want them to use them.




Ethical Issues in Charitable Gift Planning

Thursday, June 10th |  3:30 -5:00 pm  |  Webinar

This session is a lively, inter-active group discussion of hypothetical case studies exposing ethical dilemmas in gift planning situations. You’ll enjoy identifying “who-did-what” unethically in each situation, plus you’ll gain knowledge of how to handle these situations if you come across them in your position. Each case study is also sprinkled with fun-filled facts to test your planned giving technical knowledge. Attendees will also receive and review the national model standards for gift planners and the donor bill of rights.

TRAINER: Johni Hays, JD - Senior Vice President Thompson & Associates

With more than 27 years of experience as a practicing attorney in charitable and estate planning, Johni Hays is a recognized expert on the subject of charitable gift planning. Johni served as the president of the Charitable Estate Planning Institute and she is the author of the book, Essentials of Annuities and co-author of two books, The Tools and Techniques of Charitable Planning and Message From the Masters—our Best Donor Stories that Made a Difference. Johni serves on the Smithsonian’s Professional Advisors Network in Washington, DC. This year Johni received the Distinguished Service Award from the National Association of Charitable Gift Planners (NCGP)—and she has previously served on its board of directors. She served on the Editorial Advisory Board for the books Tax Facts on Investments and Tax Facts on Insurance and Employee Benefits. She serves as a founding charitable planning author of Steve Leimberg’s electronic newsletter service, LISI. Johni has been quoted in the Wall Street Journal and has published charitable planning articles in Estate Planning Magazine, Planned Giving Today, Fundraising Success, Life Insurance Selling and the National Underwriter magazines.

Johni is in demand as a national lecturer on estate and charitable planning, probate, living wills, annuities, life insurance, retirement planning and IRAs, as well as income, estate and gift taxation. Johni has been engaged in the practice of law with an emphasis in charitable and estate planning since 1993.

Prior to joining Thompson & Associates, Johni served as the Senior Gift Planning Consultant for The Stelter Company. Prior to that as the Executive Director of the Greater Des Moines Community Foundation Planned Giving Institute. In addition, Johni practiced estate planning with Myers Krause and Stevens, Chartered law firm in Naples Florida, where she specialized in estate planning.

Johni graduated cum laude with a Juris Doctor degree from Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa, in 1993. She also holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Drake University and graduated magna cum laude in 1988. Johni has been a member of both the Iowa Bar and the Florida Bar since 1993. She resides in Johnston, Iowa, with her husband, Dave Schlindwein.




How to talk about your organization so people will care

Wednesday, August 11th |9:00 - 10:30 am | Webinar

If you’re like most organizations, you’re fed up with spending money on marketing that doesn’t work. If you knew what to do differently, you would—but you don’t, and so you feel stuck. Meanwhile, your donations are lagging, and it’s holding back the vital work you do. Here’s the good news: It doesn’t have to be that way. In this talk, Firespring’s Director of Nonprofit Solutions, Kiersten Hill—a StoryBrand Certified Guide—will share seven simple marketing principles proven to grow organizations. You’ll walk away knowing how to capture your donors’ attention and compel them to engage. Stop worrying about your marketing, and start feeling hopeful about your work again.


TRAINER: Kiersten Hill is a Nebraska-native born and raised in North Platte. She graduated from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. With almost 2 decades in nonprofit management and fundraising, she has raised over $20 Million for Nebraska nonprofit organizations and worked to better train and equip nonprofit leaders and Boards of Directors.

Kiersten has served on the board of directors for a number of organizations including: Lincoln Downtown Rotary #14, Girl Scouts Goldenrod Council, and the Seward Country Club. She’s a leadership junky and graduate of Leadership Hastings, Leadership Nebraska and Leadership Lincoln. She was a Midland’s Business Journal 40 Under 40 award winner and was recognized as the 2013 Lincoln Nonprofit Executive of the Year. She frequently speaks to nonprofit groups and other organizations about fundraising, board development and organizational change and using StoryBrand to clarify their message. Kiersten, her husband Chad and their thirteen-year-old son Cooper live in Seward, Nebraska, with one large dog and one tiny cat. She has a passion for Lincoln, networking, fundraising and nonprofit organizations.