Ask the Expert

A BVU Skill CONNECT program providing all Northeast Ohio nonprofits a free opportunity to work one-on-one with expert consultants. 


Sign up for free to help your nonprofit.

Need help in one of these areas? Sign up for free expert assistance so you can get back to what you do best.

Donate your time to help your community.

Are you an expert looking to give back to your community? Lend your skills to help a local nonprofit focus on its mission.

Human Resources

Compensation, benefits planning, handbook review, and HR auditing


Database evaluation, technology roadmap, and vendor evaluation


Bylaw review, real estate transactions, employment issues, and more


Business plans, financial reporting, procedures, and internal controls


Planning, strategy, public relations, social media, SEO, and branding


Process improvement, coaching, facility design, and real estate and more

Upcoming Sessions

There are no upcoming events.

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Ask the Expert attendees say…

Within a span of 60 minutes, Jamie [Gallagher skill-based volunteer] assessed my organization’s situation, explained the options we could consider, helped me put an action plan in place, and answered ALL of my questions. 

Lynn Foran

Executive Director, Reach Out and Read Greater Cleveland

I didn’t know what I had to give until I did the first skill CONNECT program. I’m always excited at the end of these “Ask the Expert” sessions. The nonprofits are so grateful and thankful. Nonprofit leaders are great at leading their organizations, so being able to help these professionals improve in areas where they don’t have expertise is so rewarding. When you work in a specific field every day, you almost forget that what you have IS a valuable asset to others without that skillset.

Stephanie Smith

Strategic Communications and Engagement Manager, Bober Markey Fedorovich

Skill CONNECT is made possible by the Community Impact Fund

Nonprofits faced unprecedented strain during the COVID-19 pandemic, so BVU waived all Skill CONNECT program fees to provide the expertise necessary to address strategic and financial pressures. 

BVU's Community Impact Fund was launched to maintain this free service to all Northeast Ohio nonprofits indefinitely and to pay tribute to Brian Broadbent, BVU’s former CEO and a passionate advocate for Skill CONNECT.