Nonprofit Workshops a Huge Success

From the Community Foundation of North Florida:

Tallahassee, Fla., July 16, 2009 – Over 300 representatives of local nonprofit organizations recently participated in nine workshops, over a three-week period, designed to give nonprofit staff and board members the tools they need to help their organizations survive in these difficult economic times. The workshops were presented by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation in partnership with the Community Foundation of North Florida, The Council on Culture & Arts, and United Partners for Human Services.

At the conclusion of each of the workshops, a $1,000 grant was awarded to a nonprofit organization with a representative in attendance. The grant recipients were The Center for Biblical Studies, Lee’s Place, Big Bend Hospice Foundation, Capital Area Community Action Agency, Planned Parenthood of North Central Florida, WFSU, The Leon County Humane Society and Gadsden Senior Services.
Basic Business Practices: Building A Solid Foundation was the topic of one workshop which focused on helping organizations understand how to manage their expenses while minimizing reductions in their programs in times of decreased funding and increased demand for services. Ralph Brower, Ph.D., Director of the Center for Civic and Nonprofit Leadership at FSU, was the presenter.

Another workshop addressed the board’s role in guiding a nonprofit organization in difficult economic times. Margaret Lynn Duggar, President of Margaret Lynn Duggar and Associates, presented the session on The Board’s Role: Optimal Counsel, Effective Service.
Shawn Baldwin, Director of FSU’s Certified Public Manager Program at the Florida Center for Public Management, presented a designed to help participants discover how to build strategic alliances that create win-win situations for organizations through collaboration.

A workshop focusing on creative ways nonprofit organizations can generate revenue in these challenging times is being planned for the fall. For more information, please visit the Community Foundation’s website at and click on the News and Events tab or call Joy Watkins at 222-2899 ext.104.

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