Scioto Foundation hosts nonprofit conference

By Donald Ross

Scioto County Candor

The Scioto Foundation is hosting its First Annual Nonprofit Conference at Shawnee Lodge. Patty Tennant, the program officer for Scioto Foundation states, “We are offering nonprofits the opportunity to hear a speaker talk about fundraising, and different ways to help the nonprofits grow.”

The intention of the conference is to help area nonprofits meet their fundraising goals. With Lee Ellen Martin headlining the event, she will cover the Seven Strategies of Development.

“We are thinking we might have it every year, or every other year, we want to see what kind of response we get and we will go from there,” Tennant explained.

According to Tennant, 10-12 nonprofits have signed up representatives for the conference. The conference will cover event planning and best practices.

“There is still time to register, if anyone is interested,” she added.

The First Annual Nonprofit Conference will be from 8 a.m. to 4:40 p.m. March 29 at Shawnee Lodge. Cost to participate is $25. From 8:45 to 9:00 a.m., the conference will make introductions. Lee Ellen Martin will take the floor, and discuss her, “Seven Strategies of Development,” from 9 a.m. to noon. A lunch break will follow her speech up. Then a break will be from noon to 1 p.m.

Kim Cutlip from the Scioto Foundation, will then discuss mission related events until 2 p.m. A 15 minute break will precede the 2:15 p.m. speeches. The 2:15 p.m. speeches include such topics as the “ABCs of Successful Fundraising Events” and lessons from the field. With Debbie Smith, with the American Red Cross will also be talking about the upcoming Red Cross event, “Dancing With Our Stars.”

Patty Tennant will then follow up with a speech about, “Running a Successful Auction.” The event will conclude with a speech about the Paul Johnson Memorial Soirée being made by Kevin Johnson. A round table discussion will be made after, discussing what donors want, importance of volunteers for events, planning and executing events and marketing events. Wrapping up the conference, comments and evaluations will be made, and adjourned.

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