The Dayton Foundation, Montgomery County and the United Way of the Greater Dayton Area are sponsoring the Nonprofit Organizations Forum to address the challenges facing area not-for-profit organizations and identify potential solutions and resources. The Forum will begin at 8 a.m. on Wednesday, April 6, 2011, at the Mandalay Banquet Center, 2700 East River Road, Dayton. The event is free with a maximum of two staff and one board member per organization.
“This forum will bring together human services experts, community leaders and representatives from local nonprofits who will work together to formulate strategies,” said Montgomery County Commissioner Debbie Lieberman. “So many of our nonprofits are struggling in this economy.”
The morning session will focus on the state budget and philanthropic status and provide local giving trends. Speakers include Jon Honeck, Director of Public Policy & Advocacy with the Center for Community Solutions in Cleveland, Deborah A. Feldman, Montgomery County Administrator, George E. Espy, president of the Ohio Grantmakers Forum, and Michael M. Parks, president of The Dayton Foundation. An afternoon session for leadership of the human services organizations only will provide an assessment of the human services sector within Montgomery County. The afternoon session will include a presentation by Barbara MacKay, Marem Flores and Shane Sasnow, Associates with Leadership Strategies, Inc.
“Last year alone, 371,000 of our neighbors received needed help from nonprofit organizations in our communities,” added Allen Elijah, president and CEO of United Way of the Greater Dayton Area. “As a community, focused and working together as partners, we can make a positive difference for these agencies and the many families, children, and individuals they offer a helping hand.”
“So many individuals and families depend upon our region’s nonprofit organizations for vital services and basic needs. The economic landscape has changed for all of us, but we must work together to face these challenges head-on,” said Michael M. Parks, president of The Dayton Foundation. “This event will help give our nonprofit partners the tools they need to move forward.”
Organizations interested in attending must register by noon, Friday, April 1, either online at http://www.liveuniteddayton.org/April6forum or by calling the United Way of the Greater Dayton Area at (937) 225-3051.