CT Association of Nonprofits to host the 7th Annual Connecticut Nonprofit Conference

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In a changing economic, political and social landscape, nonprofits must find new and innovative ways to make the greatest impact on their communities. On Monday, November 23, 2009 from 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., the CT Association of Nonprofits, based in Hartford, will host the 7th Annual Connecticut Nonprofit Conference at the Omni Hotel in New Haven, 155 Temple Street.

In a changing economic, political and social landscape, nonprofits must find new and innovative ways to make the greatest impact on their communities. On Monday, November 23, 2009 from 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., the CT Association of Nonprofits, based in Hartford, will host the 7th Annual Connecticut Nonprofit Conference at the Omni Hotel in New Haven, 155 Temple Street.

The event will include informative seminars, panel discussions, Legislative Award Presentations, networking and more. Keynote address "The Art of Leadership and the Business of Social Innovation" will be delivered by Bill Strickland, three-time Harvard Business School case study and a MacArthur Genius Award winner, Community Leader and Visionary.

"The way we choose to adapt and grow over the next few years will define our role and perceived value for generations to come," said Mark Berardi, Director of Membership Development & Training Services. "When we take a close look and reflect upon our organizations and their missions, we can bring forth best practices and new ideas benefiting ourselves and the surrounding community."

Berardi added that this event is not only open to nonprofits, but for profit businesses as well. In Connecticut, nonprofits employ 12% of the State's citizens, granting over $500 million annually and controlling nearly $6 billion in assets. "Since the nonprofit sector is a big contributor to our State's economy, this event is advantageous for all organizations."

Morning Seminars will run 10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. and include such topics as: "Hope & Hype on the Web," delivered by Ami Dar, Executive Director, Action Without Borders / Idealist.org; and "Build More Capacity With the Power of Collaborative Relationships," by Marshall Howard, Author and CEO, Marshall Howard & Associates. The morning Panel Presentation / Discussion will touch on "Adaptive Leadership: Why the Worst of Times May Be the Best of Times."

Afternoon Seminars will run 2:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. and include: "Evaluating the Numbers: Building Financial Strategies for Hard Times," delivered by Kimberly Nardone, CPA, Kostin, Ruffkess, Inc.; "Go Beyond Hello," by Marshall Howard; "Forging Nonprofit Alliances: A Framework for Implementation," by Jane Arsenault, MBA, Principal, FIO Partners, LLC; and "Telling Your Story on Your Terms," by Andrea Obston, President, Andrea Obston Marketing Communications. Three panels will be held in the afternoon titled "Volunteerism," "Making Our Voices Heard -- Grassroots Advocacy for All of Us!" and "Three Steps to Enhance Your Emerging Leadership Impact."

Registration will begin at 8:00 a.m. and the exhibit hall will open at 8:45 a.m. Breakfast and lunch will be served. As part of admission, attendees are asked to bring an unwrapped toy valued at $10-$20 to the event to benefit We Are The Children. To register or for more information, contact Mark Berardi at mberardi (at) ctnonprofits (dot) org, call 860-525-5080 or go to http://www.ctnonprofits.org.

About Connecticut Association of Nonprofits
Connecticut Association of Nonprofits (CT Nonprofits) is the largest membership organization in the state dedicated exclusively to nonprofits in Connecticut. We are a collaborative of over 525 organizations, supporting our members' needs so they may serve their communities to achieve their missions.

About We Are The Children
We Are The Children is an organization founded in 1985 by Gary Craig, morning radio personality 96.5 TIC-FM in Hartford, CT. Gary Craig, along with a tremendous support committee including various corporations is committed to raising funds for abandoned, battered, disadvantaged and needy children. To date, We Are The Children is 100% volunteer organization with all goods and services donated by members of the local communities.

Contact:
Kate Ottavio
Co-Communications
kate (at) cocommunications (dot) com
860.676.4400

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