Craig’s keynote address demonstrated the power one person can have when they commit to effecting change.
Hartford, CT (PRWEB) November 23, 2011
Hundreds of nonprofit leaders and change makers converged on the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Cromwell on Thursday to participate in the Connecticut Association of Nonprofits’ 9th Annual Nonprofit “Point of Change” Conference.
The day began with opening remarks from Governor Dannel Malloy followed by a media award to Connecticut Public Broadcasting which was accepted by John Dankosky, the host of the popular NPR program, Where We Live.
In addition to the nine seminars and workshops, the conference also featured legislative awards to Senator Donald Williams and Representative Cathy Abercrombie.
Participants were treated to an inspirational keynote address by the internationally renowned youth activist and best-selling author, Craig Kielburger. In 1995, at the age of 12, Kielberger founded Free The Children, the world’s largest youth empowerment organization. He later co-founded Me to We, an organization dedicated to transforming consumers into world changers through the sale of socially conscious merchandise.
During his address, Point of Change: Making a World of Difference, Kielburger encouraged attendees to combat apathy and motivate future generations to become change agents and leaders in movements of social good. He reiterated the view of the Dalai Lama who believes that the greatest threat to our future is raising a generation of passive bystanders.
“Craig’s keynote address demonstrated the power one person can have when they commit to effecting change,” said Mark Berardi, Director of Membership Development & Training Services. “As nonprofits continue to face budget cuts and work to do more with less resources, it is important to remember that one person can make a difference.”
Following the keynote address, Ron Cretaro, executive director, Connecticut Association of Nonprofits, unveiled the association’s plans to build a regional nonprofit office and resource center in Hartford. The center will offer affordable office space to member nonprofit tenants and allow non-tenants to share backend office resources, such as technology. The project is being spearheaded by the Connecticut Association of Nonprofits and the Corporation for Independent Living.
“We are excited to begin work on a regional nonprofit office and resource center,” Cretaro said. “The center will serve as a hub for nonprofit activity in Greater Hartford and offer our member organizations the opportunity to work together in support of the greater community.”
As part of admission, attendees were asked to bring a new, unwrapped toy. More than 160 toys were collected and will be donated to the NBC Connecticut Joy of Sharing Toy Drive.
The Connecticut Association of Nonprofits is already planning their 2012 conference, which will be the 10th annual.
About Connecticut Association of Nonprofits
Connecticut Association of Nonprofits (CT Nonprofits) is the largest membership organization in the state dedicated exclusively to working with nonprofits in Connecticut. As the voice of nonprofits for over 30 years, CT Nonprofits has connected organizations with information, education, advocacy and collaboration, helping members focus their energy on the people and communities they serve. To learn more visit http://www.ctnonprofits.org.