Drucker Institute to Host Conference and Awards Gala Honoring Nonprofit Innovation and Effectiveness on Oct. 28 in Los Angeles

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The Drucker Institute at Claremont Graduate University will host two events in Los Angeles on Oct. 28, 2008, focused on nonprofit innovation and effectiveness. Nonprofit staffers, foundation leaders and corporate executives interested in the social sector are encouraged to attend one or both events.

The Drucker Institute at Claremont Graduate University will host two events in Los Angeles on Oct. 28, 2008, focused on nonprofit innovation and effectiveness. They'll feature Karen Baker, Secretary of Service and Volunteering for the State of California, and Wendy Kopp, CEO and founder of Teach for America.

Nonprofit staffers, foundation leaders and corporate executives interested in the social sector are encouraged to attend one or both events.

A conference on nonprofit effectiveness will be held from 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. at the California Science Center. In addition to a lunchtime keynote address by Baker, presenters will include representatives from the Drucker Institute, the Bridgespan Group, the National Human Services Assembly, and the Midwest Center for Nonprofit Leadership.

Later that evening, the Drucker Institute will host a gala dinner at the Music Center in downtown L.A. celebrating the winners of the 2008 Peter F. Drucker Award for Nonproft Innovation. Kopp will keynote the dinner, which will also feature an original documentary on this year's first-place award winner: KickStart International, a San Francisco-based organization that fights poverty in Africa by creating and selling simple tools that help poor entrepreneurs increase their income. Among its innovations is the MoneyMaker Irrigation Pump, which allows small-scale growers to produce high-value crops year-round and make the transition from subsistence farming to commercial agriculture.

To learn more about both events and to purchase tickets, please visit http://www.druckerinstitute.com/store.

About the Drucker Institute
The Drucker Institute at Claremont Graduate University is a think tank and action tank whose purpose is to stimulate effective management and ethical leadership across all sectors of society. It does this, in large part, by advancing the ideas and ideals of Peter F. Drucker, the father of modern management.

The Institute acts as a hub for a worldwide network of Drucker Societies, volunteer-driven organizations that are using Drucker's teachings to affect positive change in their local communities.

In addition, the Institute maintains a digital archive of Drucker's papers; undertakes research that builds on Drucker's writings; offers a major prize for nonprofit innovation; produces curricular material that distills Drucker's decades of leading-edge thinking; applies Drucker's work to current events (including through a regular online column in BusinessWeek by Institute Director Rick Wartzman); presents a slide show exploring the "Responsibility Gap" --society's collective failure to be good and ethical stewards of our resources, people and institutions; and hosts visiting fellows with Drucker-like insights and values.

The Institute is a close affiliate of the Peter F. Drucker and Masatoshi Ito Graduate School of Management. For more on the Institute and its programs, go to http://www.druckerinstitute.com/.

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