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Stone Soup III – Essential Tools for Today’s Nonprofits to be held May 14

BOONE—Stone Soup III: Essential Tools for Today’s Nonprofits, a day-long conference designed for nonprofit directors, staff, board members, volunteers and other leaders, will be held May 14 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Appalachian State University’s Plemmons Student Union. The public is invited to attend.

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The event is sponsored by the university’s Appalachian and the Community Together (ACT) program in collaboration with a number of High Country nonprofit organizations.

Spaces are limited and registration is now open. Visit stonesoup.appstate.edu for more information and to reserve a spot for a productive day of learning, networking and sharing with other nonprofit colleagues.

Topics include but are not limited to:

  • Legal issues facing nonprofits
  • Fundraising and annual giving
  • Major gifts and capital campaigns
  • Board development
  • Social media
  • Authentic leadership
  • Volunteer management
  • Campus community partnerships via service-learning

Professional fundraising coach and consultant Sandy Rees will be the keynote speaker and will lead multiple workshops. Her passion is showing small nonprofit organizations how to raise more money, strengthen their boards and build relationships with donors.

Nonprofit legal specialist Dianne Chipps Bailey will deliver workshops related to nonprofit compliance and other legal issues facing nonprofits.

The schedule is as follows:

  • 8-8:30 a.m.: check-in, continental breakfast, networking
  • 8:30-9:30 a.m.: keynote speaker Sandy Rees, “The Power of Thinking Big”
  • 9:45-10:45 a.m.: workshop I
    • 10k Fundraising
    • Social Media: What’s current, what’s coming, and what nonprofits need to know
    • Top Ten Emerging and Persisting Legal Compliance Issues
  • 11 a.m. to noon: workshop II
    • Engaging Your Board in Fundraising
    • Digging Deeper into Nonprofit Legal Compliance
    • Establishing an Annual Giving Campaign
    • The Affordable Health Care Act: What nonprofits need to know
  • Noon-1:30 p.m.: networking lunch catered by StickBoy
  • 1:30-2:30 p.m.: workshop III
    • 100k Fundraising
    • Campus Community Projects through Service-Learning
    • “Authentic Leadership” for Nonprofits
  • 2:45-3:45 p.m.: workshop IV
    • The Volatile Volunteer
    • Activate Your Board: Success stories from board chairs who have created a culture of action and advocating in their members
    • Grant Writing 101: Tips for the Beginning Grant Writer

“As a member of the planning committee, I like to create sessions that I would want to attend and that cover timely issues for non-profits right now. We have a dynamo speaker on fundraising and a special session on legal compliance that goes beyond what nonprofits normally think about,” said Jennifer Grubb, executive director of Western Youth Network, a relationship-focused resource for youth and families.

“Also, the networking opportunity is huge. It’s a great time to talk about how non-profit organizations can share resources, collaborate and work together more strategically,” Grubb said.

Stone Soup III is made possible by the Watauga County Community Foundation, High Country United Way, Donor Express Software, Hospitality House of Boone, Hope Pregnancy Resource Center, Western Youth Network, Caldwell Community College Small Business Center, Watauga County Habitat for Humanity and Appalachian State University’s ACT program.

For more information and to register, visit http://stonesoup.appstate.edu or contact Todd Mortensen at mortensenta@appstate.edu or 828-262-6566.

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