News Release, College of Southern Maryland

La Plata, MD- Regional nonprofit organizations will learn to map a road to clarity at the College of Southern Maryland’s (CSM) 10th Annual Nonprofit Institute (NPI) Conference Feb. 20. Representatives from the region’s nonprofit organizations are invited to attend this event that is designed to spark ideas of how organizations can derive greater values from their resources. Registration opens today, Jan. 15.

“We’re excited about this year’s conference,” shared CSM Nonprofit Institute Coordinator Cara Fogarty. “We have a few popular presenters returning, some new voices, smart thinkers, representatives of the Washington Regional Association of Grantmakers, Maryland Nonprofits and much more. We also have an excellent, engaging keynote speaker who is sure to inspire everyone in the room.”

Maggy Sterner

Keynote SpeakerMaggy Sterneris a branding coach for entrepreneurs, small businesses and nonprofits. She will talk with attendees about how to brand nonprofit organizations with messages that work online and out loud. Sterner will share how laser clarity about an organization’s mission serves as a magnet to target audiences. Attendees will learn to communicate messages with confidence.

“The conference is always a great opportunity to step back from day-to-day operations and rethink how we approach our mission and pick up new ideas,” continued Fogarty. “We design the breakout sessions to appeal to a range of people within the nonprofit sector. This year we have sessions for the seasoned nonprofit professional as well as for those looking to start a nonprofit and something for everyone in between.”

The 10th Annual Nonprofit Institute Conference is designed for nonprofit board members, chief executives, staff, sponsors, volunteers, community and business leaders, young professionals and consultants committed to strengthening nonprofit organizations and the communities they serve.

This year’s breakout sessions focus on leadership, strategic planning, management, fundraising and communication. Fogarty also said the well-liked “Meet the Media” session, a panel discussion with members of local print, broadcast and online media, is back by popular demand this year. Participants will learn how to bring their organization’s news, events and accomplishments to the attention of media outlets in Southern Maryland.

Additional Conference Highlights

Meet the ‘New Kid on the Nonprofit Block’

An engaging first-person account of starting a nonprofit. Hear about the lessons, successe, and future plans for an entrepreneurial nonprofit.

Shift in Focus: The Changing Nature of Nonprofits and Interactions with the Business Community

The philanthropic agenda has taken center stage in the business community as businesses strive to appeal to consumers who want to buy from companies who “give back.” Panelists include Todd Pittman,Washington Regional Association of Grantmakers; Jay Nwachu, president and chief innovation officer atInnovation Works; and Michelle Sullivan, program specialist with theCSM Nonprofit Instituteand executive director ofAll Ages Read Together.

Calendar Details

The CSM Nonprofit Institute ‘Vision 2020: Roadmap to Clarity’ with Keynote Speaker Maggy Sterner will be held Thursday, Feb. 20, 2020 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Center for Business and Industry (BI Building) at the CSM La Plata Campus located at 8730 Mitchell Road, in La Plata.

Register for the conference online athttps://www.csmd.edu/community/institutes/nonprofit-institute/conference-information/registration.

Participating exhibitors and organizations include

For more information, visit https://www.csmd.edu/calendar/community-events/laplata/10th-annual-npi-conference.


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