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Special events bug hits area nonprofits, cure sought

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Nick Parkevich
The Putnam County Community Foundation will host the third of its 2012 Nonprofit Learning Series workshops on Monday, May 14.

The workshop is set for 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Inn at DePauw. The Learning Series is open to all board members and staff of area nonprofit agencies, churches and units of government, and is designed to help each be more effective in their mission.

Fundraising is a never-ending activity for most nonprofit organizations. Many nonprofits are infected with a serious case of the "Special Events Bug." While there is certainly a place for events in a diverse fundraising program, most organizations rely too heavily on events and fail to maximize the opportunities that events offer.

Often cited as a major reason for board member and development staff burn-out, events are one of the most abused, misused and addictive forms of fundraising.

Special events epidemiologist Nick Parkevich will help you will learn strategies for making the most of your events by establishing a process before your event and developing strategies for increasing board engagement in developing donor relationships after your event.

The workshop is based on the article "Avoiding the Highly Contagious Special Events Bug," co-authored by Parkevich for the Association of Fundraising Professionals.

Sponsored by Hendricks Power Cooperative, the workshop costs $15 if registered and paid by May 7 or $25 at the door. Cost includes the workshop, all materials and a catered lunch.

To register, persons may contact Dean Gambill in the Foundation office (653-4978) or at dgambill@pcfoundation.org.

The Putnam County Community Foundation administers more than 224 funds and endowments for donors, supporting a variety of charitable purposes. For more information, contact Elaine Peck at 653-4978.

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