Monday, May 20, 2013

How Can Non-Profits Do More With Less?

Public Forum to explore funding and services in this challenging economy

The Great Recession--and slow recovery--have ushered in a "new normal" in the non-profit sector.  In an era of diminishing resources and increasing need, Bergen County non-profits are scrambling to provide much needed services and fulfill their missions.  This challenge will be the topic at an upcoming public forum  presented by the graduating class of Bergen LEADS, the premier civic leadership program for adults sponsored by the Volunteer Center of Bergen County.  The forum will be moderated by Nina Stack, president of the NJ Council of Grantmakers.
Sponsored by TD Bank, PSEG and Synetek Solutions, the forum will be held on Tuesday, June 11, 2013, from 3-5 pm at Bergen Community College’s Ciccone Theater.  The event is free and open to the public, but pre-registration is required; call 201-489-9454 Ext. 112 to register. 
“When faced with dwindling funds, the traditional response would be to either cut services or grow revenue," says William “Pat” Schuber, former Bergen County Executive and Bergen LEADS seminar director. "Many organizations, already lean, have cut expenses to the bone, severely hampering their ability to meet their mission.  On the revenue side, more and more organizations are competing for scarce dollars, often with little success."
The Bergen LEADS Class of 2013 will explore current practices, both locally and in other communities, then make recommendations on ways in which Bergen County non-profit organizations could do business differently to meet the economic challenges of this "new normal.”
The men and women in the Bergen LEADS Class of 2013 have been meeting monthly since September to dissect issues, debate viewpoints and get a first-hand look at Bergen County’s infrastructure.   The Forum is the culmination of the seminar year for the Class of 2013. 
To register for the forum and for further information, email or call  201-489-9454 ext. 112.

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