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Renee Chambers
NonProfit Alliance of Monroe County

Last modified: Monday, October 27, 2008

IU SPEA and NonProfit Alliance for Monroe County host "toolkit" for nonprofits

Oct. 27, 2008

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Nonprofit professionals and IU students will come together to develop practical skills at the third annual Toolkit for Nonprofits hosted by the NonProfit Alliance of Monroe County and the Indiana University School of Public and Environmental Affairs (SPEA), Nov. 6-7, in Bloomington.

The toolkit is a two-day symposium that features guest lecturers spanning an array of expertise. Speakers will address fundamental aspects of nonprofit organizational development.

"It was so successful the first year that it was repeated and has continued to grow," said Renee Chambers, chair of the NonProfit Alliance Networking & Training Committee. "It is a great opportunity for nonprofit agency staff, board members and volunteers, as well as students, to get insight on a variety of topics, to be able to ask experts questions about issues that affect us all, and to be able to network with their peers.

"This is just a really great training opportunity for agencies with very limited training budgets," she said. "IU SPEA professors and staff are awesome to contribute their expertise to our community in this way."

SPEA professor and former nonprofit management consultant Beth Gazley said, "We are also fortunate to work in a community with a strong and vibrant nonprofit sector. We are delighted to partner with the NonProfit Alliance to offer this workshop to community members, volunteers and nonprofit staff."

The Toolkit for Nonprofits will take place at the Showers Building, 401 N. Morton St., from 12:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m. Nov. 6 and 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Nov. 7. The fee of $40 for professionals and $20 for students is due by Oct. 31. Questions may be sent by e-mail to For more information and to download the registration form, go to

Topics addressed will include;

  • Board Development for Nonprofits by Beth Gazley
  • Collaboration Strategies by Ann Marie Thomson
  • Financial Management by Teresa Kase
  • Fund Development by Adrian Sargeant
  • Human Resource Management by Bill Hodson
  • Information Technology Management for Nonprofits by Terry Usrey
  • Setting Prices for Nonprofits by Michael Rushton
  • Strategic Communication by Jana Wilson
  • Volunteer Management for Nonprofits by Leslie Lenkowsky

About NonProfit Alliance

The NonProfit Alliance is a collaboration among some 400 nonprofit organizations in and around Monroe County. Its mission is to foster a healthy community by strengthening the nonprofit sector through communication, professional development and advocacy. This year, the organization has incorporated its annual meeting to coincide with the toolkit as an additional networking opportunity.

About SPEA

The IU School of Public and Environmental Affairs (SPEA) is a global leader in public policy and management, environmental science, and managing the relationship between the two. It is committed to teaching, research and service in public and nonprofit management, public policy, environmental science, arts administration and health administration. SPEA has earned national distinction for innovative educational programs and is ranked in the top two graduate programs in its field in 2008's U.S. News and World Report -- including the No. 1-ranked nonprofit management program in the U.S.