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Media and Nonprofit Leader Forum

Thursday, May 02, 2013  
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Media and Nonprofit Leader Forum
Can a community profit without a healthy nonprofit sector?

Wednesday, May 8
10 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.
Rockford College
5100 East State Street, Rm. 122

Can there be profit in a community without a vibrant nonprofit sector? Are there too many organizations? Is there overlap in services? Do human services providers ultimately help or hinder individuals in need? What does data begin to tell us about the social and economic impact of the nonprofit sector? These are critical questions for the organizations tasked with addressing increasing needs of citizens in Winnebago County and are not without political opinion and controversy.

A media and nonprofit leader forum will be hosted by Rockford College’s Northern Illinois Center for Nonprofit Excellence to report on preliminary findings specific to the human services segment of the nonprofit sector in Rockford. Rockford College Associate Professor of Economics, Business and Accounting Ina Freeman, Ph.D., will summarize the results of an MBA project specific to the value of the human services sector in Rockford - "Devaluation of the Human Service Sector Housing and Basic Needs Focus.” Preliminary findings of research conducted at Carpenter’s Place and focusing on what draws the homeless population to Rockford and the impact the agency has on reducing homelessness will also be presented by Carpenter’s Place CEO Kay Larrick.

Robert Egger, the featured national guest speaker at a luncheon and program that follows the media forum will be in attendance to add insight to his experiences of innovation and collaboration with large metropolitan nonprofits. Also joining the forum are leaders from Rockford’s Human Services Collaborative and representing area agencies like the Mildred Berry Center, Crusader Community Health, RAMP, The Boys and Girls Club of Rockford, and Lifescape Community Services.

Robert Egger is author of "Begging for Change – The dollars and sense of making nonprofits responsive, efficient and rewarding for all” and founder of D.C. Central Kitchen and current president of the L.A. Kitchen.

As a point of reference, according to the Donors Forum of Chicago statewide research, nonprofits in Winnebago County make up nearly 10 percent of the workforce; more than the transportation, construction and real estate industries combined.

Contact Pam Clark-Reidenbach for more inforamtion, 815-226-4384.

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