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Round Robin of Announcements & Resources

Alyce Lee Stansbury, CFRE, Notes on Nonprofits


Here’s a round robin of announcements and resources for nonprofit leaders:

The Institute for Nonprofit Innovation and Excellence (INIE) has announced the selection of Kim Grippa as its new Executive Director. “We are thrilled that Kim will bring her experience as a lawyer, administrator, educator, and nonprofit founder to INIE in service to our members,” said Paul Malley, Chair of the INIE Board of Directors.

Grippa has been an attorney for over 20 years working in private practice and state government. She served as a faculty member at Florida State University’s College of Law and Daytona State College, first as legal counsel and then as Chair of the School of Business Administrator. She is also the founder of SHINE NOW, a nonprofit that supports the success of women in the workforce. She was a member of INIE and briefly served on its board of directors.

The search committee was co-chaired by Kimberly Moore, Vice President for Workforce Innovation at Tallahassee Community College and Ryan Cohn, Executive Vice President at Sachs Media. Kimberly Moore adds, “We are excited that Kim brings the ideal mix of strategic experience from outside the region and familiarity of our local community. She is a great fit.”  Welcome aboard, Kim, and best wishes in your new position. 

Giving in Florida

Mark your calendars for Giving in Florida, an in-depth analysis of Florida households’ giving patterns, priorities, and attitudes to be released by the Florida Nonprofit Alliance (FNA) on April 1. This is a joint project of FNA, Jessie Ball duPont Fund, and the Indiana University Lilly School of Philanthropy. The report will be the first look at charitable giving in 2021 ahead of the national Giving USA study which will be released in June. Registration is required at flnonprofits.org.

Oasis Center hosts mini conference

The Oasis Center for Women & Girls is hosting Women Who Can Run, a non-partisan mini conference on Thursday, March 24 at 5:30 p.m. at Tallahassee Community College. This event encourages and trains women from throughout the community to run for public office and conduct political campaigns. Registration includes two workshops by outstanding speakers, a panel discussion over dinner with all four female City and County commissioners, and a valuable resource manual. Limited scholarships provided by Target are available along with free children’s activities during the program. Advance registration is required. For more information contact mary.deschler@theoasiscenter.net or 850-222-2747.

Networking opportunities

If you are a staff person responsible for fundraising on a full or part-time basis, one of the best decisions you can make is to invest in your own success. Networking with peers who face similar challenges is uplifting and a great way to support yourself, improve results, and promote longevity in the profession.

That’s why I encourage Executive Directors and fundraising staff to attend a social and networking event hosted by the Big Bend Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professional (AFP) on Wednesday Feb. 23 from 4  to 7 p.m. at the Over/Under bar in Midtown.

Thank you to these fundraising professionals who are serving on the 2022 AFP board: President, Stephanie Schwartz, Big Bend Cares; Vice President: Holly Bernardo, Big Bend Homeless Coalition; Treasurer: Collette Podgorski, FSU Foundation; Secretary: Takila Brooks, Children’s Home Society; Member at Large: Leonard Parkhurst, Salvation Army; Education Chair: Nicole Ballas, Elder Care Services; and Communications/Membership Chair: Daniel Pooler, FSU Foundation. More information is available at facebook.com/afpbigbend.

The AFP international fundraising conference is May 2 – 4 in Las Vegas. Early bird registration has been extended to February 24. Seven-time Olympic champion Allyson Felix will headline the list of keynotes speakers and over 100 workshops will be offered in all areas fundraising. This conference is a one-stop shop of information, innovation, and inspiration. Learn more at afpicon.com.

If Vegas is not in the cards this year, the Florida Caucus of AFP will be hosting its premiere fundraising conference June 5 – 7 at the Hilton in St. Petersburg Bayfront. The conference features educational tracks in all areas of fundraising, an exhibitor showcase of services and products to improve fundraising results, keynote speakers, and networking opportunities. This conference is always well done and ideal for fundraising staff, Executive Directors, and board members involved in the fundraising effort. Register or learn more at www.community.afpglobal/afpfl caucus

If you have a question you would like to see answered in this column, please send it to me at notesonnonprofits@gmail.com. The identity of the organization and/or people involved are always confidential and never shared in the column without your consent. 

Notes on Nonprofits is a column in the Tallahassee Democrat produced by Alyce Lee Stansbury, CFRE, President of Stansbury Consulting, and includes resources, responses to reader questions, guest columns, and timeless topics. This column first appeared on Sunday, February 20, 2022. Please send your comments and questions to notesonnonprofits@gmail.com.

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