Local business leaders lend advice to the community at nonprofit event

By Louis La Plante

How to market your not-for profit on the web, how to build your board of directors, and exploring legal issues for nonprofits-these are a few of the topics local business professionals will share and discuss at the 2008 Evansville Nonprofit Conference on March 13 at the Southern Indiana Career and Technical Center.

The Vanderburgh Community Foundation, a local grant-making organization, and the Evansville Area Fundraising Council, a Southwest Indiana forum of charitable giving, are planning the conference, which will feature with two keynote speakers, Timothy L. Seiler and Leonard Moisan. The event runs from 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

"We are fortunate to live in a community where for-profit and nonprofit organizations are willing to partner with the common goal of making this a better community in which to live," Barbara Dicken, the director of the Vanderburgh Community Foundation, said in a statement to the community about the daylong event.

Seiler, the director of The Fund Raising School at the Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University, will kick off the first session at 9:40 a.m., discussing how to communicate effectively to potential donors.

Moisan-founder and president of The Covenant Group, a Louisville-based fundraising, marketing, business, and leadership development firm-will discuss how to build capital campaigns and annual funds. Moisan has helped to raise more than $1 billion for nonprofits in 30 years.

More than a dozen local business leaders will speak throughout the day, including Kristen Tucker, editor and publisher of Evansville Living magazine.

Jon Ruthenburg, principal of Gray Loon Marketing Group, Inc., will show how to market your nonprofit on the Web. Scott Wylie-attorney; co-owner of East Side restaurant, Firefly Southern Grill; and a national speaker on poverty law-will discuss important legal issues for nonprofits.

For more information or to obtain a registration form, visit www.evansvillefundraising.net. The registration fee is $40. Space is limited to 175 people but is currently still available.