The LEAP Center recently hosted a non-profit roundtable with representatives from eleven local non-profits. The event featured Nancy Bocskor, who has vast experience working with fundraising and leading non-profits.
The roundtable included staff or board members from the HEARTS Veterans Museum, the Boys & Girls Club, the YMCA, the Good Shepherd Mission, the SAAFE House, the Rita B. Huff Humane Society, the Hospitality House, the Wynne Home Arts Center, the Huntsville Public Library, the Senior Center, and the Pregnancy Care Center.
The directors discussed the major issues facing non-profits in this community, including:
- Limited resources, particularly funds
- The challenge of working with volunteers
- How to construct a community board of directors
- Working within a limited media market
Bocskor helped facilitate possible solutions, and the directors discussed their own strategies. Particularly useful were discussions of new technologies such as mobile payment processing systems (e.g., Square) to help people encourage to give on the spot.
Perhaps most important, the event brought people together, with a promise to meet again over the summer.