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.
Mike Yawn teaches at Sam Houston State University. In the past few years, he has taught courses on Politics & Film, Public Policy, the Presidency, Media & Politics, Congress, Statistics, Research & Writing, Field Research, and Public Opinion.
He has published academic papers in the Journal of Politics, Political Behavior, Social Security Quarterly, Film & History, American Politics Review, and contributed a chapter to the textbook Politics and Film.
He also contributes columns, news analysis, and news stories to newspapers such as the Houston Chronicle, San Antonio Express News, Seattle Post-Intelligencer, Stamford Advocate, Greenwich Time, Huron Daily Tribune, Laredo Morning Times, Beaumont Enterprise, Connecticut Post, and Midland Reporter Telegram.
Yawn is also active in his local community, serving on the board of directors of the local YMCA and Friends of the Wynne. Previously, he served on the Huntsville's Promise and Stan Musial World Series Boards of Directors.
In 2007-2008, Yawn was one of eight scholars across the nation named as a Carnegie Civic Engagement Scholar by the Carnegie Foundation.
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