“From Mission to Changing Lives” to be Theme of Event Sponsored by College’s Nonprofit Institute

MIDDLETOWN, N.Y. – Communities throughout the Hudson Valley have undergone numerous economic and cultural changes in recent years, forcing nonprofit organizations to react to those changes in order to maintain viability. SUNY Orange’s Institute for Nonprofit Leadership and Management will offer solutions to help nonprofits adapt to their evolving communities during the Institute’s Annual Conference, scheduled from 8:30 a.m. to Noon on Wednesday, March 26.

“From Mission to Changing Lives” will be the conference’s theme as leaders and volunteers from nonprofits throughout the Mid-Hudson Valley will gather at SUNY Orange’s Harriman Hall (Room 111). Seminars and workshops will be led by experts in the field of nonprofit management. In addition to refining outreach initiatives in the face of their changing communities, nonprofit professionals will also discuss how to define new roles for themselves, their units and their organizations.

Allison Fine, author of the award-winning book “Momentum: Igniting Social Change in the Connected Age” will serve as the keynote speaker. Her book received the 2007 McAdam Book Award as the most valuable nonprofit management book. All conference attendees will receive a complimentary copy of Fine’s book.

Workshop sessions will feature the following topics and presentors: “Building Your Organization’s Share of Mind & Heart: The Essence of Strategic Marketing” by John Bassler, president Know/Go NPD, LLC; and “Case Study: Exploring an Affiliation Between Family Empowerment Council, Inc., and Occupations, Inc.” by Amy Anderson Winchell, executive vice president and chief operating officer, Occupations, Inc., (and executive director of Family Empowerment Council, Inc.), James B. DeStafano, president and chief executive officer of Occupations, Inc., Graham Skea, chairperson of Family Empowerment Council’s Board of Directors, and Daniel B. Hulse, past chairperson of Occupations’ Board of Directors.

“Public Relations on a Shoestring: When to Say What to the Press” will be offered by Libby Post, president of Communications Services, while “Strategize Your Organization’s Future: Perform a Killer PEST Analysis” will be presented by Danette Shepard, of D.R. Shepard Consulting Services, LLC, and Deborah Hansen, director of programs, Girl Scouts Heart of the Hudson.

To register for the event, contact the Institute for Nonprofit Leadership and Management, at (845) 341-4890 or register online at The registration fee is $20 for institute members and $25 for non-members until March 5. After March 5, rates are $25 for members and $30 for non-members.

The Institute for Nonprofit Leadership and Management is coordinated by SUNY Orange’s Continuing and Professional Education (CAPE) division. CAPE provides training and professional development programs for businesses as well as individuals interested in upgrading their marketable skills. CAPE is one of the premier providers of business consulting, training and career advancement in Orange County.

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Mike Albright
Communications Officer
115 South Street
Middletown, NY 10940