Thursday, June 18, 2009

An important local learning opportunity

As you undoubtedly know from previous posts, one of my most cherished volunteer responsibilities is coordination of the annual Snowy Range Nonprofit Institute, held every August in Laramie. I'm putting on my SRNI hat this morning, long enough to share the details of this year's event with readers of this blog. Please join us at the Hilton Aug. 2-4 for what promises to be a rich opportunity to explore the ways in which our local nonprofits help to sustain and transform our community. Here's the release:

Articulating and building the nonprofit sector’s contributions and leadership in transforming Wyoming’s rural communities is the focus of the 8th annual Snowy Range Nonprofit Institute (SRNI), set for Aug. 2-4 at the Hilton Garden Inn in Laramie.

SRNI’s 2009 theme is “The Nonprofit Sector in Context: Creative Approaches to Changing Lives and Transforming Communities.” Concurrent sessions will be offered in two tracks: “Lives in Context,” focusing on individual impacts on nonprofit clients, staff and volunteers; and “Communities in Context,” exploring impacts on and by the nonprofit organization.

Cornelia Butler Flora, Charles F. Curtiss Distinguished Professor of Sociology and Agriculture and Life Sciences at Iowa State University, will present the institute keynote. Following that session, Dr. Flora will lead an all-institute workshop designed to help participants explore and articulate the unique ways in which their organizations contribute to community capitals.
More information on Dr. Flora is available here. A good, general description of the Community Capitals Framework, the topic she'll be exploring, can be found here.

Among the concurrent session topics are: “The Nonprofit Sector in Energy-Impacted Communities,” “Understanding Change in Your Organization,” “Broad-Based Volunteer Recruitment,” and “Wyoming’s Nonprofit Economy.”

Two post-institute practicum sessions will offer participants an additional opportunity for hands-on, in-depth learning: “Managing Finances: A Guide to the Basics” and “Web 2.0: Utilizing Social Networks.”

Online registration for SRNI 2009 is here. A downloadable copy of the 2009 SRNI brochure is available here. A downloadable copy of the 2009 agenda is here.

SRNI is a project of the UW Cooperative Extension Service Community Development Education Initiative Team . ServeWyoming is SRNI’s presenting partner.

The Regis University Master of Nonprofit Management Program is this year’s opening conversation sponsor. The Parkman Family Foundation has provided a limited number of full-registration sponsorships to first-time attendees, made available on a first-registered, first-served basis.

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