September 24 Forum Supports Stronger Nonprofits for a Stronger Chester, PA

Top Quote Nonprofit organizations that serve Chester, PA are invited to a 1/2 day forum on September 24 at Widener University to help develop the skills need to provide their services more efficiently. Registration and information now available at 215-951-1701. End Quote
  • Philadelphia, PA-NJ (1888PressRelease) July 30, 2013 - Nonprofits Invited to Forum on Serving the Needs of Chester City.

    Chester Mayor to open program that prepares local nonprofits to meet growing needs.

    Chester, PA, July 29, 2013-- In Chester, where the poverty level is almost three times higher than the rest of the state, nonprofit organizations face huge challenges to provide critical services to their clients. To help organizations that serve the city of Chester, The Nonprofit Center at La Salle University's School of Business and the Pennsylvania Association of Nonprofit Organizations (PANO) will present a 1/2 day program to help build essential skills to better enable Chester nonprofits to fulfill their missions.

    On Tuesday, September 24, Chester Mayor John A. Linder, will welcome executive directors, senior staff and board members from any nonprofit located in Chester as well as those who provide services to people in Chester, to a forum that teaches and reinforces critical skills that nonprofits need to operate effectively. The program is scheduled for 9:00am to 12:15pm (registration and continental breakfast start at 8:30) at the University Center at Widener University, One University Place, Chester.

    "Stronger Nonprofits for a Stronger Chester" is underwritten by The HBE Foundation whose trustee Bruce M. Brown said, "With 18,000 charities in the five county Southeastern PA region, including hundreds serving Chester, competition for philanthropic dollars is fierce. Demonstrating 'best practices' is an essential distinction for nonprofits who truly wish to survive, let alone thrive. PANO and The Nonprofit Center, preeminent nonprofit educational providers of current knowledge about the rapidly evolving nonprofit sector, are the best equipped to inform regarding operating skills and governance requirements," Brown said.

    Topics will include:
    • Building partnerships between nonprofits and businesses
    • Recruiting and managing volunteers
    • Fundraising practices that ensure compliance and good stewardship
    • Board accountability, risk management and legal roles

    Resource materials that reinforce the learning experience will be distributed in each session.
    Registration is now open online at . More information is available at 215-951-1701. There is a $10 administrative fee for each attendee and advance registration is mandatory. No one will be admitted at the door.

    Pennsylvania Association of Nonprofit Organizations, headquartered in Harrisburg, is the statewide membership organization serving and advancing the charitable nonprofit sector through leadership, advocacy, education and other services in order to improve the overall quality of life in Pennsylvania. PANO helps charities become more efficient and effective through collaboration, cooperation and the sharing of resources and information. Visit their website at

    The Nonprofit Center at La Salle University helps strengthen nonprofit organizations throughout the Greater Philadelphia region so they can better serve their constituents. Through educational programs, board development, training and consulting services and an information and referral network, the center's team of experts works with hundreds of organizations to enhance their ability to govern, manage and perform more effectively in a competitive environment. Founded in 1981, the Nonprofit Center is a program of the La Salle University School of Business Administration in Philadelphia. Visit their website at

    The HBE Foundation is a small local private family foundation with Chester roots tracing back to 1902-1906 Mayor Howard Hathaway Houston. The Houston family's Chester-based businesses included coal, steel and lumber. Foundation application guidelines are available by emailing: bmbrown9999 ( @ ) aol dot com dot

    Contact: Joan Mintz Ulmer, Nonprofit Center, 215-951-1710
    Britton Miller, PANO, 717-236-8584

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