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Survival & Success Workshop on April 22 Examines Ideas to Help Non-Profit Groups


SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ – Is your non-profit group struggling to stay afloat in the current economic climate? Does your organization need to reassess what is working and not working? These questions and many others will be discussed at a workshop sponsored by the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders on Wednesday, April 22nd. The program, coordinated by the Office of Cultural and Heritage Affairs in the Union County Department of Parks and Community Renewal, runs from 6:30 to 9:15 p.m. at the Jewish Community Center, located at 1391 South Martine Avenue in Scotch Plains.

“This is an excellent opportunity for organizations to gain valuable insights and survival strategies during the economic downturn,” said Freeholder Chairman Alexander Mirabella.
“In turn, all of our communities benefit from the financial health of local non-profit groups.”

The workshop will be led by Les Loysen, president of Consulting Services for Non-Profit Organizations, who specializes in fund-raising and board development and has many years of experience serving the non-profit community. An adjunct faculty member of Seton Hall University’s Graduate Center for Public Service, he holds a Master’s Degree in fund-raising management from the New School for Social Research.

“We should view the current economic climate as an opportunity to strengthen our organizations by becoming lean, mean machines; adding more tools to our toolboxes and reviving our commitment to our missions,” said Mr. Loysen.

Board presidents, board members, executive directors, staff and volunteers of arts, cultural, history and service organizations are invited to attend the workshop, which is funded in part by the Board of Chosen Freeholders; the New Jersey State Council on the Arts in the Department of State, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts; and the New Jersey Historical Commission, a Division of the Department of State.

Pre-registration is required by April 17. The registration form and fee of $10.00 should be sent to the Union County Office of Cultural and Heritage Affairs, 633 Pearl Street, Elizabeth NJ 07202. Make checks payable to the County of Union.

To receive a registration form or to learn about other programs, services and volunteer opportunities, contact the Office at 908-558-2550 or e-mail: NJ Relay users
dial 711.