The Nonprofit Center of North Central Florida, in partnership with the University of Florida Department of Family, Youth and Community Sciences, held the second annual Nonprofit Summit at the UF Hilton Conference Center on May 24.
The event featured a mix of 20 for-profit and nonprofit exhibitors, such as FloridaWorks and BBVA Compass Bank. Keynote presenters Jeremy Gregg and Tracy D. Connors spoke about how to properly present a pitch to the community, what makes nonprofits work and how to meet their needs. Several breakout sessions covered topics like planned giving for small nonprofits and governance and board development.
More than 100 nonprofit organizations were represented by 171 attendees, which included 30 students from the University of Florida and Santa Fe College, according to Nonprofit Center co-founder Christopher Johnson. Co-founder Kari Brill said that one of the main goals of this year’s summit was to reach out to the student population.
Brill said that 10 percent of employment in the United States comes from nonprofit organizations, and they are the third largest employer group in the state of Florida. The idea behind the Nonprofit Center is to help nonprofits develop a business plan and a strategy for success.
“We’re helping give these organizations the tools they need to succeed,” she said. “With continuing budget cuts, they need to be able to provide more service with fewer resources.”
Attendee Sarah Catalanotto of the Suwannee River Area Health Education Center was impressed by the summit and its turnout.
“The speakers from outside our area help us get an idea of what else is out there,” she said.
Allan J. Moynihan of Conservation Burial Inc. said that the benefits of the summit are tremendous. “To be able to learn from the experience of successful organizations is a great opportunity,” he said.