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Conference aims to help nonprofits operate effectively and efficiently in lean economy

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September 20, 2012

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At a time when the economy is forcing nonprofits to make difficult decisions about services and operations, and community needs are at an all-time high, nonprofits are continually being asked to do more with less.

The SAVI Community Information System, a program of The Polis Center in the School of Liberal Arts at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, is partnering with the Indiana Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives to co-host a conference to help nonprofit organizations do their jobs more effectively and efficiently with fewer resources.

The 2012 Indiana Governor’s Conference on Service and Nonprofit Capacity Building will take place Oct. 2 at the Marten House, 1801 W. 86th St., in Indianapolis.

Conference registration closes Sept. 21; the cost is $135. For additional information and to register, visit www.savi.org/conference.

In addition to helping nonprofit organizations work more effectively, the conference will give nonprofits the opportunity to learn new strategies and network with potential collaborators.

“With nearly 55,000 nonprofits in Indiana, we can increase the collective impact of these organizations on our communities by bringing them together for dialogue and by building their capacity to think more strategically about the services and programs they offer,” says Sharon Kandris, director of the SAVI Community Information System.

More than 14 workshops throughout the day will teach strategies such as using social media for marketing and fundraising, mobilizing a volunteer force, and using data to better target services to meet the most pressing community need.

The conference is geared toward faculty, staff and students in nonprofit and social service fields and those who work with or for a nonprofit organization and are involved in the decision-making, planning, funding or implementation of programs or services.

A conference blog provides useful strategies from many of the workshop presenters.