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January Member Event

Most of us in the non-profit industry would agree that it would be difficult, perhaps even impossible, to achieve our missions without volunteers. This is particularly accurate for nonprofits with tight budgets and limited manpower. Recruiting volunteers is a challenge itself, but keeping volunteers engaged over a period of time can seem like an even more difficult task.

This month, we invited Tina Dohogne-Nations, Executive Director of RSVP VIC (Retired Senior Volunteer Program, Volunteer Intergenerational Center) to discuss tips and strategies for engaging volunteers in your cause. Do you have success in keeping volunteers engaged? Be prepared to share your experiences too!

Join us for our first Member Event of 2017, January 19th, 11:30 am – 1pm at the Cape Girardeau Public Library.

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2016: A Year in Review

The Southeast Council on Philanthropy (SECOP) was formed in 1998 with a mission of advancing philanthropy in our community through education, training, and networking, specifically for the non-profit organizations in the region. As we wrap this year up, we also take the time to reflect on all that we have done in 2016 as we continued to advance our mission. 

Topics this year ranged from Tips for Time Management to Giving Tuesday Strategies, facilitated by a host of professionals in the field. There were several roundtable events that gave members an opportunity to brainstorm and ask questions of the larger group. There were active discussions on Non-Profit Accounting and Event Planning where members were able to learn from other’s successes and aid others in overcoming challenges. This year’s Spring Conference was well attended, having focused on fundraising strategies. Sessions included Planning Giving, Signature Events, Event Enhancers, and Annual Campaigns.

If you do not connect with others, influence is out of the question.
John C. Maxwell, Everyone Communicates, Few Connect

An important part of SECOP is the networking that occurs at every event. These are opportunities for leaders within the non-profit industry to connect with one another, to lean on each other, and to strengthen the community by strengthening each other. There is little success in trying to “go it alone” in this industry!

Behind the scenes, the SECOP Board has been working with Element 74 to launch its brand new website-creating another opportunity to connect, not only with one another, but with the entire community. We look forward to the growth of our membership, as well as the growth of our members, as we welcome the New Year. Happy 2017!

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