Community Foundation & MD Nonprofits Collaboration Workshop

The Community Foundation of the Eastern Shore (CFES) will host an interactive workshop to assist local nonprofit organizations in creating multi-sector collaboration to promote positive social change to address a variety of issues facing communities on Maryland’s Lower Eastern Shore.

Maryland Nonprofit experts will conduct an intensive and inspirational workshop on Thursday, October 13, from 9 a.m. to 12 noon at the Community Foundation’s offices at 1324 Belmont Avenue in Salisbury. Proven methods of nonprofit collaboration will be addressed on issues such as economic security, health and education disparities, the environment and several other challenges that go well beyond the capacity of any individual organization to solve.

“Participants in this workshop will gain a deeper appreciation of the potential for collaboration between nonprofits, the private sector and public agencies to solve complex community problems,” said Erica Joseph, CFES President. “This often requires mindset shifts and cultural changes to build the basis for a successful collaborative effort. The workshop will focus on the potential for collective impact in our communities,” Joseph said.

Maryland Nonprofits, a statewide organization, is providing two experts in the field for this workshop. Lois Mikkila, founder and principal of LKM Consulting, is the former director of the Howard County Department of Citizen Services, generally considered the “human service arm” of county government. Lois has extensive experience in overseeing services for children and families, older adults, people with disabilities, and consumers. She has developed a broad perspective of human service needs and how they are inter-related.

The second presenter is Jane O’Leary, who has over 40 years of non-profit human service experience from the front line to the executive level. She recently served as executive director of Bridges to Housing Stability, a housing and homeless services agency in Howard County. Most of her work has been in organizations addressing poverty and homelessness. Jane is a licensed macro social worker and a licensed Standards of Excellence consultant.

Anyone from the nonprofit sector from Maryland’s Lower Eastern Shore wishing to attend the workshop should register online by visiting www.cfes.org or by calling 410-742-9911.

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