Agency Partner Opportunities in November and December

Just a few reminders for our Agency Partners about events and deadlines coming over the next few weeks, courtesy of Director of Nonprofit Services Bridget Dierks.

Advocacy for your Nonprofit Event November 13th

We still have seats available for our next quarterly educational program.

Though many nonprofit organizations have very little time or resources to pursue advocacy efforts, Nonprofit Missouri encourages us to better understand the legislative process in Missouri so that we may be the most effective in our efforts to advocate for our organizations. This educational program will cover a number of helpful topics throughout the morning.

• Board Member and Volunteer Roles in the Advocacy Process

• Understanding the Missouri Legislative Process

• The Art of Advocacy, Learning from an Expert

We will then enjoy lunch with a panel of Missouri legislators, who will share their own perspectives on effective advocacy. This is a great day, and CFO is covering the cost of the event so that our agency partners may attend for free.

Event: Advocating for Your Nonprofit
Date: Wednesday, Nov. 13
Time: 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m. (lunch included)
Location: Community Foundation of the Ozarks (425 E Trafficway, Springfield)
Cost: Free to CFO Agency Partners

Please contact Bridget if you have any questions about this exciting event. Please RSVP to ensure we have a correct lunch count.

Free Blake Mycoski Tickets Available

The Community Foundation of the Ozarks will help sponsor an upcoming event at Missouri State University. Blake Mycoski, founder of Tom’s Shoes, will speak on Nov. 11 at JQH Arena at 7 p.m. about his journey to his philanthropic business model.

Here is a bit from his bio:

Blake Mycoskie is the Founder and Chief Shoe Giver of TOMS, and the person behind the idea of One for One, which has turned into a global movement. TOMS has given over two million pairs of new shoes to children in need since it began in 2006. The company also recently expanded its unique business model to include TOMS Eyewear, helping to save and restore sight for those in need.

TOMS humble beginnings happened unintentionally. While traveling in Argentina in 2006, Blake witnessed the hardships faced by children growing up without shoes. His solution to the problem was simple, yet revolutionary: to create a for-profit business that was sustainable and not reliant on donations. Blake’s vision soon turned into the simple business idea that provided the powerful foundation for TOMS.

CFO has free tickets available. Just give me a call or come by later this week to pick up tickets for yourself and your colleagues.

Millennial Giving Presentation Dec. 10

As our organizations look to the future, we must consider the needs and philanthropic preferences of the Millennial generation (those in the 20-35 year age range). Millennial giving will significantly impact the future of our organizations, and these young adults will not be giving in the same way their grandparents gave. This program will focus on millennial giving trends both locally as well as nationally and will include a panel of young philanthropists who will provide their perspective on the future of giving

CFO recently hosted the Springfield Chamber of Commerce’s The Network, a collection of young professionals in our community, and spent time working with these young people to better understand Millennial giving. We have taken data from that event and combined this information with national trends. Please join us for a helpful two hour session focused on this important topic.

This event was originally scheduled for June 2014, but we are too excited about the findings to wait that long to share them. Scoot this up on your calendar and RSVP now.

Event: Understanding Millennial Giving
Date: Tuesday, Dec. 10
Time: 2 – 4 p.m.
Location: Community Foundation of the Ozarks (425 E Trafficway, Springfield)
Cost: Free to CFO Agency Partners