7th Annual Impact Forum Examines the State of the Nonprofit Sector

NetworkPeninsula will hold its 7th Annual Impact Forum on Thursday, December 6 at the William & Mary School of Education, from 11:30 am - 1:30 pm. Titled "The State of the Nonprofit Sector Today and Challenges for Tomorrow," this year's forum will feature keynote speaker Dr. Lester M. Salamon, a pioneer in the study of the nonprofit sector; as well as the release of the inaugural report on the State of the Nonprofit Sector on the Peninsula, a joint effort undertaken by NetworkPeninsula and faculty from Christopher Newport University.

Lester M. Salamon, PhD is author of "The Resilient Sector Revisited: The New Challenge Facing Nonprofit America." He also serves as Director of the Johns Hopkins Center for Civil Society Studies, where he pioneered the empirical study of the nonprofit sector in the United States and across the globe. Dr. Salamon will share his insight into the future of the nonprofit sector, including challenges faced by continued decreases in traditional sources of funding.

This year's Forum will also feature the release of the first-ever Report on "The State of the Nonprofit Sector on the Peninsula," with data provided by 126 local nonprofits and collected in partnership with faculty and students from Christopher Newport University.

"We are excited about this year's Forum as we highlight the value of the nonprofit sector to our communities," said Karen Dutro, Executive Director. "NetworkPeninsula was founded on the principle that strong nonprofits are key to thriving communities. Between Dr. Salamon's insight into the future of the sector based on extensive research, and our inaugural report on the current state of the sector, this Forum promises to be one of our most valuable, not only for nonprofit leaders but also for business and community leaders who play an important role in the valuable work done by nonprofits," concluded Dutro.

Cost for this event is $35 and includes a catered lunch. The event will be held in the Matoaka Woods Room at the W&M School of Education, 301 Monticello Avenue, Williamsburg. To register: networkpeninsula.org/forum18.

Keynote and report presentations will be followed by roundtable discussions moderated by Terry Shannon, Executive Director of the Mason School of Business Executive Partner's Program at William & Mary.

NetworkPeninsula's Annual Impact Forums bring together nonprofit leaders, community leaders, and senior-level decision makers from the public and private sectors to discuss emerging issues in the region. Presentations and roundtable discussions serve to identify the impact of these issues in our work and throughout the community. In 2017, our Forum welcomed more than 115 participants representing nonprofits, businesses, higher educational institutions, civic and faith-based groups, and government leaders from across the Peninsula. The 2018 Forum is sponsored by Middle Peninsula Insurance Agency.

Founded in 2007, NetworkPeninsula believes that healthy nonprofits are the key to vibrant, connected, and healthier communities. We support the Peninsula and more than 280 nonprofits across the region by building organizational capacity, raising awareness, creating a collaborative environment, and connecting citizens and businesses to the nonprofits serving this community.

Our initiatives include continuing education, board training, networking events, promoting volunteer and job opportunities with our nonprofits, hosting an all-inclusive calendar of our member events, and brokering an exchange of donations between businesses and nonprofits. NetworkPeninsula is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization.

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