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Is your organization looking for more volunteers? More donors? Looking for new ways to involve your community? Want to connect with other nonprofit people from around northern Lower Michigan? If you answered yes to any of these, we have an opportunity for you.
The Northern Michigan History Consortium is pleased to announce a special one-day conference, “Community Engagement in the Tip of the Mitt,” on Saturday, April 25, 2015. The day’s events will run from 10 am to 3:30 pm and will take place at the Harbor Springs Area Historical Society located at 349 E. Main Street in downtown Harbor Springs. The conference is designed for people affiliated with nonprofit history or cultural organizations including paid staff members, volunteers or board members. At the same time, the conference is open to the general public and anyone interested in better connecting with their communities, whether they represent history, the arts, literature or education. The day’s activities include a panel presentation, roundtable topics, networking opportunities and two guest speakers: Wendy Steele and Andrea Morgan.
Wendy Steele will start the conference with a keynote address focusing on generosity. Steele, a Traverse City resident and philanthropist, is the founder of Impact 100, a pass-through foundation created in Cincinnati, Ohio, and since replicated across the country and around the world. Impact 100 makes transformational grants in the communities it serves. Steele is also a noted speaker building a culture of generosity and was featured in a recent TEDx talk, “The Impact of Generosity.”
Our second guest speaker is Andrea Morgan from the Grand Rapids Art Museum. Morgan is the museum’s Docent and Group Tours Senior Coordinator and will be sharing her insights in creating dynamic volunteer programs.
The Northern Michigan History Consortium is a grassroots network of history and cultural organizations throughout the eight northernmost counties in Michigan’s Lower Peninsula. The consortium formed in the fall of 2009 and continues to meet several times a year. To expand the work they do within the consortium group, the one-day conference has been designed to benefit staff, board members, and volunteers representing history and cultural organizations from across the tip of the mitt. In addition to the conference’s guest speakers, consortium members will join in a panel discussion on successful community engagement efforts from education programs and fundraising appeals to collaborative community projects.
Conference attendees are also encouraged to stay after the formal activities have finished to participate in a free historical walking tour and to continue the conversation over a casual group dinner at Stafford’s Pier (attendees will be responsible for paying for their own food and beverage).
Advance registration for the conference is required and the cost is $20 per person (this includes lunch). Additional conference information and registration forms are available on the consortium’s website: www.northernmichiganhistory.net. To register by phone, please call the Harbor Springs Area Historical Society at (231) 526-9771.
This conference is supported in part by the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs and NorthSky Nonprofit Network.