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Tri-Valley forum to support nonprofit groups

Event to address overcoming the 'overhead barrier'

A special forum given by the Tri-Valley Nonprofit Alliance (TVNPA) will address a problem encountered by nonprofit groups: resistance from donors to having their contributions go toward overhead.

Although overhead, including salaries and technology, is important for nonprofit groups to fulfill their missions, the groups hit a roadblock when seeking funds because donors typically prefer to fund programming. Fearing that donors will reject appeals for infrastructure funding, nonprofit groups might scale back expansion and sacrifice sustainability.

"Both nonprofits and donors need to evolve their mindsets about infrastructure," TVNPA chairman Steve Glavan said. "We are hoping for strong turnouts from both nonprofit stakeholders and donors so that we can help bring these two groups closer together."

The forum, "Sustainability with a Capital S -- The Case for Capacity Building," will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. next Thursday (March 14), at the Bankhead Theater, 2400 First St. in Livermore. It will feature three experts in nonprofit sustainability: Jeanne Bell, Kate Seely and Kate Wilkinson.

"Sustainability with a Capital 'S' is designed to make nonprofit leadership more comfortable about making the case for infrastructure, and to make donors more appreciative of the critical role that overhead plays," Glavan said.

The event will conclude with a Q&A. The $50 admission charge is discounted 50% for TVNPA members. Register at www.tvnpa.org.

TVNPA was founded in 2014 to offer nonprofit professionals and volunteers opportunities to network, learn, share best practices and collaborate. It has monthly seminars in which industry experts address topics of interest to the nonprofit sector.

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