N.H. nonprofits aid European groups


Board development, strategic planning and visioning, fund-raising and human resources issues will all be among the topics explored by a constituency of conservation organization leaders from Kosovo, Serbia, Slovakia, Bulgaria and Montenegro at a special workshop today in Concord. The workshop on nonprofit governance and leadership, to be held from noon to 3:30 p.m. at the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation offices in Concord, will feature Mary Ellen Jackson, executive director of the New Hampshire Center for Nonprofits, and members of her organization’s board. “One of the interesting aspects of this group is that the non-governmental organization sector of their countries is still very young,” said Stephanie Tuxill of the Quebec-Labrador Foundation Atlantic Center for the Environment. “With the exception of large NGOs established 10 to 30 years ago, many have a core group of volunteers who keep it going and a small membership base. People aren’t used to joining an organization like we do in the U.S.” Participants in the workshop are involved in nature conservation projects in their own countries and are all recipients of Fellowships for Land Conservation and Stewardship offered by QLF Atlantic Center for the Environment in Ipswich, Mass. According to Jean Guthrie, membership and communications director for NH Centers for Nonprofits, the five individuals taking part in the workshop will be able to return to their homelands with information regarding fund-raising, the establishment of partnerships among similar organizations and development of a substantial volunteer base in countries where a community service mandate often limits the number of people willing to volunteer for a common cause. - TRACIE STONE
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