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Friday, March 4 at Bethel Woods Center for the Arts

January 31, 2011

LIBERTY – Four local not-for-profit agencies are announcing the first Sullivan Not-for-Profit Summit to promote collaboration among not-for-profit agencies of all sizes.  It will be held on Friday, March 4 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Bethel Woods Center for the Arts in Bethel.  The summit aims to bring together senior leaders and board of directors from as many Sullivan County not-for-profit agencies as possible to discuss collaborative opportunities, shared services, as well as trends in local and regional collaboration.

Jonathan Rouis, Chairman of the Sullivan County Legislature, joined in making the announcement, “This summit has been a goal of mine since early 2009, and I am excited to join these local agencies to provide a forum for sharing ideas, resources and services.”

Amanda Speer, Family and Youth Development Team Coordinator for Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE) in Sullivan County, chairs the event committee, and CCE will act as a clearinghouse for registrants.  “Sullivan County Cornell Cooperative Extension is extremely grateful for the opportunity to assist in bringing together the many people and organizations that do good work in this county.  By creating a supportive network of non-profit leaders we can all better understand one another’s missions and maximize our service to county residents,” Speer said. 

The event will feature two panel discussions: one will feature Sullivan County groups that have collaborated successfully with other groups, municipalities, etc. to share the secrets to their successes; and the other will feature regional experts speaking to the importance of big-picture collaborations, as well as emerging trends in the region.

Darlene Fedun, CEO of Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, said, “Nonprofit organizations are significant contributors to the economic and social well being in communities.  Bethel Woods, as a cultural center, believes in the power of collaborative efforts.  Together we can achieve economies of scale, promotional/marketing ties, audience development opportunities and expansion of programs while boosting our individual identities, reach and impact.”

“Our local not-for-profit agencies have been hard-hit during this recession, and our hope is that this summit will allow us all to really consider our individual missions and shared goals, to find commonality and new partners.  Any way we can help our colleagues while also expanding our ability to serve Sullivan County youth is a win-win for us!” said Alexis Eggleton, Executive Director for the Town of Wallkill Boys & Girls Clubs, which serves Monticello, Fallsburg and Liberty.

Kathy Kreiter, Agency Director for the Dispute Resolution Center of Sullivan County, said, “Seizing the opportunity to collaborate with other non-profits provides the potential to make our organizations stronger, better, and more responsive to the needs of those we exist to serve.”

For more information and to register for this event, contact Cornell Cooperative Extension of Sullivan County at 845-292-6180.  Registration is $20 per person and must be paid in advance.