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Wednesday, March 7 at Bethel Woods Center for the Arts

February 15, 2012

BETHEL – The 2012 Sullivan Nonprofit Summit will take place on Wednesday, March 7 at Bethel Woods Center for the Arts.

This year’s summit will continue its focus on fostering leadership and collaboration among the region’s rural nonprofits to generate greater impact and support.  It will also acknowledge innovative ideas that have produced practical results, and can be used as a model by other nonprofits in the region and beyond. 

Educational sessions will include: “Building a Strong, Successful Board,” “Role of Nonprofits in Revitalizing the Region,” “Pursuing Government Grants” and a panel discussion with regional professionals.  Nonprofit representatives will learn what is really working for nonprofits in the region and for the communities they serve.  Speakers will also share stories and models of successful collaborative efforts among rural nonprofits and communities.

“Bethel Woods Center for the Arts is pleased to host for the second time the Sullivan Nonprofit Summit,” said summit host and Bethel Woods CEO Darlene Fedun, “As a nonprofit we take seriously our role as a cultural and civic center, where we celebrate the arts and their essential role in creating vibrant and engaged communities.  The summit is an example of our continuing commitment to serve as community convener and catalyst for innovative ways to inspire citizenship and re-vitalize our region.”

The featured lunchtime keynote speaker is Doug Bauer of the Clark Foundation, which helps individuals lead independent and productive lives, and supports nonprofits and programs in New York City and Cooperstown, NY.  In addition to the Clark Foundation, Bauer is also executive director of the Scriven and Fernleigh Foundations.  He serves on boards or committees for Children’s Health Fund, The Melalucca Foundation and Philanthropy New York (formerly NYRAG).  

Bauer’s on philanthropy have been featured in the Associated PressThe Chronicle of PhilanthropyContribute, The Financial Times, The Los Angeles TimesThe New York Post, The Wall Street Journal and on NPR and CNBC.  He has co-authored, with Steven Godeke, Philanthropy’s New Passing Gear: Mission Related Investing, A Policy and Implementation Guide for Foundation Trustees.  

The afternoon of the summit will focus on breakout sessions designed to give nonprofits in similar fields the opportunity to meet and develop potential projects for collaboration, and will also include the announcement of the Sullivan Regional Innovation Award by Darlene Fedun.

“Through the annual Sullivan Nonprofit Summit we aim to highlight and address in innovative ways the special challenges our regional nonprofits face compared to their metropolitan counterparts,” said summit steering co-chair Linda C. Hartley of Bethel Woods Center for the Arts and Hartley Consulting, Inc., “Studies show, for example, that while poverty is more common in rural than in urban areas, large foundations awarding more than $4 million per year gave only $530 million to rural nonprofits in 2009, or 1% of out of the $46 billion awarded by all foundations.  By joining forces on creative programs, advocacy and support we can more effectively serve the people and communities of our region.” 

Summit steering committee co-chair Amanda Langseder from Cornell Cooperative Extension of Sullivan County said, “The summit is itself, a great example of the power of nonprofit collaboration.  Committee members representing nearly a dozen organizations have pulled together to make this year’s summit a surefire success.  The members of the committee meet regularly, giving of their precious time and resources.  This year’s event will be a comprehensive day of professional development, leadership training, networking and encouraging messages to all who take pride in working for a nonprofit organization.”

This year’s summit steering committee includes:

  • Tracy Carluccio, Delaware Riverkeeper Network
  • Susan Diamond, SullivanArc
  • Alexis L. Eggleton, Town of Wallkill Boys and Girls Clubs, Inc.
  • Darlene Fedun, Bethel Woods Center for the Arts (summit host)
  • Kristin Geeslin
  • Linda C. Hartley, Hartley Consulting, Inc. (co-chair)
  • Maria Ingrassia, SUNY Sullivan
  • Kathy Krieter
  • Amanda Langseder, Cornell Cooperative Extension (co-chair)
  • Ann K. Manby, Catskill Art Society
  • Christine Maraia, Orange Regional Medical Center   
  • Karen Van Houten Minogue, Community Foundation of Orange and Sullivan
  • Laura A. Quigley, Workforce Development
  • Jonathan Rouis, Sullivan County Legislator
  • Whitney Schlott, Bethel Woods Center for the Arts
  • Kaytee Warren, Chief Professional Officer, United Way of Sullivan County

The summit event sponsors are Catskill Hudson Bank, the Community Foundation of Orange & Sullivan, Jeff Bank and SUNY Sullivan.

For more information or to sponsor the March 7th Sullivan Nonprofit Summit, contact Amanda Langseder at Cornell Cooperative Extension of Sullivan County at 845-292-6180,  To register for the Summit please contact Cindy Nivenat 845-292-6180,