Panel: 10 Misconceptions about starting your own nonprofit

10 Misconceptions About Starting Your Own Nonprofit

A Roundtable Discussion

Tuesday, February 25, 2014 11:30 am

Free. Pre-registration required.REGISTER HERE >

Whether you’re an activist hoping to effect change in your neighborhood or a business professional trying to meet the needs of your community, starting a nonprofit organization is one of the best ways to advance your cause. But due to a handful of common mistakes, most fledgling nonprofit organizations fail to make it off the ground.

Spertus Institute presents an online roundtable discussion (hosted via Google Hangouts) that will help you escape needless pitfalls and make your nonprofit start-up stand out.

Hear our expert panel of professionals, innovators, and educators as they share their strategies for turning your nonprofit dream into reality. The panel will also address questions from participants.

To participate, you’ll also need a free Google account.
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Brenda Palms Barber

Brenda Palms Barber is Executive Director of Sweet Beginnings, an organization that offers jobs for formerly incarcerated individuals through production of products using honey from its urban apiary. In 2012, Brenda spoke before a U.S. congressional committee about how Sweet Beginnings’ workers, who have a recidivism rate of 4% compared to a national average of 65%, can serve as a model. Under her leadership, the organization has received awards including a MacArthur Foundation Award for Creative and Effective Institutions. She is a graduate of the Spertus Masters of Science in Nonprofit Management program.

Dr. Karin Baird

Karin Baird is Acting Director of the Spertus Master of Science in Nonprofit Management program. She has been teaching and advising nonprofit professionals at Spertus Institute for more than a dozen years. Under her guidance, hundreds of graduates have gone on to start their own nonprofit organizations. Karin also runs Spertus Institute’s Grantwriting Certificate Workshop, a one-day intensive course that equips participants with professional grantwriting techniques.

Bruce Crane

Bruce Crane is an advocate for bringing business savvy to the nonprofit community. After a college career spent volunteering with blood drives, recycling programs, and student activities, he joined his family’s business, Crane Carton Company. He helped grow the business fourfold, becoming Chief Operating Officer after just 12 years. In 2000, Bruce sold the business. Today he serves on the board of StreetWise, where he stepped in as Executive Director and helped save the organization, as well as on the boards of a range of other nonprofits.