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Area nonprofits learn about financial reporting

November 30, 2008

Nearly 20 local nonprofit agencies filled the multipurpose room at the Red Cross building for "The Times They Are a Changin'" workshop sponsored by Leadership Washington County.

In addition to learning about changes in the financial reporting arena for nonprofits at the local, state and federal level, participants were able to share their expertise with other nonprofit agencies in an exercise called "Dear Abby," which is a drill akin to "speed dating."

"In adult training environments, participants typically bring a strong desire to enrich their work situations. This is often satisfied by being in community with one another and will be accomplished through numerous opportunities to share learning experiences," said Julie Gaver, professional speaker and corporate trainer.

Tips and tricks for keeping board members active and engaged were also given to the group. Participating organizations also competed in a customized "Jeopardy!" game with categories such as fundraising, basic boardsmanship, governance, finances and accountability. The Humane Society of Washington County won the contest and Food Resources came in second.

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Other speakers included Mary Ellen Waltemire of the Maryland Cooperative Extension, Terri Baker, Development Coordinator Office of System Development for Washington County Public Schools, and Randy Rachor of Albright Crumbacker Moul & Itell.

Based on feedback from participants, future workshops will focus on fundraising and public relations for nonprofit organizations.

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