Passion, Inclusion, Teamwork and Best Practice Shape the Annual Princeton Community Works Conference for Nonprofits
For Immediate Release
Media Contact: Patty Murray 732-322-9392
PCW Contact: Marge Smith 609-213-5673
December 17, 2018 – Princeton, NJ – Nearly 500 people from the nonprofit community in New Jersey, Pennsylvania and New York will come together on Monday, January 28, 2019, to make important connections, learn best practices and advance their causes at the Annual Princeton Community Works Conference. The event will take place on Princeton University, at the Frist Campus Center, from 5 pm to 9:15 pm.
“Everyone is welcome. We are passionate about inclusion, diversity and bringing people together who are dedicated to making a difference in the world,” says Marge Smith, who started Princeton Community Works with that mission more than 20 years ago. The event attracts a range of attendees including volunteers, staff, board members, novices, seasoned professionals and nonprofit leaders.
The price of the event is $35 before December 21, $40 through January 21st, the last day for registration. Scholarships also are available. The conference includes networking activities, an inspirational keynote address, boxed dinner and choice of two workshops from 20+ topics. According to Smith, PCW is able to keep the price affordable because of the support of Princeton University and the help of 100 dedicated PCW volunteers. Everyone connected with the event – from the planning committee and event-night volunteers to the expert speakers – all donate their time.
2019 Princeton Community Works Theme & Keynote Speaker
Moving Forward Together is the theme of the 2019 Princeton Community Works Conference. Delivering an inspirational keynote address to launch the conference is someone who uniquely understands the importance of teamwork and collaboration – two-time Olympian, and gold medalist World Champion in rowing – Kevin M. Cotter. As Senior Associate Director of Development at Princeton University, where he graduated in 1996, Cotter also understands the philanthropic world and will provide strategic insights that could be implemented by nonprofits of all sizes to better achieve their goals. In addition, Cotter will share lessons learned from his experience leading the Young Alumni Annual Giving effort since 1997. During the past 15 years, Princeton’s youngest classes have had the highest participation rate of any university in the country.
2019 Princeton Community Works’ Workshop Sessions
The 2019 workshop sessions cover a range of topics that are important to nonprofits. They include: volunteer recruitment and retention, board building cycle, board governance, effective leadership, fundraising success, understanding the grantor’s perspective, understanding donor expectations, metrics and measuring success, budgeting, strategic planning, branding, implementing new tax laws, legal considerations, social media for savvy users, teambuilding, youth volunteers, and more.
According to Smith, “Every aspect of the evening is designed to inform and inspire. People leave with new skills, valuable connections and beaming with exhilaration. It’s a phenomenal evening with amazing people.”
Full workshop descriptions, speaker biographies and the online registration page can be found at the conference page of our site.
Reviews from the 2018 PCW Conference
- Most valuable four hours I spent this year!
- The professionalism of the workshop leaders was impressive.
- I can put what I learned to use immediately.
- Seeing all these people doing such great things was exhilarating.
- It was great to see so many people with similar issues. I don’t feel so alone.
- The contacts I made were worth the price of admission.