Nonprofits hear strategies for sustainability at park

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OLYMPIC NATIONAL PARK — More than 60 representatives of Clallam County nonprofits heard of strategies for increasing their sustainability during the first Alliance for Leadership Programs conference earlier this month.

Shannon Ellis, project director of CompassPoint Nonprofit Services, led the all-day session Oct. 5 on the campus of NatureBridge Olympic, formerly Olympic Park Institute, on Lake Crescent in Olympic National Park.

The large attendance was “indicative of strong community support for the work of nonprofit organizations,” she said, according to Bobbie Mantooth, a member of the Alliance for Leadership Programs planning committee.

Each participating group paid a $50 registration fee, which included two copies of the conference textbook, Nonprofit Sustainability: Making Strategic Decisions for Nonprofit Viability, by Jeanne Bell, Jan Masaoka and Steve Zimmerman.

Copies of the book have been donated to the Forks, Port Angeles and Sequim branches of the North Olympic Library System.

Most of the funds for the conference came from the Benjamin N. Phillips Memorial Fund. Other contributors were United Way of Clallam County, the Sequim Community Foundation and the Medina Foundation.

Claire Bishop, coordinator for the Phillips Fund, and other conference planners said they hope continuing education for nonprofits can be offered annually and that other activities might enable groups to share ideas and concerns more frequently.

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Last modified: October 15. 2012 5:52PM
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