On Friday, April 7, the Exton Region Chamber of Commerce held the second presentation in the series, “In the Know for NPO’s: Navigating the Political Landscape, sponsored by FastSigns and Immaculata University. Chris Tabakin of iHi International and the ERCC Non-profit council expertly moderated the panel of representatives from all levels of government. Congressman Ryan Costello, Representative Duane Milne, Commissioner Terence Farrell and Alex Rahn from Wanner Associates addressed numerous issues and suggestions for non-profits to effectively have their needs heard and addressed especially regarding policy and funding.
Two important takeaways from the event are:
1. Grants are decided at the county level and networking with the Commissioners is paramount. A handwritten letter with a heartfelt story that has data to back it up is huge. Stop by the office with a person impacted by the charity and get in front of a commissioner. This will be the most effective solution in starting a relationship with them. Attend events where they are to provide additional reinforcement for your charity. Finally, when applying for a grant, make the commissioners aware by dropping them a line to let them know you are applying.
2. Story-telling is important, and pairing the story with the fiscal side of funding your organization is also of critical importance. Show how the dollar goes a lot further with your organization than the potential cost of doing it the other way, i.e. providing services to a person to prevent costlier outcomes.
The Exton Region Chamber of Commerce is proud to support member non-profits with an Interactive Speaker Series that will help their organizations meet the needs of their mission. Special thanks to the members of the committee who bring us “In the Know for NPO’s”, John Durso of First Resource Bank, Chris Tabakin of iHi International, Jacqueline Motyl of Fox Rothschild and Jen Mack, Citadel FCU.
Don’t miss the next in the series. Save the Date and spread the word about the third in the series, “In the News” on Friday, July 14. Attached is the brochure for this event sponsored by the Cheshire Law Group and Immaculata University.