|Posted on 4/28/2008 4:14:27 PM|
Author: Andrew Lynn
A recent survey of Make a Difference Michiana partnering agencies asked respondents about the greatest needs of the Michiana non-profit sector. One need stood out among all others:
75% of non-profit respondents saw a great need for more partnerships between the non-profit and for-profit sectors.
It's obvious that non-profits can really reap the benefits of strong partnerships by being empowered with more resources, volunteers, financial support, or in-kind services. The partnership isn't at all a one-way relationship, however: now studies are showing that employers who offer such partnerships may have a leg up on recruiting new employees entering the workforce. It's a partnership that benefits both sides in serving their community.
We'll be highlighting some of the great business/non-profit partnerships in Michiana at the 2008 Philanthropy Summit on May 6th. Make a Difference Michiana will be recognizing three outstanding businesses for their partnerships with local non-profits by awarding them a 2008 Good Corporate Citizen Award. You can register for the event on this page.
If you're a business interested in helping out a Michiana non-profit, we invite you to attend on May 6th. There will be a non-profit expo with many local organizations present, and the luncheon will also provide networking opportunities to build new relationships with non-profits. Our speaker, Laura Eilts from Deloitte, will be highlighting Deloitte's success in creating skill-based volunteer opportunities for their employees. After the speaker we'll be hearing from local business leaders about local philanthropic practices in a panel discussion on making a difference locally.
If you aren't able to attend, you can find out plenty of information about potential non-profit partners on this site. You might want to go to our I Need Help page to sort agencies by services provided. We can also assist you in donating used furniture or office equipment to multiple agencies.
Finally, Make a Difference Michiana would like to recognize the businesses that have partnered with them to make the Philanthropy Summit possible. You can view them on this page.