Nonprofits find ways to survive despite tough economy


When times are tough, organizations that help those in need often find themselves in need. The Governor's Conference on Service and Nonprofit Capacity Building aims to help nonprofits find ways to survive and thrive despite the tough economy.

"What this Governor's conference enables us to do is meet with others who are making great change in their communes, share tips and tricks about what we can do better and also connect with new emerging leaders and give them some skills and tools that maybe they haven't accessed before," said Marc McAleavey with Public Allies of Indianapolis.

Pubic Allies partners young people with nonprofits for 10 month apprenticeships to help nonprofits build their resources and to help young people get into leadership roles.

He said monetary donations are down for many service organizations but there are signs of improvement when it comes to other types of donations.

"One of the great trends we've been observing is a great increase in civic engagement especially in Indianapolis, I can attest to that, people are really pulling up their sleeves and saying 'I want to get involved,'" McAleavey said.

Tuesday's Governor's Conference at The Marten House Hotel on West 86th features several sessions and speakers for the more than 300 participants. Chancellor of IUPUI Charles Bantz will speak at the luncheon portion. IUPUI is one of the sponsors of this year's event.

McAleavey said he hopes his group and all the groups attending walk away with the knowledge and confidence to better serve Hoosier communities, even in the face of adversity.

"There are a lot of issues and problems that need to be solve and what the Governor's Conference does is give people a platform to connect around those issues and really kind of think and innovate together," McAleavey said.

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