DC nonprofit communicators establish discussion series

WASHINGTON: Starting in October, communications directors for nonprofit organizations in the Washington, DC, area will have an informal forum in which to trade professional tips and solicit guidance in performing their jobs.

WASHINGTON: Starting in October, communications directors for nonprofit organizations in the Washington, DC, area will have an informal forum in which to trade professional tips and solicit guidance in performing their jobs.

The Nonprofit Roundtable of Greater Washington will convene the meetings, dubbed the "Table of 10," on a monthly basis, said Chuck Bean, the group's executive director. The Nonprofit Roundtable was created in 2002 to improve the visibility of the Washington region's nonprofit sector.

Last year, the association started holding Table of 10 meetings for nonprofit organizations' executive directors and CEOs. As the meetings grew in popularity, the association's members suggested Table of 10 meetings should target other leaders inside nonprofit organizations.

"So we're going to launch one for our communications directors of nonprofits," Bean said. "We buy them lunch. We close the doors. These folks have questions that they feel they can't ask anyone else."

The association may decide to convene more than one Table of 10 for communications directors, depending on the level of interest.

In a report released earlier this year, researchers determined that there are about 7,614 active nonprofits in the Washington region and that the nonprofit sector employed more than 218,000 workers in 2003, more than 11% of the region's total private employment.

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