Eileen Ellsworth to Serve as Keynote Speaker at ‘Tools of the Trade: Building Your Nonprofit for Greater Community Impact’

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Eileen M. Ellsworth, Community Foundation for Northern Virginia

Eileen M. Ellsworth, president of the Community Foundation for Northern Virginia, will serve as the keynote speaker at an event March 26 for nonprofit organizations. The event was rescheduled after inclement weather put the brakes on the original March 4 workshop.

Virginia Congressman Jim Moran of the 8th Congressional District, will host the annual workshop event, “Tools of the Trade: Building Your Nonprofit for Greater Community Impact,” at George Mason University’s Arlington Campus at Founders Hall. Moran’s 8th Congressional District serves Alexandria, Arlington, Falls Church and parts of Fairfax County.

“We’re extremely privileged to have Eileen address this year’s nonprofit seminar,” said Moran. “Her integral knowledge of program growth, funding drives and promotion, coupled with her ability to secure collaborative partnerships with private sector stakeholders has turned the Community Foundation into a regional powerhouse.”

The event, which begins at 8:30 a.m., will include breakout sessions with topics such as “Winning Government Funding,” “How a Change in Board Leadership Impacts Executive Directors,” “Building your Board’s Financial Literacy,” “Accessing Corporations for Fundraising Success,” “Hiring and Firing Consultants,” “Getting the Most out of your Volunteers,” and “Unlocking Foundation Fundraising.” The event is in collaboration with Volunteer Fairfax and the Center for Nonprofit Management, Philanthropy, and Policy at George Mason University.

The Community Foundation for Northern Virginia is a public charity that grows philanthropy to help meet the most critical needs of the community. Comprised of giving circles, donor advised funds, community investment funds and scholarship funds, the Community Foundation engages donors and grantees in building the Northern Virginia community, and engages in research to assess the region’s critical needs.

Ellsworth has served as the president of the Community Foundation for Northern Virginia for eight years, where she has increased the organization’s annual discretionary funding to local nonprofits from $8,000 to $450,000, grown the asset base to more than $36 million and increased awareness of critical needs in the region. She and her staff receive more than 150 applications from nonprofits in Northern Virginia each year through their primary grant cycles, and she has experienced the cross-sector collaboration that is required from nonprofit organizations, government offices and donors in order to begin to address these issues.

GMU’s Arlington campus is located at 3351 Fairfax Drive in Arlington.

To register for the event, click here.


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