Drury to host conference for nonprofit leaders

Springfield, Mo., October 7, 2013 — Hundreds of community leaders representing organizations from Missouri, Kansas, and Oklahoma will gather Thursday, October 17, at Drury University for the 2013 Nonprofit Communication Conference.

The one-day annual conference, presented by the Drury University Center for Nonprofit Communication, will feature training on a variety of sessions including public relations, technology, crisis communication and fundraising. Representatives from many of Missouri’s largest health systems, universities, charitable and civic groups will be in attendance.

According to the IRS, there are more than 1,700 registered nonprofit organizations in Springfield – including many of the region’s top employers. A recent study revealed there are more than 50,000 people employed every day in Springfield nonprofit organizations.

The 2013 Nonprofit Conference, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., will held in the Trustee Science Center on the Drury University campus. Greg Burris, Springfield city manager and Dr. David Manuel, new president of Drury University will present opening comments; session speakers include Dr. Scott Helm, University of Missouri- Kansas; Christy Maxfield, CEO of The Mission Center in St. Louis; Dr. Paul Thomlinson, vice president of Burrell Behavioral Health, and many others.

Conference cost is $35 per person, and includes lunch by Panera Bread and refreshments by Krispy Kreme. Registration is online at www.NPcomm.org.

Major conference sponsors include Great Southern Bank, KPM Accountants, Panera Bread, CARES magazine, and Fundraiser Software.

For more information, contact conference organizer Dan Prater by calling 417-873-7443 or by emailing dprater@drury.edu.