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Speaker to non-profits: Update your status

Tim Miles delivers the keynote address at the 2010 Regional Governor. (Photograph by Tim Hunt/The Times.)

Tim Miles delivers the keynote address at the 2010 Regional Governor.
(Photograph by Tim Hunt/The Times.)

Not-for-profit organizations must seize the day on social media and other emerging technologies to remain relevant and attract the best volunteers.

That was a theme of the keynote address at Thursday’s regional Governor’s Conference on Service and Volunteerism at Ivy Tech Community College.

Leverage new technologies, respect volunteers and don’t waste their time with disorganization, speaker Tim Miles told the 80 attendees from social, service and civic agencies.
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Opportunities for lawyers in the non-profit world

Heather McCarthy, JD, MPA, MA<br />Vice-President, Geminus Corporation

Heather McCarthy, JD, MPA, MA
Vice-President, Geminus Corporation

As a veteran of the non-profit sector, becoming an attorney in the midst of my career left me wondering if a change of vocation might be necessary. The very reference of negating profit was in clear opposition to most of the aspirations of my legal colleagues. Although presumably an unlikely fit, there are many opportunities for the attorney seeking a career in the non-profit world. As stewards of public funds and advocates for those issues that demand public attention, the non-profit sector provides a rewarding career with a larger social purpose. Legal counsel plays a critical role in the success of the non-profit organization and should not be disregarded.

The complexity of social services cannot be underestimated, nor can the fact that doing charitable work does not provide immunity from following the law,especially for charities that often end up in trouble based on ignorance of the law. Furthermore, our current economic climate demands accountability and naivety does not garner sympathy, even when intentions are well placed and resources are scarce.
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