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TitleCongresswoman Davis Joins State Service Leader to Discuss Economic Future of Nonprofits
Date3.19.09
ContactDenise Ward
Contact E-mailwardd, at sandiego.edu
Contact Phone(619) 260-4659, ext. 6994
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The Caster Family Center for Nonprofit Research at the University of San Diego’s School of Leadership and Education Sciences will offer two opportunities for local nonprofits to learn how they could be impacted during these changing economic times.

Rick Cohen, a national policy expert on nonprofits, philanthropy and community economic development, will take part in a conversation with select leaders from San Diego’s third sector on the intersection of nonprofits, philanthropy, politics, and public policy on Friday, March 20 from 8:30 to 11 a.m. in Mother Rosalie Hill Hall, Executive Classroom, room 102. Cohen’s presentation, “Questioning Basic Assumptions: Conversations about Nonprofits and Philanthropy in Troubled Times,” will address topics including:
• How nonprofits can access available funds, and how they can best advocate for the interests of their organizations and the people they serve
• What does this new and shifting economic paradigm mean for the Third Sector
• How can the sector shape the agenda proactively? How can nonprofits develop more effective working partnerships with funders and government agencies

On Saturday, March 21, Congresswoman Susan Davis will join California Secretary for Service and Volunteering Karen Baker and Cohen for the panel, “Deciphering the Economic Stimulus Package and State Budget: What Nonprofits Need to Know and Do Next.” The discussion will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. in Mother Rosalie Hill Hall’s Warren Auditorium. Davis will speak about the stimulus package and what it means to nonprofit organizations and the people they serve. Baker will address the state strategy for working with nonprofit organizations, and Cohen will talk about the short and long-term implications of the recovery package for nonprofit organizations. Topics to be covered during the panel also include:

• What is in the economic stimulus package for nonprofits and their constituents
• How would the president’s budget affect philanthropy and the nonprofit sector
• How the federal and state governments plan to make use of the stimulus as it pertains to nonprofits and their constituents
• How the federal and state governments plan to orient their work with nonprofits
• What nonprofits did—and perhaps should have done—to weigh in on the stimulus and what that says about the nonprofit sector today
• What nonprofits should be doing now to ensure that the stimulus funds do not repeat the Katrina and TARP experiences
• What nonprofits might want to see in a second stimulus package
• What a nonprofit-specific stimulus might contain

About the University of San Diego

The University of San Diego, a Catholic Institution of higher learning chartered in 1949. The university enrolls approximately 7,500 undergraduate and graduate students and is known for its commitment to teaching, the liberal arts, the formation of values and community service. The inauguration this fall of the Joan B. Kroc School of Peace brings the university’s total number of schools and colleges to six. Other academic divisions include the College of Arts and Sciences and the schools of Business Administration, Education, Law and Nursing and Health Science.

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