Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Get on Board 2011 – Does Your Board Need New Energy? New Perspectives? New Contacts?

A couple new board members can bring much needed energy to a nonprofit board. I have been excited to be part of the Get on Board event in Indianapolis since it started in 2003. Hosted by the Lacy Leadership Association(LLA), it brings more than 60 nonprofits together each year in one energetic setting to provide current and aspiring community leaders with an opportunity to meet board and staff members from nonprofits of all kinds – arts, education, youth, health, social services and more. The goal for exhibiting organizations, and attendees, is to find that special connection of interest, skills, and motivation to make a difference. Since its inception, this premier community event has infused more than 1,800 new board members, committee members and volunteers into the community as they have become involved with hundreds of nonprofits. This year’s event is on Monday, October 3 from 4 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. at Conseco Fieldhouse. If you attended last year, you will be pleased to hear that the floor plan is being expanded and there will be plenty for room for attendees.

Due to the high demand for exhibitor space, non-profit organizations are chosen to exhibit through a comprehensive application process. Applications are now available online at www.surveymonkey.com/s/GOBexhibitor. Deadline to submit an application is August 5 at 5 p.m.

In order to be eligible to be selected for this year’s event you must:
Complete the on-line application in full by August 5. http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/GOBexhibitor
Submit payment to LLA for the $75 exhibitor fee (Your payment will not be processed unless you are selected to exhibit).

Commit to having at least one representative attend a mandatory exhibitor orientation in early-mid September. Date TBD

Once all applications are submitted they will be reviewed by a selection committee. The review and selection process will ensure a cross-representation of all areas of service. You will be notified in late August if you have been chosen to exhibit.

If you would like to attend as an individual and find opportunities to become a board member, you can register at http://www.lacyleadership.org/GetOnBoard.html, then the Attendees tab. There is no charge to attendees for this event. Please note that this is not a forum for seeking a job or soliciting business from these nonprofits.

If you have any questions about Get on Board, the exhibitor application or selection process, please contact Susie McKenna at 317.631.6542 ext. 133 or susiem@cicf.org

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