Sixth Annual "Focus on Philanthropy" Planned

Sixth Annual "Focus on Philanthropy" Planned

Washington County's Non-Profit Organizations Vying for Annual "Non-Profit Impact Award," Nominations Being Accepted, Exhibits by Local Non-Profit Organizations

The Hagerstown-Washington County Chamber of Commerce has once again teamed with the Community Foundation of Washington County to host the annual Focus on Philanthropy, and the presentation of the "Non-Profit Impact Award."
Matt Beem, President of Hartsook Companies of Wichita, Kansas and a national leader among consultants to numerous charitable organizations, has been announced as the event's Keynote Speaker.
John Warren, the Vice-President of the Homewood Foundation, and the chamber's Focus on Philanthropy subcommittee chairman said, "This annual event is a must-do for members of the non-profit community, including volunteers, staff, and board members. With more than ten-percent of Washington County's workforce involved in the non-profit field, this annual event has become extremely valuable and worthwhile." Warren is also the Western Maryland Chapter president of the Association of Fundraising Professionals.
Community Foundation of Washington County Executive Director Brad Sell said, "The Community Foundation is once again very pleased to present the annual 'Non-Profit Impact Award' to the selected non-profit organization, which the judges believe provides the most impact for its clientele. Our Community Foundation serves as a hub for charitable giving in Washington County, and this event helps bring into focus our strong relationship with charitable-minded individuals and groups who want to give something permanent back to the community." The annual Non-Profit Impact Award includes $1,000, which will be presented at the conclusion of the March 20th breakfast meeting.
Brien Poffenberger, President of the Hagerstown-Washington Chamber of Commerce said, "This has been a great event over the years. We're pleased to once again partner with the Community Foundation. The Non-Profit Impact Award is wonderful recognition for a local non-profit organization, which is selected by its peers to have had the most positive impact on its constituents. Previous winners include Brook Lane Heath Services, the Community Free Clinic, and Children's Village of Washington County."
The announcement that this year's Keynote Address will be given by Matt Beem has created excitement in the non-profit community. John Warren said, "With over 800 non-profit organizations in Washington County, it's great that someone of Mr. Beem's caliber is coming to Hagerstown. He also is holding a seminar after the Focus on Philanthropy event, at the Sheraton Four Points Hotel in Hagerstown. He will help attendees understand how to successfully approach GenExers and GenYers(Millennials) for their support." Mr. Beem's address focuses on "Generational Fund Raising."
The annual awards breakfast and celebration of non-profit organizations in Washington County begins at 7:30am. Sponsors include the Hagerstown-Washington County Convention and Visitors Bureau, Community Foundation of Washington County, the law firm of McCurdy & Singer, Homewood Retirement Centers, Brook Lane Health Services, Susquehanna Bank, Sovereign Bank, First National Bank of Greencastle, Hagerstown Trust, and Williamsport Retirement Village.
Coordinating agencies and organizations that came together and helped plan this event are the Hagerstown-Washington County Chamber of Commerce and members of its Business and Community Development Committee, the Hagerstown-Washington County Convention and Visitors Bureau, the Community Foundation of Washington County, the United Way of Washington County, and the Mason-Dixon Council of the Boys Scouts of America. Reservations are required and may be made through the Chamber of Commerce. Non-profits also have the opportunity to share their information on table top displays.
Immediately following the morning event, Mr. Beem will convene his seminar "Motivating GenExers and GenYers(Millennials) to Give" sponsored by the Western Maryland Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals(AFP). Reservations are required for the 50 participants expected to attend. Invitations will be extended to the non-profit communities of Washington County and Frederick County, MD. There is a per person charge of $25 for the seminar. For more information and to register, call the Chamber at 301-739-2015 x100.
Invitations to "Focus on Philanthropy" and applications for the "Non-Profit Impact Award" are available by calling the Chamber office at 301-739-2015 x100. Also, see: www.hagerstown.org.
This information was provided by the Hagerstown/Washington County Convention and Visitor's Bureau - www.marylandmemories.com