Edison to host leadership conference

Staff report

PIQUA — Edison State Community College’s 13th annual Mosaic of Community Leadership Conference will take place Wednesday, May 18, from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Robinson Theater of the Piqua campus.

The annual conference brings together executive directors, board members, staff, and volunteers to explore in–depth topics related to not-for-profit management. The daylong conference features morning and afternoon presentations from Panas, as well as lunch and networking opportunities.

The conference will feature speaker Jerold Panas, a founding partner of Jerold Panas, Linzy & Partners, one of the nation’s most highly regarded firms in the field of campaign services and financial resource development, where he has been professionally involved for over forty years.

Additionally, Panas is a co-founder and chairman of the board of the Institute for Charitable Giving, one of the most significant providers of training in philanthropy. His books are considered to be the most noteworthy in the field, with “Asking” being the largest selling book in the history of fundraising. Panas’ companion book “Asking” will be available for purchase and signing at the conference.

During his presentations, Mr. Panas will explore fundraising and philanthropy, which are critical for any organization that wants to make a difference. The morning presentation features, “The Future Isn’t What It Used To Be — What’s Happening to Philanthropy,” during which Mr. Panas will address 27 areas of fundraising and philanthropy that will change dramatically in the next three years and how these will impact the way we raise funds in the future.

For the afternoon session, Mr. Panas will present “Aim High — The Art of Asking,” in which he will go through a step-by-step analysis of the actions necessary to achieve a successful ask. He will then explore the nine reasons that prospects decide not to make a gift and the eight factors that distinguish an annual campaign from a major effort.

The annual conference is made possible through the continued support and generosity of The Paul G. Duke Foundation.

Registration for the event is preferred by Friday, May 13, to ensure a seat. The cost to attend is $50 per person with a discounted rate of $45 each for groups of three or more people.

To register, visit www.edisonohio.edu/mosaic. For more information, contact Julie Slattery at (937) 778-7805 or jslattery@edisonohio.edu.

Staff report