Area nonprofit groups learn how to network, build programs

(Source: KAIT-TV)
(Source: KAIT-TV)

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - A pair of area nonprofit leaders are working together to strive for more.

The 2nd annual Nonprofit Summit hosted by KHARIS Grants and Services took place on Friday at the Jonesboro Chamber of Commerce.

CEO and Principal Grant Strategist of KHARIS Grants, Shunqetta Cunningham, said this event is a chance for community members to gain valuable advice from each other.

"It's an opportunity for nonprofit and community leaders," Cunningham said. "To come together, network and learn different strategies so they can enhance their programs for continued success."

Cunningham said she first organized the event to try and bring information to people in the region.

"When I first hosted this summit last year," Cunningham said. "The idea was to bring information to our own backyard. That we don't have to travel to Little Rock or any other parts of Arkansas to glean from leading practitioners. We have people in our own communities doing great things. And so, it was an opportunity to bring that information here to our nonprofits. And also, to allow our nonprofits to really come together and know what one another is doing. I think the greatest strength nonprofits can have in any business is partnerships. And so, we are well on our way with that today."

Foundation Director of Missouri Delta Medical Center, Amy Alcorn, said she traveled all the way from Sikeston, Mo. to attend the event.

"Being new with our local hospital in Sikeston," Alcorn said. "I just thought it was a great idea to bounce ideas off of others that are in the same business or looking to write grants for their foundation or organization. Just thought it would be a great opportunity to be involved and see what it was about."

Cunningham said the event had a great turnout.

"I am so overwhelmed," Cunningham said. "We have 43 registrants who are attending. I'm just so grateful people are learning and having a great time. We just finished the CEO roundtable. It was an opportunity or leaders to come together and share the ups and downs of being a nonprofit leader. That went great and we're halfway through the day and just excited about the continued information we're going to hear."

Alcorn said she took away a lot of valuable information from the summit.

"It's going great," Alcorn said. "We've bounced a lot of ideas off of each other and learned some new information. Made contacts that I can get in touch with and see how different grants have worked for them or different fundraisers."

The keynote speaker for the event was Arkansas Assistant Attorney General Jonathan Carter.

There were also other speakers who talked about grants and fundraisers.

For more information, you can contact KHARIS Grants by calling (870) 336-6771 or by clicking here.

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