Nonprofits host spring events for community volunteers

Here’s a roundup of upcoming events, conferences, and other resources for community and local nonprofit leaders.

Tallahassee’s favorite spring events are back in full force. As a community, we can be proud of these beloved and award-winning events led by local non-profit organizations that contribute to economic development, create a sense of belonging and raise funds to meet community needs.

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Recent and upcoming examples include Red Hills Horse Trails, Springtime Tallahassee, Word of South Festival, LeMoyne Arts Chain of Parks Festival, Tallahassee Symphony Orchestra’s Pops in the Park, Southern Shakespeare Festival, First Friday, HERC’s Holocaust Remembrance Day event, Tallahassee Museum’s Jazz and Blues Festival and John G. Riley Center’s Walk-Through History Salute in the Park, to name a few.

When you attend these events, be sure to thank local businesses, city and county government, local funders, nonprofit staff, board members, and the countless volunteers of community that make these events possible.

Hundreds of people gathered at Cascades Park to see country music artist Jamey Johnson perform as the 8th annual Word of South Literary Music Festival kicked off Friday, April 8, 2022.

Building Better Boards: May 10

If you are on a nonprofit board, I urge you to attend Leadership Tallahassee’s Building Better Boards event on Tuesday, May 10 from 4:30-8:30 p.m. in the Development Building at TCC’s workforce. This year’s annual education conference is sponsored by Big Bend Cares and designed for veteran and new board members and staff.

Networking opportunities for nonprofit staff abound, but this is one of the best opportunities for board members to meet and network to share ideas, discuss challenges, and learn tips for better governance. .

Tom Derzypolski, co-founder and president of BowStern, is the keynote speaker and will address “The Impact of Telling Your Story”.

Sessions will be offered on the importance of board diversity, understanding financial statements, conflict resolution, strategic planning, fundraising and a panel discussion with CEOs and Board Chairs.

Speakers include Darrick McGhee, Jeanne Curtin, Kelly Otte, Liz Murphy, Katrina Tuggerson, Mickey Moore, Dr Cindy Bigbie, Royle King, Brandon Williams, Terry Whitaker, Kent Edmonds, Jennifer Powell, Stefanie Bowden and me. Registration is open at

Thousands of Tallahasseeans gather downtown despite the rain to enjoy the Tallahassee Jubilee festivities on Saturday, April 2, 2022. Unfortunately, thunder and lightning prevented the parade from starting.

United Partners for Human Services Leadership Conference: June 7-8

The United Partners for Human Services Annual Leadership Conference will take place June 7-8 and will be presented by James Moore and a host of community sponsors. Sessions are designed for all levels of nonprofit staff in four streams: Beyond Resilience; diversity, equity and inclusion; leadership; and sustainability. Topics will include work-life balance, building a strong team, cybersecurity, succession planning, generational leadership, and more. Registration is open at

Thrive Activator: May 9-13

The Institution of Nonprofit Innovation and Excellence is hosting Thrive Activator, a week-long training program May 9-13 to help nonprofits identify a clear, focused marketing plan and fundraising campaign ready to go. launch using the latest tools and trends. Register by May 5 at

Riders compete in the cross country event at the Red Hills International Horse Trials on Saturday March 12, 2022.

Notes on Nonprofits Live, May 10

To help nonprofit leaders navigate the opportunities and challenges associated with the need to grow, merge, or close, the next edition of Notes on Nonprofits Live will address this topic. Join me and Felina Martin on Facebook at noon on Tuesday, May 10.

If your organization is struggling with any of these issues or has successfully achieved significant service growth, completed a merger, or is considering a decision to close, please contact me at [email protected]

I welcome your first-hand perspective and invite you to join our discussion or consider being a guest on the show. Your name and your organization are never mentioned without your consent.

If there is a burning topic or question you would like to address in the column, please contact us anytime. Hearing from you is the best part of writing this column!

Notes on Nonprofits is produced by Alyce Lee Stansbury, CFRE, President of Stansbury Consulting, and includes resources, answers to reader questions, guest columns, and timeless topics from the vault. Send your questions and comments to [email protected]

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