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The Nonprofit Institute at the College of Southern Maryland’s third annual conference for employees, board members and volunteers of the region’s nonprofit organizations will be March 8 at CSM’s La Plata campus at 8730 Mitchell Road.

The conference will feature a keynote address, “The Board’s Dashboard: Getting the Data You Need to Govern,” by Justin Pollock, founder and principal of Orgforward.

Following the keynote, participants will select from among 10 presentations on fundraising, strategy, volunteer recruitment, strengthening community relationships and using public access television.

There is a rate of $40 for registrations before Feb. 25 and a rate of $35 for groups of five or more people from one organization. Registration is $55 after Feb. 25.

“Through events like the Nonprofit Institute’s annual conference, Southern Maryland nonprofits can learn best practices and expertise from professionals who work in management, finance, fundraising, development and marketing. People who work in the nonprofit world are a special group. They care about their community and the people who live in it — from newborns to people who are entering end-of-life hospice care. The events hosted by the Nonprofit Institute — the annual conference as well as the breakfast meetings — are designed to instruct, inspire and serve the nonprofit workers who serve Southern Maryland,” CSM President Brad Gottfried said in a news release.

Workshops include “Strategic Leadership Direction: Realigning Your Compass and Leading Change Within Your Organization” by Lou Carloni of SMBC Inc.; “What to Do When Absolutely Positively Everything Goes Wrong” by Linda Gottfried of Calvert Hospice; “Form 990 — What Does Yours Say to Your Donors?” by certified public accountants Christina L. Mudd and Joseph Saunders of Askey, Askey & Associates; “Strengthening Relationships With Your Top Donors and Prospects” by Paul Jolly of Jump Start Growth Inc.; “How Nonprofits Can Utilize Public Access Television in Charles County” by Patricia Christofaro and Karen Smith Hupp of CSM; “Charitable Contributions-Substantiation and Disclosure Requirements: What Matters and Why” by Angelyn M. Zephyr of Murray, Wamsley & Schrader; “Strategic? What’s That?” by Vivian H. Mills of VHM Nonprofit Solutions; “Volunteer Southern Maryland — Let’s Get Volunteers!” by Heather Zeolla and Emily Mudd-Hendricks of CSM; and “Building a Database of Professionals Who Can Provide Pro-Bono Assistance to Nonprofit Organizations” by Robert Schaller and Ed Otten of Leadership Southern Maryland.

To register online for the conference, go to or contact Zeolla at 301-934-2251 or