News from the Bush School

Bush School Hosts Fourth Annual Nonprofit Management Forum

February 09, 2011

The Bush School of Government and Public Service at Texas A&M University will hold its fourth annual Nonprofit Management Forum April 8 at the Annenberg Presidential Conference Center. The forum offers nonprofit staff, board members, volunteers and students a full day of learning and networking.

Titled “Strengthening the Capacity of Nonprofit Organizations,” the forum will feature academic researchers, consultants, industry professionals and aspiring leaders in a program geared toward improving the effectiveness of nonprofits.

Keynote speakers will be Francie Ostrower, professor at the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas, and Ryan C. Crocker, dean of the Bush School.

“Last year, we were at capacity for attendance,” said Will Brown, director of the Nonprofit Management Certificate Program at the Bush School. “The response from local nonprofits has been remarkable, and demonstrates that we are hitting the mark in terms of what volunteers, staff and boards need to strengthen their organizations. We’re pleased to once again bring outstanding speakers and learning opportunities to our local nonprofit community,” he said.

The forum begins with registration at 8:30 a.m. and the opening session is set for 9 a.m. Three concurrent workshops will be conducted in the morning and three in the afternoon, with each addressing specific issues relevant to nonprofit organizations. The event will conclude with a presentation by Kenneth Hall, chief executive officer of Buckner International, as part of the Bank of America Program on Volunteerism. This final event will also be open to the general public.

Community partners sponsoring the forum include Citibank, Arts Council of the Brazos Valley, Community Foundation of the Brazos Valley, Project Unity, Texas Association for Nonprofit Organizations, and United Way of the Brazos Valley.

Early registration is now open and offered at a reduced rate of $50 per person until March 1. Regular registration between March 1 and March 31 will be $75, and on-site registration will be $100. Students are eligible for a special rate of $25 until March 18. Registration fee includes parking, morning coffee, lunch and afternoon refreshments. For online registration and more information about the forum, visit

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