Randall Pinkett.

At the upcoming Princeton Community Works conference for nonprofit groups, Rhodes Scholar and entrepreneur Randall Pinkett will share his insights on the challenges and opportunities nonprofit groups face in the near future. More than 500 nonprofit employees and volunteers are expected to attend.

Pinkett, a speaker, author, scholar, and community servant, will give the keynote address.

The event will take place at Princeton University’s Frist Campus Center on Monday, January 27, from 5 to 9:15 p.m. Tickets are $40 and scholarships are available. For more information, visit www.princetoncommunityworks.org.

“The work being done by nonprofit staff, volunteers, board members, and leaders is something that I deeply admire, encourage, and celebrate, especially as today’s charitable organizations are constantly challenged to do more with less,” Pinkett says. As CEO of Newark-based BCT Partners, Pinkett works extensively with nonprofit organizations assisting them with research, analytics, and training.

“Hyper-accelerated change and diversification are fundamental shifts in our society that all charities need to embrace and leverage to build communities and be competitive today and in the future. While these shifts create challenges, they also create opportunities. I will share insights on how nonprofits can identify and leverage opportunities to grow and expand their impact,” says Pinkett, who holds five academic degrees from Rutgers University, MIT, and Oxford. Pinkett is the first African-American student to receive a Rhodes Scholarship at Rutgers.

Nonprofit staff members, board members, volunteers, and leaders from New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and New York will network and learn best practices at the annual conference.

“We offer a wide range of workshops based on what nonprofits tell us they need. Our experts understand the challenges of the nonprofit world and offer practical suggestions on how to address them. The hope is that attendees will leave with the information, tools and techniques that will enable them to be even more effective in making their visions a reality. As we enter this new decade, we all need 20/20 vision so we can move forward and together build our community,” says Marge Smith, who started Princeton Community Works more than 20 years ago.

Those who attend the conference can choose two workshops from 26 topics.

Workshop Sessions: The 2020 workshop sessions cover a range of topics including volunteer recruitment and management, building an effective board, cultivating leaders, diversity and inclusion, fundraising and friend-raising, youth projects, legal and accounting issues, strategic planning, measurement and metrics, meeting the media, meeting the grantors, grant writing, social media, event planning, storytelling, and more.

Of special interest to longtime readers, U.S. 1 founding editor Richard K. Rein will join Krystal Knapp of Planet Princeton and Lew Goldstein of Princeton Community Television in a panel on “pitching your organization to get publicity.”

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