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It’s October, and the countdown has begun for the third edition of the Regional Access Project’s “Nonprofit Conference” at the Annenberg Center on the campus of Eisenhower Medical Center in Rancho Mirage.
If the rave reviews from previous RAP Nonprofits are any indication, this event should be out of this world, almost literally.
The second installment of the Regional Access Project’s Communications Conference features prominent speakers Jonathon Weedman, Senior Vice President of Wells Fargo Foundation; Jan Masaoka, CEO of the California Association of Nonprofits; and Belen Vargas, Vice President, Programs, Weingart Foundation. Combined, the three speakers offer a plethora of information and expertise to anyone involved with a nonprofit organization.
And if that’s not enough to ignite your engines, former NASA Astronaut Jose M. Hernandez will help to motivate attendees in their quest to reach out and assist clients who have impediments to achieving enriched lives. More good news: the first 150 registrants will also receive a copy of Jose’s book “Reaching for the Stars, The Inspiring Story of a Migrant Farmworker Turned Astronaut.”
As in previous RAP conferences, the Desert Fast Pitch event—a gameshow-like competition amongst six nonprofits—will see instant grants totaling $45,000 to winners of the Top Prize, Coaches’ Most Improved, and Audience Choice. To get here, these six organizations have already moved through the first round of the “playoffs” by topping six other nonprofits. And, they have each already received $3,000 for participation in the Fast Pitch program, not to mention the training they have received in promoting their organization to potential funders.
The Nonprofit Conference also includes breakout sessions, and presentations from leading charitable funders. Did we mention food? Continental breakfast and lunch will also be served, with ample opportunity to mingle with other nonprofit professionals and funders.
So…you’re probably asking yourself “How has this event gone over in the past?”
Fortunately, we have several samples of the reaction of attendees at last year’s conference:
“This was my first time attending the event but I was really impressed,” says Marcos A. Coronel, Jr., with Community Action Partnership, East Valley/Mecca. “I actually got goose bumps during the Desert Fast Pitch. The passion that was shown by those that participated was as obvious as daylight.”
“Even just attending their breakout sessions and listening to the contenders, it is helpful to all who attend to concisely narrow their presentations and showcasing themselves in the best light,” says Connie Taylor, Secretary, Jr. All American Football, Desert Hot Springs.
“The RAP Foundation Nonprofit Communications Conference is incredibly beneficial for nonprofit leaders here in the Coachella Valley,” according to Maria Wren of SMaRT Education in Palm Springs.
“To have a conference that focuses topics from a non-profit stand point makes the content more relevant than attending a typical business leaders conference. Having the conference hosted by a Coachella Valley organization and having the speakers focus on the Coachella Valley is a double bonus.
Additionally, the RAP Foundation’s efforts to keep the cost of attending low, combined with the savings of not having to travel out of the area, are a serious factor in making attendance feasible for small organizations.”
“The workshops were educational and engaging.  The Desert Fast Pitch was incredibly exciting and insightful. Overall, a fantastic event that rewarded everyone who attended.”
The Conference takes place on Wednesday, October 26, beginning at 8 a.m. at the Annenberg Center for Health Services on the campus of Eisenhower Medical Center in Rancho Mirage. Mark your calendar: This is one event that you don’t want to miss.
Cost to attend the conference is $100, but early bird registration is only $75 and it includes Continental breakfast, lunch and hors d’oeuvres. More information available online at www.regionalaccessproject.org. Or call 760 674-9992.