Annual Princeton Community Works conference for nonprofit leaders and volunteers set for evening of Jan. 29

File photo: Marge Smith, right, and volunteers gear up for Community Works.

The annual Princeton Community Works conference for nonprofit leaders, nonprofit board members, staff, and volunteers will be held from 5 to 9 p.m. on Jan. 29 and will be virtual again this year.

Making Hope a Reality is the theme of the conference this year. The goal of the event is to spark dialogue, share knowledge, and equip attendees with tools to strengthen their nonprofit organizations.

“We realize nonprofits are facing challenging and changing times,” Princeton Community Works founder and chairwoman Marge Smith said. “When organizations are struggling, they lose sight of hope. Our workshops this year are designed to provide participants with tools to support their missions in this particular environment.” 

This year’s keynote speaker, Kirsten Farrell, is the director of the Goodman Center in Princeton. The center helps good causes reach more people with greater impact and offers both online and offline workshops on storytelling, presenting, and strategic communications. Their client list includes the Annenberg Foundation, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

Workshops this year include Tips and Tools for Utilizing AI, Keys to Successful Fundraising, and Turning Your Board into High-Level Performers. More than a dozen workshops will be offered.

“We are excited about the Artificial Intelligence topic especially,” Smith said, “It is something that can greatly help nonprofits, but it also can cause concern. Understanding this technology to harness its power is very necessary. Knowledge sharing and collaboration has always been at the heart of what we do at Princeton Community Works to help organizations increase their impact and further their visions.” 

Two panels will feature experts who will explore various aspects of nonprofit work, including seeking grants and developing a culture that embraces diversity.

The fee for the conference is $20 per person. Scholarships are available and group registrations are also offered. If you register five or more people from one organization, the fee is discounted 40 precent.

For more information or to register, visit the Princeton Community Works website.

Princeton Community Works is a completely volunteer-driven conference. Volunteers meet throughout the year to develop the theme and workshops for the conference, as well as to select speakers.