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Comenius Center to hold Nonprofit Executive Director’s Roundtable on Lobbying

Bethlehem, Pa., April 7, 2006—Moravian College Comenius Center and the Volunteer Center of the Lehigh Valley will co-host a Nonprofit Executive Director’s Roundtable On Wednesday, April 19th, at Moravian College, Main Street campus in Bethlehem, Pa. The theme of the discussion is “Lobbying: One of the Tools in the Advocacy Toolkit,” designed for the leaders of charitable organizations. The panel will feature Dr. Florence C. Kimball, dean of the Moravian College Comenius Center for Continuing, Professional and Graduate Studies, and Joseph M. Geiger, executive director for the Pennsylvania Association of Nonprofit Organizations (PANO). They will define what constitutes lobbying and outline the best practices for nonprofits in advocating for the needs of their organizations and clients

Prior to joining Moravian College, Kimball served for seven years on Capitol Hill working for the Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL Her primary responsibilities were for the print and electronic vehicles that communicated FCNL’s lobbying initiatives to the Quaker constituencies, nationwide.

Geiger is the executive director for the Pennsylvania Association of Nonprofit Organizations (PANO) and has garnered more than thirty years experience in the fields of education, human resources and association management. PANO is the statewide membership organization serving and advancing the charitable nonprofit sector through leadership, advocacy, education and services. Geiger has delivered many programs on the role of charities in the public policy process. Presently, he facilitates the Charities Build Communities Coalition in Pennsylvania comprised of the 175 charities that forged the passage of Act 55 (defining “charities” eligible for exemption).

Dr. William Kleintop, associate dean for Business and Management Programs for the Moravian College Comenius Center, will moderate the program. “We have invited local executive directors of nonprofit organizations to attend these Roundtables” said Kleintop. “We believe Moravian College provides an outstanding central location for conducting roundtables as well as other educational opportunities for area nonprofit organizations.”

The program is being held in the Bahnson Center of the Moravian Theological Seminary on the Main Street campus from 8 to 10 a.m., beginning at 7:45 a.m. with a continental breakfast. Advanced registration for the program is $15.

For further information, please contact Bill Ender at 610-861-1400, or via email at ender@moravian.edu.