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Roundtable Discussion to Focus on Issues Affecting Pennsylvania Charities

Bethlehem, Pa., May 10, 2005—Moravian College will host a Nonprofit Executive Director’s Roundtable on Friday, June 3, in the Haupert Union Building, Main Street campus, Bethlehem. Designed for leaders of charitable organizations, the Roundtable will provide an update on issues affecting Pennsylvania charities. The focus of the conference is to discuss issues that impact charitable initiatives.

Joe Geiger, executive director of the Pennsylvania Association of Nonprofit Organizations (PANO – http://www.pano.org), will explain significant nonprofit employment data for the Lehigh Valley. He brings more than thirty years experience in the fields of education, human resources and association management to the table. Geiger will brief attendees about recent developments by the U.S. Senate Finance Committee in Washington. This committee is considering Sarbanes-Oxley type legislation for charities.

Geiger has delivered many programs on the role of charities in the public policy process, and he facilitates the Charities Build Communities Coalition, comprised of the 175 charities that forged the passage of Pennsylvania Act 55 (defining “charity” eligible for exemption).

Geiger earned a Bachelor of Science and Masters Degrees in secondary education from Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania. He graduated from Columbia University's Business School for Not-for-Profit Management.

Richard Cipoletti, president of RCC Associates (http://www.rccassoc.com), a full service human resources consulting and training firm, will moderate the program. Cipoletti, a published author and host of the popular PBS TV series, “Job Quest,” has consulted with a diverse set of nonprofit organizations, and has served as vice president of human resources for four organizations in three industries. Cipoletti has taught on a variety of management topics at both the undergraduate and graduate level.

“We have invited local executive directors of nonprofit organizations to attend this Roundtable” said Dr. William Kleintop, associate dean for business and management programs for the Division of Continuing and Graduates Studies. “We believe Moravian College can provide a forum for continuing roundtables as well as other educational opportunities for local nonprofit organizations,” he said.

The roundtable will be held in the United Brethrens Church Room, Haupert Union Building, on Moravian College’s Main Street campus from 8 to 10 a.m., with a continental breakfast beginning at 7:45 a.m. Advanced registration for the program is $15.

For further information about the Nonprofit Executive Director’s Roundtable please contact Bill Ender at 610-861-1400, or via email at ender@moravian.edu.