University of Findlay receives grant to host PR boot camp in 2012 for nonprofit agencies

The University of Findlay recently was awarded a $7,500 grant from the Findlay-Hancock County Community Foundation to offer Communication Matters: A Public Relations Boot Camp for Nonprofit Organizations in Hancock County. The funds are made available from the Howard and Carolyn Marvin Fund, Norman and Jane Nicholson Fund, Findlay Industries Inc. Fund, Deborah Ruth Wall Fund, Marjorie Kuhlman Fund and Richard P. Barchent Jr. Fund.

The one-day workshop, which will be held in June of 2012, will address social media marketing; writing features and news releases; recruiting, training and retaining volunteers; developing teams; and grant development and writing. The keynote speaker is Dr. Janet Rice McCoy, who developed a similar successful workshop at Morehead State University.

During the spring of 2011, students in a communication class at the school interviewed leaders from 21 non-profit organizations to assess needs that could be addressed through communication. Public relations and marketing was identified as an area where non-profits could use extra help.

The workshop next summer will help non-profit staff members learn new ways to recruit and retain volunteers, promote agency services and develop relationships with other community members that could result in collaborative projects or events and sharing of resources.

(EDITOR’S NOTE: Information from University of Findlay press release)

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