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Opportunities for nonprofits and those who support them

Posted by: Bernie Dagenais on Friday, November 8, 2013 at 3:00:00 pm

Opportunities for nonprofits and those who support them

Among The Main Line Chamber of Commerce’s 1,100 member organizations, there are close to 100 nonprofit groups. These nonprofits provide social services, raise money for individuals in need and to fund research, and address regional economic imperatives.

Although the size of nonprofits varies widely, the sector overall is a major employer with a substantial economic impact. As such, the Chamber is proud to serve these institutions that are set on making a difference in their communities.

While many nonprofits are tuned into the Nonprofit Roundtable, a series of five annual educational and networking events sponsored by Penn Liberty Bank, there is a another less visible and yet potentially transformative opportunity available. Leadership Main Line, our six-month program for up to 25 executives, takes on an annual class project. For the nonprofit organization that is selected, Leadership Main Line brings the opportunity to engage with a talented team of individuals who bring outside perspective and expertise.

Last year, the class accepted a proposal to create a marketing plan for The Clinic, which provides health care for uninsured residents in Phoenixville and the surrounding area.

Thomas Burd, executive director of The Clinic, said Leadership Main Line helped his organization become better focused on marketing. The work led to the creation of a new website that better positions the organization and one of the class members joined The Clinic’s board of directors.

Other past projects have included a marketing plan for The Shops at Devereux and a campaign designed to publicize the work and impact of volunteer firefighters and emergency medical technicians on the Main Line.

If you know a nonprofit organization that might have a project idea for the class, reach out to LML facilitator Lissa Hilsee ( for more information

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