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Nonprofit Council

The mission of the Nonprofit Council of the Melbourne Regional Chamber is to help strengthen nonprofits serving Brevard County by offering education, networking and self-promotion opportunities. 

The Nonprofit Council serves as a vehicle for sharing information on its nonprofits, events and fundraisers. Nonprofit participants are able to acquaint themselves with other nonprofit and for-profit organizations by creating an environment of collaboration. The Nonprofit Council is a resource that will help nonprofits best utilize their chamber partnership and contribute to their success. 

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Nonprofit Council

The mission of the Nonprofit Council of the Melbourne Regional Chamber is to help strengthen nonprofits serving Brevard County by offering education, networking and self-promotion opportunities. 

The Nonprofit Council serves as a vehicle for sharing information on its nonprofits, events and fundraisers. Nonprofit participants are able to acquaint themselves with other nonprofit and for-profit organizations by creating an environment of collaboration. The Nonprofit Council is a resource that will help nonprofits best utilize their chamber partnership and contribute to their success. 

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A Message from Your Nonprofit Council Chairs

Nonprofit Council Co-Chair, Dr. Casey Gilbert
Nonprofit Council Co-Chair
Dr. Casey Gilbert

Dear Nonprofit Council Members,

The Melbourne Regional Chamber is ringing in 2021 with new leadership for the Nonprofit Council: Dr. Casey T Gilbert of PowerWith Consulting and Anne Conroy-Baiter, President of Junior Achievement of the Space Coast. Casey and Anne are excited to meet all of our amazing nonprofit members and have some great things in store for the year, including quarterly meetings with themes, break-out groups, and expert panels.

“We really wanted to make the meetings interactive, while also ensuring that attendees left with valuable information that they could take back to their organizations and put into action,” said Gilbert. She added, “We want to thank Jeannette Kraar for her leadership and we are just thrilled to provide a forum for Brevard nonprofits to come together, learn from each other, connect, and build community.”

Nonprofit Council Co-Chair, Anne Conroy-Baiter

Nonprofit Council Co-Chair
Anne Conroy-Baiter

Up first is “Board Culture and Development: Challenges and Opportunities for Building and Fostering and Engaged Board of Directors” on Tuesday, Feb. 16 at 12 p.m. The panel will feature a diverse range of nonprofit leaders who can speak to the challenges and opportunities of building and fostering an engaged board of directors: Brandy Bean, Development Director of Neighbor Up Brevard; Grenita Brooks, Executive Director of the International Mentoring Society; Rob Rains, President of United Way of Brevard; and Keith Winsten, Executive Director of Brevard Zoo.

“Organizations that have engaged and dynamic boards have a real advantage in terms of community reach, influence, and capacity. We decided this subject was a great way to kick off the council’s new programming,” wrote Conroy-Baiter.

The second installment of the Nonprofit Council in May will cover fundraising, and in August, attendees will discover ways to get “grant-ready.” Anne and Casey are reserving the final meeting of the year for a topic selected by members of the Nonprofit Council. “We learned in 2020 that the ability to pivot was essential to nonprofit survival. Our plan is to send a survey mid-year to gauge what topic would be most needed for our nonprofit members looking into the fall,” said Conroy-Baiter.

Meetings will take place on Zoom and will last 90 minutes. There is also a plan underway to bring together the Small Business Council and the Nonprofit Council mid-year. “There is so much that the private sector and the nonprofit sector have in common – so much that they can learn from each other. And, many people in the private sector are volunteering, donating, and serving on nonprofit boards. It’s really a match made in heaven,” said Gilbert. “I’d also encourage all members of the Melbourne Regional Chamber to attend Nonprofit Council events, as our community and nonprofit leaders have an incredible amount of wisdom to share.”

Please join us in welcoming Casey and Anne to the MRC Team.

Resources

Florida Organization of Non Profits (FANO)
Nonprofit events with the Melbourne Regional Chamber