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Georgia Center to provide workshops for nonprofits

By Maria-Jose Subiria

msubiria@news-daily.com

Non-profit organizations will be able to benefit from low-cost workshops, conducted by The Georgia Center for Youth and Families, Inc., said the executive director of the center.

The center will host two educational workshops for non-profits, on Sept. 10, at Clayton County Police Headquarters, located at 7911 North McDonough St., in Jonesboro, according to Monique Henderson, executive director for The Georgia Center for Youth and Families, Inc.

The "Non-profit Board Development 101," workshop will be conducted from 8:30 a.m., to 1:30 p.m., and the "Non-profit Financial Readiness," workshop will take place from 1:30 p.m., to 4:30 p.m., Henderson said.

The cost of the "Non-profit Board Development 101," workshop will be $40 per person, and the "Non-profit Financial Readiness," workshop will cost $25 for individuals, said center officials. Patrons will save $10 if they enroll in both workshops, officials added.

Henderson said the non-profit organization serves young people ages 12, to 24, who are at risk of ending up on the wrong side of the law. She said the organization helps young people through mentoring and after-school programs.

Henderson said proceeds from the workshops will benefit those programs.

The Georgia Center for Youth and Families, Inc. has been operating for a year and a half, and is located at 11137 Tara Blvd., Suite 230-154, Hampton, according to Henderson.

"What I found is that a lot of [non-profit] organizations serve children, but there are absolutely no after-school programs for kids," she said.

Henderson said the workshops will guide non-profit organizations in creating and maintaining a successful board of directors. The workshops will also provide the financial education needed to operate non-profits, she added.

The "Non-profit Board of Development 101" workshop will teach individuals how to recruit and maintain board members, which is crucial for non-profits to stay afloat, said Henderson.

"On average, 50,000 non-profit organizations fail every year, because they don't have a strong board," she said, during a phone interview. "Sixty thousand, to 100,000 [non-profits] are expected to close every year."

Board members have a fiduciary responsibility, so it is important for members to understand finances, Henderson said.

Individuals will receive information on a variety of topics, including how to register with the Georgia Secretary of State for charitable solicitation.

Workshop participants will also receive information about fund accounting, cash flow and cash management overview, Henderson said.

She said prior to working with the center she was a development director at Rainbow House for two and a half years, and was laid-off in April 2009.

Rainbow House is a non-profit organization which provides temporary shelter for children referred by the Department of Juvenile Justice, the Department of Family and Children Services and the Immigration and Naturalization Service, according to Henderson.

Prior to Rainbow House, Henderson said she was a volunteer program supervisor for the Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) program, at the Clayton County Juvenile Court. She said she assisted the program by recruiting and training lay people in Clayton County, to voluntarily represent children in foster care, throughout the Juvenile and Superior Court process.

Henderson said she is currently part of CASA's board.