Date: Thursday, May 9, 2019
Time: 8-8:30 a.m. registration and networking; 8:30 a.m.- noon program
Price: $30 general admission, $20 for students (includes breakfast)

Location: Holiday Inn Fort Myers Airport at Town Center – 9931 Interstate Commerce Dr, Fort Myers, FL 33913 

Description: FPRA’s annual Nonprofit Day is an opportunity for Southwest Florida’s philanthropic organizations – and those interested in learning more about SWFL’s charity landscape – to gather to learn from local industry experts on topics to enhance your community reach and impact.

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This year’s theme, “Cheering for the Home Team,” will focus on providing attendees usable information on how to build effective strategic alliances for a common goal. Attendees will head back to the office with case studies, takeaways and practical tips on how collaboration and non-monetary resources can be used to improve non-profit PR functions for organizations while positively impacting the Southwest Florida community we all call home.

Nonprofit Day will include dynamic speakers, a panel featuring examples of some of Southwest Florida’s most successful nonprofit collaborations, and a unique targeted networking opportunity to pair PR professionals with others who share the same goals for their organizations.

Sponsorship: Sponsorship opportunities are available for this event. Please contact event chair Angeli Chin at

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Nonprofit Day Schedule:

8:00 – 8:30 a.m.: Check-in, breakfast, and strategic networking

8:30 – 8:45 a.m.: Opening announcements

8:45-8:55 a.m.: 10-minute break

8:55-9:30 a.m.: Richard Kelly, COO, Make-A-Wish Southern Florida

9:30-10:30 a.m.: Non-profit Case Study Panel
This panel will showcase diverse Southwest Florida non-profits who will share case studies of successful programs that included collaboration with other organizations/sharing of resources. Our panelists include representatives from:

  • Captains for Clean Water
  • Collier County Sheriff’s Office
  • Dress for Success
  • Leadership Collier Foundation

10:30-10:40 a.m.: 10-minute break

10:45-11:15 a.m.: Kara Jeudy, Director of Development and Shannon Hoyt, Director of Program Services, The Salvation Army Fort Myers Area Command

11:15-11:20 a.m.: 5-minute break

11:20-11:35 a.m.: Strategic networking
Attendees will be asked to find the table that corresponds with the goal they chose when registering. Tables will have 10 minutes to discuss takeaways provided by speakers and come up with one action item to implement back at the office.

11:35-11:45 a.m.: Closing announcements

More information on panelists and speakers:

Captains for Clean Water

Chris Wittman

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Collier County Sheriff’s Office

Chief Stephanie Spell

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Dress for Success

Nickole Hendra

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Leadership Collier Foundation

Amanda Beights

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Make-A-Wish Southern Florida

Richard Kelly

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Salvation Army Fort Myers Area Command

Shannon Hoyt

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Kara Jeudy

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