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Chairman Horton, BOE Free Nonprofit Financial Conference Attracts 2,000 Registrants to El Camino College Auditorium
By Sentinel News Service
Published March 27, 2014

Board of Equalization Chairman Jerome E. Horton and his wife the Honorable Yvonne Horton

Over 2,000 nonprofit executives, administrators, and others who provide not for profit services in the Los Angeles area, registered to attend the Free Nonprofit Financial Conference hosted by Board of Equalization Chairman Jerome E. Horton, his wife the Honorable Yvonne Horton, the California Association of Nonprofits, California Educational Solutions, and Beta Pi Sigma sorority, at El Camino College on Friday, March 21.

“Nonprofit organizations in Southern California provide a broad range of services to everyone in our community,” said Horton.  “It is important that they understand how to operate within the law and a broad range of topics like strategies for successful fundraising and using hiring tax credits to build staffing, to name only a few.  This conference is designed to address those concerns.”

The panel of featured speakers ranged from some of California’s most prolific charitable donors to tax and investment experts who are knowledgeable about non-profit organization finances.

Gigi Garcia, aspiring executive director of Enhancing Latina Leadership Alliances, a nonprofit organization, mentoring middle and high school Latinas, came to the conference to get information on fundraising techniques.  “My appointment is contingent upon our organization’s funding and I am looking forward to gathering some information that will assist in our fundraising efforts.”

The free, one-day conference provided an opportunity for community-based organizations and service providers to network with other organizations and gain financial information that will help them either start, build or sustain their not-for-profit enterprises.

“My mission for attending was accomplished,” said Jose Rodriguez, a principal in a Homeless Services Program operation that provides a broad range of services to homeless persons in his community. “I was anxious to network with comparable service providers and I made a number of contacts that I will definitely explore and pursue over the next few weeks,” he said.




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