Join Us for CORE 2024 Non-Profit Conference – 04.19.2024

Join us on Friday, April 19, 2024 at the Kent State University Hotel & Conference Center for an exciting day of learning and networking. This in-person event is packed with insightful sessions, interactive workshops, and opportunities to connect with like-minded individuals in the non-profit sector. Whether you’re a seasoned professional or just starting out, this conference offers a unique platform to gain valuable insights, exchange ideas, and stay up-to-date with the latest trends in the industry.

This year’s topics include:

  • Accessing grant opportunities at the federal level
  • Discovering your Strength Based Leadership style and how talent differences can be leveraged for success
  • Turning your 990 into a development tool
  • Keeping your non-profit safe from Cyber Security threat

Your $100 registration includes continental breakfast, refreshments throughout the day, a buffet lunch, access to the CliftonStrengths Top 5 Assessment and StrengthsFinder book.

Don’t miss out on this incredible opportunity to expand your knowledge, meet new friends, and make a difference. Mark your calendars and get ready for an inspiring day at the CORE 2024 Non-Profit Conference!

Featured Speakers

Brad Deane

Constituent Service Liaison, Office of Senator Sherrod Brown

Have you ever wished you could tap into the grant opportunities available with the Federal Government? So many non-profit organizations try to find what’s available, only to be confused by the search. Join us in a conversation with Brad Deane, Constituent Service Liaison with the office of Senator Sherrod Brown, as we learn about the services they offer, how to leverage partnerships with established organizations like the Portage Foundation, and ways your organization can receive program support.

Melanie Scanlon

Gallup Certified Strengths Coach

Do you know what your top 5 key strengths are? Registrants to our conference will receive access to the CliftonStrengths Assessment prior to the event and, armed with that info, discover how their personal leadership style can be better utilized for maximum impact. Gallup Certified Strengths Coach, Melanie Scanlon, will lead the group through this process of discovery.

Kevin Crum

Principal, Crum & Company, CPAs

Many nonprofit organizations overlook or under-estimate the impact of their Form 990 – it’s not just a tax return. When approached thoughtfully, it can become a valuable tool for telling your story and giving your organization a powerful advantage with donors and other funders. Non-profit tax expert Kevin Crum, Principal at Crum & Company CPA’s, will walk attendees through the annual 990s to show how smart organizations use it to stand out.

Patrick Carroll

President, PCR Business Systems

How safe is your data and network? Tech expert Patrick Carroll from PCR Business Systems will talk about keeping your organization safe from cyber threats. From email phishing to website intrusions and network security – how well is your important organizational information and donor data protected?

Kamelia Fisher

Board President, Portage Foundation; Sr Dir Development, Autism Society of Greater Akron

Non-profit organizations are only as strong as the relationships between staff and board members. Kamelia Fisher has experience on both sides of the equation in her professional career, serving in board leadership roles as well as Executive Director for area non-profits, and will talk about how to strengthen bonds and avoid common barriers to success.

CORE 2024 Registration Open Now!

Registration for CORE 2024 is now open via Eventbrite. For information on registering offline, please contact our offices.

CORE 2024 sponsor levels

We invite local businesses and experts to connect with are non-profit organization with leaders through one of our CORE 2024 Sponsorship programs

Platinum Sponsor – $5,000

Stand out amongst the crowd as the named sponsor of our event. Only one slot available at this level and includes the following:

  • Banner behind podium
  • Logo on:
    • Registration table signage
    • Website as Platinum Sponsor
    • Printed materials to attendees
    • Social media post highlighting sponsorship with link to sponsor website
    • Conference portfolio interior with Portage Foundation logo
  • Table available at event for business materials and networking
  • Two conference registrations to donate to nonprofit(s) of sponsor’s choice

Gold Sponsors – 2 available: Keynote Sponsor, Lunch Sponsor – $2,500

Your business is highlighted at two key points of our day – the main speaker time or at lunch. Only two sponsor slots available at this level and includes the following:

  • Logo on:
    • Sign at side of podium
    • Registration table signage
    • Website as Gold Sponsor
    • Social media post highlighting sponsorship
    • Printed materials to attendees
  • One conference registration to donate to nonprofit of sponsor’s choice

Silver Sponsors – 4 available: Session Sponsor (2), Breakfast Sponsor, Parking Sponsor – $1,500

Be recognized throughout the day. Four Silver Sponsor slots are available and includes the following:

  • Logo on:
    • Registration table signage
    • Website as Silver Sponsor
    • Social media post highlighting sponsorship
    • Printed materials to attendees
  • We will work with parking sponsor to showcase your support with customized perk highlighting your business. Perfect for local auto dealerships.

Bronze Sponsors – $500

Show your support of the Portage Foundation and local non-profits through becoming a Bronze Sponsor. This level includes:

  • Logo on:
    • Registration table signage
    • Website as Bronze Sponsor
    • Social media post with all Bronze Sponsors

Ready to become a CORE 2024 Sponsor?

Contact us today to secure your spot and highlight your support of the Portage Foundation.

CORE 2024 Sponsors