Forum to focus on Sewickley area business-nonprofit bond
As a nonprofit director, Doug Florey said he is appreciative of the support local business owners offer to causes.
And as a small business owner, Cora DeLoia said she realizes the importance of supporting nonprofit events.
But Florey and DeLoia said they each understand the strains of what they call “solicitation fatigue” — that is, an abundance of requests business owners receive from nonprofits.
As part of the Sewickley Valley Chamber of Commerce's Professional Development Series, the chamber and the Sewickley Non-Profit Consortium will partner Tuesday morning to offer a panel discussion and group forum to enhance the relationships shared by Sewickley area nonprofits and small business owners to create effective nonprofit giving.
“We rely on the support of the community to keep us going,” said DeLoia, chamber president and owner of Spoiled Chics, The Boutique. “We want to give back to the community.
“We felt that this collaboration between for-profit businesses and nonprofits would be a way to educate each other to make this philanthropic effort a win-win for everybody.”
DeLoia said she would like to see other business owners attend to share feedback and help to create guidelines she hopes will offer insight into how donation requests can be handled.
“We always have different nonprofits knocking and asking for a donation or a gift certificate,” she said.
Florey said he hopes the event creates communication between nonprofits and business owners on how to increase awareness of fundraising events and donations offered.
“Nonprofits expressed concern that even when businesses do make a charitable donation, they're not getting all of the benefits out of that that they could,” he said, adding that business owners could receive a tax write-off and added publicity.
Florey said by talking with business owners, the discussion could help fundraising events find more support.
“Nonprofits are really savvy at having social networks — and some businesses are, too — but because we rely on donations, we're probably ahead of the curve,” said Florey, who serves as director of the Laughlin Children's Center and founder of the nonprofit consortium. “There are some strategies nonprofits use that merchants can tap into to benefit businesses.
“So if you're having a trunk show and proceeds will benefit the Laughlin Children's Center, the business could rely on Laughlin Children's Center to get word out about that event.”
Bobby Cherry is an associate editor for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-324-1408 or email@example.com.
Add Bobby Cherry to your Google+ circles.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Sewickley VFW could be forced to close amid financial concerns
- Allegheny Land Trust gets state grant to help buy 30 acres in Sewickley