Chamber launches Nonprofit Council

Courtesy of the SCV Chamber of Commerce

The Santa Clarita Valley Chamber of Commerce announced the launch of a new Nonprofit Council on Tuesday.

Designed specifically for local 501(c)(3), community service organizations that are also members of the chamber, the council is expected to keep these nonprofits informed and empowered to create a positive public policy environment.

“Our local nonprofits are the heart and soul of our community,” Nancy Starczyk, chair of the board of directors, said in a prepared statement Tuesday. “As we work to build community and create additional value, we hope to provide thoughtful educational programming and networking opportunities for our members. The Nonprofit Council will help keep our local nonprofits on the cutting edge of trends in charitable giving, advocacy and regulations while sharing best practices.”

With a strong philanthropic community of more than 100 locally based nonprofits working to make the community thrive, the chamber wants to ensure they are well-connected to the business community to support them in their efforts, Starczyk added.

The council is expected to provide business resources to the leaders of these nonprofits in order to help them connect, grow and learn more so they can successfully meet their organizations’ missions and goals, as well as provide opportunities for them to promote their charitable fundraisers and thank their business sponsors in the SCV Chamber section of the SCV Business Journal.

“We’re building community at the SCV Chamber,” Ivan Volschenk, managing partner for Evolve Business Strategies, which manages the chamber, said in the statement. “This is just one of our new efforts in 2020 to help strengthen the sense of community amongst our members.”

The first of quarterly meetings for the Nonprofit Council with executive leaders of each nonprofit is scheduled for March, when discussions are set to revolve around the latest nonprofit trends as well as regulatory issues facing the nonprofit sector.

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