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Nonprofit Congress sets priorities

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Delegates to the Nonprofit Congress, held Oct. 16 and 17 in Washington, D.C., voted on three top priorities for the nonprofit sector in the U.S.

The congress, an effort to increase collaboration between nonprofits and increase the sector’s impact at the state level, drew almost 400 delegates from 47 states and the nation’s capital.

The areas deemed most important were nonprofit organizational effectiveness, focusing on accountability and leadership; advocacy and grassroots community activities; and public awareness and support of the nonprofit sector.

In addition to voting on priorities, state delegations began developing tactics to address them.

For example, the New Hampshire delegation plans to hold a nonprofit forum for presidential candidates in 2008, while the representatives from Montana aim to develop principles and practices for nonprofits in their state.

The next meeting of the congress will be held in the spring of 2008.

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