For-profits and non-profits working together.
That was the goal of the Prince William Chamber of Commerce’s Philanthropic Partnerships event last week in Manassas.
“The purpose of the half-day of seminars was to bring together the for-profit and not-for-profit communities to share ideas and resources; coming together around a common passion for improving the quality of life for the people of Prince William County and the Cities of Manassas and Manassas Park,” stated a release.
During the event, participants were clued in to some shocking statistics.
According to President of the Community Foundation for Northern Virginia Eileen Ellsworth, a recent study showed that 80% of Americans will experience economic hardship before the age of 60, and 3 out of every 5 people will spend a year or more in poverty before retirement age.
“Anti-poverty programs are not for other people. They are for your friends, your family and your employees. They may even be for you,” stated Ellsworth in a release.
In addition to these statistics, Ellsworth spoke about the importance of collaboration and for-profits and non-profits working together to have a greater impact.
“Leadership in this case means collaboration. We all need to move to an abundance mentality, not being afraid to share with one another. It’s all for the good of the people we serve,” stated Ellsworth in a release.
Participants had a chance to take part in roundtable discussions about related topics such as corporate philanthropy, and fundraising.