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April 12, 2011 > Nonprofit alliance to meet for first time

Nonprofit alliance to meet for first time

Submitted By Hayward Chamber of Commerce

The inaugural meeting of the Hayward Nonprofit Alliance - 57 nonprofit organizations that are members of the Hayward Chamber of Commerce - will be held at 10 a.m. on Thursday, April 21 at the Hayward Area Historical Society's (HAHS) new headquarters at 22370 Foothill Boulevard, Hayward.

"Hayward is full of people with a heart for service and we wanted to create a forum where these organizations could meet to compare calendars and discuss issues such as fund-raising and event-planning," said Myron Freedman, HAHS executive director and a member of the Hayward Chamber board of directors.

The first meeting's agenda will include discussion of the group's mission, sharing news about upcoming local events and hearing a presenter on a new Alameda County grants program.

Plans call for the organization to meet at 10 a.m. on the third Thursday of every month at the historical society's new Foothill Boulevard facility. The building will not open to the general public until this summer, so Hayward Nonprofit Alliance members will be able to see the museum and offices take shape as renovation proceeds.

According to Kim Huggett, president and CEO of the Chamber, the alliance will be an affiliate organization somewhat like the Chamber's Latino Business Roundtable that draws between 50 and 70 participants to its monthly meetings.

"HAHS is acknowledged as a community leader for its skill in coordinating volunteers, fund-raising savvy and reputation for being an efficiently-run organization," Huggett said. "We are fortunate to have their team in a leadership role."

Before the Chamber began talks to develop the alliance, it held a successful preliminary seminar last November entitled, "Year End Fund-Raising Strategies for Nonprofits."

For more information, contact the Hayward Chamber of Commerce at (510) 537-2424.

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