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Nonprofits & Executives Mix & Match – Volunteer Networking for Professionals – 3/28

Want to meet experienced board prospects? ● Looking to build your volunteer list? ● Would new sponsors help your mission?

PANO will be co-hosting an event with Beacon, formerly known as the Greater Philadelphia Senior Executive Group (GPSEG), and Generocity, in Philly. Beacon is coordinating a Nonprofit & Executives Mix & Match Networking Happy Hour on March 28 to offer nonprofits a chance to meet senior executives in their communities who are looking to support local organizations as donors, volunteers, and/or board members.

Where: National Museum of American Jewish History, 5th Street and Market Street, Philadelphia, PA. *Discounted parking – $9.00 for 4 hours – will be available at the Bourse Garage, 400 Ranstead Street, entrance at 10 S. 4th Street.

When: Tuesday, March 28th, 4:00 – 7:00 p.m.

Agenda: Following a brief welcome, the evening will begin with a facilitated Speed Networking opportunity which is your chance to meet plenty of folks who have scanned the participating nonprofits and selected your mission. Once you’ve completed the “meet and greet”, you will segue into a Happy Hour (actually, 1.25 hours!) where you can take a deeper dive with your most promising new connections.

FYI: To keep your energy up for this intense team-building, soft drinks, beer, wine and hors d’oeuvres will be served throughout the evening, compliments of the event sponsors – organizations committed to supporting and nurturing the nonprofit community.

Cost: $20 per person.

TO REGISTER: Please email Christina Baer at christina@pano.org. Please indicate whether you are reserving one or two seats!

Alumni Spotlight: Sonia Topiarz

Meet Sonia, a 2012 MPA alumna! Sonia worked for the American Red Cross, Berks County Chapter for 5 years as Volunteer and Disaster Services Manager.  Currently she is at home with 3 girls and working on Infinideeds.com.


1) Tell us a little bit about your website, Infinideeds.com. Why did you start the site and how does it work?

I think everyone has a moment in their life that kindness has inspired them.  Perhaps someone paid for your meal, you watched someone help an elderly person cross the street, or you saw a story on the news.  Kindness is all around us, yet as the world and its problems get bigger, the “good stuff” becomes overshadowed.

Infinideeds was born out of a need to not only focus on the good, but to focus on the good in the world and watch how it continues to inspire.  Perhaps you purchase someone a coffee in Nashville, they pay for someone’s meal in Frankfurt and then the card continues to pop up all over the US.  Each card has a unique tracking number that allows you to watch how one act of kindness has caused a chain of reactions that you may never have known about before.  Kindness doesn’t have to be huge to change someone’s world, it is the incremental kindness that changes us all daily.

50% of the proceeds of every card sold go to one of six charities that the buy can choose upon their checkout.

2) How has your MPA degree helped you thus far in your career?

The MPA degree has made a large difference in my life.  It was always a dream of mine to attend Villanova and the program allowed me to learn more about nonprofit management as well as meet so many wonderful and inspiring people. While in the program I had my first and second child and realized that I wanted to pursue my passion in encouraging good deeds to better the world for them.

VSB Nonprofit Lunch and Learn: Wednesday, 10/12

Great opportunity for our nonprofit MPAers!

The Center for Church Management and Business Ethics in Villanova School of Business is hosting a Lunch and Learn about nonprofit planning for Giving Tuesday, which is just a short time away!

This is a FREE event and takes place Wednesday, 10/12 from 12-2 in Bartley Hall Room 1011.

Register here!

Heroes to Heroes: MPA Student Michael Brown

MPA student Michael Brown volunteers with Heroes to Heroes Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to providing peer support, suicide prevention, and a spiritual healing for veterans suffering from PTSD and Moral Injury. Members of the organization recently traveled to Israel, where U.S. soldiers with PTSD met their Israeli counterparts.

Michael said this about the organization and trip:

“No one comes home from combat without scars. But for those with deep invisible scars (PTSD, TBI or, perhaps worst, Moral Injury) there are limited options for moving past your wartime service. We take vets all the time that have exhausted everything the VA has to offer. They’ve tried all the therapies. They’ve exhausted the formulary list of medications in the VA pharmacy. There’s still something missing. I wish we could take credit for it, but we can’t. All we do is deliver them to Jerusalem and sit them down beside each other and their IDF counterparts. The rest can only be explained as the healing power of a return to a state of Grace.”

You can watch media coverage of the trip here. Amazing work, Michael!

#CHANGEISGOOD The New Paradigm for Nonprofits

Global Philadelphia Association is hosting an engaging panel discussion regarding nonprofit financial management in the 21st century.  At this event, you will learn from experts in the field and network with professionals in the Philadelphia region!

Registration is free for GPA members, $12 for non-GPA members.

Learn more and register here!