Our Symposium–Giving Back to Non-Profits

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The regular season of football has started, pre-season hockey is underway, and baseball playoffs are just around the corner. To me, this means our fall Halt, Buzas and Powell’s Non-profit symposium is upon us.

If you don’t know, the symposium is a method of bringing together leaders of non-profit organizations for a half day of free education. Non-profits were seeking a resource that specifically provided non-profit guidance and answered questions about new regulations and upcoming changes that were confusing to implement. As a result of this initial need for non-profits and the Firms continued assistance to such organizations we have been hosting this semi-annual event for over ten years. The symposium serves as a way for us to give back to the non-profit community providing guidance on current topics empowering non-profits to continue their daily quests.

The planning of the symposium is a group effort amongst myself and other firm leaders along with the feedback former symposium attendees. We gather topics of interest from our survey following the symposium, clients, and non-profits around the community to identify topics of interest for the next symposium. Once subjects are identified, we reach out to industry experts who can share their insight on the chosen topic. Attendee feedback is crucial in this process as we want this to be an event that you find valuable. To make the proximity easier to our communities we host the event both in Baltimore and Alexandria on a semi-annual basis. We felt to be the most efficient we needed to provide information twice a year as things were changing too quickly in a year span. You can imagine that planning a semi-annual event in two locations is no small feat, but we feel that this information is so important to provide.

These are just a few of the reasons we continue find industry experts to provide FREE information on current topics within the non-profit industry. Join us this fall for a day of learning; we hope to see you at one of our fall symposiums.


Written by Andy Powell, CPA, Partner-in-Charge of Accounting and Audit Practice