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Registration for this event closes on August 18th.
The Power of Non-Profit Advocacy
Presented by Laura Kellams and Cyndi Bilyeu
If you want to make the biggest difference possible for the people – or animals or trees! – you serve, don’t overlook public policy as one of the most powerful tools in your box. We’ll talk about the power of advocacy and break through some common misconceptions, including the limits on 501(c)3 organizations (yes, you’re allowed to participate as an organization). As fundraisers, it’s important to remember that successful advocacy can help not only your mission, but also your organization’s bottom line.
Laura Kellams joined AACF as its first Northwest Arkansas director in 2008. At Advocates, she does a variety of public policy research, community education and legislative outreach, working to ensure that all children have the resources they need to reach their full potential. Before she joined Advocates, she was a newspaper reporter for 15 years, mostly covering politics and government for the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. In 2005-06, during her time as a journalist, she served as a Congressional Fellow on the U.S. Senate Finance Committee. Laura has a journalism degree from the University of Arkansas and has lived in the northwest corner of the state for more than 30 years. She and her husband Kyle live in Fayetteville.
Cyndi Bilyeu joined the Sunshine School & Development Center as the in July 2012. Cyndi has over 20 years of nonprofit leadership and management experience, including an extensive background in staff and volunteer development, program improvement and community relations. Cyndi is active in the community as a member of the Rogers Noon Rotary Club, a graduate of Leadership Fayetteville and Leadership Benton County and was named as one of Northwest Arkansas’ 40 Under 40 in 2004. Cyndi is also currently serving on the board of directors for the Down Syndrome Connection of Northwest Arkansas and the Arkansas Developmental Disabilities Providers Association. Cyndi lives in Rogers with her two children, Jacob and Alexandria. Cyndi is very passionate about improving the lives of those in the Northwest Arkansas region and is proud to serve such a vital mission as the CEO of the Sunshine School & Development Center.