ONEplace @ kpl Opens Tuesday
Mar 2/, 2009 10:08:55 AM
Kalamazoo, MI –
On Tuesday, March 3, 2009, Kalamazoo Public Library opens ONEplace@ kpl, a new nonprofit management support organization (MSO), with a reception from 4:00-5:30 pm in the Central Library’s Van Deusen Room. A formal presentation will take place at 4:30 pm. Tours of ONEplace will follow.
During the presentation:
- Ann Rohrbaugh, library director, will welcome guests;
- Rick Hughey, Irving S. Gilmore Foundation executive vice president/CEO, and Dave Gardiner, Kalamazoo Community Foundation vice president for community investment, will offer opening remarks;
- Kyle Caldwell, president of the Michigan Nonprofit Association, will speak about the value of organizations like ONEplace and welcome ONEplace into the Michigan network of MSOs;
- Bobbe A. Luce, who directs ONEplace, will share the goals and opportunities planned for the center.
ONEplace @ kpl Services
The word ONE stands for Opportunities for Nonprofit Excellence, which is why the center exists. ONEplace will offer all who lead, manage, and support nonprofit organizations in Kalamazoo County assessments and technical assistance, targeted resource referrals, training workshops, webinars, and casual, peer-learning opportunities. The ONEplace calendar already features several free workshops. Registration will be required; learn more online. The center’s comprehensive new website will also launch on March 3.
ONE place @ kpl History
The concept for ONEplace grew out of discussions by a task force of area foundation representatives and nonprofit leaders. Recognizing the challenges facing nonprofit organizations in our county, the foundations sought a centralized support center like others they studied across the state. Known as management support organizations (MSOs), each center operates through a unique model that service serves its community best.
Kalamazoo Public Library was selected by the task force to house and operate the center because of its accessibility, strong infrastructure, and neutral, information-based mission.
Major funding for ONEplace is provided by the Irving S. Gilmore Foundation and the Kalamazoo Community Foundation with start-up support from the Greater Kalamazoo United Way, materials support from the Timothy and Bernadette Marquez Fund at the Denver Foundation, and in-kind support from the Kalamazoo Public Library.
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