On Wednesday, Illinois Partners for Human Service is kicking off the Southern Illinois Nonprofit Symposium at John A Logan College.
Illinois' two-year budget impasse took its toll on the human service sector.
On top of an uncertain future with funding, many of the organizations lost employees leaving the state for more stable employment.
Illinois Partners for Human Service is an advocacy group for more than 800 nonprofit human and health service providers.
Executive Director Judith Gethner says those who attend will be part of a learning journey designed to teach 10 commitments over the next year to help the organizations thrive in today’s environment.
“We’re going to have lectures and webinars and trainings and then we’ll have another in person meeting in June and one at the culmination.”
They’re also using the in person meetings for peer networking.
“All of these human service providers coming together, collaborating, learning together, visioning together of what they want to have Illinois and rural Illinois look like in the future.”
SIU is partnering with them to research the impact the commitments have on the organizations.
“SIU is going to be doing a pre-assessment of those nonprofits as we begin the learning journey and they will do a post assessment at the completion of the learning journey.”
The Symposium is from 9-2 and participants must register to attend.