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Local United Way to offer strategic planning training

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By Kelly Cantrall

United Way is known for dispensing money to nonprofits, but this spring it will be dispensing knowledge as well.

The United Way of Central Kentucky will host a strategic planning forum for nonprofits in April and May, with a bonus grant-writing session to follow.

The goal of the forum is to assist nonprofits in creating a three-to-five-year strategic plan for their organizations.

The forum is open to organizations in Hardin, Grayson, LaRue and Meade counties and is free to all who register. It is funded through a grant from the Corporation of National and Community Service.

The forum consists of three sessions, the first starting April 12 and the last ending May 10. The sessions will run from 8 a.m. to noon at Severns Valley Baptist Church in Elizabethtown.

Registered organizations can take part in the grant-writing session May 17 after completing the three sessions, which are coordinated by the Center for Non-Profit Excellence in Louisville.

Chris Wilborn, director of the United Way of Central Kentucky, said he estimates that services such as these could cost an organization $5,000 if contracted independently.

“There is a significant value” to the event, Wilborn said.

Wilborn encourages staff members of the organization and their board members to attend, because strategic planning needs collaboration between both parties.

Those wishing to attend can call United Way at (270) 737-6608 by April 6. There are openings for 40 organizations.

Kelly Cantrall can be reached at (270) 505-1747 or kcantrall@thenewsenterprise.com.