September 1, 2005

The University of Kentucky Nonprofit Leadership Initiative’s third annual Kentucky Nonprofit Leadership Forum is Oct. 6 at the Holiday Inn North in Lexington. The Leadership Initiative will also host a preconference workshop, “Cultivating and Soliciting Major Gifts,” on Oct. 5.

The forum provides an excellent opportunity for executive directors, board members, fund development, finance, program staff and volunteers of nonprofit organizations to hear from local and national speakers in the nonprofit sector on a variety of topics including: fund development, volunteer management, human resources and financial management, said Danielle Clore, Initiative director.

This year’s forum features a variety of experts, including Turney Berry, an attorney with Wyatt, Tarrant and Combs listed in The Best Lawyers in America - Trusts and Estate and a member of the Legal Advisory Committee of the Council on Foundations. Berry will present two sessions on planned giving. Michael Lichtenstein, vice president of Marks Paneth Strategy Group of New York, will present four sessions, including: “Boosting Your Nonprofit’s Earned Income” and “Using a Business Plan in Your Nonprofit Organization.” 

William T. Sturtevant, vice president for principal gifts at the University of Illinois Foundation, is the preconference workshop speaker. Sturtevant is a nationally recognized specialist in major and deferred gifts and planning and solicitation strategies, Clore said. He is the author of the best-selling book, The Artful Journey: Cultivating and Soliciting the Major Gift.

The 2005 forum will also feature the first Fifth Third Bank Innovative Nonprofit Award. The award will be given to a Kentucky nonprofit organization in recognition of implementation of inventive, nontraditional programs or methods that effectively and efficiently meet community needs. The organization will have demonstrated creativity and vision in finding solutions to address community issues.

Registration for the Nonprofit Leadership Forum must be received by Oct. 3. To receive an early registration discount, registration must be received by Sept. 19. Forms are available online at or by calling (859) 257-2542.

The Nonprofit Leadership Initiative is an outreach program of the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture. The Initiative serves and strengthens Kentucky’s nonprofit sector through educational opportunities, consulting services and resources for organizations and their leaders.


Editor: Laura Skillman 270-365-7541 ext. 278

Contact: Danielle Clore, 859-257-1037