Tim Delaney, Guest Speaker
President and CEO
National Council of Nonprofits
Hosted by Howard Barnett, President of OSU-Tulsa and OSU Center for Health Sciences
And the Oklahoma Center for Nonprofits
Electronic invitations with exact locations to follow.
About the Event
The Oklahoma Center for Nonprofits will host "State of the Nation's Nonprofit Sector" featuring guest speaker Tim Delaney on March 12 in Oklahoma City and March 13 in Tulsa. Delaney, currently the president and CEO of the National Council of Nonprofits, will give a presentation and answer questions regarding national policy issues surrounding nonprofit organizations, including charitable giving tax incentives, sequestration and the overall health and movement of the sector.
Hosted by Howard Barnett, president of OSU-Tulsa and the OSU Health Sciences Center, Delaney's visit comes at a crucial time for not only local nonprofits, but for the national sector as well. Barnett, long known for his service to Oklahoma nonprofits, was tapped last year to chair the board of the National Council of Nonprofits in Washington, D.C.
Marnie Taylor, president of the Oklahoma Center for Nonprofits, called Tim Delaney "one of the nation's leading experts on nonprofit advocacy and policy" and praised his work late last year educating and rallying the sector around legislation affecting charities nationwide.
"Tim is a tenacious and tireless advocate for nonprofits," Taylor said. "He has kept state associations informed of every potential detail about the fiscal cliff to changes in charitable giving incentives, sequestration and legislation affecting nonprofits."
Taylor said this was a perfect opportunity for nonprofit leaders - both staff and board - to convene to hear about national issues and advocacy that affect nonprofits large and small.
"Whether we are talking about philanthropy, personal giving, funding cuts or any other issues that would affect the health and performance of nonprofits, having a competent voice in D.C. helps the sector have a say in the legislative process,"Taylor said. "Nonprofits employ 10% of the American workforce and contribute more to GDP than agriculture, mining and utilities combined. Yet, we seem to have a tiny seat at a growing table when it comes to federal policy. Tim and the National Council have demonstrated that we must be well aware of any changes to policy that could dramatically affect charities."
Delaney's visit is part of a two-day education and information tour of Oklahoma. He will also speak to institutional donors, legislators and other policymakers at separate events in both Tulsa and Oklahoma City. In addition, he will be the keynote speaker at meetings of each of the city's Rotary clubs. The Center will also honor longtime advocate, policy maker and philanthropist Howard Barnett with a private reception in Tulsa.