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SOMERS - The Nonprofit Development Program at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside will host a regional conference to sharpen the skills of those serving on nonprofit boards.

"The Board Development Conference: Tools for Effective Governance" will be held from 3:30 to 8:45 p.m. Oct. 12 at Case High School, 7345 Washington Ave.

"The conference will introduce attendees to the many resources available to improve the governance of their organizations and the skills of individual board members," said Debra Karp, Nonprofit Development program director. "Whether you have served on many boards or are an interested citizen who wants to learn more about serving, this conference will help make you more effective in this role."

The conference keynote speaker is Jason Saul, performance measurement and benchmarking expert, author of "Benchmarking for Nonprofits: How to Manage, Measure and Improve Performance" and winner of the Independent Publishers Association Ben Franklin Award for best business book of 2005. Saul co-founded the Center for What Works, a national nonprofit organization that sets standards for outcomes and performance measurement.

Following Saul's address, conference participants can attend the Emerging Leader Service Expo and meet representatives of local nonprofit organizations. Two 50-minute breakout sessions starting at 6:30 and 7:30 p.m. will cover subjects ranging from measuring and improving nonprofits' performance and board members' financial responsibilities to the basics of board service and the importance of diversity on nonprofit boards.

Cost of the Board Development Conference is $45 for those who pre-register by Oct. 5, or $50 at the door. This includes dinner and all materials. For more information, call (262) 595-2636 or access nonprofit.institute@uwp.edu by e-mail.

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