Nonprofits Association, League of Cities host Town Hall Social; federal engagement workshop

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ST. GEORGE – The Utah Nonprofits Association, Southern Utah nonprofit organizations and the Utah League of Cities and Towns are pleased to announce their first partnership project, a Town Hall Social on Thursday from 3:30-6 p.m. at the Dixie Convention Center, 1835 S. Convention Center Drive in St. George.

Town Hall Social

This event is part of the Utah League of Cities and Towns Midyear Conference, April 8-10. Both UNA and ULCT are excited for this opportunity to partner in support of  the associations’ shared value: building the best communities for Utahns.

City of St. George Mayor Jon Pike will welcome attendees and share his perspective on the contributions of charitable organizations locally and throughout the state.

UNA CEO Chris Bray will give a brief opening presentation then open up the social to allow nonprofit organizations, officials and legislators opportunity to meet one-on-one to unify in a collaborative way to strengthen Utah communities.

For UNA and its members, this has been an exciting year for nonprofits in Utah. This was the first time that the Economic Report to the Governor included the nonprofit industry, and UNA was pleased to contribute to this segment of the report. UNA has focused on public policy over the past few years and will be increasing those efforts going forward. Public policy is a pivotal element of UNA’s work to unify, strengthen and elevate nonprofits throughout the state.

Government, business and nonprofits are all important sectors to ensure our communities are strong and vibrant. All nonprofits and community members are invited to join the Utah Nonprofits Association for the inaugural Town Hall Social.

Tickets are $30 for members, $50 for nonmembers, and participants are asked to register online by April 6.

The Town Hall event will also feature 12 round tables available for purchase by Southern Utah’s nonprofit organizations – $50 for UNA members, $120 for nonmembers. Each table host organizations will have the opportunity to feature information about their organization, mission, impact and more. Tables will also have signage and 10 seats for officials to spend time with members of the organization.  Round tables are issued on a first come, first served basis. Each round table sponsor will receive one ticket to the annual conference in September, valued at $250.

Morning workshop

Prior to the Town Hall, UNA will feature a special workshop from 8 a.m. to noon at the Santa Clara City Offices, 2603 Santa Clara Drive, titled “Federal Partnership: Elevating the Local Voice in National Conversation.” The workshop will be led by Dianne Browning, professional staff member for Sen. Orrin G. Hatch, focusing on federal engagement. It is free but online registration is required.

Many involved in nonprofit organizations feel that “D.C. doesn’t care what happens in my town;” “My member of Congress doesn’t vote the way I want him to;” or “I’m just a small nonprofit, I can’t change the way Washington works.” The fact is, everyone must learn how to advocate, and create relationships based on trust, respect and an interest in serving a common goal to create strong, vibrant communities.

Browning’s workshop

  • Learn the best ways to get your federal delegation’s attention and influence action
  • Become familiar with federal law making and the federal budget process
  • Develop skills for participation in public policy making
  • Learn how Utahans can position to receive federal sources by understanding how individuals can influence the federal appropriations process and federal agency rule making.

As nonprofits deliver much of the hospital care, higher education, social services, cultural entertainment, employment and training, low-income housing, community development, social welfare and emergency aid services available in our country, your federal delegation recognizes nonprofits and community organizations are crucial partners in the success of our nation. This workshop will provide an exceptional opportunity for nonprofit organizations to explore how to make their local voice register in the

Event details 

  • What: Southern Utah Town Hall event
  • When: April 9, from 3:30-6 p.m.
    • 3:30-4:15 p.m. Town Hall Social Presentation
    • 4:15-6 p.m. Networking Social with Appetizers and Refreshments
  • Where: Dixie Convention Center, 1835 S. Convention Center Drive, St. George
  • Tickets: $30 for members, $50 for nonmembers | Register by April 6 online
    • Round table: $50 for members, $120 for nonmembers



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