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Nonprofit health is focus of seminar

National experts will visit Salt Lake City this month to discuss how Utah's nonprofit organizations can better sustain themselves.

The "Social Entrepreneurship: Doing Good While Making Money" conference is set for March 13 at Salt Lake Community College's Miller campus, 9750 S. 300 West.

Social entrepreneurship aims for a double bottom line: providing better services to people while maintaining financial health — and becoming less dependent on grants and donations.

"Without self-generated revenue, nonprofits will remain forever dependent on the kindness of strangers," said Jerr Boschee, the conference's keynote speaker. Boschee is founder of the Social Enterprise Fund and director of the Institute for Social Entrepreneurs.

Barbara Eber-Schmid, director of Trees New York, will also speak during the conference. She took her troubled organization's budget from $56,000 to $750,000 using the concepts of social entrepreneurship.

Ten Thousand Villages director Paul Myers and Guru's Foundation founder Kevin Hall will also speak during breakout sessions and will be available for personal consultations.

The March 13 event will begin at 7:30 a.m. with a continental breakfast and will conclude with social hours from 3-5 p.m. Cost is $75 for Utah Nonprofits Association members and $100 for non-members. Registration information and materials are available on the UNA Web site, www.utahnonprofits.org, or by calling 581-4883.