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Talk by national expert on Sept. 20 will address sustainability for nonprofits

Change doesn’t come cheap. Today’s successful nonprofit organizations don’t undercut their mission by asking for less and promising more.

National expert Claire Knowlton will speak on overhead expenses distracting nonprofit professionals from what the sector really needs to focus on: full costs. Her talk, “Why Funding Overhead is Not the Real Issue: The Case to Cover Full Costs,” is the next in the 2017 Nonprofit Executive Roundtable Series offered by Tidewater Community College’s Academy for Nonprofit Excellence.

Knowlton, director of advisory services for the Los Angeles-based Nonprofit Finance Fund, has made a career of helping nonprofits address the full cost of doing good in a way that’s financially sustainable for the long term. She will explain the importance of nonprofit donor-asks including funding to support overhead expenses and growth.

Knowlton will speak on Sept. 20 from 2-5 p.m. at The Obici House at Sleepy Hole Golf Course in Suffolk. Cost is $125. Dinner at 5:30 p.m., is included with the cost of your reservation. Register for $125 online.

The session is worth 0.3 Continuing Education Units.

Previously, Knowlton was executive director of a community-based arts center in Los Angeles. Her eight years there brought the organization from financial distress to a model of excellence in programming and organizational management.

Knowlton is co-founder and board president of The Life You Can Save, a nonprofit committed to ending poverty by directing philanthropic dollars to the most effective solutions.

TCC’s Nonprofit Executive Roundtable Series for nonprofit executive directors, chief executive officers and board members embraces solving the biggest challenges facing today’s nonprofit leaders. The series is offered in partnership with the Obici Healthcare Foundation.

For more information, contact Amanda Lloyd, program manager for the Academy for Nonprofit Excellence, at or 757-822-1170.