Another helping of Stone Soup

By Jesse Campbell (

Article Published: Apr. 24 | Modified: May. 16
Another helping of Stone Soup

Learning and valuing the importance of building relationships with potential donors will be the resounding message nonprofit organizations will take away during a May 15 seminar at Appalachian State University.

To help local nonprofits expand their network of donors, Appalachian State University’s community service clearinghouse, Appalachian and the Community Together (ACT), and other community members are hosting a mini-seminar on how to build upon these vital partnerships.

Knows as “Stone Soup,” the annual nonprofit capacity building conference will be held from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Plemmons Student Union’s Parkway Ballroom. The public is invited to register.

This year’s theme is “Community, Connection, Capacity.” Guests are invited to a full day of workshops, networking and a keynote presented by Karl Yena, a former director for RJR Nabisco. He now devotes his life to volunteerism and serving with nonprofit boards across North Carolina, according to a news release.

Sessions topics include nonprofit public policy, legal compliance, fundraising, social media, sustainable finances, life and work balance, financial accounting and community engagement.

“This is very important for this community because of the numbers of nonprofits that serve the community in various ways,” organizer Kelsie Nuessmeir said in a previous interview. “A lot of these nonprofits (focus) on poverty and housing issues. These are a lot of causes that could definitely use our support.”

A complete schedule and registration information is available For more information, contact Nuessmeier at (

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