Wow! What a smashing success. More than 200 nonprofit professionals enjoyed the day at the 2017 Nonprofit Conference which took place on September 28 at the Double Tree Hotel in Cathedral City
This year's three featured speakers included: Jan Masaoka, CEO of California Association of Nonprofits, Don Howard CEO and President of the James Irvine Foundation, and high school basketball Coach Ken Carter, who inspired the 2005 Paramount movie "Coach Carter." They were all fantastic!
"Excellent job on this year's 2017 Nonprofit Conference and Desert Fast Pitch! The information provided during the conference was extremely insightful, among them Dr. Anthony Silard's session. Also, this year's keynote speaker, Coach Ken Carter, inspired us to carry on our work and to "reset and preset" to deliver the maximum impact to those we serve. I look forward to attending another excellent conference next year!" Cristina Gregorio, Director of College & Career Success | OneFuture Coachella Valley.
"Thank you!" to the following organizations for their financial contribution to support this event: Union Bank, Borrego Health, First 5 Riverside, the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco, the Desert HealthCare District, The California Endowment, Fourth District County Supervisor V. Manuel Perez, Bank of America, Riverside County Economic Development Agency, The Desert Community Foundation, The Community Foundation, Inland Empire Health Plan (IEHP), and Clinicas de Salud del Pueblo.
Desert Fast Pitch competition, wherein six nonprofits made their three minute pitch to the audience and judges ; 4ShayJ Foundation; Jewish Family Service of the Desert; Operation SafeHouse; Read With Me Volunteer Program; Smooth Transition; and The Unforgettables.
"They are all winners!" said 4th District Supervisor V. Manuel Perez.
This year's judges had a tough time deciding because all six organizations delivered strong pitches and all six have worthwhile causes. This year's Top Prize of $20,000 went to 4ShayJFoundation, the Most Innovative/Impactful award of $15,000 went to Operation SafeHouse and the Audience Choice award of $10,000 also went to Operation SafeHouse.
If you missed the competition, you can watch the action by visiting our YouTube Channel (videos to be added shortly)
This year's "inspirational speaker" was high school basketball Coach Ken Carter. Coach Carter provided some memorable anecdotes about coaching his championship boys' and girls' basketball teams and life experiences which influenced him.
"We at RAP feel very fortunate to have Coach Carter make himself available later in the evening to speak to over 150 local high school students, said RAP Board Chairman Mark Moran.
"Students from Bobby Duke Middle School, Coachella Valley High School, Cahuilla Desert Academy Desert Mirage High School and La Familia High School attended the event with Coach Carter," added Trini Arredondo, Coachella Valley Youth Leadership Director.
"Students really enjoyed meeting Coach Carter and getting to connect with a celebrity. When I ask students today what they thought, many remember him saying to be different than everybody else. Look Sharp and cut your hair.
"As their mentor, I want to thank the RAP Foundation for including Joven Noble students-it's a rare opportunity when students get to connect with a real celebrity like Coach Carter. Anytime we can connect youth with a role model who has had a similar struggle in life, with a positive outcome, it's just amazing. I'm happy 67 Joven Noble students attended the event."
In addition, students from Desert Hot Springs High School, Cathedral City High School and the Fourth District Supervisorial Youth Advisory Council also attended.
Pictured: John Epps, Stuart McClain, Coach Carter, Leticia De Lara, Eva Guenther-James, and Mireya Reyes.