Featured speaker for the event is Lynn Eakin. Ms. Eakin has been providing consulting services to the nonprofit sector since 1989 but by the end of the 1990's, Lynn shifted the focus of her work to respond to what she saw as a growing crisis in the financing and regulation of nonprofit community organizations. Currently, as a Metcalf Foundation Fellow, Lynn is involved in the establishment of the Ontario Nonprofit Network, (ONN) to better position the sector to address the cross cutting policy issues it faces. Her studies have documented the systemic underfunding of the sector, described the cumulative administrative burden imposed by multiple funders on community organizations, warned of the disconnect between legislation and regulation of the sector and the daily reality of nonprofit organizations and called for distinct treatment of organizations providing public benefit in our communities as distinct from commercial enterprises.

"We are delighted to be welcoming Ms. Eakin to Mississauga", says Eileen MacKenzie, Executive Director for the Community Foundation of Mississauga. "Her work is thought provoking and timely. We know our donors and fund holders are passionately committed to effective grant making. Lynn's work can inform philanthropy in our community."Rounding out the evening will be the unveiling of the annual updates to the Donor Wall located in the Great Hall of the Mississauga Civic Centre and an opportunity for networking and fellowship at 8:00 pm following the formal agenda. A limited number of seats for the public are available by contacting the Community Foundation of Mississauga. More information about the event is available by calling 905-897-8880 or visiting the web site at www.CFofM.org.

Community Foundation of Mississauga
The Community Foundation of Mississauga is a registered charitable public foundation that seeks to match acts of caring with community needs by providing efficient, flexible donor services, grants to a broad range of community needs and leadership in understanding and responding to current and emergent community needs. Incorporated and registered in 2001, the Foundation has experienced significant growth in endowed funds and made the first grants from these funds in 2006. The Community Foundation of Mississauga is now managing approximately $13 million in endowed assets and has granted over $800,000 in its first three years of grant making.

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Eileen MacKenzie, Executive Director
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