For Immediate Release
August 18, 2008
White House and Californiavolunteers Summit Explore Expanded Partnerships to Strengthen California Nonprofits
On Tuesday, August 18, the White House Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives and CaliforniaVolunteers hosted a Partnership Summit to Strengthen Communities in Sacramento, highlighting ways to strengthen and expand partnerships between government and California's nonprofit sector to more effectively address human need. Hosted by FBCI Director Jay Hein and California Secretary of Service and Volunteering Karen Baker, the Summit drew nearly 1,000 public and private sector leaders from across the country for training in capacity building, adopting effective business practices, leveraging government funds, and more effectively engaging volunteers as critical resources. The Summit also featured innovative and effective models for addressing a range of social ills from substance abuse to global health and hunger. During the Conference, Secretary Baker announced that CaliforniaVolunteers will appoint a Federal Resources Liaison in the coming months to connect nonprofits with ways to leverage government partnerships. This liaison will work with the Faith-Based and Community Initiative to engage grassroots organizations in addressing critical needs in their communities.