Nonprofits across the country are embracing social media and tapping into its platforms to further their missions. Apart from using social media tools as a conduit for connecting with communities, they are looking to it as an additional resource to recruit volunteers, help fundraise and fortify their messaging. With the help of major front-runners in social media, Social Media for Nonprofits has put together a seven-city conference series aimed at teaching nonprofits how to use social media to promote their cause.

On October 14, 2011 Social Media for Nonprofits conference series will be coming to the Microsoft Conference Center in Redmond, WA to help connect hundreds of nonprofit professionals and organizations with leading nonprofit social media experts and their peers. The event will provide practical tips and tools for fundraising, marketing, and advocacy, all delivered by dynamic experts in keynotes, workshops, roundtables, and panels. Several of the prominent keynote speakers that have volunteered their time and expertise for the event are Charles Porch, the head of nonprofit relations at Facebook, Claire Diaz Ortiz, VP Social Innovation and Philanthropy at Twitter and Bryan Breckenridge of LinkedIn.

The conference will be followed by a networking reception and launch party for the newly released book, Nonprofit Management 101: A Complete and Practical Guide for Leaders and Professionals. Edited by Social Media for Nonprofits Co-Producer and MC Darian Rodriguez Heyman and featuring practical insights from 50 leading experts across 35 topics, the handbook is designed as a compass for the social sector.

Social Media for Nonprofits is a young organization started by former Executive Director of Craigslist Foundation, Darian Rodriguez Heyman, and events producer, Ritu Sharma. Since its inception in June 2011, the conferences have brought social media trainings to sold out crowds in San Francisco, New York, Los Angeles, Chicago and Washington DC.

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