May 08, 2013 /EIN Presswire/ -- BVU's impact on the community through its twenty-year history has been significant, through its core work of engaging businesses, strengthening nonprofits, building strong nonprofit boards and connecting volunteers.
BVU: The Center for Nonprofit Excellence is celebrating 20 years of linking businesses and nonprofits to strengthen Northeast Ohio. BVU was founded in 1993 by leaders at BP, Eaton Corporation, Jones Day, KeyBank, TRW, The Cleveland Foundation, The George Gund Foundation, and United Way of Greater Cleveland. The organization serves as a national model for linking businesses to nonprofits,training and matching the next generation of nonprofit board members, and enhancing the effectiveness of nonprofits.
BVU's impact on the community through its twenty-year history has been significant, through its core work of engaging businesses, strengthening nonprofits, building strong nonprofit boards and connecting volunteers. The numbers tell a significant story, but even more powerful are the stories of individuals, businesses and nonprofits that are making a difference in our community.
371 BUSINESSES ENGAGED
BVU serves a wide range of businesses in Northeast Ohio, from banks and professional services firms to manufacturers and small businesses. BVU helps businesses engage their employees at all levels in meaningful community service through board matching, pro bono consulting, and team building volunteer projects.
"We are thrilled with the difference our Team Members were able to make during our expanded National Volunteer Week activities, where more than 575 Team Members participated in volunteer projects at over 30 nonprofits. Their thoughtful generosity is an inspiration. On behalf of Jo-Ann, I would like to say 'Thank You' to BVU for their assistance in coordinating this week's activities." - Tom Williams, Senior Vice President, Human Resources, Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores
2,300 BUSINESS PROFESSIONALS CONNECTED TO NONPROFIT BOARDS
BVU's board matching program trains and matches professionals to nonprofit boards based on the needs of nonprofits for particular skills and expertise and the qualifications and interests of each candidate. Since 1993, more than 2,300 business professionals have been trained and matched to over 450 nonprofit boards through the program.
"My employer has wholeheartedly supported and applauded my participation on non-profit boards and in our community. I can transfer my skills, achieved from many years of business and legal experience, to my service as a board member. Alternatively, the fiduciary duties, strategic discussions and good governance practices I learn and practice as a board member are transferred back to my workplace. It is a synergistic 'win-win.' My non-profit involvement truly feeds my heart and soul." - Geralyn Presti, Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary, Forest City Enterprises and BVU Board Member
3,184 NONPROFITS STRENGTHENED
BVU works with nonprofits in Northeast Ohio to provide a bridge to local businesses and individuals that can help them advance their missions. Services include the referral of diverse board members, pro bono consultants, and hands-on volunteers; educational programs on governance and management issues; and consulting to strengthen nonprofit performance.
"BVU meets the needs and enhances the capacity of nonprofits of every size and phase of their lifecycle. From matching appropriate and amazing talent to our Boards and strengthening our staff teams through valuable training programs to customized consulting and board training tailored to unique nonprofit needs. We've benefited from their programs and services and have grown tremendously as a result!" - Natalie Leek-Nelson, CEO & President, Providence House
On Thursday, May 9, 2013, business and community leaders will come together to celebrate BVU's two decades at a reception at Ariel International Center. Attendees will include leaders from BVU's 110 business members, 264 nonprofit members, foundation funders and 45-member Board of Directors. Individuals who have participated in BVU's board matching program and risen to leadership positions at some of our community's nonprofits will also be in attendance. The brief program will include remarks by Beth E. Mooney, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, KeyCorp; BVU Board Chair David S. Goodman, Managing Partner-Cleveland, Squire, Sanders (US) LLP; Natalie Leek-Nelson, Chief Executive Officer & President, Providence House, Inc.; and Brian Broadbent, President and CEO, BVU: The Center for Nonprofit Excellence.
"We are proud of the role that BVU has played in Northeast Ohio, serving at the intersection of the business and nonprofit sectors," explains BVU Board Chair David Goodman. "It is an honor for us to connect individuals and businesses who want to make a difference with nonprofits in our community. They all benefit."
"As BVU celebrates its 20th anniversary, we continue to respond to the growing and changing needs of businesses and nonprofits in Northeast Ohio. We want to ensure that we can help engage millennials, retirees, and everyone in between in meaningful volunteer activities to continue to make Northeast Ohio an even greater place to live and work," said Brian Broadbent.
For more information about BVU services, please call 216-736-7711 or visit bvuvolunteers.org.
Reporters and news photographers are invited to cover the 20th anniversary celebration on May 9. Please contact BVU at 216-736-7711 for additional information.
What: Reception celebrating BVU's 20th anniversary
Who: 200 business and community leaders
Remarks by Beth E. Mooney, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, KeyCorp; BVU Board Chair David S. Goodman, Managing Partner-Cleveland, Squire, Sanders (US) LLP; Natalie Leek-Nelson, Chief Executive Officer & President, Providence House, Inc.; and Brian Broadbent, President and CEO, BVU: The Center for Nonprofit Excellence.
When: Thursday, May 9, 2013
Where: Ariel International Center, 1163 East 40th Street, Cleveland
About BVU: The Center for Nonprofit Excellence
BVU: The Center for Nonprofit Excellence was founded by visionary business leaders to create a vehicle to engage employees in meaningful volunteerism. BVU's mission is to promote business volunteerism and foster excellence in nonprofit organizations. Cleveland's Business Volunteers Unlimited (BVU) merged with Akron's Center for Nonprofit Excellence (CNE) in 2011, with a combined 31 years of strengthening the region's nonprofits.
BVU: The Center for Nonprofit Excellence
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