LANL Hosts Community Conversation On Needs Of Area Nonprofits And How To Meet Them

Los Alamos National Laboratory  hosted a Community Conversation Thursday morning at UNM-Los Alamos. The Conversation focused on the challenges facing nonprofit staff and board members in the search for organizational excellence. The morning began with a panel presentation. Panel members from left, LANL Director Thom Mason, Barrios Unidos Executive Director Lupe Salazar, Pajarito Environmental Education Center Executive Director Katie Bruell, Mesa to Mesa Executive Director Inez Leibman and N3B-Los Alamos Regulatory and Stakeholder Interface Program Manager Frazer Lockhart. Mason and Lockhart spoke on how nonprofits can connect with their organizations to seek, not only funding, but volunteers. Mason said LANL is ‘gerrymandering’ its giving to concentrate on seven New Mexico Counties, including Los Alamos, Rio Arriba and Santa Fe. The rest of the panel discussed their needs as nonprofits and how businesses, organizations and individuals can help them. The panel stressed the importance of volunteers as well as dollars for nonprofit agencies. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
An audience of around 80 people involved with area nonprofits attended the LANL Community Conversation panel discussion Thursday morning at UNM-Los Alamos. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
LANL Community Partnerships Office Director Kathy Keith moderated the event. It is one of the goals of her office to help nonprofits harness the ‘time, talent and energy’ of the LANL workforce. The office can serve as ‘matchmakers’ for employees and nonprofit volunteer opportunities, she said. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
After the panel discussion, attendees divided into groups to discuss everything from fundraising to working with the media. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/