FORT MYERS, Fla. (Dec. 17, 2013) – Myers, Brettholtz & Company, PA, Certified Public Accountants & Business Consultants, will hold its 12th annual nonprofit workshop on Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014, from 7:15 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Since 2001, Myers, Brettholtz & Company, PA has sponsored seminars focused on the needs of nonprofits in the areas of human resources, fundraising, accounting practices and finance.

The seminar, “On Board: Leading the Way to Good Governance,” will take place at the Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre located at 1380 Colonial Boulevard in Fort Myers.

Myers, Brettholtz hosts the annual seminar in partnership with the Southwest Florida Community Foundation and the United Way of Lee, Hendry and Glades County. More than 130 nonprofit leaders and staff, and board members attended last year’s event.

This year’s program will include information on what every board member should know including the three legal duties of board members, the 10 responsibilities of board members, the role of the staff versus the role of the board, what structures can be changed to improve governance, recruiting and retaining board members and the role of board members in fundraising.

Emily Furlong, senior program manager of the Philanthropy & Nonprofit Leadership Center and Crummer Graduate School of Business for Rollins College, will serve as the day’s guest speaker.

During the event, the inaugural UNITE (Uniting Nonprofits In Teaming for Excellence) Award collaboration winner will be announced. The UNITE Award is a private/public partnership established by Myers, Brettholtz & Company, PA and supported by the Southwest Florida Community Foundation and the United Way of Lee, Hendry and Glades County. The winner will receive $25,000.

“Just as collaboration has been encouraged among our various local nonprofits, The UNITE Award is a collaboration that began with our firm and evolved into community funders, including the Southwest Florida Community Foundation and the United Way of Lee, Hendry and Glades County, adding support to the project,” added Steve Brettholtz, principal of Myers, Brettholtz. “Our goal is not only to provide an annual cash award to a successful collaboration effort but also to inform the nonprofit community about collaborative models that have succeeded in our area and to share proven effective practices for nonprofits working together.”

To be eligible for the award, a collaboration must:

  • Be based in the five-county Southwest Florida area (Lee, Collier, Charlotte, Hendry and Glades)
  • Involve two or more entities (i.e., nonprofit organizations, businesses, and/or government agencies)
  • Include a lead organization that is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit
  • Have a structure that is evidenced by a formal written agreement (i.e., memorandum of understanding, contract or merger agreement)
  • Be able to demonstrate the impact of the collaboration through measurable outcomes
  • Have been in operation for a minimum of 18 months, with a formal written agreement in place no later than March 1, 2012

Registration will begin at 7:15 a.m. A continental breakfast, lunch and refreshments will be served.

Registration is $25 per person and can be made by Jan. 8 by emailing kelly.talamo@mbcopa or calling 239-939-5775.

Since 1979, Myers, Brettholtz & Company, PA has been working with nonprofit organizations in Lee and Collier counties helping them achieve their goals. The company serves clients across the nation by performing accounting and auditing, tax preparation, bookkeeping and consulting.