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What is a Fireside Chat: Fireside Chats are casual conversations with the moderator. A topic will be selected for each event and the moderator will discuss her experience with each topic. Attendees are also welcome to contribute to the conversation with their own experiences. Fireside Chat Agenda 6:15 pm - 6:30pm: Arrival and pre-event mingling and networking. 6:30pm - 7:30pm: We'll get underway with our topic of the day “Getting Sponsors for your Meetup Events”. We'll be covering tips and best practices on how to approach sponsors. As well, what to avoid when selecting a sponsor. 7:30pm - 8:00pm: Wrap up and post event networking. Fireside Chats are kept small to keep the topic engaging for those participating. As so, ALL RSVPs are required to re-confirm their attendance 48 hours before the event. If you don’t confirm 48 hours before the event you will be moved to the Waiting List. About the Moderator/ Host: Janet Perez has organized both social and business meetups for 10 years. She brings her own experiences as a Meetup Organizer and loves to share Best Practices that she has learned throughout the years. "I believe that peer- to-peer communities are a great way to share ideas, insights, and trouble shoot common problems." -Janet We will be sharing Parking information closer to the date of the event.
Going Non-Profit and Going for Scale - Expert Panel We have spent the last 3 months going over how to make a profit with a Meetup group. Now what? How do I go and make a non-profit from my Meetup group? As in 501c3? Curious then sign up! May 9th Event :: One Culver WeWork AGENDA: A) First, we are going to have a special guest Ejior Morrow from Goodwill & Mockingbird consulting. She is an expert at non-profit development and grant writing. As part of our panel she will also join the discussion with two amazing ladies that have gone non-profit. These two amazing Organizers have taken their passion and turned it into successful non-profits. Alysia Allen and Marsia Powers will share their experience and answer questions of the process and how they utilize the non-profit structure to help their communities grow. **Note any members that have created 501c3(4) please-please come and share your expertise as well!** B) Next, we will have a wrap-up of the “How do we make money series” with questions and answers about how did organizers make money with the 2 dozen strategies we covered.. C) And finally, we will have an open forum for questions covering everything Meetup with our standard panel of experts. Technical questions? Integrations with Google Calendr? Problem members? Our experienced Organizers have done that and been there! -- NEWBie Organizers? This is for you! Get the questions and support from fellow organizers who been there and done that! Our Non-Profit 501c3 Expert Bio’s Alysia Allen — Alysia started researching a book club to attend 8 years ago after seeing a co-work speed read the last few chapters of a book before her book club meeting that evening. Each book club offered some great and fun things but something was off. Alysia was the only Black woman in the room each time. The search continued until Alysia had selfishly created Mocha Girls Read with the sole focus of building a book club that was the opposite of everything she didn't like in other book clubs and with the hopes of maintaining a group of 30 women in LA. On October 1, 2011, Mocha Girls Read book club held its first book club meeting with 12 local area members. As of today, Mocha Girls Read has 8 chapters across the US with 5,000 members; 2 online chapters on Facebook and Goodreads with membership at 3,000 total; 2 book club of the year awards and countless nominations. Mocha Girls Read has been mentioned in http://Fobes.com; Tucson Life; and by http://Goodreads.com. Mocha Girls Read became a 5013(c) in 2018 and has built partnerships with Smith Publicity and Frolic Media. Marsia Powers — Fandom Charities was created because “if nothing we do matters, then all that matters is what we do.” - Angel TV Series, by Joss Whedon Fandom Charities Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization formed in 2007 for the purpose of raising funds for charitable organizations through affordable fandom gatherings, conventions, special appearances and media events. Our premiere charity event was the celebration of the 10th Anniversary of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, on April 20, 2007. Tickets sold out within a week of being announced. Special guests David Fury, Ben Edlund, James Leary and Camden Toy were on hand to chat with the crowd. The event benefited The Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation. Since 2008, we have annually hosted the flagship closing event of both San Diego Comic Con and WonderCon. In 2004, Marsia got involved in the world-wide SaveAngel Campaign by co-running the widely publicized rally at the Warner Brothers Ranch. It was fun, it was a great way to meet more people and most importantly fan event. That’s when Marsia realized that fans would love to socialize as they give back to society. And her friends learned that when Marsia says “I have an idea,” it’s going to be an adventure. More details coming!