Press Club Co-Sponsors BBB Charity Symposium

New approaches in nonprofit management will be front and center this month at the Better Business Bureau (BBB) Charity Symposium: Create Opportunities with Creativity, Aug. 30 at the Chase Park Plaza.

William Donius, former chairman of Pulaski Bank and best-selling author of Thought Revolution: How to Unlock Your Inner Genius, will be the keynote speaker. Donius’s book offers a proven, easy method for finding creativity by tapping into the right brain. His presentation will help nonprofits increase their own creativity, unlocking their potential for growth.

Donius will open the symposium at 7:30 a.m. A panel discussion will follow, and participants will have the opportunity to ask questions at the breakfast meeting, which adjourns at 9:30 a.m. Other speakers at the event include:

  • Kirby Burkholder, executive director of the Missouri office of IFF, which provides loans to non-profits in Illinois, Missouri, Indiana and Wisconsin. Burkholder has overseen the growth of IFF’s loan portfolio in Missouri to $43 million in closed loans.
  • Melanie Scheetz, executive director of the Foster & Adoptive Care Coalition, has helped the organization recruit more than 1,150 new foster and adoptive families. Under her guidance, the coalition developed Extreme Recruitment, a groundbreaking program that has been featured in national publications, including Time Magazine and The New York Times.
  • Marilyn Gannon, board president of Meds & Food For Kids (MFK), which seeks to reduce Haitian reliance on outside rescue by investing in economic development. The nonprofit makes food products in Haiti, using Haitian workers and Haitian raw materials and trains Haitian farmers on sustainable higher yield agricultural practices. Gannon is CEO of Innovate St. Louis, a nonprofit which helps entrepreneurs launch technology businesses.

The cost is $35, including a continental breakfast, or $30 for BBB Accredited Charities. If more than one person from an organization attends, the cost is $30 each.

For more information on the symposium, go to For reservations, email or call 314-645-0606.