By News Release

PETERBOROUGH — The Monadnock Center for History and Culture will host a Community Conversation on Tuesday, March 13 to explore the idea of forming a nonprofit network to enhance the work of the region’s nonprofit sector. Community Conversations begin at 7 p.m. with short presentations by our panel. Then the floor is opened to conversation, comments, and questions. These programs are held in Bass Hall at the Monadnock Center for History and Culture, 19 Grove St., in Peterborough. Community Conversations are free and everyone is welcome.

The nonprofit sector is the third largest economic driver in our state, yet each nonprofit often operates in a vacuum, struggling to raise funds, manage boards, oversee programs and staff. What if our local nonprofit community came together as an industry sector? What are the possibilities to leverage talents, resources and creativity? Could nonprofits save money, raise more money by collaborating on like-minded projects? Would we be better able to avoid competing and find common ground? This conversation will challenge us to think creatively about how we could create a local nonprofit network, a collaborative, a workspace that supports the important work of nonprofits and provides us opportunities to be better together without having to give up our identity and unique supporters.

Our Conversation starters for Do We Need a Monadnock Nonprofit Network are Richard Ober, President and CEO, New Hampshire Charitable Foundation; Kathleen Reardon, CEO, NH Center for Nonprofits; Karen Hatcher, Executive Director, The Cornucopia Project; and Joseph Ierna, Board Member and former Development Director. The moderator for the evening is Michelle Stahl, Executive Director for the Monadnock Center for History and Culture.

Community Conversations is a series that explores many of the issues impacting our communities. A partnership between the Monadnock Center for History and Culture and the Monadnock Ledger-Transcript, each Conversation features local experts talking about challenges faced by our communities. Some issues are global in nature, but each conversation is designed to examine the topic from a local perspective. The program provides residents with the opportunity to learn more about issues impacting their communities, to engage in a civil dialog with speakers and with each other, and to come away with a sense that there are things that individuals and communities can do to foster change and improvement.

The Monadnock Center for History and Culture is a community museum and cultural center. For directions or more information about this and other programs, visit or call (603) 924-3235.