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Partner Event: Duck Pond

March 23, 2017 @ 9:00 am - 6:00 pm


What is Duck Pond? 

Nonprofit Village and Montgomery College have partnered to provide a “Shark Tank” style event. Participants will outline their nonprofit concept to a panel that includes experts in nonprofit program development, fundraising, marketing, finance and law. Duck Pond participants will learn how to define their mission better, generate operating strategies, identify partners and formulate the foundation for their organization’s compliance program.

This personal team of consultants will share best practices and recommendations to create an action strategy. Participants will receive resource development materials and additional nonprofit experts to contact. A technical assistance workshop on nonprofit compliance will be scheduled for the group at a convenient time in the spring.

Who is eligible to apply to the Duck Pond?

Individuals with a concept for a new nonprofit organization as well as startup nonprofits that want more guidance on establishing sound business practices.

When? Thursday, March, 23, 2017

Where? Hilton Rockville, 1750 Rockville Pike, Rockville, MD 20852

Application? To apply to the Duck Pond, click here CLICK HERE

Deadline? Friday, March 10, 2017

Fee? Thanks to the support of our sponsor, Aflac, the cost for those selected is $65 and it is free to fill out an application.

What will it include? A 45-minute slot to be a part of the event and receive written feedback from experts, nonprofit resources and contacts, and a follow up nonprofit workshop.


Panel of experts include:

Debra Liverpool, Senior Development Officer, DHS Hospital Foundations;

Justin Pollock, Founder and Principal, Orgforward;

Dorothy Umans, Dean of Community Education and Extended Learning, Montgomery College;

Paul Schwinn, Attorney, Shulman Rogers;

Ayda Sanver, Principal, Ayda Sanver Consulting;

Amy Coates Madsen, Director of the Standards for Excellence Institute, Maryland Nonprofits


All participants agreed that, having attended the first Duck Pond, they were better prepared to move forward with their nonprofit and more confident that it would be well-governed and compliant. One remarked:

“It’s fabulous–we definitely will apply again next year!”

Click here to see the video from last year

Hosted by Hilton Hotel and sponsored by Aflac

Partner Event: Duck Pond


March 23, 2017
9:00 am - 6:00 pm
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Hilton Rockville
1750 Rockville Pike
Rockville, MD 20852
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