The 2021 Annual Gathering, to be held virtually March 2-4, promises to be an interactive, informative, and inspirational three days, thanks to participants, presenters, and the host of event sponsors who are helping to make the Gathering a success. The sponsors are helping to make it possible, in lieu of a registration fee, for attendees to make a donation to CHHSM’s work in leadership formation and its commitment to racial equity and inclusion.

One such organization is Platinum Sponsor Ziegler, a privately held investment bank, capital markets and proprietary investments firm. Specializing in the healthcare, senior living and education sectors, as well as general municipal and structured finance, Ziegler is proud of the positive impact its work has on the communities it serves.

Several CHHSM members and partners are sponsoring some of the main activities during the Annual Gathering. Retirement Housing Foundation is returning as a Gold sponsor, and is sponsoring CHHSM’s annual business meeting. Additionally, two of the Gathering’s plenaries are sponsored by Gold sponsors United Church Homes and the UCC Pension Boards.

Additionally, many CHHSM partners have signed on as workshop sponsors, including the UCC Insurance Board, UCC Church Building & Loan Fund, and UCC Cornerstone Fund; plus United Church Funds.

CHHSM members Bellewood & Brooklawn/Seven Counties Services, based in Louisville, Ky, and Cedar Community in West Bend, Wis., also are workshop sponsors.

Many of CHHSM’s ministry partners also are sponsoring reflection or virtual social gatherings during the meeting, including Care Purchasing, the group purchasing agent behind the CHHSM Store; and United Methodist Association’s EAGLE (Educational Assessment Guidelines Leading toward Excellence) program, the only faith-based accrediting body in the world.

Additionally, Kittleman, a nonprofit executive search and recruitment firm for nonprofits; OrgStory, a nonprofit communications company; and Spencer Fane, a law firm known for their work with nonprofit leadership, also are serving as sponsors of reflection or virtual social gatherings.

“We are grateful for all of the partners who’ve agreed to sponsor a portion of this year’s Annual Gathering,” says Michael J. Readinger, CHHSM president and CEO. “Their support is invaluable in helping to ensure the best event possible.”

Readinger adds, “Please help us thank all of our sponsors by engaging with them throughout the meeting, and by visiting the Annual Gathering’s virtual Exhibit Hall.”

During registration, which opened Jan. 15, attendees will have the opportunity to support CHHSM’s Legacy Fund and its Racial Equity and Inclusion Fund. The Legacy Fund supports CHHSM’s leadership formation initiatives, including the Nollau Leadership Institute, the Rev. Jerry Paul CHHSM Scholar program, and Governance Training for member organizations.

The CHHSM Board approved the grants in November.

The Racial Equity and Inclusion Fund supports organizations working to end systemic racism. These organizations were awarded grants by CHHSM’s board of directors in November 2020, and include: Grassroots Law Project, Ohio Poor People’s Campaign, The Bail Project, the UCC’s Overdose and Drug Use Ministries (ODUM), and New Ballet Ensemble.

“It is our hope that this year’s virtual Annual Gathering will enable more people to attend and benefit from the many workshops and presentations held during the event,” Readinger says. “Many thanks to our sponsors for their support in bringing the Annual Gathering to you virtually.”

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