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Sept. 30, 2008

National nonprofit leader Robert Egger to speak at Birmingham-Southern College

BIRMINGHAM, Ala.—The Birmingham-Southern Bunting Center for Engaged Study and Community Action along with the BSC Hess Center for Leadership and Service and the Masters in Public and Private Management program present “Elevating the Voice, Value, and Vote of the Nonprofit Sector” with Robert Egger on Wed., Oct. 8, in the BSC Norton Campus Center Bruno Great Hall at 7 p.m. The event is open to the public and admission is free with no ticket required.

Egger is the founder and president of the DC Central Kitchen, where unemployed men and women learn marketable culinary skills while foods donated by restaurants, hotels and caterers are converted into balanced meals. Since opening in 1989, the kitchen has distributed 17.4 million meals and helped more than 600 men and women gain full-time employment.

Currently, Egger is the co-convener of the first-ever Nonprofit Congress and the founder of the V3 Campaign, which is working to get the voice, value and votes of the nonprofit sector recognized in every election in America. He is also the chairperson of the Washington, D.C., Mayor's Commission on Nutrition and serves on the boards of TimeBanks USA and the Food Systems Leadership Institute.

Egger was included in the “Non Profit Times” list of the “50 Most Powerful and Influential Nonprofit Leaders” in 2006 and 2007. He was the recipient of the 2005 Volunteers of America Community Service award and the 2004 James Beard Foundation Humanitarian of the Year award. He has been named on Oprah Angel, a Washingtonian of the Year, a Point of Light, and one of the Ten Most Caring People in America by the Caring Institute.

The book on the nonprofit sector, “Begging for Change: The Dollars and Sense of Making Nonprofits Responsive, Efficient and Rewarding For All,” written by Egger and released by HarperCollins in 2004, received the 2005 McAdam prize for “Best Nonprofit Management Book” by the Alliance for Nonprofit Management.

For more information on his speaking event at BSC, contact or 205-226-4658. For more information on Egger, go to

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