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Exploring Gifts-In-Kind

Mercy Corps and World Vision

Monday, April 13, 2009 at 6:30 PM - Wednesday, April 15, 2009 at 4:00 PM (PDT)

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A significant number of non-profit organizations work with Material Aid/Gifts-in-Kind (GIK), as such donations can play a key role in contributing to relief and development efforts, and also form a substantial part of many organizations’ financial bottom line.

Mercy Corps and World Vision are organizing the First Annual GIK Conference, open to all organizations and individuals with an interest in promoting GIK best practices. The goal of this conference is to encourage discussion, share ideas and foster collaboration. The conference will be held April 14 & 15 in Portland, OR.

Hilton Portland
921 SW Sixth Avenue
Portland, OR 97204

Conference guests will receive a DISCOUNT of $129/night:

Book Online: ttps://;jsessionid=KROMZ3FV5LSZECSGBIVM22Q?ctyhocn=PDXPHHH&cid=OH,HH,pdxph,RateB 

Enter Dates April 13 -April 15 and Group Code MRC

Book By Phone:  Call 503 226 1611 and use reference code “MRC” to get the special conference rate. (Upgrades to the Executive Tower- across the street- are also available for $149).

**Please consider using the Hilton as it is important for World Vision and Mercy Corps to fill the reserved rooms

Getting There

You can take the Portland light rail train (MAX) directly from the Portland International Airport to the hotel (approx. 9 miles):

* Board the MAX Red Line to City Center & Beaverton Transit Center at the airport
* Get off at Mall/SW 5th Ave MAX Station
* Walk .2 miles southwest to the Hilton Portland

SCHEDULE (may change slightly)

Monday, April 13, 2009

Welcome Reception 6:30-9:30 PM

Mercy Corps and World Vision invite you to a Welcome Reception, where you can pick up registration information and get to know other conference attendees while enjoying drinks and appetizers.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Day 1, 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Today’s topics will focus on revenue, valuation, operations and logistics. Sessions will be relevant to both GIK professionals and accounting/finance professionals:

Recognizing GIK Revenue

Not all organizations currently follow the AERDO standards, yet InterAction requires that member organizations be “guided and informed” by them. All organizations must comply with FASB 136, and it is possible that AERDO will be incorporated into Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP). What does compliance with FASB 136 entail? How would a GAAP shift toward AERDO mean for many NGOs? What are the minimum standards that organizations should follow? Nancy Shelmon, the Partner-in-Charge of the West Region’s Not-For-Profit and Higher Education Services Group of PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP and a member of the AICPA’s Not-for-Profit Expert Panel, will discuss these issues and more.

Following Ms. Shelmon’s talk, a panel of NGO representatives will share internal methods for recognizing revenue, and will take questions from the group.

Afternoon break-out sessions will include the following topics:

Operations: There exist a variety of ways to handle GIK – some organizations have invested in warehousing and inventory systems, while others ship directly from the source. Each representative will share her/his organization’s operations method, and will take questions from the group.

Logistics 101: A freight forwarding expert will overview the basics of shipping of relief and development supplies internationally.

Valuation: Determining the value of in-kind donations can be challenging. Should brand-name donations be valued differently than generics? How should product with defects (e.g. short-dated product, etc.) be accounted for? This will be a moderated discussion in which participants share ideas and questions.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Day 2, 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Today’s topics will focus on partnerships and the programmatic and environmental impact of GIK. Sessions will be relevant to both GIK professionals and program managers.

Morning break-out sessions will include the following topics:

Achieving Programmatic Impact with GIK: Many organizations are moving beyond simply distributing supplies to the needy – GIK is increasingly being used to help achieve programmatic goals and objectives, a model considered best practice by an increasing number of organizations. Session facilitators will share and discuss creative ideas for using GIK to achieve programmatic impact.

Partnerships: Many NGOs have entered into GIK partnerships with corporations and other NGOs. What are some of the opportunities and challenges associated with such partnerships? What makes an ideal partner? World Vision will share case studies of its experience developing and maintaining such partnerships.

Environmental Impact of GIK: An expert on climate change and environmental issues will facilitate a session on the environmental impacts (including carbon footprints) associated with GIK shipments.

Afternoon sessions will include a discussion about how NGOs can continue to share information as well as steps to take post-conference.

*As of March 1, 2009, there will be a small cancelation fee of $25.00.  The remainder of the conference fee will be refunded.

*As of March 30, 2009, there will be no conference fee refunds upon attendee cancelation

Have questions about Exploring Gifts-In-Kind? Contact Mercy Corps and World Vision
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When & Where

Hilton Portland (503) 226-1611
921 SW 6th Ave
Portland, OR 97204

Monday, April 13, 2009 at 6:30 PM - Wednesday, April 15, 2009 at 4:00 PM (PDT)

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Mercy Corps and World Vision

About Mercy Corps

Mercy Corps works amid disasters, conflicts, chronic poverty and instability to unleash the potential of people who can win against nearly impossible odds. Since 1979, Mercy Corps has provided $1.5 billion in assistance to people in 106 nations.  Supported by headquarters in North America and Europe, the agency's global programs employ 3,500 staff worldwide and reach 16.4 million people in more than 35 countries.   For more information, visit

About World Vision

World Vision is a Christian relief, development and advocacy organization dedicated to working with children, families and communities to overcome poverty and injustice.
Inspired by our Christian values, we are dedicated to working with the world’s most vulnerable people. We serve all people regardless of religion, race, ethnicity, or gender



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