U.S. Bank to Present Free Seminar for Colorado Nonprofits on Achieving
and Sustaining Higher Performance

April 27, 2004

DENVER, Apr 27, 2004 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- On Thursday, May 13, U.S. Bank in Denver will present author Paul Light of the Brookings Institute and New York University as keynote speaker for an educational seminar for nonprofit executive directors and board members across Colorado. The seminar is planned to help nonprofit organizations create and sustain higher performance.

"Improving Nonprofit Performance: The Case for Capacity Building and a Strategy To Go With It," takes place from 8 a.m. until 11 a.m. on Thursday, May 13 in the Seawell Ballroom at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts (DCPA), located at 14th and Curtis Streets in Denver. Light, author of Pathways to Nonprofit Excellence and Making Nonprofits Work, will draw from a just completed, ground-breaking study on nonprofit capacity-building across the nation.

"This seminar will focus on what nonprofits have been doing to achieve and sustain higher performance and what works and what doesn't," said Linda Tinney, vice president of community development for U.S. Bank in Colorado. "Nonprofit leaders and board members will learn how to create the capacity needed to improve their organization's odds of success in this time of economic uncertainty and increased scrutiny."

This is the fifth in U.S. Bank's seminar series for nonprofits. Past seminars have provided information and solutions on fund raising, targeted marketing, the economy, and strategic collaboration. The seminar series is in partnership with Association of Fundraising Professionals, Colorado Association of Nonprofit Organizations, Colorado Nonprofit Development Center, Colorado Planned Giving Roundtable, Community Resource Center and Metro Volunteers. The seminar is funded by a grant to Metro Volunteers from the U.S. Bancorp Foundation.

Nonprofit directors and board members who would like to attend must register in advance online at www.blacktie-colorado.com/rsvp. Space is limited and filling fast.

Parking is available in the DCPA garage or at the new Convention Center garage nearby. Registration and a continental breakfast will begin at 8 a.m. and the program will begin at 9 a.m. For additional information, contact Claudia Barnes, U.S. Bank, 303-585-4419 or Jackie Norris, Metro Volunteers, 303-561-2280.

U.S. Bancorp (NYSE:USB), with assets of $192 billion, is the 7th largest financial services holding company in the United States. The company operates 2,275 banking offices and 4,472 ATMs, and provides a comprehensive line of banking, brokerage, insurance, investment, mortgage, trust and payment services products to consumers, businesses and institutions. U.S. Bancorp is home of the Five Star Service Guarantee which assures customers of certain key banking benefits and services or customers will be paid for their inconvenience. U.S. Bancorp is the parent company of U.S. Bank. Visit U.S. Bancorp on the web at usbank.com.


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