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10:30 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.
Who Has the Time? And Other Questions on Nonprofit Advocacy
Most nonprofits are already advocating on behalf of their missions and don’t give themselves credit: they collect and communicate community benefit and impact data, they explain the differences they are making when talking to funders, publishers and business groups. This session is dedicated to recognizing and embedding these “everyday advocacy” activities into the work of everyone who cares about advancing their mission.
Nonprofits and the Changing Media Landscape: Attracting the Attention Your Cause Deserves
Nonprofit executives and professionals have been clamoring for more media coverage of the nonprofit sector beyond the scandals, investigative reports and the feel-good ‘fluff.’ They want reporters, editors and newscasters to cover nonprofits with the same energy and effort afforded the business and government sectors of society. But, is there more to the story?
The changing landscape is not just about navigating the digital and social media. These changes are far more fundamental and far reaching. Successful media relations efforts demand a keen understanding of what “news” has become in an age of information abundance and media market fragmentation.
Our distinguished panel will share their experiences, philosophies and expectations. Our experts will discuss the work they do, how their specific news organizations function and the trends, opportunities and challenges they face in the news industry.
Helen Bennett Harvey, State and City Editor, New Haven Register (Read Helen's bio)
Christopher Keating, Capitol Bureau Chief, Hartford Courant (Read Christopher's bio)
Keith Phaneuf, State Budget Reporter, the CT Mirror (Read Keith's bio)
Christine Stuart, Founding Editor-in-Chief, CT News Junkie (Read Christine's bio)
The High-Performance Nonprofit
Sarah Lange, Principal & Founder at New Era
What would it take for your nonprofit to thrive and be the provider of choice in your area and industry? It requires a new way of thinking, of leading and managing your organization. Yet the pay-off is tremendous: high-performance nonprofits attract and retain more dollars, donors, productive board members and most importantly, are able to better serve their clients.
2:315 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Your Mobile Impact: The Power to Further Your Mission
Darian Rodriguez Heyman
There are now more cell phones than toothbrushes, and as of 2013, smartphones surpassed regular phone sales. But what are the implications for your nonprofit? Explore the ways your nonprofit can utilize mobile’s impact to further its Mission, Advocacy, Marketing and Operational Efficiencies. Join us for this important ‘primer’ and leave with a checklist of the most important tips and tools for your cause.
Learning Objectives: Effective, and practical primer on all aspects of mobile for good: its applications for nonprofits, how to effectively launch your mobile presence and tips and tools for implementation. Specific insights include:
Fundraising: Capitalize on New Channels
Advocacy: Mobilize the Masses
Marketing: Amplify Your Voice
Volunteer Recruitment & Management
Program & Operational Efficiencies
Time will be provided for a lively Q&A session.
Innovations in Nonprofit Funding: Google Grants, Crowdsourcing & Social Impact Bonds
Rob Leighton, iMission Partners
With government budgets shrinking and the demands on social services and for environmental change growing, nonprofits have to find new ways to fund their good efforts. This seminar covers three important innovations (Google Grants, Crowdsourcing and Social Impact Bonds) that nonprofits are using to tap large sources of funds.
Learning to use Google Grants, your organization will discover the powerful online strategy that will bring more visitors to your online ecosystem and convert many to donors, advocates, volunteers or clients.
Crowdsourcing & Peer-to-Peer Fundraising are easy to implement with good online platforms like Indiegogo and Stay Classy. But success with these tactics starts with laying the right groundwork well before the right campaign is launched.
Social impact bonds (SIBs) have been created to tap the pool of funds created by wealthy investors and donors. Leading foundations are providing broad support to advance the development of SIBs. Federal legislation, sponsored by both Democrats and Republicans, has been proposed. SIB activity in the CT State legislature and CT State agencies is happening.
In this seminar, participants learn the key elements to thinking strategically about these funding innovations.
10 Easy Steps to Rocking Your Online Communications
Ann-Marie Harrington, President and Founder, Embolden
Does your nonprofit staff agree on whose attention you need to grab? Which messages should shine? What constitutes a win? If it doesn’t, it might want to start with an Online Communications Strategy (OCS). We’ll outline 10 steps for creating an OCS that can improve all of your digital communications. We’ll use examples from nonprofits around the country who have aligned their overarching organizational goals with their online communication strategy through great design, usability, storytelling and content strategy.
This session will get at the core of a successful OCS that can guide everything from Websites and e-newsletters to Facebook posts and tweets. An OCS provides a foundation for determining your measurable goals, which key audiences you have to reach (identifying what you want them to think, feel and do – depending on your goals) and establishes measures of success. You will leave the session with a solid understanding of what an OCS is and what it should include, as well as hands-on suggestions for creating an OCS back at the office.
How to Engage Your Board through More Productive Meetings
Mike Burns, BWB Solutions
This session is designed to engage nonprofit executives and board members in the head-scratching conversation about how to make each board meeting an event.
• The nature of the board: transactional and relational
• Agendas: focus (fiduciary, strategic, generative)
• Consent agendas as a tool for informing (through reports) while setting the table for action and exploration
• Where committees and task forces “fit”
• Event planning and coordination principles
The session will begin with an opportunity for reflection about executive’s experiences and end with sharing tips, do's and don’ts.
Trends in Connecticut Philanthropy and What is Says for the Future of Grantmaking in Our State
Maggie Gunther Osborn, President, Connecticut Council for Philanthropy
This session discusses the trends in philanthropic strategies and investment for communities across Connecticut and nationally. The session also explores different types of philanthropy from corporate to individual philanthropy and suggests ways in which the entire social purpose sector could approach the challenging issues that face our communities in partnership with one another. Ms. Osborn will share her observations about the opportunities and challenges for philanthropy and what philanthropists are thinking about as they move forward to leverage their impact and support the common good.
Strategies for Reversing and Preventing Employee Burnout
Sarah Lange, Principal & Founder at New Era
Every time an employee leaves your organization it costs 20% - 200% of their salary in lost productivity and replacement costs, depending on their job and experience. Employee burnout is one of the top concerns in the nonprofit sector, yet most employers feel there is not much to be done about it. Study after study has shown that happy employees help organizations thrive. Come to this workshop to learn of some simple, low-cost ways to reward and retain your employees.
Afternoon Keynote - Ami Dar is a philanthropist, internet entrepreneur and Website developer best known as the man behind idealist.org, one of the largest nonprofit Websites in the world. Connecting millions of people with charitable organizations worldwide, idealist.org has contributed greatly to the success of the nonprofit industry by generating support for the causes of these organizations, thus helping them fight the greatest problems of the human race – poverty, disease and injustice. Idealist has become one of the most popular nonprofit resources on the Web, with information posted by 70,000 organizations around the world and a staff of 60 in New York, Portland and Buenos Aires.
For four consecutive years (2002 – 2005) the Nonprofit Times included Ami in its annual list of the 50 most influential people in the nonprofit sector, and in 2004 Ashoka invited him to join its global fellowship of social entrepreneurs. Time magazine named him a Philanthropy Innovator, and in 2006 the Center for the Advancement of Social Entrepreneurship at Duke’s Fuqua School of Business awarded Ami its annual Leadership in Social Entrepreneurship Award. One of the driving forces in Ami’s work is his belief that every person has a desire to bring about positive change in the world. This is why Ami began “idealist.org;” to give people options and guide them to where they can really volunteer their time, effort and resources.
Morning Keynote - Darian Rodriguez Heyman is an inspiring, dynamic visionary committed to supporting and connecting tomorrow’s nonprofit, business and environmental leaders. Heyman previously served as Executive Director of Craigslist Foundation (2004–2008), where he worked to advance not just one cause or organization, but the effectiveness of the entire nonprofit sector. Today, Heyman continues his efforts to inspire leaders to action and connect executives with the resources they need to build a better world through frequent keynotes and public speaking appearances, as well as his global Social Media for Nonprofits conference series, which is the world’s only conference series devoted to social media for social good.
Heyman’s best-selling book, Nonprofit Management 101: A Complete and Practical Guide for Leaders and Professionals, includes contributions from Paul Hawken, Lynne Twist, Beth Kanter, Ami Dar and 46 other social sector experts and covers 35 comprehensive topics.
Currently, Heyman is focused on his startup, BetterWorld Wireless, which gives away a free smartphone for every one of its US nonprofit customers and aims to benefit 1,000,000 mothers, teachers, and farmers in the next ten years.
Debbie Fay is the founder of bespeak presentation solutions, llc, providing public speaking coaching, training and presentation development to clients worldwide. Her clients include: The Annie E. Casey Foundation, BNY Mellon Bank, Hay Group, Sabra, Tauck World Travel and US Fund for UNICEF. An award winning trainer and teacher with a life-long involvement in theater, Debbie helps her clients present themselves with confidence, conviction and clarity, delivering presentations that get heard and get results. To learn more, point your browser to www.bespeakpresentations.com, or contact Debbie directly at email@example.com.