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See additional breakout session details below.
   8:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.Exhibits Open 
   8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.Registration & Networking Breakfast 
   9:00 a.m. – 10:10 a.m.Welcome
Opening Plenary Session:
  Michael McAfee, Ed.D., President, PolicyLink | Director, Promise Neighborhoods Institute
  Leadership on the Line: Summoning the Courage to Claim Our Future
   10:15 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.Break/Networking/Exhibits 
   10:30 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.Breakouts – Session 1 
   11:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.Break/Networking/Exhibits 
   12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.Lunch
Afternoon Plenary Session:
  Darian Rodriguez Heyman, Executive Director, Numi Foundation | Author, Nonprofit Fundraising 101
  The Future of Fundraising & Philanthropy: The Times, They are a Changing
  2:00 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.Break/Exhibits
   2:15 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.Breakouts – Session 2 
   3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.Reception
Presentation of the Fairleigh Dickinson University Emerging Nonprofit Leader Award


Session 1
10:30 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.
Session 2
2:15p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
 Available morning breakout sessions:

And Now, for Our Next Act… the New Political Landscape

Get the Right People on the Bus: 3 ½ Tips for Creating a High Performance Work Environment

A Brand New Narrative: How to Find and Share Your Story
Continuity Planning – Preparedness for Disasters

Common Grant Proposal Mistakes and How to Avoid Them

Don’t Get Burned: Employment Law Hot Topics

Managing As Mission: Getting to the World We Want Through Organizational Change

What You Can’t Order from Amazon: What Mobility Delivers

Connecting New Jersey Non-Profits and the Impact Economy

Trends in Philanthropy
 Available afternoon breakout sessions:

Issues 2017

Keep Calm and Use Adaptive Planning: Making Strategic Decisions During Uncertain Times

Change Communication: Using Strategic Communications to Inform and Engage your Employees and Community During a Whirlwind of Transformation
Managing and Planning Crisis Communications in a 24/7 World

Corporate Relations Programs That Rock

Creating a Positive and Collaborative Culture in a Fluctuating Work Environment

Solutions Salon

Current Issues Facing Tax-Exempt Organizations

Making the Case for your Non-Profit by the Numbers

How Donor Advised Funds are Changing the Face of Philanthropy
 And Now, for Our Next Act… the New Political Landscape

Michael McAfee, President, PolicyLink
David L. Thompson, Vice President of Public Policy, National Council of Nonprofits
Lori Price Abrams, Vice President, Government Relations, 
MWWPR and board member, Center for Non-Profits
Moderator: Jon Shure, Senior Director, Taft Communications, LLC

With the national election behind us and the 2017 New Jersey gubernatorial and legislative races on the horizon, join this discussion of the opportunities and challenges the new landscape will pose for non-profits, and how can non-profits engage in the elections and public policy processes moving forward. 
 Issues 2017

Linda M. Czipo, President & CEO, Center for Non-Profits
David L. Thompson, Vice President of Public Policy, National Council of Nonprofits

Get the latest news about the major federal and state public policy trends affecting non-profits. Learn where some of the key issues stand and what burning issues are on the horizon for 2017. Weigh in with your observations and help us strategize for the coming year!
 Get the Right People on the Bus: 3 ½ Tips for Creating a High Performance Work Environment

Val Traoré, President & CEO, Food Bank of South Jersey

The make or break of an organization lies in the competency and motivation of its workforce. It’s the largest line item on the budget and it should be the most valued asset. In this workshop you will learn simple but highly effective tips on how to create a work environment that attracts and retain top talent that will not only perform to expectations but do it with passion, commitment and a high degree of accountability.
 Keep Calm and Use Adaptive Planning: Making Strategic Decisions During Uncertain Times

Allison Trimarco, Founder, Creative Capacity, LLC
Marc Uys, Executive Director, Princeton Symphony Orchestra

Most non-profits have a strategic plan…but how can you use that plan to react when your organization is facing uncertain conditions? This session will offer ideas for translating your traditional strategic plan into an adaptable map that allows you to respond to changing conditions and stay on track for success. We’ll explore adaptive planning tools that help inject strategic thinking into ongoing management decisions, such as identifying trigger events, planning for different scenarios, conducting trial experiments, and determining your key factors for success. Participants will leave with a set of tools they can use to guide their decision-making even when external conditions are changing rapidly.
 A Brand New Narrative: How to Find and Share Your Story

Jade Lien, Marketing Communications Manager, Action Graphics
Jesse Park, Marketing Communications Manager, Action Graphics

This workshop will uncover the benefits of mission-driven messaging and walk through actionable ways to transform that language so that your story isn’t hidden beneath program descriptions. Participants will walk away from this session with a better understanding of how to identify and capture experiences that tell their story, new approaches for integrating that message in a variety of scenarios, and a revitalized comprehension of how to communicate about their work.
 Change Communication: Using Strategic Communications to Inform and Engage your Employees and Community During a Whirlwind of Transformation

Michael Slusarz, Vice President of Marketing & Business Development, Cape Regional Medical Center

This session will explore a variety of proven communication strategies, and the tools to develop a framework to launch a comprehensive communications plan which closely aligns a non-profit organization’s mission, vision and goals. The session will present several “best practices” and a communications model to engage your staff, board leadership and the members of your community as you transform your organization.
 Continuity Planning – Preparedness for Disasters

Steven Crimando, Training Director, NJ DMH – Disaster & Terrorism Branch

This session provides an overview for an organization’s leaders and decision-makers of the fundamental concepts involved in Continuity of Operations Planning (COOP) and Emergency Preparedness central to sustaining and/or rapidly recovering essential operations in the wake of a disaster or major crisis event. The following critical concepts will be discussed:
 – Orders of Succession
 – Delegation of Authority
 – Alternate Operating Sites
 – Crisis Communications
 – Emergency Action Plans

This program is appropriate to those with existing COOPs and those just beginning COOP/Emergency Preparedness projects.
 Managing and Planning Crisis Communications in a 24/7 World

Irene Maslowski, Maslowski & Associates Public Relations

Today, non-profit and for-profit organizations face a greater exposure to the risk of crisis and potential harm, particularly with the onset of digital media, social media, and the 24-7 news cycle. While most non-profits plan and strategize on how to raise and increase their number of volunteers, many have not taken steps to plan for communicating in a crisis – or are not even aware of the risk – that can threaten their reputation, impact future funding along with the ability to carry out their mission. This session will focus on providing an understanding the importance of crisis communications, and the risk factors and the development of a proactive plan.
 Common Grant Proposal Mistakes and How to Avoid Them

Annmarie Puleio, Executive Director, Fred C. Rummel Foundation
Katherine Durante, Executive Director, OceanFirst Foundation and board member, Center for Non-Profits
Moderator: Diane Litterer, CEO and Executive Director, New Jersey Prevention Network and board member, Center for Non-Profits

Hear from grantmakers about some fundamental grantseeking “dos and don’ts” and what organizations can do to boost their chances of short- and long-term success.
 Corporate Relations Programs That Rock

Wendy Schwamb, Chief Development and Marketing Officer, Boys & Girls Club of Paterson & Passaic

Relationship building is the cornerstone of a successful development effort.  In this session, you will learn about the keys to identifying corporate prospects, introducing your organization and Involving community partners in your mission. Discover real opportunities for growing the Community Engagement portion of your Development Plan and build your own roadmap to success. 
 Don’t Get Burned: Employment Law Hot Topics

Maxine Neuhauser, Member, Epstein, Becker, & Green, P.C.

In the world of employment law, no one cares that you are a non-profit. This presentation will focus on recent developments and trends in employment law with an emphasis on areas where non-profit employers should be particularly alert and on ways to manage risk. Topics will include ban-the-box laws, increases to minimum wage and the new salary threshold for exempt employees, paid sick leave for part-timers, leave as a reasonable accommodation, computer security and more.

 Creating a Positive and Collaborative Culture in a Fluctuating Work Environment

Marge Smith, Nonprofit Consultant; Chair, Community Works

Today’s workplace creates many challenges and requires adaptations byt also offers many opportunities. Options organizations can incorporate include telecommuting, shifting working hours, virtual spaces vs. face-to-face engagement, and providing other types of flexibility for employees and volunteers. Ideally, these options focus on ways to create an environment where individuals feel included, supportive and motivated to stay on track. This interactive workshop will include the opportunity for attendees to share ideas, experiences and tactics that have proven effective.
 Managing As Mission: Getting to the World We Want Through Organizational Change

Lori Heninger, Owner & CEO, LRH Advisory Group

As a non-profit staffperson, manager or CEO, have you ever asked yourself the following questions:
  ‘If we want to change the world/nation/state/community, do we need to make change inside our non-profits?’
  ‘Does the way my non-profit gets to its mission reflect the mission?’
  ‘As a manager, is my work with my team and colleagues mirroring our organizational goals?’

This breakout session will provide information and an introduction to tools that can be used to expand the boundaries of what it means to be a non-profit manager, by making the case that managing as a reflection of the organizational mission—the cornerstone of any non-profit—can bring about the change non-profits were created to achieve: a better world for all. Through real-world examples, dialogue and participatory learning, we will explore ways to develop managing skills and organizational culture as a mirror of your non-profit’s mission.
 Solutions Salon

Darian Rodriguez Heyman, Executive Director, Numi Foundation

Join a group of fellow non-profit professionals for a dynamic executive roundtable.  In this highly interactive, intimate “thinkubator,” every attendee will not only have the opportunity to introduce his or her work to the group, but more importantly, to identify and meet current fundraising, programmatic, and operational needs.  Come prepared to discuss your most pressing challenges, and witness the power of community in action as our seasoned facilitator ensures that everyone leaves with his or her needs for resources, contacts, and ideas fulfilled. 
What You Can’t Order from Amazon: What Mobility Delivers

Karen J. Alexander, Managing Director, NJ TIP @ Rutgers University
Louis Hoffman, Training Coordinator, NJ TIP @ Rutgers University
Krishna Murthy, Executive Director, Meadowlink

How can your organization help clients without access to an automobile connect to opportunities in the Garden State and why is it so worth the effort?  This session will explore the positive impacts of increasing mobility for the people served by non-profit organizations: low-wage workers, older adults, people with disabilities, at-risk youth, and others.  Join this interactive session for takeaway tools and tips you can use immediately.
Current Issues Facing Tax-Exempt Organizations (focusing on financial and legal reporting)

James F. Anderson, CPA, President, Anderson & Company, PC
Charles A. Bruder, Esq., Member, Norris McLaughlin

This presentation will focus on current developments in case law and generally accepted accounting principles that are challenging tax exempt organizations in 2016 and beyond. With pending changes to personnel and administrative law and financial reporting tax-exempt organizations will need to make changes within their organization’s policies and procedures. This presentation will help to bridge the gap.

 Connecting New Jersey Non-Profits and the Impact Economy

Keith Timko, Executive Director/CEO, Support Center | Partnership in Philanthropy

The collaborative of organizations including the Support Center, Rutgers Business School, the Center for Non-Profits, Pro Bono Partnership, the New Jersey Office of Faith Based Initiatives and New Jersey Community Capital have been working with New Jersey non-profits for several years to build their capacity as social enterprises, increase their financial sustainability and improve access to working capital and different forms of mission-driven capital. The partners have also convened impact investing gatherings to bring together the supply and demand sides of the ‘impact economy.’ In this session, participants will learn about these events and the work that has been accomplished so far. Then we’ll talk about session participants’ needs and how their organizations can get involved.
 Making the Case for your Non-Profit by the Numbers

Sharon K. Barker, Vice President and COO, 
Housing & Community Development Network of New Jersey
Ann Marie Miller, Director of Advocacy & Public Policy, ArtPride New Jersey
Charles Venti, Executive Director, 
The Nicholson Foundation
Moderator: Jorge Cruz, Acting Chief Executive Officer, Jewish Renaissance Medical Center

By now, we’ve all heard about the importance of stories to making the impact of non-profit work relatable to funders, policy makers and the media. But in an era of prolonged resource scarcity, how can we also communicate the value of our work in economic terms?  How can we demonstrate a strong return on investment, not only in the work of our individual organizations but the non-profit community in general?  Hear from some who have been leading the way in showing that support for non-profits makes good dollars and sense.
 Trends in Philanthropy

Sharnita C. Johnson, Program Director, Arts, Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation
Jane Kurek, Executive Director, The Provident Bank Foundation
Ellen Lambert, President, 
PSEG Foundation
Nina Stack, President, 
Council of New Jersey Grantmakers
Moderator: Gina M. Plotino, President, GMP Consulting and board member, Center for Non-Profits

This highly engaging session will build upon ongoing work occurring in New Jersey and across the country to strengthen the partnerships between grantmakers and non-profits in order to enhance the individual and joint impact of both. Discussion will include the evolving nature of grantmaking, infrastructure support, diversity, equity and inclusion, funder/non-profit dynamics, and more.
 How Donor Advised Funds are Changing the Face of Philanthropy

Sidney Hargro, Executive Director, Community Foundation of South Jersey
James R. Sonneborn, Wealth Advisor, RegentAtlantic
Elizabeth Wagner, Vice President of Development, Princeton Area Community Foundation
Moderator: Phil Salerno, President & Chief Development Officer, Children’s Specialized Hospital Foundation and board member, Center for Non-Profits

Donor Advised Funds (DAFs), while not new, are one of the fastest growing areas of philanthropy, accounting for more than $12 billion given to charities nationwide in 2014.  Find out more about how the different ways DAFs work, and what their growth means for philanthropy and public policy, and how non-profits can navigate the DAF landscape in their fundraising and relationship-building.