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Wednesday, December 2, 2015 | 8:00am – 5:00pm | The Palace at Somerset Park, Somerset, NJ

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Two Nationally Acclaimed Keynote Speakers
Joan GarryJoan Garry
Principal, Joan Garry Consulting
Morning Keynote: You are the Champions: The Power and Privilege of Non-Profit Leadership  
Vu LeVu Le
Executive Director, Rainier Valley Corps Blogger: www.nonprofitwithballs.com
Afternoon Keynote: We Are Unicorns: Why Non-Profits Must Believe in Our Own Power 

(Details may be subject to change. Check this page for the latest agenda.)

8:00 – 2:30

Exhibits Open

8:00 – 9:00

Registration & Networking Breakfast

9:00 – 10:15

Opening Plenary Session

Morning Keynote: You are the Champions: The Power and Privilege of Non-Profit Leadership

10:15 – 10:30


10:30 – 11:45

Breakouts – Session 1

Track 1 – Effective Communications with Ever-Changing Technology

Mobile-Friendly Websites

Websites built before mobile-friendly technology was readily available are difficult to read on a tiny screen. They don’t take advantage of expanding, less expensive, scalable technology that can grow as your organization grows. This workshop will take the mystery out of mobile-friendly systems such as WordPress and prepare you for this new format. Additional technology benefits will also be covered including plugins that add functionality, website analytics, SEO (search engine optimization) and social media integration.

Track 2 –  Leadership & Board Development

Board & Staff – Committed to the Mission

Learn practical tools and techniques to enable board, staff and volunteers to work together to build commitment, stay true and inspired and increase awareness of the importance of conveying the organization’s contribution to the community.

Track 3 – Collaboration: Communities of Place

Creative Placemaking in New Jersey

Facilitator: Leonardo Vazquez, AICP/PP, Executive Director, The National Consortium for Creative Placemaking

Creative Placemaking is a growing initiative in many areas of New Jersey utilizing arts and culture to serve a neighborhood’s interest, while bringing positive change and transformation that builds character and quality for the whole community. (While many improvements start with an arts or environmental organization making headway, there are plenty of opportunities for all non-profits to engage in this initiative.)

For more information on creative placemaking, check out this post at The Dodge Blog.

Track 4 – Philanthropy

Trends in Philanthropy: Real Talk About Real Costs

Facilitator: Regina Podhorin, Founder & President, The Leadership Group

This highly interactive 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 foundation grantmaking, infrastructure support, funder/non-profit dynamics, and more. 


Track 5 – Making the Most of Your Resources

Investment, Not Handouts: How to Change the Way We Ask for Support

Increase resources by showcasing your organization’s strength. Emphasize how your organization’s needs fit and intersect with an individual or funder’s mission/passion through assertive collaboration. Articulate support for programmatic advancement, not apologize for debt relief.

Track 6 – Advocacy

Advocacy Begins at Home

Government officials in your community should know about your non-profit and the causes you serve and the value you bring to the community. When partnering with local policy makers, your staff and board need to have realistic expectations and know the difference between local, state and national focus. Hear from successful advocates and government leaders about how to work effectively with elected and appointed leaders to advance your mission.


Track 7 – Conveying Your Value: Mission and Measures

Elevating your Elevator Pitch: Conveying the Power & Privilege of Representing a Non-Profit 

11:45 – 12:00


12:00 – 2:00

Lunch Session

Presentation of the Fairleigh Dickinson University Emerging Nonprofit Leader Award

Afternoon Keynote: We Are Unicorns: Why Non-Profits Must Believe in Our Own Power

2:00 – 2:15


2:15 – 3:30 

Breakouts – Session 2   


Track 1 – Effective Communications with Ever-Changing Technology

Navigating the New Media Landscape to Reach Your Community

·         Mike Rispoli, Director News Voices: New Jersey of Freepress

Non-profits can be catalysts for newsrooms and communities to collaborate. New Voices: New Jersey encourages community members to organize independently to advocate for local media and press freedom and to shape news coverage that addresses community needs in our state.  This media toolkit workshop includes practical ideas for how to be an effective source to your local media. Help news organizations invite community leaders to shape the news agenda while upholding journalistic ethics.


Track 2 –  Leadership & Board Development

Performance Dashboards: Impact & Foundational Measures to Engage Board & Staff

  • Peter Manzetti, Director of Governance, Risk & ComplianceFriedman LLP

Traditional means of communicating financial, operational and performance don’t always prove satisfactory or efficient.  Using one non-profit’s experience, gain insight into the process for developing a performance dashboard to increase the board’s ability to efficiently monitor activities most important to the organization; to promote discussion of what’s working and opportunities for improvement; and to free up time for more in-depth discussion of strategic imperatives.



Track 3 – Collaboration: Communities of Place

Age Friendly Communities: Implications of Age and Economic Shifts

·       Katie York, Project Director, Lifelong Montclair

The impact of changing age demographics on programs, services and human, social, and financial capital affect all non-profits, not just those directly serving our older generations.  Learn about the trends and how some NJ communities are collaborating to be more accessible and livable for the evolving population.



Track 4 – Philanthropy

Funders, Government, & Communities: ‘Win-Win’ Partnering

Learn five ways nonprofits can benefit and make an impact through partnerships with government, anchor institutions, and grantmakers.   Collective impact efforts are growing and nonprofits are key to achieving social good through strategic collaborations.


Track 5 – Making the Most of Your Resources

Afternoon Keynote: David GrayExecutive DirectorPennsylvania Ballet

This engaging and wide-ranging “fireside chat” (emphasis on “wide ranging”) will build on Vu Le’s luncheon keynote remarks about how non-profits can better capitalize on their own power, some “hard truths” that we all need to recognize in order to overcome obstacles to the work; and a liberal dose of humor. Possible topics may include non-profits and the “sustainability myth;” diversity and inclusion in the non-profit community; Vu’s work at Rainier Valley Corps providing capacity building for non-profits led by people of color; “Non-Profit: The Musical;” #NonprofitPickupLines; and much more.  



Track 6 – Advocacy

Issues 2016

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 2016. Weigh in with your observations and help us strategize for the coming year!


Track 7 – Conveying Your Value: Mission and Measures

Communicating Impact to Key Stakeholders and Audiences

·         Rick Greenberg, Amplify, Inc.

·         Elizabeth Ruebman, Amplify, Inc.

·         Lorne LiebPlowshares Media


3:45 – 5:00