2017 NJ Nonprofit Conference Logo - Thank You

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: Are We Ready to Confront the Nonprofit Racial Leadership Gap?
  Sean Thomas-Breitfeld, Co-Director, Building Movement Project; Co-Author, Race to Lead: Confronting the Nonprofit Racial Leadership Gap

   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: Planning, Patterns and Pathways: The Road to Higher Leadership Thinking
  Jarrod Haning, Principal Violist, South Carolina Philharmonic; Master and Coach, Musical Secrets of Performance  
  2:00 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.Break/Exhibits
   2:15 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.Breakouts – Session 2 
  3:45 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.Reception


Session 1
10:30 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.
 Session 2
2:15p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
 Available morning breakout sessions: Available afternoon breakout sessions: 
 Walking the Walk on Equity in Non-Profits Issues 2018 
 Sean Thomas-Breitfeld, Co-Director, Building Movement Project
Sheila L. Thorne, President & CEO, Multicultural Healthcare Marketing Group, LLC
Linda Czipo, President & CEOCenter for Non-Profits

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 2018. Weigh in with your observations and help us strategize for the coming year!
 The Case for “Real Cost” Funding: What Do Elected Officials Need to Understand? Outcome Thinking and Management 
 Beth Bowsky, Policy Specialist, National Council of Nonprofits
Steve Shultz, Chief of Staff, Volunteers of America Delaware Valley

For non-profits, maximizing impact and effectiveness in serving our communities and constituencies requires that we have sufficient funding and resources.  But too often, non-profits are tasked with providing programming under government grants or contracts that fail to cover the full costs of providing these services.  How can we make a better case that funding the real costs of non-profit work is a win-win for government, consumers and non-profits? Discussion will include framing the conversation; communicating with elected leaders who may be unfamiliar with non-profits or your field; how to avoid making assumptions that undermine your case; understanding the perspectives and needs of government officials; what kinds of data will support the case and the best ways to present it; and more. 

Kate Amanna Demcsak, New York Lead, Foundation Center
Funders increasingly want to invest in a nonprofit’s impact not activities. In this workshop, learn to shift your nonprofit organization’s focus and communication tactics from activities to include outcomes. We will discuss and learn how nonprofit organizations can develop frameworks for tracking the outcomes and impact of their work, and successfully articulate that to funders.

  – Communicate your project’s scope and intended results with current and potential funders
  – Use outcomes in program management and stakeholder communications
  – Address outcomes in proposals to build donor confidence about their investment
  – Use the logic model as a framework for your grant proposals
 Special Events for Every Situation Thinking Big: Innovative Ideas that Meet Local and National Needs 
 David Munshine, President & CEO, Munshine Group
Heather Wolf, Senior Consultant, Munshine Group

Planning and executing special events can be intimidating for nonprofit staff teams, no matter how large or small the organization. This session will provide a strategic framework of best practice decision-making for planning and hosting events while focusing on key aspects like defining outcomes early on, targeting the right audience and building a solid revenue plan. Our goal is to make your path to success a simple one.

In addition to the fundamentals of event planning, we will take a look at the current role of social media in the event planning cycle. For many events, social media before, during and afterwards can increase attendance, sponsorship and fundraising revenue, grow your social media following, and at the same time, extend the branding opportunity of the event itself. Through case studies, we will discuss successes, lessons learned and provide real life examples of live dilemmas and how real fundraisers handled them. We will provide examples from a variety of event settings, in terms of wealth in the room, generational differences and types of nonprofits involved.  

Midway through the session, a panel of experienced event planners with a variety of experiences and perspectives will join us for a moderated discussion and open Q&A session.

Gary Oppenheimer, Founder, AmpleHarvest.org

This workshop will explore how, often with the aid of technology, local issue can be addressed in new ways and from different perspectives. By identifying problems as part of larger systems a whole new look and approach can replicate the effort to a nationwide level. 

In particular, filling the gap that existing programs had ultimately solved a problem they did not realize they’d encountered and opened a whole new opportunity for additional resources to flood into the problem space.

This workshop will take participants through a sample problem space (food waste/hunger) and see how what has been seen as a “backyard” problem was actually a national problem.

 It will include:
  1. Some of the difficulties of scaled metrics and how to address them
  2. Positioning your program to not be seen as a threat to existing programs
  3. Using information and technology to scale the work
  4. Lessons learned the hard way – what happens when you are the first to do what you do
 Data: With Great Power Comes Great Responsibility Crowdfunding: Experiences and Lessons 
 Sonia Pandit, Founder, The Pandit Group

Data in the 21st century is a double-edged sword. This session will illustrate the power of data in the nonprofit sector: how an organization leverages data can catapult an organization to new levels of success but could also create unforeseen pitfalls. Learn how to take advantage of the plethora of opportunities data presents and avoid the substantial risks it can pose to nonprofits today.
Kathy Durante, Executive Director, OceanFirst Foundation
Susan Haig, Founder & Publisher, CivicStory
Lorrie Klaric
, Executive Director, Holiday Express
Chris Smith, CFO, GiveGab

Who can use crowdfunding effectively and what are the benefits? Drawing from two different crowdfunding situations (Ocean First Foundation’s Charity Challenge and CivicStory’s experience with GiveGab for Giving Tuesday), this panel will discuss their experiences, including factors leading to success and pitfalls to avoid.
 Getting Your Message to Stand Out Ideation: Transforming your Grand Plans from a Spark to Reality 
 Jay Stack, President & CEO, IGM Creative Group

Audiences have such short attention spans and there is so much information hurled at us throughout the day, it’s hard for a non-profit’s message to be heard through all the noise. How can we create email appeals that get opened (tips on subject lines, time of day to send, design with white-space, etc.). Is direct mail still viable? How do we get people to our website? How much time should we focus on social media, etc.
Carl Sorvino, SVP, Executive Creative Director, MWWPR

Ideas—coming up with them is easy. Coming up with good ones is a bit harder. Coming up with good ideas that are simple and can be executed against within budget and on time is something else entirely, maybe, even a bit of an art form. Let’s explore how to get our heads into that space, not only to come up with the good idea but how to make it come to life.
 Learning to Love Resistance to Change Blind Spots and Breakthroughs 
 Laurie Lewis, Ph.D., Partner and Consultant, Connecting By Design

It often feels annoying and frustrating to have employees, volunteers, board members, or key stakeholders raise concerns and complaints about change. Resistance to change, in whatever form, may at first feel like rejection, obstruction, or even stubbornness.

This session will help you think about resistance attitudes and behaviors in a completely new way. Resistance is actually a form of energy in change. When change leaders reframe resistance, engage those who push back, and take negative commentary as potentially useful input, changes can be improved and benefited, organizations can avoid damaging mistakes, and resistors can become part of a team effort to maximize effectiveness.

Participants will learn a new way to think about resistance to change that is evidence-based in organizational science. 
Jarrod Haning, Principal Violist, South Carolina Philharmonic

A breakthrough in your leadership will first come from a breakthrough in your thinking. If it made sense to you now, you would already be doing it, right? The problem is that the breakthrough is hiding behind a blind spot in our thinking patterns, what makes sense for us is often what is holding us back. In this workshop we will look at how to access different parts of your brain on demand and how effective leaders are able to leverage this to their advantage.

This breakout session will explore:
   • How to break the cycle of working harder
   • How to leave a legacy of leadership for your successor
   • How to build value with people so they come to you to help
 Mindfulness: The Practical Relevance for Your Nonprofit Journey! Improving Non-Profit Capacity Through Innovative Networking Toward Partnerships 
Fred C. Wasiak, Principal/Owner, Humanics Consulting

The days are busy, over-stimulating, and you are dealing with many different personalities, situations, and administrative demands… and this does not include your personal life! By introducing mindfulness into our daily lives, we will begin to foster positive interactions in all aspects of our lives, helping to lower the amount of stress into a daily practice will lead to a more relaxed, more productive, and more fulfilling life!
Aviva WoogManager of Advocacy, WellCare Health Plans New JerseyCo-Chair & Member of Board of Directors, Community Networking Association of New Jersey
Kristine Allen
, Chair of the Board of Directors,  Community Networking Association of New Jersey
Steven Campos
, Co-Chair & Member of Board of Directors,  Community Networking Association of New Jersey
Jeffry Gutierrez, 
Co-Chair & Member of Board of Directors,  Community Networking Association of New Jersey
Lenny Martinez, Co-Chair & Member of Board of Directors,  Community Networking Association of New Jersey

Innovative partnerships are increasingly important, especially among the Non-Profit sector, however finding those opportunities can be difficult to get started and to maintain solo. This interactive workshop demonstrating the high-energy techniques used in Community Networking Association meetings will show nonprofits how they can galvanize support and partnership to impact their respective potential and initiatives. Forging these social connections allow individuals, groups, and organizations to find allies, access tools, share practical wisdom, and build true collaborative strategies that have a much stronger collective impact. “BOOM!”
 Trends in Philanthropy Taking the Fear Out of Employee Evaluation 
 Etta Denk, Market Development Manager, Bank of America
Kiki Jamieson
, President, The Fund for New Jersey
Nina Stack
, President, Council of New Jersey Grantmakers
Jeffrey Vega
, President & CEO, Princeton Area Community Foundation

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.
Philip Salerno, III, President & Chief Development Officer, Children’s Specialized Hospital
William J. Dwyer, Vice President & Chief Human Resources Officer, Children’s Specialized Hospital

The employee evaluation process begins with a strong hiring process that sets a positive direction and establishes clear measures for success. Evaluations should be honest and productive discussions for supervisors and employees alike. They are opportunities to offer feedback, acknowledge achievements and plan for the future. Too often employees discount constructive feedback because of their own fears and other emotions. The process can also be frustrating for supervisors who may feel forced into a certain evaluation format that does not create any improvement in morale and performance.

This session will explore practical experiences, processes and tactics on how to conduct more effective, respectful and beneficial employee evaluations. 
 Ethical Leadership Strategic Partnerships between Corporations and Non-Profits 
 Judy Young, Executive Director, Rutgers Institute for Ethical Leadership

Just what is “Ethical Leadership?” Is it important? Of course it is, however, clarifying and articulating organizational values can be harder than we think. Engaging a work group or a community in validating and applying these values can be challenging for those in, or coming into, positions of leadership.

This session will explore how to create a culture that honors and integrates ethical decision making into day-to-day efforts all the way to long- term planning.

At the end of the session, participants will:
 1. Discuss Ethical Leadership and why focus on Ethical Leadership?
 2. Explore Personal and Organizational Values
 3. Explain how to build an Ethical Leadership Culture?
 4. Discuss Ethical Dilemmas: A process for Ethical Decision Making
 5. Apply Ethical Decision making Process
Kim Fortunato, Director – Community Affairs; President – Campbell Soup Foundation, Campbell Soup Company
Kelly Higgs, Executive Director, NJVOAD
Marion O’Neill, Manager – Corporate Contributions , PSEG Foundation
Ana Ramos, Senior Manager, The Food Trust
Barbara Short, Managing Director – Corporate Leadership, CECP

Corporations are emphasizing aligning “corporate social responsibility” with business strategies and discovering when non-profits engage with them on that strategic level, the results can exceed expectations for the corporation, the non-profit and the communities served. Hear how two corporations and their grantees have achieved long-term and wide-ranging results through partnership and innovation.  
 Don’t Keep the Minutes and Throw Away the Hours! Board Relations – Changing the Paradigm 
 Sue Kirkland, Principal, Sue Kirkland Life Consulting, LLC

Are You Keeping the Minutes and Throwing Away the Hours? Learn to manage meetings for maximum productivity.

Most non-profits seek to accomplish work with groups of staff and volunteers with a high dependence on meetings.  While gathering people together to work on projects is necessary, those gatherings aren’t always as productive as they could be or the best use of the time of the individuals involved.  This interactive and practical session will help you focus energy and use simple yet powerful process tools to help your meetings become more productive. 
Shelly Wimpfheimer, Executive Director, The Community Chest

Board members are now required to be partners in the governance of organizational operations and, as such, need to possess higher level skills than in the past. Executive directors also must understand these skills and must serve as a resource for their boards. These changed roles and functions will be explored in this session.