Session Descriptions by Date




Attendees will have the option to attend two full conference plenaries and up to three break out sessions on both Wednesday and Thursday. Friday, in addition to the five Alliance Affinity group sessions, small working groups and committees, conference attendees will have the option of attending TNS programming or quality sessions jointly developed by the Alliance and our local partner.

Session descriptions still under construction. More descriptions and bios added regularly.

Wednesday, September 17

Kick off:

  Advocacy as a Capacity Building Tool

Session Description: Join Diana Aviv for a discussion on the evolving use and understanding of advocacy—on a local, state, and federal level—as an important tool for advancing the missions and supporting the clients and communities championed by nonprofit organizations.


Morning Session Options: 10:15 AM -11:45 AM


Special Session:

Scholarship and Research-Based Practice; What is the Connection? Session sponsored by the Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action (ARNOVA)

Session Description: ARNOVA connects scholars, teachers, and practice leaders interested in research on nonprofit organizations, voluntary action, philanthropy and civil society. Primarily an association of academics, ARNOVA strives to balance intellectual advancement with applied interests.


Alliance for Nonprofit Management, the national organization of capacity builders, promotes research-based practice, and the dissemination of research-based, cutting-edge theory and practices to influence the capacity-building field. Scholars and practitioners often do not speak the same language, attend to the same incentives, or operate under similar constraints. This session will discuss some of the constraints academics perceive in applied practice, ways that research can assist consultants and other practitioners interested in capacity-building, and the role of national organizations like the Alliance and ARNOVA as potential mechanisms to bridge the gap between academic scholars and practitioners.





Cutting Edge Practice:

Results-Based Accountability and Collective Impact

Session Description: Measurement practices don’t just track data; done well, metrics can be a powerful tool to catalyze and guide the collective action necessary to create positive change. In this dynamic out-of-your-chair workshop, we will begin with an introduction to Results-Based Accountability (RBA) as a practical user-friendly tool for measuring and building the well-being of communities. The group will examine case studies focused on collective impact in Vermont. Participants will then actively engage with the turn the curve tool, drawing on the collective experience and wisdom of their colleagues, and sharing their learning with the group. The turn the curve tool helps engage unlikely partnerships and inspire strong collaboration. Participants will be provided with links to RBA resources that will reinforce the learning and enable them to apply RBA concepts, including the turn the curve exercise, back home.


Cutting Edge Practice:

How to Build a Great Learning Community

Session Description: Research in disparate fields demonstrates the transformative power of cohort-based learning experiences, and increasingly, nonprofit capacity-builders build peer learning communities into their training designs. What makes some learning communities sparkle and others fizzle? In this interactive session, we will draw on scholarly literature, case studies and the experience of the participants to discover core elements of successful learning communities that support the positive growth and development of their members.



Executive Transition and Leadership Continuity Affinity Group Sponsored Session:

Defining a Field of Practice: Guiding Principles for Executive Transition and Leadership Continuity

Session Description: An executive transition is a critical time of opportunity and risk for all organizations. For not-for-profit/social purpose organizations and their boards, it is an especially challenging time carrying with it added demands and responsibilities. Yet, for many organizations, an executive transition provides one of the most significant opportunities for organizational transformation and positive change in the life of the organization. This session will share the current work to define the fields of practice and offer some beginning principles of practice and core competencies thought to be important to the work. In particular, this session will provide an overview of: Definition of Practice, Types of Engagements and Hoped-for Impact, Stages for This Type of Engagement, Practice Guidelines, Core Competencies and Characteristics of Consultants and Other Characteristics and Attributes.


McAdam Book Award Finalist:

The Right Way to Involve Online Volunteers

Session Description: As Internet technology gets more powerful and social media expands, engaging online volunteers is a great opportunity for nonprofit organizations to increase efficiency and impact. And virtual volunteering is very appealing to many people with great skills. But there’s a RIGHT way of doing things when it comes to virtual volunteering – and do you know if your nonprofit (or client) is doing it right? Join Susan J. Ellis, co-author of The LAST Virtual Volunteering Guidebook (one of this year’s Terry McAdams Book Award finalists), to examine how to best involve online volunteers in an organization’s work. What makes a great virtual volunteering opportunity? What are the best ways to support online volunteers? It’s time to integrate online interaction into every volunteer activity because electronic tools are part of everyone’s life and will continue to be so.




Full Afternoon Research to Practice Tracks: 1:45 PM -5:30 PM


Research to Practice:

Strategic Leadership: Transforming Management Practices

Session Description: This session introduces current research that identifies key functions of strategic leaders. These functions help managers to set organizational goals, align stakeholders, and achieve objectives. Through a participatory process of reflection and discussion participants will consider strengths and weaknesses of these functions and how organizations can build leadership capacity to support executive transition and improve organizational performance. As a result of this session, participates will gain a better sense of which functions to prioritize, utilize, and support in leadership development.



Research to Practice:

Governance Beyond the Boundaries of the Board

Session Description: Across the country, there is increasing interest and need within the sector for new thinking, practices, and models of nonprofit governance- new promising approaches that can lead to increased community impact. Some of the most innovative research and practices over the last few years in the governance field have been focused on governance beyond the boundaries of the unitary board; this includes community/ stakeholder engagement in governance, network governance –that is, governance decision-making shared by multiple organizations, and other collective impact approaches. Informed by the most relevant research in this area, this advanced-level, highly-interactive session is intended to expand the way you think about governance and help you integrate new approaches into consulting practice. “Deep dive” interactive discussions about practice implications will include topics such as shared leadership and power, dominant coalitions, and collective impact strategies.




Regular Afternoon Session 1 Options: 1:45 PM -3:15 PM


2014 Board of Directors’ Choice Session:

Weathering the Storm: A Call to Readiness

Session Description: In the present time of political and social turmoil, there is a trend towards attacks and more intense scrutiny of social justice organizations. Through a collaborative, RoadMap, a group of consultants has developed targeted capacity-building support from numerous experiences of working closely with groups one-on-one as well as educating cohorts. This session will provide specific information about challenges some groups are facing, and ways to be more pro-active in addressing them. We will deepen understanding of potential threats, and also of some tools/practices to assess vulnerabilities, including a checklist, as well as key elements for a crisis management plan, and for a communications strategy.




Cutting Edge Practice:

The Nonprofit Genomics: Advancing Capacity with Data

Session Description: Despite a wide array of capacity building resources, nonprofits face critical organizational sustainability issues, with limited dedicated resources available to assist them. At the sametime, Grantmakers continually seek diagnostic tools to assist their efforts to strengthen nonprofits. This session will outline an evidence-based solution that helps the philanthropic sector better understand the needs of the nonprofit community, and assists those providing consulting services to nonprofits with the knowledge and approaches necessary to target the specific technical assistance required.



Cutting Edge Practice:

Open Innovation: Unlocking Community Potential

Session Description: Innovation is no longer solely domain of IT professionals or mad scientists working solo in garages and workshops. Nonprofits and other social change agents all have access to the talent, creativity, and resources to solve some of our community’s toughest problems. This interactive session will explore how open mic nights, social innovation incubators, and other successful models can help nonprofits tap into the inspired energy to create social innovations from the ground up.



Cutting Edge Practice:

Beyond the Bottom Line: Crafting Meaningful Performance Measures for the Development Department

Session Description: All managers need to provide management controls – guidelines, benchmarks, performance indicators, etc. – so their teams will do what’s expected and needed to maintain predictable, consistent growth. This session with introduce and review the major components of a wholistic management control system as applied to fundraising and development operations, with examples from agencies currently using them. Ellen will demonstrate how capacity builders can help their clients development specific controls, making them unique and relevant to their work and organizational structure. She will share practices, templates and other resources based on a methodology for sustainable fundraising.




Regular Afternoon Session 2 Options: 3:30 PM -5:30 PM


Practice Development & Support:

Essential Discomfort: Increasing Impact Outside Your Cultural Comfort Zone

Session Description: This interactive session is designed to increase self-awareness and comfort with cultural inquiry and dialogue as a part of the capacity building process. As capacity builders, we often encounter cultural differences in our work and while most of us strive to be culturally competent in our recommendations, we may not recognize the ways our own background, language choices, or approaches to change may impact our client interactions and the relationship building that is essential to helping organizations and individuals accept change and achieve their goals.

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Whether a coach, consultant, trainer or funder, gaining personal cultural self-awareness and increasing your level of comfort with initiating cultural inquiry/dialogue will increase your success as a professional capacity builder and allow you to better serve your community. Presenters will guide attendees through interactive exercises that they can use with their clients, provide tools including self-assessment frameworks, and facilitate a peer-to-peer discussion of culturally sensitive approaches to increasing your impact and your clients’ success.



Cutting Edge Practice:

Nonprofit Story Telling: An Essential Capacity Builder Skill

Session Description: For the nonprofit sector creating a story is more than a donor acquisition strategy, it is a way to enable deep engagement around the most important aspects of an organization’s work. For the capacity builder, this impacts how we assess efforts, assist in the design of new mission-driven initiatives, and help organizations and their partners overcome the limits of resources. The goal of this interactive workshop is to provide capacity builders with tools to help organizations and collaborative efforts develop an evolving narrative that advances credibility and influence.



Cutting Edge Practice:

Transforming Leadership: High Impact Networks

Session Description: Ensuring everyone has the possibility for a healthy, prosperous life is key to a just and equitable society. To do so, people must come together to tackle complex social challenges that often stand in the way; however, this requires a significant shift in how we have typically developed leadership capacity. This workshop offers an integrated approach to building capacity by focusing on leadership; policy and system change; and development of trusting networks courageously focused on collective impact.





Thursday, September 18

Joint Keynote with the Texas Nonprofit Summit:

Collective Action for Impact

Bill Strickland, CEO Manchester Bidwell Bill Strickland has changed lives, restored our faith in ethical leadership, and reshaped the business of social change. As president and CEO of the Manchester Bidwell Corporation, he and his staff work with corporations, community leaders and schools to give disadvantaged kids and adults opportunities to build a better future.


Recently, Strickland was named as one of the 25 members of the White House Council for Community Solutions. He was also honored by the US Senate for his contributions to social innovation. Recently, Strickland was named as one of the 25 members of the White House Council for Community Solutions by President Obama. For years now, he has shared his unshakable message of leadership, self-worth and the intrinsic ability in all of us to achieve remarkable transformation in our lives. He was also honored by the US Senate for his contributions to social innovation.Strickland is a winner of a MacArthur “Genius” Award and the 2011 Goi Peace Award. He is the author of Make the Impossible Possible, a recipient of The White House’s “Coming Up Taller” Award, and the founder of the Grammy-winning MCG Jazz, the most successful jazz subscription series in America.




Morning Session Options: 10:00 AM -11:45 AM


Morning Joint Session with TNS:

Building a Movement in Partnership with Your Clients and Community

Session Description: Building on work completed by the Building Movement Project as part of their 5% Shifts to Social Change series of mini-reports, this session will provide attendees with background, case examples, and practical tools to assist service delivery groups of all types to identify small changes in their work that can make a big difference in the participation of the people they serve and the community. Focusing on how elevated client and/or community voice can increase the effectiveness and impact of nonprofits and other social change minded organizations, this interactive session will help attendees develop successful plans for incorporating community engagement and client participation into their mission delivery strategies.




Cutting Edge Practice:

Building Capacity for Smaller Organizations: A Leadership Framework for Identity-Based Groups

Session Description: In this peer-to-peer facilitated session, capacity builders will explore the complex issues small, identity-based groups face, especially as related to developing leadership capacity and movement building. Integrating ideas and concepts from psychology, sociology, organizational development, and business, Mala Nagarajan and Vega Subramaniam will present a framework for identifying gaps in capacity, strategies for leadership development and provide tips for building strategic partnerships with community-based organizations that are specifically designed for smaller organizations.


Cutting Edge Practice:

Nonprofit Sustainability: It’s a Journey not a Destination

Whether you are a seasoned professional consulting with nonprofits on sustainability, or you are just getting started down that road, this session will stretch your thinking about what constitutes sustainability in a nonprofit and you may be surprised that fundraising is not the primary component. You’ll leave this session inspired by new insights and armed with practical tools to use as you help your nonprofits thrive.


Governance Affinity Group Sponsored Session:

Community Engagement Governance™: New Action Research Findings and Practice implications for Community Impact!

Session Description: Why do so many boards continue to experience the same problems and challenges? Is it just a matter of better performance or training, or would a new approach help organizations achieve a higher level of community impact? Community-Engagement Governance™ is nationally recognized as one of the few truly innovative developments within the governance field and continues to generate excitement within the nonprofit sector. It is a cutting-edge approach in which governance responsibility is shared across the organizational system among the key stakeholders of an organization or network, including its constituents, community, staff, and board to achieve more effective community impact. Learn about the latest Action Research findings from the participating organizations from around the country. Participants will learn how to assist organizations adapt this Framework and will leave with practical tools that they can use in their consulting practices


McAdam Book Award Finalist:

Collaboration: It’s All About Creating Value

Session Description: Throughout this century practitioners will increasingly turn to cross-sector collaborations as powerful vehicles for organizational success and societal betterment, and so it is critically important that nonprofits and businesses deepen their understanding of and capabilities for co-creating value. This session will present the Collaborative Value Creation Framework that will address the following questions:

  • Where does value come from and what types of value are created?
  • What is the mental framework that partners should have about value creation and collaboration?
  • How does the type of collaborative relationship enable value creation?
  • How do different processes in the formation and implementation of a partnership affect value creation?
  • Who benefits and how?



Joint Luncheon Keynote with TNS:

The Myth of Nonprofit Overhead

Ken Berger, CEO CharityNavigator

Ken Berger (@kenscommentary) became the President and CEO of Charity Navigator in 2008 after almost thirty years experience working in the charitable non-profit sector. He has held leadership positions at a variety of human service and health care agencies, both large and small, and has operated programs serving many underserved populations including the homeless, the developmentally disabled, the mentally ill, substance abusers, the medically needy, and persons with HIV/AIDS, among many others.


Ken earned his Bachelor’s degree at the University of Buffalo. He went on to obtain a Master’s degree in Psychology from Antioch University and a Master’s degree in Business Administration from Rutgers University.

Ken has a deep passion for helping donors become wise social investors (charitable givers who see their donations as a long term social investment) by learning how to identify and then support high performing nonprofits. He also has a deep interest in encouraging charitable non-profits to perform effectively and thrive even in challenging times. He is a regular presenter at conferences on both the domestic and international stage, is frequently interviewed by regional, national and international media on nonprofit issues and has published numerous articles on issues affecting the nonprofit sector’s effectiveness. In addition, he is the author of Ken’s Commentary, a blog about his thoughts on the non-profit sector.He is a member of the Alliance for Effective Social Investing and was a founding member of the Social Impact Analysts Association. He was also a member of the CFC-50 Commission which was formed under the U.S. Office of Personnel Management to strengthen the integrity, operation and effectiveness of the Combined Federal Campaign (the largest workplace giving campaign in the world).


By Registration Only: Funders’ Roundtable

Immediately following the keynote by Ken Berger, we invite funders to join us in a special Funders’ Roundtable Session sponsored by Philanthropy Southwest. Ken Berger will be joined by speakers Chrissie Bonner, Becky Pastner and Unmi Song for Investing in Change: The Funders Role in Moving Beyond the Overhead Myth Click here for registration information and session details.




Research to Practice Full Afternoon Tracks: 1:45 PM -5:30 PM


Research to Practice:

Hybrids and Hybridity

Session Description: There are currently and even historically any number of forms of hybridity in and around the nonprofit sector. This session will help participants understand how to work with the notion of hybridity within organizations and networks. Looking at the field through the concept of institutional logics, we will define the emergent edge of the nonprofit hybrid space as it stands currently – looking particularly at sectoral hybrids (for profit/nonprofit and nonprofit/government), and hybrids that span the nondigital/digital space.


Among the issues we will address:

  • The formal and informal landscapes of social enterprise and hybridity here and abroad
  • New legal structures for hybridity – do they matter and to what? What have their track records been to date?
  • Organizational form questions raised by digital hybrids
  • Accountability concerns

The session will include substantial time for questions and discussion and hands-on, interactive exercises. Participants will come out of the session with an understanding of hybridity in the nonprofit sector and how to work with the concept of hybridity in all nonprofits.

Researchers and Facilitators: Fredrik Andersson, Ph.D., University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee


Research to Practice:

Ready, Set…? Research and Practice on Readiness for Capacity Building

Session Description:

Many nonprofit leaders say they want their organization to achieve greater social impact by both building their organizations and growing their programs, but are they ready to even get to the starting line of scale? Funders or capacity builders alike want to invest their resources in strengthening organizations that are ready to grow and ready to make use of the assistance. Yet the irony is that it takes a certain degree of capacity to even engage in capacity building — to make use of the assistance, follow through on planning, and put plans into action in ways that are strategically linked to the building blocks of greater impact.


This session will connect relevant research and practitioner knowledge related to two aspects of readiness: readiness to engage in capacity building, and readiness to put the building blocks for scaling impact (whether that is defined as quantitative scale, geographic scope, qualitative depth, or leveraging new types of impact). Through this participatory discussion, we will explore questions such as:

• How can we assess and identify organizations that are ready to engage in capacity building?
• What are the internal and external obstacles that keep them from starting capacity building or following through?
• What sort of capacity building approaches are most useful and cost-effective for organizations at different levels of readiness?
• How do we build capacity as an organization’s readiness ebbs and flows, whether due to changes in leadership, motivation, funding, or programs?
• How can we use indicators of readiness for scaling to give more focus and relevance to our capacity building services and funding?
Together we will seek to generate answers to these questions and solutions that can be applied by consultants, MSOs, funders, and leaders supporting small and mid-sized organizations for whom greater mission impact is a goal.




Regular Afternoon Session 1 Options: 1:45 PM – 3:15 PM


Practice Development & Support:

Capacity Builder’s Nightmare: What Keeps You Up at Night?

Session Description: Mike Burns will lead a facilitated peer-to-peer strategy session on addressing the common and often complicated issues capacity builders face when working with nonprofits. Learn how experienced capacity-builders have kept their sanity while meeting their clients’ changing needs.


Cutting Edge Practice:

Meeting the Demand for Leadership & Talent Development Services

Laura Gassner Otting, founder and CEO of Nonprofit Professionals Advisory Group, for a facilitated practitioners discussion about the business of supporting nonprofits and other mission driven organizations in their strategic approach to acquiring and retaining their most important resource: talent.


Convening the thought leaders and field experts, many of whom are presenting at this year’s Alliance Conference or the Texas Nonprofit Summit, this session will work to identify whose doing this important work and the resources they are using to direct their philosophy and practices. The group will also explore how this field is changing and what can or should be done to support the next generation of talent and leadership consultants and capacity builders.


Joint Session with TNS:

Underdeveloped: Challenges Facing Fundraising Professionals and How to Overcome Them

Session Description: Join us for a special session about the challenges facing professional fundraisers, those who work with them, and what we can do to address them. Learn the findings from CompassPoint’s study, UnderDeveloped: A National Study on the Challenges Facing Nonprofit Fundraising, and hear what one community is doing to promote and respond to this critical data. This session will provide development professionals, executive directors, board leaders and funders with a clear picture of the tensions, misunderstandings, and often unrealistic demands placed on fundraisers, and will provide specific recommendations for how we can all work better together. Through understanding and responding to the real obstacles in our way, we’ll all benefit from stronger donor relationships and more money for our missions.




Regular Afternoon Session 2 Options: 3:30 PM -5:30 PM


Joint Session with TNS:

Managing Change Through Organizational Life Cycles

Session Description: Nonprofit leaders must routinely navigate a host of changing and often competing interests. During times of great uncertainty, leaders can focus organizational energy and use change as a positive force. In his book Building Nonprofit Capacity, Dr. John Brothers helps nonprofit leaders determine how to effectively shepherd a change process within their organizations using an organizational lifecycle framework. This session will offer participants opportunity to apply key concepts which include:

  • Proven models, frameworks and tools to help leaders guide their organizations through change.
  • Effective strategies designed to help you move through change in a structured and deliberate way.
  • The trajectory of an organizational lifecycle to better understand which areas of focus will yield the greatest impact



Practice Development & Support:

Unleashing the Capacity of Your Practice: The Dollars and Sense of Running a Successful Consulting Business.

Session Description: This session is a 90-minute facilitated forum to support participants to consider the business opportunities and challenges inherent to their private consultation practices.

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Forum will…

  • Identify the key business challenges currently facing your businesses and receive “group consultation” through facilitated table discussions;
  • Identify the realities of serving the nonprofit sector as a target market including considerations of consumer pricing, consumer buying patterns, customer service needs, competition and branding;
  • Create an opportunity for you to define what constitutes “business success” for your practice and consider the capacity-building issues of your own enterprises for achieving success;
  • Present two case studies of private practices that have built capacities that created pathways towards further achieving your defined successes; and
  • Facilitate a question and answer environment for participants to ask your “business questions” for expert and participant responses.





Executive Transitions and Leadership Continuity Affinity Group

Prioritizing Organizational Health: Creating Cross-Disciplinary Approaches to Transitions

Session Description: The organizers encourage their capacity-building colleagues to join them to explore leadership succession planning as an integral part of organizational health. Members of the Executive Transition and Leadership Continuity Affinity Group will also share how they partner with other capacity building specialists to more fully impact the long-term health and sustainability of their clients.

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As transition specialists, we often reach out to other consultants to bring needed expertise in finance, fundraising, marketing, HR, or governance, to help an organization survive a critical leadership transition and put infrastructure in place or modify it for the organization’s long-term health. Conversely, we have been called in by colleagues who seek help to institute leadership transition and succession plans, which will support their capacity-building initiatives.

To promote more comprehensive consulting partnerships, we invite conference attendees to join a conversation with panelists who represent MSO’s that are developing leading-edge practices and solo-practitioners with on-the-ground experiences. Attendees will be asked to share their own experiences and collaborate with consultants from other fields to explore ways that cross-discipline partnerships can support our clients’ long-term sustainability and growth. This session is presented by the Executive Transitions and Leadership Continuity Affinity Group, facilitators will include Tim Wolfred, Mary Vradelis and Susan Mooney.





Cutting Edge Practice:

Problems vs. Polarities — A Critical Distinction: Leveraging Polarities in Nonprofit Management

Session Description: Have you ever had a client or grantee that struggled with goals that seemed to be at odds with one another? For example, promoting entrepreneurial initiative, while struggling to create structure and accountability? How about pursuing collaborative networks while maintaining their organization’s individual visibility? Seeing these and other challenges as “both/and” polarities, which are distinct from “either/or” problems to solve, can be a great support to leaders, organizations and communities seeking to leverage the inherent tensions of these and other polarities. Leveraging polarities can help achieve new levels of success in ways that are sustainable over time. Misdiagnosing a polarity as a problem to solve leads to vicious cycles and chronic tensions that serve no one. Seeing a polarity and intentionally leveraging it can lead to virtuous cycles that serve all involved. Designed for capacity builders, this session will help you see and map polarity tensions and introduce you to a tool and process that will support your work with nonprofits and other social change organizations.

Practioners’ Roundtable

Building a Movement in Partnership with Your Clients and Community

Session Description: The Building Movement Project and Alliance for Nonprofit Management are joining forces to influence and change the relationships between nonprofit service groups and the individuals and communities they serve.

Come learn — and shape — how this effort will support the development of both client voice and community engagement as core competencies and best practices of organizations.

Share your own strategies and trusted resources for supporting community engagement as a capacity building tool – or come to learn about this emerging area and developing field of practice.






Friday, September 19

Morning Keynote:

The How and Why of Millennial Nonprofit Engagement

Kari Dunn Saratovsky, Principal, KDS Strategies An innovative and entrepreneurial leader, Kari Saratovsky has spent her career working in the social impact sector building strategic alliances, directing programs and facilitating national efforts that advance social change. Saratovsky currently serves as Principal of KDS Strategies and is co-author of the newly released, Cause for Change: The Why and How of Nonprofit Millennial innovative program design, strategic communications, and social media strategy-all with a unique understanding of next generation engagement.


Prior to establishing KDS Strategies, Saratovsky served as Vice President of Social Innovation at the Case Foundation and Directed the President’s Council on Service and Civic Participation, a presidentially appointed council to expand volunteering and service across the country and around the world. Kari is an avid volunteer and currently serves as Chair of the Board of, is on the board of Repair the World and an advisor to the new start-up, Fuse Corps. Engagement.




Morning Session Options: 10:15 AM – 11:45 AM


Joint Session with TNS:

Practice, Policy, and Perspective; The Drive for Systemic Change

Session Description: Come learn how New Profit, a leading venture philanthropy organization, supports promising, highest-impact social enterprises as they grow their impact. Hear about successful models that bring social entrepreneurs together with leaders in government, philanthropy, business, and the media to accelerate social problem solving. Whether through advocacy, capacity building, communications or convening key partners, you’ll discover how thinking about social change in new ways with cross-sector partners and strategic collaborations can lead to truly remarkable results.


Joint Session with TNS:

Why Foundation and Nonprofits Don’t Fund Talent and What You Can Do About It

Session Description: This interactive session offers new perspectives and practical resources to help you and the field increase nonprofit capacity, effectiveness and sustainability by investing in human capital as a primary asset. Young Nonprofit Professionals Network will present their research on the demand for professional development amongst the more than 30,000 emerging leaders they represent. Talent Philanthropy Project, a new initiative that aims to increase foundation investments in nonprofit people of all generations, will share their research on the supply of talent-focused funding. Participants will leave with ideas, data and tools that they can use in their own organizations or consulting efforts.





Affinity Group Sessions

Affinity Groups will meet to discuss current events in their particular field and area of expertise. Though meetings will include some continuity of previous meetings, new or prospective members are encouraged to attend.

Governance: 8:00 AM – 2:00 PM

Capacity Builders Organizations: 9:15 AM – 2:00 PM

Executive Transitions and Leadership Continuity: 9:15 AM – 2:00 PM


Research to Practice Sessions

Research to Practice Outcomes and Take-Away Planning: 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM

Discussion and future planning based on Wednesday’s and Thursday’s Research to Practice sessions including Ready, Set…? Research and Practice on Readiness for Capacity Building, Hybrids and Hybridity, and Strategic Leadership: Transforming Management Practices. Governance Research to Practice session will be addressed in the Governance Affinity Group meeting. Please only attend having previously attended Wednesday’s or Thursday’s full-day tracks.

Research to Practice Joint Framework Discussion: 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM

Re-convene with all Research to Practice tracks for a conclusion and joint discussion.


Regional, Issue, and Engagement Discussion Tables

12:00 PM – 2:00 PM

Consecutively occurring roundtables on member determined and facilitated topics and groupings. Final schedule will be announced at conference. Please suggest a topic or discussion area to any Alliance staff, conference committee, or board member throughout the duration of the conference!