2019 Agenda

A PDF of our full agenda can be downloaded here. Click on each session below to read the description.

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  • September 24 (Tuesday)

    Registration will begin at 10:30. The conference will kick off with lunch at 11:45 and an opening keynote beginning at 12:15, followed by 2 sets of workshops, a Standards for Excellence panel, multiple opportunities to network with attendees and exhibitors, and a networking reception.

  • 12:00PM - 12:50PM
    The 2020 Census is vital to Pennsylvania and nationwide.  The Census is the basis for distributing federal funds as well as political representation in local, state, and federal districts.  In this dynamic and informative keynote, you will learn how you can help your community get an accurate census count by working with the Census Bureau’s Community Partnership Engagement Program (CPEP).  By the end of this presentation, you will understand: <ol> <li>History of the Census</li> <li>What’s new for the 2020 census</li> <li>Confidentiality and privacy</li> <li>Area census office and recruitment efforts</li> <li>How to use the Census Bureau’s Response Outreach Area Mapper (ROAM) tool identify census tracks with low response rates</li> <li>Outreach methods for all populations including those in living in census tracks that have high low response rates</li> <li>Purpose and function of Complete Count Committees and how they are utilized to educate and motivate residents to respond to the 2020 Census</li> </ol>
    Keynote Presentations

  • 2:20PM - 3:35PM
    This highly interactive session provides an overview of meeting facilitation structures and tools that create a collaborative culture of shared leadership and co-creation.  The workshop highlights Liberating Structures which are easy-to-learn micro-structures that enhance relational coordination and trust, as well as other inclusive tools that can be used in peer learning communities. These tools quickly foster lively participation in groups of any size, making it possible to truly include everyone. They can be incorporated into any type of collaborative meeting, including staff, leadership team, board, coalition, and community meetings.  During this hands-on session, participants will serve as both learners and teachers – learning about inclusive facilitation structures and teaching one another while engaging in the micro-structures in action.
    Board Development

  • 2:20PM - 3:35PM
    The best way to put “Unity” in any community is to create an environment where all people feel respected and valued.  This workshop will focus on the difference communications styles and how to communicate with each style.  Positive communication in the first step in creating a great workplace or community environment.  The second part of a great environment is building a solid TEAM.  Participants will take part in team-building activities, which they will then be able to take back and use with their own staff, organization, and community.  Get ready for a fun, hands-on experience!
    Communications

  • 2:20PM - 3:35PM
    Seven out of ten nonprofit leaders are expected to transition out of their positions in less than a decade. In today’s competitive environment, a smooth leadership transition is critical to the ongoing success of nonprofit organizations. Part-one of this session is designed to provide you and your organization with the tools required for a successful transition and future for your service to the community. Part-two of the session will discuss the role of the board during a leadership transition, how to support staff during transition gaps, how to support the new leadership, and how to manage an organization in instances of sudden change or loss of leadership. We will also examine what it takes to curate a strong board and what it takes to be a good board member. Whether you sit on a board, plan to join a board, or are managed by one, having a clear understanding of the role of a board member, duties and responsibilities, alignment of values and commitment to mission is crucial to the success of the organization. Is the board a managing board or a strategic board? Learn the difference in board roles and how organizational leadership is directed or guided.
    Leadership Development

  • 2:20PM - 3:35PM
    A<em> Collaboratory</em> is a fusion of collaboration and laboratory, a space to explore and build collaborative innovations. Founded on both the scientific research community and social labs, collaboratory is a co-creative stakeholder process for solving complex problems (Muff, 2014). This workshop will explore the power of using a collaboratory to provide a proactive avenue for organizations and communities to unify to address social and human issues. Often, organizations and communities are reactive to crises or deadlines rather than being proactive to address issues and plan accordingly. The collaboratory can be the place for individuals to come together to question, discuss, share and construct new ideas and strategies for resolving complex problems and issues. This workshop will provide an overview of the collaboratory concept, share the methodology and steps behind the development of a collaboratory, provide examples of collaboratories in action and provide an opportunity for participants to engage in how they could benefit as well as contribute to a collaboratory. The collaboratory concept can assist with problem solving as well as support an organization’s project, resource or marketing development efforts. Muff, K. (2014). The collaboratory: A co-creative stakeholder engagement process for solving complex problems. United Kingdom: Greenleaf Publishing Limited.
    Power of People

  • 2:20PM - 3:35PM
    Creating a climate of unity and a culture of collaboration requires leadership competencies such as visioning, communication, and the courage to differentiate rewards. If leaders cannot communicate a compelling vision and demonstrate the inclusiveness needed to make the vision a shared one, people will not feel united enough to collaborate. Genuine collaboration is not always easy to achieve but is doable if leaders are clear, fair, and resilient. This session will focus on helping nonprofit leaders develop a vision that is clear, a climate that is inclusive, and a culture that rewards synergy.
    Resource Development

  • 2:20PM - 3:35PM
    When building a development program, many boards and executive directors are eager to expand their new donor pipelines and perhaps even head straight into major gifts territory before addressing stewardship properly. But just like in sales, most of your future revenue is going to come from existing donors. This session aims to show you how to set up the fundamentals of donor stewardship. Whether it’s gift-triggered or time-triggered events, there are certain activities that should happen in every organization, like a well-oiled machine. What are these activities? When should they happen? Who should take ownership of these actions? We’ll also explore non-traditional and creative activities. What kinds of messaging work? What does a culture of stewardship look like in your organization? Do you have a one-size-fits-all attitude, or are you sensitive to different donors’ needs? Do you have a good contact management system? Are you using it? Learn how to look at your organizational data to derive meaningful metrics. <em>Stewardship is probably the most fun part of our jobs – embrace it! </em>Attendees are encouraged to think about their current stewardship activities and bring ideas to share.
    Resource Development

  • 3:45PM - 5:00PM
    Great leaders of volunteer bodies, including governing and advisory boards, operate with three principles in mind: inspire, organize, and collaborate. In this workshop, we will consider why each of these three principles is critical to excellent leadership, what the principles entail, and how they can be implemented. We will focus on the context of nonprofit governing boards, but the principles can be applied to anyone who has responsibility for leading or directing volunteer committees or boards.
    Board Development

  • 3:45PM - 5:00PM
    In times of communication overload and short attention spans, every message we put out there to the world faces stiff competition. Clarity, consistency, and impact are vital when rallying stakeholder engagement, reaching out for community support, or marketing our programs and services. In this workshop, we will explore the seven key elements of consistent, clear, engaging, and inspiring communication. We’ll start with a simple strategy for developing a “communications core” to inform all communications across all platforms and anchor your communications plan. We’ll learn effective communications practices that offer quantifiable results and that can be incorporated to help unite your staff and volunteer leadership teams in mission and in messaging. From the board room and Instagram to email campaigns and grant proposals, are you communicating as a unified organization? Are your communications hitting the goals you set for them? What is the response from those on the receiving end of your message? Are they engaged? Do they feel the impact of your service? If your answer to any of these questions is “no” or “I don’t know,” this workshop can help put you on the path to more successful communication.
    Communications

  • 3:45PM - 5:00PM
    Would you love to benefit from the enthusiasm of student interns and aren’t sure where to start? Creating internship opportunities that both grow leaders and advance organizations will help put the UNITY in COMMUNITY. This workshop will highlight five intrinsic motivational areas that organizations can use to engage their interns to create a meaningful internship experience: Mission, Autonomy, Mastery, Achievement, and Affiliation. With planning and guidance, students can bring their energy and skills to advancing your mission! Several types of experiential learning models will be discussed with the primary focus being on undergraduate and graduate college level placements. As a nonprofit trainer, consultant, and the coordinator of an undergraduate internship program, Signe is uniquely qualified to help participants make the most of student engagement opportunities. Focus will be on developing a mutually beneficial relationship that balances the intern’s learning goals and the organizational needs. Topics covered will include designing your internship program, planning for success, delivering feedback, legal and ethical concerns, and supervision. Lauren and Signe will provide participants with templates/samples of policy documents, job descriptions and learning goals, and other resources. Successful engagement of students in your nonprofit’s work can develop them into short- and long-term ambassadors, volunteers, donors and staff.
    Leadership Development

  • 3:45PM - 5:00PM
    Every human being is creative. We all have a desire to learn and work towards a cause that is bigger than ourselves. We have the capacity to transform communities when we work in a way that adds value to each member in our organization and the community. First, we must understand how living systems work and develop ourselves and our own capacity to change the way we think. We do this by reflecting on our own habitual ways of thinking and develop our potential to discern where those thoughts come from. In this presentation, Shannon and Marcus will present a regenerative living systems theory in which an organization seeking to transform their community must first transform themselves and break free from habitual patterns of thought and toxic work practices. We will provide a working example of how Sustainable Energy Fund is seeking this type of transformation with the help of 7group. We will then dive deeper and show how this process can affect a community in a way that creates social and economic benefits for that community.
    Power of People

  • 3:45PM - 5:00PM
    The 2020 Census is vital to Pennsylvania and the nation as a whole. The Census is the basis for distributing federal funds as well as political representation in local, state, and federal districts. In this workshop, you’ll learn how you can help your community get an accurate census count by working with the Census Bureau Community Partnership Engagement Program. You’ll gain an understanding of what’s new for the 2020 Census, confidentiality, area census offices, and recruitment efforts. You will also learn about forming Complete Count Committees to educate and motivate residents especially those in low-response areas to participate in the Census. Plus, we’ll include an overview of census data, such as the American Community Survey (ACS), which can be used for grants and community assessments.
    Resource Development

  • September 25 (Wednesday)

    Registration and breakfast will begin at 7:30. The conference will kick off with a welcome at 9:00, followed by a plenary presentation, 2 sets of workshops, lunch, a Standards for Excellence panel, and opportunities to network with exhibitors. The conference will end at 3:30 PM.

  • 1:00PM - 2:15PM
    The relationship between an organization’s Board Chair and Executive Director is essential to the strength and “unity” of the organization and its impact on the community. When this relationship is solid, it has the power to transform and propel the organization forward, leading to greater influence on the community. The Executive Director can infuse their board with a true sense of possibility and empowerment and the Board Chair can foster that enthusiasm. Participants will learn about the importance of the various roles of Chair and Executive, where these roles intersect, and the successes that can be achieved when the relationship is built upon shared purpose, communication, mutual respect, and honesty. The positive impact on the community can be limitless.
    Board Development

  • 1:00PM - 2:15PM
    Your brand is the foundation of every single donor, volunteer, and program beneficiary relationship that sustains you. What the public experiences in your brand determines if they will reward your cause with their trust, loyalty, and advocacy. Understanding those actions – or ignoring them – is the difference between strong and weak brand stewardship. But “branding” is abstract. It is not always easy to understand, because it is made of beliefs and emotions, not facts and figures. And it is not tied directly to revenue targets or program goals, which makes calculating ROI difficult. This session will demystify the practice of brand stewardship and give attendees six concrete steps to gain a strong understanding of how organizations can tap into the full potential of their brand to build vibrant support communities to transform mission delivery capacities.
    Communications

  • 1:00PM - 2:15PM
    Organizational change can be difficult, especially if you are using a top-down approach. This session will discuss how utilizing an internal planning team, made up of interested staff across the organization, can accelerate the change process. We will explore this topic through the lens of how we crafted a new Vision, Mission, and Values. We believe this process has allowed us to operationalize our mission and values in a way that equated to better customer service, and improved client outcomes!
    Leadership Development

  • 1:00PM - 2:15PM
    Understanding culture plays a vital role in our day-to-day interactions. It is a must-have skill in our increasingly global environment. So, what does it mean to be culturally aware? To examine and understand your culture and others? For one thing, cultural awareness can support efforts to create successful relationships between different organizations and the communities they serve. Cultural awareness is the critical principle for effective communication, helping to bridge the gaps in service delivery and improve outcomes. Diversity is reality but, by the same token, is often presented as some sort of goal we must achieve. Instead, this interactive workshop will teach that inclusion is the goal and privilege is the barrier. Through both personal and group reflection, this workshop will encourage participants to examine their diverse realities along all intersection, instead of just one or two as the conversation is often presented.
    Power of People

  • 1:00PM - 2:15PM
    Sponsorships are one of the most popular mechanisms that corporations use to support nonprofits – and with good reason. Companies get highly sought-after returns like increased name recognition and cause-related credibility, while nonprofits get much-needed funding to fulfill their missions; both work together to support their wider communities.  Everyone wins! What’s not to love? While corporate-giving isn’t the largest source of revenue for nonprofits, giving from corporate sources topped $20 billion in the U.S. in 2017. If your organization isn’t actively pursuing corporate sponsorships, you’re leaving money on the table. In this session, Erin will provide an overview of the sponsor acquisition and retention process, from prospecting, cold calling, and pitching, to preparation, fulfillment, and follow-up.  This session will emphasize actionable tips and tools gleaned from corporate sponsorship thought leaders, case studies, and first-hand experience. Corporate Sponsorships 101 is a great place to start for those looking to start a corporate sponsorship program from scratch or revamp a neglected one.
    Resource Development

  • 10:50AM - 12:05PM
    Are you looking for some new ideas on how to communicate your organization to others? In this session, you will learn about different tools to create new and engaging posts while telling the story of your organization in a fun and informative way. Learn tips on scheduling your communications and utilizing free programs to create professional communications. This session will also include how to read your analytics and what insights you can gain from the numbers.
    Communications

  • 10:50AM - 12:05PM
    Taking the leap into your first supervisory job can be exciting and scary. All too often in the nonprofit world, new supervisors are left on their own trying to figure out how to make the transition successfully. This session will introduce participants to a strengths-based approach to leadership which is rooted in empathy, cultural humility, empowerment, critical self-reflection, and genuine mutual respect. Through discussion and small group activities, participants will compare and contrast the strengths-based approach with a more traditional command and control management approach, reflect on their own strengths and opportunities, and identify powerful questions which support mutually respectful relationships.
    Leadership Development

  • 10:50AM - 12:05PM
    “Putting the Unity in Community” means that all aspects of nonprofit organizations need to be running efficiently if we are to be successful in the face of today’s difficult non-profit sector. Many nonprofit Boards of Directors continue to operate with a model from 25 years ago (or beyond,) such as believing that it is okay that board members are involved in operational issues. Some board members may have misguided motivations and fail to focus on the key issues of organizational success and service to clients or customers as opposed to feeling like the organization is there to respond to them. Recruitment is another area of opportunity as it is frequently based on occupational specialties (we need a lawyer or accountant) rather than how strategy drives the need for leadership competencies. There is no greater need for unity than between a Board of Directors and the organization’s leadership team and this workshop will describe how the Board of The Future can accomplish that task by focusing on key actions such as recruiting for key competencies, establishing and abiding by organizational operating agreements and finding the courage and fortitude to have crucial conversations within and between both leadership team that drive business and organizational success. Strategies and examples will be provided to provide the right balance of ideas and actions.
    Board Development

  • 10:50AM - 12:05PM
    This workshop will highlight how three individuals from different areas in a community college came together to effectively and efficiently launch an initiative to address non-academic barriers to success of students, starting with food insecurity. Bucks County Community College’s fighting food insecurity initiative can serve as an example of how to build relationships within an organization and outside in the community to support the College’s students who need it most, those who are hungry. The workshop will include concrete examples of navigating an organization’s internal structure and bringing together board members and external constituents, all with the goal of supporting students on their path to success. We believe that education has the power to transform lives, and that all students should have access to higher education without compromising his/her living conditions and without skipping meals. The success of the fighting food insecurity initiative is in large part due to a number of individuals and organizations uniting together, pooling resources, sharing ideas, and collaborating for real change in the college and in the community at large.
    Power of People

  • 10:50AM - 12:05PM
    This workshop will cover introductory information about types of grant funding, grant research, eligibility, program alignment, the grant-seeking process, and development responsive partnerships and proposals. You’ll learn the basics of competitive grants that are available for nonprofits at the federal, state, and foundation level. Together, we’ll come to understand how to read a request for proposal (RFP) and understand the requirements in order to make good decisions about the grants that your organization should consider applying for. Once grants are identified that align with your organization’s mission and are deemed “strong” opportunities, we’ll share the basics of how to approach grant writing to give you organization the best chance of a grant award.
    Resource Development

  • 9:50AM - 10:40AM
    It is difficult to have conversations about racism, let alone figure out what to do about it. With love, research, and experience, Dr. Martin will provide participants with a reframed understanding of racism and a set of tools to take practical action to advance racial equity for themselves and their organizations.
    Keynote Presentations

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