2018 Annual Nonprofit Conference


Whether you’re looking to enhance your fundraising skills, boost your productivity, or energize your board, our conference sessions cover a variety of topics for every stage in your career and will provide you with everything you need to be more effective and efficient.

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Morning Plenary

Gubernatorial Candidates' Forum: Leading Through Challenging Times
The Alliance is proud that the morning plenary session of our Annual Conference will feature a forum for gubernatorial candidates on the general election ballot. Candidates will get equal time to answer questions from the moderator and from the audience. Conference attendees will each receive a copy of the answers to The Alliance’s candidate questionnaire, which asks the candidates to state their positions on issues important to community nonprofits.

The forum will run from approximately 9:15 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. in the main ballroom. For more information about the forum, please contact Jeff Shaw, Director of Public Policy & Advocacy at 860.525.5080 x1027 or jshaw@ctnonprofitalliance.org. Note: Members of the press do not need to register for the Conference to attend.

Concurrent Morning Sessions

A | Partners in Philanthropy: Foundation Panel
Karla Fortunato, President, Connecticut Council for Philanthropy (Moderator)
Yvette Bello, Senior Community Investments Officer, Hartford Foundation for Public Giving
Yolanda Caldera-Durant, Director of Programs, Fund The People
Tiffany Donelson, Vice President of Program, Connecticut Health Foundation
Kathy Luria, SVP, Community Affairs, Director of Philanthropy, Webster Bank
Amarilis Pullen, Program Officer, Perrin Family Foundation

These are historically challenging times for nonprofits. Connecticut’s nonprofit organizations are challenged by an ever-increasing demand for services as they face ongoing decreases in state funding, threats of future budget cuts and increased competition for donations. Connecticut’s foundations provide ongoing support for longstanding nonprofit partners while funding new initiatives and supporting the increasing needs in their communities. Our panel will explore what private and public funders are doing differently today than just two years ago. They will provide their unique perspectives based on their funding priorities, and help nonprofits understand their commitment to working together to achieve our collective missions.

B | Lions and Tigers and Bears: Leading Through Crises
Sophie Wisniewski Penney, PhD, Senior Program Coordinator/Lecturer, Penn State University
Collaboration, getting people to share information and co-create solutions, is critical to business and personal success. However, it is not always achievable. Our personal biases, many that we may not be aware of, impact how we form first impressions, decide who to work with, listen to the ideas of others, determine who we provide opportunities to, and more. Left outside of our awareness, these unconscious biases can negatively impact our ability to collaborate and cause us to make unfair judgments about people who differ from us.

C | Cybersecurity for Nonprofits: What Is It, Why Should I Care, and What Can I Do?
Mark Torello, Partner-in-Charge, Whittlesey Technology (Moderator)
Augusto Russell, Partner, Insurance Provider Group
Chris Smith, Cyber Forensic Analyst, Whittlesey Technology
Jeffrey Ziplow, MBA, CISA, CGEIT, Partner, BlumShapiro
Adam Boston, Stockholder, Reid & Riege, P.C.
What you don’t know about data privacy and cyber liability may jeopardize your mission. The stakes for nonprofits of all sizes are increasingly high—breaches, compromised data, and cyber- attacks can put donors, clients, and the organization at risk. Attendees of this timely and important session will gain an in-depth understanding of the trends, issues, and risks in the world of IT security. The session will provide practical information that will focus on why nonprofits should care about cybersecurity and outline steps and best practices for being a more secure nonprofit.

D | Key Factors and Lessons Learned in Choosing Strategic Partnerships
David Garvey, PhD., Director, Nonprofit Leadership Program, Department of Public Policy, University of Connecticut
Your nonprofit is short-staffed, under-funded and demands on it are ever-increasing. You need to be strategic in building partnerships to meet your mission.
Strategic partnerships create positive impact and short & long-term benefits. Learn what has worked and what has not from interviews with eleven veterans of nonprofit partnerships. You will learn the good, the bad and the ugly that made their strategic partnerships tragedies or successes. Dr. Garvey will also provide an overview of recent findings from across the nation on strategic partnerships that work.

E | Communicating Your Economic Impact: Identifying Trends & Customizing Data for Nonprofits
Alissa DeJonge, VP of Research, The Connecticut Economic Resource Center, Inc. (CERC)
Where is Connecticut headed, and how will that affect your organization? Understanding economic data and trends is essential in preparing your organization for the future. Session participants will learn about research tools and techniques to help nonprofits analyze their impact and how they can be applied to grant applications, annual reports, and more.

2018 Keynote Speaker: Maryum “May May” Ali

The Alliance is thrilled to welcome Maryum “May May” Ali as Keynote Speaker to the 2018 Annual Nonprofit Conference. Ms. Ali is a social worker, activist and author. She is a former comedian and rapper, who is currently focused on delinquency prevention, family development, and bringing awareness to Parkinson’s Disease, in her role as spokesperson for “Team Parkinson.” Ms. Ali is a truly engaging speaker, with a strong connection to our theme: “Power During Challenging Times.” Her presentations include a wide scope of topics, including: “Learning From & Applying the Legacy of Muhammad Ali & Other Civil Rights Activists to Social Issues of Today.” Click here to learn more.

Concurrent Afternoon Sessions

1 | Transformative Funding: Securing Resources Needed to Thrive in Challenging Times
Rob Leighton, Executive Director, iMission Institute
There is a vast amount of philanthropic and social venture funding in the U.S. These assets are held in foundations, donor advised funds and social investment pools. They offer the resources that nonprofits need to adapt to challenging times and take important steps toward your organization having a greater impact. Learn the essential factors for attracting transformative funders. Gain insight on strategic planning processes, sustainability, replicability and outcomes. Learn to balance today’s financial needs, with the investments needed for greater impact in the future.

2 | Strengthening Your Organization: Capacity Building for Smaller Nonprofits
Ted Carrol, President and CEO, Leadership Greater Hartford (Moderator)
Nancy Brennan, Senior Vice President and Regional Director, National Executive Service Corps (NESC)
Priya Morganstern, Esq., Director, Hartford Program, Pro Bono Partnership, Inc.
Doug Shipman, Senior Nonprofit Support Program Officer, Hartford Foundation for Public Giving
Amber Tucker, CPA, Fiondella, Milone & LaSaracina LLP
The majority of nonprofits are small, which means unique opportunities and challenges compared to larger organizations. While they need to build capacity, smaller nonprofits often have close relationships with the communities they serve. Join panelists in discussing the needs of smaller nonprofits, best practices and capacity-building resources to help them succeed. Panelists will share their experiences working with small nonprofits and offer strategies to make smaller organizations stronger and more effective at fulfilling their respective missions.

3 | Leveraging Our Strength in Numbers to Control Your Healthcare Costs
Rollin Schuster, Managing Principal, The Schuster Group
President & Founder TANGO (Moderator)
Ryan Lawless, Senior Consultant, The Schuster Group
Neil Roberts, Vice President, Underwriting & Account Management, The Schuster Group.
This interactive panel discussion will explore The Alliance Employee Benefits Program – on exciting new efforts to control healthcare costs – and more. Presenters will include leading industry experts. The session will focus on innovative strategies that will not only have a positive impact on your bottom line but can also lead to better health outcomes for your staff. This is an opportunity to hear from all sides of the health care equation.

4 | Why Projects Fail – Managing Complex Change in your Organization
Matt Hoffman, Managing Partner, Afia, Inc.
All nonprofits face the same quandary: Plenty of work and not enough resources. In order to succeed, nonprofit leaders need to carefully choose where to invest their resources in a way that minimizes inefficiencies and maximizes growth. While maintaining financial health, organizations also need to ensure that their deliverables are germane to its mission and adequately serve their constituency.

5 | Best Practice Models in Mental Health and Substance Use Disorders Treatment
Mary O’Sullivan, LMFT, LADC, LPC
In the current, ever-changing and fast paced environment of treatment, it is imperative to remain at the forefront of the learning curve. Often, agencies encounter clients with specific needs and are left to learn the information necessary to provide comprehensive treatment. This session will focus on finding resources to create programming and staff training that evolves based upon best practice resources and program specific research. The session is ideal for the health, human and social services provider. An application made to NASW/CT for 3.5 CECs is pending approval – please inquire.