In today’s struggling economy, nonprofits are dealing with dramatically increased demand for their services. At the same time, however, we are seeing a significant drop in available resources. What is a well-meaning mission-focused organization to do?
The key to survival and success for many nonprofits is partnerships. This could be with other organizations, across sectors with corporations and governmental groups, or even internally partnering amongst different departments to reassess and redesign operations to make your nonprofit more efficient and effective. Partnerships, or “Partnering for Impact,” is also the theme of this year’s Nonprofit Management Institute.
What is it?
The Institute is an annual 2-day conference hosted by the Stanford Social Innovation Review and Association of Fundraising Professionals. It tackles big-picture issues facing leaders of nonprofits in our rapidly changing world.
The entire group of attendees listens to each speaker together, and then breaks out into discussion groups that allow for networking and concrete ideas for application. The topics that will be covered in this year’s sessions include:
- Improving communication and persuasion skills
- Capturing and sharing organizational learning
- Developing a framework to integrate financial and social impact
- Building the right funding model
- Creating a volunteerism model for long-term social impact (we especially like this one!)
- Working across sectors in new ways
- Measuring impact across organizations and sectors
Who should go and why?
The Nonprofit Management Institute is ideal for senior level nonprofit executives, including CEOs, executive directors, board members and others with significant leaderships responsibilities. By the end of the two days, you should leave the conference energized and brimming with big and small ideas for your organization – not to mention with a long list of valuable new contacts.
I’ll be at the Nonprofit Management Institute this year to meet some great nonprofit colleagues and learn about new tools and trends in the space. Will I see you there?