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MNN 2019 Annual Conference


MNN’s 2019 Annual Conference, one of the largest gatherings of nonprofit professionals in the state, will take place on Wednesday, October 16, 2019 at the Sheraton Framingham Hotel and Conference Center.

The theme of this year’s conference is “Building a Better Commonwealth,” which captures a common aspiration of the Massachusetts nonprofit sector and those who support it. The conference will include an opening keynote session focused on that theme, with speakers throughout the day who will share their efforts to bring about a better Commonwealth for all.

This year’s conference will feature:

2019 Lifetime Achievement Award Winners

Priscilla Kane Hellweg, Executive and Artistic Director of Enchanted Circle Theater in Holyoke, MA, and Darnell Williams, President and CEO of the Urban League of Eastern Massachusetts, are the 2019 Lifetime Achievement Award winners. Read more.

Conference Keynote Panel

The panel will discuss three issues important to Massachusetts nonprofits: the 2020 Census, cliff effects, and workforce development. The panelists are: Rachel Heller, CEO of the Citizens’ Housing and Planning Association (CHAPA)Eva Millona, Executive Director of the Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy (MIRA) Coalition; and Jerry Rubin, President and CEO of JVSRead more.


The workshops at the conference will cover a variety of topics for every stage in a nonprofit career, from fundraising to strategies to address equity, diversity, and inclusion in a nonprofit organization. Click here to see this year’s workshops.

Networking Opportunities

Over 600 conference attendees will take advantage of the collective experience and expertise of hundreds of professionals while building lasting connections. In addition, exhibitors will display their services and products to help nonprofits strengthen their work.

2019 Annual Management Conference

This year’s conference features 11 exciting educational sessions, 30+ exhibitors,
and new networking opportunities…including the NE/SAE Dine-Around!

2020 Conference Workshops

Whether you’re looking to enhance your fundraising skills, boost your productivity, or energize your board, the workshops 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. You can view all of the options based on topic in the chart below and learn more about the workshops and presenters by clicking the titles below.

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Workshops: Session 1 (10/6 at 10:00 am)

1A: Weathering the Storm: Considerations for Joint Ventures, Commercial Co-Ventures and Mergers Post COVID-19 Badge-YNP

The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted almost every business and nonprofit organization. Many experts have written about how nonprofits can handle fundraising during the crisis, suggesting increasing donor engagement, staying the course with capital campaigns, and increasing appeals focusing on the urgent need for current support. While some of these strategies may be very effective in the short-term, what about the long-term consequences? What happens in eighteen to twenty-four months from now, when charitable giving has shifted away from your organization’s charitable focus and towards health organizations or nonprofits that focus on diversity, equity and inclusion issues? Recent events could cast the long-term viability of many nonprofit organizations in doubt. In a typical year at least 7% of nonprofits close. One recent report indicated that between 11% and 38% of nonprofits could close due to COVID-19.

To better weather the storm, in addition to traditional fundraising techniques, charitable organizations should consider expanding their fundraising and mission reach by engaging in commercial co-ventures with for-profit entities, joint ventures with nonprofit and for-profit entities, or possibly merging with other nonprofits to assure long-term viability of their charitable purposes. Each one of these options could allow the organization to survive in these uncertain times.


Elizabeth Manchester, Partridge Snow & Hahn LLP @pshlaw

Elizabeth Manchester

As Chair of the firm’s Charitable & Nonprofit Organizations Practice Group, Elizabeth Manchester represents tax-exempt entities, centered on compliance, charitable gift planning issues and the implementation of planned and estate-giving strategies, and best practices. She advises charitable institutions and institutions of higher learning about tax benefits available to donors. She assists institutions with the inception of planned giving programs. Elizabeth also counsels individuals, families, and fiduciaries on all aspects of estate planning, estate settlement and trust administration in Rhode Island and Massachusetts, including planning and tax strategies designed to further the unique goals of clients.

Russell Stein, Partridge Snow & Hahn LLP @pshlaw

Russell Stein

Russell Stein focuses his practice on advising businesses on the intricacies of U.S. Federal and State tax regulations and advising nonprofit charities and charitable foundations on Federal tax regulations and State charitable regulations as well as general business matters. He advises nonprofit organizations, charities, and private foundations on a variety of issues ranging from start-up organizational matters through mergers and dissolution. Russell provides guidance on joint-ventures and partnerships between nonprofit and for-profit entities, including advice regarding state regulations and registration requirements involving commercial co-venture agreements.

1B: Aligning Messaging to Expand Engagement: Lessons Learned from the Vermont Resilience Messaging Project

Looking for engagement? Start with your messaging strategy.

Throughout Vermont, multiple public sector and non-profit organizations are working to foster resilience—each with its own model, key messages, and individual communications efforts. These competing models, messages, and campaigns can create confusion and barriers to engagement for individuals, families, and communities. Lack of integration of messaging and communications can also lead to inefficiency and lower overall impact. By creating a set of messages and common language that can be adopted statewide, the Vermont Resilience Messaging Project is working to better coordinate efforts to build resilience; maximize resources; increase statewide support; and ensure better access to resources to build resilience.

This interactive workshop, led by Vermont’s Director of Trauma Prevention and Resilience Development and their Massachusetts-based marketing consultant, will share how a small team is developing a pragmatic roadmap for engaging diverse stakeholder groups; providing tools and technical assistance to align messaging and communications efforts; and tracking success against key goals.

NOTE: This project is supported by New England Public Health Training Center and Vermont Public Health Association.


Michele Levy, ML Brand Strategies @michelelevy

Michele Levy

Michele Levy helps mission-driven organizations develop compelling, consistent messaging and integrated communications in order to achieve their strategic goals. Prior to launching her consulting practice, Michele worked in advertising and management consulting as a strategist and client service lead. She served as Chief Marketing Officer for Walnut Hill School for the Arts and the Cambridge School of Weston, and has held leadership roles on a number of nonprofit boards. An honors graduate of Harvard College, Michele received her MBA in healthcare management from Boston University. She is the author of Building Your Brand: A Practical Guide for Nonprofit Organizations.




Auburn Watersong, VT Agency of Human Services @AuburnWatersong

Auburn Watersong

Auburn Watersong began her work in human services more than twenty-five years ago, and is a tenacious advocate for those struggling with the effects of trauma and toxic stress that result from systemic oppression, violence, abuse, and poverty. As Director of Trauma Prevention and Resilience Development at Vermont’s Agency of Human Services, she works with direct service providers, governmental leaders, policy makers, and community stakeholders to build resilient individuals, workplaces, and communities. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Women’s Studies and a Master’s in Divinity/Feminist Theology. She is an ordained Episcopal Priest and proud mother of two resilient young adults.

Workshops: Session 2 (10/6 at 11:30 am)

2A: Unconscious Bias in the WorkplaceBadge-YNP

We all use our upbringing, experiences, values, and past to filter daily interactions and to make sense of our surroundings and environment. This is normal human behavior. At times, the filter is at work consciously, but most times the filter is operating unconsciously. Do you prefer to hire people from your alma mater or Ivy League schools only? Would you screen Michael’s resume above Miguel’s resume if they had the same qualifications? We may tend to favor fellow graduates, those with more familiar names. These are some examples of unconscious or implicit bias. Unconscious bias also influences everyday interactions and perceptions. In the workplace, these unconscious biases can affect hiring, promotions, evaluations, dismissals, customer service, sales, revenue, profits and in healthcare, patient care and safety. Individual bias can unknowingly create organizational bias and a lack of employee and thought diversity. In turn, this can quickly result in a company culture of unconscious bias and accidental discrimination.


Saleha Walsh, Insource Services, Inc.

Saleha Walsh

As Vice President, Saleha Walsh applies her HR expertise in client communication and contextual decision-making to managing Insource’s operations and addressing client needs. She is jointly responsible for the overall management of client success, as well as providing leadership to, and strategic direction for, Insource’s consulting services and business development. Prior to launching Insource’s HR Practice, Saleha worked as an HR and Operations professional in several organizations, most recently for a national law firm headquartered in Boston. Saleha holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Merrimack College.


DaQuall Graham, Insource Services, Inc.

DaQuall Graham

DaQuall Graham is responsible for driving and overseeing Insource’s training and employee development programs. He has extensive experience in operational and instructional leadership as well as a proven track record in improving performance and outcomes of teams and individuals. Prior to joining Insource, DaQuall worked as a Senior Director of Education and has completed training certifications in Educational Leadership and Executive Leadership Training. DaQuall holds a Masters of Art in Teaching from Simmons College and a Bachelor of Science degree in Education from American International College. He has completed a Certification of Advanced Graduate Studies in Educational Leadership from Simmons College.

2B: Becoming a Virtual Virtuoso

The COVID-19 health crisis has profoundly impacted how Massachusetts nonprofits operate and deliver services to constituents. To meet this challenge, Empower Success Corps (ESC) has embarked on a virtual reinvention strategy that began in March 2020. As of May 2020, ESC has delivered more than 30 virtual workshops to its consultants and fellows and held its Annual Celebration of Service for over 100 participants. This workshop will focus on overcoming the challenges of converting communications, meetings, trainings, and collaborations into the virtual environment. Participants will learn how to convert in-person events like annual meetings, training sessions, and award ceremonies into powerful virtual experiences.


Willia Cooper, Empower Success Corps @wmhcooper

Willia Cooper

Willia Cooper is the co-leader of ESC’s Core Team for Virtual Strategy, converting ESC’s three-program operation (Consulting, Fellowships and Discovery) into virtual services. She has worked as a training and development director and practitioner for over 25 years. She was one of the early adopters of virtual meetings and trainings at Staples, Inc., converting a nine-month in-person leadership program into a five-month global, virtual program. She received Staples’ Guiding the Way award for her work. Willia became an ESC Fellow in 2018 and serves as the Transition Navigator Coordinator for Discovery Centers.


Donna Morelle, Empower Success Corps @donnamorelle

Donna Morelle

Donna Morelle is the co-leader of ESC’s Core Team for Virtual Strategy. She is also the Director of ESC Fellowships, providing transitional management support to nonprofits by experienced professionals through virtual and hybrid fellowship assignments. In her primary career, she worked in PK-12 education as a classroom teacher, school principal, curriculum leader, and Superintendent of Schools and was awarded the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics Teaching. In her encore career, she facilitates encore seminars and workshops, most recently presenting the virtual modules for Encore Fellows Boot Camp at ESC.

Workshops: Session 3 (10/8 at 10:00 am)

3A: How to Develop Inclusive Communications and Fundraising Strategies

In this virtual workshop, participants will better understand the value of centering diversity, equity, and inclusion in communications and fundraising practices. Through the introduction of YW Boston’s messaging philosophy, participants will learn about crafting more inclusive communications and fundraising strategies. Participants will learn about different tactics for assessing organizational communications in order to be more responsive and inclusive of their staff, stakeholders, constituents, funders, and donors. The workshop will begin with frameworks for planning inclusive internal and external communications, including communicating through a crisis. Then, we’ll discuss how nonprofits can design fundraising strategies that center inclusivity rather than altruism and charity.


Coralys Negretti, YW Boston @YWBoston

Coralys Negretti

As YW Boston’s Director of Marketing and Communications, Coralys Negretti supports the successful delivery of YW Boston programs, as well as bolstering the impact of the organization’s vision of a more inclusive and equitable city. By leveraging partnerships and overseeing strategic marketing and communications, Coralys works as a liaison between the program and fund development departments to increase engagement and promote the sustainability of YW Boston’s mission. She is passionate about digital storytelling and centering DEI in her work. Coralys served as a member of the 2019 Boston Women’s March Steering Committee and is a Massachusetts Commonwealth Seminar alum.


Dominique Calixte, YW Boston @YWBoston

Dominique Calixte

Dominique Calixte is currently the Associate Director of Annual Giving and Special Events at the YW Boston. In her career, she has supported nonprofits in building revenue streams implementing systems, and inclusive fundraising practices. Outside of her work commitments, she is a board member for the Boston Chapter of Young Nonprofit Professionals Network, an advisory board member of the Massachusetts Chapter of Democrats for Education Reform and sits on AFP MA’s Education & IDEA committee.

3B: Problem, Process, People: Tools to Manage Projects with a Distributed WorkforceBadge-YNP

In the past few months, we’ve been forced to change our “normal” work routines, including how we interact with colleagues. This unplanned course shift placed a spotlight on the strengths and gaps in our processes. Take, for example, embracing video conferencing tools. We quickly learned that engaging folks on a video call required more than implementing technology and activating zoom features.

Productively engaging remote team members calls for greater transparency plus deliberate planning and communicating. In this hands-on workshop, we focus on digital project management techniques/tools designed to engage and manage co-located or distributed teams and impact your project’s outcome.

We begin the session with a lively exercise called “What’s the Problem?” where participants will learn how to create a problem statement that directionally guides the team. This exercise is the springboard to other electronic or hardcopy tools designed to stimulate planning conversations, focus alignment, keep key project issues top of mind, share information, and monitor progress as projects evolve. The tools shared in this session are proven techniques that engage people more effectively. Equally important, based on the session’s dynamics and format, participants will be able to implement these techniques immediately.


Irene Mauch, PMP, Project Management Institute, Mass Bay Chapter @mauchgroup

Irene Mauch

As a Project Management Center of Excellence, the Chapter’s mission is to promote the practices of PM through quality programs and training. Irene Mauch earned a BS in Industrial Management from Purdue, where her lifelong interest in empowering individuals to work better was sparked. She is LEAN Six Sigma and PMI Project Management Professional (PMP) certified, and earned a MIT Sloan Executive Certificate in Technology, Operations, and Value Chain Management. As a facilitator and trainer, Irene takes great pleasure in sharing with others the PM techniques that help deliver successful projects.

Workshops: Session 4 (10/8 at 11:30 am)

4A: Corporate Partnerships in Time of Pandemic and ProtestsBadge-YNP

2020 has been a year like no other. This is especially true when it comes to corporate philanthropy. Due to COVID-19 and racial equity movement, companies have had to rethink and revise their corporate philanthropy and employee engagement strategies, resources and partnerships. For nonprofit leaders and fundraising departments, this evolution is a challenge but also an opportunity. This session will share recent survey results of more than 100 companies on how their giving strategies, plans, and priorities have changed due to the events of 2020. We’ll then share what companies are looking for from their current and future nonprofit partners to ensure greater engagement and impact. The session will also feature the philanthropy leaders of two Massachusetts companies, BAE Systems and Dunkin Brands to discuss the evolving needs, expectations when it comes to identifying and evaluating nonprofit partnerships and grants. The goal is to better inform and empower Massachusetts nonprofits as they seek to attract and grow corporate support during these uncertain times.


Rich Maiore, Rocket Social Impact @rdmaiore

Rich Maiore

Rich Maiore brings more than 20 years of experience in fundraising and communications experience with a track record of developing and implementing impactful corporate and nonprofit partnerships. His agency, Rocket Social Impact works with a range of companies and nonprofit organizations to raise awareness, engagement and dollars. Prior to starting Rocket, Rich was Senior. Vice President at Cone Communications leading the agency’s nationally recognized Social Impact practice His nonprofit work experience includes leading corporate fundraising for Reading Is Fundamental and American Rivers.

4B: Evaluation, Reporting, and Learning in the Era of COVIDBadge-YNP

2020 is the year when nothing has gone as planned. Programs have been nimble, adaptive, and responsive to their communities. But questions remain: How do we amend our evaluation plan? How do we talk to funders about what actually happened? How do we redirect funding to a different or updated program?

In this workshop, we will tackle these questions with a framework for documenting and learning from change. Using the lenses of strategy, fund development, and evaluation, we will use a case study to understand how to document the changes that we have put into place, how to amend our evaluation plans to be useful internally and to external stakeholders, and how to use our data and learning to communicate effectively with funders.



Pieta Blakely, Blakely Consulting, LLC @Pieta_Blakely

Pieta Blakely

Pieta Blakely, PHD (she/her) is a researcher and evaluator, specializing in evaluations of education and workforce development programs. As Principal of Blakely Consulting, LLC, Dr. Blakely helps organizations build evaluation capacity, integrate evaluation into their programs, and use learning for strategic planning. Her clients include a range of anti-poverty and social justice organizations, particularly those that serve disadvantaged and minoritized youth. Dr. Blakely received her BA from Brown University in Organizational Behavior and Management and Anthropology, her MS in Administrative Science from Boston University, her MEd from Harvard University, and her PhD from Brandeis University in Social Policy.



Cynthia Rojas, To Your Growth

Cynthia Rojas

Cynthia Rojas is the Principal of To Your Growth! a consulting firm that specializes in organizational development, process improvement, talent development, and change management. Cynthia works with organizations at key inflection points and helps convert their current practices into systems that promote innovation, improve quality, and ensure sustainability. Cynthia is also co-executive producer of a weekly talk show titled, Coffee Time with Masterminds, featured on Facebook Live where she (and her co-hosts) invite leaders to talk about urgent issues brought on by the pandemic. Her goal is to help companies solve complex problems so they can perform at their best.




Rebecca Tuttle, Grant Write Now!

Rebecca Tuttle

Rebecca Tuttle, Principal, Grant Write Now, LLC, Grant Writing for Good, & Author, has taught 6,011 professionals, nationwide, how to find, write, and secure grant funding, raising $26M for her clientele. A federal grant reviewer, research writer, and accountability practitioner, Rebecca lends her expertise through online thought leadership, nonprofit sustainability consulting, fundraising education for six and seven figure portfolio development. On a mission to help grant writers elevate their pursuit of grant funding, and engage community investors in designing a more equitable grant writing agenda, Rebecca is versed in Neurodiversity, Executive Function, Learning Differences, holds a M.Ed. and B.A., Political Science.

Workshops: Session 5 (10/13 at 10:00 am)

5A: Organizational Change to Achieve Equity

In this workshop, facilitators will guide participants in identifying cultural and organizational change necessary to achieving equity in the workplace. Participants will become familiar with a key tool for organizational change. They will review research and studies exploring the interaction between individual identities, power, and privilege in the workplace. Interpersonal, institutional, ideological, and internalized dimensions will be explored. Participants will explore micro, meso, and macro components necessary to achieving organizational change.


Beth Chandler, YW Boston @YWBoston

Beth Chandler

Beth Chandler joined YW Boston in November 2012, with more than 20 years of experience in the corporate and nonprofit sectors. Her experience encompasses program development, delivery and evaluation, business development, and operations. Prior to working at YW Boston, Beth served as vice president at the Achievement Network, a national nonprofit dedicated to helping schools close the achievement gap. Beth has held positions at Massachusetts Legal Assistance Corporation and Neighborworks America. Beth also worked as a corporate banking associate with Bank of America in corporate banking and began her career as a research and evaluation analyst with the Urban Institute.

Kathryn Henderson, YW Boston @YWBoston

Kathryn Henderson

Kathryn Henderson joined YW Boston in 2009, with more than 10 years of non-profit program management experience. In 2019, she was promoted to Vice President of Strategic Partnerships and currently oversees the organization’s partnership, thought leadership, and engagement efforts. In addition, she oversees the LeadBoston alumni network. Prior to YW Boston, Kathryn was national programs manager for Reach Out and Read, an acclaimed youth literacy program. She has also worked with Literacy Volunteers of Massachusetts and the Massachusetts Office for Victim Assistance. She holds a bachelor’s degree from College of the Holy Cross and a master’s degree from Springfield College.

5B: Advocacy in the Age of COVID-19Badge-YNP

Nonprofits need a strong connection with government now more than ever as they seek economic relief for themselves and the vulnerable populations they serve or seek to influence public policy or reform. However, the COVID-19 pandemic has dramatically changed nonprofits’ abilities to lobby legislators. Not only are in-person meetings with legislators and staff, lobby days in the State House, and packed hearing rooms on hold, but the legislative process itself has changed as the Legislature passes interim budgets and extends the formal session beyond July 31st. These changes necessitate a massive shift in strategy for how nonprofits lobby.

This workshop will be led by a lobbyist with over 25 years of experience advocating for nonprofits along with the director of a successful Massachusetts coalition. The workshop will focus on new, remote strategies and methods for advocating to legislators during a global pandemic, and it will use a recent virtual event with over 600 attendees hosted by the newly formed Massachusetts COVID-19 Perinatal Task Force, along with their successes in the Legislature, as an example for how to create an effective and engaging advocacy strategy. Participants will also learn tactics for communicating with legislators and staying up to date on State House developments.



Charles Glick, Charles Group Consulting

Charles Glick

Charles Glick is a seasoned lobbyist with over twenty years of experience in advocacy, politics and community relations. He has successfully lobbied on some of the most controversial issues facing Massachusetts. Prior to forming Charles Group Consulting in 2001, Charles served as Director of Government Affairs for the Jewish Community Relations Council of Boston. Through CGC, he has helped his clients secure millions of dollars in public funding and pass groundbreaking legislation. He holds an MPP from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard, a Masters in Communal Service from Brandeis University, and a B.A. in Political Science from UCLA.



Kate Worrall, Charles Group Consulting

Kate Worrall

Kate Worrall serves as CGC’s Vice President. She joined CGC in 2012, and brought to the position a diverse background in grassroots and direct lobbying at the state and federal level. Together, she and Charles provide strategic government affairs advice to clients and organize fundraising events to promote the valuable services that they provide to underserved populations. Before joining CGC, Kate served as Legislative Assistant and Membership Coordinator for the American Council on International Personnel (ACIP), a federal trade association focusing on education and advocacy around business immigration issues.




Emily Anesta, Bay State Birth Coalition @baystatebirth

Emily Anesta

Emily Anesta is a passionate advocate for maternal health and justice, especially access to midwives. In 2016, she founded Bay State Birth Coalition for consumer-led policy advocacy to expand access to midwives in Massachusetts. Emily served as President of the Foundation for the Advancement of Midwifery for two years and is a co-founder of the Birth Future Foundation. She was an Executive Producer of the 2016 documentary “Why Not Home.” Previously, Emily spent over a decade leading technology research and development projects at MIT. She holds an MS and BS in Electrical and Computer Engineering.

Workshops: Session 6 (10/13 at 11:30 am)

6A: Crises as a Catalyst: A Call for Race Equity & Inclusive LeadershipBadge-YNP

Times of crisis challenge social sector leaders in extraordinary ways. The unprecedented circumstances brought forth by the pandemic and racial justice protests call on each of us to individually reflect, collectively support, and intentionally adapt our work to meet the urgent needs of this moment. During this session, we will discuss a reflective tool and guide that ProInspire developed – Crises as a Catalyst: A Call for Race Equity & Inclusive Leadership – to support individuals and organizations to advance race equity in this moment.

At the foundation of this guide are ProInspire’s Leadership Practices for Inclusion and Impact (publication forthcoming in fall 2020) that brings racial equity into expectations for leaders and describes the practices these leaders can embody. Current leadership models are based on white dominant forms of leadership, which do not integrate lived experience, identities, or racial equity into how a person leads. This can prevent organizations from moving forward towards a more liberated and inclusive future. Presenters will specifically highlight how these practices show up in times of crisis, and how moments like these can be a catalyst for change, to build more inclusive cultures and make progress towards race equity in our organizations.



Kristen Lucas, ProInspire @ProInspire

Kristen Lucas

Kristen Lucas brings over 15 years of experience in the education and nonprofit sectors and her own journey as a white woman working towards racial equity to her work with social impact leaders. Kristen designs and facilitates ProInspire’s leadership programs with nonprofit and philanthropic partners. Prior to joining ProInspire, Kristen worked at Teach For America, expanding organizational capacity by managing team operations and strategy and supporting staff and teachers by expanding the organization’s identity- and values-based leadership programming. Kristen holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Penn State University and lives in DC with her husband and children.​



Monisha Kapila, ProInspire @monishakapila

Monisha Kapila

Monisha Kapila founded ProInspire to help individuals and organizations achieve their potential for social impact. As a first-generation South Asian immigrant from Flint, Michigan, Monisha’s passion stems from her personal experience working in the nonprofit sector. Over the past decade, she has led ProInspire to grow from supporting five fellows to working with hundreds of organizations to advance leadership and equity. Monisha has an MBA from Harvard Business School, a BBA from the University of Michigan, and a Certificate in Leadership Coaching from Georgetown University.

6B: Turning Ordinary Donors into Mega-DonorsBadge-YNP

This workshop focuses on building a strong individual giving program. It will explore how a home healthcare organization that raises about $1.1 million a year, raised more than $600,000 during the early onset of COVID-19 and continued raising funds throughout the spring and summer. This wasn’t a fluke or a one-time aberration. This was the result of years of carefully stewarding and cultivating donors. When they needed them most – they were there instantly. More importantly, they continue to be engaged with the organization, and projections for fundraising revenue through the rest of the year remain high, despite the fact that two of their major fundraising events were cancelled. This workshop will detail the fundraising plan and strategies that were put into place three years prior to COVID-19, which were already yielding 20 to 30% increases year over year. It will demonstrate how building strong donor relationships results in donors responding enthusiastically when there is an urgent need. Their experience provides a blueprint for how nonprofits should consider raising funds today — pivoting from large scale events to a program of strong donor stewardship and cultivation.



Sharon Danosky, Danosky & Associates, LLC @danoskyassoc

Sharon Danosky

Sharon Danosky, a strategist and thought leader, has been helping build organizational capacity in the nonprofit sector for over 35 years. For 25 years she worked as a member of the senior management team for several hospitals and human organizations. In 2008 she founded the consulting firm Danosky & Associates. As a consultant, Sharon has led organizations to achieve unprecedented growth, re-infused boards with a new sense of purpose, and raised hundreds of millions of dollars for nonprofits across the sector. Sharon is BoardSource Certified Governance Trainer and instills the confidence of boards, volunteers and staff everywhere.



Mary Jean Heller, RVNAhealth @mjhelr

Mary Jean Heller

MJ Heller has worked in fundraising for 15 years and is the Director of Philanthropy at RVNAhealth, a private, nonprofit home and community healthcare provider based in Ridgefield, CT. She oversees donor stewardship and fundraising strategies to sustain operations and hospice services, provide charity patient care, and underwrite mission-driven community programs focused on health, wellness and preventive care. In her service to RVNAhealth, she led a successful capital campaign which raised $10m for the construction of the agency’s headquarters and to grow its endowment. MJ is a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals and mom to four grown children.

Workshops: Session 7 (10/15 at 10:00 am)

7A: Leading with Racial Justice: Moving Beyond Good Intentions in GovernanceBadge-YNP

In the wake of the George Floyd murder and as the protests against police brutality sweep the country, many nonprofits and boards sent out statements to stakeholders about systemic racism and the need for racial equity. Now, boards are wondering what to do next. The movement for change has opened up new opportunities for boards to look within their walls for change beyond issues of diversity.

As leaders within nonprofits, in what ways can your board address racial justice and racism? How can your board begin those conversations within the team in safe, productive ways? What does it look like to successfully integrate a racial equity lens in your board’s culture, policies, and practices?

In this highly experiential, virtual workshop, participants will learn about tools to self-assess your board’s readiness for and ability to address issues of racial equity, strategies for beginning the initial conversations about racial equity within your board, experiences and examples from other organizations who have engaged in racial equity initiatives focused on transforming governance, and resources and other tools to help your board take the next steps after the workshop. Board members and executive directors are encouraged to attend this workshop as a team.



Judy Freiwirth, Psy.D., Nonprofit Solutions Associates

Judy Freiwirth, Psy.D.

Dr. Judy Freiwirth, Principal of Nonprofit Solutions Associates has been consulting to and
training for nonprofits for over 30 years. Nationally-known, she is considered one of the leading thought leaders and trainers in governance and has been a keynote speaker at many international and national conferences. She is the key developer of Community-Engagement Governance™, a framework in which community stakeholders engage in shared governance
decision-making. She publishes for The Nonprofit Quarterly and is a chapter author for Nonprofit Governance: Innovative Perspectives and Approaches. She serves on the national
board of Alliance for Nonprofit Management. She holds a doctoral in psychology, specializing in
organization development.

Curdina Hill, MPH, MA, ClearWays Consulting & Coaching

Curdina Hill, MPH, MA

Curdina Hill has over twenty-five years’ experience as a nonprofit executive director and organizational development consultant. She has provided organizational and program development as well as strategic planning, research, and evaluation services to networks, coalitions and a broad range of nonprofit organizations. This includes extensive experience working with multi-racial/ethnic, linguistically diverse boards, organizations and communities, and immigrant groups. She also has experience assisting communities and organizations to build collaborations and facilitate planning for new initiative development and long-term sustainability. Curdina’s background includes consulting in diversity, racism, internalized racism, and cultural competency training. She holds a Master’s degrees in Sociology and Public Health.



Nesly Metayer, Ph.D., TSNE Missionworks

Nesly Metayer, Ph.D.

Nesly Metayer has over 20 years of experience in organization development with a special interest in minority-led organizations. As an organizational development consultant at TSNE MissionWorks, Nesly partners with organizations to design, implement and evaluate participatory practices of racial equity, inclusion and deepen organizational culture to social accountability and equity outcomes through training, strategic management processes, community renewal, executive transition, and organizational change. As a practitioner in the field, Nesly has also served as the executive director of Youth and Family Enrichment Services, responding to racial disparities of children in Boston.

7B: Funding Then and Now: How Funder Practices Have Shifted Due to Two CrisesBadge-YNP

Join us for a conversation on Giving Massachusetts 2020 and a presentation of data gathered around changes in funding practices due to the current dual public health crises – COVID-19 and the spotlight on systemic racism and racial injustice. This second data presentation also includes insights on funder outlook over the coming months.

In June, Philanthropy MA released Giving Massachusetts 2020, the first report on institutional philanthropy in Massachusetts in over 15 years. This report provides a baseline for foundation giving; looking at data and trends in giving BY Massachusetts, TO Massachusetts, and within each county. Philanthropy MA will present the report and highlight key findings, discuss how the data can be used, identify any surprises or gaps in funding that the report elevated, and speak to what calls for action were raised by the report.

Lastly, participants will have the opportunity to discuss the findings from these two data sources to better understand how they can use this data within their organizations.



Alex McCray, Philanthropy Massachusetts @AlexMcCray12

Alex McCray

Alex McCray, joined Philanthropy Massachusetts August 2017 with a nonprofit sector career that spans 25 years. Prior to his current role, Alex served in Resource Development capacities at United Ways of Greater Plymouth County and Rhode Island. Prior to his UW work, Alex was a Senior Associate at Nonprofit Finance Fund (NFF). Alex gained a grantmaker’s perspective in his 4-year tenure at the Rhode Island Foundation. As a volunteer, Alex is a Big Brother, and serves on MNN’s and Project STEP’s Board of Directors. Alex received his M.S. Nonprofit Management from Northeastern University’s College of Professional Studies.



Georganna Woods, Philanthropy Massachusetts

Georganna Woods

Since 2005, Georganna Woods has worked in various capacities at Philanthropy Massachusetts. She began as Associate Librarian at the Philanthropy MA (then Associated Grant Makers) Resource Center for Philanthropy (RCP) and transitioned into a combined position where she coordinates Philanthropy MA’s Meet-the-Donors series and also conducts research for Members and Partners. Georganna divides her work week between Philanthropy MA and Earthworm, Inc. – a nonprofit recycling organization. When not at work, Georganna spends her time advocating for increased bike and pedestrian safety in her role as steering committee member of the Dedham Cycle Club and Friends of the Dedham Heritage Rail Trail.

Workshops: Session 8 (10/15 at 11:30 am)

8A: Passing the Torch: Engaging Young Professionals in the Nonprofit SectorBadge-YNP

Young professionals actively seek to pursue careers, advance, and create impact while shaping and redefining the nonprofit space. Too often, both energy and potential goes unrecognized, undervalued, and/or not realized. This workshop will be an opportunity for participants to rethink how to support young professionals in growing their skills and networks necessary to lead in the nonprofit sector now and in the future. The participants will also learn creative and inclusive ways to retain young talent and pass the torch to them as future leaders.



Sue Li, Nonprofit Solutions Associates @SueLiXiaosu

Sue Li

Sue Li opens the lines of communication between schools, volunteers and community partners to provide academic mentoring at Boston Public Schools. After years at the Boston Public Schools headquarters, Sue currently leads the program team at Boston Partners in Education. She is known for her experience in volunteer engagement, partnership building, and community collaboration. Sue serves as the Co-Chair at Young Nonprofit Professional Network of Boston board. Sue holds an MS in Nonprofit Management from Northeastern University and Certificate in Community Leadership and Social Change at Tufts University in affiliation with the Institute for Nonprofit Practice.

Erika Haskins, Young Nonprofit Professional Network of Boston

Erika Haskins

Erika Haskins is a former school principal and current leadership coach. She has supported 50+ social entrepreneurs in design, authorization, and startup of public schools. Erika has developed 150+ hours of training and leads facilitation for diverse leaders nationally including executives, school leaders, teachers, and Boards. In 2019, Erika was the project director and principal investigator for research addressing DEI, SEL, and character education. Erika serves as the Co-Director of Fundraising for YNPN Boston. She holds an M.Ed, MAT in Secondary Education, Executive Certificate from Harvard Kennedy in Nonprofit Leadership, and is currently an MBA candidate at Babson College.

8B: Collaborate with Positivity: Improv Superpowers to Improve Communication & Innovation

Shhhhh! Don’t tell anyone this secret: In this interactive presentation, professional improviser Pam Victor shares the exclusive collaboration superpower that allows improvisers to create comedy out of thin air, so you can use these trade secrets for building stronger collaboration, innovation, and team-focused progress at work. This presentation provides fun, hands-on experience with why we overuse “no” to restrict progress, and how we can get to “yes” in order to move forward together with more positivity and creativity. Through humorous stories and an impactful “improv-secret” exercise, you learn how to use improv superpowers at work to improve brainstorming sessions, conflict resolution, staff empowerment, and creative problem solving … and you get to do it all through laughter!



Pam Victor, Philanthropy Massachusetts @happiervalley

Pam Victor

Pam Victor is an improviser, author, teacher, and founder/president of Happier Valley Comedy, Western Massachusetts’ only nonprofit comedy theater. Pam uses improv tenets to build professional development skills, such as communication, collaboration, and creativity, in HVC’s THROUGH LAUGHTER program. Recently, she launched the remote interactive program “Resilience Training Through Joy: HVC’s 30-Day Happiness Experiment.” Pam received the 2019 NEPR Arts & Humanities Award and is a TEDx speaker. She authored “Baj and the Word Launcher: A Space-Aged Asperger Adventure in Communication” and co-authored “Improvisation at the Speed of Life: The TJ & Dave Book.” Pam is nice. She likes you already.

2020 Conference Keynote Speaker


This year’s conference will feature Kevin Washington, President and CEO of the YMCA of the USA. On Thursday, October 15th, Kevin Washington will deliver remarks on today’s’ environment and “New Paths Forward” while taking audience-submitted Q&A for the conference’s final opening segment.

Keynote Speaker - Kevin Washington CC Announcement (1)-minKevin Washington is President and CEO of YMCA of the USA (Y-USA), the national resource office for the Y—a leading nonprofit committed to strengthening community through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. Collectively, the nation’s YMCAs engage 22 million members (9 million of whom are under the age of 18) annually.

The Y has been a fixture in Kevin’s life since he was 10 years old, when he first took part in an afterschool program at the Christian Street YMCA in his south Philadelphia neighborhood. His involvement with the Y changed the trajectory of his life, thanks in large measure to a mentor named Bill Morton and basketball. Bill helped Kevin avoid the negative influences and tragic circumstances that ensnared other kids from his neighborhood, and basketball afforded him the opportunity to earn a scholarship to Temple University.

After Kevin graduated from Temple, Bill—who by this time had been promoted to Executive Director of the Christian Street YMCA—hired Kevin as Youth Director, the same position Bill held when he met 10-year-old Kevin. That is how Kevin Washington’s Y story began. And it continues today, after 42 years as a YMCA professional, with him serving as the 14th person and first African American to lead the Y in the U.S.

He came to Y-USA in February 2015 from the YMCA of Greater Boston, where as President and CEO from 2010 to 2014 he expanded membership and access by reducing rates, increased diversity and engagement among the Board of Directors to better reflect the community and implemented a childhood-education quality initiative that benefits thousands of children and families throughout eastern Massachusetts.

Prior to Boston, Kevin served as President and CEO of the YMCA of Greater Hartford from 2000 to 2010. Under his leadership, the Hartford YMCA invested more than $60 million to develop or expand eight facilities and camps. He was Chief Operating Officer for the YMCA of Metropolitan Chicago from 1995 to 2000, and previously held other executive roles with the Chicago YMCA and the Philadelphia Freedom Valley YMCA.

The NonProfit Times named Kevin to the Power & Influence Top 50, its annual celebration of the nonprofit sector’s top executives and strategists, in 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2020. He is a Health and Health Care Industry Governor at the World Economic Forum. He also serves on the boards of Springfield College, the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation and the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce. Kevin earned a bachelor’s degree in history from Temple University.

2020 Conference Sponsors

Thank you to our generous sponsors for their support of the virtual 2020 MNN Annual Conference!

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Bronze Sponsors

Bay Path University


Fiscal Management Associates

GMA Foundations

Law Offices of Elizabeth S. Reinhardt

LMA Grant Consulting

Roger Magnus Research

Springfield College


TSNE Missionworks

2019 Conference: Nonprofit Leaders Get “Sustenance” to Strengthen Their Work and Communities

2019 Conference thank you email banner-minFRAMINGHAM, MA – On Wednesday, October 16, 2019, over 600 nonprofit and business leaders attended the Massachusetts Nonprofit Network (MNN)’s annual conference, Building A Better Commonwealth. The conference provided 30 workshops and networking to deepen nonprofit leaders’ capacities to build stronger communities, featured a keynote panel discussion focusing on three areas of the statewide sector’s impact, and honored Priscilla Kane Hellweg and Darnell Williams for their storied and influential careers in the nonprofit sector.

“We know that in this line of work, there are often times when your feet are tired, but your soul is rested,” said CEO Jim Klocke in his opening remarks, hearkening back to civil rights icon Mother Pollard. “Our goal today is to give you sustenance so that at the end of each day going forward, your souls may be rested.”

The conference featured a keynote panel discussion moderated by Bob Gittens, Executive Director of Cambridge Family and Children’s Services and Vice Chair of the MNN Board of Directors, with Rachel Heller, CEO of the Citizens’ Housing and Planning Association (CHAPA), Eva Millona, Executive Director of the Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy (MIRA) Coalition, and Jerry Rubin, President and CEO of JVS Boston.

The panelists discussed the theme “building a better Commonwealth” and how their organizations are addressing critical issues throughout the state. The panel focused in particular on the ways that their respective issue areas–combating “cliff effects” and promoting economic mobility (CHAPA), ensuring a complete count in the 2020 Census (MIRA), and preparing the workforce for a 21st century economy (JVS Boston)–impact the nonprofit sector broadly and thus require collaborative approaches.

“The 2020 Census impacts all of us; if we are under-counted, we will all suffer,” said Millona. “Nonprofits need to work together to make sure that doesn’t happen.”

“The issue for many people in this economy is not finding a job–it’s getting a good job that pays well,” said Rubin. “JVS Boston works directly with employers to create these kinds of jobs.”

“We need a culture that calls out what’s wrong in our society, and we need collaboration between organizations to make it right,” added Heller.

MNN also presented the 2019 Lifetime Achievement Awards to Priscilla Kane Hellweg, Executive and Artistic Director of Enchanted Circle Theater, and Darnell Williams, former President and CEO of the Urban League of Eastern Massachusetts.

Priscilla Kane Hellweg, who co-founded Enchanted Circle Theater 39 years ago, was honored for her dedication to providing arts integration education and for inspiring thousands of children and adults across Massachusetts.

“I still feel inspired whenever I see a child using arts integration go from ‘I can’t’ to ‘I can,’” said Kane Hellweg. “It doesn’t get better than that.”

Darnell Williams, who served as President and CEO at the Urban League until September, was honored for his commitment to uplifting communities of color in the Greater Boston area.

In his remarks, Williams implored the nonprofit audience to “keep marching” to the top of the proverbial mountain–and not to leave anyone behind. “We can’t forget to bring the forgotten with us. Reaching the summit happens when we’re all there together,” said Williams.

The conference also featured almost 50 business exhibitors focused on serving nonprofits. Held every year since the organization’s founding in 2007, MNN’s conference is one of the largest events dedicated to building nonprofit capacity in Massachusetts.

2019 Conference Exhibitors

Thank you to all of our exhibitors who attended our 2019 annual conference on Wednesday, October 16, 2019! They are listed below.




Avidia Bank

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Cambridge Savings Bank

CliftinLarsonAllen, LLP



First Nonprofit

Greater Giving

iCater – Pine Street Inn

Indigo Associates


Institute for Community Health

Johnson O’Connor

Kevin P. Martin & Associates


Lawyers Clearinghouse

MA Developmental Disabilities Council

Massachusetts CORE Plan

Massachusetts Health Connector

Merrimack College

Morse Technologies

Murphy, Hesse, Toomey & Lehane, LLP

Mutual of America


Non Profit Capital Management

Pear Associates

People’s United Bank

Philanthropy Massachusetts


Project Giving Kids

Santander Commercial Banking

Sterling Printing

Suffolk University

T-Mobile for Government

Tech Networks of Boston

The Institute for Non Profit Practice

The Institute of Student Loan Advisors

TSNE Missionworks

University of Massachusetts Boston

Wayside Youth and Family Support Network

Zoglio Financial Management Solutions


2019 Lifetime Achievement Award Winners

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Priscilla Kane Hellweg, Executive and Artistic Director of Enchanted Circle Theater in Holyoke, MA, and Darnell Williams, President and CEO of the Urban League of Eastern Massachusetts, were the 2019 Lifetime Achievement Award winners.

“We are pleased to honor Darnell and Priscilla for their inspiring careers and for their invaluable contributions to the state’s nonprofit sector,” said Jim Klocke, CEO of MNN. “Their lives of service have made indelible impacts on the lives of people across the Commonwealth.”

The awards were presented at the annual conference on Wednesday, October 16, 2019, at the Sheraton Framingham and Conference Center.

Read more about Priscilla and Darnell below.

Lifetime Achievement Award PKW-min (1)Priscilla Kane Hellweg is the Executive and Artistic Director of Enchanted Circle Theater, a nonprofit multi-service arts organization in Holyoke, MA, that integrates arts and education to engage, enhance, and inspire learning. Under Priscilla’s direction, Enchanted Circle has become a regional leader in the field of arts integration. Enchanted Circle works in public school districts across Western Massachusetts and collaborates with over 60 community service partner organizations to develop work that bridges arts, education, and human services to chronically under-served communities, including youth in foster care, families in homeless shelters, and youth in residential treatment programs.

Priscilla earned her Bachelor of Arts from Hampshire College and professional theater training from the Provincetown Playhouse. Priscilla has created district-wide arts integration initiatives to enhance academic achievement for Holyoke, Amherst, Northampton, and Westfield Public Schools, and has collaborated on the development of several Teacher Training Institutes with numerous partners, funded by the National Endowment for the Arts, National Endowment for the Humanities, and Teaching American History grants.

Priscilla received the Champions of Arts Education Award from the Massachusetts Alliance for Arts in Education, and a Millennium Award from the National Guild of Community Arts Educators for her commitment to making quality arts education accessible to all. She was a finalist for MNN’s 2019 Nonprofit Excellence Award in the Leadership category. Priscilla’s manuscript, “Actively Engaged: Theater as a Dynamic Teaching Tool,” is scheduled for publication in 2020 by the University of Massachusetts-Arts Extension Service.

Lifetime Achievement Award DW-min (1)Darnell Williams is the President and CEO of the Urban League of Eastern Massachusetts, a  nonprofit that provides services and programs in education, career, and professional development and employment for African-Americans and other residents of color. Under Darnell’s direction, the Urban League of Eastern Massachusetts hosted the National Urban League’s Annual Conference in Boston in 2011 after a 35-year absence, paving the way for additional conferences for people of color to come to Boston.

Darnell earned his Master’s degree in organizational development from Boston University after completing his undergraduate degree at American International College in Springfield, MA.  Prior to joining the Urban League, he was Manager of Management Recruitment and Development at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) as well as a Diversity Consultant in private practice. Darnell served as President of the Springfield Branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) and as the President of the NAACP New England Area Conference.

Darnell was a contributing member to Boston’s successful effort to win the 2004 Democratic National Convention. For his contributions within the Black community and the City of Boston, Mayor Thomas Menino presented him with the 2003 Community Service Award. Darnell received an Honorary Doctor of Laws from American International College and an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from Worcester State University.

PRESS RELEASE: MNN Conference Panel to Address 2020 Census, Cliff Effects, and Workforce Development

2019 Panelist 4 square-min (1)BOSTON, MA – The Massachusetts Nonprofit Network (MNN) announced that a keynote panel featuring top nonprofit leaders will cover the 2020 Census, cliff effects, and workforce development at the organization’s annual conference on October 16, 2019, at the Sheraton Framingham Hotel and Conference Center.

The panel is centered around the conference theme, “Building a Better Commonwealth,” which captures a common aspirations of the Massachusetts nonprofit sector.

The conference’s keynote panelists will be Rachel Heller, CEO of the Citizens’ Housing and Planning Association (CHAPA); Eva Millona, Executive Director of the Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy (MIRA) Coalition; and Jerry Rubin, President and CEO of JVS.

The featured topics of the panel represent pressing issues at the forefront of nonprofit work. Nonprofits are playing a critical role in ensuring that hard-to-count communities participate in the 2020 Census. The “cliff effects” phenomenon, in which an increase in work earnings results in a sharp reduction or loss of public benefits, impacts many people that nonprofits serve. And as the state’s nonprofit sector faces a wave of retirements from senior-level positions, innovative workforce development strategies will be needed to develop the next generation of nonprofit leaders.

“We are excited to have Rachel, Eva, and Jerry on our conference keynote panel this year,” said Jim Klocke, CEO of MNN. “Their organizations do great work, and we can all learn from them.”

MNN holds its annual conference every year for nonprofit organizations across Massachusetts. The conference, drawing over 600 attendees annually from Massachusetts nonprofits and for-profit companies that serve nonprofits, is one of the largest gatherings for nonprofit professionals held in the Commonwealth.

About the Panelists

Rachel Heller is the CEO of Citizens’ Housing and Planning Association (CHAPA), an organization that encourages the production and preservation of affordable housing to low and moderate income families and individuals and fosters diverse and sustainable communities through planning and community development. Heller will bring to the panel expertise on solutions to combat “cliff effects,” a phenomenon experienced when an increase in work earnings results in a sharp reduction or loss of food, housing, childcare, and other public benefits. She previously worked as the Director of Public Policy at the Alliance for Business Leadership, served as Chief of Staff to Massachusetts State Senator Susan Tucker, and was the Senior Policy Advocate at Homes for Families, a nonprofit advocacy organization working to end family homelessness.

Eva Millona is the Executive Director of the Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy (MIRA) Coalition, the state’s largest organization representing the foreign born, and co-chair of the National Partnership for New Americans, the lead national organization focusing on immigrant integration. Millona is the chairperson of the 2020 Complete Count Committee, formed by Secretary of the Commonwealth Bill Galvin to provide education and lead community outreach around the decennial census. She will bring to the panel insights on how to encourage census participation in diverse communities. Millona is also the co-chair of the Governor’s Advisory Council for Refugees and Immigrants and serves on the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights. She serves on the Advisory Board for the Mayor’s Office for Immigrant Advancement and serves on the Attorney General’s Council for New Americans. She is a frequent speaker on immigrant integration in national and international stages.

Jerry Rubin is President and CEO of JVS, an organization that empowers individuals from diverse communities to find employment and build careers and partners with employers to hire, develop, and retain productive workforces. Rubin has overseen the adoption of innovative strategies including the nation’s first Pay for Success project to focus exclusively on adult education and workforce development for low-skilled adults. Prior to JVS, Rubin founded and was Executive Director of two nonprofit organizations: the Greater Boston Manufacturing Partnership, a training and consulting organization, and the Coalition For a Better Acre, a community development corporation based in Lowell, Massachusetts. Rubin also spent ten years in the administration of Boston Mayor Raymond L. Flynn, leading several housing, economic development and workforce development initiatives. He is the author of numerous book chapters, articles, and monographs on housing, economic development, and workforce development issues.

About the Massachusetts Nonprofit Network

The Massachusetts Nonprofit Network (MNN) brings together nonprofits, funders, business leaders, and elected officials to strengthen nonprofits and raise the sector’s voice on critical issues. The network has more than 700 nonprofit member organizations and more than 100 for-profit affiliate partners. To learn more visit


2019 Conference Workshops

Whether you’re looking to enhance your fundraising skills, boost your productivity, or energize your board, the workshops 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. You can view all of the options based on topic in the chart below and learn more about the workshops and presenters by clicking the titles below.

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Workshops: Session I


Attracting Legacy Support: Introducing Your Planned Giving Program

This workshop teaches organizations how to introduce a planned giving program at no additional cost and help everyone become a philanthropist by inviting donors to make a provision in their estate planning to support an organization and contribute a legacy gift, including the importance of encouraging donors to perpetuate their annual support when they’re no longer with us as part of attracting sustainable support.


Chuck Gordon, New Kensington Group

Chuck Gordon

For nearly 30 years, Chuck Gordon has served as a senior nonprofit professional and consultant, helping nonprofit organizations in the Boston area and across the country realize their vision by raising increased revenues. Today, Chuck leads the New Kensington Group, helping nonprofit leaders grow their organizations focusing on strategic planning, fundraising, executive search, and board leadership and governance. A nationally recognized trainer and speaker, he dedicates significant time to building the fundraising capacity of nonprofit professionals. Chuck has served on three boards and was previously named one of Boston’s ’40 Under 40’ by the Boston Business Journal.

Community Engagement Beyond the Advisory Board: How to Do It and How to Measure It

It is increasingly recognized that community engagement is a prerequisite for many nonprofit activities, especially advocacy and public policy work, and that a lack of community engagement may cause project failure. However, many nonprofits struggle to engage community members in a realistic, cost-effective way. The model of the Community Advisory Board or Committee is frequently an insufficient means of securing community engagement. Participants often remain at a superficial level of engagement and channels for input into decision-making remain limited. Further, the hard work of building community engagement is largely invisible and underappreciated. This includes the crucial but “soft” skills involved in relationship-building, alliance formation, mentoring, and fostering community members’ leadership skills. Nonprofits may struggle to quantify their work and gains in this realm. This workshop will provide the opportunity for non-profit personnel to reflect about their own practices and brainstorm opportunities for diving deeper into this work. The following questions will be explored: what do we really mean when we say “community engagement”? What are promising practices to promote deep, genuine engagement of the community in our projects? How can nonprofits measure and describe our progress in this realm?


Carolyn Fisher, Institute for Community Health

Carolyn FisherCarolyn Fisher, PhD, is a Research and Evaluation Scientist at the Institute for Community Health in Malden, MA. Trained as an anthropologist, her recent research interests include reaching vulnerable and underserved populations, conducting trauma-informed data collection, community engagement, and advocacy evaluation. She is an experienced and engaging speaker and facilitator who teaches at the Tufts University School of Medicine in addition to numerous lectures and presentations for clients.

Do More With Your Budget: How Alternative Structures Can Break the Nonprofit Starvation Cycle

How can your organization do more to advance your mission? How do you build partnerships to maximize economies of scale? How do we convince funders that there is a need for infrastructure support? Nonprofits are increasingly stuck in a starvation cycle, forced to provide services in aging facilities, and “make do” with aging technology systems and infrastructure. Funders are often unwilling to provide adequate support for critical areas such as facilities and indirect costs. This forces nonprofit leaders to make hard choices between funding their infrastructure or funding their programs. Alternative structures like shared services and co-working spaces are an effective approach to building economies of scale, allowing multiple nonprofits to defray costs by leveraging shared infrastructure. The increasing popularity of “back of the house” partnerships leverage shared services to decrease overall expense, time, and effort spent in back office operations in order to increase time and focus on meeting your mission. This workshop will provide case studies of shared service and space models and provide concrete tools to identify the hidden costs in operating your organization so that you can better advocate for your real costs.


Jackie Cefola, The Nonprofit Centers Network @JCefola

Jackie Cefola

Jackie Cefola manages the consulting services and shared service offerings of The Nonprofit Centers Network (NCN). Since 2011, she has consulted with NCN clients to achieve meaningful impact through collaboration, co-working, and shared administrative services. She holds an MBA from Yale University, where she first learned about industrial ecology and strategies for organizations to intentionally co-locate and share resources.

Elaine Ng, TSNE MissionWorks

Elaine Ng

Elaine Ng has over two decades of experience in the nonprofit sector in executive leadership and management roles, as well as volunteering on various Boards. She joined TSNE MissionWorks in 2018 as the CEO, and was the former executive director of the Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center and the Director of Strategic Planning for Special Education for the Boston Public Schools.

Lost in Translation? Communicating in a Multilingual & Multicultural World

We’ve all heard the expression “lost in translation” but how many of us really and truly understand the depth of this idiomatic expression and how it’s deeper meaning and significance impacts our communication with others, especially those who are from other ethnic and linguistic backgrounds? Using clear and specific examples of the types of things that DO get “lost in translation,” we will help your organization to learn which materials are the most inclusive, culturally sensitive and appropriate for communication for those that you serve. Communication comes in many different forms – written, spoken and visual – participants will have an opportunity to share their own experiences with trying to reach diverse groups of people using these forms. We’ll explore how the “one size fits all” model definitely doesn’t work for the nonprofit world and how to have a better understanding of what will work best for you based on the individuals you work with, the language, the culture and many other factors. Examples from nonprofits that we work with will also be shared to illustrate many of our key points regarding best practices for multilingual communication. Our goal is to change this saying to “found in translation”!


Drita Protopapa, MAPA Translations, Inc. @MAPATranslation

Drita Protopapa

Drita Protopapa was born and raised outside of Boston and is the daughter of two political refugees: her mother was from Estonia and her father was from Albania. She grew up in a multilingual and multicultural household so working in the language services industry came naturally to her. Drita is a native English speaker with native like fluency in Portuguese and Spanish. Drita founded MAPA Translations in 2007 with the goal of providing high quality and affordable written translations, interpreter services and multilingual voice-overs to public schools and nonprofit organizations.

Organizational Change to Achieve Equity

In this workshop, facilitators will guide participants in identifying cultural and organizational change necessary to achieving equity in the workplace. Participants will become familiar with key domains and best practices for organizational change. Then, they will identify and begin exploring opportunities to bring learnings back to their organizations. Facilitators will lay the foundation for the workshop, introduce dialogue practices, and have participants get to know one another. Participants will review research and studies exploring the interaction between individual identities, power, and privilege in the workplace. Interpersonal, institutional, ideological, and internalized dimensions will be explored. Participants will explore micro, meso, and macro components necessary to achieving organizational change, and facilitators will introduce best practices and examine successful case studies. Participants will identify possible ways in which their learnings can be used to proposition, execute, and monitor organizational change in their own workplace.


Beth Chandler, YW Boston

Beth Chandler

Beth Chandler joined YW Boston in November 2012, with more than 20 years of experience in both the corporate and nonprofit sectors. In August 2018, she was appointed President & CEO. Her breadth of work experience encompasses program development, delivery and evaluation, business development, and operations. Prior to working at YW Boston, Beth served as vice president at the Achievement Network, a national non-profit dedicated to helping urban public and charter schools close the achievement gap. Beth also held positions at Massachusetts Legal Assistance Corporation, the largest funding source for civil legal aid programs in the Commonwealth and Neighborworks America, one of the country’s preeminent leaders in affordable housing and community development. Beth also worked as a corporate banking associate with Bank of America in corporate banking and began her career as a research and evaluation analyst with the Urban Institute. Currently, Beth serves on the MA Conference United Church of Christ Board of Directors, the Women’s Workforce Advisory Council and the Leadership Circle of Hope Central Church. A former professional basketball player, Beth received her undergraduate degree from Harvard University and an MBA from Columbia Business School.

Kemarah Sika, YW Boston @sikaofknowledge

Kemarah Sika

Kemarah Sika has over 15 years of experience developing curricula and programs for non-profits and schools. She also has a background in education, behavior change, and strategic planning. Prior to joining YW Boston, Kemarah was the Director of Academic Programs at St. Stephen’s Youth Programs. Kemarah joined YW Boston in 2017 and now sits on YW Boston’s leadership team and oversees services and programs. She led YW Boston through a recent strategic planning process and guided the evolution of InclusionBoston partnerships to include more robust data, refined curriculum, and stronger ongoing support.

Prepare the Best Story for Your Nonprofit OrganizationBadge-YNP

The three most important activities at any non-profit organization involve 1) delivering high-quality meaningful services, 2) raising the funds to sustain your important work and 3) inspiring people to invest in your institution by sharing compelling stories. While many professionals are able to intuitively identify a good story, the process of developing and crafting a great story can be more elusive. In this interactive workshop, learn how to identify great stories and begin to craft them so they inspire others. Even if your role does not require you to stand in front of audiences and deliver a story, knowing how to mine for good stories and integrate essential storytelling elements is just as valuable to your organization. Understand how all staff from front-line social workers to financial officers are as much ambassadors as the development and communications professionals. In this workshop, participants will learn how to represent their organizations, convey the importance of their work, and present compelling case studies without compromising information about services and qualitative outcomes.


Cheryl Hamilton, International Institute of New England @iine @cherylchamilton

Cheryl Hamilton

Cheryl Hamilton has devoted her career to advancing immigrant integration and storytelling. She is the creator and director of Suitcase Stories, a program of the International Institute of New England that honors refugees and immigrants. Hamilton also leads Massmouth, a non-profit organization that promotes the timeless art of storytelling. As director, Hamilton curates the national television show Stories from the Stage in partnership with World Channel and WGBH. Previously, she served as Communications Officer at RefugePoint, National Coordinator for RefugeeWorks, and the Director of the New Migration program at the Center for Preventing Hate. Hamilton routinely is featured as a keynote presenter and storyteller throughout New England.

Raffles, Co-Ventures and Crowdfunding, Oh My!Badge-YNP

This interactive workshop will focus on legal framework and ramifications of popular fundraising methods to help nonprofits make informed decisions on development strategy. Many nonprofits engage in raffles and co-ventures with for-profit entities. They are however rarely aware of the state regulations governing these activities. Online fundraising including crowdfunding is also popular for nonprofits with limited resources. As the practice becomes mainstream and online tracking data increasingly easily obtainable, nonprofits need to be aware of the legal framework involving Federal Trade Commission for such activities as part of their corporate governance strategy. The workshop will start with the fundamental legal underpinning of charitable fundraising, the donation being kept in trust, to help nonprofits understand the ramifications of their fundraising. It will then give an overview of the regulations on registration with MA AGO, raffles, co-ventures, fundraising professionals, and crowdfunding to help nonprofit board and management make informed decisions when strategizing development. The presenters believe that the program will generate many questions from the floor and it will remain interactive throughout.


Elizabeth Reinhardt, Law Offices of Elizabeth S. Reinhardt

Elizabeth Reinhardt

Throughout her career, Liz Reinhardt has worked with nonprofit organizations as a lawyer, regulator, advocate, consultant, educator and board member. She began her career as an Assistant Attorney General in the Division of Public Charities and now maintains a law office in Concord Massachusetts. Practice areas include business, consumer, contract, employment, litigation, nonprofit mergers, dissolutions and acquisitions consults on roles and responsibilities of board members, governance best practices, conflict of interest avoidance, executive compensation, fundraising and regulatory compliance. Liz is a graduate of Colby College and the Northeastern University School of Law and a frequent public speaker.

Christopher Leigh-Manuell, Hurwit & Associates

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Christopher Leigh-Manuell provides paralegal services to nonprofit and philanthropic clients and manages the firm’s registration, reporting, and filing compliance program. He works with clients to build individualized compliance programs. In this capacity, he regularly works with offices of the Secretaries of State and Attorneys General nationwide. His prior experiences include working many national and regional nonprofits in various capacities focusing on development and programs. He also served as Vicar at Faith Lutheran Church where he ministered and managed the congregation’s community meal program. Chris is a graduate of Ball State University and Harvard Divinity School.

Supporting Ourselves While Supporting Others: Managing Stress and Depression in the Workplace

People working in the nonprofit sector face many stressors: nonprofit employees are often expected to be driven by the mission and willing to work for lower pay, longer hours, and with limited resources. How can we create mentally healthy workplaces, when many of us are not effectively managing our individual stress? We will focus on learning how to identify stress and find strategies to manage it, both individually and organizationally, as well as the benefits of having a mental health-supportive workplace. The workshop features a PowerPoint presentation and relies on attendees’ professional wisdom and lived experience to engage in an interactive discussion of creating space and supports for personal wellness in the workplace. Workshop participants will practice stress management techniques and consider ways their workplace can address employees’ mental wellness.


Arielle Cohen, Families for Depression Awareness @familyaware

Arielle CohenArielle Cohen, Master of Social Work, has both lived and professional experience working with addressing mental health needs in the workplace. In 2017, Arielle received her degree as a Master of Social Work with a concentration on mental health and a focus in social innovation and leadership. Currently, Arielle is the Programs Manager with Families for Depression Awareness. With a vested interest in organizational development, management practices, facilitation techniques, and mental health support, Arielle is excited to engage organizations in addressing and supporting mental health needs.

Rebekah Gibbons, Families for Depression Awareness

Rebekah GibbonsRebekah Gibbons, LICSW, is a clinical social worker who specializes in mental health and trauma treatment for individuals, couples, and families. Rebekah also takes great care in supporting caregivers of all kinds to strengthen and maintain their own health in order to best support, teach, parent, mentor and/or guide others. Rebekah has collaborated with Families for Depression Awareness and City Year Boston to provide trainings about mental health, trauma, stress and employee wellness. Rebekah is passionate about raising awareness and ending the stigma of mental illness.

The Organizational Logic Model: A Powerful Tool for Guiding Strategic Planning and Organizational Performance Assessment

A logic model can be a simple and powerful tool for a nonprofit organization to use in assessing their effectiveness, articulating their value, and guiding the path to the future. While nonprofits often develop logic models at the individual program level, it is less common to create logic models at the organizational level. Furthermore, logic modeling is typically done as a one-time exercise, and the resulting model is often not used to its full potential for organizational planning, decision-making, and evaluation. This workshop will share a toolkit for developing an organization-level logic model that incorporates your agency’s mission, vision, and values, and articulates how individual programs and services contribute to your agency’s ultimate aims. We will review common logic model components and terminology, and will present an organizational logic model template along with steps for collaboratively developing your model with a group of stakeholders. We will share strategies for using the logic model to assess mission drift, identify synergies and gaps in your programming, and focus strategic planning efforts. We will also share tools for using the logic model to guide organizational performance assessment and optimize your evaluation and data collection efforts.


Jeffrey Desmarais, Institute for Community Health @icommhealth

Jeffrey DesmaraisJeffrey R. Desmarais, MA, is a Senior Project Manager at the Institute for Community Health (ICH) who has significant experience working with nonprofit leadership and staff to use data to inform and improve programs. He is a mixed methods evaluator who has worked with a variety of topics including, substance use disorder, teen pregnancy prevention, violence prevention, community needs assessments, and coalition evaluation. He has worked on a variety of strategic planning projects where he has used logic models as a tool to inform the strategic planning process.

Ranjani Paradise, Institute for Community Health @icommhealth

Ranjani ParadiseRanjani Paradise, PhD, is Assistant Director of Evaluation at the Institute for Community Health (ICH). Ranjani is a mixed methods evaluator who has worked on projects in diverse topic areas including health disparities, language access, HIV, healthcare system transformation, consumer advocacy, and substance use disorder treatment. She has presented on evaluation topics at the American Evaluation Association annual conference, has designed and delivered national webinars, and has been an invited guest lecturer at Harvard University, Tufts University, and Cambridge Health Alliance. Ranjani teaches program evaluation at the Tufts University School of Medicine, and oversees the staff training program at ICH.

Using Public Service Loan Forgiveness as an Employee Benefit

Student loan debt anxiety is a common theme among employees of all age groups. Providing even a little education on managing this debt has shown to positively affect an organization’s bottom line by reducing absenteeism, increasing productivity and improving employee retainment. The PSLF program can be a valuable employee recruitment and retainment tool – but only if your employees understand the rules and process. Recent data shows a significant rejection rate for the program due to misunderstanding of the criteria required. 501(c)(3) and other eligible employers can use PSLF as a strong employee recruitment and retainment tool by ensuring their employees understand the program and providing the information they need to maintain their eligibility. This session will clearly explain all the eligibility and application rules for PSLF, discuss the future of the program and provide tips on how organizations can utilize PSLF as a free and valuable employee benefit.


Betsy Mayotte, The Institute of Student Loan Advisors @betsy514

Betsy Mayotte

Betsy Mayotte is the President and Founder of The Institute of Student Loan Advisors (TISLA). She has been working in the student loan industry doing compliance and advocacy work for over 20 years and has helped thousands of borrowers with their student loans. Betsy has served as a primary negotiator for several student loan related rulemaking sessions and frequently conducts higher ed regulatory trainings both in the U.S. and as far away as the U.K, Australia and New Zealand. She is regularly quoted in the media on student loan issues.

Workshops: Session II

Corporate Partnerships: Insights, Ideas & Inspiration

For non-profit organizations, corporate partnerships offer the potential of increased revenue, awareness, volunteers and donors. The challenge is developing and securing successful and sustained corporate partnerships is hard. Competition among nonprofits is fierce, companies expect bigger and better ideas, and nonprofit leadership seeks more revenue from existing and new partnerships. This interactive session covers partnerships from the viewpoint of both companies and nonprofits and highlights trends and new ideas to better position, package and promote yourself to companies. Whether your organization is just getting started in corporate fundraising or looking to grow to the next level, this session will provide real-life examples and actionable insights.


Rich Maiore, Rocket Social Impact @richmaiore

Rich Maiore

Rich Maiore brings more than 25 years’ experience in corporate social responsibility with a track record of developing and implementing impactful CSR programs for numerous Fortune 500 companies and leading nonprofit organizations. Rich spent 12 years at Cone Communications, the recognized pioneer in cause marketing & CSR. Following Cone, he founded Rocket Social Impact with several Cone colleagues. The agency helps companies and non-profit organizations with CSR strategy, activation, and communication. His work experience also includes development roles with Reading Is Fundamental and American Rivers. Rich currently teaches courses on Philanthropy at George Washington University and Johns Hopkins University.

Chris Mann, City Year @ChrisRMann

Chris Mann

Chris Mann serves as National Vice President of Corporate Partnerships for City Year, a national education organization that helps to bridge the gap between what students need to thrive and what most high-need schools are designed and resourced to provide. He leads City Year’s national efforts to engage corporations in the strategic use of their people, expertise and resources to help keep students in school and on track. Chris developed his unique perspective and passion for driving social change through corporate responsibility, marketing communications and fundraising roles at Reebok, New Balance, Cone Communications and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute & the Jimmy Fund.

Cultural Intelligence – A New Way to Make Diversity WorkBadge-YNP

Research shows that diversity on teams is highly beneficial to creativity, effectiveness, and bringing out the best in each team member. To reap these benefits however, one has to understand and be comfortable working with and managing people from diverse backgrounds and cultures. Nuances around directness, formality, assertiveness, body language and the like, can lead to false assumptions about motivation and engagement, often resulting in less productive attitudes and behaviors. And both individual and team performance suffer from this. Cultural Intelligence is a whole new way of approaching cultural sensitivity, racism and diversity effectiveness. It is a skillset that makes the difference between individuals and organizations that succeed in today’s globalized and multicultural world and those that fail. And it is a capability that anyone can develop. This interactive workshop will help enhance your cultural awareness. It will introduce the Cultural Intelligence (CQ) model and research and cultural norms and values that create challenging team dynamics. Participants will be given examples, best practices, and tools for more effectively leading a diverse team. They will draw upon research-based findings and leave with an action plan for improving their Cultural Intelligence both personally as well as a team or organization.


Ank Stuyfzand, SYNC

Ank Stuyfzand

Ank Stuyfzand is the founder of SYNC, a leadership and team development company. Over the last 20 years Ank has worked with business and nonprofit leaders and their teams to develop the skills and team synergy they need to deliver on their mission, while creating healthy and balanced team dynamics. Ank served on several non-profit boards, including the Southern Californian Healthcare Business Women Association. Ank is a full time Professor of Practice at Suffolk University, Boston MA. She is an energetic facilitator with solid personal effectiveness skills and a passion for inclusive leadership.

Demystifying Health Insurance and Empowering Small Businesses to Offer Affordable

The health insurance landscape for small businesses in Massachusetts can sometimes confusing and expensive as business owners continues premiums and other costs, and plan options. During this breakout session, the Massachusetts Health Connector, the state’s health insurance exchange that provides health and dental insurance to more than 300,000 people, including employees at more than 1,300 small business, will outline the state and federal policy landscapes, and provide information on how small business owners can deliver quality coverage at lower costs to employees.


Audrey Gasteier, Massachusetts Health Connector @HealthConnector

Audrey Gasteier

Audrey Gasteier is the Chief of Policy and Strategy at the Massachusetts Health Connector, leading policy development and strategy in product design, research, government affairs, and outreach and communication. Previously, Gasteier served as Director of Health Systems Policy at the Massachusetts Division of Health Care Finance and Policy.

Engaging New Voters: If Nonprofits Don’t, Who Will

The job of candidates and political campaigns is not to promote equity in voting and democratic participation. It is to win elections. It is up to us, as nonprofits, to promote equity in our democracy and ensure the communities we serve are actively participating and voting. As nonprofits, we regularly interact with those who have been left out of the democratic process. By leveraging our deep roots and trust with the communities we serve, we can foster higher levels of voter engagement, helping to ensure their engagement, helping to ensure the issues of concern to the community are addressed. This workshop will cover the impact and best practices of nonprofit voter engagement, which Nonprofit VOTE analyzed extensively during the 2018 midterm elections and detailed in our new Engaging New Voters report. Nonprofit action helped drive increased turnout, particularly among their constituents, and this workshop will help nonprofit leaders build board buy-in and motivate program staff to integrate voter engagement into existing services.


Caitlin Donnelly, Nonprofit VOTE

Caitlin DonnellyCaitlin Donnelly is the Education Director at Nonprofit VOTE. She has over 8 years of experience designing and leading workshops and presentations for nonprofits and grassroots organizers across the country. Based in Cambridge, Caitlin manages Nonprofit VOTE’s popular monthly webinar series, stewards strategic partnerships with national and state organizations, and builds the capacity of organizational partners to deepen their levels of voter engagement.

Caroline Mak, Nonprofit VOTE

Caroline Mak

Caroline Mak is a recent MIT graduate with focuses in behavioral economics, computer science, and data science. She co-founded MITVote which focuses on registering, mobilizing, and informing MIT students around national, state, and local elections. Continuing the focus on student engagement, she also led a startup that released a web-app that streamlined checking one’s voter registration by state, tackling the challenge students have about where to register (Mass. or their home state). At Nonprofit VOTE, she coordinates data collection and research in the National Engaging New Voters Program with participating state anchors.

Cheryl Crawford, Nonprofit VOTE

Caitlin Donnelly

Cheryl Clyburn Crawford has worked for many years in communities of color advocating for voting and civil rights. She joined MassVOTE in 2008. She directs the Democracy for Nonprofits program and the Civic Engagement Fund, which distributes seed money and technical support to community nonprofit organizations so that they can make a significant commitment to voter empowerment. From 2010 to 2012, Cheryl directed MassVOTE’s Census and Redistricting Project, which, in cooperation with coalition partners, led over 3,000 people to take part in public redistricting hearings, culminating in new legislative maps that doubled the number of majority-minority districts.

Managing Through Crises and Preparing for the Unexpected

Most nonprofits fail due to unanticipated crises such as losing key funders, legal or financial oversights, losing key personnel and/or getting bad press. To avoid these disasters the ED and Board need to anticipate and collaborate in preparing for the unexpected. In this informative, interactive workshop, participants will explore these issues by engaging in a couple of actual nonprofit case studies and assessing what they would do and how prepared their own organizations might be for such situations. The workshop will ultimately provide a roadmap to safety for nonprofits.


David Harris, Interim Executive Solutions

David HarrisDavid Harris has extensive experience working with for-profit and nonprofit organizations to develop and implement strategies to improve operations, marketing, board governance, and leadership team effectiveness. He served as co-chair of Community Action Partners where he provided strategic planning, marketing and other services to Boston area nonprofits. Recently he served as the interim Executive Director of the Springfield Empowerment Zone in western Massachusetts and the Landing School in Maine. David spent five years as Deputy Director of Teachers21 and provided coaching and consulting services to school and district leaders on business strategy and organization.

Franklin Reece, Interim Executive Solutions

Frank Reece

Frank Reece is a seasoned executive with over 40 years of management experience in both industry and nonprofit organizations. An enthusiastic entrepreneurial leader, he has established strengths in strategic planning, fundraising and financial management, product and program introduction, marketing, organizational transition management, and board development. After serving as President of USTeleCenters and ViewTech, two successful public entities, Frank transitioned to his nonprofit career with an interim experience serving as a Senior Fellow at Tufts University’s College of Citizenship and Public Service. More recently Frank co-founded the Global Habitat Project and oversaw the merger with the Urban Ecology Institute.

Merger as Matrimony: A Case Study

There is always lots of buzz about mergers. When does it make sense to consider this option? What are the steps in the process? What does it really take to merge two organizations? The current and former executive directors of two recently merged organizations, and the consultant hired to facilitate the courtship, marriage, and 4-month post honeymoon period, will share their story. The principal players will describe the two-year courtship including how they explored the nonprofits’ cultural compatibility, leadership decision, rebranding, strategy to secure stakeholder and employee buy-in, building the case, raising money to capitalize the new entity, engaging and marrying the boards, etc. The session will cover the risks, benefits, mistakes and insight, including the value of publicly dating. You’ll meet the in-laws and hear the gossip. You’ll watch the squabbles over the seating chart, and you will discover the rewards and pitfalls experienced building this budding relationship. The case involves two organizations in the housing/community development sector: NeighborWorks Southern Massachusetts, a 30-year-old organization with 20 employees, and Housing Solutions for Southeastern Massachusetts, a 49-year-old nonprofit with a staff of 52. The merged organization –NeighborWorks Housing Solutions – were legally betrothed on July 1st, 2019.


Carl Sussman, Sussman Associates

Carl Sussman

Facilitator: Carl Sussman is the principal of Sussman Associates, a nonprofit management consultant. He has provided consulting services to over 140 clients during the last 25 years. He was the founding executive director of the Community Economic Development Assistance Corporation, a state quasi-public authority he led for 15 years. He helped found the Children’s Investment Fund and, for five years, served as its executive director. He continues to serve on the board of directors of that fund and of the Center for the Study of Public Policy.

Jeffery M. Graeber, NeighborWorks Housing Solutions

Jeffrey Graeber

Discussant: Jeff Graeber has been a Board Member of NeighborWorks Housing Solutions (formerly NeighborWorks Southern Mass) for over 10 years. He is a local attorney and a resident of Quincy MA. He has participated in NeighborWorks America’s national Excellence in Governance program for Board members and serves on his local NeighborWorks’ Governance Committee and Executive Committee. He participated in its joint Merger subcommittee during the recent merger process.

Carl Nagy-Koechlin, Just-A-Start

Carl Nagy-Koechlin

Discussant: Carl Nagy-Koechlin recently became Executive Director at Just-A-Start, a Cambridge-based community development corporation. He previously served as executive director of Housing Solutions for Southeastern Mass. for ten years, leading a dramatic turnaround of the regional housing agency, and then leading the organization’s partnership and merger process that will be described in the workshop. From 1997-2009 Carl was the executive director at Fenway CDC, during which the organization developed 250 affordable apartments, initiated workforce development programs and led a successful campaign to save Fenway Park within the context of the CDC’s “urban village” plan. Carl has a BA in Economics from UMass Amherst and a Masters in City Planning from MIT.

Mission-Driven Leadership: Uncover the Why at the Heart of Your WorkBadge-YNP

Young professionals embody the missions of their organizations everyday, but creating the foundation for their sustainable and authentic leadership means not just carrying out someone else’s purpose—it means getting clearer on their own. This session guides emerging leaders to uncover and articulate their personal why, their core purpose, so that they can connect to their work more deeply and develop their leadership to engage and inspire others. Each participant will leave with a fully-articulated personal mission statement and strategies to utilize it to focus their path, filter career opportunities, and fuel their work.


Carole Ann Penney, Penney Leadership, LLC @penneylead


Carole Ann Penney, CPC, develops mission-driven leaders to navigate their leadership and career journeys with purpose and resilience. A seasoned speaker and writer on topics related to leadership and career development, Carole Ann is passionate about sharing new perspectives and tools that professionals can immediately implement to advance their work. Carole Ann earned a B.A. in Education Studies from Brown University and certifications in nonprofit management & leadership from Tufts University and professional coaching from the Institute for Professional Excellence in Coaching.

Revenue Stream Diversification – Options, Ideas and ConsiderationsBadge-YNP

With increasing competition and shrinking budgets, financial sustainability is a problem many nonprofits
face. It is becoming increasingly important for nonprofits to broaden their horizons to alternative
sources of revenue in order to better protect against economic decline and uneven political
environments. Diversification of revenue allows nonprofit organizations to have a more stable financial
position, however, when implementing these streams there are different levels of reliability, limitations,
costs and concerns that comes with each possibility. It is important that nonprofits consider their
options and find those that will best fit their specific organization.


James Matzdorff, Kevin P. Martin Associates @JMatzdorff @KPMNPO

Gwendolyn VanSant

James Matzdorff is a Director at KPM with more than a decade of experience in public accounting. James has significant experience in the audits of real estate projects, not-for-profit agencies, film and entertainment enterprises and commercial entities. James works with not-for-profits subject to Yellow Book, OMB Uniform Guidance and Massachusetts UFR audit requirements. James also specializes in, but is not limited to, staff analysis and department realignment consulting as well as cost allocation and compliance driven audits. James is also the Chair of the Firm’s Nonprofit Committee.

Storytelling for Impact: An Integrated ApproachBadge-YNP

More than ever, nonprofits have an opportunity to share the impact of their mission-driven work with new audiences. With social media being one of the primary sources of public information, the tools are well established, but it can often be challenging to harness and amplify a message. Storytelling for Impact: An Integrated Approach will outline thoughtful approaches to engaging narratives for print collateral, websites, social media and beyond! Explore ways to build on your existing resources through a multifaceted approach to defining messaging goals, organizing data-driven narratives, and opportunities for validator engagement. We will talk about opportunities to complement more traditional print collateral (like annual reports) and we’ll outline examples of tools and campaigns used throughout Harvard’s community-facing communications channels.


Kendra Butters, Harvard University @HarvardLocal

Kendra Butters

Kendra Butters is the Associate Director of Community Engagement Marketing for Harvard Public Affairs & Communications. In this role, she oversees marketing and outreach for Public Affairs including the Harvard Ed Portal in Allston and special initiatives across Boston, Cambridge, and Massachusetts. Kendra has worked in community engagement for Boston College and the Boston Foundation, and was also a Teach For America corps member in the Mississippi Delta. She holds an MBA from Boston College, Bachelor of Arts in journalism from Quinnipiac University, and a certificate in organizational behavior from the Harvard Extension School.

Morgan Harris, Harvard University @HarvardLocal

Morgan harris

As Associate Director of State Relations and Strategic Outreach, Morgan Harris manages engagement, partnerships, and initiatives that advance Harvard University’s educational mission in Massachusetts and beyond. Prior to Harvard, Morgan worked on Capitol Hill as an Aide to Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney of New York. She started her career in the district and Washington, DC offices of former Senator John Kerry. Morgan holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from The George Washington University and earned her JD from New England Law Boston.

The New Normal: Practitioners at the Center of Evidence Building

Big data, technology, tools, and an increased demand for evidence-based solutions are fueling a fundamental shift in how the social sector generates and embraces evidence in support of stronger communities. This presents a singular opportunity for funders and grantees to realign resources and reconfigure relationships to better support the community change they collectively seek. This workshop provides practitioners with a map of what’s next in evidence-building work. Utilizing case studies and scenario planning, Project Evident and nonprofit partners will take attendees on a tour of the future of evidence building, providing workshop attendees with a framework of the shifting ecosystem of evidence. Topics addressed include: the increase in demand and use of data, increasing access to tools, growing practitioner knowledge and learning, engaging stakeholders in shared vision and outcomes, reflecting theories of change and community values in evidence planning, and how policy impacts evidence.


Charles Carter, Project Evident

Charles Cutler

Charles Carter is a Senior Evidence Director with Project Evident. With more than 20 years experience working with low-income children and families, he approaches this work with equal parts curiosity, humility, passion, and humor, aiming to positively impact systems and organizations working on behalf of vulnerable populations. Previously, Charles was Deputy Director and Chief Strategy Officer at the Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University. He earned his master’s degree in Social Work from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and his Ph.D. in Social Work from Boston College.

Kemarah Sika, YW Boston @sikaofknowledge

Kemarah Sika

Kemarah Sika has over 15 years of experience developing curricula and programs for non-profits and schools. She also has a background in education, behavior change, and strategic planning. Prior to joining YW Boston, Kemarah was the Director of Academic Programs at St. Stephen’s Youth Programs. Kemarah joined YW Boston in 2017 and now sits on YW Boston’s leadership team and oversees services and programs. She led YW Boston through a recent strategic planning process and guided the evolution of InclusionBoston partnerships to include more robust data, refined curriculum, and stronger ongoing support.

David Leopold, College Bound Dorchester

David Leopold

David Leopold is the Director of Evaluation and Impact at College Bound Dorchester, a nonprofit focused on empowering gang-members as the solution to cycles of street violence and poverty. In this role, David oversees the research, evaluation, and learning strategies for the organization. Prior to his role at College Bound, David was the Postsecondary Success Director at uAspire, a nonprofit organization ensuring that all young people have the financial information and resources necessary to find an affordable path to and through college. David received a M.A. in Program Evaluation from Michigan State University.

Workshops: Session III

Beyond Diversity Numbers: How to Move Your Nonprofit and Board Toward Racial EquityBadge-YNP

Nonprofits often focus on increasing numbers of staff or board members of color, without considering deeper issues of racial equity and inclusion within organizations. As a result, they are faced with ongoing challenges with staff/board recruitment and retention of people of color within their organizations. Participants in this highly experiential workshop will increase their understanding of key concepts such as systemic racism, implicit bias, micro-aggression, and levels of racism at an individual, institutional/organizational, and structural/societal level; learn about racial equity assessment tools which can help your board and/or organizations take stock of its practices and identify areas of improvement; and use one of these tools to begin the process of assessing their board or organization around racial equity issues. Participants will interact through a series of exercises, including application of the dynamics of racial equity to nonprofit practices, using an evidence-based racial equity tool with a case study. As organizational change processes have shown to be most effective when teams learn together, staff/board members are encouraged to participate as a team.


Judy Freiwirth, Nonprofit Solutions Associates

Judy Freiwirth

Judy Freiwirth, Psy.D., is Principal of Nonprofit Solutions Associates. Nationally known, she has been a keynote speaker and trainer at international and national conferences and has been consulting and training for nonprofits for over 30 years. She is the New England Co-Regional Coordinator of the Alliance for Nonprofit Management, the national organization of capacity builders. She has published numerous articles for The Nonprofit Quarterly and is a contributing author for two published books. She serves on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Nonprofit Education and Leadership and holds a doctorate, specializing in organization development.

Curdina Hill, ClearWays Consulting and Coaching

Curdina Hill

Curdina Hill, Principal of ClearWays Consulting and Coaching is an organizational development consultant, and leadership and life coach. Her practice focuses on racial equity, strategic planning, program development, and the building of culturally proficient and agile leaders, organizations, and networks. She has consulted with national networks, coalitions, nonprofits, and public agencies committed to social justice and social change. She has also been a long-time community activist around issues of affordable housing, social, racial, and gender equity, and building communities for economic democracy. She received Community Change’s Drylongso Award in recognition for her contributions “in the struggle against racism.”

Creating an Investment Plan to Optimize Your Cash and Investment Returns

An investment policy is not just for nonprofits with endowments – it is an investment plan that ensures you are earning the appropriate return on your cash and investments. Project Place and Plum Street Advisors will co-present this interactive workshop using Project Place’s recent experience of thinking through the establishment of separate and distinct buckets for short-term operating funds, funds for medium-term/multi-year projects, and long-term sustaining funds. We’ll use a case study to discuss at what point your nonprofit should consider setting aside money for investment, how to segregate funds by use, tips on working with your board to establish investment and spending policies, and best practices in setting investment allocation based on the horizon for each investment bucket. As part of the case study, we will share slides from board deliberations, share concerns brought up in board discussions, and give practical thoughts on implementation. During the workshop, participants create a draft for an investment policy for their own organization, using a template that will be provided. We will discuss alternative approaches, along with their pros and cons.


David Dirks, Plum Street Advisors

David Dirks

David Dirks is a founding partner of Plum Street Advisors, a financial planning and investment management firm focused on nonprofits and individuals. Before launching Plum Street Advisors, David was Head of North America for Mellon Capital, a division of BNY Mellon, working with pension consultants, public and corporate pensions, endowments, and financial institutional clients. Previously, he was a consultant at McKinsey & Company. David has a degree in economics from Stanford University and an MBA from Northwestern University. David has served as chairman, treasurer, executive and finance committee member, and board member for several non-profit boards.

Alan Lehmann, Project Place

Alan Lehman

Alan Lehmann is Director of Finance and Social Enterprises at Project Place. Previously, Alan was VP of software development at Dealertrack. Prior to Dealertrack, at Fleet and several predecessor banks Alan served as SVP of Internet Strategy and Director in various consumer finance roles. As a CPA, Alan was a Partner at the accounting firm Adler Blanchard & Company and an accountant at Arthur Anderson. Alan holds his BA in accounting and an MBA from Boston University. Alan was on the Board of Directors at Project Place from 1992-2004 and 2009-15.

Demystifying Federal Grants

The U.S. government awarded $1.833 billion in grants to qualified nonprofits and institutions of higher education in 2018. Of the 98,799 grant recipients, approximately 1.0 million more received rejection notices. Is your organization ready to compete for future federal grants opportunities? Erase the complexity and confusion often associated with federal grants. Rather than relying on corporate or foundation giving, it may be time to seek out potential federal grants. The training objectives of this workshop are as follows: 1) Demystify the process of seeking federal grants for single awards of $50,000 to multi-year requests of $1.0 million or more, 2) Learn to carefully review federal opportunity announcements (FOAs) to understand what the government wants to fund, 3) Plan ahead for future publication of available federal grants through online resources, 4) Understand the process of preparing an average 40-page, single-spaced proposal narrative in less than 15 business days, and 5) Learn how peer reviewers score your proposal.


Diane Gedeon-Martin, The Write Source, LLC

Diane Gedeon-Martin

For over 28 years, Diane Gedeon-Martin has focused on grants and fund development for nonprofits. She launched her consulting firm, The Write Source, in 1993 that today boasts a roster of nearly 280 nonprofit clients in 26 states and Washington, DC. Diane is a popular speaker and trainer. For 14 years, she was as an adjunct faculty member of The Fund Raising School at Indiana University where she also co-developed the curriculum for their Grant Proposals course. Diane is an Association of Fundraising Professionals’ (AFP) certified Master Trainer that has reached over 20,000 people through her workshops and conference sessions.

How to Build a Website That Encourages Donations, Volunteerism, & ActionBadge-YNP

Web Presence with Purpose Workshop will cover how to build your platform, spread your message and encourage donations online. This interactive workshop will cover: 1) Understanding why people donate online, 2) Building a Platform, not a brochure (website), 3) Key components of a website, 4) Writing a website RFP, 5) Picking the correct technology, not the sales-pitch, 6) Nonprofit Branding: Design & Story that delivers your message, and 7) Making connections through Social Media.


Jim Fisk, Jantcu @jimafisk

jim Fisk

Jim Fisk has built custom software using JAMstack & Drupal for a variety of clients including the Alzheimer’s Association and the City of Boston. Jim led a session on building complex sites using static site generators at the New England Regional Developers Summit at UMass Amherst in March 2017. He also spoke at the United Nations in New York City in July 2016 about web flexibility. He contributes to Drupal core sprints and is a co-organizer of both the Boston Drupal meetup and Boston JAMstack meetup.

Stephanie Luz, Jantcu @saystephanienow

Stephanie Luz

Stephanie Luz is Jantcu’s UX expert responsible for leading the wireframing and design comp processes of the design phase. She was the lead organizer of the Hackathon to End Alzheimer’s which brought together tech talent from some of the northeast’s most prestigious companies. Stephanie presented at the New England Regional Developers Summit at UMass Amherst in March 2017 on how to leverage open source tools for better software development. She co-organizes the JAMstack Boston Meetup and maintain the social media for the Boston Drupal meetup.

Leadership When It Counts: How to Build a Culture of Learning When Your Results Are Negative

What do you do when evaluation results are negative or not what you expected? Leadership competence is critically important when there is temptation to hide, deemphasize or brush off poor results. How organizations respond to failure demonstrates their capacity for learning and improvement. This skill-building workshop shares strategies to foster a culture of learning and data utilization. The session is grounded in the growth mindset – the idea that failure is a learning opportunity and that with effort, reflection and intentional strategy, you can improve. We will discuss leadership strategies (e.g., leveraging evaluation planning) and tools (e.g., guiding evaluation philosophy) that can help us stay credible, creative and effective as leaders. The workshop will utilize a case study to demonstrate varying responses to failure. Participants will hear the case study of a nonprofit that received unexpected mixed results from an evaluation of its services. They will work in small groups to propose responses utilizing the strategies learned in the workshop.


Kara Bixby, WithInsight @withinsightMN

Kara Bixby

Kara Bixby is evaluation director at WithInsight, bringing expertise in program evaluation, data utilization and research. She is passionate about evaluation capacity building – helping others leverage the power of data to learn and improve. Kara has trained hundreds of nonprofits to strategically use data for continuous improvement. Her unique approach brings life to traditional evaluation tools like logic models and evaluation plans. Kara believes that when done well, evaluation can change systems to become equitable and effective. She has a Masters in Public Policy degree from the Humphrey School and has been training and coaching nonprofits for 10 years.

Learning to Love (or at Least Live with) Restricted Revenue

Who knew that accounting standard changes could be the source of cutting-edge strategies for fundraising? This session explores how the latest changes in accounting standards for revenue recognition can be used to develop more effective grant proposal narratives and budgets. Whether you are a CEO, development professional, CFO, board member, or accountant, this presentation will provide you with an understanding of new standards on revenue recognition and restricted revenue. Participants will look at examples of how to use those concepts to craft grant proposals that bring in the most flexible funding possible. Session will also include breakout sessions and report backs to assist in applying these new concepts.


Tim Warren, CliftonLarsonAllen LLP @CLA_Nonprofit

Tim Warren

Tim Warren has over 16 years of experience providing auditing, accounting, consulting, and tax services to nonprofit organizations including independent schools, housing, social service organizations, membership based-organizations, community-based organizations, foundations and arts/cultural organizations. Tim has extensive knowledge and experience with performing audits in accordance with Government Auditing Standards, Uniform Guidance and the Uniform Financial Statements. Tim has also assisted organizations on strategic implementation of new accounting standards including the new nonprofit reporting framework and revenue recognition.

Curtis Klotz, CliftonLarsonAllen LLP @CurtKlotz

Curtis Klotz

Curtis Klotz, CPA, serves as Director of Nonprofit Innovation at CLA. Curt shares inventive strategies for nonprofits that have emerged from more than 30 years of direct work in nonprofit organizations, including his former role as VP of Finance & CFO at Propel Nonprofits. Along with other stints as a nonprofit CFO, he is also past Chairperson of the Montana Nonprofit Association. Curt has contributed a number of articles to Nonprofit Quarterly and is the principal author of CLA’s Innovation in Nonprofit Finance blog. Curt was honored as Minneapolis/St Paul Business Journal’s Nonprofit CFO of the Year in 2017.

Media Advocacy for Nonprofits: The Art and Science of Influencing The PressBadge-YNP

Everyone knows how hard it is to get media coverage of your work. In this session, you’ll learn how to increase the chances of getting attention by practicing media advocacy, which is the art and science of influencing the press. In this workshop, you’ll learn how three nonprofits (one with a staff of four; one with a staff of 75; and one with a staff of over 300) employ media advocacy as a tactic to sell tickets, influence legislative policy, and gain media coverage.


Susan Ryan-Vollmar, Influence Consulting @srvollmar

Sysan Ryan-VollmarSusan Ryan-Vollmar is the principal of Influence Consulting, which brings public attention to social justice issues ranging from homelessness and sexual violence to the need for greater access to health care, the arts, and education. In 2016, The History Project honored her with its lifetime achievement “History Maker” award for her work at Bay Windows, when she led the paper’s coverage of marriage equality in Massachusetts, and for her work at the Boston Phoenix, when she oversaw the paper’s investigative reporting in 2000 and 2001 that exposed the abuse of children by priests taking place within the Boston Archdiocese.

Tax Update: How New Federal Tax Laws Impact Nonprofits

The IRS has issued new guidance related to the Federal Tax Cuts & Jobs Act’s (TCJA) widespread changes affecting charitable nonprofits. AAFCPAs’ partner Joyce Ripianzi, CPA and Tax Strategist Brittany Besler, CPA, JD, MBA will provide guidance on the impact on nonprofit operations and filing requirements, including: UBIT “siloing”, taxability of transportation benefits, and how changes influence donors.


Joyce Ripianzi, CPA, AAFCPAs @AAFCPA

Joyce Ripianzi

Joyce Ripianzi is a Partner in the Consulting Division of AAFCPAs and a member of the firm’s growing Managed Accounting Solutions practice, which provides “right-size” outsourced accounting solutions, from cloud-based bookkeeping to CFO deliverables, designed to optimize the effectiveness of the modern finance function. Joyce has 30+ years of diverse experience in public accounting at national and regional CPA and consulting firms. She is also a former CFO of a technology networks integration firm.

Brittany Besler, CPA, JD, MBA, AAFCPAs @AAFCPA

Brittany Besler

Brittany Besler is an in-house Tax Strategist at AAFCPAs. She possesses a unique combination of tax, legal, and business backgrounds. She provides tax planning, research, and compliance solutions for corporations, partnerships, nonprofits, individuals, estates & trusts. She advises newly-formed and well-established nonprofit clients on meeting compliance requirements of various government agencies, including the IRS rules on fundraising and political activities.

The New Massachusetts Paid Family & Medical Leave Law: Are You Ready?Badge-YNP

This workshop will take a deep dive look into the newly-enacted Massachusetts Paid Family and Medical Leave Law (PFML) which will have become effective October 1, 2019. The PFML provides up to 26 weeks of paid family and/or medical leave per year for employees, former employees, and, in some cases independent contractors, working for employers. The PFML applies to all Massachusetts employers, with limited exceptions, and there are many compliance requirements employers of all sizes need to be aware of, including mandatory communications with employees and independent contractors whom employers hire. While employees and independent contractors are not eligible to take leave until 2021, the PFML implementation is phased-in and employers will learn what has to be done when in order to comply. The workshop will also examine the interaction between the PFML and existing leave laws, including the federal FMLA, that employers are subject to and discuss how to manage the intersecting leaves. Additionally, the workshop will discuss the integration of the PFML into existing employer policies and when employer-provided leave may run concurrently with the 26-week PFML paid leave entitlement. The latest guidance from the newly-formed Department of Family and Medical Leave will also be discussed.


Nan ONeill, Murphy, Hesse, Toomey & Lehane, LLP @MHTL_Law

Nan ONeillNan ONeill has 30 years of experience counseling and representing employers in all aspects of labor and traditional employment law. She litigates employment-related disputes, including discrimination, reasonable accommodation, sexual harassment and wrongful termination matters. Nan also counsels clients on a day-to-day basis on employment compliance issues. Nan frequently conducts manager training sessions on topical legal issues such as harassment, reasonable accommodation, state and federal family and medical leave laws. Nan is often called upon to conduct internal investigations including complaints of harassment, discrimination and ethical violations. Nan is a graduate of the Georgetown University Law Center and Boston College.

Transforming Your Nonprofit Through Effective Advocacy: An Interactive Case StudyBadge-YNP

Effective advocacy can transform a nonprofit, its capacity, and even the landscape in which it operates. This interactive workshop will help you identify how effective advocacy and engagement in public policy can support your organization’s current mission. Using the case-study method made famous by the Harvard Kennedy School (HKS) and Harvard Business School (HBS), we will explore the recent passage of legislation that overturned a long-standing welfare policy. Led by a lobbyist with over 25 years of experience advocating for nonprofits and a successful nonprofit manager with experience ranging from the Clinton White House to the Boston Bar Foundation, participants will practice developing effective messaging, securing media attention, building coalitions, and crafting winning advocacy campaigns. After participants try their hand at how they would advance the case and present their own advocacy model, we will go through the actual events of the case, distilling knowledge for participants to use in their own advocacy decision making. Participants will come away with a better understanding of both the legislative process and the importance of messaging, engagement, and persuasion in obtaining their organization’s goals in the State House and beyond.


Charles Glick, Charles Group Consulting @CharlesGroup

Charles Glick

Charles Glick is a seasoned lobbyist with over twenty years of experience in advocacy, politics and community relations. He has successfully lobbied on some of the most controversial issues facing Massachusetts. Prior to forming Charles Group Consulting in 2001, Charles served as Director of Government Affairs for the Jewish Community Relations Council of Boston. Through CGC, he has helped his clients secure millions of dollars in public funding and pass groundbreaking legislation. He holds an MPP from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard, a Masters in Communal Service from Brandeis University, and a B.A. in Political Science from UCLA.

Kate Worrall, Charles Group Consulting @KateSaville

Kate Worrall

Kate Worrall serves as CGC’s Vice President. She joined the CGC team in 2012, and brought to the position a diverse background in grassroots and direct lobbying at the state and federal level, law, public policy, and public relations. Together, she and Charles provide strategic, government affairs advice to clients and organize fundraising events to promote the valuable services that they provide to underserved populations. Kate also assists with developing new business prospects, managing budgets, maintaining social media, and organizing marketing efforts. Before joining CGC, Kate served as Legislative Assistant and Membership Coordinator for the American Council on International Personnel (ACIP), a federal trade association focusing on education and advocacy around business immigration issues.

Georgia Katsoulomitis, Massachusetts Law Reform Institute @MassLawReform

Georgia Katsoulomitis

Georgia Katsoulomitis joined MLRI as Executive Director in March 2011. She is an attorney with diverse experience in nonprofit management, strategic communications and public policy. Her policy interests include structural and intergenerational poverty and cross sector antipoverty initiatives. Georgia served in the Clinton Administration as a Special Assistant to U.S. Labor Secretaries Robert B. Reich and Alexis Herman and a Vice President at Robinson Lerer and Montgomery. Upon returning to her native state of Massachusetts, she served as the Managing Director of the Boston Bar Foundation and as the Interim Executive Director of the Fair Housing Center of Greater Boston.