The Nonprofit Management Institute 2009

Shaping Effective Organizations During Tough Times

October 6-7, 2009
Frances C. Arrillaga Alumni Center, McCaw Hall
326 Galvez St.
Stanford, CA



2009 Nonprofit Management Institute
The Nonprofit Management Institute's presenters are leaders in the field of social change: academics known for their work at Stanford and at other renowned universities and practitioners who share their insights and experiences from successes in the field. The Institute also offers many opportunities for networking, including small group activities, receptions, and group lunches with affinity table seating. We aim for participants to leave energized, brimming with ideas for their organizations, and with a long list of new contacts.

The Nonprofit Management Institute is for senior-level nonprofit executives including CEOs, executive directors, board members, and others with significant leadership responsibilities. Sessions are for leaders at all types and sizes of organizations, domestic or international. In 2013, attendees came from 30 states and 8 countries. About 15% of participants are funders. Every year the Nonprofit Management Institute features an all-new program; so many attendees come again and again.

2009 Program Overview
We designed this year’s conference, “Shaping Effective Organizations During Tough Times,” to offer you innovative ideas for structuring and growing your organization during today’s economic challenges. The sessions—conducted by academic experts and leading practitioners in nonprofit management—are meant to give you big, provocative new ideas as well as practical tools you can put into effect right away.

These two days are also a great time for you to meet and learn from other nonprofit executives facing similar challenges. You and your fellow attendees bring an amazing breadth of knowledge and experience, representing large and small nonprofits from around the world; we’ve allowed plenty of time for networking. This institute is our largest ever, with more than 280 executives registered.

2009 Nonprofit Management Institute

2009 Sessions

Switch: How to Change Things When Change is Hard
Chip Heath, Thrive Foundation for Youth Professor of Organizational Behavior, Stanford Graduate School of Business

New Paths to Social Innovation
Kriss Deiglmeier, Executive Director, Center for Social Innovation, Stanford Graduate School of Business

Ten Nonprofit Funding Models
William Foster, Partner and Head of Boston Office, Bridgespan Group

Leading the New Volunteer Workforce
Robert T. Grimm Jr., Director, Research and Policy Development, Senior Counselor to the CEO, Corporation for National and Community Service
Susannah Washburn, Senior Advisor, Corporation for National and Community Service


Market Rebels: How Activists Make or Break Radical Innovations
Hayagreeva Rao, Atholl McBean Professor of Organizational Behavior and Human Resources, Stanford Graduate School of Business

Partnering in Tough Times: Strategic Restructuring for Nonprofit Organizations
David La Piana, Founder and President, La Piana Consulting

Beyond 2009: Emerging Trends in Philanthropy in an Era of Economic Dislocation
Peter deCourcy Hero, Vice President for Development and Alumni Relations, California Institute of Technology

Social Change with a Network Mindset
Heather McLeod Grant, Consultant, Monitor Institute


What Your Conference Fee Also Includes

  •     Two full days of sessions and networking
  •     A list of conference attendees with contact information
  •     A folder with the presentations and other useful information
  •     A post-conference website for additional resources
  •     Optional add-on intensives the morning after the conference ends (additional fee)
  •     For AFP members, attendance qualifies for CFRE credits
  •     Free internet service at conference center and access to business center
  •     Free shuttle from the conference hotel to the conference location
  •     Opportunities to buy books written by speakers
  •     Certificates of completion at the end of the conference
  •     You will also enjoy delicious, primarily organic and locally grown food:
    • Welcoming poolside reception at the Sheraton hotel the night before the conference opens
    • Networking reception in Ford Gardens at the conference center after the first day
    • Breakfast both conference days
    • Delicious lunches in the outside garden
    • Coffee and refeshments at the end of the conference


What Past Attendees Are Saying About Nonprofit Management Institute

“This conference is unique in providing tools and a platform to be more strategic, deliberate, and innovative in moving our organizations forward in this new social economy. This isn't the conference that simply gets you on the emotional “change the world with these few steps” ride. Instead, this conference deepens our knowledge, our work and provides resources that have the potential of leaving a lasting footprint on our communities.”

“This conference celebrated thought leadership and enabled me to think globally and strategically. Thank you!”

“Caliber of speakers is outstanding and relevancy cannot be matched by any other conference.”

“Astonishing level of correlation/relevance to our world and to our opportunities. A very interesting mix of academia/field expertise. Mostly excellent presenters both in content and presentation. And lastly—good hosts and perfect location.”

“This institute consistently delivers high quality speakers, timely topics, research-based methodologies, and thoughtful hospitality. What I find most compelling about this program are the profound questions it generates for leaders, organizations and the nonprofit sector. Thank you so much for investing in nonprofit leadership development so intentionally.”

“This was my first time to attend. Will be sending staff and partners in the future!”

“Overall, this was one of the best professional development events I have ever attended. Many of the ideas presented at the Institute will probably be discussed by our senior staff or board. I am going to recommend our CEO or Chief Development Officer attend next year. Go Cardinal!”

“Conference is a great resource—gets you thinking, exposes attendees to new ideas, speakers and sparks creativity.”

“Loved participating in this conference. Overall, the topics were quite relevant to my work and I'm excited about having a new set of tools as I take in new work in 2012. Topics that weren't directly related were also very interesting and expanded my thinking on a personal level. This is just what I needed at this point in my career and left me wanting more!”



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