The Nonprofit Management Institute 2011

Partnering for Impact

September 27-29, 2011
Frances C. Arrillaga Alumni Center, McCaw Hall
326 Galvez St.
Stanford, CA



2011 Nonprofit Management Institute
For the sixth consecutive year, nonprofit leaders from across the US and the world came to the Stanford campus to attend the Nonprofit Management Institute. The theme “Pioneering Change in Our Networked World” provided a lens for two full days of sessions aimed at supporting the important work nonprofit leaders do to run their organizations and achieve impact in today's quickly evolving operating environment.

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.

2011 Program Overview
The economy is still struggling. Financial pressure on nonprofits continues to grow as funding sources are squeezed. Giving has not yet rebounded, and government is slashing nonprofit support as it is forced to deal with skyrocketing deficits. Ironically, at the same time as funding sources are shrinking, the demands placed on nonprofits to increase their services are expanding.  

What’s a nonprofit to do?  Many are finding opportunities by looking internally and using existing resources and competencies in new ways. Nonprofits are also looking externally to reassess funding options and create new cross-sector relationships.

Identifying these internal and external areas of opportunity for nonprofits, the Nonprofit Management Institute has developed a 2011 program under the broad umbrella “Partnering for Impact.”  Sessions developed specifically for nonprofit leaders will include:
•Improving communication and persuasion skills
•Capturing and sharing organizational learning
•Developing a framework to integrate financial and social impact
•Building the right funding model
•Creating a volunteerism model for long-term social impact
•Working across sectors in new ways
•Measuring impact across organizations and sectors

2011 Nonprofit Management Institute

2011 Sessions

Communication & the Art of Persuasion
Francis Flynn, Professor of Organizational Behavior, Stanford Graduate School of Business

Organizational Learning for Nonprofits
Kate Smith Milway, Partner and Head of Knowledge, Bridgespan Group 


Breakthroughs in Shared Measurement
Fay Hanleybrown, Managing Director, FSG
Jennifer Splansky, Senior Consultant, FSG


The Civic Impact of Youth Volunteerism: The Curious Contrast Between Freedom Summer and Teach for America  
Doug McAdam, Professor of Sociology, Stanford University


Understanding and Adjusting Your Business Model
Jan Masaoka, Editor-in-Chief, Blue Avocado 


Building the Right Funding Model for Your Organization
Peter Kim, Manager, The Bridgespan Group 
Jacquelyn Hadley, Partner, The Bridgespan Group


Working Across Disciplines & Sectors to Solve Social Problems
Barton H. Thompson, Jr., Director, Woods Institute for the Environment, and Professor in Natural Resources Law, Stanford Law School


Partnering for Scale & Impact
Melissa Bradley, Chief Executive Officer, Tides


Photos and Coverage


Attendees respond to a question posed by the speaker during one of the presentations.


Some attendees discuss conference topics with one of the speakers.


Read Melissa Bradley's blog post about the conference here.

A blog post by Volunteer Match about the conference.


What Past Attendees Liked

“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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