The Nonprofit Management Institute 2014

Scaling for Social Impact

September 9-10, 2014
Frances C. Arrillaga Alumni Center
326 Galvez St.
Stanford, CA


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2014 Conference Overview

Scaling for Social Impact
Scaling is one of today’s hottest nonprofit topics. We hear about it from our boards, from our funders, in the media, and we are pressured to do it. But what does scaling really mean for your organization? How do you know you’re ready to scale and your approach is the right one? How do you know you’re extending the reach of your mission rather than confusing increased size for increased impact?

At the Nonprofit Management Institute, we will break through the jargon and help you understand what scaling means for your organization. We do this by bringing in thought leaders—academics, practitioners, and consultants—who talk about scaling from various contexts and perspectives. You’ll learn both from presenters and from your colleagues in the room who come from a rich community of nonprofits from across the US and the world. Your two days at the conference are filled with learning and interaction—at sessions, during meals, breaks, and receptions.  You’ll be able to craft and test out ideas about how your organization can scale.

When you leave the conference you’ll think about scaling in a new way. You will feel prepared to lead the scaling conversation at your organization and choose the scaling options that best fit your mission. Topics that will be covered include:

  • Seizing opportunities more quickly, effectively, and at a lower cost through rapid innovation
  • Developing leadership competencies that support innovation and growth
  • Building organizations that have the capacity to scale
  • Using networks and building movements to grow your organization
  • Engaging with government as a powerful tool for supporting scale
  • Identifying the right strategies for scaling impact at a transformative level

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.

Find SSIR articles, blog posts, podcasts, and webinars on nonprofit management and transformative scale.




Tuesday, September 9

8:00-9:00 a.m.

Check-in and Breakfast

9:00-9:15 a.m.


9:15-10:30 a.m.

Achieving Transformative Scale: Nine Emerging Pathways

Jeff Bradach, cofounder and managing partner, The Bridgespan Group, Twitter: @JeffBradach

10:30-10:45 a.m.


10:45 a.m.-12:00 noon

Building Networks and Movements to Scale Impact

Heather McLeod Grant, founder, McLeod-Grant Advisors, Twitter: @hmcgrant

Lateefah Simon, program director, Rosenberg Foundation

Abdi Soltani, executive director, ACLU of Northern California, Twitter: @AbdiSoltani; @ACLU_NorCal

12:00-1:15 p.m.


1:15-3:00 p.m.

Design Thinking and Rapid Innovation

David Viotti, founder and CEO, SMALLIFY; faculty, Executive Leadership Program, University of California, Berkeley’s Haas School of Business, Twitter: @SMALLIFYit

3:00-3:15 p.m.


3:15-4:30 p.m.

Scaling Up Excellence

Robert I. Sutton, professor of management science and engineering, School of Engineering; professor of organizational behavior (by courtesy), Graduate School of Business, Stanford University, Twitter: @work_matters

4:30-6:00 p.m.


Wednesday, September 10

8:00-9:00 a.m.


9:00-10:15 a.m.

Innovators Before Innovation

Lisa Kay Solomon, founder, Innovation Studio; adjunct professor of design strategy, California College of the Arts,                   Twitter: @lisakaysolomon

10:15-10:30 a.m.


10:30-11:45 a.m.

Making “What Works” Work for More People: Lessons in Scale from the Social Innovation Fund

Michael D. Smith, director, Social Innovation Fund, Corporation for National and Community Service, Twitter: @msmithdc ; @SIFund

Bob Giannino, chief executive officer, uAspire,                      Twitter: @uAspireCEO

Lois Loofbourrow, founder, Breakthrough Collaborative,                 Twitter: @BreakthroughYes; @BreakthroughCo

11:45 a.m.-1:00 p.m.


1:00-2:30 p.m.

Collective Impact: Achieving Results at Scale

Lalitha Vaidyanathan, managing director, FSG

Jennifer Splansky Juster, director, FSG – Collective Impact Forum Twitter: @jensplan ; @ciforumtweets

2:30-2:45 p.m.


2:45-4:00 p.m.

Development of the World’s Largest Prehospital System: Scaling Lessons from Stanford

S. V. Mahadevan, associate professor of surgery/emergency medicine, director, Stanford Emergency Medicine International

4:00-4:15 p.m.

Closing remarks

4:15-5:00 p.m.

Cookies and Coffee


Sessions—Complete List

Format: All sessions are held in McCaw Hall and there are no breakout sessions. Most sessions include interactive exercises in small groups. To facilitate networking, attendees have the option to sit by affinity groups of various types over the course of the two days.

Achieving Transformative Scale: Nine Emerging Pathways
Jeff Bradach, cofounder and managing partner, The Bridgespan Group

A select group of social sector leaders are no longer satisfied with simply “scaling what works” in an incremental manner. These pioneers have begun to tackle a more fundamental question: How can we grow our impact to actually solve the problems we care about? Or, how can we achieve transformative scale? Jeff Bradach has written extensively on transformative scale in Stanford Social Innovation Review. His presentation will bring real-world examples of nonprofits that have successfully scaled up social impact by utilizing existing distribution pathways, employing technology, strengthening their fields, lobbying for policy changes, and more.

Development of the World’s Largest Prehospital System: Scaling Lessons from Stanford
S. V. Mahadevan, associate professor of emergency medicine/surgery, Stanford University School of Medicine; founder and director, Stanford Emergency Medicine International (SEMI)

In 2005, the GVK Emergency Management and Research Institute (EMRI) inaugurated India’s first centralized (911-like) prehospital care system.  In just nine years, this public-private partnership has grown into the largest provider of emergency medical services in the entire world, serving over 750 million people. Mahadevan will discuss GVK EMRI’s partnership with Stanford School of Medicine, and their successes and failures in addressing education, research, and systems development through novel scaling methodologies. Organizations of all types can benefit from the lessons Mahadevan has learned about scaling through this partnership.

Building Networks and Movements to Scale Impact
Heather McLeod Grant, founder, McLeod-Grant Advisors
Lateefah Simon, program director, Rosenberg Foundation
Abdi Soltani, e
xecutive director, ACLU of Northern California

The leadership of legacy nonprofit organizations is transferring from Baby Boomers to ethnically diverse GenXers with new perspectives on how to lead the field. There is also a growing recognition that new tactics, tools, and strategies are needed to strengthen a sector that is still invested in “analog” and “siloed” ways of working—especially at a time when loosely organized individuals can wield as much influence as established nonprofits. This session will draw upon a recent book, Pioneers in Justice: Building Networks and Movements for Social Change by Heather McLeod Grant, commissioned by the Levi Strauss Foundation, to share stories of their grantees working in new ways. The discussion will touch upon how nonprofits can transform their work by: embracing social media; developing shared leadership; catalyzing organizational change; building networks; and sparking larger social movements. McLeod Grant will be joined by Lateefah Simon, one of the Pioneers who has embraced these “2.0” ways of working, and by Abdi Soltani, the executive director of ACLU of Northern California. All attendees will receive a complimentary copy of Pioneers in Justice.

Making “What Works” Work for More People: Lessons in Scale from the Social Innovation Fund
Michael D. Smith, director, Social Innovation Fund, Corporation for National and Community Service
Bob Giannino, chief executive officer, uAspire
Lois Loofbourrow, founder, Breakthrough Collaborative

Michael Smith will discuss the promise, progress, and pitfalls of this groundbreaking public-private partnership, leading participants in a discussion of what it takes to partner with the government to scale innovative, effective solutions. Since its launch in 2009, the Social Innovation Fund (SIF) and its partners have invested more than a half billion dollars in community solutions. This year the SIF also launched a Pay for Success grant competition designed to assess and strengthen the pipeline of cities, states, and nonprofits prepared to leverage this new social financing approach. SIF has found that the road to results has not been without the occasional bump or setback but the experiment is deep and the lessons robust. The session, which will also feature nonprofit executives who have partnered with the government to scale, will be candid, interactive, and designed to help participants learn about these government partnership opportunities.

Innovators Before Innovation
Lisa Kay Solomon, founder, Innovation Studio; adjunct professor of design strategy, California College of the Arts

Truly innovative companies—companies that can adapt and grow in concert with changing customer needs and dynamic market forces—require a new way to think about leadership.  In this model, the “C-Suite”  is not a specific title or reserved for the elite club at the top, but rather describes a new set of practices found in daily work of contributors in all layers of an organization. Drawing on her research from her bestselling book, Moments of Impact that Accelerate Change, Lisa Kay Solomon will discuss the importance of curiosity, collaboration, critique, creation, and courage as the new leadership competencies required to support successful innovation and cultures of possibility. Through a highly dynamic, interactive talk, Solomon will demonstrate that these skills are personal and immediately applicable to your work.

Scaling Up Excellence
Robert I. Sutton, professor of management science and engineering, School of Engineering; professor of organizational behavior (by courtesy), Graduate School of Business, Stanford University

The social sector is not exceptional—Scaling is the biggest organizational challenge that senior leaders across industries face. Research of Stanford professor Robert Sutton shows that successful scaling isn’t about creating as big of a footprint as fast as possible. Rather, it requires spreading a shared mindset that guides how people think and act. Cases of fast and exceptional scaling have one thing in common: Teams slow down at key junctures to think about what they are doing and why in order to move faster later. Sutton will expand on Scaling Up Excellence, his recent book coauthored with Stanford colleague Huggy Rao, by using real-world case studies of organizations that have scaled successfully, those that have foundered, and why.

Design Thinking and Rapid Innovation
David Viotti, founder and CEO, SMALLIFY; faculty, Executive Leadership Program, University of California, Berkeley’s Haas School of Business

Sparked by the emergence of design thinking and lean start-up practices, rapid and experimental innovation is a proven method that has come into increasing and practical use in the social entrepreneurship setting as well as the intrapreneurship culture of organizations across the sectors. Fear less, say yes, make stuff, and bet small in this two-hour, high-energy, hands-on immersion in design thinking and rapid innovation brought to you by Viotti, founder of SMALLIFY ( Learn how to adopt a growth mindset, make big problems smaller, use small bets to move insights into action, and master essential innovation mindsets, skills, and tools to accelerate your impact.

Collective Impact: Achieving Results at Scale
Lalitha Vaidyanathan, managing director, FSG
Jennifer Splansky Juster, director, FSG – Collective Impact Forum

Since the initial publication of “Collective Impact” in Stanford Social Innovation Review (Winter 2011), collective impact has gained tremendous momentum as a disciplined, cross-sector approach to addressing social and environmental problems at scale. While the idea of collective impact is not new, the original article and subsequent publications have created a framework and language that has resonated deeply with practitioners frustrated with existing approaches to change. During this session, we will explore the elements that make collective impact unique from other forms of collaboration. We will touch on the five conditions of collective impact and discuss the mindset shifts required to work in this approach. We also will explore how these initiatives are structured to allow for both rigor and flexibility and the unique leadership skills that lend themselves to successful implementation. This session will focus in particular on the role of nonprofit organizations in the collective impact process. Participants will have an opportunity to engage with their peers to discuss how the concepts apply to their own work.


Post-Conference Intensive Sessions (Optional, Additional Fee)

These optional, intensive training sessions may be added to your registration for the two-day conference.

Session 1: Three Core Components for Driving Greater Impact and Raising More Money
Date: Thursday, September, 11

Successful nonprofit leaders know the secret to raising funds from major donors and foundations starts with taking the time to craft the core components of your organization that drive greater impact. Three components that often get overlooked or hastily constructed are:

  1. A well-articulated theory of change or logic model with clear performance metrics for creating change in the world.
  2. A business model that will sustain development and growth of a nonprofit’s impact over time.
  3. The leadership and cultural dispositions required to create these core components and fuel their implementation.

In this workshop, participants will learn about the importance, purpose, and key elements of a compelling theory of change, clear performance metrics, and strong business model as well as the leadership and culture required to bring them to life. They will be introduced to tools and processes for developing their own, alongside great examples from successful nonprofits to inspire and inform their own work. The session will be an interactive learning session with lots of peer engagement. By the end of the session, participants will have greater knowledge of how to deepen their organization’s theory of change and business model to drive greater impact in their organizations and more effectively make the case to major donors and foundations.

Alexa Culwell is the founder and managing director of Philanthropy Futures, a strategic advisory that works alongside philanthropic leaders to create social impact in our world.  Culwell is also a visiting practitioner at Stanford University’s Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society.  From 1992-2005, she served as the CEO of the Charles and Helen Schwab Foundation and from 2006-2010 as CEO of the Stupski Foundation. Culwell is a partner of Silicon Valley Social Venture Fund, a senior fellow of the American Leadership Forum Silicon Valley, and a past trustee and current advisory board member of the Center for Effective Philanthropy.

Mara Williams Low is program director of Sobrato Family Foundation, where she is responsible for Nonprofit Center programming, the Nonprofit Sustainability Initiative as well as the operational aspects of the foundation. Prior to her current position, Williams Low was program officer and managed the application and selection process for Nonprofit Center tenants. Before joining SFF in 2006, she served three years as grants administrator at The Valley Foundation. From 1998 to 2005, Williams Low served as associate director of Adage School of Performing Arts, a dance school and pre-professional company. She holds a bachelor's degree in English from University of California, Berkeley.

Session 2: Write to Change the World – The OpEd Project
Thursday, September, 11

This highly interactive six-hour seminar will challenge you to think more carefully and more expansively about your knowledge and experience, and why it matters. We will explore the source of credibility; the patterns and elements of powerful evidence-based argument; the difference between being “right” and being effective; how to preach beyond the choir; and how think bigger—so that we can have greater influence and value in the world.  You will emerge with a powerful argument for an idea or cause you believe in and a network of high-level mentors. This seminar is about empowering you to find your voice and make a case for the ideas and causes you believe in—whether in print, online, on TV, before your board of directors, to potential funders or investors, or on the steps of Congress. And it is about the collective difference we can all make by doing so. All participants will have one year of ongoing access to our national network of high-level Mentor-Editors.

The session will be led by an OpEd Project senior facilitator. The OpEd Project is social venture founded to increase the range of voices and quality of ideas we hear in the world.  The OpEd Project envisions a world in which the best ideas—regardless of where or whom they come from—will have a chance to be heard and shape society and the world.


Speaker Bios

Jeff Bradach, cofounder and managing partner, The Bridgespan Groupm, Twitter: @JeffBradach

Jeff Bradach is cofounder and managing partner of The Bridgespan Group, a nonprofit advisor and resource for mission-driven organizations and philanthropists. Bradach leads the development of the organization and its knowledge strategy. In this role, he works personally on a variety of nonprofit client and foundation engagements, focusing on issues of strategy and scale. Bradach also writes, teaches and speaks extensively on topics relating to nonprofit strategy, business planning, and philanthropy. He is a graduate of Stanford University, elected Phi Beta Kappa, and completed his master's in sociology and PhD in organizational behavior at Harvard University. He serves on several nonprofit boards, including the board of directors for Independent Sector.  Bradach has written on scale extensively in Stanford Social Innovation Review, most recently in SSIR x Bridgespan: Achieving Transformative Scale.

Bob Giannino, CEO, uAspire, Twitter: @uAspireCEO

Bob Giannino, the first in his family to attend college and a graduate of Harvard College, is CEO of uAspire, a national leader in providing college affordability services to young people and families. uAspire has local operations in four cities in Massachusetts, Miami, and the San Francisco Bay Area and training partnerships reaching 26 states. This year, uAspire will reach more than 75,000 young people through direct service work—on the ground and virtually—and partnerships with local, regional and national non-profit organizations, school districts and charter management organizations. uAspire has received the National College Access Network’s Excellence Award, was recognized by Opportunity Knocks as one of the nation’s “Best Non-Profits to Work For” and was named a Social Innovator by Root Cause.

Lois Loofbourrow, founder, Breakthrough Collaborative, Twitter: @BreakthroughYes ; @BreakthroughCo

Lois Loofbourrow helped conceive and open the first Breakthrough program called SummerBridge at San Francisco University high school in 1977. SummerBridge aimed at assisting motivated inner-city middle school students to enter and thrive in college preparatory high school programs. The program helped over 92% of our students matriculate at four year colleges and universities. In 1987, with strong statistics, the programs started to informally replicate; the Breakthrough Collaborative officially began in 1989. When Loofbourrow left in 1995, there were programs in 35 cities across the United States and a program in Hong Kong. Breakthrough (SummerBridge) participated in a study about going to scale at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University in the early nineties and became one of the first grantees of the emerging Teach for America program during its launch of Summer of Service. After stints with YouthBuild USA and the Beaumont Foundation, Loofbourrow returned to Breakthrough Collaborative as a part-time consultant in 2006.

S. V. Mahadevan, associate professor of emergency medicine/surgery, Stanford University School of Medicine; founder and director, Stanford Emergency Medicine International (SEMI)

As director of SEMI, S. V. Mahadevan works to advance global emergency medical care through systems development, infrastructure expansion, and educational innovations. Mahadevan was instrumental in setting up India’s first international paramedic training institute, India’s first prehospital research center, Nepal’s first Emergency Medical Services system, India’s first guidelines for prehospital care, and Cambodia’s first emergency medicine strengthening program. He is lead editor of the textbook, An Introduction to Clinical Emergency Medicine, which was awarded the 2006 American Medical Writer’s Association Award as the top medical textbook in the United States for all specialties. Mahadevan has an MD from the UCLA School of Medicine (1992), completed residency training at UCLA/UCLA-Olive View Emergency Medicine Residency (1996), and has been at Stanford since 1999.

Heather McLeod Grant, founder, McLeod-Grant Advisors, Twitter: @hmcgrant

Heather McLeod Grant is founder of McLeod-Grant Advisors; she’s a consultant, advisor, speaker, trainer, and entrepreneur with more than 20 years’ experience in the social sector. Her current work focuses on creating transformative leadership and networks for social change. McLeod Grant is helping launch several new leadership programs: the Irvine New Leadership Network (in the San Joaquin Valley of CA) and Catalyst Corps, a network of high-impact board leaders. She is also currently helping facilitate several issue-based networks in California: the iZone Silicon Valley, Housing California, and writing case studies of the Pioneers in Justice leadership network (Levi Strauss Foundation). She is the coauthor of Forces for Good: The Six Practices of High-Impact Nonprofits, and numerous other articles. Formerly she worked at McKinsey and Monitor Institute. McLeod Grant holds an MBA from Stanford and an AB from Harvard.  She is a frequent contributor to Stanford Social Innovation Review, including a recent series on Social Innovation at Scale

Lateefah Simon, program director, Rosenberg Foundation

A longtime advocate for low-income young women and girls and for juvenile and criminal justice reform, Lateefah Simon is program director at the Rosenberg Foundation. At the age of 19, Simon was appointed executive director of the Center for Young Women’s Development. After an 11-year tenure, Simon then led the creation of San Francisco’s first reentry services division. She has also served as executive director of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights of the San Francisco Bay Area, which works to champion the legal rights of people of color, poor people, immigrants, and refugees. An avid speaker, Simon lectures across the country. She has received numerous awards for her efforts including the MacArthur “Genius” Fellowship, inclusion in O, The Oprah Magazine’s first-ever “Power List,” Ford Foundation’s Leadership for A Changing World, and the New Frontier Award from the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library. She also was a winter 2014 Social Entrepreneurs-in-Residence (SEERS) Fellow at Stanford University.

Michael D. Smith, director, Social Innovation Fund, Corporation for National and Community Service, Twitter: @msmithdc ; @SIFund

Michael Smith is director of the Social Innovation Fund, a key White House initiative and program of the Corporation for National and Community Service that combines federal and private investment to help scale and replicate evidence-based solutions to complex social challenges. Before joining the Obama Administration, Smith served as senior vice president of social innovation at the Case Foundation, where he oversaw the foundation's giving and program strategy. In this role Smith guided numerous sector-building initiatives, such as America’s Giving Challenge, Be Fearless. and the Make It Your Own Awards. Previously, Smith helped build national initiatives aimed at bridging the “digital divide” at the Beaumont Foundation of America and PowerUP. Smith has served as a senior program and communications staff member at a Massachusetts Boys & Girls Club, was an aide to US Congressman Richard E. Neal, and has a BA in Communications from Marymount University.

Lisa Solomon, founder, Innovation Studio; adjunct professor of design strategy, California College of the Arts, Twitter: @lisakaysolomon

Innovation strategist Lisa Kay Solomon works with leaders to solve their high-stakes issues with new frameworks and practices. Her method helps leaders not only address today’s most vexing business challenges but also accelerate progress on their greatest opportunities. Solomon has worked with executive teams at ING Andreessen Horowitz, Nestle, and PBS, along with the Packard Foundation, REDF, and K12 education institutions. She teaches innovation at California College of the Arts’ design strategy MBA program. Solomon recently coauthored the Wall Street Journal bestseller, Moments of Impact: How to Design Strategic Conversations that Accelerate Change. She earned a bachelor’s degree from Cornell University and an MBA from New York University-Stern School of Business.

Abdi Soltani, executive director, ACLU of Northern California, Twitter: @AbdiSoltani ; @ACLU_NorCal

Abdi Soltani has served as the executive director of the ACLU of Northern California since April 2009. During that time, the ACLU-NC has led advocacy efforts on a range of civil liberties issues, including criminal justice, student free speech, immigrants’ rights, and surveillance. As part of the Levi Strauss Foundation Pioneer in Justice program, Soltani has focused on bilingual outreach and social media as key steps toward building a multiracial, intergenerational constituency. Soltani majored in biology at Stanford University and was awarded the John Gardner Public Service Fellowship in 1995, through which he began his work as a community organizer. His time in graduate school was limited to two weeks in the Executive Program for Nonprofit Leaders at Stanford Graduate School of Business.

Jennifer Splansky Juster, director, FSG – Collective Impact Forum, Twitter: @jensplan ; @ciforumtweets

Jennifer Splansky Juster is a director in FSG’s San Francisco office and the director of the Collective Impact Forum. Over the course of her career, Splansky Juster has worked with a range of foundations, nonprofits, government agencies, and corporations across sectors on issues of strategy, evaluation, and program design. She is one of FSG’s leaders in collective impact field building and leads the Collective Impact Forum—a partnership between FSG and the Aspen Institute Forum for Community Solutions to advance the practice of collective impact. She has worked with several communities launching collective impact efforts, designed multiple national conferences for collective impact practitioners, and frequently blogs and speaks on the topic. Splansky Juster holds a bachelor’s degree in human biology from Stanford University and an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management.

Robert I. Sutton, professor of management science and engineering, School of Engineering; professor of organizational behavior (by courtesy), Graduate School of Business, Stanford University, Twitter: @work_matters

Robert Sutton is professor of management science and engineering, School of Engineering, and of organizational behavior (by courtesy) at the Graduate School of Business at Stanford. He is cofounder of the Center for Work, Technology and Organization, the Stanford Technology Ventures Program, and Hasso Planter Institute of Design (“the d school”). Sutton studies innovation, leadership, evidence-based management, and organizational change.  He has published over 200 articles and chapters in academic and popular outlets.  His books include Weird Ideas That Work, The Knowing-Doing Gap (with Jeffrey Pfeffer), Hard Facts, Dangerous Half-Truths, and Total Nonsense (with Jeffrey Pfeffer), The No Asshole Rule, and Good Boss, Bad Boss. His current book, Scaling Up Excellence (with Huggy Rao) is a Wall Street Journal bestseller.  Sutton is an IDEO Fellow and tweets at @work_matters.

Lalitha Vaidyanathan, managing director, FSG

Lalitha Vaidyanathan leads FSG’s San Francisco office. In seven years with the firm, she has led dozens of engagements with private foundations, corporations, community foundations, and nonprofits on strategy, program design, evaluation, and collective impact.  She is coauthor of the Hewlett Foundation funded FSG report “Breakthroughs in Shared Measurement and Social Impact” that informed the firm’s thinking and development of Collective Impact. Vaidyanathan has led multiple collective impact engagements, including a project to apply the concept to climate adaptation in the Bay Area and with UCSF on reproductive health, rights, and justice. Prior to joining FSG, Vaidyanathan spent five years in nonprofit management. She started her consulting career with McKinsey & Company, advising financial services and technology companies. She holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a bachelor’s degree in engineering from Cambridge University.

David Viotti, founder and CEO, SMALLIFY; faculty, Executive Leadership Program, University of California, Berkeley’s Haas School of Business, Twitter: @SMALLIFYit

Dave Viotti accelerates innovation and leadership potential in people and organizations. He is founder and CEO of SMALLIFY, an innovation capacity building firm based in Silicon Valley, California. He also serves on the faculty of the Executive Leadership Program at University of California, Berkeley’s Haas School of Business. Viotti focuses his philanthropic work on education innovation through the Westly Foundation where he cocreated the Westly Prize for Young Innovators in California. He cofounded and leads the executive leadership program for Fuse Corps, a national social venture that pairs entrepreneurial leaders with governors and mayors to spark innovation in cities across America. Viotti also designed the Civic Accelerator with the Points of Light Institute (where he mentors for-profit and nonprofit social ventures). Viotti holds undergraduate and law degrees from Georgetown University, and a master’s degree in international relations from University of Oxford, where he was an Allbritton Scholar.


Rates and Registration

Regular Rates (Effective August 9, 2014 – On-site): SOLD OUT

  • $1,095: Special rate if you are a Stanford Social Innovation Review subscriber* or an AFP member
  • $1,320: Special Conference Rate which INCLUDES an AFP Membership
  • $1,495 Standard rate (if you are not an SSIR subscriber or an AFP member)

*A US/Canada Print PLUS Digital subscription to Stanford Social Innovation Review is $49.95. To qualify for the discounted subscriber rate to the Nonprofit Management Institute, you must be a subscriber with a current, paid subscription. If you are not yet a subscriber, or if your subscription has recently expired, you can qualify for the SSIR discount if you subscribe or renew now at the web rate of just $49.95 ($69.95 International) for one year at If you are not sure if your subscription is up to date, you can check by going to and clicking on “manage my subscription.”

Impact Special!
Bring a work colleague—or two colleagues—from your organization and each of you will get $100 off your registration. Note: you must register at the same time through the online registration system and the system will automatically take $100 off of each registration.

Group Discount
We also offer a group discount. Register three people from your organization and the fourth person attends for free. To register a group, please email Matt Ragusa at [email protected] or call (650) 353-6272.


What 2013 Attendees Liked


  • “Well worth my time. This was the first conference I attended in the past five years where EVERY session was valuable.”
  • “Best conference I've been to in years. Hope to be back next year!”
  • “It was just excellent from start to finish, one of the best conferences I've ever attended.”
  • “The networking times at lunch and the breaks were excellent, too. I met such wonderful people and business cards were exchanged! I so love this conference and thank all of you for making it possible.”


What Your Conference Fee Also Includes


  • Two full days of sessions and networking
  • Opportunity to sit with other registrants in affinity groups or around discussion topics
  • A list of conference attendees with contact information
  • A complimentary copy of “Pioneers in Justice: Building Networks and Movements for Social Change” by Heather McLeod Grant 
  • A complimentary copy of “Scaling Up Excellence: Getting to More Without Settling for Less” by Stanford professors Robert Sutton and Huggy Rao
  • A folder with the presentations and other useful information
  • A post-conference website for additional resources
  • Optional add-on intensives the day after the conference ends (additional fee)
  • For AFP members, attendance qualifies for CFRE credits
  • Free internet service at the 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
    • Continental breakfast both conference days
    • Delicious lunches in the outside garden
    • Coffee and refreshments at the end of the conference



Conference Facility and Location


Frances C. Arrillaga Alumni Center
326 Galvez Street
Stanford, CA 94305-6105

The September 9-10 program will be held at the Frances C. Arrillaga Alumni Center, a state-of-the-art facility located on Stanford University's campus. More information about the Frances C. Arrillaga Alumni Center, including public transportation, directions, and parking, is available here.

The September 8 welcoming reception will be held at the Sheraton Palo Alto. The September 11 post-conference intensives will be held on campus and exact locations will be available in August.

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Stanford Social Innovation Review (SSIR) is an award-winning magazine and website that covers cross-sector solutions to global problems. SSIR is written for and by social change leaders in the nonprofit, business, and government sectors who view collaboration as key to solving environmental, social, and economic justice issues. Published at the Stanford Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society, SSIR bridges academic theory and practice with ideas about achieving social change. SSIR covers a wide range of subjects, from microfinance and green businesses to social networks and human rights. Its aim is both to inform and to inspire.

Supporting Sponsors:

For more than 35 years, CNM has been the premier resource for the diverse and growing Southern California nonprofit community. By providing management training, leadership development, and organizational consulting, CNM supports thousands of organizations focused on meeting the needs of their community.

At TCC Group, we are passionate about helping the social sector achieve greater impact. Since 1980, we have developed strategies and programs that enhance the efficiency and effectiveness of foundations, nonprofits, corporate community involvement programs, and government agencies. From offices in New York City, Philadelphia, and San Francisco, we work with diverse clients–from large funders and nonprofits to smaller organizations that want to tap our knowledge to determine pragmatic ways to solve everyday problems.

Welcome Reception Sponsor on Tuesday, September 8, Sheraton Palo Alto:

AFP Silicon Valley Chapter,

Tuesday Reception Cosponsor on Tuesday, September 9, Frances C. Arrillaga Alumni Center: