2021 Best Nonprofit Conference

2021 Best Nonprofit Conference

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2021 Best Nonprofit Conference

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When your nonprofit is stronger, all of us are stronger. Join us for this thoughtfully curated 2-day virtual conference on Wednesday, December 8, and Thursday, December 9, 2021, designed to make your organization stronger. This one-of-its-kind conference is an opportunity for all of us to learn from - and aspire to - the best practices of exceptional nonprofits.

This year’s conference will provide attendees the opportunity to learn about management practices & strategies that center race equity. We will kick off a discussion on initial equity goals so that we can develop a plan with accountability standards for individual organizations and the sector as a whole.

Quick-Glance Ticket Type Definitions (please see ticket descriptions for more information):

  • All-Access Conference Pass: Receive admission for the 2-day conference, a hard copy of the Program Booklet, and all session recordings.
  • General Admission: Receive admission for the 2-day conference and a digital copy of the Program Booklet.
  • Organization Pass: Provide admission for the 2-day conference and a digital copy of the Program Booklet for your entire staff and Board.

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Day 1

10:00 AM - 10:15 AM Opening Welcome

10:15 AM - 11:30 AM Plenary: Nonprofit Management Through a Racial Equity Lens

  • Lakimja Mattocks, Chief Equity & Learning Officer, Nonprofit New York
  • Tiffany Caton, Director of Development & Communications, Trail Blazers
  • Amy West, Executive Vice President & Chief Financial Officer, AHRC NYC
  • Jason Wu, Director of Operations, Human Services Council of New York

11:35 AM - 12:25 PM Disruptive Development: Shifting the Fundraising Focus

  • George Suttles, Executive Director, Commonfund Institute
  • Stella Billings, Safe Horizon, Vice President, Institutional Advancement
  • Santana Moreno, Senior Manager of Philanthropic Partnerships, Jobs With Justice
  • Rhea Wong, Nonprofit Consultant, Rhea Wong Consulting

12:25 PM - 12:55 PM Lunch and Learn

12:55 PM - 1:25 PM Networking

1:25 PM - 2:15 PM Technology and Equity: Promoting Inclusion and Increasing Accessibility

  • Kerry Thompson, Inclusion and Accessibility Development Manager, Disability Rights Fund and Disability Rights Advocacy Fund
  • Chris Bunting, Lead Instructional Designer, Candid
  • Matthew Canuteson, Diversity & Inclusion Officer/Dir. Bureau of Cultural Competence, NYS Office of Mental Health
  • Rebecca Cokley, U.S. Disability Rights Program Officer, Ford Foundation

2:15 PM - 2:25 PM Break

2:25 PM - 2:55 PM Coffee and Convos

3:00 PM -3:50 PM Communicating Solidarity: Moving Beyond the Social Media Post

  • Melissa Lashley Elliott, CEO, MDL Coaching and Consulting
  • AiLun Ku, President & CEO, The Opportunity Network
  • Cheryl Cato Blakemore, VP, Strategic Communications and Public Engagement, Race Forward

3:50 PM - 4:00 PM Close Out

Day 2

10:00 AM - 10:15 AM Welcome

10:15 AM - 11:15 AM Holding Ourselves Accountable: As Organizations and a Sector

  • Meg Barnette, President & CEO, Nonprofit New York
  • Jennifer Jones Austin, FPWA, CEO and Executive Director
  • Morgan Monaco, Executive Director, Red Hook Initiative
  • Muzzy Rosenblatt, CEO & President, BRC

11:20 AM - 12:10 PM Translating Access to Change: How Can Advocates Reshape Policies and Landscape?

  • Kei Williams, National Organizer, Marsha P. Johnson Institute
  • Elizabeth Angeles, Associate Vice President, Advocacy, United Way of New York City
  • Alana Cantillo, Vice President of Advocacy, New York Immigration Coalition
  • Dawn Rowe, President & CEO, Girl Vow

12:10 PM - 12:40 PM Lunch and Learn

12:40 PM - 1:10 PM Networking

1:10 PM - 2:00 PM Operationalizing Race Equity Through a Shared Leadership Framework

  • Diana Breen, Principal & Owner, Diana Breen Consulting
  • Shibani Gambhir, Chief Operating Officer, Foundation for Opioid Response Efforts
  • Vanessa Leung, Co-Executive Director, CACF (Coalition for Asian American Children and Families)
  • Lacy Serros, Manager, Executive, Nonprofit Finance Fund

2:05 PM - 2:35 PM Coffee and Convos

2:35 PM - 2:45 PM Break

2:45 PM - 3:35 PM Beyond Awareness: Becoming an Anti-Racist Organization

  • Jennifer Njuguna, Chief Operating Officer, Common Future
  • Kevin Cummings, Executive Director, New York, Institute for Nonprofit Practice
  • Haydee Morales, Casita Maria
  • Stephanie Nilva, Executive Director, Day One

3:40 PM - 4:00 PM Conference Close Out



Registrants who cancel on or at least 14 days before the Best Nonprofit Conference will receive a 50% refund from Nonprofit New York. No refund will be made for cancellations made after that date. Tickets are transferable within organizations up to 7 days prior to the Best Nonprofit Conference. All cancellation requests must be submitted in writing to Lakimja Mattocks at lmattocks@nonprofitnewyork.org.

Please be advised that, if you register for this conference, unless we hear from you otherwise, we will include you as part of our regular contact list. By registering for this conference, you hereby: (1) give consent for Nonprofit New York to use your photograph or image in its print, online and video publications; (2) release Nonprofit New York, its employees and any outside third parties from all liabilities or claims that you might assert in connection with the above-described uses; and (3) waive any right to inspect, approve or receive compensation for any materials or communications, including photographs, videotapes, website images or written materials, incorporating photos/images of you. For questions about accessibility or to request auxiliary aids, please contact Nonprofit New York at least ten natural days prior to the event. Every reasonable effort will be made to provide appropriate accommodations in an effective and timely manner.