CEO Marc Spencer discusses how transformative educational life-skills experiences can break the cycle of poverty for youth.
Executive Director Rich Winefield discusses how the Bay Area Discovery Museum helps children and parents transform curiosity into knowledge and lifelong learning skills. Fostering creativity and exploration through contextualized hands-on learning is intrinsic to the Museum’s approach.
Interim Program Officer for Arts and Culture Moy Eng discusses fundraising and funding for the arts from her perspective as a development professional for diverse organizations (inc. for the Alvin Ailey Dance Theater Foundation), and as an art funder (inc. for the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation).
President Ted Lempert discusses how advocacy, politics, public service and programs sponsored by government and nonprofit entities can interact to improve the lives and futures of children.
Executive Director Sam Cobbs discusses how First Place for Youth enables youth aging out of foster care to make the difficult transition to independent living.
Associate Vice Chancellor David Blinder contrasts fundraising practices in private and public universities, and discusses the impact that an organization’s culture can have on fundraising tactics and relations with donors.
Vice President Norbu Tenzing discusses the sensitivities of organizations dealing with cultural differences and the impact of donations of all sizes in the Himalayas.
Taking a sabbatical from his career as a venture capitalist to work on ocean and other forms of conservation, Tod Bensen discusses how a VC business perspective informs his work as Board Chair of WildAid, a nonprofit that reduces demand for endangered species products
Executive Director Joe Elbaum contrasts the management and governance challenges of the business and nonprofit sectors based on his experience as an IBM executive and as the staff leader of large congregations in New York and San Francisco.
Director of Development Kevin Causey discusses the different challenges of raising funds for social service, education and arts organizations, and how the SFJAZZ community strengthens the art of jazz.Kevin Causey began his career in theater as an actor, director and producer. He has broad experience raising funds for nonprofit organizations, having served Naropa University, the Kempe Children’s Foundation, the Center for American Theatre, and Outward Bound, and currently serves as the Director of Development of SFJAZZ, the largest presenter of Jazz programming in the Western United States.Founded in 1983 as Jazz in the City by Randall Klein, SFJAZZ presents and underwrights some of the best jazz in the world. The organization has over 3,000 members and growing and well over 100,000 attend SFAZZ performances annually. The range of artists that have presented at SFJAZZ is breathtaking in scope and depth. The organization also provides rich educational programming which reaches over 10,000 children, youth and adults, and sponsors The SFJAZZ Collective was founded in 2004 as a hybrid organization which combines aspects of an artists-in-residence and a more traditional resident company/orchestra program
Thinking differently can pay off, particularly for nonprofits faced with the challenges of operating today. Mark shares some of the experiences of nonprofits that are thinking beyond conventional solutions to strengthen their organizations. Event: California Council of Land Trusts 2009 Conference
Managing both revenue and expense is never more important than when finances are tight. As a CPA and someone with extensive experience in corporate finance, Terry shares the approaches that she has used to strengthen revenue while limiting expense growth at her organization.Event: California Council of Land Trusts 2009 Conference
It is important to develop longterm relationships with donors who fund and otherwise support nonprofits. Audrey shares POST’s experience in communicating with and engaging donors in the work of her organization.Event: California Council of Land Trusts 2009 Conference
Executive Director Bob Rybicki discusses the business of leading nonprofits through times when organizations must be reshaped to provide better service at lower cost.Bob Rybicki began his career as Pastor of the Visitation Catholic Church in Chicago, after receiving a Master of Divinity. He spent the subsequent years in the human services field and has held senior and chief executive leadership roles for organizations including the AIDS Alliance, Chicago Department of Public Health, Shanti, Youth & Family Enrichment Services, and the National Brain Tumor Society. In that time he has also overseen complex mergers of nonprofits, their boards, programs and staffs to better position the resulting organization to serve the community. For 40 years Westside Community Services has provided clients in need with a comprehensive array of services through its mental health, substance abuse, HIV/AIDS, violence response and prevention, and youth leadership programs.
Particularly during an economic downturn when funds are tight and costs and strategies need to be carefully monitored, nonprofit board members have specific roles and responsibilities. David discusses these responsibilities with reference to land trusts, but his points are salient for all nonprofits.Event: California Council of Land Trusts 2009 Conference
CEO Michael Garb discusses the different challenges of leading commercially-focused business organizations and nonprofits. Michael Garb was appointed CEO of Youth and Family Enrichment Services (YFES) in 2008 after an extensive business career that included positions as an accountant, controller and CFO; as a small business owner; and as a senior executive and chief operating officer with substantial organizations. In preparation for his transition to the nonprofit field, Michael Garb served for 16 years on the boards of both the Family and Community Enrichment Services (FACES) and Youth and Family Enrichment Services, also knows as YFES, which he now leads. YFES is one of the largest and most respected non-profit agencies in San Mateo County, and provides a wide array of free and low-cost services to help over 34,000 children, youth and adults each year who are dealing with substance abuse, violence, mental health and other issues
Executive Director Jeremy Madsen discusses how the Greenbelt Alliance encourages responsible development through a mix of education and activism, and through partnerships with business, nonprofit and government leaders.Jeremy Madsen joined Greenbelt Alliance from The San Francisco Foundation, where he helped to launch the Great Communities Collaborative and supported social equity, affordable housing, and smart growth efforts around the Bay Area. He previously held positions as a community organizer and lobbyist on fair trade issues and urban quality of life issues, serving as Field Director for Washington state’s Transportation Choices Coalition and the Washington, DC-based Citizens Trade Campaign.Founded in 1958 as Citizens for Regional Recreation and Parks (CRRP), the Greenbelt Alliance works in partnership with local municipalities, communities and businesses, and has secured protection of more than 1.1 million acres of open space, establish urban growth boundaries around 26 cities and five counties, and endorsed the creation of 60,000 homes within existing urban areas.
During past recessions nonprofits have had to adjust their approaches to raising money and this recession posses some of the greatest challenges that nonprofits have faced. Donna discusses the importance of local constituencies, and of remaining close to donors through these times.Event: California Council of Land Trusts 2009 Conference
Coming off of some exceptional accomplishments, land trusts are challenged by the recession to continue their work of protecting and preserving lands. Darla summarizes the accomplishments of the CCLT family and suggests some strategies for strengthening land trust and conservation organizations.Event: California Council of Land Trusts 2009 Conference
CEO Willa Seldon continues our discussion of the management challenges of managing an organization founded on unconditional love and a commitment to social justice.