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2nd Annual Nonprofit Leadership Conference

by LK Gagnon

Whatever It Takes: Reshaping the Sector for Social Change

The Maine Association of Nonprofits (MANP) and Colby College invite you to our second annual leadership conference, Reshaping for Social Change, which will take place at Colby March 31 and April 1. This year’s event will feature: two keynote addresses – one by Doris Buffett, a philanthropist with strong Maine ties and the founder of The Sunshine Lady Foundation, and another by Dan Pallotta, the author of Uncharitable: How Restraints on Nonprofits Undermine Their Potential; a lively discussion with four social entrepreneurs who have taken significant risk to change the status quo and increase mission impact; along with a luncheon recognizing recipients of the Governor’s Awards for Business and Nonprofit Excellence. Please join us!

March 31st, Evening Keynote

Philanthropy With A Hands-On, Person-to-Person Approach

Maine philanthropist Doris Buffett will discuss her personal and philanthropic commitment to changing lives and increasing opportunities for the working poor and families in crisis. As founder and president of the Sunshine Lady Foundation, Doris Buffett has awarded over $80 million in grants through the foundation that Worth magazine described as “uniquely hands-on, folksy, a person-to-person enterprise-the un-foundation.” Through a unique network of trusted volunteers, Sunbeams, as well as through the personal involvement of staff and board members, Sunshine Lady Foundation seeks organizations run by passionate, hardworking boards. The foundation also operates several college scholarship programs, the largest of which is available nationally for survivors of domestic violence. In addition, the Sunshine Lady Foundation has built Boys and Girls Clubs, domestic violence shelters, surgical units for a Maine hospital, and respite facilities for disabled children and adults. The most recent large project undertaken is the construction of a pre school, Educare Central Maine. Among its accomplishments, the Sunshine Lady Foundation also operates and funds over a dozen college degree programs for maximum security prisons from Sing Sing to San Quentin. In addition to her philanthropy, Doris Buffett has been a first grade teacher, domestic violence crusader, political activist, mother and grandmother. She now resides in Fredericksburg, Virginia, and Rockport, Maine.

April 1st Morning Keynote

How ‘Economic Apartheid’ for Charities Perpetuates Great Problems

Does society’s nonprofit ethic undermine our ability to eradicate great problems, and, ironically, put charity at a severe disadvantage to the for-profit sector at every level? Do we have an economic apartheid that denies charity the powerful tools of capitalism, while everyone else is permitted to use them without restraint? Equal economic rights for charity is what author Dan Pallotta argues for in his book Uncharitable: How Restraints on Nonprofits Undermine Their Potential, and will discuss in this keynote address. Pallotta will ask us to re-consider the paradigm we have created for charity by discussing common practices and measures that encourage poor service, hurt those that are doing the most good, and force charities into a fearful and perpetually cautious posture that prohibit them from pursuing their boldest dreams of a better world.

Dan Pallotta, a leading expert on innovation in the nonprofit sector, is the author of Uncharitable. As the founder of Pallotta TeamWorks, Pallotta invented the multi-day AIDSRides and Breast Cancer 3-Days, and changed the fundamental paradigm for civic engagement in, and fundraising for, important social causes. Through his efforts, 182,000 people of all shapes, sizes and backgrounds participated in these inspiring, often grueling, long-distance events, which raised over half a billion dollars and netted $305 million in nine years – more money raised more quickly for these causes than any private event operation in history. Pallotta’s career as the architect of these journeys began as an undergraduate at Harvard in 1983. Pallotta is the recipient of the Liberty Hill Foundation Creative Vision award, the Triangle Humanitarian of the Year award, and the Albany State University International Citizen of the Year award. He is a William J. Clinton Distinguished Lecturer, and has spoken at Wharton, Harvard Business School, Harvard’s Hauser Center for Nonprofits, Tufts University, NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, the Hewlett Foundation, and the Milken Institute, among others.

Conference Schedule At-A-Glance

March 31

3:00-3:15 p.m. Registration

3:15-5:00 p.m. Concurrent sessions:

-Career panel

-Perception of Maine nonprofit sector

5-5:15 p.m.-MANP Annual Meeting

5:15-6:15 p.m. Opening Reception – Sponsored by Bangor Savings Bank

6:30 p.m. Dinner and Keynote-Doris Buffet

April 1

8:00-9:00 a.m. Registration and Exhibits

9:00-10:15 a.m. Keynote address

10:15-10:45 a.m. Break/Exhibits

10:45 a.m.-12:15 p.m.: Moderated Panel Discussion with Maine Social Entrepreneurs

12:30-2 p.m.: Lunch and Governor’s Awards for Business and Nonprofit Excellence Presentations

Registration and Fees

Wednesday Reception & Dinner Only- $50 members/ $80 non-members

Thursday Only-$60 members/ $100 non members

Both Wednesday & Thursday- $95 members/ $165 non members

For more information and to register online, visit the MANP website.

Special thanks to our sponsors:

Lead Sponsor-Healey & Associates


Sponsor-Governor’s Awards for Business Excellence-Fairpoint Communications

Co-Sponsors-Northeast Delta Dental, Social Solutions, Cloutier Direct, Goodwill Industries of Northern New England

Media Sponsor-Mainebiz

Reception Sponsor- Bangor Savings Bank

One thought on “2nd Annual Nonprofit Leadership Conference

Damir says:

Review by Trista Harris for Uncharitable: How Restraints on Nonprofits Undermine Their Potential (Civil Society: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives)Rating: I read Uncharitable and I LOVED IT! I am a big believer in the potitneal of the nonprofit sector and I also believe that there are many structural issues that impact how effective nonprofits can be at achieving their missions. Dan’s premise is that human beings are innately charitable and that we have a desire to help our fellow man. Our current system of charity is the bureaucracy that we set up to fulfill that need to help one another. This system has remained unexamined because doing good is good enough. In this book Dan asks some key questions: Does this system work? Is it the best system we could have? What other systems are available? His vision is to set free charities and all of the people that work for them from a set of rules that were designed for another age and another purpose and begin to use the rules of free-market capitalism to supercharge the sector. Before you get all high and mighty and say that the free-market system is collapsing around us everyday and that opening up the nonprofit system to its corruption and volatility wold ruin the purity of the sector, I’d like to remind you that the sector is already influenced by the corruption of the for profit sector, as evidenced by many high profile scandals and the volatility for the free-market is what is shrinking my foundation’s endowment. The nonprofit system has all of the pitfalls of a free-market system with none of the benefits (e.g tolerance for risk, investment in research and development, and competitive pay). This book is destined to start some great conversations, which are very overdue.Trista Harris[…]

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