2020 Nonprofit BoardCon

February 06, 2020  
Museum of Jewish Heritage
36 Battery Pl, New York, NY 10280
9:00AM - 5:00PM
The Collaboration of Board and Staff
Event Description
For most nonprofits, fiscal, operational and most other responsibility is enacted through a collaborative effort that involves its Board of Directors, the Executive Director and a senior officer. For a board to successfully use its function, it must be fully informed and fully engaged with the organization's operations. Ultimately, the board is responsible for the governance of an organization, and the board will not be able to fulfill its obligations without proper information. On Thursday, February 6th, join New York Nonprofit Media for Nonprofit BoardCon for a full-day conference addressing the collaboration of board and staff!

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Networking & Registration


Welcome and Opening Remarks


Board Responsibilities 101

A nonprofit’s board of directors has a variety of responsibilities that vary widely and are equally important. From overseeing operations to being a public face for the organization, the board provides leadership that is essential to a nonprofit achieving its mission. Our panelists will discuss general best practices, how to balance short-term and long-term planning considerations, tools and resources that are available, and more.

Executive Director, Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City (moderator)

Deputy Bureau Chief, Charities Bureau, NYS Department of Law

Partner and Not-For-Profit Practice Leader, Citrin Cooperman

Director of Transaction Services, Denham Wolf

Marxe Dean and Professor, Austin W. Marxe School of Public and International Affairs


The Board’s Role in Fundraising: Boosting Board Engagement & Impact

Fundraising is one of the most important responsibilities for a board member, and it can be done in a variety of ways. The board can help shape strategy, led by example and donate to the organization, bring in new supporters, serve as an ambassador for the organization at events, and more. Our panelists will move beyond a give-get and provide more holistic options for thinking about board fundraising, technology and innovation.

President, Marketing Works (moderator)

Chief Development & Communications Officer, Partnership with Children, Inc.

VP, Development & Marketing, Public Health Solutions (PHS)

Director, Business Development and Vendor Relations, Lincoln Computer Services

Vice President Sales, Briscoe Protective




Board Governance, Risk and Compliance

The principles of GRC are critical for board members to ensure a nonprofit is operating effectively, ethically, and legally. Failure to master governance, risk, and compliance can result in devastating consequences for a nonprofit, from reputational harm to dissolution. This panel will discuss common elements of a GRC strategy, including a conflict of interest policy, a whistleblower policy, a code of ethics, proactive plans to mitigate risk, regular board assessments, and more.

Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, AHRC NYC (moderator)

Chief Executive Office, Multiplying Good

Principal, Grassi & Co.

Account Executive, Harbor Compliance

Vice President-Nonprofit Organizations, Lockton Companies, LLC

Executive Director, 82nd Street Academics




Diversity and Inclusion in the Boardroom

The benefits of having a diverse boardroom are endless. Bringing in people with a range of backgrounds and experiences offers a wider range of skills and resources that can help advance your organization. Diverse board members will also be able to bring in a diversified donor base and offer a variety of perspectives on your organization’s work. This panel will further discuss the benefits of diversity and how you can insure your boardroom includes a variety of voices.

President & CEO, HEAF (moderator)

President and CEO, Lutheran Social Services of NY

Chairperson of the Culture Committee, Graham Windham

Board Member, Governance Matters

Director of Development & Communications, Harlem Educational Activities Fund


Refreshment Break


Best Practices for the Recruitment and Retention of Millennial Board Leaders

For many organizations, millennials remain an underutilized base for supporters, volunteers, and future board members. They offer a different perspective than traditional nonprofit supporters and can be cultivated as future leaders of your organization. This panel will discuss how you can reach and recruit your next generation of supporters through social media, advocacy programs, peer-to-peer fundraising, expanded volunteer offerings, and more.

Executive Director, Cents Ability, Inc. (moderator)

Chief Operating Officer, Family Promise

Board Vice Chairman, Care for the Homeless and Board Director, University of Surrey Foundation

Managing Director, Vicus Partners


The Partnership between your Board and your Staff: Maximizing Time to Increase Impact

The relationship between a nonprofit’s board and its staff can make or break an organization. With overlapping yet separate responsibilities, it is critical that they have open lines of communication and follow a focused strategic plan. Our panelists will dissect this complex dynamic and discuss how to cultivate a productive partnership that will serve your organization.

Executive Director, New York City Children’s Theater (moderator)

Chief Operating Officer, Foundation for Opioid Response Efforts

Chief Strategy Officer, Chinese-American Planning Council, Inc.

Director, Your Part-Time Controller, LLC

Not-for-Profit Partner, Mazars


Closing Announcements, Raffle Winners & End of Conference

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