Center Events

Nonprofit Leadership Summit

The NH Center for Nonprofits’ signature event returns in a virtual format to bring together nonprofit board and staff leaders, along with corporate, and philanthropic partners to explore trends and issues impacting the Sector. 

Our world has changed in ways we never could have imagined and through these historic times, the nonprofit sector has proven itself indispensable and a champion for good. Join us as we celebrate the power of nonprofits and examine the lessons that can light our path forward. We'll explore leadership in these times and the future of the sector, nonprofit boards and philanthropy. 

The Summit will be held virtually the mornings of September 21-23. Register by August 19 and you will be entered into a drawing for (2) free roundtrip tickets for international travel on Southwest Airlines® AND receive the $25 Early Bird discount! Bring a team and save even more. 

Zoom links will be sent out a few days prior to the event. All sessions will be recorded and made available to registrants.

Akaya Windwood

Finding Our Way Forward: Leading with Purpose

Akaya Windwood

Akaya Windwood facilitates transformation. She advises, trains, and consults on how change happens individually, organizationally and societally. She is on the faculty for the Just Economy Institute, and is founder of the New Universal, which centers human wisdom in the wisdom of brown women. She was President of Rockwood Leadership Institute for many years, and directs the Mycelium Fund, which awards small grants to non-profit organizations based on generosity and interconnectedness.

In 2018, Akaya was one of Conscious Company’s 30 World Changing Women, and has been a featured speaker at the Stanford Social Innovation Institute, the Aspen Institute, and the New Zealand Philanthropy Summit conferences. She received an Ella Award from the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights,and received the 2020 Vision Award from Middlebury College. Akaya is deeply committed to working for a fair and equitable global society while infusing a sense of purpose, delight and wonder into everything we do. Akaya lives in Oakland, CA where she reads science fiction, makes sauerkraut, and relishes growing enormous squashes
in her garden.

Stacy Palmer

Stacy Palmer​

The Future of Philanthropy

Stacy Palmer has served as a top editor since The Chronicle of Philanthropy was founded in 1988 and has overseen the development of its website, She plays a hands-on role in many Chronicle services, such as its Philanthropy Today daily newsletter and its webinar series offering professional development for people involved in fundraising, grant seeking, advocacy, marketing and social media.

Palmer has appeared frequently on radio and television to offer commentary on news in the nonprofit world. She is the editor of Challenges for Philanthropy and Nonprofits, a book published by the University Press of New England that collects three decades of observations by the nonprofit activist and Chronicle columnist Pablo Eisenberg. Before she helped found The Chronicle of Philanthropy, Palmer was editor for government and politics at The Chronicle of Higher Education.

Jim Taylor

Jim Taylor

Purpose-Driven Boards

As vice president of leadership initiatives, Jim Taylor focuses on leading BoardSource’s efforts to position nonprofit boards for stronger leadership on diversity, inclusion, and equity. This includes leading the organization’s work to spark and support understanding, action, and change at the board level on these issues; serving as an external representative, speaker, and writer; developing new resources and programming; and partnering with peer organizations around the country. Jim also supervises the education team, which manages other key leadership initiatives, including nonprofit engagement in public policy advocacy and strategic partnerships.

Prior to joining BoardSource in December 2018, Jim held several leadership roles in community development and diversity, inclusion, and equity. As vice president of multicultural leadership at AARP, he developed partnerships to create greater access to health, wealth, and “quality of life” programs and information for African Americans of age 50+. At Capital One, in the roles of director of community relations and director of community development, Jim developed and implemented impactful national and local strategies that leveraged the organization’s philanthropic, volunteer, and programmatic resources to serve lower-income populations. As director of product innovation at Fannie Mae, he developed several successful first-time homebuyer programs targeted to multicultural audiences. And most recently, Jim was the corporate relations program officer at the Fairfax County (VA) Office of Public Private Partnerships, where he was a key member of the strategy team for the county’s racial and social equity policy, “One Fairfax.”

Gold Sponsors

Southwest Airlines

Silver Sponsors

New Hampshire Business Review

Bronze Sponsors

Interested in sponsoring the Nonprofit Leadership Summit? Check out opportunities here or contact Keryn Kriegl.


Date/Time: Tuesday, September 21, 2021 - 10:00am to 12:00 pm
Fees: Early Bird (by Aug. 19): Member - $75, Not-yet-Member - $125; Aug. 20 or later: Member - $100, Not-yet-Member - $150; $15 off additional people from same organization

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