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2017 Nonprofit Leadership Summit

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Built to Last? Reimagining Sustainability

The Center is hosting its 9th annual Nonprofit Leadership Summit on September 18th in Concord. It will be a day to reflect on the changes in the sector, be inspired by “outside the box” thinkers, take stock of what we've accomplished, and get energized by fresh ideas.

Who should attend the summit?

  • Leaders who innovate every day, stretch their resources, and manage the needs and expectations of a multitude of stakeholders.
  • On-the-ground staff who put our missions into action every day.
  • Advocates who have our backs at the state house and clear the path for future policy.
  • Board members, business leaders, and donors who go the extra mile to expand the sector's capacity to do good.
  • Consultants and coaches who guide our strategic processes who say, “You can do it! Really, you can!”
  • Big thinkers who make us all stop and wonder “why?” and, more importantly, “why not?”
  • You!


8:00 AM Registration & Networking
8:30 AM Welcome
9:00 AM The Capacity to Endure
Keynote by Steve Zimmerman of Spectrum Nonprofit Services
10:15 AM Break
10:30 AM Less is the New More
Keynote by Kim Klein of Klein & Roth Consulting
11:45 AM Luncheon
1:00 PM Defining Next Steps
Table activity and discussion, facilitated by Kim Klein and Steve Zimmerman
2:00 M Excellence in Nonprofit Management Awards
Presented by the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation, with appearance by Governor Maggie Hassan
2:30 PM Summary & Closing

See a list of everyone that's registered.

Keynote Speakers

This year will feature two provocative nonprofit leaders who will challenge us to develop new mindsets about money, donors, strategy, and sustainability.

Kim Klein: Less is the New More

Over the past two decades, all of us who work in fundraising have commented endlessly on how much harder it is to raise the money we need. This, in spite of the fact that we have wonderful new tools with online platforms, user friendly and efficient databases, and tons of affordable (often free) information on how to conduct any fundraising strategy. Fundraising should be easier than it was 30 years ago. But it is not and it is not hard to figure out why: while fundraising itself may have gotten easier, the number of organizations needing money and the cost of being an organization has risen exponentially. Loss of tax revenues mean that public schools, libraries, and even public health departments seek foundation grants and gifts from individuals. We need new ways of thinking about how organizations get the resources they need. Boards and staff need to understand the role of taxes, we need to make sure that everyone who can vote, does vote. In other words, civic engagement needs to be added to our roster of skills.

In this keynote, Kim Klein will explore what we should do less of and what we need to do more of. She will discuss the role of the sector as a whole, as well as the importance contribution individual nonprofits can make to improving the quality of life in our communities beyond just their own mandate. In her experience, this can also lead to more money and will be much more mission fulfilling.

“I believe organizations should have a philosophy of fundraising. They should answer the question, ‘What sources of funding will most help us fulfill our mission?’ Your sources of money are your sources of accountability. Who are you answerable to? Who rightly thinks they can influence the direction your organization goes in? There are organizations that should be entirely or mostly funded by government and those that should be entirely or mostly funded by corporations or foundations. Those organizations would be accountable to those entities. Organizations that work for justice for all people needed to be funded by those people.”


— Kim Klein

Kim Klein, Consultant at Klein & Roth Consulting, is an internationally known trainer, speaker, and author, well-known for her ability to deliver information in a practical, down-to-earth, and humorous way. She has a wide range of nonprofit experience, having worked as staff, as a volunteer and as a board member. Kim is the author of five books.

She has provided training and consultation in all 50 states, five Canadian provinces, and 21 other countries. She is a lecturer at the School of Social Welfare at the University of California, Berkeley, and has served as guest facutly at the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley and Concordia University in Montreal. Kim co-founded the Grassroots Fundraising Journal in 1981 and was its publisher for 25 years.

Steve Zimmerman: The Capacity to Endure

Sustainability is a popular term, but what is it? Often we think about it like the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. We’ll get there eventually, right?

Sustainability, however, lies not at some far-off destination, but in making ongoing strategic decisions to guide your organization toward exceptional impact and financial viability. Sustainability is not a one-time activity. It is not a board thing or a management thing. So what is it?

Sustainability is a mindset and a way of thinking about impact and finances in a holistic way. To weave this thinking into the culture of the organization, leaders need to understand their business models and how mission-specific and fund development programs work together to create thriving, sustainable and high-impact organizations.

In his keynote, Steve Zimmerman will:

  • Present a new way to see your organization in a simple framework.
  • Engage leaders in understanding what drives impact and financial viability.
  • Frame choices making adjustments to and strengthening the organization’s business model.
  • Discuss how to highlight ways your current programs create impact and financial viability.
  • Explore the questions that lead to decisions that make a stronger, more sustainable organization with the capacity to not only endure, but to thrive and improve our communities.

Steven D. Zimmerman, CPA, MBA, is the Principal of Spectrum Nonprofit Services where he provides training and consulting in the areas of finance and strategy for community-based organizations, foundations, and government agencies throughout the country.

“In times of rapid change and increasing challenges, nonprofits need leaders with the ability to adapt to and take advantage of changing circumstances.”


— Steve Zimmerman

Steve is the co-author of two books on nonprofit sustainability.

Steve's extensive experience includes serving as a Chief Financial Officer, Development Director, and Associate Director at community-based nonprofits where he performed turnarounds resulting in increased financial sustainability and programmatic reach. He is a Certified Public Accountant and earned a BA from Claremont McKenna College and an MBA from Yale University.

Excellence in Nonprofit Management Award

The NH Charitable Foundation is now accepting nominations for the 2015 Excellence in Nonprofit Management Award, presented in memory of NH businessman, philanthropist, and civic leader Walter J. Dunfey. Winners will be recognized at the NH Center for Nonprofits' Nonprofit Leadership Summit and will receive an unrestricted grant award of $3,500.

Applications are due by Friday, July 17, 2015 at midnight.

Learn more and submit your nomination on the NH Charitable Foundation's website.

Special Offers

Early Bird Registration Discount

Register before August 21st and save! The Summit early bird rate is $125 for members, $200 for not-yet-members.


A limited number of $50 scholarships are available to employees and board members of nonprofit organizations which are members of the Center. We will be accepting applications for scholarships through August 21st.

Submit a Scholarship Application Today

Group Discounts

Share the Summit with your team! Register three people from your organization at regular price and each additional person from your organization gets 50% off. Get everyone registered before the early bird deadline to maximize your savings.

Southwest Airlines® Ticket Giveaway

Register before August 21st and, in addition to getting the early bird discount, you'll be automatically entered for a chance to win a free, roundtrip ticket on Southwest Airlines®!

Summit Sponsors

The 2015 Nonprofit Leadership Summit has been generously sponsored by Citizens Bank, Southern New Hampshire University, Community Health Options, E&S Insurance Services, New England Wealth Advisors, Northeast Delta Dental, and Spectrum Marketing Services, with media sponsorship from New Hampshire Public Radio and New Hampshire Public Television.

Date/Time: Friday, September 18, 2015 - 8:00am to 2:30 pm
Location: Grappone Conference Center , Concord
Fees: $175 for Members; $250 for Not-yet-members. Register before August 21 and save $50!

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