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2016 Nonprofit Leadership Summit

Lessons from the Field

As our state grapples with complex social problems, changing demographics and limited resources, nonprofits are pulled in many directions. We need to be adaptive and willing to take risks, yet still ensure that our mission impact and business models are strong.

Special Offer for Summit Registrants!

The first 100 organizations that register for the Summit will get a free subscription to Nonprofit Quarterly!, a $59 value!

Using several case examples, keynote speaker Ruth McCambridge will challenge us to look beyond “our own four walls” for inspiration, and help us put our struggles as individual organizations within the larger context. What are the risks inherent in maintaining the status quo? How can we experiment, test new ideas and learn from them, without risking everything?

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About the Keynote

Ruth McCambridge

Ruth McCambridge is Editor in Chief of the Nonprofit Quarterly. Her background includes forty-five years of experience in nonprofits, primarily in organizations that mix grassroots community work with policy change. Beginning in the mid-1980s, Ruth spent a decade at the Boston Foundation, developing and implementing capacity building programs and advocating for grant-making attention to constituent involvement. Ruth is a brilliant, provocative nonprofit expert who has her finger on the pulse of issues, trends, and policies affecting the nonprofit sector across the country.

The Summit will also feature two panels of New Hampshire leaders who will candidly share the lessons they've learned from failures and crises, as well as experimentation and risk-taking.

Tri-County CAP: From Peril to Promise

  • Rob Boschen, CEO of Tri-County CAP
  • Cathy Conway, Vice President of Economic Development at NCIC
  • Mike Coughlin, CEO of the Crotched Mountain Foundation
  • Ruth McCambridge, Editor in Chief of the Nonprofit Quarterly Moderator

In December of 2012, Tri-County CAP was in crisis: its financial conditions were dire and its ability to provide critical services in the region was in jeopardy. The Charitable Trust Unit of the Attorney General’s Office intervened, appointing a Special Trustee to stabilize activities.

Today, Tri-County CAP has a new board, new management, and has largely recovered from its financial crisis with a new strategic plan to guide them through 2021.

How did they do it? What safeguards were put in place to ensure history doesn't repeat itself? What challenges does Tri-County CAP still face, and how are they being addressed? How have their relationships with government, funders, and community partners evolved through the organization's recovery? What have they learned about nonprofit sustainability that you can use at your organization?

Get answers to these questions and more from our panel as they share take-aways from this and other turn-arounds they’ve worked on throughout their careers.

Seeking True Collaboration: Must Play Well With Others

  • Diane Fitzpatrick, CEO of the Manchester Boys & Girls Club
  • Hal Jordan, CEO of Granite YMCA
  • Harry Malone, former board chair of the Manchester Boys & Girls Club
  • Tom Tomai, board member of Granite YMCA
  • Steve Norton, Executive Director of the NH Center for Public Policy Studies Moderator

“Nonprofits need to collaborate more. There are so many nonprofits and you're all doing the same thing.”

We've all heard it. But how do we respond?

Most nonprofits do collaborate already, but competition for resources, lack of time and awareness of the full range of services offered within our communities sometimes holds us back from deeper engagement.

And yet we recognize that the “same old way” of doing things is not enough in today's increasingly complex landscape. How do we pick our heads up long enough to shift the way we operate?

Join our panel as they describe their journey to think collectively and work as new partners to better serve the youth in their community.

Excellence in Nonprofit Management Award

The Excellence in Nonprofit Management Awards—presented annually by the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation in honor of Walter J. Dunfey—will be presented at the Summit. In addition to being recognized for "outstanding management, skill, and talent within the nonprofit sector," award recipients receive a $5,000 unrestricted grant.

Learn more about the award past recipients on the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation's website


The 2016 Nonprofit Leadership Summit has been generously sponsored by Citizens Bank, the Couch Family Foundation, Devine Millimet, HOPE Foundation, Nathan Wechsler & Company, New Hampshire Public Radio, Northeast Delta Dental, Southwest Airlines, and Spectrum Marketing.

Presenting Sponsor

Citizens Bank

Partnership Sponsors

The Couch Family Foundation

Component Sponsors

Date/Time: Friday, September 23, 2016 - 8:30am to 2:30 pm
Location: Radisson Hotel / Center of NH , Manchester
Fees: Member - $175; Not-yet-member - $250. Register before August 19 and save $50.

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