Our 20th Birthday Bash was a Hit!
Tuesday, October 3, 2017
2017 marked the 20th anniversary of the Liberty Bank Foundation, so we celebrated with a mini-conference focused on nonprofit capacity building and wrapped things up with the announcement of our 20th Anniversary Grant Competition winners.
Along with our sponsors -- the James H. Napier Foundation, and the Community Foundation of Middlesex County -- we were delighted to offer the expertise of nonprofit leadership stars: Joan Garry, nonprofit leadership consultant; Sarah Lange, New Era 4 Nonprofits; and Katherine Bradshaw and Stewart Lanier, TSNE MissionWorks.
Then we had the big reveal: our competition winners. Congratulations to: Middlesex Habitat for Humanity of CT, Windham Regional Community Council, and Windham Regional No Freeze Hospitality Center.
If you missed the event and would like to pick up some pointers (or just need a fresh copy of your handouts) please click below.
8:30 a.m. Registration, Networking, and Continental Breakfast
9:00 a.m. Plenary — Welcome, Agenda for the day
9:15 a.m. Workshops (3 separate sessions)
10:45 a.m. Break
11:00 a.m. Keynote by Joan Garry
12:00 p.m. Lunch
12:45 p.m. 20th Anniversary Celebration and Presentation of 20th Anniversary Grants
2:00 p.m. Adjournment
Ask Joan: Get Answers to Thorny Questions Nonprofit Leaders Struggle With
Joan Garry, Principal, Joan Garry Consulting“Nonprofits are messy” is her slogan … and Joan Garry’s mission in life is to help nonprofit leaders work their way through whatever mess they’re in. From developing effective boards to tackling tough HR problems … from staging a successful fundraising event to building a strategic plan … Joan has been there and done that, and will share her decades of experience with us. You’ll have a chance to submit a question when you register, or ask it at the workshop. Get ready for solutions you can use, delivered with humor, empathy, and real know-how!
Follow the Money: How to Supercharge Your Fundraising by Engaging Individual Donors
Sarah Lange, Principal & Founder, New Era for NonprofitsDid you know that, according to the 2016 Giving USA report, individuals accounted for 72% of all charitable giving in the nation? That’s almost five times the amount given by foundations, and fifteen times the total from corporations. If your agency isn’t strategizing on how to engage individual donors, you’re missing out on the biggest funding pool in the country! Sarah will share her wealth of experience on winning support from individuals. She’ll also touch on legacy giving, successful events, and leveraging your board members and their networks. Bring your questions to this interactive session with a fundraising dynamo!
Building to Last: Sustainability and Succession Planning
KEYNOTE — 11 A.M. – 12 NOON
Sailing Through the Perfect Storm: How to Keep Your Agency Afloat, On Course, and True to Your Mission
Joan Garry, Principal, Joan Garry ConsultingIt’s never been easy to run a successful nonprofit, but in this day and age it seems as if it’s never been harder. Changes in government funding and policy at the federal and state levels … the constant chase for dollars … volunteer fatigue and staff burnout … all take their toll. Most important and challenging of all, the need for services continues to grow, despite the “economic recovery.” How do those of us who work in and care about the sector keep moving forward, keep our teams motivated, and execute on our missions through the high winds and waves? Join us for a keynote full of wisdom, humor, and inspiration from one of the nonprofit sector’s guiding lights. You’ll go back to work ready to rassle alligators!
LUNCHEON — 12 NOON – 2 P.M.
2Oth Anniversary Celebration
Join us for lunch and a look back at the foundation’s first 20 years, then put your hands together as we announce the three winning agencies in our 20th Anniversary Grants Competition. Although only three organizations will walk away with grant checks, our hope is that everyone will come away with new knowledge, new partners, a big dose of inspiration, and a renewed commitment to changing our corner of the world for the better.