From Surviving to Thriving: Innovative Approaches to Nonprofit Sustainability (Philadelphia)

Aug 01, 2018 09:00am -
Aug 01, 2018 01:00pm

Event Details

Event Description

From Surviving to Thriving: Innovative Approaches to Nonprofit Sustainability
Wednesday, August 1 | 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM | Philadelphia

Offered in Partnership with:
Regional Foundation Center of the Free Library of Philadelphia

Sponsored by:

The sustainable nonprofit: rarer even than the mythical unicorn? Not so! PANO and the Regional Foundation Center are teaming up to co-host “From Surviving to Thriving” in Philadelphia to demystify and bring to life conversations about, with, and for local nonprofits on the path to sustainability.

This half-day program will feature:

  • Networking
  • A panel of local organizations and funders sharing honest insights into the challenges, realities, lessons learned, and successes along their journeys toward sustainability for their own organizations and for others
  • Your choice of one of three workshops that will take you deeper into specific strategies for sustainability at your organization
  • Food – did we mention breakfast is on us?

Throughout the morning, participants will:

  • Define the concept of sustainability for their own organization, recognizing that there is no one-size-fits-all approach to sustainability
  • Learn from and contribute to the “wisdom in the room” around successes, challenges, frustrations, and innovations in building and maintaining sustainable organizations
  • Identify strategies for sustainability at their organization
  • Meet other local organizations and nonprofit professionals with whom to continue the conversation and/or collaborate for stronger impact in our communities


Panel Discussion Description
For many nonprofits, if they manage to fully achieve their missions they’ll effectively put themselves out of business. Even still, in order to get to that point of ultimate success it’s not enough to survive…we need to thrive. In short, we need to ensure our organization’s sustainability. But what does that even mean? How do we get there? And, more importantly, how do we stay there? Panelists will share their candid insights into the challenges, realities, lessons learned, and successes along their journeys toward sustainability, both for their own organizations and for the organizations they support.

Workshop: Collaboration as a Strategy for Sustainability
Presented by: Anne Gingerich, Executive Director, PANO
This workshop focuses on two elements required for sustainability that involve people rather than money, noting the complexity of human relationships in a collaborative environment. Participants will have opportunities to learn knowledge and to practice partnership-building skills. Real-life lessons will be shared along with policies and processes that support strong collaborations.    

Workshop: Legal Considerations for Sustainability
Don Kramer, Editor, Nonprofit Issues & Attorney, Montgomery McCracken

Workshop: From Money Pit to Money Maker: The Nonprofit Executive Guide to Earned Revenue
Gail Bower, Bower & Co. Consulting
What if you could convert that costly program into a constant stream of revenue? What if there’s an asset, hidden like a treasure in the proverbial attic of your organization, ready to be dusted off? What if new audiences are out there waiting to invest in your mission in a whole new way? Join revenue strategist Gail Bower in this session to explore whether you might have hidden potential.

Free for Everyone!

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Parkway Central Library
1901 Vine Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103


Event Type:Education
Early registration ends on Jun 12, 2018.
Regular registration starts on Jun 13, 2018 and ends on Jul 25, 2018.
Late registration starts on Jul 26, 2018.
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