Are you ready to take your nonprofit to the next level? Join us as we build on ten years of impact, this year we’re reinventing Nonprofit Boot Camp, with the goal of helping nonprofit decision-makers learn the keys to promoting innovation, including how to embrace change… and even failure.

Instead of gearing the program toward the needs of organizations, we’re honing in on the key to successful impact and evolution: people.  There’s no shortage of resources for nonprofits interested in best practices, but what about tips and tools designed to make nonprofit leaders more effective?  Join us and learn the keys to work/life balance, finding and sustaining your passion for fundraising, and tapping into the passions of your board, staff, and supporters.

So don’t miss Boot Camp this year.  We’ll have insightful conversations from top speakers that will help you reignite your passions and connection to what drove you to work in the field, and provide ample time for networking with like-minded peers, one-on-one coaching, massage, creativity exercises, meditation and yoga.

The day will be structured in the classic SM4NP format, with Twitter-meets-TED-style sessions in a single track. Leave your laptop and iPad behind, and disconnect with technology for a single day of reflection, inspiration, and mindfulness, and reconnect with yourself, fellow attendees and nature to rediscover why you joined the sector.

Rediscover balance.  Ignite passion.  Gain a new perspective on your work and impact.  All of this and more awaits you at Boot Camp, so sign up now!

Nonprofit Boot Camp- Silicon Valley, June 10th, 2014
Conference Program

8:30 am

Registration & Continental Breakfast

9:00 am


Gabriel Cortez, YouthSpeaks

9:15 am

Welcome & Introduction

Ritu Sharma, Co-Founder & Executive Director
Social Media for Nonprofits

Sponsor Remarks
Thea Nilson, Microsoft Silicon Valley

9:30 am

Innovation and Embracing Failure

Marnie Webb, Co-CEO,TechSoup Global & CEO, Caravan Studios

Twitter Handle: @MarnieWebb

Does your organization embrace failure? Does it create room for it and celebrate it as a stepping stone towards greater success and innovation? Join Marnie to learn how to create a culture of innovation at your nonprofit and empower your staff to fail forward and onward, as she experienced when recently launching Caravan Studios.

10:00 am

Sustainable and Scalable Social Change Through Cross Sector Partnerships

Jennifer Anastasoff, Co-Founder & CEO,Fuse Corps

Twitter Handle: @FuseCorps

10:30 am

Break for Coffee & Conversation

10:50 am

Embracing Mindfulness & Increasing Productivity in Teams

Cassie Schindler, Mind Your Moments, MBSR Trainer

11:00 am

Collaboration and Partnerships to Amplify Impact

Patricia Gardner, Executive Director, Silicon Valley Council of Nonprofits

Join Patricia to learn how to create alliances in the nonprofit sector. Networks of agencies are stronger together thanindividually. Nonprofits together can lift their voice to impact change, and SVCN is an example of a network that worked together to increase government funding, change policies that impact theirclients, and support local ballot measures like the Minimum Way in San Jose.

11:30 am

Reinventing Philanthropy: Funders Panel

Mara Williams, Sobrato Family Foundation
June Sugiyama, Vodafone Foundation

12:00 pm

Break for Lunch, One-On-One Coaching, Massage Chairs, and Professional Headshots!

2:00 pm

Mindful Moment

Megan Keane, NTEN

2:10 pm

Next-Gen Leaders for the Nonprofit Sector

Moderator: Jennifer M. Pigza, Ph.D., Academic Chair,Graduate Program in Leadership for Social Justice, Saint Mary’s College of California

Stacy Kono, Director, Programmatic Partnerships, Rockwood Institute
Ahmed Mansur, Director, Urban Economy Institute
Elissa Perry, Program Catalyst, Network Leadership Innovation Lab

Ann Kletz, Principal, Leadership Search Partners

Join a conversation with leadership development specialists and coaches about what it means to embrace and embody sustainable leadership. Specifically the conversation will explore how nonprofit leaders:

  • Develop their inner selves in order to do their outer work
  • Maintain passion in the midst of sometimes dis-passionate tasks
  • Develop practices that nurture personal sustainability
  • Translate care of whole self to people and organizations with whom they work

3:00 pm

Break for Stretching, Coffee & Conversation

3:20 pm

Mindful Moment

Megan Keane, NTEN

3:45 pm

Panel: How to Build & Leverage a Rockstar Board

Karen Topakian, Board Chair, Greenpeace USA

Margaret Donohue, Leadership Transitions

Join Karen and an all-star panel and learn how to recruit, cultivate, and leverage the strengths of rockstar board members. Many nonprofits don’t know how to best utilize the talents of highly successful and connected board members. Hear from some of the most engaged folks in the community and learn how to build a thriving board.

4:30 pm

Walking Meetings: Bringing Activity, Mindfulness,& Creativity to Your Day

Beth Kanter, Author, Blogger & Master Trainer

5:15 pm

Closing Remarks

Ritu Sharma, Executive Director,
Social Media for Nonprofits

5:30- 7:00 pm

Networking Reception

Recharge, decompress, and connect with peers over live music, beer, and wine.

  • sponsors

    • Media Cause
    • The James Irvine Foundation
    • Cascade Data Solutions