When your nonprofit is stronger, all of us are stronger. Join us for this thoughtfully curated conference on Tuesday, December 10, 2019, designed to make your organization stronger. This one-of-its-kind conference is an opportunity for all of us to learn from - and aspire to - the best practices of exceptional nonprofits.


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2019 Best Nonprofit Conference Agenda

Tuesday, December 10, 2019 | Ford Foundation Center for Social Justice | 320 East 43rd St. New York, NY 10017

  • 8:15 am - 9:15 amRegistration & Networking Breakfast
    Level A, 43rd St./ Level 10 Nelson Mandela Room
  • 9:30 am - 11:35 am2019 Nonprofit Excellence Awards Awards Ceremony & Panel Presentation:
    Translating Management Practices into Results
    Level B, Auditorium /Dolores Huerta Room
  • 11:40 am - 12:55 pmBreakout One
    Level B, Auditorium/Dolores Huerta Room / McGeorge Bundy Room

    Key Area - Advocacy and Strategic Alliances
    Speakers: Jessica González-Rojas, Executive Director, National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health, Marissa Martin, Executive Director, Advocacy Institute
    Key Area - Planning and Evaluation
    Key Area - Technology and Data Use
    Speakers: Karim Beldjilali, Senior IT Auditor, The New York Times, Anita Romero, Deputy Director Weeksville Heritage Center

  • 1:15 pm - 2:25 pm Networking Lunch
    Level 10, Nelson Mandela Room / Level 11 Susan Berresford Room
  • 2:45 pm - 4:00 pmBreakout Two
    Level B, Auditorium/Dolores Huerta Rm/ McGeorge Bundy Room
    Key Area - Communications
    Speakers: Shanelle Matthews Founder, The Radical Communicators Network
    Key Area - Human Resources
    Speakers: Alexandros Hatzakis, Chief Operating Officer, Federation of Protestant Welfare Agencies (FPWA), Neema Mbonela, Independent HR Consultant
    Key Area - Governance
  • 4:15 pm - 5:30 pmBreakout Three
    Level B, Auditorium/Dolores Huerta Room / McGeorge Bundy Room
    Key Area - Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
    Speaker(s): Tanya Odom, Global Diversity and Inclusion and Education Consultant
    Key Area - Financial Management
    Speaker(s): Jina Paik, Director, Nonprofit Finance Fund
    Key Area - Fundraising
  • 5:30 pm - 6:00 pmClosing Comment
    Atrium or Level B, Auditorium

View our 2018 agenda

"Really well done! The sessions were very substantive and I love that the conference book included a tool for each Area of Excellence."

— 2018 Best Nonprofit Conference Survey

"A key unexpected highlight for me was the "networking," which is a word I don't really like and an activity I don't really look forward to. But I do really like meeting new people, and it turned out that I randomly sat next to people at every event who was interesting and helpful to me in very specific ways. From the insurance broker to the Salesforce consultant to the fellow operations manager from a small nonprofit -- each person I randomly sat next to was really USEFUL to me and fun to get to know, and warm and helpful ... I will definitely come back to this!"

— 2018 Best Nonprofit Conference Survey

"It was an excellent conference, with lots of opportunities to network with, and learn from, my peers. Thank you. I hope to be able to attend again in the future."

— 2018 Best Nonprofit Conference Survey


For program inquiries: Aaron Covarrubias, [email protected], 646-893-2441
For press and media inquiries: Kelly McLain, [email protected], 646-893-2881
For sponsorships: Matt Cheng, [email protected], 646-893-2663



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