When your nonprofit is stronger, all of us are stronger. The Best Nonprofit Conference is a one-off-its-kind opportunity for all of us to learn from - and aspire to - the best practices of exceptional nonprofits.

On Wednesday, December 8th and Thursday, December 9th, Nonprofit New York will bring together over 300 nonprofit professionals from all across the New York City area (and beyond!) to our virtual 2021 Best Nonprofit Conference. This year’s conference will provide attendees the opportunity to learn about management practices & strategies that center race equity. We will kick off a discussion on initial equity goals so that we can develop a plan with accountability standards for individual organizations and the sector as a whole.


2021 Best Nonprofit Conference Agenda

Wednesday, December 8 and Thursday, December 9, 2021 | Virtual

Day 1:

  • 10:00 AM - 10:15 AM Opening Welcome
  • 10:15 AM - 11:30 AM Plenary: Nonprofit Management Through a Racial Equity Lens
    • Lakimja Mattocks, Chief Equity & Learning Officer, Nonprofit New York
    • Tiffany Caton, Director of Development & Communications, Trail Blazers
    • Amy West, Executive Vice President & Chief Financial Officer, AHRC NYC
    • Jason Wu, Director of Operations, Human Services Council of New York
  • 11:35 AM - 12:25 PM Disruptive Development: Shifting the Fundraising Focus
    • George Suttles, Executive Director, Commonfund Institute
    • Stella Billings, Safe Horizon, Vice President, Institutional Advancement
    • Santana Moreno, Senior Manager of Philanthropic Partnerships, Jobs With Justice
    • Rhea Wong, Nonprofit Consultant, Rhea Wong Consulting
  • 12:25 PM - 12:55 PM Lunch and Learn
  • 12:55 PM - 1:25 PM Networking
  • 1:25 PM - 2:15 PM Technology and Equity: Promoting Inclusion and Increasing Accessibility
    • Kerry Thompson, Inclusion and Accessibility Development Manager, Disability Rights Fund and Disability Rights Advocacy Fund
    • Chris Bunting, Lead Instructional Designer, Candid
    • Matthew Canuteson, Diversity & Inclusion Officer/Dir. Bureau of Cultural Competence, NYS Office of Mental Health
    • Rebecca Cokley, U.S. Disability Rights Program Officer, Ford Foundation
  • 2:15 PM - 2:25 PM Break
  • 2:25 PM - 2:55 PM Coffee and Convos
  • 3:00 PM -3:50 PM Communicating Solidarity: Moving Beyond the Social Media Post
    • Melissa Lashley Elliott, CEO, MDL Coaching and Consulting
    • AiLun Ku, President & CEO, The Opportunity Network
    • Cheryl Cato Blakemore, VP, Strategic Communications and Public Engagement, Race Forward
  • 3:50 PM - 4:00 PM Close Out

Day 2:

  • 10:00 AM - 10:15 AM Welcome
  • 10:15 AM - 11:15 AM Holding Ourselves Accountable: As Organizations and a Sector
    • Meg Barnette, President & CEO, Nonprofit New York
    • Jennifer Jones Austin, FPWA, CEO and Executive Director
    • Morgan Monaco, Executive Director, Red Hook Initiative
    • Muzzy Rosenblatt, CEO & President, BRC
  • 11:20 AM - 12:10 PM Translating Access to Change: How Can Advocates Reshape Policies and Landscape?
    • Kei Williams, National Organizer, Marsha P. Johnson Institute
    • Elizabeth Angeles, Associate Vice President, Advocacy, United Way of New York City
    • Alana Cantillo, Vice President of Advocacy, New York Immigration Coalition
    • Dawn Rowe, President & CEO, Girl Vow
  • 12:10 PM - 12:40 PM Lunch and Learn
  • 12:40 PM - 1:10 PM Networking
  • 1:10 PM - 2:00 PM Operationalizing Race Equity Through a Shared Leadership Framework
    • Diana Breen, Principal & Owner, Diana Breen Consulting
    • Shibani Gambhir, Chief Operating Officer, Foundation for Opioid Response Efforts
    • Vanessa Leung, Co-Executive Director, CACF (Coalition for Asian American Children and Families)
    • Lacy Serros, Manager, Executive, Nonprofit Finance Fund
  • 2:05 PM - 2:35 PM Coffee and Convos
  • 2:35 PM - 2:45 PM Break
  • 2:45 PM - 3:35 PM Beyond Awareness: Becoming an Anti-Racist Organization
    • Jennifer Njuguna, Chief Operating Officer, Common Future
    • Kevin Cummings, Executive Director, New York, Institute for Nonprofit Practice
    • Haydee Morales, Casita Maria
    • Stephanie Nilva, Executive Director, Day One
  • 3:40 PM - 4:00 PM Conference Close Out


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