It Starts with I at the NYJL’s 2018 Forum for Nonprofits

On April 25, join the New York Junior League for our 2018 Forum for Nonprofits: It Starts with I. This annual conference is designed for small to medium nonprofit organizations in the New York City area dedicated to addressing key issues facing both nonprofits and the communities they serve.

Now in its 16th year, the Forum for Nonprofits conference features expert-led workshops and panel discussions. Past topics have included volunteer retention, technology trends, best practices for recruitment and training, and utilizing social media in a nonprofit environment.

The 2018 Forum for Nonprofits will focus on impact, innovation, and inclusion. These three key ideas all start with the individuals who work for, volunteer with and support the nonprofit organization. This year’s topic addresses what a nonprofit can do to leverage the skills of individuals supporting the organization in a variety of roles to achieve its strategic goals.

IMPACT: Real Stories, Real People
Can your volunteers, staff, donors, and board members share your nonprofit’s impact story to others in a compelling way? This session discusses the art of storytelling for nonprofits to build a stronger community, increase fundraising effectiveness, and turn your donors into champions for your cause. Learn how to incorporate data into your narrative and apply these lessons to effectively share your story with stakeholders.

INNOVATION: Rock Your Social Media Presence
Learn how to build effective social media pages for your nonprofit. Work with seasoned social media experts to develop engaging content, leverage your network to make valuable connections, and influence your community to volunteer or donate. Learn how to use social media analytics to understand trends that may apply to your cause.

INCLUSION: Build Inclusion and Diversity into Your Nonprofit’s Mission and Board of Directors
This workshop explores ways to build the values of diversity, equity, and inclusion into your nonprofit’s mission and operations. Explore the ways diversity and inclusion are critical to high performing boards and how your board can fulfill diversity and inclusion goals.

Bonus! INDIVIDUAL: I (You!)
Dive deep into your specific questions and hear expert opinions targeted to your unique circumstances.

Throughout the day, extraordinary speakers will share with attendees how to effectively convey their nonprofit’s story and provide tips for having a stronger social media presence.

The New York Junior League Forum for Nonprofits committee is excited to announce this year’s keynote speaker is Kára McCullough, Miss USA 2017. She is the founder of a self-funded community outreach program called “Science Exploration for Kids” (SE4K), which creates interactive activities celebrating math and science to cultivate a passion for science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) among children. She will discuss strategies and tactics to support impact, innovation, and inclusion within the nonprofit sector, using her own story as a case study.

Kára McCullough, Miss USA 2017

This year’s speaker line-up features Karyn Parsons, best known as the character “Hilary Banks” on the long-running television show, “The Fresh Prince of Bel Air.” She is the Founder and President of Sweet Blackberry, a non-profit dedicated to sharing little-known stories of African American triumph to children everywhere. Karyn created Sweet Blackberry after being inspired by the true tale of a determined enslaved man and the remarkable lengths he traveled to find his freedom. During the “Building Diversity and Inclusion into Your Nonprofit’s Mission and Board of Directors panel,” she and her fellow panelists will explore effective ways to build the important values of diversity, equity, and inclusion into your nonprofit’s mission, operations, and values.

Karyn Parsons, Founder & President of Sweet Blackberry

Join us for presentations, panel forums, working sessions, and small interactive workshops that will help you and your non-profit achieve success. For more information and to register for this year’s course, find more details here and we hope you to see you on April 25.

Strengthening the families of the greater New York area.

The New York Junior League is an organization of women committed to promoting volunteerism, developing the potential of women, and improving communities through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. Its purpose is exclusively educational and charitable.

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We welcome all women who value our mission. We are committed to inclusive environments of diverse individuals, organizations, and communities.


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