TO THE IECC THRIVE CONFERENCE 2020
In just a matter of days, months, our world has changed dramatically.
In many communities, businesses and houses of worship are shuttered, schools are closed and streets are empty. We’re all feeling tremendous uncertainty and tension as our nation and the entire world try to navigate this unprecedented moment.
And as our country contends with the coronavirus pandemic, the children, families and communities at the heart of the IECC mission are facing greater challenges than ever before — some immediate, and others as yet unknown.
All of this has implications for our work, as well as that of our extraordinary partners. Many must rightly turn their attention from our shared efforts to address the most basic needs and concerns, not only for the people we serve but also for our own staff, children and families.
We remain committed to being available to nonprofits and other partners and will continue our work in solidarity. Yet we know some things may slow down or be put on hold as we all focus on more pressing issues for the foreseeable future.
We are grateful for nonprofits in our region and their dedication to keeping the needs of our communities’ top of mind even as they’re dealing with their own challenges. And whatever may come, we aim to be supportive and understanding of them throughout this period.
Nonprofit sustainability, or the ability to continue delivering relevant social impact over the long term, has always been important to nonprofit leaders. But as the spread of COVID-19 causes upheaval in just about every aspect of society and highlights the deep social inequities many nonprofits are working to address, sustainability is becoming even more of a top priority.
The 5th Annual Thrive Conference “Prevailing in a Time of Crisis” has been reformatted as a virtual event spread over two mornings to make it easier for you to participate. Insightful keynote talks, thoughtful discussions, and lively interactive breakouts will be led by the nonprofit experts who understand the challenges you are facing. You’ll leverage ideas, connect with peers around common themes, and gain the tools to help you better advocate for those you serve.
This is uncharted territory for everyone, and none of us knows what lies ahead. But we hope that our contributions and efforts to encourage the capacity of nonprofits to build their sustainability can continue to provide relief for those in our communities most in need, and will make a meaningful difference.
Chief Executive Officer
Inland Empire Community Collaborative
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 8
Plenary Keynote: Nonprofits for Movements, not Moments
10:00 – 11:00 am – Zoom Room Webinar Sessions
CompassPoint: Leaders of Color, Social Equity
If the goal is to work towards racial justice and equity with our partners, how can we not have a workplace where folks talk about their experiences with systemic oppression? How can we not acknowledge the moments in our lives where we’ve been privileged by virtue of some of the identities we hold? At CompassPoint, we’ve maintained that racial justice and equity work has to happen from the inside out.
Caravanserai Project: PPP Fiscal Loans
Forgiveness & Compliance
Stephen Bennett: Principal, Caravanserai Project
Mihai Patru: CEO, Caravanserai Project
Jeremy W. Hobbs: Executive Director, Western Wind Foundation
Caravanserai Project: PPP Fiscal Loan Forgiveness & Compliance
We will present pragmatic financial guidance for leaders of mission-driven organizations, especially focused on navigating the effects of the COVID pandemic. We will discuss:
—Paycheck Protection Program Loan Forgiveness;
—The importance of Accurate and Timely Form 990s;
—Understanding and Managing Organizational Expenses;
—Diversifying Revenue Sources;
—Straightforward Financial Planning Tools for Survival and Sustainability
IE Rise: Inland Empire Road Map for
an Inclusive and Sustainable Economy
Karthick Ramakrishnan: UC Riverside Professor &
Director of the Center for Social Innovation
Sky Allen: IE Rise Coordinator, Inland Empowerment
IE Rise: Inland Empire Road Map for an Inclusive and Sustainable Economy
Leaders are building on their success in organizing the region for 2020 Census outreach by utilizing a similar approach to inclusive regional planning. We began with a core group of partners that have been engaged in Census outreach and policy advocacy, who have the requisite knowledge and commitment, plus trust and goodwill among community members and institutional stakeholders alike, for this project to succeed. These partners established a foundational framework of core values, principles, and approaches that will inform the IE RISE work of grassroots and stakeholder engagement, policy and investment platform development, advocacy and accountability.
Now that the foundation is set, we look forward to engaging with institutional allies and partners. Building on the organizing model of Census IE, we are convening a coalition of community based organizations, industry, public institutions and other stakeholders with the purpose of creating a unified vision for the Inland Empire.
Esri: GIS for Racial Equality
Sophia Garcia, GIS Analyst, Dolores Huerta Foundation
Stewart Rouse, Solutions Engineer, Esri
Rebecca Lehman, Global Business Development, Esri
Reid Christianson, Solutions Engineer, Esri
Esri: GIS for Racial Equality
Location intelligence is a powerful tool for understanding our world. In this session, we will provide tools, data and examples of how to use a racial equity workflow to better serve communities in need and reduce the impact of racial injustice. We will apply a racial equity workflow to engage communities and stakeholders, map and analyze inequities, operationalize racial justice best practices, and manage performance for racial justice.
Plenary Keynote: Digital Fundraising
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 9
Plenary Keynote: Nonprofits, Public Policy, and the Meaning of Life
9:45 – 10:45 am: Zoom Room Webinar Sessions
NTEN: Digital Equity: Steps Nonprofits can Take towards Digital Inclusion
Caravanserai Project: Social Innovators and Entrepreneurs
The debate around the nonprofit sector has traditionally been focused on these organizations’ missions and their capacity to change lives for the better. The Covid-19 pandemic brought into spotlight an aspect that has been fundamental to the nonprofit leaders’ ability to achieve their organizations’ visions: entrepreneurship. While a nonprofit may not increase the wealth of its stakeholders, it is still a business whose success is measured by the social impact achieved.
More than ever, nonprofit leaders are expected to step up their entrepreneurial game and act more like businesspeople. Taking risks, adopting a more agile and flexible approach to doing business, understanding the market and its dynamic, taking the time to pilot, experiment and evaluate, building a business plan are just some of the elements that nonprofit entrepreneurs should consider as their organization’s survival is challenged during these times.
This session focuses on decoding the entrepreneur’s profile and adjusting it to the nonprofit sector.
Sarah Boxx, LLC: The Art and Science of Donor Engagement Through Storytelling
“Your story is not complete until you’re sitting in the audience experiencing it as the donor; until you feel the emotions of the message and YOU are moved to donate, to be an ambassador. Until then, you are just talking “to” someone you don’t know or care about.”
Ken and Sarah will use a three-part filmmaking framework, interactive exercises, and discussion to teach participants how to
- Identify their story’s primary characters
- Be “in the scene” as the donor
- Connect authentically to the donor’s motivations and emotions
- Create a message that becomes a catalyst that transforms the donor and organization relationship
This session is interactive. Come ready to engage and learn from one another.
AM Development: Building Strategic Partners to Leverage Funding
If you are a nonprofit interested in going to the next level in grant funding, you need to consider who you are working with and who you need to be working with. Nonprofits often take pride in “doing all things for all people”, but is that really the right approach? The development of strategic partnerships can not only serve your clients better, but can also increase grant funding to your organization. This session will teach you the skills you need to identify, develop, and foster key strategic partnerships to become an even better nonprofit.
Plenary Keynote: Leadership During Crisis to Ensure Sustainability
Kad Smith is a project director with CompassPoint. In his time at CompassPoint Kad has specialized in program design and the facilitation of CompassPoint’s cohort leadership programs. Outside of his work with CompassPoint’s cohort leadership programs, Kad enjoys facilitating workshops in CompassPoint’s public training program where he covers a broad range of content and topics.
A native of Berkeley, Kad is a self-described “bay-destrian.” His family hails from Texas and across the southern United States. Kad is passionate about racial justice, prison reform, civic engagement, and the liberation of all marginalized people across the globe.
Before joining CompassPoint, Kad worked with the Ecology Center of Bekeley for six years, focusing on community engagement and environmental justice advocacy. Through his work with the Ecology Center, Kad was able to be a precinct captain on Berkeley’s Measure D Campaign in 2014, which resulted in the historic passing of the first soda tax in US history.
He currently serves on the Board of Directors for Berkeley’s Ecology Center and has previously worked on the board of the Berkeley Community Fund (now called the Berkeley Community Scholars). Having grown up in Berkeley, Kad has tried to live into his values around civic duty by showing up in roles as a City Commisioner on Berkeley’s Communtiy Health Commision and Police Review Commision.
CEO (Chief Whaler)
George is the Chief Whaler of Whole Whale, co-founder of PowerPoetry.org. George founded Whole Whale in 2010 with the goal of reducing the nonprofit education gap in data and technology. To date, Whole Whale has worked with over 100 social impact organizations to multiply their online engagement, and has reached over 2 million learning engagements on our podcast/video/education platforms:
Jan Masaoka is CEO of the California Association of Nonprofits (CalNonprofits), a statewide policy alliance of more than 10,000 nonprofits speaking to government, philanthropy, and the public at large.
Jan is a leading writer and thinker on nonprofit organizations with particular emphasis on boards of directors, business planning, and the role of nonprofits in society. Her books include Best of the Board Café (Fieldstone), Nonprofit Sustainability: Making Strategic Decisions for Financial Viability, co-author (Jossey Bass) and The Nonprofit’s Guide to HR (Nolo Press). Jan founded and through 2015 wrote the Blue Avocado magazine, growing it from 0 to 64,000 subscribers.
Prior to CalNonprofits, she served 14 years as executive director of CompassPoint Nonprofit Services in which position she was named Nonprofit Executive of the Year by Nonprofit Times. She is an eight-time designee as one of the “Fifty Most Influential” people in the nonprofit sector nationwide and was named California Community Leader of the Year by Leadership California. Her volunteer work includes serving as chair of Asian Pacific Islander Wellness Center and founding chair of Community Initiatives; she currently serves on the board of MapLight and on the National Public Policy Committee of Independent Sector.
DR. FERNANDO CHANG-MUY
Author and Professor
Thomas O’Boyle Lecturer in Law
at the University of Pennsylvania
DR. FERNANDO CHANG-MUY
Fernando Chang-Muy is a lawyer, activist and strategic business adviser. He is the Thomas O’Boyle Lecturer in Law at the University of Pennsylvania School of Law. He also teaches courses at the Graduate School of Social Policy and Practice on topics such as US Immigration Law, International Human Rights and Refugee Law, and Non Profit Leadership.
He has expansive, parallel careers in immigration and refugee law, education, philanthropy and leadership development. He served as Legal Officer with both the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and the UN World Health Organization (WHO), AIDS Program. He also served as the first director of Swarthmore College’s Intercultural Center, Assistant Dean for Student Affairs, advisor to the Provost on Equal Opportunity, and lecturer on International Human Rights in the Peace and Conflict Studies.
In addition to teaching, he combines his experience in academia and operations, as principal and founder of Solutions International, providing independent management consulting, facilitation and training to philanthropic institutions, non profit organizations and government agencies. His areas of expertise include designing and facilitating large group, action-focused strategic planning processes, board governance retreats, staff internal communications systems, and resource development plans and individual donor campaigns.
Grant Developer, AM Development
Andrea Mitchel is the Director of Research and Development at the Cal State Reentry Initiative (CSRI) and the Vice-President of AM Development Group. After spending approximately fifteen years in education as a middle school teacher and high school administrator, she began doing nonprofit development work working as the government grant writer at Goodwill Southern California, and then as the Director of Development at a local behavioral health organization.
Mitchel is the founder and original designer of the Cal State Reentry Initiative program. She has extensive experience in obtaining grant funding and has obtained over $300 million in grant funding for projects dealing with prisoner reentry, education, housing, and healthcare. She has a master’s in education with an emphasis in administration. Andrea has taught numerous classes in nonprofit development and proposal writing at Los Angeles Valley College and
throughout the region. AM Development Group works with municipalities, institutions of higher education, low-income housing programs, and healthcare clinics in program and funds development throughout Southern California.
Project Director, CompassPoint
Emily is a project coordinator for CompassPoint and is a key team member in ensuring that participants in our Cohort Leadership Programs have transformative learning experiences. They love working behind the scenes and connecting directly with nonprofit leaders to ensure that their learning experiences with CompassPoint help them to further their goals of equity and justice.
They are a core team member of the HIVE (Healing, Inspiration, Voice and Equity) Leadership Development Program, a cohort program for reproductive health, rights, and justice leaders in Louisiana.
Before joining the CompassPoint team, Emily worked for BRIDGE Housing, a nonprofit affordable housing developer in San Francisco, where they supported the compliance team in project management and annual reporting. They also hold many years of team leadership experience, both in a professional capacity as well as through volunteer work as the coordinator of the Queer Resource Center at Brandeis University. Through these roles, they also discovered their love for training and capacity building.
Emily is particularly passionate about prison abolition and the rights of current and formerly incarcerated people. Having been connected (through Black & Pink) to an incarcerated pen-pal for several years, they support various national prison abolition organizations and encourage folks to reconsider the role of prisons in society.
JEREMY W. HOBBS
Western Wind Foundation
JEREMY W. HOBBS
Executive Director, Western Wind Foundation
Jeremy Hobbs is President of Western Wind Foundation and Chairman of Eastek International, a contract manufacturer. After a varied career in management consulting, law, and business, his primary work is with hundreds of non-profit organizations and leaders throughout the Inland Empire. Jeremy also serves on the Board of the Inland Empire Community Foundation.
Professor and Director
University of California, Riverside
Center for Social Innovation
Professor and Director, University of California – Riverside, Center for Social Innovation
Karthick Ramakrishnan is professor of public policy and political science at the University of California, Riverside, and founding director of the Center for Social Innovation. He is also a Board Member of The California Endowment and Chair of the California Commission on APIA Affairs. Ramakrishnan directs the National Asian American Survey and is founder of AAPIData.com, which publishes demographic data and policy research on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. He has published many articles and 6 books, including most recently, Framing Immigrants (Russell Sage, 2016) and The New Immigration Federalism (Cambridge, 2015), and has written dozens of opeds and appeared in over 1,000 news stories.
He was recently named to the Frederick Douglass 200 and is currently writing a book on state citizenship in the United States. For his most up-to-date bio, CV, and publications, please visit http://karthick.com
Emmy Award Winning Writer, Director, and Producer
Emmy Award Winning Writer, Director, and Producer
Ken Fay is an Emmy Award winning Writer, Director, and Producer who unleashes his enthusiasm and talents as an artist and storyteller in every project and production.
He has developed, written, directed, and produced content for networks and mega corporations, including Comcast, NBC, and Universal. He serves clients in diverse industries and sectors (e.g., corporate, technology, nonprofit, healthcare, commercial, and faith-based).
Some of Ken’s current productions include “My Road Leads Home”, a powerful documentary series on homelessness, and assisting an international high tech and high touch analytics company in integrating heart centered messaging into their business communications.
In 2014, he received an Emmy for the documentary he produced following the Sandy Hook School shootings. A film that focused the lens on healing through the eyes of specially trained golden retrievers brought in to give hope, healing, and comfort.
Ken is a volunteer disaster response K9 Handler with multiple deployments in the aftermath of crises, including;
- Newtown, CT (his hometown community) – Sandy Hook school shootings
- Boston, MA – Marathon Bombings
- Texas – Hurricane Harvey
- Las Vegas, NV – Route 91 Harvest Music Festival shootings
Ken believes everyone has a story to tell and a voice that needs to be heard.
Senior Program Manager
Senior Program Manager, NTEN
Leana Mayzlina works at the intersection of technology and human thriving. She is a passionate advocate for digital inclusion with years of experience building community among people and organizations at the forefront of change. Born in Ukraine and raised in the US, Leana set out to bridge the gaps between continents and culture, communities and connectivity. At NTEN she leads the Digital Inclusion fellowship, guiding fellows around the country in bridging economic, educational, and social gaps through digitally inclusive initiatives. Prior to joining the NTEN team, she developed international campaigns supporting grassroots women leaders in advocating for social, political, and environmental change. In 2011, Leana moved back to the Pacific Northwest after nearly a decade working in Latin America, where she managed international cooperation programs in areas ranging from poverty alleviation to social entrepreneurship. Leana speaks Russian, English, Spanish, and um pouquinho de português and holds a BA in Spanish and Latin American Studies from Pitzer College, as well as an MA in International Studies from the University of Chile. Leana lives in Portland with her husband and their rescue dog, Atlas. She is always ready to get the next stamp in her passport.
CEO, Caravanserai Project
Mihai Petru is Co-Founder and Executive Director of Caravanserai Project, and Entrepreneur in Residence on Social Entrepreneurship at UC Riverside. He conceived and operates SEED Lab, the first social entrepreneurship pre-accelerator at the UCR. After many years in international diplomacy work, Mihai is involved in a number of social businesses aiming at increasing financial predictability to artisans in Central America and Eastern Europe.
Global Business Development
Global Business Development, Esri
Rebecca Lehman is an account manager for Nonprofit organization’s at Esri. She works with small and medium sized nonprofits deliver services more efficiently and effectively and tell their story with data. She focuses on homelessness, food insecurity racial inequity and sustainability. Prior to working at Esri, Rebecca worked at a variety of nonprofit organizations. She has a Masters in Environmental Management from Yale University.
Solutions Engineer, Esri
Reid Christanson is a Solution Engineer at Esri, assisting Nonprofit, Education and Health based industries. His goal is to motivate and inspire organizations and individuals to adopt ArcGIS as a common location platform, and realize the power of GIS and it’s many applications in our world. From Business, to telecommunications, transportation to natural resource management; location intelligence enables us to make smarter decisions in an ever-complicating world. Reid obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Sciences and Geography, with an emphasis on the practical application of GIS in the modern world.
CEO Chief Vision Sherpa
Sarah Boxx, LLC
CEO Chief Vision Sherpa, Sarah Boxx, LLC
Sarah Boxx, MA is CEO and Chief Vision Sherpa at Sarah Boxx, LLC. She provides 1:1 coaching services for high-achieving, motivated professionals wanting to grow personally and professionally. She works with teams and organizations to build capacity, sustainability and achieve tangible results.
As former nonprofit executive director and former partner in a consulting firm, Sarah brings more than 35 years of professional and volunteer experience working with the corporate, nonprofit, and government sectors. She’s served as a crisis line volunteer, victim advocate, board member, and volunteer training coordinator. She was honored with the National Governor’s Association Award for distinguished service to government.
She became a best-selling author (The Changemaker Ripple Effect) in 2016. She is the creator and host of the No Labels No Limits podcast (since 2018). In 2020, she launched the Intentional Nonprofit Leaders Community membership, where she helps nonprofit executives who are overextended at work and home by showing them how to regain time, reduce stress, and lead strategically so they can live a life they love at work and at home.
Sarah believes we are capable of more than we imagine. She’s committed to growing and living life with No Labels. No Limits. No Excuses. ™
IE Rise Coordinator
IE Rise Coordinator, Inland Empowerment
Sky Allen is the Census Coordinator for Inland Empowerment, a coalition of nonprofit organizations organized to increase civic participation through engagement of historically ignored and disenfranchised communities of color. Through her role, Sky offers coordination and communications support to The Community Foundation and the CensusIE coalition. Additionally, as a co-chair within the Inland Empire Complete Count Committee, she carries local expertise of how census outreach is progressing and developing in Riverside and San Bernardino counties.
Prior to Inland Empowerment, Sky was a policy fellow for the Warehouse Worker Resource Center leading a civic engagement campaign and researching city planning within the Inland Empire. She graduated from the UCR in 2018 with a B.S. in Business Administration with a Concentration in Management and a Minor in Ethnic Studies.
Dolores Huerta Foundation
GIS Analyst, Dolores Huerta Foundation
Sophia Garcia is a Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Analyst with the Dolores Huerta Foundation where she leads the development of maps and data to enhance its community organizing work. Sophia has demonstrated that maps and data can be used as powerful tools to evaluate and improve the electoral viability of under-represented communities on school boards, city councils, and local utility districts. Her experience in various industries including, agriculture, transportation planning, public works, academics, and social justice nonprofits has allowed her to see the breadth of GIS and its use to make a difference for social justice. Sophia is a Co Vice-Chair of the Anti Racism Pro Equity Committee, a member of the GIS Equity and Social Justice Alliance, and a co-founder of Spatial Commons an organization committed to mapping social justice. Sophia holds a certificate in GIS from California State University Bakersfield and a B.A. in Environmental Studies from Wellesley College.
Principal, Caravanserai Project
Stephen is Co-Founder and Chair of Caravanserai Project and has had a life-long career in building and managing mission-driven entities — both for-profit and non-profit. He has led the AIDS Project of LA and United Cerebal Palsy, and has founded a number of start-up businesses. A member of the Board of California Endowment, Stephen has lately focused his experience on supporting Inland Empire-based organizations and leaders.
Solutions Engineer, Esri
Stewart is a Solution Engineer with Esri supporting the Transportation Practice. Before joining Global Business Development he spent 5 years in Esri Technical Support assisting customers with issues ranging from ArcGIS Desktop and Pro to Esri’s various APIs and SDKs. In his current role, Stewart uses his programming skill and GIS knowledge to create solutions that aid customers in their mission and drive sales.