2013 Social Impact Conference Schedule
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8:15 – 9:00 Registration
Continental breakfast will be served.
9:00 – 12:30 Morning Session
All participants will convene in the Curry Ballroom.
Rebecca Riccio, Program Director, Northeastern Students4Giving
Joan Fitzgerald, Interim Dean, School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs; Director, Law and Public Policy Program; Director, Urban Studies Undergraduate Minor at Northeastern University; author of Emerald Cities: Urban Sustainability and Economic Development
9:30 Philanthropy’s Role in Policy, Advocacy, and Systems Change
Tamara Draut, Vice President of Policy and Research, Demos; author of Strapped: Why America’s 20- and 30-Somethings Can’t Get Ahead
10:25 Why Policy Matters
Description: Panelists will discuss program models and research demonstrating how philanthropists can increase their impact by understanding, engaging, and investing in policy initiatives related to their strategic goals.
Sarah Gauger, President, Hunt Alternatives Fund
Kelly Bates, Esq., Executive Director, Access Strategies Fund
Sarah Beaulieu, Senior Advisor, Opportunity Nation
Keith A. Mahoney, Esq., Director of Public Affairs, The Boston Foundation
11:30 The Big Picture: Engaging in Systems Change
Description: Panelists will define and discuss the role of philanthropic dollars and engagement in collaborative, cross-sectoral strategies for systems change.
Speaker and Moderator:
Katya Fels Smyth, Founder and CEO, Full Frame Initiative, Inc.
Jennifer Berman, Consultant, formerly with Maverick LLyod Foundation and the Energy Action Network
Anim Steel, Executive Director, Real Food Generation
12:45 – 1:45 Lunch
Upon registration, participants may order a boxed lunch from Rebecca’s Café and select an affinity table.
1:50 – 2:50 Afternoon Panels
Participants will choose one of the following breakout sessions:
A. What Can We Do? A Policy and Advocacy Primer for Foundations and Nonprofits
Description: Panelists will discuss how nonprofit organizations and foundations can strategically engage in policy- and advocacy-related work while remaining safely within the parameters of permissible activities as defined by their tax status.
Kevin Murray, Executive Director, Program on Human Rights and the Global Economy, Northeastern University School of Law
Nicole McLaughlin, Esq., Director of Strategy and Advancement, Plummer Home for Boys
Mary Phillips, President, Grant Mangers Advisors Foundations
B. Preparing Tomorrow’s Social Change Leaders: Engaging Young People in Organizing and Advocacy
Description: Many programs addressing issues that affect youth also engage them as part of the solution. This panel will discuss strategies and benefits associated with empowering youth to participate in advocacy and organizing to address to issues that impact them and their communities.
Lori Gardinier, PhD, Director of Human Services, Northeastern University
Glenn Daly, Director, Office of Youth Development, Executive Massachusetts Office of Health and Human Services
Frank Marino, Student, Northeastern University
David Moy, Programs Officer, The Hyams Foundation, Inc.
Patricia Quinn, Executive Director, Massachusetts Alliance on Teen Pregnancy
C. Beyond the Check: Foundations Engaged in Social Change
Description: Panelists will demonstrate how they have reconceptualized their philanthropic toolkit to include more than check writing and increased their impact by strategically aligning their philanthropic dollars, relationships, and other types of engagement.
Jennifer Lammers, Senior Director of Education & Member Services, Associated Grant Makers; Founder, The Philanthropy Hub
Tref Borden, Executive Director, Fish Family Foundation
Karla Nicholson, Executive Director, Haymarket People’s Fund
Minor Sinclair, Director of U.S. Programs, Oxfam America
D. Student Grant Maker Forum: What Are We Learning about the Impact of Experiential Philanthropy Education?
Description: Student grant makers, faculty members, and donors will gather to discuss the impact of experiential philanthropy education on students’ academic, personal, and professional development and its potential to foster civic engagement.
Louise Sawyer, Director of Academic Programs, Learning by Giving Foundation
Jodi Benenson, Sillerman Fellow, The Heller School for Social Policy and Management, Brandeis University
Laura McNulty, Director of Special Projects, The Action Tank, LCC.
Katherine Westlund, Manager of Nonprofit Effectiveness, The Boston Foundation
3:00 Announcement of the Learning by Giving Foundation’s Decisions with Impact Student Video Competition
Mimi Rozek, Board Member, Learning by Giving Foundation
Ellie Mudge, Online Platform Director, Learning by Giving Foundation
3:15 Closing Remarks
Jeffrey Poulos, Executive Director, Associated Grant Makers
Diane MacGillivray, Senior Vice President for University Advancement, Northeastern University