TANGO 2022 Building Bridges Educational Sessions

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Complimentary Conference Sessions!

Wednesday, November 2nd 2022

We are proud to offer a variety of session topics for you to choose from! TANGO and our Partners’ goal is to ensure your nonprofit organization is running efficiently, and our educational sessions will cover many business essentials to help your nonprofit thrive!

We will have two simultaneous educational sessions running for you to choose from.

We’re happy to announce that we will have American Sign Language (ASL) Interpreters on site at our conference. Please notify us ahead of time on the sessions you’d like to attend by 11/1 so we can accommodate.

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Sessions & Speakers

Wednesday November 2, 2022

Registration & Breakfast: 8:15 am to 9:00 am

Conference Welcome: 9:00 am to 9:20 am

Rollin Schuster, Managing Director, NFP and President & Founder, TANGO, will welcome the conference attendees.

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Finding Joy in the Journey
Keynote Speaker:
Morgan Tuck
9:20 am to 10:15 am

Finding joy in the journey is about focusing on the positives as you venture through life. Learning from difficult situations, remembering to look on the bright side, the silver linings, and most important of all, to keep putting one foot in front of the other.

Morgan Tuck, four-time National Champion with the University of Connecticut’s Women’s Basketball, five-time Gold Medalist with the USA Basketball, WNBA Champion and now the Director of Franchise Development for the Connecticut Sun, will discuss creating positive change, inspiration and making a lasting impact on your community.

10:30 AM – 11:20 AM

Proven Strategies to Recruit and Retain the Right People for your Organization

Having the right people is the most critical factor when it comes to an organization’s success. As such, a solid plan for talent acquisition and retention is paramount!

In this session, you’ll learn strategies for any size organization to prepare to hire those right people as-well-as how to position your nonprofit as “the employer of choice.”

The workforce has changed since the pandemic, and people are looking for far more than a paycheck. Our presenters will discuss how top employers are meeting the unique needs of today’s multigenerational workforce.

Guest Speaker:
Benjamin Freedman,  President and CEO, Weiser Innovations
Rollin Schuster,
President & Founder,TANGO – Managing Director, NFP
Ryan Lawless
, Senior Consultant, NFP

Social Enterprise:  Leveraging Dual Bottom Businesses to Advance Mission and Fiscal Sustainability

“Not-for-Profit” is a tax status, not a business plan. Running your nonprofit like a business is essential in meeting your mission… like the old saying goes, “no money, no mission!” Balancing a mission and funding is what separates successful Not-for-Profits.

Today more than ever before, businesses of all sizes and scopes are faced with the need to diversify revenue streams resulting in net income to invest in the business for growth. This session will provide insights into innovative pathways for the not-for-profit community to consider as they grow their impact without state funding and philanthropy.

Participants will gain insights into venture capital, impact investing,  and scaling impact. They will also learn about joint ventures, teaming agreements, creation of for-profit businesses, franchising, prime/sub-contractor opportunities, and so much more.

Guest Speaker:
Rick Sebastian, President & CEO, The Kennedy Center, Inc.
William Green,
President & CEO, CW Resources

Lunch & Partner Introductions
11:30 AM – 12:30 PM

Partner Lounge
12:30 PM – 1:00 PM

1:10 PM – 2:00 PM

Grant Seeking In a Time of Transformation – Trends and Tips for Communicating Your Organization’s Solution to Today’s Problems

It’s no secret that the world has been turned upside-down the last few years.  Nonprofit organizations and the communities they serve have met those challenges with grit and innovation.  How your organization tells that story to grant funders can open new doors to government, philanthropic, and corporate support that can sustain that innovation for years to come.

In this session, Christina Kazanas – Principal of Kazanas Development Strategies (KDS) – will discuss strategies for communicating the transformation you have experienced over the past few years using clear and compelling cases for support, storytelling, and vision-setting.  The session will cover:

  • Trends that KDS has observed in what funders are asking of applicants, and in funding priorities;
  • Tips for responding to application questions that shine a new light on why your organization is the right one to meet new challenges and threats to your community;
  • Setting clear grant funding priorities tied to the innovation you seek to sustain/implement;
  • How to talk about “core mission support” and its necessity to operating effective programs.

Guest Speaker:
Christina Kazanas,  Principle, Kazanas Development Strategies

DEI at your Nonprofit Organization. Moving Forward…or Barely Moving?

Join us for a panel discussion with leaders from four well respected nonprofits as they share their journey of advancing Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion within their organizations. Learn how they are changing their culture, what challenges they experienced, and how their organizations are benefiting.

Guest Panelists:

Jeanette Wade,
COO, Ascentria
Fred Jenoure,
Director of TANGO’s Board Diversity Initiative, TANGO
David Connell,
President & CEO of the Central MA, YMCA
Anne Ruwet,
Senior Consultant, TANGO
Dr. Pierre Morton,
Chief Diversity Officer and Adjunct Professor, Franklin Pierce University

Raffle & Closing
2:00 PM – 2:30 PM

Thank you to our Partners

TANGO has put together a team of partners who can provide seasoned advice and counsel within many areas of expertise. We have learned there are often times when nonprofit organizations are faced with strategic or operational business decisions where consultation from an outside voice can ensure they are making the best decision for the organization’s future.

Membership is complimentary to all Nonprofit organizations thanks to the generosity of our corporate partners.

With over 1,500 nonprofit organizations throughout New England, TANGO has become a powerful community helping nonprofit organizations reach their mission.

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