On April 27 from 8:30 – 4 p.m., the Alliance will be hosting the signature event for the Mid-South nonprofit sector — the sixth annual conference of the Alliance for Nonprofit Excellence.  For anyone who is interested in raising money for their organization, this conference provides an opportunity to hear from some of the best of the best in the field of philanthropy and nonprofits.

Kicking off the morning will be keynote speaker Rip Rapson, President and CEO of the Kresge Foundation.  Rapson will discuss the opportunities and responsibilities of philanthropy in times of civic redirection.  He will also talk about the changes in grantmaking at the Kresge Foundation, which place a greater emphasis on helping organizations that serve low-income and marginalized communities.

David Thompson, Vice President of Public Policy at the National Council of Nonprofits, will discuss the government contracting crisis and how it is putting nonprofits across the country at risk for serving their clients.  He will also address the recent cuts in federal funding and how these impact the sector.

In addition to Cynthia Gibson at the Philanthropic Initiative in Boston, who will talk about donor giving, and Ivye Allen at the Foundation for the Mid-South in Jackson, MS, there will be eight breakout sessions in the afternoon.

You will have a chance to hear about whether or not nonprofits should lobby; how to work with your congressional office; what you need to do to prepare your organization to access the next generation of donors; whether earned income is a good strategy for your organization; how to use social media to reach your supporters; and where billions of dollars in donor advised funds are being placed.  We also have a local funders panel of representatives from the Kemmons Wilson Family Foundation, First Tennessee Foundation, and Hilton Worldwide who will be discussing their grantmaking priorities.


Wednesday, April 27, 2011

8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Clark Opera Memphis Center