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Texas A&M University
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College Station, Texas 77843-4220


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979-862-7810
bushschoolnonprofit@tamu.edu

Office of Extended Education

The Bush School of Government and Public Service

Texas A&M University
4220 TAMU
College Station, Texas 77843-4220

Nonprofit Management Forum

Strengthening the Capacity of Nonprofit Organizations

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Description

The Nonprofit Management Forum provides an opportunity for nonprofit staff, board members, students, and volunteers to come together for a day of learning, refreshment, and networking. Participants reflect on the work of the nonprofit sector and gain practical skills that will improve the effectiveness of nonprofits in our community. Bringing together academic researchers, consultants, industry professionals, and aspiring leaders, the forum is a unique learning opportunity.


Registration

Fee includes parking, morning coffee, lunch, and afternoon refreshments.


Forum Speakers

Morning Speaker

Dr. William Brown, The Bush School of Government & Public Service
Topic: Strategic Leadership: Transforming Your Management Practices

Strategic Leadership: Transforming Your Management Practices William Brown Workshop Description This session introduces leadership functions that managers can use to set organizational goals, align stakeholders, and achieve objectives. Nonprofits operate in complex and challenging environments that require managers to clarify purposes while engaging stakeholders. Based on the three phases of the strategic management cycle, strategic leadership tactics help managers build effective organizational systems that produce social value. As a result of this session, participates will gain a better sense of how to prioritize and utilize key leadership functions.


Lunch Speaker

Flip Flippen, Flippen Group
Topic: The Heart of the Matter

Flip Flippen is a noted leadership expert and will talk about leading from the heart and how important a dedicated and motivated leader is to an organization’s success. It promises to be a highly motivational talk that will leave participants inspired to re-gain the passion for the mission of their organization.



Past Workshops

Rachel Muir, CFRE
Topic: Fundraiser Confidential: How to delight your donors and raise more money NOW

Galas, grants, annual fund, major gifts, direct mail, online fundraising, peer to peer, crowdsourcing, text to give, Benevon, social enterprise, multichannel, planned giving, mobile– if the fundraising options in front of you are making you dizzy come get clarity. Whether you have no staff or development team, an effective major gift program can bring in more revenue with less effort than any other fundraising strategy. Learn how to create a successful major gifts program and cultivation strategies that deliver results. Master efficient and impactful ways to make donors feel appreciated regardless of the gift or channel and create your own stewardship plan to make sure every gift is thanked.


TyAnn Osborn, Osborn Consulting Group
Topic: Creative Solutions for Performance Management in Your Organization

With so many challenges facing your nonprofit organization, a strong talent strategy is more crucial than ever to achieving mission accomplishment and strategic success. A supportive performance management process can ensure alignment of employees with strategic goals, achievement of individual objectives, enhanced employee engagement with career fulfillment, and decreased employee relations issues. Ultimately, the goal is to achieve your organization’s mission through the effective application of the right talent. This workshop will provide you with the knowledge and skills to:

  • Understand how your organization’s mission and strategic goals flow through the performance management process
  • Understand the components of a performance management process
  • Craft a performance management process which works for your culture and employee base
  • Decide if a manual or automated process is right for your organization
  • Use the process to maintain alignment to strategic mission, allow for individual development and achievement, and quickly course correct if needed
  • Understand common legal issues in the performance management process

Real life stories and examples will help bring the topics to life, and you will have ample opportunity to ask your challenging questions or share your own stories in this interactive session.


Katy Avenson, CPA & Kara Hamann, CPA, CMA
Topic: Strategic Financial Management: Smart Growth & Oversight throughout a Nonprofit Life Cycle

While growth and change look different for every nonprofit, the financial considerations that drive operational decisions tend to be similar. It's important to be aware of the various rules and best practices. Are you effectively safeguarding your assets? Do you really need an audit? Is your earned income taxable? Get the answers to these and other important questions to property manage your nonprofit finances throughout an organization's life cycle. You'll walk away with ideas for enhanced financial management and a better understanding of how to manage growth in a nonprofit organization.


Suzanne Smith, Social Impact Architects
Topic: Social Enterprise

The Social Enterprise workshop will educate fundraising staff and board members about the field of social enterprise as a potential alternative to traditional nonprofit fundraising. Within this workshop, participants will have the opportunity to identify and evaluate strengths through an organizational audit and learn how to translate these strengths into social enterprise opportunities. Participants will also engage in a process to evaluate the identified opportunities in an effort to determine which should be studied in more detail through a feasibility assessment. Finally, participants will learn about how to turn the ideas into action – by pursuing a feasibility assessment and/or business plan.

Within this workshop, participants will leave with a toolkit of take-home materials that will allow them to identify and evaluate strengths through an organizational audit, translate these strengths into social enterprise opportunities, and engage in a process to evaluate the identified opportunities in an effort to determine which should be studied in more detail through a feasibility assessment.


Tiffany Galligan, Too Good Strategy
Nonprofit Brand Management: Evolving Mission into Brand

It is not enough to be great executioners of your mission and programs, if the people you are serving and donors can't identify with your brand. This workshop will focus on giving organizations tips for evaluating their brand, identifying the core stories of the organization, and elevating and managing that brand over time.


Michael Wilson, Small World Labs
Topic: Tactics for Building and Nurturing Community Online

Many organizations struggle with how best to build vibrant, engaged online communities surrounding their causes and initiatives. Whether this includes email; social media channels like Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and YouTube; or even provide an online community integrated into the organization's website, it can be confusing to determine where to start and which channel is best for what. Find out how organizations are developing cohesive strategies to build community by approaching these challenges with an integrated approach. Learn how to develop and execute an online community strategy that:

  1. Focuses each channel on what it does best
  2. Connects and these disparate viewers, fans, and followers together
  3. Moves from initial connections toward deeper engagement with your organization



Presenter Biographies

Flip Flippen, Flippen Group

Flip Flippen is the author of the New York Times and USA Today Best Seller, The Flip Side: Break Free of the Behaviors That Hold You Back, released in May of 2007.

He developed the concept of Personal Constraints™ as a means to overcome performance inhibitors and to accelerate the growth of many of the world’s greatest executives, educators, and professional athletes. Read More

Using his background in psychotherapy, Flip and his research group developed The Flippen Profile, a powerful behavioral assessment tool which uncovers the unique constraints and strengths of an individual in order to improve performance. This breakthrough tool is used in corporate, sports, and educational arenas on a global basis.

Flip is also the founder of The Flippen Group, which was voted by Texas Monthly magazine as the Number Two best place to work in the state of Texas. The Flippen Group is one of the largest educator training companies and one of the fastest growing leadership development organizations in North America. The company’s breakthrough educational processes and curricula are in use at 5000 school districts and campuses in 42 states.

The success of his efforts has been documented on The Today Show, The Super Bowl Pre-Game Show, and Speed Channel’s NBS 24/7, as well as in countless publications over the years. Flip also contributes monthly blog submissions for SUCCESS Magazine. He is widely recognized as a world- class entrepreneur, educator, and philanthropist.

The first sixteen years of his professional life was spent building a non-profit organization that worked with gangs and throw-away kids. In the process, he also built a 500-acre residential facility for young people.

From education to gangs to corporate executives to private equity to sports – he has always had the same focus: helping others do well.

Flip and his wife Susan’s mission is to “bring out the best in people.” They have done this in their businesses, as well as in their personal life, as they have helped raise more than twenty children. Flip and Susan reside on their ranch in College Station, Texas.

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Dr. William A. Brown, The Bush School of Government and Public Service

William A. Brown is an associate professor in the Bush School of Government and Public Service at Texas A&M University and holds the Mary Julia and George Jordan Professorship. He serves as the program director for the Certificate in Nonprofit Management. He teaches the Nonprofit Management, Social Innovation, and Entrepreneurship and Human Resource Management courses. Read More

Dr. Brown received a Bachelor of Science degree in education from Northeastern University with a concentration in human services. He earned his master's and doctorate in organizational psychology from Claremont Graduate University. Prior to joining Texas A&M University, he was an assistant professor at Arizona State University, where he worked as the program coordinator of their Certificate in Nonprofit Management and Leadership and was an affiliated faculty member with the Center for Nonprofit Leadership and Management. He has worked with numerous organizations in the direct provision of services, consulting, and board governance. He served on the board of the Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action (ARNOVA) from 2007-2012 and chaired the Education Committee from 2009-2011. His research focuses on nonprofit governance, strategy, and organizational effectiveness. He has authored numerous research articles, technical reports, and several practice-oriented publications. Examples of his work include exploring the association between board and organizational performance and developing the concept of mission attachment. Publication outlets include Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly, Nonprofit Management & Leadership, International Journal of Volunteer Administration, and Public Performance and Management Review. He has completed an edited volume entitled Nonprofit Governance: Innovative Perspectives and Approaches (Routledge, July 2013) with Chris Cornforth. A textbook entitled Strategic Management in Nonprofit Organizations is forthcoming in March 2014 (Jones & Bartlett).

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Katy Avenson, Avenson Hamann CPAs, LLP

As a Partner at Avenson Hamann CPAs, LLP, Katy Avenson helps nonprofits understand and navigate the complex IRS rules for maintaining exempt status. She is a certified public accountant with over 10 years of experience working with nonprofits, giving her the resources necessary to advise clients on planning opportunities unique to nonprofit organizations. Read More

Katy earned her BBA and Masters in Accounting from the University of Texas at Austin. Her interest in helping nonprofits extends beyond business and into the community through her board member positions and volunteer work with local organizations. She enjoys sharing her knowledge by leading training courses for nonprofit board members and accounting staff through the Austin Chapter of CPAs and Greenlights for Nonprofit Success. She also developed and leads a class specifically for faith-based nonprofit organizations. In 2012, Katy was honored by the Texas Society of CPAs as a Rising Star for her active role with financial literacy initiatives. Katy is the Treasurer of Austin Creative Reuse, a local nonprofit helping the community give new life to old materials.

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Tiffany Galligan, Too Good Strategy

Tiffany Galligan, Founder/Principal for Too Good Strategy, leads non-profits and social enterprises in creating marketing and digital strategies that extend mission. Tiffany combines a background in agency consulting with a passion for philanthropy to create transformative programs that get to the heart of an organization’s cause and speak to supporters and constituents.Read More

With cinematographers as parents, storytelling has been a part of Tiffany’s lifeblood for as long as she could remember; she was raised knowing that every person and every organization has a story to tell. Through the course of her career, she has kept that fundamental fact at the heart of her approach to problem solving. Combining user-centered design practices with effective storytelling has proven to be essential for clients and causes to maximize their reach and effectiveness. Tiffany has applied this unique marketing approach to organizations including LIVESTRONG, College Forward, ACTIVE Life, Hotels for Hope, Delta Airlines, Southwest Airlines, Dell, Neiman Marcus, and many more.

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Kara Hamann, Avenson Hamann CPAs, LLP

Kara Hamann, CPA, CMA brings sound operational and strategic planning skills to nonprofits and small businesses. Her experience as a Controller for Rodeo Austin, Texas Association of School Administrators, and Texas Tribune formed a solid background in financial analysis and business management, and also helped her realize that her true passion was for helping managers understand their financials. As a partner of Avenson Hamann CPAs, LLP, she currently consults with businesses about their accounting and software needs. Read More

A native of Pennsylvania, she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business/Accounting from the University of Pittsburgh. Kara was named a Rising Star by the Texas Society of CPAs in 2013 for her contributions to the profession and the Austin community. In addition to serving as the Manager of Education & Leadership for the Austin Chapter of CPAs, she enjoys her role as Board Treasurer for Mainspring Schools. Kara's gift for teaching accounting theory and QuickBooks inspires students at Austin Community College where she serves as a continuing education instructor.

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Rachel Muir, CFRE

Rachel Muir, CFRE is a fundraising consultant, speaker and trainer transforming nonprofit professionals and organizations into successful, confident fundraisers. Her career spans running successful nonprofit organizations, leading an online fundraising consulting practice, and managing major gift portfolios for some of the country’s largest and most successful nonprofit brands. Read More

When she was just 26 years old, Rachel Muir launched Girlstart, a non-profit organization to empower girls in math, science, engineering and technology in the living room of her apartment with $500 and a credit card. Several years later she had raised over 10 million dollars and was featured on Oprah, CNN, and The Today show. A winner of Oprah Winfrey’s Use Your Life award, Rachel is a three time finalist for Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year Award, was named “Outstanding Fundraising Executive of the Year” by the Association of Fundraising Professionals, and one of Fast Company Magazines “Fast 50″ Champions of Innovation. Rachel has been featured in CosmoGIRL!, Texas Monthly, Glamour, and The Dallas Morning News, and most recently Fundraising Success.

Rachel is a recognized subject matter expert on moves management, major gift fundraising, the art of the ask, creating a culture of philanthropy and building donor loyalty and has authored numerous white papers and led many trainings on these topics.

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TyAnn R. Osborn, Principal and Founder of Osborn Consulting Group

TyAnn R. Osborn, Principal and Founder of Osborn Consulting Group, has been working in global human resources for over 18 years. Ty has extensive experience in consulting, large global companies and private foundations working in the US, India, China and Central America. Her clients currently span Fortune 500 organizations, small businesses, internet startups, state agencies including large educational institutions, non-profit organizations and foundations. Read More

Areas of specialty include Organizational Development, Organizational Effectiveness, Employee Value Propositions including Compensation and Benefits strategies, Executive Coaching (including 360 interviews), Performance Management, Culture and Employee Relations.

Ty is a Gallup-trained Strengths coach using the Gallup StrengthsFinder 2.0 assessment and enjoys enabling organizations to become strengths-based in their approach to professional development. Ty employs a pragmatic, relatable consulting style and provides strong guidance with clear direction to organizations seeking to strengthen their HR strategies and practices.

Throughout her own career Ty has worked for such notable global companies as CSC Consulting, PepsiCo Food Services, Dell Inc. and the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation. She has a BBA in Economics and Management from Baylor University and an MBA from St. Edward’s University. Ty has a particular passion for non-profit organizations dedicated to improving the lives of children and currently sits on the board of Central Texas Communities in Schools.

In addition to her expertise and certification as a Professional in Human Resources (PHR), Ty is also a professional organizer and has a membership in the National Association of Professional Organizers (NAPO). She uses both skills to orient businesses and individuals for optimum success.

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Suzanne Smith, Social Impact Architects

Suzanne Smith is a serial social entrepreneur and bridges many disciplines as a coach and consultant to social sector organizations as Founder and Managing Director of Social Impact Architects and Co-Founder of Flywheel: Social Enterprise Hub. She also educates future social entrepreneurs as a frequent guest lecturer at campuses across the country and as Adjunct Professor at the University of North Texas and Research Fellow at the Center for the Advancement of Social Entrepreneurship at Duke University. She is also a leading author, blogger (@socialtrendspot), and top-rated speaker.Read More

Prior to founding Social Impact Architects, Suzanne was a Senior Consultant with the Washington, DC firm Community Wealth Ventures. Previously, she also worked in government relations and strategy with both Phoenix House and the American Heart Association. She is a member of the prestigious Society of Organizational Learning (founded by Peter Senge) and Young Entrepreneur Council, serves on the National Board of the Social Enterprise Alliance, and is the 2010 recipient of the Next Generation Social Entrepreneurs Award. Locally, she is a member of Dallas Social Venture Partners, Leadership Dallas/North Texas and Junior League and was proud to be selected in 2012 for the Dallas Business Journal's 40 under 40 Award. Suzanne holds an MBA from Duke University's Fuqua School of Business, where she was a CASE (Center for the Advancement of Social Entrepreneurship) scholar and now serves on their Alumni Council.

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Michael Wilson, Small World Labs

Michael Wilson is the Founder and CEO of Small World Labs, the leading provider of online communities for non-profit organizations, including UNICEF, United Nations Foundation, American Heart Association, American Cancer Society, and others. Michael leads the company's overall efforts to help non-profits bring communities together online.Read More

Prior to founding Small World Labs, Michael was the Director of Product Management at Coremetrics, a web analytics platform (now a division of IBM), and a management consultant for R. B. Webber & Company, a spin-off of McKinsey and Boston Consulting Group focused on the high-tech industry.

Michael holds a B.A. in economics with summa cum laude and departmental honors from Yale University, and has also completed studies at Oxford University. Michael also serves on the board of the Texas School for the Deaf Foundation

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Parking

Parking is restricted to Lot 43 and requires a parking permit that will be provided on the day of the event to all registered participants. Please locate a volunteer in Lot 43 to obtain a parking permit for your vehicle.


For More Information

Contact Office of Extended Education
Telephone: 1-866-988-BUSH (2874) or 979-862-7810
E-mail: bushschoolnonprofit@tamu.edu



Contact

1-866-988-BUSH (2874) or
979-862-7810
bushschoolnonprofit@tamu.edu

Office of Extended Education

The Bush School of Government and Public Service

Texas A&M University
4220 TAMU
College Station, Texas 77843-4220


Contact

1-866-988-BUSH (2874) or
979-862-7810
bushschoolnonprofit@tamu.edu

Office of Extended Education

The Bush School of Government and Public Service

Texas A&M University
4220 TAMU
College Station, Texas 77843-4220