Conversation Series

Conversation Series

Join Elevate this fall for our semiannual free Conversation Series!

We’re hosting a series of panel discussions that focus on three core areas of organizational sustainability for nonprofits:

  • Focusing Your Funding Model,
  • Intentional Growth and Scaling, and
  • Sustainable Staffing

These are free events designed to bring nonprofit professionals from the DC region together and provide valuable information about in-demand topics to local nonprofits. Attend all three events, or choose the ones that are most relevant to you and your organization!

All sessions will be hosted at The Gallery at Elevate, Elevate’s dedicated events space. The Gallery is conveniently located in the heart of Chinatown in Washington, DC, one block from Gallery Place metro station.

For each session, light breakfast will be available beginning at 9 am, and conversations will begin at 9:30 am.

The Fall 2019 Sessions:

Intentional Sustainability: Focusing Your Funding Model

Tuesday, September 10 at 9:30 am
The Gallery at Elevate

Nonprofits are under constant pressure from funders, Boards, and consultants to diversify their funding. But what does diversification really mean? How many distinct funding streams does a nonprofit really need? What are the costs of setting up an entirely new funding stream – and is it the right strategic decision for your organization?

Join Elevate for a conversation about transforming your current fundraising activities into a strategic funding model. We will talk to nonprofit leaders and development staff who successfully manage several funding streams for their programs, as well as some who have made strategic decisions not to pursuing specific types of funding.

This September 10th kick-off to our second fall Conversation Series will cater to nonprofits with existing fundraising programs and will focus on the cost-benefit analysis of funding diversification.

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Intentional Scaling: Is Growth the Goal?

Tuesday, September 24 at 9:30 am
The Gallery at Elevate

In the nonprofit sector, we all want to increase our impact. But impact can be about more than expanding programs. Still, nonprofits regularly feel pressure from funders to respond to questions about their scaling strategy and future growth goals.

In this panel discussion, we will feature a range of voices including: nonprofits that have chosen to bring their program to scale regionally, nonprofits that have expanded to other cities, and nonprofits that have chosen not to grow.

What questions did they ask themselves when deciding on their growth goals? And what questions do you have for them? Join us on September 24th to find out!

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Sustainable Staffing: Prepare Your Nonprofit for the Future

Tuesday, October 8 at 9:30 am
The Gallery at Elevate

All nonprofit organizations experience staffing and leadership changes. And these can be extremely disruptive – even for well-run and -planned transitions.

Join us on October 8 and hear from our panel of experts on how to prepare your nonprofit for transition at every level of your organization, so that you continue to achieve your mission well into the future!

The final installment of our fall Conversation Series will seek to answer your questions about what to think about when it comes to: how to secure funding during transition, how to prepare for a transition, pitfalls to consider, different levels of planning for each position, and how to mitigate common challenges.

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