The Silicon Valley Peninsula Forum 2011

This Forum was designed to identify and help create practical next steps on key issues you’re facing in topics of strategy/finance, fundraising, boards, management, advocacy and communications.  Check out the resource, presentations and handouts from the conference.

  • Learn: From Leading Experts in the Field
  • Connect: With Other Silicon Valley Nonprofit Leaders
  • Share: Your Experiences and Knowledge with Peers
  • Focus: On the Key Management Strategies to Move Your Organization and Your Cause Forward


Lunch Time Conversation with Emmett D. Carson, Ph.D., CEO and President of Silicon Valley Community Foundation 

Morning Program: The State of State - What Every Nonprofit Needs to Know

This eye-opening and interactive discussion will address the state's current situation and the reforms we need to break government gridlock and to empower governments at the regional, and local levels. Your role and voice as a nonprofit and community leader will vital in this discussion!

Download the Presentation

Download the discussion notes from small groups.


The Sustainability Question: Strategy and Finance in Real Time
Jeanne Bell, CEO, CompassPoint Nonprofit Services

Presentation Slides
Book: Nonprofit Sustainability: Making Strategic Decisions for Financial Viability


Building the Board You Need Today
Mary Hiland, Hiland and Associates

Presentation Slides and Handouts

Your Next (Best) Communication Action Plan
Amanda Cooper, Lightbox Collaborative


The Cross Section of Advocacy and Fundraising
Randy Paynter, Founder & CEO,

Slide Presentation

Creating Effective Team
Liz Callahan, MA, ACC, Senior Project Director, CompassPoint Nonprofit Services

Slide Presentation

Moving Your Donors Up Through the Personal Solicitation Process
Sharon Svensson, President, Essex & Drake


The Networked Organization:Everything you want to know about leveraging social media to serve your mission
Beth Kanter, Visiting Scholar, the David & Lucile Packard Foundation

Slides & Resources (on Beth's website)

Creating Powerful Messages with the Minute Message Model™
Jennie Winton, Founding Partner, Mission Minded



Who should attend?
Nonprofit leaders - management, staff, and board - who are committed to strengthening their organizations,  and the nonprofit sector in the Peninsula/Silicon Valley, given the challenges we face today. The forum is designed to spark conversation and action internally and across the network of nonprofits, so we encourage you to bring multiple participants from your organization. 

Continue your learning with follow-up webinars for your whole organization!

Take advantage of follow-up webinars, available to your entire organization and included with your registration. Build on what you learned at the Forum with more ideas and concrete action steps, and embed the learning throughout your team.  

The Forum was developed with the generous support of: 



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