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Sixth Annual Nonprofit Institute Conference 

The Nonprofit Institute Presents: The Power of Connection

Friday, April 29, 2016
La Plata Campus, Center for Business and Industry (BI Building)

The NPI Annual Conference, “The Power of Connection,” is just a couple of weeks away. Registration is available through our NPI website. Don’t be the last to register—talk it up with your fellow organization leadership, staff, and volunteers. This conference, featuring keynote Christopher Helmrath, will truly be a fun-filled, learning, and sharing experience!

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Who Can Benefit

Nonprofit board members, chief executives, staff, sponsors, volunteers, community and business leaders, young professionals, and consultants committed to strengthening nonprofit organizations and the communities they serve.


  • $40 Due ($40 fees and $0 tuition Waived for St. Mary’s County and Charles County Nonprofits and/or Residents)
  • $65 Due ($40 fee and $25 tuition for Calvert County Nonprofits and all other outside region nonprofits and residents)

Keynote Address

Christopher Helmrath Christopher Helmrath
MBA President, SC&H Capital
Director, SC&H Group

As head of SC&H Capital, Chris advises boards of directors and management teams of non-profits (both public and private) and companies on the best methods to achieve their goals, and provides the real-world tools for them to measure and evaluate their progress. He also aligns the companies with the services they need to accomplish their business objectives in a measurable way. Most of Chris' business practices leads to buy-side and sell-side transactions. He helps companies develop strategic and operational plans for their business success.

Chris' unique capabilities derive from his years of experience in corporate finance with several large accounting firms, his years now with SC&H, and his academic career as a finance professor. He has taught graduate-level courses at Loyola College's Sellinger School of Business, and also for the Capstone Program at Johns Hopkins Carey Business School, which recognized him with an Excellence in Teaching Award. Read More


Attendees will have the opportunity to select breakout sessions to explore the theme of “The Power of Connection” through the following five topic areas:

  • Leadership
  • Strategic Planning
  • Management
  • Marketing
  • Fundraising




8 - 8:30 a.m.


8:30 a.m.

Dr. Gottfried’s Opening Remarks

8:45 a.m.

Administrative Information

9:15 - 10 a.m.

1st Breakout Session

Social Media 101
Marika Taylor

The Magic of Thank You
Linda Gottfried

Capitalizing on my Nonprofit Career
Susan Vogel

Strategic Planning 101
Bradley Gottfried

Relationship Building with Board Members
Jim Wilson

10:15 - 11 a.m.

2nd Breakout Session

Analytics and Metrics
Tyler Willis

Raising $$$ with No Staff
Denise Foster

Finding Your Passion
Bill Buffington

Advanced Level/Organizational Sustainability
Don Tebbe

Developing Young Leaders
Matt Scassero

11:15 a.m. - 12 p.m.

3rd Breakout Session

Social Media ROI
Tyler Willis

Insuring it Right
Nick Lewis

Building My Career
Mike Bellis

Succession Planning
Don Tebbe

Conducting Effective Meetings
Loreathea Fields

12:15 - 1 p.m.

Lunch and Keynote Speaker Remarks

Volunteerism in Strategic Planning
Christopher Helmrath

1:15 - 2:15 p.m.

4th Breakout Session

Connecting Innovation to the Community:
TED Talks Panel Discussion

1st Panel Discussion
Three Oaks/Tech Center/Greenwell Foundation
Patti Brady

2nd Panel Discussion
Jacqui Rodgers

3rd Panel Discussion
Leadership Southern Maryland - Teen Leadership Academy
Helen Wernecke

2:30 - 3 p.m.

Volunteer Recognition Ceremony

3:15 p.m.

Door Prizes and Closing Remarks