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College of Southern Maryland
PO Box 910
La Plata, MD 20646-0910

Charles County
Cara Fogarty

Michelle Sullivan

St. Mary's County

Robin Finnacom

Highlights from Past Conferences

Sixth Annual Nonprofit Institute Conference - 2016

Keynote Address - "Volunteerism In Strategic Planning" featuring Christopher Helmrath, Managing Director, SC&H Capital

Panel Discussion

Fifth Annual Nonprofit Institute Conference - 2015

Keynote Address - "The 'S' on your Chest" featuring Dana Jones, CEO, United Planning Organization

NPI Conference

Seventh Annual Nonprofit Institute Conference:
Jump-Start Your Leadership!

Thank you to all who joined us!

Friday, April 28, 2017
La Plata Campus, Center for Business and Industry (BI Building)

Dear NPI membership and friends,

Thank you for your support of our annual conference.  We had a tremendous turn-out with many new nonprofit organization attendees.  The response has been overwhelmingly positive with great comments about the outstanding break-out session leaders and superb Ted-Talks panel discussion at the end of the day.  We even heard good comments about the lunch food!


The NPI team appreciates your support of the institute and we look forward to continuing our strong partnership in helping your organization move forward.


With sincere thanks,
The NPI Team
Cara, Sharon, Barbara, Kim, Harriet, Michelle

Jumpstarting or refreshing leadership is important to any organization, especially nonprofits that generally are short staffed and have limited training funds.  Board membership changes and employee turnover are struggles for nonprofits due to the impacts of time away from day-to-day work due to position marketing, resume reading, job search analytics, interviews, and new member training.  These time-consuming activities of searching, hiring and training new board members and/or staff, impacts the overall mission of the nonprofit and affects its productivity. 

Jumpstarting leadership is an answer.   Whether it is learning best practices from others, employee recognition and reward programs or tweaking mentoring skills, leadership occasionally needs an “enhancement” for the success and welfare of the nonprofit organization. 

Our NPI 2017 conference, Jumpstart Your Leadership, provides insight and information to address this concern.  Join us on Friday, April 28 as we offer break-out sessions with experienced leaders in all levels of organizational leadership or management and a panel discussion with recognized community nonprofit leaders to find out what works and why. 

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.

Conference Agenda 

(Download PDF of schedule, sessions and presenters)

Meet the Panelists

2017 Conference Sponsors

A special thank you to our 2017 Conference sponsors.  Our sponsors allow for our NPI team to create a robust and dynamic conference day with AWESOME break-out session leaders and OUTSTANDING Ted-Talk panel members.  Their support helps defray the costs and helps to promote this annual NPI event. 

Advocate Level

Raley Watts & O'Neill Insurance and Financial Services Mullen, Songberg, Wimbish & Stone, P.A.

Mentor Level

Community Bank of the ChesapeakeSabre Systems, Inc.GI EnterprisesSMECO

Southern Maryland NewspapersCharles County Charitable Trust