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10th Annual Nonprofit Management Institute

Building Resiliency: Yourself, Your Organization, Your Society

Save the date! Registration opens in June.

September 9-10, 2015
Frances C. Arrillaga Alumni Center
326 Galvez St.
Stanford, CA

Optional post-conference intensives: September 11, Stanford campus

Cosponsored by Stanford Social Innovation Review and the Association of Fundraising Professionals.


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Conference Overview | Rates and Registration | What Previous Attendees Liked | What Your Conference Fee IncludesConference Facility and Location | Lodging | Sponsors | Privacy Policy | Cancellation PolicyContact Information 


Conference Overview

To celebrate Stanford Social Innovation Review’s 10th annual Nonprofit Management Institute, the theme of this year’s conference is building resiliency.   

The concept of resiliency has captured the imagination of growing numbers of people in the field of social innovation because it helps answer pressing questions such as these: Why do some societies bounce back so quickly after a disaster while others don’t? Why do some organizations grow and innovate when others falter? Why are some people able to push forward even in the face of adversity? 

This year’s Nonprofit Management Institute—Building Resiliency: Yourself, Your Organization, Your Society—will explore these and similar questions, examining the role that resiliency plays at the personal, organizational, and social levels.

Yourself: Our communities, organizations, and companies need leaders who are resilient, who can stay the course of social change even after being knocked down, and who can sustain their work and themselves over the long haul. You will learn the characteristics and skills that define a resilient leader, and the ways that you can develop those characteristics and skills yourself and in members of your team. 

Your Organization: What are the qualities and attributes of organizations that can scale up and have a positive social impact have in common? Many of those qualities can be grouped under the term resilience. At this year’s Nonprofit Management Institute you will learn how to turn your organization and its culture into one that is resilient, adaptable, and equipped to “bounce forward.” 

Your Society: Resilience is an important factor that helps explain why some communities weather crises and emerge stronger than before and why others do not. Based upon tenets that are grounded in research, experts will explore and share with you the key attributes that resilient societies share, and explain how you and your organization can help to build resiliency into all parts of society. 

Register soon! The Institute's 10-year celebration is sure to sell out.


Rates and Registration

Early Bird Rates (Effective through July 31, 2015):

  • $995: Early bird rate for SSIR subscribers and AFP members
  • $1,220: Early bird rate plus addition of AFP membership
  • $1,395: Early bird rate for non-subscribers and non-members

Regular Rates (Effective August 1 through September 8, 2015):

  • $1,175: Regular rate for SSIR subscribers and AFP members
  • $1,400: Regular rate plus addition of AFP membership
  • $1,595: Regular rate for non-subscribers and non-members

On-Site Rates:

  • $1,375: On-site rate for SSIR subscribers and AFP members
  • $1,600: On-site rate plus addition of AFP membership
  • $1,875: On-site rate for non-subscribers and non-members


What Previous Attendees Liked


  • "Well worth my time. This was the first conference I attended in the past five years where EVERY session was valuable."
  • "Best conference I've been to in years. Hope to be back next year!"
  • "It was just excellent from start to finish, one of the best conferences I've ever attended."
  • "The networking times at lunch and the breaks were excellent, too. I met such wonderful people and business cards were exchanged! I so love this conference and thank all of you for making it possible."


What Your Conference Fee Also Includes


  • Two full days of sessions and networking
  • Opportunity to sit with other registrants in affinity groups or around discussion topics
  • A list of conference attendees with contact information
  • A program guide with details about the presentations and other useful information
  • A post-conference website for additional resources
  • Optional add-on intensives the day after the conference ends (additional fee)
  • For AFP members, attendance qualifies for CFRE credits
  • Free internet service at the conference center and access to business center
  • Free shuttle from the conference hotel to the conference location
  • Opportunities to buy books written by speakers
  • Certificates of completion at the end of the conference
  • You will also enjoy delicious, primarily organic and locally grown food:
    • Networking reception in Ford Gardens at the conference center after the first day
    • Continental breakfast both conference days
    • Delicious lunches in the outside garden
    • Coffee and refreshments at the end of the conference


Conference Facility and Location


Frances C. Arrillaga Alumni Center
326 Galvez Street
Stanford, CA 94305-6105

The September 9-10 program will be held at the Frances C. Arrillaga Alumni Center, a state-of-the-art facility located on Stanford University's campus. More information about the Frances C. Arrillaga Alumni Center, including public transportation, directions, and parking, is available here.

The September 8 welcoming reception will be held at the Sheraton Palo Alto. The September 11 post-conference intensives will be held on campus and exact locations will be available in August.

View a Google map of the Stanford campus with the conference venue pinpointed. 

Stanford is located between San Francisco and San Jose in the heart of Silicon Valley. The campus's 8,100 acres reach from the rural foothills of the Santa Cruz Mountains to the Stanford Shopping Center in Palo Alto. Stanford is conveniently located between two major airports—25 miles south of San Francisco International Airport and 20 miles north of San Jose International Airport. Mass transit is available from both airports to the Stanford campus and area hotels:

Find information about the free Stanford Marguerite Shuttle here.
Find information about Caltrain here.
Find information about Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) here.

The campus and surrounding areas offer a myriad of opportunities for recreation and sightseeing. World-class shopping and dining are located only a mile away at the Stanford Shopping Center. A half hour drive north brings you to San Francisco. A two hour drive south brings you to Carmel-by-the-Sea, where you can take in breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean. To find out more, visit Stanford’s Visitor Information Services.



A list of room blocks with special rates for attendees will be available here by June 1.

View a list of other nearby lodging with a variety of price ranges. We do not have room blocks at these locations.



Interested in becoming a sponsor of this event? Contact Carrie Pogorelc at for more information. 


The Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) Since 1960, AFP has inspired global change and supported efforts that generated over $1 trillion. AFP's nearly 30,000 individual and organizational members raise over $100 billion annually, equivalent to one-third of all charitable giving in North America and millions more around the world. The association fosters development and growth of fundraising professionals and promotes high ethical standards in the fundraising profession. For more information or to join the world's largest association of fundraising professionals, visit


Stanford Social Innovation Review (SSIR) is an award-winning magazine and website that covers cross-sector solutions to global problems. SSIR is written for and by social change leaders in the nonprofit, business, and government sectors who view collaboration as key to solving environmental, social, and economic justice issues. Published at the Stanford Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society, SSIR bridges academic theory and practice with ideas about achieving social change. SSIR covers a wide range of subjects, from microfinance and green businesses to social networks and human rights. Its aim is both to inform and to inspire.


Privacy Policy

Stanford Social Innovation Review and Association of Fundraising Professionals are committed to your right to privacy and to the ethical use of information online. We adhere strictly to the following privacy practices. We do not rent, sell, give, exchange, or otherwise share contact information with unrelated third parties.

This conference may be audio or video recorded, podcast, photographed, published, and archived. As such, participants and speakers grant SSIR and AFP permission for recording and use of images.


Cancellation Policy

A refund charge of twenty percent of the registration fee will be assessed for any cancellations received through August 28, 2015. After August 28, there will be no refunds for cancellation. A registration fee for a program may be transferred to another person one time with no penalty. Refund requests must be submitted in writing and will not be processed until after the event.


Contact Information

Devin Briski
Stanford Social Innovation Review
Phone: (650) 497-7620


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