Bridge to Excellence nonprofit conference

Read about the 2017 Bridge to Excellence conference, "The Science of Social Change," below. Stay tuned for news about the next Bridge conference.


The Science of Social Change: How to Fund It and How to Sell It

Nonprofits are in the business of creating a better world. Social change is in our DNA. But in order to create the kinds of changes we work towards every day, nonprofits must be able to fund programs and sell stories. It's like chemistry: certain elements of strategy must be combined in order to create a formula for transformational progress. At this past Bridge to Excellence conference, we invited attendees to investigate these elements and take action to become a social change scientist.

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Information about keynote speakers:
Our two keynote speakers were John Hope Bryant and Bill Stanczykiewicz. John Hope Bryant is the founder, chairman, and CEO of Operation HOPE, the leading global provider of financial dignity education and economic empowerment programs. John has served as an economic advisor to the last three U.S. Presidents, and is the author of How the Poor Can Save Capitalism: Rebuilding the Path to the Middle Class
Bill Stanczykiewicz is the director of the renowned The Fund Raising School of Indiana University, which is consistently ranked as one of the best schools for nonprofit management studies in the country. He will discuss the ever-important role of donor engagement: what exactly are donors looking for?

John Hope Bryant

A natural entrepreneur, John Hope Bryant became a businessman early in life with a modest, but life changing, $40 investment from his mother in his first business idea at the age of 10. John Hope Bryant is a "silver rights" entrepreneur and businessman, author, thought leader, philanthropist and the founder, chairman, and CEO of Operation HOPE and Bryant Group Ventures. Bryant has been an advisor to the last three sitting U.S. Presidents and his work has been recognized by the last five U.S. Presidents. On February 26, 2014, Bryant was appointed by President Obama to serve on his new U.S. President's Advisory Council on Financial Capability for Young Americans, focused on the next generation of young leaders.
Mr. Bryant is one of the only bestselling authors on economics in the world today who happens to also be African-American. How the Poor Can Save Capitalism: Rebuilding the Path to the Middle Class (Barrett-Koehler) was selected as the Best Business Book for Economics & Finance for 2014, the Best Business Book for Sustainability in 2014 by Business+Strategy, and as one of the Essence Magazine Top 10 Best Books for 2014. Mr. Bryant is a TIME Magazine 50 (Leaders) for the future (1994 cover story), and an Oprah's Angel network award recipient.

Bill Stanczykiewicz

Bill Stanczykiewicz serves as director of The Fund Raising School and as a senior lecturer in philanthropic studies for the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy.
Bill developed nationally-recognized expertise in nonprofit leadership and management, including fundraising, while serving for 17 years as President & CEO of the Indiana Youth Institute -- a statewide nonprofit delivering responsive professional development and relevant data on children and youth to educators, youth workers, government officials and the media. Under Bill's leadership, IYI's fundraising increased significantly while becoming highly diversified, and IYI's impact and success were cited by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and by the Indiana Achievement Award.
Interested in being a Bridge to Excellence keynote speaker like John or Bill? Keep in touch with CNM to look for our next Call for Proposals for Bridge to Excellence.