2017 Nonprofit Conference on Sustainability Strategies

25th Annual Nonprofit Conference on Sustainability Strategies
October 18th, 2017 | 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Black Canyon Conference Center | Phoenix, Ariz.

Discover innovative solutions as we engage in a dialogue that will carry us all through new pathways that will lead us to even stronger organizations, impacting more communities. Join with others to let your voice be heard during a highly-engaging luncheon presentation and discussion! Share in a new high-tech interactive experience that identifies your possibilities while we explore the state of the nonprofit sector...together.

  • Let your voice be a part of everyone’s voice! 
  • Be a part of a new high-tech melding of voices!
  • Join us!  Be a voice in shaping the future of the sector!

Discussion points to get us thinking....

  • What are the societal and financial realities ahead of us?  
  • What do we need to know to successfully forge through disruption?  
  • What are the possibilities of tomorrow?

Over 20 highly-engaging workshops to choose from! Workshops that bring practical knowledge about:

  • leading change amid disruption, 
  • the changing role of advocacy and lobbying, 
  • tax reform impacts, 
  • identifying your story, your uniqueness,  
  • fundraising realities
  • and many others listed here.

Speakers & Panelists


Robert Ashcraft

Robert F. Ashcraft, Ph.D.
Executive Director, ASU Lodestar Center for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Innovation
Saguaro Professor of Civic Enterprise, ASU School of Community Resources & Development

Robert F. Ashcraft, Ph.D. is the executive director of the Lodestar Center for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Innovation at Arizona State University (ASU), the Saguaro Professor of Civic Enterprise in ASU's School of Community Resources and Development and an affiliate faculty member of ASU’s School of Public Affairs. From its beginning in 1999, the ASU Lodestar Center has emerged as one of the leading nonprofit academic centers in the nation. Dr. Ashcraft has a global reputation for his pioneering work to advance the understanding of and effective practice for leaders of nonprofit/philanthropic organizations. Read more.

Tammy McLeodOpening Session: A Conversation with Tammy McLeod 

Tammy McLeod | President and CEO | Flinn Foundation

Following a national search, the Flinn Foundation board of directors has chosen one of Arizona’s most broadly accomplished executives and community leaders as its new president and chief executive officer. Tammy McLeod, currently the vice president for energy resource management at Arizona Public Service, will succeed retiring President and CEO Jack B. Jewett. McLeod will begin her new position in October. Read more.

Luncheon Session Panelists

Alberto Olivas | Executive Director | Congressman Ed Pastor Center for Politics & Public Service at ASU (moderator)

Alberto OlivasAlberto Olivas, a native of Sierra Vista, Arizona, is the founding director of the Congressman Ed Pastor Center for Politics & Public Service at Arizona State University. Prior to transitioning to this role, Alberto served for twelve years as Director of the Center for Civic Participation for the Maricopa Community College District. Alberto has over 20 years’ experience in government and nonprofit community engagement and civic education, and has provided training and technical assistance in these fields to community leadership institutes, chambers of commerce, community advocacy organizations, local, state and federal public agencies, and colleges and universities across the country. Read more.

Katie Smith Milway | Partner | The Bridgespan Group (panelist)

Katie Smith Milway

Katie Smith Milway is a partner in Bridgespan’s Boston office and head of the firm's Knowledge Unit. She leads the organization’s research and publishing operations, working with Bridgespan teams to identify themes, shape projects that advance them, and chart paths to influence across a variety of tools and media. She brings to the job a background in journalism, nonprofit management, and strategy consulting. As an affiliate of Bridgespan’s global development practice, she has advised NGOs, multilaterals and social entrepreneurs on organizational effectiveness and strategy. Read more.

Reyna Montoya | Founder & Executive Director | Aliento (panelist)

Reyna MontoyaReyna was born in Tijuana, Mexico, and immigrated to Arizona 13 years ago fleeing violence. She is an undocumented/DACAmented community organizer, an educator, and a dancer. She is a 2016 Soros Justice Fellow, which enable her to start Aliento. She also serves in the first Teach For America DACA Advisory Board. She has engaged in local, statewide and national platforms to advance justice for immigrant communities. Reyna holds bachelor's degrees in political science and transborder studies and a dance minor from Arizona State University; she also holds a M.Ed in secondary education from Grand Canyon University. Read more.

Steve Peru, MPA | President & CEO | United Way of Northern Arizona (panelist)

Steve Peru

Steve Peru is President/CEO of United Way of Northern Arizona, a position he has held since early 2015. In this position, Steve oversees United Way’s community impact and investment strategy for Coconino, Navajo and Apache counties. United Way administers programs and community investments to over 50 community organizations, including over 30 in the Flagstaff area. Read more.

Learn More About Our Speakers and Panelists


Get practical knowledge from experts in their fields at over 20 highly-engaging workshops. Sessions this year include:

  • The New Language of Fundraising: 4 Magic Words That Translate Into More Money
  • Inspirational Leadership in a Changing World
  • Better Boards and Better Board Members
  • Video Marketing on Facebook: Explode Your Engagement
  • Ditch Excel: Why Effective Marketing Requires a More Sophisticated Database
  • Building Capacity: A Multiple Capitals Approach
  • and many more!

Learn About All of Our Workshops and Presenters

2017 Conference presenters

Thank you to the generous support of our sponsors:

Bronze Sponsor Bronze Sponsor
Mutual of America logo Fester and Chapman Logo

Contact us

For more information, please contact Nicole Anderson via email.