Nonprofit Conference Coming up Fast

Marnie Webb is the keynote speaker for this year's conference.

The Alliance for Nonprofit Excellence is slated to hold its 7th annual conference Wednesday, May 2, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Clark Opera Memphis Center. This year's theme is "Powerful Networks: Nonprofits, Social Media, and Community."

Marnie Webb, co-CEO of the nonprofit TechSoup Global in San Francisco, is the keynote speaker. She will talk at 9 about "Making Change in the Digital World." After that, Laura S. Quinn, founder and executive director of Idealware of Portland, Maine, will discuss "Unleashing Innovation."

The following breakout sessions will take place during the daylong conference:

  • Beyond the Web: 10:45-11:45 a.m., "Building a Mission-Delivery Engine: Moving Your Website Beyond the Web," Carlo M. Cuesta, managing partner, Creation in Common of St. Paul, Minnesota; "Creating Online Evangelists: How to Excite and Motivate Your Supporters," John Kenyon, educational program manager, NTEN of San Francisco; "Legal & Policy Considerations for Social Media Use," Emily Chan, associate attorney, NEO Law Group; and "Using Databases to Build Relationships," Tal Frankfurt, CEO and founder, Cloud for Good of Memphis.
  • Social Media: 1:15-2:15 p.m., "Legal & Policy Considerations for Social Media Use," Emily Chan; "Engaging Stakeholders (and Raising Money) Online," John Kenyon; "Tweet It, Blog It, Post It: Creating Effective Content for Social Media," Jennifer Leigh, communications director, The Poverty Institute of Providence, Rhode Island; and "Defining & Guiding Your Nonprofit Brand," Carlo M. Cuesta.
  • Environment: 2:30-3:30 p.m., "Beyond the Board: Governance in a Social Media Environment," Ruth McCambridge, editor-in-chief, The Nonprofit Quarterly of Boston; "Tactical Technology Planning," Laura Quinn; "Principles of Social Media for Nonprofits," Jennifer Leigh; and "Building Bridges: Social Media & Generational Differences," Ken Kimble, director of development and brand strategy, Wolf River Conservancy of Memphis.

The cost for members to attend is $120, and $160 for nonmembers. College students pay $65. For more information, email or visit To pay online, go to

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