Nonprofit Works: A Conference to Engage and Inspire

Nonprofit Works is the signature annual conference of the Nonprofit Center. Each year we strive to push the boundaries of learning and practice within the Northeast Florida nonprofit sector through innovative and affordable programming. By bringing nationally renowned experts to the Nonprofit Works stage, we empower our local nonprofits to explore new ideas in nonprofit strategy, leadership, operationalizing racial equity, and more. This full-day event provides nonprofits with the tools and connections they need to strengthen their impact in the community for the coming year.


The Nonprofit Center of Northeast Florida invites you to join us at our fifth annual Nonprofit Works conference at the Florida Blue Conference Center located in Jacksonville, Florida on Thursday, June 23, 2022. The theme this year is FUTURES OF THE SECTOR. Let us join together and envision a more vibrant and robust nonprofit sector that is marked by innovation, an abundance of resources, and investment into the people that drive missions forward.

Discounted rates are available through May! Regular rates beginning June 1st. 

  • Nonprofit Center Member rates:
    • Discounted: $129.00
    • Regular (6/1): $159.00
  • Non-Member rates:
    • Discounted: $229.00
    • Regular (6/1): $259.00 

Buy Now! Groups of 5 or more save 15% through May 31st using code: NPW15 (Nonprofit Center Members only).

June 23, 2022 8:30AM—4:15PM

New Location

In 2022, we are proud to bring Nonprofit Works to the Florida Blue Conference Center!

4800 Deerwood Campus Pkwy

Jacksonville, FL 32246

Keynote Speaker - Dr. S. Atyia Martin

Our keynote speaker is Dr. S. Atyia Martin, CEO and Founder of All Aces, Inc., a consulting firm whose mission is to activate consciousness, catalyze critical thinking, and transform capabilities that advance racial equity and build resilience in nonprofit, for profit, and government organizations. Dr. Martin has over 20 years of experience applying the principles of racial equity and social justice during her career in resilience, emergency management, public health, and intelligence.

Dr. Martin serves as a Distinguished Senior Fellow at Northeastern University’s Global Resilience Institute. In her previous role as the first Chief Resilience Officer for the City of Boston, Dr. Martin led the development and implementation of Boston’s first resilience strategy which was the first one in the 100 Resilient Cities network to make racial equity, social justice, and social cohesion the foundation of building resilience across the city.

We are elated to bring Dr. Martin to Jacksonville this year to speak to attendees about what it means to cultivate resilient and innovative organizations and what the future of work in the nonprofit sector really looks like with diversity, inclusion, equity, and transformation at the core.

Portrait of Nonprofit Works Keynote Speaker, Dr. S. Atyia Martin.

Nonprofit Works Agenda

  • 8:15 - Registration & Breakfast Open
  • 8:45 - Special Performance from Girls Inc. of Jacksonville Girls & Alumnae
  • 9:00 - Conference Welcome
  • 9:15 - Keynote Address: Dr. Martin 
  • 9:40 - Resilient Future Panel with Dr. Martin 
  • 10:30 - Breakout Sessions
    • Room B: The Chief Development Officer & The Database: New Questions to Ask
    • Room C: Small "d" democracy: Nonprofit Leadership Through Shared Governance & Collective Decision-making
    • Room D: Reenergizing & Rebuilding Your Leadership Connection
    • Room E: Futures of the Communications & Marketing Sector: How Digital Activism will Affect Nonprofits
  • 12:00 - Lunch & Activity 
  • 1:00 - Vendor Fair
  • 1:40 - Breakout Sessions
    • Room B: Success is not Final; Failure is not Fatal: How Nonprofits and Philanthropy can Drive Innovation in Changing Times
    • Room C: Strategic Futuring
    • Room D: Coming soon!
    • Room E: Coming soon!
  • 2:55 - Future of Philanthropy - Funder Panel 
  • 4:15 - Conference Close Out

Featured Breakout Sessions

Portrait of Nonprofit Works Panelist T-Neisha TateResilient Future Panel with Dr. Martin

Panelist: T-Neisha Tate, Vice President of Social Responsibility and Impact, Jacksonville Jaguars

T-Neisha Tate is entering her twelfth season at the Jacksonville Jaguars as the Vice President of Social Responsibility and Impact.  She oversees the Jaguars' neighborhood revitalization effects and  Inspire Change platform, which seeks to drive systemic change and equality in Jacksonville by leveraging the power of football.  In her previous role with the Jaguars Foundation, T-Neisha oversaw youth programs and initiatives, including Honor Rows, the NFL's largest charitable use ticketing program, educational partnerships, Youth Football, and NFL Play 60. She also works as an Adjunct Professor for the Graduate Program of Sport Management at California State University Long Beach.

T-Neisha, a native of Jacksonville, attended Nova Southern University and Florida State College at Jacksonville and received her Sports Impact Leadership Certificate from Johns Hopkins University.  In 2020, she was recognized as one of Paradigm for Parity 2020 Women on the Rise and earned three ADDY Awards for her contributions to the Jaguars 2021 NFL Inspire Change content digital series.  She has worked in grassroots programming for more than twenty years and has a passion for partnering with programs that focus on creating safe out-of-school-time spaces in underserved communities.

Portrait of Nonprofit Works Panelist Anne Coglianese

Panelist: Anne Coglianese, Chief Resilience Officer, City of Jacksonville

Anne Coglianese is the Chief Resilience Officer for the City of Jacksonville.  In this capacity, Anne leads the development of resilience initiatives to ensure Jacksonville can adapt and thrive in the face of acute shocks and chronic stresses brought on by climate change.  Prior to joining the City of Jacksonville, Anne served as the Coastal Resilience Manager for the City of New Orleans where she implemented nature-based solutions to sea-level rise and coastal land loss.  Anne’s previous experience also includes serving at the White House Council on Environmental Quality, where she participated in the development of climate adaptation and resilience policies to meet the Obama Administration’s resilience goals.

Portrait of Nonprofit Works Panelist Bill Lazar

Panelist: Bill Lazar, Executive Director, St. Johns Housing Partnership 

Bill Lazar’s career in the housing industry began when he was hired as a carpenter in 1988. He worked with Lutheran Social Services of Northeast Florida to make repairs on homes for low-income seniors. Since then, he’s gone on to become a state certified residential builder and a champion for affordable housing for more than 30 years. Bill is the Founder and Executive Director of the St. Johns Housing Partnership (SJHP). SJHP works to improve substandard housing and is a HUD-certified counseling agency. They own and manage over 60 rental properties in St Johns and Clay County. In 2021, Bill was appointed to the Affordable Housing Advisory Council by the Federal Home Loan Bank of Atlanta and currently serves on the board for the St. Johns Builders Council.

Portrait of Nonprofit Works Presenter Clanzenetta Mickee BrownStrategic Futuring

Speaker: Clanzenetta "Mickee" Brown, Special Project Partners

War! Pandemics! Social disruption! Economic strife! Environmental upheaval! What does strategic planning look like in the midst of such uncertainty?

Our present proves that major shifts in how we live and what we prioritize can change overnight. Strategic Planning is an exercise in thinking about our work in 3-to-5-year increments, which may be inadequate in a volatile world. Instead, let’s consider the tenets of Strategic Futuring to build more viable communities today and better prepare for the next 50 years.

Portrait of Nonprofit Works Presenter Missy KetchumThe Chief Development Officer and the Database: New Questions to Ask

Speaker: Missy Ketchum, Episcopal School of Jacksonville 

Databases have long been used to report on fund-raising efforts, but how can we use them to set strategy?  Let's take a hard look at the capacity of our databases to serve our work, from fields we didn't think were that useful to dashboards that tell a broader story than how much we raised this year. The database can be a starting point for designing programs which serve donors we've likely been unknowingly leaving out of our stewardship and engagement efforts. A cloud-based database gives all of us access to powerful information; learn how to harness this power more fully to cultivate, solicit, and steward supporters of your mission.

Participants will learn:

  • Structure, documentation and assignments: a yearlong guide to keeping your database clean
  • From reporting to forecasting, and why you as the leader need to understand what is possible
  • The most important reports to give your development committee
  • The other metrics that matter
  • How we can identify our underserved and understewarded donors and bring them to the table

This session will have time for a collaborative share-out from participants of the treasures they value most in their organization's data.

Portrait of Nonprofit Works Speaker Clayton Levins Success is not Final; Failure is not Fatal: How Nonprofits and Philanthropy can Drive Innovation in Changing Times

Speaker: Clayton Levins, Smart North Florida

Technology is ubiquitous and data is all around us. Private sector has the means to innovate but what about nonprofits, philanthropy, and NGO’s? How do these entities start small to work big? In this session we’ll delve into technology adoption, innovation, and data aggregation to solving the critical problem statements that have been with us for generations and the new ones forming every day. We’ll also discuss how you can achieve success no matter the size and scope of your organization.

Portrait of Nonprofit Works Presenter Michelle Guglielmo Gilliam Futures of the Communications & Marketing Sector: How Digital Activism will Affect Nonprofits

Speakers: Michelle Guglielmo Gilliam & Charlene Jones, Point Taken Communications

In this session, Michelle and Charlene with local marketing and PR firm, Point Taken Communications, will discuss the changes in digital activism that will impact how nonprofits are connecting with constituents - from staff and donors, to media partners. Key topics covered will include: reduction in journalism and media outlets that will affect nonprofit PR efforts, changes in web design and reporting (i.e. Google Analytics is changing to GA4), how to utilize PR and marketing for employee recruitment, how nonprofits can overcome challenges with social advertising that have come up through the pandemic, and how to navigate changing donor demographics and engage the next generation of donors.

Portrait of Nonprofit Works Presenter Charlene Jones

About Point Taken: Point Taken Communications, a boutique Jacksonville public relations and marketing firm serving brands nationwide, creates engaging campaigns that ignite positive change and move audiences to action. We go above and beyond, ensuring each client gets the best return on its investment. Our team of senior professionals has decades of experience bringing bold, creative ideas to life to help companies and nonprofits grow and evolve. At Point Taken, our clients inspire us to fuel progress for your organization, your industry and our world.

Portrait of Nonprofit Works Presenter Drew ReynoldsSmall "d" democracy: Nonprofit Leadership Through Shared Governance and Collective Decision-making

Speaker: Drew Reynolds, PhD, MSW, MEd, Common Good Data Consulting 

This workshop is for nonprofit leaders seeking to build their community-based leadership skillset in working with boards, staff, volunteers, and other stakeholders. Through small group participatory discussion, participants will apply principles of shared governance and collective decision-making to common nonprofit leadership challenges to inspire community and organizational change.

Portrait of Nonprofit Works Presenter Liz Wooten-ReschkeReenergizing & Rebuilding Your Leadership Connection

Speaker: Liz Wooten-Reschke, MPA, CGT, CDLTF, Connect For More

This interactive, working session is focused on the real-time issues brought up by participants on areas of trust-building with board, staff, donor, volunteer, or community partners. Take aways include three different levels of engagement/trust-building activities: small/quick wins, meeting/retreat options and long-term culture focus.

Thank you to our presenting sponsor!

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Jessie Ball duPont Reflective Practice Fund

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