Northern California’s Nonprofit Conference of the Year

February 6, 2019



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Join California nonprofits, world renown speakers, philanthropists, and passionate advocates for a full day of inspiration and discovery.  What IF is all about exploring what’s possible and being with people who care as much as you do. Impact Foundry, Northern California’s nonprofit resource center, is pleased to bring you our 3rd annual What IF Conference. Learn more about Impact Foundry.

February 6, 2019
8 am- 5:30 pm

McClellan Conference Center
5411 Luce Ave, McClellan Park, CA 95652

This year, our What IF Conference theme is Creating Sustainable Community Change. We will talk about the money and partnerships needed to advance our mission-centric work and ensure impactful outcomes. We will address the interpersonal skills of successful leaders, the role of philanthropy and core mission support in nonprofit success, and more. We will highlight organizations who collaborate successfully, and we will introduce new ways of thinking about nonprofit success.


Keynote Speaker:

Dan Pallotta

Impact Foundry is pleased to welcome Dan Pallotta as our keynote speaker for the 2019 What IF Conference. Dan is an author, humanitarian, activist and nonprofit innovator. Dan wrote the Charity Case: How the Nonprofit Community Can Stand Up for Itself and Really Change the World, a book that describes the current philanthropy landscape and the case for moving beyond a program-first funding culture.

Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. has described Dan’s latest book as “An Apollo program for American philanthropy and the nonprofit sector.”

Pallotta is best known for creating the multi-day charitable event industry, and a new generation of philanthropists with the AIDS Rides and Breast Cancer 3-Day events, which raised $582 million in nine years. He is president of Advertising for Humanity, which helps foundations and philanthropists transform the growth potential of their favorite grantees. He is also the founder and President of the Charity Defense Council.

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It's time to stop obsessing about overhead and start focusing on progress. Change charity, and charity can change the world.

Dan Pallotta


Social Innovation: Mini City

Mini City is a social enterprise; a cost-saving resource hub that alleviates homeless in the city of Atlanta. Mini City has secured 500 Near Field Communication enabled wristbands. Like Fit Bit, this is wearable technology and is an exclusive membership for homeless residents that unlocks a world of services at no charge to them. Mini City’s mission is to eradicate homelessness not just in metro Atlanta, but across our nation. CEO India Hayes and members of their team will share their inspiration and how meeting up at a Hackathon led to the development of Mini City.

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India Hayes

CEO & Co-Founder

Sourabh Jha

CFO & Center for Civic Innovation Fellow

Amber McCain

Director of Communications

Anita Jones


Harold Alexander


Strategic Collaborations

In dynamic plenary session discussions, we will highlight these innovative collaborations that are changing the way we deliver value in our community.

FIPO (Financial Institution Partners Opportunity): A bank-led initiative that brings together financial institutions from across the region that combine funds, align priorities, and maximize impact through concentrating support around a community initiative.

SCPG (Sacramento Collaborative Practice Group): Family law attorneys, mental health practitioners and financial professionals work together in a collaborative divorce resolution process. Members of the SCPG also offer Divorce Options workshops throughout the Sacramento region.

Arts Education Consortium: The Sacramento City Mayor’s office, all 13 Sacramento County School District superintendents, Metro Arts, the Sacramento Region Community Foundation, and the Friends of the Arts are collaborating to ensure meaningful arts education in all Sacramento public schools. This public/private partnership has raised over $1million since its launch in May 2018.

Sacramento Hospice Consortium: Nonprofit Medicare-certified hospice providers in the greater Sacramento area collaborate on the recruitment and training of volunteers and staff, referrals and community relations, and peer support. Health systems and grassroots community-based organizations make a sector stronger by looking past their competitive positions and work together for the greater good.

Youth & Family Collective: The Youth & Family Collective is a regional platform that streamlines administrative functions and fund development to deliver greater value per donated dollar. In addition to providing greater efficiency, the Collective also delivers holistic support to the whole person. The Youth & Family Collective integrates organizations that are already advancing complementary goals, aligning programs and efforts to uproot long-entrenched causes of trauma in our communities. More than 25 organizations, nonprofit and for profit, have joined the Collective and are part of a collective impact model.


A Discussion of Capacity Building Programs

Impact Foundry: In 2018, Impact Foundry launched Certified Sustainable, a capacity building program that engages all levels of an organization. The program includes a year-long series of classes, workshops, peer learning groups, and individual technical assistance to help nonprofits draft their own sustainability plans. The program supports adaptive leadership within the realms of revenue structure, operational framework, partner engagement, the nonprofit brand, measuring impact and accountability, culture and change management. This yearlong cohort program has been available to funders who underwrite their grantees’ participation. In 2019, it will be offered to individual organizations.

Sacramento First 5: Working with the Storywalkers Consulting Goup and Impact Foundry, Sacramento First 5 offered Certified Sustainable to more than 20 of its funded partners. Hear why Sacramento First 5 Executive Director Julie Gallelo and her team are committed to ensuring their partners’ capacity to serve the age 0-5 children in our community.

Sacramento Region Community Foundation: Following on the success of Big Day of Giving, the SRCF embarked on a yearlong investigation of SRCF’s role in capacity building on a broader scale. Priscilla Enriquez, Chief Impact & Strategy Officer and Lovelle Harris, Director of Nonprofit Ventures will discuss what they learned and how the Foundation will invest, partner and catalyze capacity building in our region.


“What Do You Mean It’s Taxable? We’re Tax Exempt!”

What You Need to Know Before You Plan Your Next Revenue Generating Activity

Just because your organization has tax-exempt status does not guarantee your business activities will be exempt from all taxes. Depending on the type of revenue generating activities you choose, your organization may be subject to tax. This session outlines what nonprofit leaders need to know about Unrelated Business Income Tax (UBIT). Learn the difference between sponsorship and taxable advertising. Discover smart ways to structure activities to avoid UBIT. Hear the latest rules regarding computing UBIT under Tax Reform legislation.

Scott Galbreath leads the Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation Practice Team at Murphy Austin Attorneys and is an expert on nonprofits.

Golf: The Contact Sport for Business & for Life

Ready to take your career to the next level and have fun along the way? Statistics show playing golf makes a difference in the business world and it’s the perfect networking tool. If you’re tired of being left out or saying “no” to golf invitations, you can’t afford not to play. Tyra shares why golf is the sport of business, and a critical success tool for high-achievers. In this fun, lively presentation, you will learn how playing golf for business can be a total game changer; what it’s costing you to not have golf in your toolkit; and how to take advantage of the opportunities when you learn to play.

Tyra Jarvis is a life reinvention mentor, leadership coach and avid golfer. As founder and president of Kefi Consulting LLC, her specialties include leadership development, business and executive coaching, and career/life transition. Tyra is also a co-author of Teeing Up for Success, a compilation of insightful and inspirational stories from extraordinary women on how they have used golf to achieve their goals.

Trends in Philanthropy

Both nonprofits and their funders can better plan for the future with a clearer understanding of where the philanthropic sector is headed. Attendees will leave this workshop with a better understanding of the current state of philanthropy, including big picture trends such as who is giving, where money is going, popular giving vehicles, donor expectations and approaches, the impact of the current political climate on philanthropy, and more.

Jessica Hubbard is a corporate social responsibility and philanthropy professional. She consults with an emphasis on strategic planning, program design, and partnership development. Jessica is passionate about the intersection of business and society and believes that all companies can improve their competitiveness by engaging more deeply with the social issues that create risk and opportunity for their business models.

Everyone Has a Voice

How Storytelling Brings People Closer to Your Mission

Craig Dresang is the CEO of Yolo Hospice, the first established hospice in the Sacramento Valley. Prior to moving to California to lead Yolo Hospice, Craig raised $13 million to build the State of Illinois’ first LEED® Gold certified hospice residence. Craig is a nonprofit leader, an artist and an author and has experienced the power of storytelling.


Introduction to Project Management

Whether its a grant award or self-funded initiative, nonprofits must manage their projects so they come in on or under-budget, fulfill their purpose, and have measurable outcomes. The Project Management field has processes and tools critical to successfully setting up and completing projects. Attend this workshop and leave with helpful tools and ideas for improving your organization’s performance on mission-critical programs.

Payson Hall, PMP® is a consulting project manager for Catalysis Group, Inc. in Sacramento.  Formally trained as a software engineer, today he coaches project managers, teaches project management skills, consults and performs project reviews on large Information Technology projects.  He has published over 100 project management articles, developed numerous project management and problem-solving classes, written a book on project sponsorship, and is sought after as a conference speaker who specializes in demystifying project management topics and communicating important ideas while entertaining audiences.

Engaging Millennials Through a Strengths-Based Approach

Culture wins. And a winning culture is one that values strengths-based development. In transformational, strengths-based workplaces, culture is borne of a shift from the old ways of managing people to the right ways of developing them.

Helen Yee, Gallup Certified Strengths Coach, brings expertise in team building, event coordination, training and facilitation. Ms. Yee’s focus is to bring the strengths-based approach to teams, promoting lasting changes in their workplace culture.


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