Thursday, September 15, 2016

Tony Allegretti to be featured Panelist on Nonprofit Crisis Management September 16th




There are very few certainties among nonprofits, but one thing that’s just as sure as 990 filings is that at some point, some time, your group will face a crisis.  Perhaps a spokesperson or executive said something ill-advised and it got picked up, or maybe a staffer made a mistake.  These things happen to every group, and it is important to have a swift response.

Join Tony Allegretti, executive director of the Cultural Council of Greater Jacksonville and the rest of our panel of experts as we explore nonprofit crisis management in depth.


LeAnn Daddario from Hands On Jacksonville will facilitate this highly anticipated panel on nonprofit crisis management. Besides Tony, the panel of experts includes Shannon Nazworth, executive director of Ability Housing,Cathy Hagan, Area Director, FSBDC at UNF, and Simon Keymer, founder and lead consultant at Keymer, a public and corporate affairs consulting firm.

Tony Allegretti is the executive director of the Cultural Council of Greater Jacksonville. The Cultural Council of Greater Jacksonville champions the appreciation, relevance, and expression of art and culture. Previous to this position, Mr. Allegretti was director of Downtown engagement for JAX Chamber. He has advocated for business and growth Downtown and the urban core for more than a decade. In 2004, Mr. Allegretti won the individual award from the Cultural Council of Greater Jacksonville for his work establishing the First Wednesday Art Walk with Downtown Vision. He was the founding director of the Riverside Arts Market and created Community First Saturdays Downtown while at JAX Chamber. He is a stakeholder and entrepreneur as well with his partnerships that own Burrito Gallery and Uptown Market. Mr. Allegretti serves on the board of the Downtown Investment Authority, Jacksonville Area Legal Aid, the Downtown Marketing Collaborative and Westside Soccer Club.

To register for the FSBDC Nonprofit Conference click HERE.


Wednesday, September 14, 2016

LeAnn Diddario, to Facilitate Panel on Nonprofit Crisis Management September 16th.


Whether it’s turmoil in the executive suite, a failed fundraising campaign or financial fraud such as embezzlement, every organization hits bumps along the way.

And many of those organizations make it worse with their response (or, more often than not, lack thereof) to a crisis. Join us at the FSBDC Nonprofit Management Conference on Friday September 16th. 
LeAnn Daddario will facilitate this highly anticipated panel on nonprofit crisis management. The panel of experts includes Shannon Nazworth, executive director of Ability Housing, Tony Allegretti, executive director, Cultural Council of Greater Jacksonville, Cathy Hagan, Area Director, FSBDC at UNF,  and Simon Keymer, founder and lead consultant at Keymer, a public and corporate affairs consulting firm.

LeAnn Daddario is the President and CEO of HandsOn Jacksonville. She joined the team in 2013.  She is a native Floridian and fell in love with the Non-profit sector when she got out of graduate school. LeAnn quickly developed a deep passion for charitable work. She loves promoting service and volunteerism because paying it forward is both one of her personal and professional values.
She is responsible for all operations of the organization including Marketing and Communication, Finance and Administration, Agency Relations, Programs, Project Management and events. She has been employed in the non-profit sector for five years.  Before she joined the non-profit sector she had an extensive career in corporate America.  She holds an undergraduate degree in Political Science and an M.B.A. with a concentration in Sales and Marketing. She is a graduate of Leadership St. Johns, Blueprint for Leadership and is in the current of class of Leadership Jacksonville.  She volunteers her time with the American Fundraising Professionals, Make a Wish, The Players Championship Golf Tournament and the Sheriff’s Training committee.

She and her husband and son call St. Augustine, FL their home.  In her spare time she loves to cook, travel and enjoys many outdoor activities.  Adventure spurs her on and she has been known to jump out of a plane at 12,000 feet just for fun!!

To register for the FSBDC Nonprofit Management Conference click HERE

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Kristin Keen Joins Expert Panel Addressing Nonprofit Board Management September 16th.



Kristin Keen runs a great nonprofit. We are excited she will be joining our nonprofit panel to discuss the care and feeding of nonprofit boards! Attendees will also hear from Kelly Altosino-Sastre of KAS Consulting as well as Ju'Coby Pittman, CEO/President, Clara White Mission, and Kevin Monahan, Area Director, FSBDC at UNF. 

Kristin lived and worked for five years in Kolkata, India where she encountered the life-stealing effects of the area's sex trade on a daily basis. Kristin helped co-found a business that could offer these women a safe haven. 

Today, Sari Bari is a thriving business that employs more than 120 people in Kolkota who create beautiful handmade blankets and other products from traditional fabrics. Upon her return to Jacksonville, Kristin felt called to fight the sex trade on a local level, and Rethreaded was born. Beginning by forming relationships with women on the street and making prison visits, she knew the biggest need was for a safe, supportive work environment where these women could earn money while learning a skill and experiencing continued healing through community.  

Since Rethreaded's start in 2012 Rethreaded has helped 20 women locally and provided over 10,000 hours of work to women in Jacksonville.  In 2012 Rethreaded was the overall winner of One Spark. 

 In 2015 Kristin was awarded the "40 under 40" up and coming business leaders in Jacksonville and was chosen as one of Girls Inc. "Women of Vision" awards. When she’s not at Rethreaded, Kristin is usually biking, doing yoga, or eating at some of Jacksonville's best local restaurants.

To register for the FSBDC at UNF Nonprofit Conference click HERE.


Monday, September 12, 2016

FSBDC Nonprofit Conference Keynote: Michelle Braun, President and CEO of United Way






We are honored to have Michelle Braun, CEO of the United Way of Northeast Florida give the keynote address at the FSBDC Nonprofit Conference September 16th. Michelle will talk about nonprofit sustainability among other topics. In an environmental context, "sustainability" generally means finding a way to use resources in a manner that prevents their depletion. For charitable nonprofits, the phrase “sustainability” is commonly used to describe a nonprofit that is able to sustain itself over the long term, perpetuating its ability to fulfill its mission.


Michelle Braun is president and CEO of United Way of Northeast FloridaUnited Way’s goal is to mobilize people and resources to make lasting change in the areas of education, income and health.  United Way serves a five-county area of Northeast Florida and one in three people in the region.


Michelle has been very involved with United Way in many capacities prior to becoming president, including serving as a member of the board of directors, community chair for United Way’s RealSense initiative and as the vice president of Resource Development where she led a record-setting campaign of $17.2 million. 


Michelle returned to United Way after spending more than a decade in the corporate world.  Having served as  the Florida community development manager for Wells Fargo, she was responsible for coordinating the bank’s resources and partners to ensure the bank served all of Florida’s diverse communities – especially low- and moderate-income individuals and families.  She was previously Wachovia’s community relations executive for Florida before the merger with Wells Fargo.


Prior to her career at Wachovia, Braun worked for Bank of America as director of the Florida Foundation and as community development manager.  She has also served in leadership positions at nonprofit agencies across the country. She graduated with a bachelor’s degree in business and philosophy from The University of Notre Dame and earned a master’s degree in nonprofit management from The Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University.


Michelle is passionate about serving the community. She serves on the board of directors for the Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce, the Early Learning Coalition of Duval, the Jacksonville Children’s Commission and the Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC).  She is a member of United Way Worldwide’s National Professional Council and recently served as chair of the JCCI mental health inquiry.


Michelle is married to Paul, her artist husband, and they have two children Quinn, 12, and Shea, 10.

To register for the conference click HERE.

Friday, September 9, 2016

FSBDC at UNF's Clare Dreyer to Facilitate Nonprofit Board Management Panel at Sept. 16th Conference.




Our 6th Annual FSBDC Nonprofit Conference on September 16th, has a lot of great breakout sessions available including board management.

Clare Dreyer will facilitate a four person expert panel on the topic.There is much to be said for stability on a board, for it may reflect an effective culture of collegiality, trust and consistency. But there is also a danger that it can lead to stagnation. In just about every sector, businesses are in a state of dynamic change. They are faced with some form of transformation, whether it be regulation, market disruption,new mission models or other forms of competitive pressure. Attendees will hear from Kelly Altosino-Sastre od KAS Consulting as well as Ju'Coby Pittman, CEO/President, Clara White Mission, Kristen Keen, Founder and President of Rethreaded, and Kevin Monahan, Area Director, FSBDC at UNF. 


Clare has lived in Florida most of her life. She recently moved back to Jacksonville from Reno, NV and the Lake Tahoe area where she lived for 10 years. Prior to moving out west, Clare was a certified Woman Owned Business with her own consulting and training business, Clare Rice Consulting which she had for 15 years. Clare has served as an adjunct professor with the University of North Florida and Florida State University in their Continuing Education Divisions. She designed and delivered classes in organizational and management effectiveness.

While living out west she was the Assistant Director for Management and Leadership Programs in the Division of Extended Studies University of Nevada, Reno (UNR) where she also worked very closely with the Nevada Small Business Development Center.

Clare is also a Professional Member of the National Speakers Association and has designed and delivered over thirty-five customized training programs. She has also delivered over 700 professional presentations to groups of adult learners ranging from 25 – 1,500 attendees. She also holds certificates in many field such as Social Media Marketing, Advanced Management Program & Mediation Resolution, is a Certified Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR), a Certified Master Practitioner in the Art of Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP), Certified NLP Coach, Certified Dream Coach®, Certified Gallup Strengths Coach; Certified Professional Behavioral Analyst (CPBA) & Certified Professional Values Analyst (CPVA), Certified Master Facilitation Instructor with the Pacific Institute and a contributing author in the best-selling book “Get Your Woman On”.

Clare attended Florida State University and received her B. S. in Business with an emphasis in Marketing. She has two sons and a step-son. Forrest is a C130J pilot in the United States Air Force and is currently stationed at Ramstein Air Force Base in Germany. Alex is a licensed Pharmacy Technician and continuing his education in Chemistry at Florida State University. Adam is an Assistant Manager at The Bad Apple restaurant in Chicago.

To register for the conference, click HERE.

Thursday, September 8, 2016

Shannon Nazworth, of Ability Housing Joins Panel on Nonprofit Risk/Crisis on September 16th.



So what is a crisis? It’s any event or circumstance that threatens the ability of your nonprofit to achieve its mission.

Organizations that operate in a changing or otherwise uncertain environment in which the outcomes of their decisions, or their failure to make decisions, cannot be perfectly predicted, face risk. For nonprofit organizations, risk is encountered in many different ways. Financial, personnel, program and capital expenditure decisions all entail risk because they involve interactions with changing, complex, volatile or economic, political and social environments. Hence their outcomes cannot be precisely determined in advance.

Shannon Nazworth, from Ability Housing,will serve on a panel that will explore risk as well as reputation management so attendees can learn more about how high functioning nonprofits handle problems on this scale. Joining her on the panel will be, Tony Allegretti, executive Director, Cultural Council of Greater Jacksonville, Cathy Hagan, Area Director, FSBDC at UNF,  and Simon Keymer, founder and lead consultant at Keymer, a public and corporate affairs consulting firm.

Mrs. Nazworth is the executive director of Ability Housing, Inc. The mission of Ability Housing is to provide quality, affordable community-inclusive housing for individuals and families experiencing or at risk of homelessness and adults with disabilities.

Mrs. Nazworth has over nineteen years’ experience in the development of affordable housing. She is the former Associate Director of Habitat for Humanity of the Jacksonville Beaches, Inc.; Regional Administrator for Habitat for Humanity International; and Chief Financial Officer of Habitat for Humanity of Jacksonville, Inc.


Mrs. Nazworth is actively involved in statewide and national advocacy efforts.  She chairs Florida’s Council on Homelessness; is President of the Florida Supportive Housing Coalition; was recently appointed to the National Low Income Housing Coalition Advisory Group; serves on the St. John’s County Health and Human Services Council; serves on the Board of the Florida Alliance of Community Development Corporations; serves as a member of the Chase Community Advisory Board and is a past gubernatorial appointee to the Affordable Housing Study Commission.  Mrs. Nazworth routinely presents to the Florida Housing Finance Corporation board of directors; participates in rule development for various affordable housing programs; chaired a statewide workgroup which developed ‘Common Sense: A Strategic Plan to Provide Supportive Housing Throughout Florida’; was awarded Advocate of the Year by the Southeast Institute on Homelessness and Supportive Housing; and was a member of the Leadership Jacksonville class of 2011. Most recently, Mrs. Nazworth was named 2014 Eastern Region Advocate of the Year by the Corporation of Supportive Housing.

For more information and to register, click HERE.

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Bonnie Barnes to Present "Compliance:Two Ounces of Prevention" at FSBDC Nonprofit Conference September 16th.




For people trying to enact such positive changes in the world, it can be confusing to see so many legal documents that have to be filed and government regulations that have to be followed. Why is it so hard for good people to do good things? The answer is simple: There are bad people in the world. Without these documents and compliance stipulations in place, it would be far too easy for ill-meaning individuals to take advantage of the kindness of others. Bonnie Barnes,  COO/VP, Business Development with Hands On Jacksonville, will show you how to keep your organization out of trouble by preventing compliance issues before they happen.

Most of Bonnie’s professional life has been entrepreneurial and corporately driven, only transitioning the last ten years into the nonprofit world. She recently helped The Arc Jacksonville convince corporations to consider individuals with disabilities for employment. As Executive Director for North Florida Land Trust for seven years, she grew the nonprofit from 1/2 million to more than $8 million in assets, resulting in over 4,000 acres of land preserved.

Bonnie received her MBA from Jacksonville University. She has been recognized as Jacksonville Chamber‘s 2001 Business Leader of the Year, Leadership Jacksonville 2007,  Regional Leadership Academy 2008, and a 2012 Woman of Influence.


When asked about joining Hands On Jacksonville, Bonnie said, “it’s the perfect next step. Helping others is my life.”

For more information, and to register for the 2016 conference, click HERE.