The Second Annual Nonprofit Leadership Conference


On Monday, October 7th, over 100 of Nantucket’s nonprofit leaders, representing 50 Island charities, joined the Community Foundation for Nantucket for the second annual Nantucket Nonprofit Leadership Conference.

Thanks to the vision and generosity of a CFN benefactor, the Foundation was able to offer our Island nonprofit leadership teams and board members a full day of professional development and networking. This year’s workshops were specifically designed for executive directors, board members, and development professionals. All the presenters were experts in philanthropy and covered a range of topics including planned giving and how to engage millennial donors.

Alyssa Wright from Wright Consulting was our keynote speaker. She inspired the audience to find their own voice and identity, and to craft a meaningful and strategic giving plan that accelerates social change.

Workshop presenters included Ed Sluga from Planned Giving Growth, Barbara O’Reilly from Windhill Consulting, Nanette Fridman from Fridman Stategies, and Sharna Goldseker from 21/64.

“We love this conference because it places an emphasis on networking and collaboration between nonprofits, a sentiment we all share. Our nonprofit sector is a driving force on the Island, and it was wonderful to have so many of us together in one place!” Margaretta Andrews, Executive Director

“I am grateful to all who attended, and hope that every attendee attained at least one new idea, process or personal connection that will benefit their organization. I am particularly thankful for our conference sponsors, Joe and Deidre Smialowski, who created the concept for this Leadership Conference and have agreed to underwrite similar events in the future.” Geoff Verney, President Board of Trustees.

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