Moving from Crisis to Opportunity

Moving from Crisis to Opportunity

This year, the 2020 IMPACT Delaware conference will be a virtual event, held from August 17th-21st.
We encourage all participants to join us from wherever they please.

Generously Underwritten By

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"The Chinese use two brush strokes to write the word "crisis." One brush stroke stands for danger, the other for opportunity. In a crisis, be aware of the danger but recognize the opportunity."

John F. Kennedy

President, United States of America

As nonprofits navigate a pandemic and its aftermath, address systemic racism, and evaluate options for sustaining their mission, we know that working together we can not only survive, but thrive again. The 2020 IMPACT Delaware Conference will offer nonprofit organizations strategies to move toward recovery and resiliency, while creating a stronger impact for greater social change.

The DANA 2020 IMPACT Conference sessions will present practical skill development for leading and being part of successful collaboratives, tracking advocacy outcomes, framing critical, yet engaging messaging, and leveraging philanthropy in the new normal here in Delaware. Fun and surprises will be peppered through the days of the conference to create connection among nonprofit peers, despite not being face-to-face.

This won’t be like any other virtual meeting you’ve ever attended!

This conference is underwritten by JPMorgan Chase

and we are grateful to all of our sponsors, exhibitors, and donors,
including our Keynote Sponsors:


Thanks to the generosity of our sponsors, admission costs have been made affordable, so your whole team can attend.




Monday, August 17, 2020

9:30AM – 11:30AM

9:30AM – Networking Rooms Open

Welcome & Remarks
Welcome by Sheila Bravo, President & CEO, DANA

Remarks by 

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Conference Opening Keynote: Forces for Good in Times of Crisis Leslie Crutchfield


Tuesday, August 18, 2020

9:30AM – 11:00AM

9:30AM – Networking Showcase


Framing Forward for Positive Impact Julie Sweetland



Policy and Advocacy Impact in a COVID-19 Landscape Joel Gutierrez



Wednesday, August 19, 2020

1:30PM – 3:00PM

1:30PM – Networking Showcase


Policy and Advocacy Impact in a COVID-19 Landscape Joel Gutierrez


Building “Leader-full” Movements for Social Change – Leslie Crutchfield

Thursday, August 20, 2020

9:30AM – 11:00AM

9:30AM – Networking Showcase


Building “Leader-full” Movements for Social Change Leslie Crutchfield


Framing Forward for Positive Impact – Julie Sweetland

Friday, August 21, 2020

9:30AM – 12:00PM

9:30AM – Networking Rooms Open

10:00AM – Welcome & Remarks
Sheila Bravo, President & CEO, DANA

Remarks By

Conference Closing Keynote: Looking at Crisis as Opportunity for Social ChangeTom Sheridan

Philanthropic Perspectives Panel: Collective Funding for Sustainability Post-Crisis – Moderated by Maggie Osborn

12:00PM – Closing RemarksSheila Bravo, CEO, DANA


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Forces for Good in Times of Crisis

Leading a successful nonprofit is challenging in good times. But, it is even tougher when a perfect storm of health, economic, and social injustice crises roil the nation. Strategists have a phrase for this type of situation: VUCA – Volatile, Uncertain, Complex and Ambiguous. In the VUCA climate, nonprofits face double jeopardy. Many charities provide essential services to feed, heal, shelter, care, and advocate for vulnerable communities and the number of individuals who need nonprofits’ help is skyrocketing with unemployment exceeding recession levels. On top of that, charitable donations have fallen off significantly.

Adapting and developing new strategies to cope in these challenging social and economic times is as important as ever now. Crutchfield is uniquely positioned to share insights from her research for Forces for Good about the adaptive strategies of high-impact nonprofits and her experiences with nonprofits who not only survived, but thrived in the wake of previous crises such as the 2008 Global Recession. Nonprofit attendees will learn how to seize the crises of today and transform them into opportunities for greater impact within their communities.

Presented By: Leslie Crutchfield – Co-Author of Forces for Good & Executive Director of Georgetown University’s Business for Impact

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Looking at Crisis as Opportunity for Social Change

Tom Sheridan began his social change activities at time when the AIDS crisis was at its worst: a rising death toll of sufferers, while the country allocated limited resources to find a cure or provide access to healthcare. Movements championing equity and social justice for those suffering from this health crisis ranged from the peaceful to the radical left. Sheridan’s successful effort brought opposing sides together, creating the path forward for one of the most impactful health policies of the time. For over 30 years, Sheridan has positively influenced transformative policy changes to gain rights and protections for those oppressed.

We have all heard the saying, “it’s always darkest before the dawn,” and in Sheridan’s career, he has proven it true time and again. Sheridan has championed social change at our country’s most difficult moments; just prior to its most transformative. Referencing his most recent book, “Helping the Good Do Better,” Sheridan will unpack the lessons learned in advocating for eight landmark social movements which can inform today’s actions. As Sheridan advocates, “Good can win, but it has to get into the fight.” Learn how to harness these wins and apply them to your nonprofit’s social causes.

Presented By: Tom Sheridan – President, The Sheridan Group

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Philanthropic Perspectives Panel: Collective Funding for Sustainability Post-Crisis

Attendees will gain insight into how Delaware philanthropy leaders’ perspectives have evolved as they consider grantmaking in a post-crisis landscape. Learn in what ways they hope nonprofits will think about their funding requests and ponder how this might change the way your organization has thought about funding previously. Moderator Maggie Osborn, will dig into Delaware’s unique philanthropy landscape, while also offering insights on national philanthropy trends.


Stuart Comstock-Gay, President & CEO
Thère du Pont, President, Longwood Foundation, Inc
R. Daniel Okonkwo, Vice President, JPMorgan Chase





Panel moderated by Maggie Gunther Osborn, Senior Vice President & Chief Strategy Officer, United Philanthropy Forum

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Breakout Session Choices

Breakout Sessions: Held between August 18th – August 20th – Each session offered twice. Choose the times that fit your schedule. **Please note, to create an engaging and interactive experience, each breakout sessions will be capped at 50 participants.
Leslie Crutchfield, Author of How Change Happens & Executive Director, Georgetown University’s Business for Impact

Movements matter—today, more than ever. In this break-out session, Leslie Crutchfield reveals the leadership approaches, campaign strategies, and ground-level tactics used in a range of modern change campaigns. Based on several years of research, she unearthed six key factors that explain why winning movements triumph. Leadership of movements also matter. From leaderless movements to those led by controlling forces, Crutchfield explores how changemakers can build more “leader-full” movements and apply the lessons and best practices in How Change Happens to advance causes they care about.

Wednesday Session Now Sold Out!

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Julie Sweetland, Senior Advisor, FrameWorks Institute

Building public will for a better future requires strategy, insight, and coordination. It requires us to tell the right stories—and to tell them often, well, and together. The way we use our communications power will shape not only how our own organizations come through this moment, but the kind of post-pandemic future our communities can imagine and create. In this breakout session, Dr. Julie Sweetland will share guidance pulled from twenty years of framing research and practice to help advocates and experts lead productive public conversations about inequity, justice and impacts of the pandemic. Through examples and discussion, participants will explore how small changes in language can make a big difference in our ability to be heard and understood.

Now Sold Out!

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Joel Gutierrez, Senior Consultant, ORS Impact

Social Change organizations – listen up! Advocacy is only successful if you know what you are trying to achieve, can measure progress toward those goals, and understand if your strategies are working. This is where advocacy evaluation becomes a crucial step in measuring the influence you have on the causes you care about, particularly in a dynamic and evolving landscape. Participants will learn steps advocacy-focused organizations can take to initiate or improve their advocacy evaluation. There will be small group discussions and opportunities to start or refine your evaluation and learning practice.

Tuesday Session Now Sold Out!

Leslie Crutchfield, Author and Executive Director, Georgetown University's Business for Impact - Leslie Crutchfield is an author, educator, social change expert and Executive Director of Business for Impact at Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business. Business for Impact’s core value is that companies can be a powerful force for good in the world, and the center delivers world-class education, student experience, and cross-sector collaborations for people, planet and profit. Leslie’s latest book is How Change Happens: Why Some Movements Succeed While Others Don’t, noted in “The New York Review of Books” as a blueprint for groups inspired to take action on today’s major causes. Leslie also co-authored the bestselling Forces for Good: The Six Practices of High-Impact Nonprofits – recognized by The Economist on its “Best Books of the Year” list – and Do More than Give. She teaches corporate social responsibility in Georgetown’s MBA program and nonprofit leadership on LinkedIn Learning. She holds an MBA and BA from Harvard, and resides in the Washington, D.C. region.
Joel Gutierrez, Senior Consultant, ORS Impact - As a faculty member for ORS Impact’s annual Measurement, Learning, and Evaluation Consulting Lab, Joel supports individual organizations in building their measurement and learning practice. He is also the co-author of “When the Best Offense is a Good Defense: Understanding and Measuring Advocacy on the Defense.” He has over 7 years of experience in policy advocacy evaluation across issue areas including, safety net and racial equity, immigration, food security, and early education, to name a few. His prior experience includes sustainable agricultural work in Colombia and economic development at the City of Seattle.
Tom Sheridan, President, The Sheridan Group - A social worker by training and an advocate by trade, Tom brings a unique perspective to his work as one of Washington’s most senior political and public policy strategists. Tom is known on Capitol Hill and in the West Wing for using his deep understanding of the political process and decades-long relationships with senior Members of Congress and top Administration officials to help organizations achieve scalable, positive social change. In 1991, Tom founded The Sheridan Group where he and his team work to craft effective strategies for socially responsible public policy initiatives to “help the good do better.” Over the years, The Sheridan Group has become the go-to firm in the nation’s capital for grassroots advocacy, issue campaign management and coalition-building for non-profit organizations, social entrepreneurs and socially conscious corporations. Tom is a frequent speaker on how to use the levers of politics and policy to affect social change. His debut book, Helping the Good Do Better: How a White Hat Lobbyist Advocates for Social Change, was released in June 2019. In addition to his work at TSG, Tom sits on the Board of the Children’s Beach House in Lewes, DE, an organization dedicated to helping children with special needs. An animal lover, Tom can often be found with his dogs, Phina and Duffy, and his equine family member, Ryan.
Julie Sweetland, Senior Advisor, FrameWorks Institute - DR. JULIE SWEETLAND is a sociolinguist and vice president for strategy and innovation at the FrameWorks Institute, where she leads efforts to diffuse the organization’s cutting-edge, evidence-based reframing recommendations throughout the nonprofit sector. Since joining FrameWorks in 2012, she has led the development of powerful learning experiences for nonprofit leaders and has provided strategic communications guidance for advocates, policymakers, and scientists nationwide and internationally. Prior to joining FrameWorks, Julie was actively involved in improving teaching and learning for over a decade as a classroom teacher, instructional designer, and teacher educator. At Center for Inspired Teaching, she served as director of teaching and learning and helped to found a demonstration school with an embedded teacher residency. As founding director of the Center for Urban Education, she launched a graduate teacher preparation program for the University of the District of Columbia. Julie's linguistic research has focused on the intersection of language and race; on the role of language variation and language attitudes on student learning; and on effective professional learning for teachers. Her work has appeared in publications such as the Journal of Sociolinguistics, Educational Researcher, and Education Week, and she is the co-author of African American, Creole, and Other Vernacular Englishes in Education. She is a graduate of Georgetown University and lectures regularly at her alma mater. She completed her MA and PhD in linguistics at Stanford University.

Philanthropic Perspectives Panel

Stuart Comstock-Gay, President and CEO, Delaware Community Foundation - Stuart Comstock-Gay is president and CEO of the Delaware Community Foundation, where he leads the team’s work to improve quality of life in Delaware by empowering and growing philanthropy through knowledge and relationships. Stuart has spent his entire career addressing issues of community, democracy and civil rights, both in philanthropy and civil rights work. Before joining the DCF in 2016, he served as president and CEO of the Vermont Community Foundation and spent seven years in various leadership positions at the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation. He previously led the Democracy Program at Demos in New York, the National Voting Rights Institute in Boston, and the Maryland affiliate of the ACLU. Stuart also has served as adjunct faculty in nonprofit leadership at Marlboro College, written for numerous national publications, been a regular radio commentator, and spoken before hundreds of audiences on a wide range of foundation, democracy, voting rights and civil liberties issues. He currently serves as chair of the board of the Mission Investors Exchange, and serves on the national boards of PACE: Philanthropy Active for Civic Engagement, and CFLeads. Stuart holds a master’s degree in public administration from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government and a bachelor’s degree in political science from Bucknell University.
Thère du Pont, President, Longwood Foundation - Thère du Pont has served as President of the Longwood Foundation since 2008. As part of this role, he completes half of the grant proposal evaluations and runs the Information Sessions for prospective applicants. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the DuPont Company, WSFS Bank, and Burris Logistics. Previously, du Pont served in several key positions at Wawa Inc., including President and Chief Financial Officer as well as Senior Vice President for Operations and Chief Financial Officer for, inc.
Maggie Gunther Osborn, Chief Strategy Officer and Sr. Vice President of United Philanthropy Forum - Maggie Gunther Osborn is a seasoned social sector practitioner with more that twenty-five years of experience holding positions from across the entire continuum of philanthropy and leadership. She is known for her presentation skills, direct and sharp thinking, generosity and sense of humor. Ms. Osborn currently serves as Chief Strategy Officer and Sr. Vice President of United Philanthropy Forum. She joined the Forum in July 2016 after serving as President of the Connecticut Council for Philanthropy. Before joining the Council, Osborn served as Vice President of the Florida Philanthropic Network, Grant Director for the Conn Memorial Foundation, Vice President of the Community Foundation of Tampa Bay and Chief Development Officer for The Florida Aquarium among other posts following an early career in the designer fashion industry. MGO Partners, Osborn’s consulting firm from 1998-2013, provided training and capacity building support to the social purpose sector acting as a liaison between grassroots organizations and grant makers. Maggie holds a master's degree in leadership & philanthropy from Antioch University and a BA from Notre Dame of Maryland University, where she was a Morrissy Scholar. She is a member of the National Cathedral Racial Justice Task Force and serves as a mentor and resource to many.
R. Daniel Okonkwo is a public policy expert with significant experience in the policy, advocacy, and the nonprofit sectors. Daniel comes to JPMorgan Chase from Ballast Research where he advised Fortune 500 companies on their federal and state advocacy. Prior to Ballast Research, Daniel was a founding member and the Executive Director of D.C. Lawyers for Youth (DCLY), a policy and advocacy organization that worked to reform the District’s youth justice system. While working to start DCLY, Daniel was a Senior Consultant in the Regulatory Practice Group at the EOP Group, Inc., a lobbying and political consulting firm. He started his career as a trial attorney in the Office of the Public Defender in Miami, FL where he represented clients in the County Court Division and Felony Drug Court. Prior to entering law school, Daniel had an accomplished career as a professional basketball player. Daniel has extensive ties to the local and national nonprofit networks and municipal leaders. He has served as an appointee to the District’s Juvenile Justice Advisory Group, the Safer Stronger DC Advisory Committee, the Non-Profit Advisory Committee, and most recently, the Commission on Health Equity. Daniel also values supporting local nonprofits and has been a board member of the DC Alliance of Youth Advocates, Advocates for Justice in Education, the WAMU (88.5FM) Community Council, and the National Juvenile Justice Network. Daniel received his J.D. from Georgetown University and a B.A. from Yale University.

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Standard Admission offers:
2 Keynotes, Philanthropic Perspectives Panel and one Breakout Session

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Everything from the standard admission,
an additional breakout session
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Thank You

DANA would like to thank all of our sponsors, showcase exhibitors, and donors who helped bring this conference to life.
Your dedication and support is greatly appreciated.


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