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Join us on April 30, 2024
Clayton Hall, University of Delaware
100 David Hollowell Dr.
Newark DE, 19716

The DANA 2024 IMPACT Delaware Conference, “Building Foundations for the Future,” is a crucial gathering for exploring the resilience and adaptability of the nonprofit sector in a world of rapid changes and challenges. It offers a platform for discussing how to shape a robust future for nonprofits, drawing on recent experiences and strategies for innovation and leadership. 

This event will feature insightful keynote speeches, engaging breakout sessions, and valuable networking opportunities. The agenda is designed to address critical issues such as technological trends, fundraising, advocacy, partnerships, leadership, and governance. More than just a conference, it is a catalyst for impactful change, propelling the nonprofit sector in Delaware to not only thrive but also lead with creativity and effectiveness. 

Keynote Speaker:
Kishshana Palmer, CEO & Founder, ManageMint, Inc.

Elevate Your Leadership Game: In an era where diverse generations coexist in the workplace, the key to unparalleled success lies in understanding and uniting these varied groups. In this engaging keynote, Kishshana Palmer, CEO of ManageMint, Inc. offers a deep dive into mastering the art of leading intergenerational teams, infused with the transformative power of emotional intelligence.


What You’ll Discover:


  • Multigenerational Mastery: Learn to navigate the complexities of a diverse workforce, from Baby Boomers to Gen Z, creating a harmonious and productive environment.
  • Transformational Leadership: Unlock the secrets of inspiring and motivating your team through innovative leadership techniques that foster growth and change.
  • Emotional Intelligence Edge: Enhance your leadership with the power of emotional intelligence, mastering self-awareness and empathy to lead with impact. Walk away with actionable insights and strategies to harness the strengths of a diverse team and lead with a blend of empathy and innovation.


Transform your leadership approach and propel your team to new heights in today’s dynamic business landscape.

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Kishshana Palmer is an international speaker, trainer, and coach with a 20+ year background in fundraising, marketing, and talent management. A keen strategist and driving force behind many wildly successful leadership initiatives, Kishshana has served as a fundraising consultant for dozens of nonprofits and organizations, raising more than $100 million. Her foundational business skills include cultivating an internal talent pipeline, managing leadership and employee attrition, and meeting diversity goals.

She is also the founder of The Rooted Collaborative — a global online community for nonwhite women in the social sector. She is the host of the podcast “Let’s Take This Offline”, an adjunct professor at Baruch College, a Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE), a BoardSource Certified Governance Trainer (CGT), A Gallup Certified Strengths Coach, and an AFP Master Trainer. When an organization wants to grow, find, and retain people on their team, raise money, and more, she is the fairy godmother they have on speed dial.

Keynote sponsor:


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Recent debates surrounding topics like ‘critical race theory,’ the rights of transgender students, and LGBTQ+ representation have significantly impacted the discourse within and about the communities we serve. These issues have introduced feelings of fear, or moral panics, that challenge our conventional understanding and approach. As the coming year unfolds, we can anticipate new challenges and moral panics. This raises crucial questions: How can nonprofits gear up to respond more swiftly and effectively? What proactive measures can we implement to safeguard our communities and values? We invite you to join the FrameWorks Institute for a dynamic and insightful session. This discussion will not only address current concerns but also strategize for future challenges, ensuring our sector remains resilient and responsive.



Dr. Julie Sweetland is a sociolinguist and a senior advisor at the FrameWorks Institute, a nonprofit that equips change-makers to lead productive public conversations on scientific and social issues. Since joining FrameWorks in 2012, Dr. Sweetland has led strategic reframing initiatives on issues from climate change to childhood adversity. Her skill in translating framing research into communication strategy has helped advocates, policymakers, and scientists drive social change.


Breakout sponsor: 


Technology has transitioned from a luxury to a necessity for nonprofits. It can no longer be a purely supportive organizational element but is a pivotal component in strategic and operational planning. The rapid evolution and complexity of technological change can leave nonprofit leadership uncertain about how to understand and plan for future technology needs. This session underscores the opportunity for technology to boost efficiency, fulfill mission goals, and foster innovation. Participants will gain insights on technology assessment and alignment with organizational priorities. They will understand how the board and leadership can identify and manage technology risk while investing in technology to boost program impact and donor engagement.


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Melanie Meyer, Managing Director of Customer Success at Tech Impact, is a technology and data management advisor for nonprofit organizations, passionate about using technology solutions to solve community-based issues.


With over 25+ years working inside of nonprofit organizations, Melanie has worn many hats and knows how organizations work (operate, measure, speak and serve), allowing her to quickly see issues and opportunities and translate them into technology and business recommendations that work with all stakeholders.


Breakout sponsor:


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Board members, both collectively and individually, are responsible for ensuring organizational integrity. However, the pivotal question is, integrity towards what end? This session delves into the essential role values play in achieving our visions of thriving communities. Participants will explore the concept that culture—our values in action—often supersedes strategy in importance. We will examine the significance of aligning with values, what it takes to be a values-driven and values-aligned organization, and strategies for both the board and individual members to maintain integrity, personally and organizationally, to the values most critical in advancing our missions.


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Justin Pollock is the founder of Orgforward, a consultancy that partners with others to create and sustain communities where equity, dignity, engagement, and a healthy environment exist for everyone. He focuses on supporting people in building the leadership capacity that advances values and outcomes-driven organizations that actively and consciously make the world a better place. Justin is an active educator, coach, writer, and strategist with more than 25 years of experience in the community benefit field.


Breakout sponsor: 

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Nonprofits currently serve as contracted service providers for many essential state services; however, the process and the rates have not kept up with the times. Providers are serving more people at higher costs and with very little adjustment in contracted rates. Join our panelists to explore how to innovate the contract process for the future, and how advocacy plays a critical role.



Renna Van Oot, JD, MSS, MLSP, CEO Jewish Family Services of Delaware


Renna Van Oot has over 30 years of experience in the development, growth, and leadership of nonprofit organizations. Her emphasis has been on strategic planning and organizational restructuring, and she is knowledgeable in a breadth of nonprofit-related issues.


Renna graduated from the University of Delaware with a degree in Psychology and went on to Bryn Mawr Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research for both a Master of Social Service and a Master of Law and Social Policy.


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Peter Korolyk, Director, Government Support Services, State of Delaware Office of Management and Budget (OMB) 


As the Director of Government Support Services for the past two years, Peter directs six distinct sections including the state’s central contracting team. He is a member of the Governor Supplier Diversity Council, the State Use Law Commission, and others. And, with 30 years of experience in public and private sectors, he has leadership, operations, risk management, and a continuous process improvement mindset.



Daniel Walker, Deputy Secretary, Delaware Department of Health and Social Services


Daniel Walker is currently the Deputy Cabinet Secretary for the Delaware Department of Health and Social Services. He is a recognized organizational leadership expert who has led efforts to transform organizational effectiveness and improve service delivery models. Additionally, he has a strong background in public policy working at the intersection of criminal justice, education, workforce, and economic mobility. He is a Milbank Leaders Fellow and a Policy Innovator in Education Fellow.



Chai Jindasurat-Yasui, Vice President of Public Policy, Nonprofit New York


Chai leads policy campaigns for Nonprofit New York’s 1,100 members. Previously, he was as a Senior Policy Analyst in the Mayor’s Office of Management and Budget, led the City’s indirect cost rate reform policy, nonprofit model budget process, and worked for nonprofits with government contracts. He is a CUNY Law School 4L evening student and a graduate of NYU Wagner’s School of Public Service. He has authored publications for NYU Wagner on improving New York City’s nonprofit contracting process.



Moderator:   Melissa Hopkins, Executive Vice President, Sector Advancement, Delaware Alliance for Nonprofit Advancement

Melissa serves as the Executive Vice President of Sector Advancement with DANA. Formerly the Director of External Affairs with the Rodel Foundation of Delaware, and before that served as Legislative Aide for the Majority Leader and Majority Whip in the Delaware House of Representatives. Melissa has an MSM, with a focus in Public Administration, from Wilmington University; a BA in Political Science, from the University of Delaware; and is a 2013 Leadership Delaware Fellow Alumni. She has served as a board member with several Delaware nonprofits and works as an advisor with the YMCA Youth in Government program.


Breakout sponsor:


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Conference Agenda

8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. – Exhibits Open

9:15 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. – Welcome & Introduction

9:30 to 10:30 a.m. – Keynote Speaker

10:30 to 11:00 a.m. – Exhibits Open & Networking Time

11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. – Breakout Sessions, Morning

12:15 p.m. to 1:15 p.m. – Buffet Lunch and Networking

1:15 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. – DANA: State of the Sector

1:30 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. – Networking

2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. – Breakout Sessions, Afternoon

3:00 p.m. – Event Concludes

Become a Sponsor

The Annual IMPACT Delaware Conference brings together the leadership of the nonprofit, philanthropic, government and business sectors for dynamic conversations around sustainability, and we invite your organization to support the event as a sponsor. In addition to the positive attention for your involvement, your valuable support of this event will help ensure the success of the event and present your company to an audience of diverse professionals.

Become an Exhibitor

Hosting a table at this event offers a fantastic opportunity to engage with hundreds of attendees. Exhibitors will have premium space to highlight their company information along with recognition in event materials. Furthermore, DANA provides each conference attendee with an Exhibitor Passport to encourage visits to your booth. Completed Exhibitor Passports are entered for a chance to win a $500.00 Amazon Gift Card.

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