IMPACT Delaware

IMPACT Delaware

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In for-profit entrepreneur circles, it is accepted that failure brings valuable lessons in innovation. Through the courage to fail, try again and set off to limitless possibilities. In the nonprofit sector, failure comes with a different connotation because valuable donor funding is at stake. Tried and true delivery of outcomes and a safe approach dominate the sector, which limits the opportunity to innovate service models and delivery. As a result of COVID-19, nonprofits reacted and made hasty change to serve in a pandemic. While this was necessary, how do organizations ensure these changes are appropriate and sustainable for the future?

It is time to change the way we talk about failure in the nonprofit sector, and to acknowledge the need to be daring, based on the concept that innovation is possible because of failure, and how we learn from the experience will turn error into opportunity. The DANA 2022 IMPACT Delaware Annual Conference is intended to celebrate the entrepreneurial spirit and discuss failure as a means for innovation. The focus will be on how we work collectively to recover as a sector post-crisis and learn together how to approach the concept of failure to extend our thinking to meet our organizational and sector-wide goals.

Thank you to our generous sponsors:

Underwriting Sponsor

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Panel Sponsor

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Media Sponsors

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And thank you to NERDiT for the generous donation. 

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Attendees have the option to participate in-person at one of the following locations
or to attend virtually via Zoom.


Event Locations: Location Sponsor:
  • Bear Library, 101 Governors Pl, Bear, DE 19701
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  • Brandywine Hundred Library, 1300 Foulk Rd, Wilmington, DE 19803
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  • Camp Rehoboth, 37 Baltimore Ave, Rehoboth Beach, DE 19971 (On-street parking only)
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  • Dover Public Library, 35 Loockerman Plaza, Dover, DE 19901
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  • Goldey-Beacom College, 4701 Limestone Rd, Wilmington, DE 19808
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  • Medical Society of Delaware, 900 Prides Crossing, Newark, DE 19713
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  • Wilmington Public Library, 10 E 10th St, Wilmington, DE 19801 (Parking at Community Services Building Parking Garage, 11th St. and Orange St.)
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Wednesday, April 27, 2022

8:45 AM – Sign In

9:00 AM – Welcome, Sheila Bravo

9:15 AM – Sponsor Comments

9:25 AM – Keynote Speaker, Albert Manero

10:30 AM – Break

10:45 AM – Philanthropic Perspectives Panel: Funding Innovation

11:50 AM – Lunch

12:20 PM – State of the Sector, Sheila Bravo

12:35 PM – The Future of Giving: Cryptocurrency Contributions and Nonprofits

1:25 PM – Break

1:40 PM – Turn on a Paradigm, Dan Young

2:40 PM – Closing Comments, Sheila Bravo

3:00 PM – Conference Concludes

Event Registration

Now Open!


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“Failure at some point in your life is inevitable but giving up is unforgivable.”

Joe Biden

46th President of the United States

Albert Manero – Keynote Speaker
Engineer & Co-Founder of Limbitless Solutions

Embracing uncertainty with a growth mindset
When setting out to grow a non-profit we will all encounter moments of risk, uncertainty, and opportunity. The challenge of navigating these moments and maximizing the potential can be daunting. Leveraging the journey of Limbitless Solutions bionic arm development as a backdrop, join us for a conversation on finding your path and amplifying your impact.

When Dr. Albert Manero was growing up, his parents taught him the importance of making the world a better place. That inspiration has taken form in Limbitless Solutions, a nonprofit devoted to bringing 3-D printed bionic arms and hands to children at no cost to their families. Ever-evolving, the company has since expanded its mission to create bionic arms for adults, prioritizing veterans and first responders. Manero’s vision pairs innovation with compassion and design with scientific purpose, reminding all of us of what technology can achieve through singular vision and charitable spirit.

A Fulbright Scholar, Dr. Manero was a graduate student at the University of Central Florida when he heard a radio interview with the man who invented the first 3-D printed artificial hand and learned of the exorbitant cost of prosthetic limbs, which placed them out of reach for most families. Inspired to change the system and disrupt an industry to benefit children in need, he and his colleagues founded Limbitless Solutions.

Harnessing the power of cross-team collaboration and using the power of STEAM to change children’s lives, Dr. Manero is a visionary social entrepreneur, educator, humanitarian, engineer, and superhero to hundreds of “bionic kids” who have benefited from his mission to make 3-D printed bionic prosthetic limbs accessible to all. Teaming engineers with artists, marketers with game designers and more, Limbitless Solutions has become a case study in innovative and interdisciplinary design. Using empathy as a guide, Dr. Manero brings a heart-touching story of the difference that one person with vision can make in the world, while championing the art—and highly human impact—of science, technology, engineering and math.

Philanthropic Perspectives Panel: Funding Innovation

Everyone has heard the proverb, “Necessity is the mother of invention.” In our current social sector ecosystem, the question remains, “Who will fund it?” Attendees will gain insight into Delaware philanthropy leaders’ perspectives on supporting innovation, from new initiatives, to collaboratives, or process improvements in organizations. Learn what funders may be seeking to consider bold ideas with higher levels of risk.


Jennifer Cho, Head of Citizenship and Community Relations, Barclays US Consumer Bank


  • Patti Grimes, Executive Director of the Carl M. Freeman Foundation and Joshua M. Freeman Foundation
  • R. Daniel Okonkwo, Vice President, JPMorgan Chase
  • Todd Veale, Executive Director at The Laffey-McHugh Foundation

The Future of Giving: Cryptocurrency Contributions and Nonprofits

Cryptocurrency has existed since 2009 but digital currency as a means for donations has grown in the last few years. The first step is to understand this opportunity for acquisition and retention of donors in the social sector. This panel will focus on exploring the technology of cryptocurrency, what it means for fundraising and how nonprofit organizations can prepare themselves for the next generation of development.


Stuart Comstock-Gay, President & CEO, Delaware Community Foundation


  • Michael Marquardt, Chairman of the National Board, American Cancer Society
  • Charles Vincent, Executive Director, Spur Impact Association

Turn On a Paradigm: Unconscious Bias and Innovation

The world of the nonprofit leader can be a tumultuous one. The belief that every decision you make will impact the organization and your constituents can make decision-making challenging. One of the main challenges may be that your training has taught you that risk-taking and profit-seeking are “not what we do.” This unconscious bias may have a detrimental effect on innovation, intrapreneurship and growth in your organization. In this talk, Dr. Dan Young — the foremost expert in Delaware on the intersection between entrepreneurship, nonprofits and academia — will talk about steps to address this bias, unlearn habits, and position your organizations for growth.

Dr. Dan Young is the Founding Director of the Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) Program at Goldey-Beacom College (GBC) and is the curator of TEDxWilmington, which is in the top 1% of all TEDx franchises in the country with over 477 speakers and 38 million views on YouTube. 

As an “educationpreneur,” he is responsible for creating the first online DBA class for Wilmington University; the first study abroad program for the Horn Program of Entrepreneurship; and the first international internship program for study abroad at University of Delaware. 

Dan received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in marketing from University of Delaware’s Honors Program and his Ph.D. in marketing from Temple University. He has led entrepreneurship and executive leadership programs with the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Oxford.
He has been an instructor at GBC, Temple University, West Chester University of Pennsylvania, University of Delaware, Neumann University and Wilmington University. 

Dan has served on the boards of many local organizations and is the president of Theatre N at Nemours; a member of the board of governors for the University and Whist Club; and an advisory board member for the Fresh Start program.