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This month Dana Miller, senior program director for the M.J. Murdock Charitble Trust, will be in Alaska to meet nonprofit leaders and share information on the Trust's investment in the state.

Since 1975 the Trust has invested almost $650 million into nonprofit organizations in the form of grants and enrichment programs. Jack Murdock’s desire to “nurture and enrich the educational, spiritual, cultural, and social lives of individuals, families, and communities" continues to be reflected in grants, enrichment programs, and all of the Trust’s activities. As senior program director for grant programs, Dana is responsible for providing leadership and oversight for the Trust’s grant programs.

Dana is excited to meet the Alaska nonprofit community at gatherings in Anchorage, Juneau, and Fairbanks and through a statewide teleconference.  

His schedule is as follows:

Monday, March 16 -- 9:00-10:30am
Meeting with Anchorage area nonprofits & statewide teleconference
Campfire Conference Room/GoToMeeting

Monday, March 16 -- 4:00-5:00pm
Meeting with Fairbanks area nonprofits
Fairbanks Community Hospital Foundation

Tuesday, March 17 -- 10:30 am to noon
Meeting with Juneau area nonprofits
Juneau Extended Stay Hotel Conference Room

Click here to register.




The 2015 Leadership Summit will be held April 20-21 at the Hotel Captain Cook in Anchorage. Nonprofit professionals from around the state will convene to explore the conference theme: "Transform. Create. Lead: As a sector --As organizations --As individual leaders." 

The price to attend is $350.00, with a discounted fee of $250.00 for Foraker Partners through March 13, 2015. After that date, the price increases to $400.00 or $300.00 for Partners.

Click here for more information and to register.




We are pleased to offer travel assistance for Foraker Partners attending the 2015 Leadership Summit who live outside the Anchorage area. The deadline for applying is Friday, February 27. Click here for details and an application form.

Because funds are limited, please review the criteria carefully to determine if you or a member of your organization is eligible. You will be notified no later than Tuesday, March 10, if we are able to assist you.

Assistance will include one free night at the Hotel Captain Cook and a stipend toward airfare. You may apply for lodging or a stipend toward airfare – or for both.

If you have questions, please call us at 907-743-1200.




How is this summit different from other conferences? Foraker summits are dynamic learning and sharing environments. We come prepared to not just listen and absorb but to immerse ourselves in the experience and truly engage with each other. Foraker is committed to supporting you in your work and the summit is an important part of that commitment. We know you have knowledge to share and want opportunities to learn – this is your space to do both.

The 2015 Foraker Leadership Summit: "Transform. Create. Lead: As a sector – As organizations – As individual leaders"

To be held April 20-21, Hotel Captain Cook in Anchorage -- Register now




Who will we hear from? We are gathering national and international leaders who will share their insights and engage us in looking more creatively at our work. We hope you are as excited as we are about the line-up of speakers:

And we want to hear from you! Your voice and experiences are what make the summits work. Come prepared to ask your questions, share your perspectives, and exchange ideas with your colleagues.

The 2015 Foraker Leadership Summit: "Transform. Create. Lead: As a sector – As organizations – As individual leaders"

To be held April 20-21, Hotel Captain Cook in Anchorage -- Register now




Who should attend? All of us! We each have a role in the future of our organizations and Alaska – whether we serve on the board, as a staff member, or as a volunteer. It doesn’t matter if you’ve been in the sector for many years or you’re just starting your career, this conference will present ideas that will challenge your thinking while giving you practical tools to move your mission forward. We promise it will be both engaging and fun.

The 2015 Foraker Leadership Summit: "Transform. Create. Lead: As a sector – As organizations – As individual leaders"

To be held April 20-21, Hotel Captain Cook in Anchorage -- Register now




How will this summit help me with my work? As with past summits, we’ll start with the big picture of change at the community and systems level and then work on change within our organizations. Finally, we’ll look at our own leadership qualities as the hosts of change. Together we will actively explore:

  • How your organization can be structured for engagement and success
  • What transformation really means in your everyday work and how you can be part of it
  • How you can bring about change within the structure of your own organization and community
  • How you can work with other organizations to improve your overall results
  • How you can ask the right questions to determine what success truly looks like in your organization and community 
  • What next step you will take as an individual leader, as an organization, and as a secto

The 2015 Foraker Leadership Summit: "Transform. Create. Lead: As a sector – As organizations – As individual leaders"

To be held April 20-21, Hotel Captain Cook in Anchorage -- Register now




As a nonprofit leader, do you see opportunities to make small and big changes in your organization, in your community, and beyond? Do you wonder if your organization is ready to tackle the big issues in your community? Do you often think…if only the larger system would operate differently? These are just a few of the questions that Alaska nonprofit board and staff leaders are asking as we all experience a time of change.

Change can take many shapes – maybe it’s the way we show up as leaders, maybe it’s how our organization is structured, or maybe it’s a major shift in our community. This summit will explore what change looks like at all levels and how we can participate in it.

The 2015 Foraker Leadership Summit: "Transform. Create. Lead: As a sector – As organizations – As individual leaders"

To be held April 20-21, Hotel Captain Cook in Anchorage -- Register now




Registration is now open for the 2015 Leadership Summit. On April 20-21, nonprofit professionals from around Alaska will convene at the Hotel Captain Cook in Anchorage to explore the conference theme: "Transform. Create. Lead: As a sector -- As organizations -- As individual leaders."

We are gathering a group of national leaders and Alaska experts who will engage us in looking more creatively at our work. We are especially pleased that Meg Wheatley, an internationally acclaimed writer and speaker, will return to Anchorage. Meg was extremely popular at our 2010 summit when she worked with us to better understand how to create healthy communities. This year she will bring her latest research and insights on leadership for the organizations of the future.

During the two-day event we will explore:

  • Creating organizational structures for a new generation of leaders
  • Defining the attributes of visionary “host” leaders in a changing sector
  • Adapting and innovating as a means of engaging our stakeholders
  • Establishing a culture of philanthropy within organizations to address our ability to diversify funding
  • Speaking up for our missions and the sector to assure supportive public policy

Click here for more information and to register.




The Nonprofit Finance Fund is conducting its seventh annual nationwide survey examining the state of the nonprofit sector, and we hope that you will take a few minutes to share your experiences. The survey, which is anonymous and takes about 10-15 minutes to fill out, collects data on challenges and trends among nonprofits. The results help illustrate the vitality of the sector in our state, define the challenges that we all face, and provide information that advances our collective advocacy work.

Please take the survey and share it with other nonprofits in your network.

Thanks.




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