D5: Can't We All Play Nicely? Reducing Barriers to Working with Nonprofits
Wed Mar 14 2012, 11:00am–12:30pm, Cascade II (Mezzanine Level)
Liz Darling, OneStar Foundation
Recently, there have been a variety of efforts to improve the collaboration between government and the nonprofit sector, often with the support of grantmakers. For example, a new law makes Texas’ OneStar Foundation chair of an interagency coordinating group of 24 state agencies to reduce barriers to effective contracting with nonprofits, work across agencies to create more consistent funding applications, implement joint agency monitoring and shared reporting, partner with nonprofit networks to increase service delivery and to better understand the full cost of doing business in the nonprofit sector. Speakers include a perspective from state government, a successful state-wide public-private partnership, a thought leader on the role that overhead and capacity-building play in advancing outcomes and a social entrepreneur who brings nonprofits, philanthropy, government and business together to create social impact. Come learn more about the ways grantmakers can help bring government and nonprofits together around common goals.
Collaborative Problem Solving
Andrew Wolk, Root Cause
Andrew Wolk is the founder and CEO of Root Cause, a nonprofit research and consulting firm that partners with nonprofits, philanthropy, government and businesses to advance social solutions to today's toughest social issues. He holds appointments in social entrepreneurship and innovation at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government and MIT Sloan School of Management.
Bryan Law, Texas House Committee on Public Health
Director, Texas House Committee on Public Health
Bryan Law serves as the committee director for the House Committee on Public Health under Chairwoman Lois W. Kolkhorst's leadership. He is passionate about building up the capacity of faith and community based groups to partner with government to better serve their communities. He is also working on ways to create policies that create cooperation between government and communities to solve our most pressing public policy problems verses the current model of uncoordinated government services and isolated bureaucracies. Law is married to Kathrin Law and is seeking ordination in the Baptist church. Law holds a bachelor's in government from the University of Texas with a minor in Russian studies.
Ann Goggins Gregory, The Bridgespan Group
Senior Director, Knowledge
Ann Goggins Gregory leads The Bridgespan Group's efforts to reflect on insights emerging from strategy consulting and plays a pivotal role in identifying opportunities for external knowledge sharing. Gregory is the co-author of "Nonprofit Starvation Cycle" in the Fall 2009 issue of Stanford Social Innovation Review and "How Governments Can Spur High Charity Performance," published in the Chronicle of Philanthropy (December 2009). Gregory has helped lead Bridgespan’s national research on how nonprofits are managing in tough times. Prior to joining Bridgespan, she worked as a consultant at Deloitte Consulting and has also consulted to several large youth development organizations, including Public Allies and YouthBuild USA. Gregory earned her bachelor's in international relations and German with honors from the University of South Carolina Honors College. She holds a master's of public administration from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government and an master's of business administration from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management.
Liz Darling, OneStar Foundation
Elizabeth Darling is a highly accomplished public service leader with a background in public policy and social service delivery at the local, state and federal levels. In 2009, she became President/CEO of OneStar Foundation. Previously, Elizabeth was Chief Operating Officer of the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) in Washington DC, where she provided oversight and management of all CNCS' national programs. Her experience includes the role of Deputy Secretary for the Maryland Department of Human Resources, the state’s social service agency. Elizabeth was the founding director of the Center for Faith-Based and Community Initiatives at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in 2001. A graduate of Baylor University with a B.S. in English/Education, she is also certified in Nonprofit Leadership and Management. She has served on numerous state and local boards and is currently Chair of Camp Fire USA National Board of Trustees.
A vicious cycle of overhead leaves nonprofits so hungry for decent infrastructure that they struggle to function —let alone serve their beneficiaries.
With the stimulus money gone, large federal spending cuts looming, several years of recession, and an ever-growing pension and healthcare burden, how are these nonprofits faring?
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