The Nonprofit Symposium serves as a beacon for nonprofit executives, board members, and other financial professionals who serve this sector. It aims to gather professionals nationwide to discuss the key themes shaping the nonprofit industry, such as emerging technologies and AI, brand management, and other leadership challenges. The symposium was broadcast primarily from Armanino’s Philadelphia office, where a live audience attended, as well as virtually. It featured breakout sessions in Denver, CO., Chicago, IL., and Fort Worth, TX.
This year’s event featured a prestigious panel of speakers including Jane Scaccetti, Counsel for Armanino, Stacy Cornwell, Armanino’s Nonprofit Industry Group Leader, and our very own Christine DiBona Lobley. In the keynote conversation, Christine and the panel explored leadership in times of uncertainty and, more specifically, tactics for leading effectively through times of change, crisis and disruption while meeting the needs of your community.
Christine shared how Fred’s Footsteps was able to quickly respond to the needs of the families we serve when the pandemic hit. She described how the organization was able to launch the COVID-19 Emergency Relief fund in late March of 2020 to support families disproportionately affected. Christine credited the planning work the organization had done during good times as crucial to laying the foundation for resilience during tumultuous times. This included defining the most important pillars of our organization – vision, mission, guiding principles, and culture. Christine went on to describe how these elements – that were not only established, but engrained, and acted-out daily – became guiding principles for the path forward and fast decision-making during the pandemic.