March Nonprofit Events in New York

“Haiti: Where Did the Money Go?” – a special UNA-NY panel, including a screening of the film by Michele Mitchell

When: Monday, March 12, 2012 at 6:00 PM

Where: Steelcase, Inc. 4 Columbus Circle (58th Street at Eight Avenue)

How:  For more information and to register, visit

Why:   In January 2010, when a 7.0 earthquake devastated Haiti, people across the world gave more generously than to any disaster in history. In the United States alone, half of all households gave a total of $1.4 billion to charities. Yet almost two years later more than half a million people still live in squalid camps. Only a few have access to drinking water. Sanitation is woefully inadequate. Malnutrition and cholera are on the rise. What happened?  The award-winning journalist and author, Michelle Mitchell of Film at Eleven, takes her cameras to the camps and asks: why did so much money buy so little relief?  This event features a film screening, followed by a panel discussion, which will include Manolia Charlotin

Editor, Boston Haitian Reporter and co-founder of the HAITI 2015 campaign; Jonathan M. Katz, Award-winning journalist and former AP chief correspondent in Haiti; Michele Mitchell, CEO and Executive Editor, Film@11; and Amanda Pitt, Spokesperson for the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).  FLiPpers interested in learning more about the results and impact of a massive philanthropic effort such as this should consider attending.  The event is free for UNA members, and $15.00 for non-members and guests.


Issues In Depth Webinar Series: Driving Sustainability From A Functional Role: Product Management

When: Thursday, March 15, 2012 at 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM PT

Where: Online

How: Visit for more information and to register

Why: When we think of careers in corporate responsibility or sustainability, we often think of a dedicated CSR Manager or Chief Sustainability Officer, spending his or her working days trying to bring people, planet, and profits together. But when we look closer at the people who arguably have the most impact on responsible or sustainable business, a different picture emerges. More and more, we see people in “regular” functional roles such as operations, strategy, marketing and product development leveraging sustainability to do their day job. These professionals are helping to define — and redefine — how their companies do business.

Companies are starting to recognize that addressing social and environmental impacts during product development can have a substantial impact on both cost savings and revenue generation. As a result, many companies are placing an emphasis on integrating sustainability into the product management role, and are looking for individuals skilled in idea generation, materials analysis, prototype development, testing and deployment, and pricing analysis. Hear how two professionals at Intuit discovered and drove an opportunity to first extend the FreeCycle model to the workplace and then launched a new Intuit product offering: FreeCycle@Work, currently used by over 2000 companies.  Speakers include Intuit professionals  Greg Collins, Senior Marketing Manager, and Tom Cushna, Staff Business Analyst; and moderator Jo Mackness, Executive Director of the Center for Responsible Business at the Haas School of Business.  FLiPpers interested in incorporating the principals of corporate social responsibility into new areas of their business should consider joining this webinar.


Put Your Ideals Into Practice: Doctors Without Borders Info Session – New York

When: Wednesday, March 21, 2012 at 7:00 PM

Where: Doctors Without Borders/Medecins Sans Frontieres 333 Seventh Avenue, 2nd Floor New York, NY

How: visit for more information, and to register.

Why: Every day, Doctors Without Borders aid workers from around the world provide assistance to people whose survival is threatened by violence, neglect, or catastrophe – treating those most in need regardless of political, religious, or economic interest. Whether an emergency involves armed conflicts or epidemics, malnutrition or natural disasters, Doctors Without Borders is committed to bringing quality medical care to people caught in crisis. FLiPpers interested in becoming involved with Doctors Without Borders should consider attending, whether they are medical professionals or not.  Attendees will meet experienced Doctors Without Borders aid workers from the New York area and hear their firsthand stories of “life in the field.” An aid worker and Human Resources Officer will discuss requirements and the application process.

“So You Want to Be an Executive Director?” What It Really Takes to Lead a Nonprofit Organization

When: Wednesday, March 28, 2012 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Where: The Foundation Center. 79 Fifth Avenue, between 15th and 16th Streets, Second Floor, New York, NY

How:  visit for more information and to register.

Why: Part of The Foundation Center’s four-part series of panel presentations that will focus on components of nonprofit sustainability, this session is focused on developing effective nonprofit leaders.  The discussion of leadership capacity will focus on these questions:  What are characteristics of effective nonprofit leaders?  What does it take to build leadership capacity and increase leadership depth within an organization?  What are the real demands on nonprofit executive directors, and what does true organizational leadership entail?  How can an organization foster collective leadership?

Presenter Rae Linefsky, principal of C3 Consulting, will lead the workshop.  FLiPpers who hope to have a leadership role in a nonprofit organization should consider attending this free event.


Webinar: Strategic Partnerships: Unlock the Keys to Maximizing Cross-Sector Relationships

When: Thursday, March 29, 2012  1:00 PM EST

Where: Online

How: For more information, and to register, visit

Why: Great ideas, innovation, and sustainable solutions are what we all hope for when corporations and nonprofits come together to achieve a goal.  The results of high quality partnerships can be powerful, yet the hard work required to discover and effectively maximize the strengths of each organization requires creativity, discipline, and commitment.  Speakers include DeShele Dorsey, Senior Managing Director, Corporate Social Engagement at Changing Our World; Jill Bramble, Senior Vice President and Chief Development Officer at the National 4-H Council; and Bernard J. Milano, president and trustee of the KPMG Foundation and president and trustee of the KPMG Disaster Relief Fund.  FLiPpers who are looking for new insights on how to build and sustain strategic partnerships and better equip their organization to face potential partnership obstacles should consider registering.

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