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the big BEND summit
Thursday, October 01, 2020, 9:00 AM to Friday, October 02, 2020, 5:00 PM EDT
Category: Summit













about the SUMMIT 

When:  Thursday, October 1  and Friday, October 2, 2020 

Time:  9 am – 3 pm 

Where:  Virtual  

The big BEND summit (building enterprising nonprofit development) is focused on helping nonprofits go beyond sustainability to becoming thriving organizations through alternative fund development options.  Leaders in the nonprofit sector, from board members to development directors to executive directors, will learn how to diversify their revenue streams through grants, social enterprise, donor cultivation, capital/annual campaigns, endowments, sponsorship, special events and more.  

Participants will receive a virtual swag bag with product/service savings, gift card to purchase lunch and access to our virtual exhibit hall.  The summit will also include the opportunity for attendees to network during our signature Nonprofit After Dark event that will include live music, and cocktail demo.  

Interested in being an instructor or presenter?  Then, submit your application for our "Call for Presenters" by August 24th.  


Thursday, October 1 

Opening day includes a message from Dr. Jim Murdaugh, President of Tallahassee Community College (TCC), lunch and learn with keynote speaker, Gail Perry, education workshops and networking event (Nonprofit After Dark) 

9:00 AM

Opening Session sponsored by Sachs Media: Greetings by Dr. Jim Murdaugh, President of Tallahassee Community College, overview of event schedule and announcements, sponsor message and "Pitch for a Cause" Competition.  The competition is for students ages 16 - 24 who will enter a 3 - 5 minute video submission with their project or program that addresses "solving a community issue through the collaboration of high education, business, government and nonprofit sectors."  Three finalist will be selected to conduct their pitch during the opening session for a chance to win $500!  

Pitch for a Cause sponsored by 

10:30 AM - 11:15 AM



Classes and Workshops

Tangible and Timely Tactics for Nonprofits to Thrive During Crisis:  Lessons Learned from the Field sponsored by FBMC

Instructor:  Dr. Sarah Young, Assistant Director of Academic Engagement, University of North Georgia

Building and Sustaining Community Impact sponsored by Envision Credit Union 

Instructor:  Jennifer Vickery, President and CEO, National Strategies Public Relations

11:30 AM - 12:15 PM

Classes and Workshops

How to Write Grants... and Win!

Instructor:  Tracie Parker, Parker Consulting Group

Community Impact:  Maximize Grant Development sponsored by Marjorie Turnbull

Instructor:  Jackie Griffin, Executive Director of Jackie Sue Griffin & Associates

12:30 PM - 1:30 PM

Lunch and Learn featuring Keynote Speaker and Author, Gail Perry sponsored by Jim Moran Institute for Global Entrepreneurship

Gail Perry is an international fundraising consultant, keynote speaker, trainer and philanthropy leader, with deep expertise in major gift and capital campaign fundraising. Her Fired-Up Fundraising approach, developed over the past 30 years as a nonprofit philanthropy expert, has helped organizations raise hundreds of millions in gifts.  Gail was recently named #10 on the list of American’s Top Fundraising Experts, published by Philanthropy Media, and her Fired-Up Fundraising Blog is consistently listed among the top fundraising websites in the world. Her best-selling book, Fired-Up Fundraising: Turn Board Passion into Action (Wiley/AFP) has been called the “gold standard guide to building successful fundraising boards.

1:45 PM - 3:00 PM

Classes and Workshops 

Make the Connection:  Solicitation of Sponsorship and Major Gifts 

Instructor:  Colette Podgorski, Director of Development, Florida State University Foundation 

Inspiration Station: Creative Virtual Fundraising Ideas from Real Nonprofits

Instructor:  Abby Jarvis, Nonprofit Education Manager, Qgiv, Inc.

5:30 PM

Nonprofit After Dark sponsored by


Friday, October 2 

Closing day includes breakfast with guest speaker, education workshops and awards luncheon.   

9:00 AM

Breakfast Panel Discussion sponsored by Jimmy and Josie Gustafson

Panelist:  Stefanie Bowden - Comcast

                Vickie Whaley - FBMC 

Facilitator:  Mickey Moore, Moore Business Consulting

10:15 AM - 11 AM 

Classes and Workshops

Using Modeling to Think Differently - The Nonprofit Lean Organization Model

Instructor:  Mike Campbell, North Florida Division Director, Jim Moran Institute for Global Entrepreneurship 

The Social Enterprise Aspirations Cascade

Tammy Charles, MBA, CEO and Chief Strategist, Inovo Strategic Consulting 

11:15 AM - 12 Noon

Classes and Workshops

Should We, or Shouldn’t We? Social Enterprise in Your Community Makes a Difference

Instructor:  Senta Goudy

Donor Stewardship

Alyce Lee Stansbury, CFRE, Stansbury Consulting 

12:15 PM

the INIE's Awards Luncheon sponsored by Tallahassee Memorial Healthcare Foundation

1:15 PM

Classes and Workshops

The New Nonprofit: Raising More Money & Accomplish More Mission

Instructor:  Nick Ellinger, Chief Brand Officer, Moore

Donor and Partner Cultivation 

Instructor:  Thomas Mantz, President and CEO of Feeding Tampa Bay

2:15 PM

BONUS Sessions! 

As a Board Thinketh About Financial Sustainability, So Is The Organization

Instructor:  Cheval Breggins, Adjunct Professor, Flagler College and Norwood University  


Early Registration (before September 1)

INIE Member:  $49

Non-INIE Member:  $99

Student:  $25 (Use promo code STUDENT25)

Late Registration (after September 1)

INIE Member:  $69  

Non-INIE Member:  $129

Student:  (Use promo code STUDENT25)

Register today!

SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILALBLE!   Thanks to the generosity of our donors, we have scholarships for the big BEND summit registration.   If you are interested in attending the summit, but are experiencing a need, then please apply.   Scholarship applications accepted until Wednesday, September 30th.  Questions?  Email Rebekah Hair-Stewart at [email protected] or call 850.201.9766.

Come BEND with us!  Interested in promoting your business or organization to nonprofit leaders, then join us a sponsor.  To learn more, contact Byron Greene, Program CommitteChair at [email protected] or Felina Martin, INIE Executive Director at [email protected] or 850.201.9766.  Click here for a complete listing of our sponsorship opportunities. 

                     SILENT AUCTION SPONSOR                                            OPENING SESSION SPONSOR




                     LUNCH AND LEARN SPONSOR                                   the INIE's AWARD SPONSOR


                BREAKFAST PANEL SPONSOR                                                  PITCH FOR A CAUSE