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Reimagining the Nonprofit

October 20th 2021 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM

This event is hosted in partnership with Maine Philanthropy Center as part of MANP’s Realizing Healthy Nonprofits initiative. 

To make real progress in advancing equity and justice in our communities, nonprofits and funders will need to reimagine how they do what they do, who does the work, and why. Join us for this important conversation with a highly respected innovator, educator, and thinker, Shari Dunn, as she discusses the current equity challenges that exist within the philanthropic and nonprofit sectors and offers us an alternative path, the social enterprise model rooted in trust-based philanthropy.

Shari’s mantra when it comes to nonprofits is “change your thinking, change your life.” She will illuminate the history, the challenges, and how staff, funders, and importantly the nonprofit board, can help transform the sector.

In her talk, Shari will explore:

  • Identifying this moment of great change for nonprofit sector 
  • The interplay between philanthropy and nonprofits 
  • How nonprofits see themselves
  • Philanthropy historically and what it should look like now
  • The role of Board members
  • Addressing race and racism

Intended Audience
Nonprofit staff and volunteers, funders, donors, community members; anyone interested in the topic of exploring a healthy nonprofit sector is welcome to attend.

About Our Guest Speaker
Shari Dunn is the CEO/ Principal of ITBOM, Inc., a consulting firm that specializes in institutional and organizational coaching around equity, leadership, change management, women in leadership, and workforce development. ITBOM consults with companies as diverse as Fortune 500’s, State Agencies, and medium to small-sized businesses. Shari is a former nonprofit CEO, attorney, journalist, and foundation funder. Shari was the Co-VP of Power of Attorney Foundation, a sub-grantee of the former Atlantic Philanthropies. She has been quoted in the Chronicle of Philanthropy, the Nonprofit Quarterly, and more. She is also an adjunct at the University of Portland in the Pamplin School of Business and serves on the Oregon Talent and Workforce Development Board. Her approach is outside the traditional human resources paradigm and is meant to help institutions with a systemic redesign to bring workplace equity.  Shari has been awarded Executive of the Year and one of the Women of Influence by the Portland Business Journal, amongst many other awards and honors.

Cost + Registration
We're offering pay-what-you-can pricing:

  • Suggested price: $49
  • Option 1 pay-what-you can: $39
  • Option 2 pay-what-you can: $29
  • Option 3 pay-what-you-can: $19


Registration link: 

Special thanks to Harvard Pilgrim Health CareMEMICNortheast Delta Dental, and Wipfli for their support of this special event.

Continuing the Conversation
Join us for MANP Connects the Friday following this event (October 22) to continue the conversation around collective transformation for a healthy nonprofit sector. It's free to attend - sign up here.

Visit MANP's Answer Center for more information and resources around Equity, Diversity + Inclusion.

Contact the MANP Education Team at or call (207) 871-1885.





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