Innovation Summit Session Selection

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Thanks for registering for the Family Promise Innovation Summit! Please select your sessions by responding to the following questions by Monday, September 21. We will use your selections to create your personal schedule with all of the necessary Zoom Links prior to the Summit.

If you have any questions, please reach out to Kaela Kennington.
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Wednesday

2:15 - 3:00 PM ET


Avoidance CAN Be a Good Thing: Homelessness Prevention & Shelter Diversion
Session Category: Programs

Affiliates across the country have been pivoting away from shelter for a variety of reasons: COVID-19, cost-effectiveness, scalability, and trauma-informed principles. Homelessness Prevention and Shelter Diversion are two programs into which Affiliates are putting their resources.  Come learn about these programs from other Affiliates and hear about our current Shelter Diversion pilot, the first ever of its kind!

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Building a Dynamic Board and Recruiting Boards Virtually
Session Category: Board

Build the type of board that members want to be a part of: one that engages and excites members to service.  You will learn innovative ways to virtually recruit and build the board.

3:15 - 4:00 PM ET


A Dialogue on Race and Equity
Session Category: Professional Development

Housing policy, homelessness, and structural racism are woven together. As we strive to have equity and no longer have race define who has a home, we need to have honest conversations with ourselves and our constituents. Rev. Gladys Moore will facilitate a dialogue about race, hospitality, and privilege. This is a continuation of our work on becoming an anti-racist organization and will foster ongoing efforts to address structural racism and homelessness.

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Policy Advocacy: Updates and Strategies
Session Category: Advocacy

This session will provide an up-to-the-minute update on pending federal legislation, including bills related to the Coronavirus pandemic, as well as considerations for state policy advocacy. You will also learn the most effective ways to educate and advocate with policymakers, including basics for meeting with Congressional staff virtually – what to bring, how to prepare, and how to follow up afterwards.

4:30 - 5:15 PM ET


Survival Mode: Fundraising When Your Life Depends On It
Session Category: Fundraising

As Affiliates across the country grapple with the perfect storm caused by the pandemic and the economic freefall, it can be difficult for Executive Directors of a smaller staff to know what to prioritize when everything feels urgent, and which fundraising ideas or which donors to focus on. Times of uncertainty and crisis, like the one we are all currently experiencing, present many challenges and unique opportunities for nonprofit leaders that are poised to seize them. Family Promise Affiliates have incredible opportunity to attract the attention of donors and stakeholders during this time. 

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Trauma Informed Care (TIC) From Intake to Exit: Empowering Families While Working Through Their Individual Trauma
Session Category: Case Management

Implementing TIC requires a shift in philosophy and a clinical approach to assessment and treatment. Asking “what happened to you?” not “what’s wrong with you?” is a simple example of this adjustment that requires volunteers and professional staff to learn new practices and techniques in working with guests and graduates. 

Networking Opportunities



Thursday

2:15 - 3:00 PM ET


From Chaos to Calm
Session Category: Professional Development

This workshop will teach self-awareness and self-care techniques so you can overcome the feelings of helplessness and hopelessness that follow traumatic events. Such practices also increase your ability to sleep, manage stress, and improve your mood, often significantly decreasing depression and anxiety. As a result, you will be able to balance the fight or flight response, relax your body, and quiet your mind.

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Swing Shift: Making the New Paradigm(s) Work
Session Category: Volunteerism

Sometimes organizations need to shift, but the gears don’t have to grind to a halt! The COVID-19 pandemic created new and unique solutions, to the challenge of engaging with volunteers. In this workshop, presenters will share how they connected, trained and even GREW their volunteer base, during the pandemic.

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Wait, Wait, DO Tell Me!
Session Category: Communications

Affiliates should never be a community’s best kept secret. Your incredible work, especially during this pandemic, should be shared and celebrated. The Family Promise Impact Team presents effective solutions for every platform and every outlet, including strategies on developing a strong digital presence when staffing is slim.

3:15 - 4:00 PM ET


Coming From a Place of Bountifulness
Session Category: Fundraising

On a good day, fundraising takes a truckload of guts. So how do you fundraise in a time of overwhelming anxiety, stress, and uncertainty, especially as a smaller shop? This workshop is dedicated to helping you bravely navigate turbulent times with rock-solid inspiration and winning strategies so you can dramatically deepen donor relationships and unleash giving at new levels!  We’ll explore the motivations that drive donor’s generosity and how good it feels to give.  You’ll walk away with a confidence boost to fundraise with a renewed sense of pride, passion and purpose. You'll be well on your way to becoming your donor’s favorite charity!

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Planning for the Worst, Hoping for the Best
Session Category: Programs

This workshop will focus on preparing for and navigating emergencies, including sustainable financial planning that can accommodate unexpected changes.

4:15 - 5:00 PM ET


Building a Virtual Team and Leading in Uncertain Times
Session Category: Professional Development

Never in the history of Family Promise have our operations gone entirely virtual, suddenly, during economic uncertainty and personal stress brought on by a pandemic. Now more than ever, a positive culture is mission-critical for maintaining productivity and camaraderie among staff! In fact, Peter Drucker, known as the father of management, is quoted as saying “culture eats strategy for breakfast,” meaning organizational culture is often be more important than strategy. This workshop will provide a road map for how to build a healthy, virtual workplace culture during these unprecedented times.

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Laying Foundations to Build Success: Stabilization and Housing Strategies
Session Category: Programs

This workshop focuses on effective strategies for creating housing solutions and partnerships within your community. You'll also discover how to create case management tailored to keep families stable following graduation and to potentially minimize time spent in shelter.