Get Ready to be Inspired! The Quality of Life Summit

March 23, 2015

Tomorrow, Tuesday, March 24th is the Quality of Life Summit, an opportunity to join together to find connections between your work and that of other nonprofits, businesses, and governmental agencies; be inspired by speakers that will challenge us to think bigger for a better future; and, co-create a vision for the future that achieves the greatest outcomes for people, communities, and the environment.

It’s not too late to register!

Don’t miss a great line-up of speakers including:

  • Stuart Clarke, Executive Director for the Town Creek Foundation, will discuss “transformation” – what is transactional vs. transformational change – and is there a “transitional” step in-between? In 2010, the foundation made the decision to sunset over a 10-year period to maximize the impact of their investment in engaging stakeholders and developing strategies to confront Maryland’s most important environmental challenges.
  • Adar Ayira, Project Manager with the Associated Black Charities (ABC), will discuss racial equity as a lens for Quality of Life. The ABC has created a pocket guide for those wanting to translate their commitment to justice and equity to practical applications. Called Policy Applications of a Racial Equity Lens: Ten Essential Questions for Policy Development, Review and Evaluation, it includes questions like does the policy explicitly account for potential racially disparate outcomes? If so, how? If not, how can it be incorporated?
  • Gar Alperovitz, Professor of Political Economy at the University of Maryland, is an expert on Community Wealth Strategies. On March 24th, he’ll discuss the ways communities can increase their level of common assets through strategies such as community development corporations, land trusts, co-ops, local food systems, social enterprise, and more.

    Also, check out a piece by Mr. Alperovitz that was just published in the spring edition of Nonprofit Quarterly, “Inequality’s Dead End – And the Possibility of a New, Long-Term Direction.”

  • In 2012, Lester Salamon, Director of the Johns Hopkins Center for Civil Society Studies, proposed a first-of-its-kind survey to answer the question, “What do nonprofits stand for?” The survey showed that seven values−being productive, effective, enriching, empowering, responsive, reliable, and caring−lie at the core of the nonprofit sector. The survey also found, however, that many nonprofit leaders feel that the sector must do a better job of articulating and communicating these values among their stakeholders in the media, government, and general public. Download the report “What Do Nonprofits Stand For? Renewing the Nonprofit Value Commitment.”

Join us for the Quality of Life Summit March 24th at the McDonogh School in Owings Mills, MD. 


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