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2018 Summit on Nonprofit Innovation











VENUE CHANGE: New location - Orlando Repertory Theatre (Orlando REP), 1001 E. Princeton St., Orlando, FL 32803

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Join us for the Inaugural Summit on Nonprofit Innovation hosted by the Rollins College Edyth Bush Institute for Philanthropy & Nonprofit Leadership on May 22-23, 2018 in Orlando, Florida. The Summit is designed to embolden and inspire nonprofit professionals, leaders, and board members to become more innovative in their nonprofit organizations. This Summit, the first of its kind, will use the nationally recognized Bridgespan Group and Rockefeller Foundation’s Innovation Diagnostic Tool to provide you with a data-informed experience, specific to Central Florida!

Unlike many other conferences, the Summit on Nonprofit Innovation will use data specific to Central Florida.  You do not want to miss this Summit!


Day 1: May 22


Open to all nonprofit professionals, primarily executive directors, board members, development directors, and program directors. The day will include facilitated discussions, storytelling, and key trends specific to Central Florida nonprofits.



8 a.m.         Registration and networking


9 a.m. Building Nonprofit Organization’s Innovation Capacity

by Laura Lanzerotti, The Bridgespan Group

10:30 a.m.

 Case studies & Panel Discussion
12:30 p.m. Lunch
1:20 p.m.

 Innovation = Theory of Change + Capital
by Mark Brewer, Central Florida Foundation

1:45 p.m. Leadership in an Innovative Organization

by Pete McAlindon, Crummer Graduate School of Business

4 p.m. Networking Reception
5 p.m.    Adjourn













*subject to change


Day 2: May 23 (optional)


Limited to 25 nonprofit organizations, this customized Master Class will help you dive deeper into your nonprofit’s innovation capacity. Up to three attendees from each nonprofit organization may attend.


NOTE: Due to popular demand, Day 2 is now full. To join the wait list, email with the names and email addresses of those who will attend. 


8:30 a.m. Registration and networking
9 a.m. Hands-on Master Lab with The Bridgespan Group
12 noon



Laura Lanzerotti

The Bridgespan Group

Partner, San Francisco

Laura Lanzerotti is a partner in Bridgespan’s San Francisco office. As a member of the Children, Youth, and Families practice area, her interests are at the nexus of early childhood, building organizational capacity for innovation and scaling of effective practices, and place-based work. Since joining Bridgespan in 2006, she has supported a number of institutional and family philanthropies to develop and refine strategies and nonprofit leaders to develop ambitious approaches to scaling impact. Some of her clients include the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Edna McConnell Clark Foundation, the Kenneth Rainin Foundation, and Communities in Schools. She has also led innovative and inclusive strategy processes, including on one behalf of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation that engaged hundreds of people in developing an economic development plan for their community, another that involved over a thousand people across the globe in an open strategy project for the Wikimedia Foundation, and one to support a set of early childhood funders to identify opportunities to collaborate and align investments to improve kindergarten readiness.

In addition, Laura leads Bridgespan’s Impact Labs capability area. Impact Labs are custom-designed working sessions that enable groups to quickly advance their collective understanding of the opportunities they face, learn together, and, over the course of several days, develop novel and useful solutions. Laura has designed and facilitated dozens of Labs for nonprofit and philanthropic organizations, including Youth Villages and the Ford Foundation, and as well as Labs that brought together leaders from across multiple organizations, such as the Transformative Impact Collaborative, a group of over 25 organizations convened by the Harvard Business School Social Enterprise Initiative, in partnership with The Bridgespan Group.

Laura is co-author of “Is Your Nonprofit Built for Sustained Innovation?” as well as “Living Into Your Strategic Plan: A Guide to Implementation That Gets Results,” and “Geek Cities: How Smarter Use of Data and Evidence Can Improve Lives.”

Prior to joining Bridgespan, Laura was a consultant at Informing Change and the LFA Group, helping foundations, government agencies, and nonprofits build performance measurement systems and conduct evaluations. Laura graduated from Brown University with a BA in History and completed the Coro Fellowship in Public Affairs in San Francisco. She received her MPP from the Goldman School of Public Policy at UC Berkeley.

Pete McAlindon

Crummer Graduate School of Business, Rollins College

Entrepreneur in Residence

Peter McAlindon, Ph.D., is Entrepreneur in Residence at the Rollins College Crummer Graduate School of Business. He also serves as a faculty advisor to Rollins students through the Entrepreneurial Scholar of Distinction (ESD) program, mentoring teams of students as they find commercial applications and develop paths to market for technologies developed by NASA.

Dr. McAlindon is the founder and chief executive officer of Blue Orb Inc., a technology company that develops computer technology for persons with disabilities. Blue Orb Inc. created and now markets and sells the orbiTouch Keyless Keyboard. The orbiTouch is a patented computer keyboard and mouse that requires no finger or wrist motion to operate. It was developed for people who do not have the finger or hand dexterity to use a regular keyboard or mouse. It is used by people who have arm or hand prostheses or who have limited hand and finger use due to injury, arthritis, carpal tunnel syndrome, stroke, cerebral palsy and many other physical conditions. It is also being successfully used by people who are visually impaired, blind, have autism, or have traumatic brain injury. The orbiTouch has received numerous positive industry reviews, the prestigious daVinci award for design, and the top honor for accessible technology at the Consumer Electronics Show. Through Blue Orb, Dr. McAlindon has successfully secured three sequential rounds of funding from the National Science Foundation’s SBIR program and more than $5,000,000 in angel investor funding. Dr. McAlindon is in the process of completing a three-year National Science Foundation grant to help people with disabilities become entrepreneurs. Additionally, he is a co-founder of venVelo, Florida's newest business accelerator and seed capital fund.

Prior to forming Blue Orb Inc. Dr. McAlindon was chief executive officer for inTouch Computing, a web design company. Dr. McAlindon directed the organization’s vision, financial reporting and control functions, as well as its business development and strategy formulation, product development, and all operational and performance management functions. A native of Michigan, Dr. McAlindon graduated with honors from the University of Michigan, was nominated to the National Dean’s List, and is a member of several professional societies and associations.



Day One: May 22


Venue change: New location - Orlando Repertory Theatre (Orlando REP)
1001 E. Princeton St., Orlando, FL 32803



 Day 2: May 23

Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida
411 Mercy Dr, Orlando, FL 32805



Coming from out of town?

Comfort Suites Downtown

Located approximately four miles from 1010 West Church St., venue for Day 1, and six miles from Second Harvest Food Bank, venue for Day 2. Includes complimentary breakfast.

Call 407-228-4007 for reservations.

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Cocktail reception sponsor


SunTrust Foundations & Endowments Specialty Practice


SunTrust Bank Not-for-Profit Banking Group

lanyard sponsor


Bank of America



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Why a summit on innovation?


In 2017, The Bridgespan Group surveyed the leaders of 145 nonprofit organizations. Nearly 80 percent reported that their organizations aspire to innovate. And the majority reported that innovation is critical for their organizations for a variety of reasons. Almost 60 percent of those surveyed reported the need to identify new funding streams. Almost 40 percent shared the need to adapt to changing political or regulatory environments, and more than half of those surveyed believe that without effective innovation, they simply won’t be able to achieve the impact they seek. Only 40 percent of the survey respondents believe that their organizations have met their aspirations for innovation, or that their organizations are set up to innovate successfully.


This Summit is for anyone seeking to build an innovative organization - from senior leaders to board members, from program managers to development directors. 


At the conclusion of the Summit, participants will:

  • be knowledgeable about the key elements of innovation
  • have greater awareness of their organization’s relative strengths and weaknesses
  • be inspired to invest in building their innovation capacity
  • have information about available resources to help them improve
  • have identified priorities for innovating in their organizations

So, what exactly will happen during the Summit?

The main event is designed to embolden and inspire nonprofit professionals, leaders, and board members to become more innovative in their nonprofit organizations. Nationally recognized, The Bridgespan Group will use your data on Innovation Capacity to drive our discussion in the morning.  The afternoon will be led by Crummer Graduate School of Business Entrepreneur in Residence, Dr. Peter McAlindon. He will engage you on the topic of leadership in an innovative organization that will stretch your thinking. The day will end with an opportunity to mingle with presenters and colleagues at a cocktail reception.

Then, if your organization chooses, you can take advantage of a Master Class on May 23. This is a limited opportunity available to the first 25 organizations for you and up to 2 individuals from your team (including board members!). All attendees must have attended day one. Customized to your organization, you will dive deep into your organization’s strengths and innovation capacity development opportunities and identify specific action steps to build your innovation capacity over the coming months. Maximize this unique and unparalleled opportunity!

A data-informed Summit
Designed by The Rockefeller Foundation and The Bridgespan Group, the Nonprofit Innovation Capacity Diagnostic Survey is a tool that helps nonprofit organizations understand their current capacity as it relates to innovation. The survey will be administered to Central Florida nonprofits. The purpose is to identify themes and trends for nonprofit organizations in our region including strengths and areas for development. Each participating organization will receive their own results. Bridgespan will offer the comparison to other communities that have completed the assessment.
Through this research, Bridgespan has identified six key elements common to nonprofits with a high capacity to innovate.


The Central Florida Innovation Capacity Diagnostic Report will help our community understand Central Florida’s current capacity as it relates to innovation and identify priority areas for improvement. Included will be an executive summary that will be developed, distributed, and available to our community. The report will be posted on the Edyth Bush Institute website after the Summit.




Registration closed on May 14th. If you would like to join the waitlist in the event of any cancellations, click the register now button below.



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Cancellation Policy

All Summit registration cancellations and refund requests must be submitted in writing to by May 1, 2018. A refund of Summit fees paid minus a 10% processing fee will be given for cancellations received by this date. No refunds will be granted for requests received after this date. No refunds will be granted for no-shows. All requests for exceptions to the cancellation/refund policy must be submitted in writing to by the registrant with appropriate documentation no later than seven calendar days following the start of the Summit (by May 29, 2018). Requests will be approved at the discretion of the EBI Executive Director. After that time, no refund considerations will be made.

Registrations may be transferred to another person from the same organization by submitting a written request to

Payments: Full payment is due by March 30, 2018 at 11:59 PM for early bird pricing. All other registrants must submit payment by May 1, 2018 at 11:59 PM.


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