Maryland Nonprofits 2018 Annual Conference
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As of Sept. 25, 2018, the first day of the Maryland Nonprofits & MARFY Annual Conference (Oct. 4) is sold out! Registration is still open for day two of the conference on Oct. 5.

Creating impact in our communities requires us to deeply connect with a broad and diverse array of stakeholders. Given the charged climate in the US and around the world, this can seem daunting. But there's hope... The ways we carry out our work, and talk about our efforts – how we individually demonstrate our brands – affect not only our approach to creating community change, but also the likelihood of success. We can break down barriers by fostering diverse leadership, embracing varied audiences, offering inclusive programming, advocating, and applying a racial equity lens to our technology, communications, and marketing strategies. At #MANOAC18, we’ll focus on creating the greatest impact possible by advancing equity and investing in solid organizational capacity. October 4-5, 2018 at the Maritime Conference Center (692 Maritime Blvd. Linthicum Heights, MD 21090).

#MANOAC18 features keynotes by two powerhouse women, Makani Themba (Chief Strategist, Higher Ground Change Strategies) and Amy Sample Ward (CEO, NTEN). Both are invested in meaningful community engagement that creates lasting change, and will speak to strategies that we can all use to more inclusive. 

Regardless of your job role, #MANOAC18 is a unique opportunity for in-depth exploration on topics necessary to create positive systemic change. Program managers, CEOs, and other leaders have an opportunity to build skills in strategy, human resources, fundraising, leadership, and advocacy. Fundraisers, communications teams, and marketing staff will learn new ways to run effective campaigns that broaden their reach - particularly important considering the opportunities that are upon us with the next election and legislative session. A special track for CFOs will demystify the world of government contracts and grants and introduce new strategies to make resources go further. 

#MANOAC18 will feature special programming open to all attendees presented by Maryland Association of Resources for Families and Youth (MARFY). Direct care professionals, supervisors and program leaders will benefit from exploration of trauma-informed care, building relationships with families, retaining a strong workforce, and being inclusive in service delivery. 

Take a break from your regular work to connect with leaders in the nonprofit sector and share your ideas on creating impact.


Makani Themba photo MAKANI THEMBAChief Strategist, Higher Ground Change Strategies

How we talk about our work can make all the difference in the level of resources we attract to achieve our missions. Words that inspire, connect and uplift our communities also inspire our donors. How we engage our audiences to support our causes – whether it be in public policy, movement building, or a fundraising appeal - truly matters to the level of success and response rate we receive. The words we use can even make a difference in our organizational culture and how well we achieve our mission goals. With the best of intentions, we make mistakes in our messaging that, social science research shows, render them ineffective. Often, making subtle, correcting shifts can feel counter-intuitive.  At this year's conference, #MANOAC18, learn the insights that will make your communications come alive and connect more effectively to your audiences! 


Maryland Nonprofits' Annual Conference keynote speaker, MAKANI THEMBA, Chief Strategist, Higher Ground Change Strategies, has decades of experience steeped in the research and practice of effective framing for change communications.  She brings a racial justice lens to her work and has an accessible and inclusive way of helping us think differently about how we communicate with and engage diverse audiences. 

Maryland Nonprofits annual conference will feature a full range of workshops on communications, messaging and framing to ensure your organization sets the right tone and gets greater results in every message you send. 

AMY SAMPLE WARD, CEO, Nonprofit Technology Network

Amy Sample Ward photoMaryland Nonprofits' Annual Conference keynote speaker, AMY SAMPLE WARD, CEO, Nonprofit Technology Network is dedicated to educating and supporting organizations in using technology to create meaningful community engagement and make lasting change. Whether it is by connecting individuals, organizations, campaigns, or possibilities, Amy hopes to facilitate the nonprofit technology sector transitioning into a movement-based force for positive change.  

In 2013, Amy co-authored Social Change Anytime Everywhere: How to implement online multichannel strategies to spark advocacy, raise money, and engage your community with Allyson Kapin. She previously co-authored Social by Social, a handbook in using social technologies for social impact, and has contributed to various other publications about social change and technology. In addition to serving as NTEN’s CEO, she is a speaker, author, and trainer having worked with groups and spoken at events around the world.

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The #MANOAC18 app is your one-stop-shop for everything you need to know to have a great conference experience! Here are just a few benefits and reasons why you don't want to miss out on the app. 

  • Access the event schedule and customize your agenda with personal appointments
  • See all the speakers, read their bios, and view their presentations
  • Check out the exhibitors and locate their booths more easily through an interactive map
  • Get important updates and exciting offers through the app through Push Notifications
  • See who’s attending and share contact information by networking with other attendees
The app will be available soon on your mobile phone, tablet and computer. Stay tuned for details on downloading the app!

The Maritime Conference Center's 224 hotel rooms and eight suites include complimentary Wi-Fi, mini refrigerators, flat-screen televisions with cable channels and comfortable work areas with ergonomic chairs. Guests also have access to a fitness room, indoor pool, game room, self-service laundry facility, business centers, ATM, sundry shop and Deck Club Lounge.

Conference attendees must call the Maritime Conference Center at (866)-900-3517 to make a reservation.  Single Occupancy rate of $159.00 and Double Occupancy rate of $204.00 will be honored for October 4 and October 5, 2018 through Thursday, September 19, 2018.

  • Rates are per room, per night, plus 6% MD State Sales Tax and 7% County Tax (13% total.)
  • Rate includes dinner and breakfast for each night of lodging. (No rebate for missed meals.)
  • Rate includes:
    • Complimentary use of recreational facilities; including indoor pool, fitness center and game room.
    • Complimentary parking and shuttle service to/from BWI Airport and BWI Amtrak Station.
    • Complimentary local and toll-free telephone calls up to 30 minutes in length.
    • Check-In time is after 3:00 pm on arrival day.
    • Check-Out by 11:00 am on day of departure.
    • Early Check-outs will be assessed a $50 fee.
Click here for more information on Maritime’s accommodations.


Recognizing the critical partnership between nonprofits and funders in affecting the change we seek in our communities, ABAG has joined its strategic partner, Maryland Nonprofits, to present the 2018 Annual Conference. Through this conference and partnership, ABAG seeks to increase the impact of its members by sharing expertise, influencing good governance of nonprofits, and increasing opportunities for dialogue and collaboration. ABAG is the network for Maryland philanthropy with a membership stewarding more than $9 billion in charitable assets. Learn more about ABAG: