Mercy Connections May Luncheon @ Sheraton Hotel and Conference Center
May 4 all-day



Our Annual May Luncheon highlights the many programs and participants we support all year long and the results that are important to our community. This year’s event will be held at the Sheraton Hotel and Conference Center in South Burlington, VT, on Thursday May 4, 2017 and will highlight the many ways Mercy Connections helps move people to greater self-sufficiency. Purchase individual tickets here.

Mercy Connections is pleased to share that Lisa Ventriss, President and CEO of Vermont Business Roundtable, will be this year’s recipient of the Catherine McAuley award, exemplifying Mercy values and the example of Catherine McAuley, foundress of the Sisters of Mercy.

This year’s event will be held at the Sheraton Hotel and Conference Center in South Burlington, VT, on Thursday May 4, 2017 and will highlight the many ways Mercy Connections helps move people to greater self-sufficiency.
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Working Board Lunch: Embrace the Future – Transition Planning @ Channel 17 Studios
May 4 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm

Embrace the Future: Transition Planning for Non-profit Organization Boards and Executive Directors

Today, with the overwhelming numbers of nonprofit professionals planning retirement, career moves, or sector changes, nonprofits must anticipate and plan for change. Leadership transitions are pivotal moments in organizational life. They hold opportunities for transformative change, but also for organizational missteps. Whether your executive director plans to leave in a few years or if a departure date is undefined, transition planning gets your organization prepared for the departure of an executive or other valued staff. 
This workshop will help participants consider the options available to create and sustain a culture of leadership succession.

Katherine Sims, Katherine Sims Consulting

Katherine Sims specializes in working with nonprofit organizations to solve problems and build systems to do good work. A dynamic non-profit leader with over ten years of experience as a practitioner and consultant, Katherine has worked with leaders in business, government and nonprofits to develop their organizations. Katherine is experienced in managing and growing organizations, developing teams, fundraising and managing complex finances, evaluating and improving programs, and engaging donors, stakeholders, political leaders, and the public.

Vermont Foodbank – Hunger Action Conference @ Killington Grand Resort
May 5 @ 7:30 am – 3:30 pm


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JOIN US! This year’s conference will focus on the importance of community engagement and innovation, and deepening community to create large scale change.

Our keynote speaker is Paul Born.  Paul is the cofounder and President of the Tamarack Institute, and founder of Vibrant Communities Canada – a network of more than 70 Cities Reducing Poverty. He is a leader on issues of place, citizen engagement, collective impact and community innovation. The author of four books, including two Canadian best sellers, Paul is internationally recognized for his community-building activities that have won awards from the United Nations and as a Senior Fellow of Ashoka, the world’s largest network of social innovators.



Workshops include:

  • Deepening Community for Poverty Reduction (based on Born’s best-selling book)
  • Community Conversations for Community Change (based on Born’s best-selling book)
  • Engaging People with Lived Experience
  • Keeping it Fresh: Produce Care and Handling for Community Food Programs
  • Intro to Results Based Accountability
  • From Gleaner to Freezer: Minimally Processing Vermont’s Surplus Crops
  • Grow Your Own: a Community Lesson in Self-Sufficiency
  • And more!

For more information and to register, visit: 

FINANCE FRIDAY: Numbers Don’t Lie: What Your Board Needs to Know @ Remote
May 19 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm

The secret to good accounting is to add twice. The secret to good financial management is to look at your numbers in more than one way – preferably several.  Come learn the ways to approach your organizations financials. Walk away with information on:

  • Informed questions to ask
  • Regular Good Practice internal controls
  • Cross Referencing the back up behind the numbers

Christine Moriarty is a Certified Financial Planner who has worked with thousands of people to create financial peace of mind. She is often seen in national press as a featured financial planner. She has consulted for variety of organizations from the New England Life Insurance Company and SunLife of Canada, to Outward Bound and the Massachusetts Special Commission on Financial Services. She has taught classes on financial management and has extensive public speaking experience including regional financial planning conferences, weekend retreat centers, on-site employee groups, and national trade conferences

Cost: $15

Watch online or in person at Channel 17 Studios, 294 North Winooski Avenue VT 05401

Friday, June 16  12:00 – 1.30 p.m.
Audit Time: What Types of Audit are Best for Your Organization?
Todd Wimette, Wisehart, Wimette and Associates, PLC

Finance Fridays are supported by The High Meadows Fund, The A.D. Henderson Foundation, VELCO, National Life Foundation

Planned Giving Council’s Full-Day Conference
Jun 1 all-day

Highlights of Event Include: 

– A Keynote Address by Josh Birkholz, a highly-regarded consultant and dynamic speaker from Bentz, Whalley, and Flessner (Minnesota) on “Predicting the Next Planned Gift.”

– An “Endnote Address” by Thom Lockerby of Phillips Academy (and formerly of Dartmouth) on “Hacking Human Nature: How Behavioral Economics Informs Fundraising Success.”

– Breakout sessions featuring Abbie Von Schlegall (“Women Driving Philanthropy”), Laura Alexander (“Preparing Your Donors for the Real Estate Gift Journey”), Michael Pannebianco (“NH and VT Trust Laws:  Differences That May Matter”), and keynoter Josh Birkholz (“Applied Analytics”).

– Our Council’s annual meeting – and great networking! We’ll also have a great lunch and, at the end of the day, a relaxing social hour!

Watch for information in early April on the June 1 conference – and see you there!