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​Corporate, Nonprofit, Social Enterprise, Hybrid Leaders Gather to Discuss Future of Sustainable Growth and Giving | New Release

Sustainability Summit: Vision 20/20 Brings 230 Executives Together to Discuss Challenges and Opportunities in Nonprofit Sector, Corporate Philanthropy and Responsibility, More

New York – During a time of change and uncertainty for nonprofits and businesses alike, the Sustainability Summit will gather here on Thursday, November 13 offering a chance for business, philanthropy and mission-driven leaders to discuss both the future of the nonprofit sector and the role of corporations in building a sustainable world – both for organizations and for society as a whole.
“As we’ve evolved as a company and expanded our work and our own efforts to become a better corporate citizen, we’ve realized how important it is to collaborate with and support all socially responsible enterprises,” said Tom Raffa, CEO and Managing Partner of Raffa, P.C., of the need for this conversation. “We are seeing significant shifts within and across the sectors.  We must see more nonprofits moving from dependency relationships to sustainable, capitalized organizations and more for-profits rethinking their traditional quantifiable business metrics and taking corporate consciousness to new levels. We all know that we need to strike a better balance – one that puts the value of profit, society and environment on equal footing and ensures that what we do today to meet our needs, will not compromise the ability of future generations to meet their needs. This is our challenge – and our collective responsibility.”
As part of Raffa’s 30th anniversary, the consulting firm is hosting a series of discussions on the future of the nonprofit sector and how for-profit businesses, like Raffa, are changing their own metrics for success with an eye towards more than profits alone. In June, Raffa hosted a summit in Washington, D.C. focused on empowering nonprofits and furthering collaboration within and across the sectors. The Sustainability Summit will expand that conversation to explore how new models for progress and social responsibility efforts across all sectors can be effectively leveraged for success.
Executives from nonprofits of all sizes will be attending, including representatives from the Red Cross, Fedcap, Samaritan Village, The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Jewish Federations of North America,  Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, American Civil Liberties Union, Serious Fun Children’s Network, American Jewish World Service, YMCA of Greater New York, Lifespire and the ASPCA. Leaders from B Corps, social enterprise and hybrid business structures will be part of the conversation as well.
WHAT:  Sustainability Summit: Vision 20/20

  November 13, 2014
8:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

 Lighthouse Guild
111 E. 59th Street New York, NY 10022

  More than 200 leaders from corporate and nonprofit sectors, including:
Dan Pallotta (Keynote Address at 8:45 a.m.)
Tom Raffa, Raffa P.C.
Dan Osusky, B Labs
Asha Curran, 92nd Street Y
Michael Bzdak, Johnson & Johnson
Stephen K. Orr, Orr Associates, Inc. (OAI)
Allen Bromberger, Perlman & Perlman LLP
John Sabino, Capital One Bank
Mitchell Netburn, Project Renewal
Tino Hernandez, Samaritan Village, Inc.
Marcos Salazar, Be Social Change
Media wishing to attend the Summit should contact Amber Taylor, 703-201-4893, amber@taylored-communications.com.
The agenda and full list of speakers is available here. Discussions to be held on Thursday, include:
  • New Models for Progress: Overcoming Barriers to Sustainability*
  • Making Corporate Partnerships Work
  • Merging for Success*
  • Changing Leadership for Today’s Sustainability
  • Recruiting and Leveraging Corporate Board Members
  • Restructuring the Business of Giving*
  • Fundraising with Wall Street in Mind
  • Strategic Partnerships Through a Legal and Funding Lens
  • Building Social Engagement Through Authentic Marketing
  • Measuring and Communicating Impact

* Select panel discussions will be streamed live. Register here to watch the webcast of these discussions.
The Sustainability Summit: Vision 20/20 is hosted by Raffa, P.C., with support from gold sponsor Orr Associates Inc (OAI), and contributing sponsors Perlman & Perlman, LLP, Capital One Bank, Anybill and InfoGroup.
About Raffa
Founded in 1984, Raffa is an accounting, consulting and technology firm based in Washington, D.C. dedicated to service and community.  As a B-Corp certified, national Top 100, “Best of the Best” CPA advisory firm specializing in nonprofits and socially-responsible businesses, Raffa performs high-quality audits annually and provides support to help organizations across the country effectively and efficiently manage their most critical processes.  The firm’s highly specialized professionals provide planning, consulting and compliance services to entrepreneurs, families, nonprofits and social enterprises.  Offering a deep bench of expertise across an array of services, including accounting and tax, human resources, technology and consulting,  Raffa’s client-centric, customized approach helps each client meet its potential and ensures each client’s success is sustained and maintained. Learn more at www.raffa.com.