Maine Philanthropy Center

Building Connections for Maine Grantmakers

Partnerships for the Future: Working Together to Get Things Done (2019 Spring Symposium)

Tuesday, May 21, 2019 -
9:00am to 11:00am EDT
Hannford Hall, Abromson Community Education Center, USM
88 Bedford Street, Portland
Registration Fee: 
Members: $40.00
Non-members: $45.00
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Early Bird registration ends on April 15. At that point, prices will increase to $50 for MPC Members and $55 for non-MPC members.

Content and Format

This symposium will feature Dan Cardinali, president and CEO of Independent Sector, the only national membership organization that brings together a diverse set of nonprofits, foundations, and corporations to advance the common good. During his time with us, Dan will:

  • Explore data, trends, and ideas that are shaping the future of cross-sector collaboration.
  • Present a vision of what future cross-sector partnerships will need to look like in order to be effective.
  • Share inspiring examples from his cross-country travel, as he highlights the work of nonprofit, government, philanthropic, and corporate organizations that are working together to promote equity throughout the nation. 

After participating in a thought-provoking interview with Barbara Edmond, president of the Maine Philanthropy Center, Dan will join a panel discussion with leaders of Maine-based nonprofits, businesses, philanthropic foundations, and government agencies that are engaged in cross-sector partnerships.

The panel will offer an opportunity to hear from local colleagues and learn about innovative, future-focused collaborations that already are changing our state for the better. The morning will include audience Q&A time with Dan as well as with the local panelists.

Our hope is that you’ll leave the event with new ideas about how you might want to collaborate – and with whom you might want to partner – as your organization seeks to advance the common good.


Today in the United States, nonprofits, philanthropic organizations, corporations, and government agencies are grappling with political, economic, cultural, and demographic change. Traditional political identities and institutional alliances are shifting in the face of significant debates over public policy and the role of government in society. As commentator Thomas Friedman has written, “the challenges [faced by] workers, communities, and companies in this age of accelerating globalization, technology, and climate change” are re-shaping the industrial world – and the situation is only compounded by the fact that “national governments are so paralyzed by partisanship that they can’t adapt.”

National governments may be struggling, but there is hope. Equity-focused movements and organizations are successfully adapting to changing circumstances as they labor to advance the common good at local, regional, and state levels.

“Partnerships for the Future: Working Together to Get Things Done” will explore how organizations in the corporate, nonprofit, philanthropic, and government sectors are productively collaborating to make life better for people across the nation and right here in Maine.

Speaker Biography

Dan Cardinali is president and CEO of Independent Sector, the only national membership organization that brings together a diverse set of nonprofits, foundations, and corporations to advance the common good.

Before joining IS in 2016, Dan served on the IS Board of Directors and several IS member committees. He also led Communities In Schools, the nation’s largest and most effective dropout prevention organization, for 12 years after working in other positions at the organization.

As a thought leader in the field of public education, Dan was credited with fostering the growing national trend toward community involvement in schools through partnerships with parents, businesses, policymakers, and local nonprofit groups. As the president and CEO of IS, he believes strongly in the power of nonprofits, foundations, and other organizations to work collaboratively to improve life and the environment for individuals and communities around the world. Dan is known for his commitment to performance management to drive evidence-based programs and high impact organizations.

Early in this career, Dan worked as a community organizer in Guadalajara, Mexico organizing a squatter community to secure land rights, running water, and public education. He then returned to Washington, DC for a research fellowship at the Woodstock Theological Center at Georgetown University.

Dan is a 2007 Annie E. Casey Children and Families Fellow, serves on the board of Child Trends and the advisory boards of HBS Social Enterprise Initiative, the Conference Board’s Center on Corporate Citizenship and Philanthropy, the Fetzer Institute and Project Evident. He holds a bachelor’s degree in international relations from Georgetown University Walsh School of Foreign Service and a master’s degree in philosophy from Fordham University.

You can follow Dan on Twitter at @dancardinali.

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