9 - 10 a.m.

Keynote featuring Patrick Patterson, President, Global Partners for Fathers and families consulting, LLC

Patrick J. Patterson, MSW, MPH is President of Global Partners for Fathers and Families Consulting, LLC, an international firm that provides grant writing and fatherhood trainings to government, faith, and community based agencies worldwide.

 Over his career, Patrick has effectively delivered more than 700 fatherhood and grant writing trainings, consultations, keynotes & workshops with public/private agencies in 43 states, 5 countries, Puerto Rico, and St. Thomas, USVI.  As a grant writer, Patrick has written and led grant writing efforts that have successfully resulted in more than $51 Million in grant awards from Federal, State, and Private Foundation funding sources, including multi-million dollar Federal grant awards during President George W. Bush, President Barack Obama, and President Donald Trump Administrations.

 He earned a Bachelor of Social Work degree from Benedict College (Columbia, SC) and dual Masters degrees in Social Work and Public Health from the University of South Carolina.

 He is married to his high school sweetheart, Sherani Ashford Patterson, and they have 2 beautiful daughters, Peyton and Lorin.

10 - 11 a.m.

Panel of Funders

Forrest Alton, President of 1000 Feathers, will lead a group of funders through an interactive conversation regarding funding and nonprofits.

11 - 11:15 a.m.

Networking Break

Bring plenty of business cards as there will be ample time to network with other nonprofit executives and board members as well as funders and venture capitalists.

Panel of investors

Charlie Banks of VentureSouth and Venture Carolina will lead a discussion with investors on the mindset of a typical for-profit investor, how that translates to nonprofit investing, and what nonprofits can do to position their organization to create a fundamental shift within the investment community. 

11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.

Networking Lunch

Join our speakers, panelists, and invited guests for a bite to eat and colorful conversation.

12:15 a.m. - 1:15 p.m.

Breakout Sessions

Two concurrent sessions will take place in Ballroom 1A (Nonprofit Success Stories) and Ballroom 1B (Business Plan Generation). 

1:30 - 2:30 p.m.

Networking Break

Enjoy a beverage and light snack while meeting with others.

2:30 - 2:45 p.m.

Breakout Sessions

Two concurrent sessions will take place in Ballroom 1A (Nonprofit Success Stories) and Ballroom 1B (Business Plan Generation).

2:45 - 3:45 p.m.

Innovation Challenge

Three finalists will compete for a $5,000 prize to fund their profitable idea for their nonprofit.

4 - 5 p.m.