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Sarah Olivieri

Nonprofit Strategist

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Sarah Olivieri is a nonprofit strategist with a passion for helping organizations thrive in the digital age.

The founder and heart behind PivotGround, Sarah helps human-service nonprofits increase capacity, deliver better programming, attract more funding, and make the world a better place.

She is also the creator of the Impact Method™ - a business framework for nonprofits designed to help them thrive in the digital age.

Sarah received her BA from the University of Chicago with a focus on globalization and its effect on marginalized cultures, studying in Spain, Tanzania, and Cuba, and finally moving to Japan to teach English. In 2009 she completed a master's degree in Humanistic and Multicultural Education at SUNY New Paltz.

When Sarah isn't developing strategies for clients, you can often find her speaking or hosting seminars. Sarah is also a mom and loves spending time with her 6-year-old son Lilo and enjoys cooking, sailing, knitting, and reading in her free time.

Keynote Topic

Why You Should Ditch the Way You’ve Been Doing Strategic Plans (...and what you should do to succeed instead)

With the rise of the internet and the impact of big data, the world has changed. Unfortunately, most nonprofits can’t move or adapt at a pace that is the new normal and the standard model for strategic planning hasn’t been updated to meet the demands of this new world. It’s time to throw out your strategic plan and embrace a better way. In this workshop you’ll learn the core principles for thriving in the digital age and a new way of setting goals that connects your daily activities to your larger mission. Concepts birthed by the shapers of the internet such as agile principles, working in sprints, iterative project development, and more should inform how you operate, empower your team to become a team of leaders, and help you pivot into the future.

Other Topics

  • The one thing about marketing that nobody is talking about, but that you need to know to succeed

  • You don't need more money! How to increase your organization's capacity without spending more money

  • Branding for Executive Directors

Leading Interview Questions

  • What is the difference between a strategic plan and a strategic framework?

  • How do you actually save nonprofits tens of thousands of dollars?

  • What are the 3 most important pieces of advice you have for Nonprofits trying to grow?

  • If I had more money, all my nonprofit's problems would be solved. Why do you disagree?

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