re:think speaker series

New Resource’s re:think speaker/networking series is designed to foster community, encourage dialogue and expand participants’ sustainability thinking. Programs held periodically from 5:30 to 7:30 pm at the bank.

Past events

Best Practices for Managing Your Money as a Nonprofit

May 21, 2015

Explore how to make sound investment decisions to steer your nonprofit toward optimal organizational and financial success. Led by Silicon Valley Community Foundation and New Resource Bank, we will cover best practices for managing your money including:

  • A review of fiduciary roles and duties, and fiduciary law governing investments and endowments
  • Alignment and investment of reserves with organizational needs
  • Investment options across banks, mutual funds, community foundations and investment firms
  • Evaluation of potential investment partners 

This event is designed for nonprofit executive directors, finance officers and board members serving on finance and investment committees.

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The Business Model Canvas (for Businesses and Nonprofits): A Hands-On Workshop to Clarify Your Business Strategy

December 4, 2014
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As leaders and changemakers, we are often so busy running our organizations that we don't often make time to take stock and comprehensively evaluate all facets of the organization. December is the ideal time to assess your organization and think about strategy execution and new growth engines. New Resource Bank CEO Vince Siciliano together with CEO Eric Ryan from Ryan Nonprofits will lead businesses and nonprofits through a free workshop to create and/or refine your business model. Their program is based upon the practical and internationally recognized Business Model Canvas tool.

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Fundraising Strategies for the “Missing Middle”

September 18, 2014

Mike Berkowitz of Third Plateau Social Impact Strategies will help organizations sharpen their fundraising strategies to target the “missing middle” – donors contributing between $1k and $10k a year. We’ll explore what leads donors to contribute and help you improve your fundraising program.

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What Businesses Need to Know About Energy Efficiency: Benefits, Financing and Making It Work

May 1, 2014
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How can you save money and help the city and state meet climate action goals? What’s a painless way to finance energy efficiency upgrades? How have other businesses implemented successful energy efficiency projects? Join us for the next re:think, where San Francisco mayoral advisor Roger Kim, Metrus Energy President and CEO Bob Hinkle, and PG&E energy strategy expert Marisa Uchin will answer these questions and more.

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Building a Strong and Ethical Brand

October 3, 2013
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Join us for the next re:think, where Annie Longsworth, CEO of Saatchi & Saatchi S, and James Freeman, founder and CEO of Blue Bottle Coffee, will discuss the value of an ethical brand, the role of storytelling in building a reputation, challenges and tradeoffs of growing an ethical business, and the impact of branding on the sale of a company.

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How to Build a Sustainable Nonprofit with a Compelling Story and Robust Online Platform

June 4, 2013

Join us for the next re:think, where Bartlomiej Jan Skorupa of Groundwork Opportunities, Katherine Woo of Kiva and Pamela Hawley of UniversalGiving will discuss using the art of storytelling to build a movement, creating funding platforms that allow nonprofits to be self-reliant and turning the shopping cart into an instrument of change. RSVP via email to attend.

Engaging people in transformative change

May 10, 2012
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The Pachamama Alliance has trained 4,000 volunteers in 68 countries to conduct workshops and trainings that show people the destructive trajectory the world is on and spur them to take actions that can lead to a sustainable, just and fulfilling path for all. This campaign grew out of Pachamama’s ongoing work with indigenous Amazon rainforest peoples. Join us for the next re:think, where co-founder Bill Twist shares what he’s learned in 16 years of engaging people around the world in building the future they want to see. Bank customers can RSVP via email to attend.

Using your assets creatively to boost business success and community good

June 29, 2011
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Office supply firm Give Something Back outfitted 170,000 low-income Bay Area kids with a semester’s worth of school supplies—and got a business boost to boot. How’d they do it? Join us for the next re:think, where Give Something Back President Mike Hannigan explains how his company has deployed underused assets to benefit the community and strengthen the business through the school supplies project and many others. Bank customers can RSVP via email to attend.

Building a sustainable business: lessons from New Leaf Paper and Numi Tea

April 21, 2011
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What are the keys to success in building a sustainable business from the ground up? Find out from two business leaders who’ve done it. Join us for the next re:think, where Jeff Mendelsohn, founder of New Leaf Paper, and Ahmed Rahim, co-founder of Numi Organic Tea, will discuss what worked and what didn’t, what they learned from failed strategies, and what surprised them in the course of creating successful sustainability-focused companies. Bank customers can RSVP via email to attend.

How sustainability can drive profit—for your firm and your portfolio

February 3, 2011
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Can entrepreneurs, executives and investors profit by pursuing sustainability? Investment adviser and author R. Paul Herman, creator of the HIP (Human Impact + Profit) method of evaluating companies, will share case studies showing it’s possible to both “do good” and “make money.” Join us for the next re:think, where Herman will describe how measurable environmental and social benefits could drive your company’s bottom line and your investment portfolio’s performance.


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